The OPPO A74 5G is one of those unique smartphones that has come along once and lefta lasting impression. If you consider the rich history of OPPO’s A series phones, however, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Over the years, OPPO’s A-series devices have earned the reputation of exceeding expectations with their high-end specs and pocket-friendly prices. No wonder they are so loved by youngsters. The OPPO A74 5G however comes with a major first for the A-series, by bringing 5G support to the affordable segment.
I’ve already talked about my personal experience with the device before the launch. But the fact is, I’ve continued using the phone even after. As someone who has put the phone through its paces, I’ve listed out the top three reasons why I think the OPPO A74 5G is a must-buy 5G device in the affordable segment.
Buy it for: the power of 5G
In case you missed it, the OPPO A74 5G costs just Rs 17,990. That’s an incredible price considering the handset is capable of latching onto 5G networks. Now, while the new network connectivity standard is still to make its way into India, there are strong hints that it will arrive by the end of the year. Therefore, if you’re investing in a new phone, buying one with 5G support is a no-brainer. And the OPPO A74 5G gets brownie points for not costing a bomb too!
If you’re wondering what advantages 5G will offer, let me put it simply – you’ll be able to experience download speeds as fast as 2.1Gbps and upload speeds of up to 245Mbps using this OPPO device. That means no lags when streaming, opening web pages in a flash, downloading huge files in seconds and viewing your favorite content uninterrupted!
Moreover, the OPPO A74 5G also features Smart Antenna Switch technology, which intelligently switches 5G antennas in the sub-6GHz frequency band to maximize data throughput. This kind of seamless connectivity will definitely enhance its 5G capabilities. The 5G support on the device is courtesy the reliable Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G chipset, which has been paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This ensured a smooth, snappy user experience during my time with the handset.
Buy it for: the buttery-smooth 90Hz display
If you’ve never experienced the magic of high refresh rate panels, the OPPO A74 5G is among the best entry-points available in the market. Not just because of its affordable price, but also due to the fact that it doesn’t skimp on other features. The screen you get is a 16.48 cm LCD panel with FHD+ resolution.
Throughout my usage, I observed that the 90Hz Hyper Color Screen of this display was pleasing to the eyes, especially when combined with the attractive and feature-rich user experience that is ColorOS 11.1. The scrolling is silky smooth, app transitions are seamless, and there is an overall finesse to the visual experience. Plus, the display gains OPPO’s Hyper Color technology, which means it covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 colour gamut to bring you rich and accurate colours no matter what it is you’re viewing on the screen.After using high refresh rate displays, I have never wanted to go back to the old 60Hz panels, and by offering them at such affordable prices, phones like the OPPO A74 5G are making sure that we won’t have to do that.
This panel has a few other benefits as well. For one, there is its AI Eye Comfort feature, which learns your brightness preferences on its own and changes brightness on the fly. You also get a 180Hz touch sampling rate on this display, which I found to be incredibly useful during the few sessions of Call of Duty: Mobile that I played on the device. Overall, the display onboard the OPPO A74 5G is top-notch and I can’t recommend it enough.
Buy it for: a battery that never lets you down
I know there are plenty of people out there who, like me, hate the idea of carrying a charger or a power bank around wherever they go. Smartphones are meant to be made the most of; not for making you anxious about their battery life. It’s no wonder then that the OPPO A74 5G’s 5,000mAh battery is one of three reasons why it is a must-buy. During my time with the handset, I sailed through most days with almost 40 percent juice still left in the phone, which means with a little curb on the usage, I could easily have been able to stretch the battery life to two days. I also particularly loved its Super Nighttime Standby mode. If like me you don’t charge your phone overnight, this mode is a lifesaver, ensuring just 2 percent of battery drop while you’re asleep.
The OPPO A74 5G also boasts of a Super Power Saving Mode, which I’m sure not many would need given its big battery. But even if you do end up needing it, there’s solace in the fact that it can enable just 5 percent of your remaining battery life to power 1.1 hours of chatting on WhatsApp. That means you can keep lines of communication with friends or family open even in an emergency. Over and above all this, the OPPO A74 5G comes with support for 18W flash charging. Thanks to this, I could recharge the phone up to around 70% within just 60 minutes. So one hour was all I needed to ensure that my phone is up and running to last an entire day or more. Now how great is that.
OPPO A74 5G: it really is a must-buy
There you have it! The power of 5G connectivity, the gorgeous 90Hz Hyper Color Screen and the massive 5,000mAh battery are reasons enough to buy the OPPO A74 5G with your eyes closed. That said, there are definitely a few others that you might want to know about. Its 48MP AI Triple Camera (48MP main camera, 2MP depth sensor and 2MP macro camera) and 8MP front camera is one of them, for delivering strikingly sharp and detailed images, while another is the super-smoothperformance that’s offered by its Snapdragon 480 5G chipset.
The phone even benefits from stunning design, which not only makes it attractive to look at but also very comfortable to hold. All this at a low price of Rs 17,990 is a steal. If you’re in the market for an under-Rs 20,000 phone, the OPPO A74 5G should be your top choice.OPPO A74 5G is available starting April 26th in India and will be available in two colours, Fluid Black and Fantastic Purple
OPPO is also offering a host of attractive offers if you want to purchase the device across mainline retailers and Amazon.
OPPO A74 5G will be available on Amazon. Customers can avail a 10 percent instant bank discount on credit cards, credit card EMIs and debit cards on selected banks. No-cost EMI is also available up to 9 months. There are also several bundled offers on OPPO A74 5G. Consumers purchasing OPPO A74 5G can get the OPPO Enco W11 at a reduced price of Rs 1,299, OPPO Band for Rs 2,499 and OPPO W31 for Rs 2,499. There is also a 2 year extended warranty available on the OPPO A74 5G.
Mainline retailer offers
Through offline retails outlets, customers will get 5 percent cashback on HDFC Bank, Standard Chartered, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Bank of Baroda, Federal Bank, 11 percent instant cashback on Paytm and Zero Down Payment scheme from all leading financers. Apart from all this, there is also the option of No Cost EMI upto 6 months.