Ever since its entry in India, OPPO has kept surprising consumers with exciting offerings that have blown the competition out of the water. And this has especially been true for its A-series smartphones, that have over the years, built a reputation of delivering some of the best tech innovations at incredibly affordable prices.
OPPO has already launched a couple of premium 5G devices this year, including the excellent Reno5 Pro 5G and F19 Pro+ 5G,and with the launch of its latest OPPO A74 5G, the company is ready to take its 5G legacy to the masses. 5G is the next big game changer for India’s smartphone market, and OPPO is future-proofing its devices so that buyers are ready for the next-gen high-speed network as soon as it becomes commercially available in India. This way, users will be able to enjoy the benefits of high speeds without the need to purchase a new device.
The new OPPO A74 5G is testament to this. At just Rs 17,990, this handset is bringing a feature-rich and power-packed experience to users. Its main attributes include support for 5G networks, a stunning 90Hz display and massive 5,000mAh battery. Apart from being the best-looking device in the budget segment right now, it is also one of the very few to offer 5G in this price range. I got a chance to experience this exciting smartphone ahead of the launch, and here’s what I think.
Immersive 90Hz Hyper-color screen
I was stunned by the high-quality visuals produced by the 90Hz Hyper-color Screen onboard the OPPO A74 5G. This 16.48cm FHD+ punch-hole LCD panel is able to deliver crisp visuals with high levels of colour saturation. This, combined with the fact that the display bears an FHD+ resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels, leads to a delightful visual experience.
I opened up Netflix to watch an episode of Sacred Games and the display perfectly rendered the contrast-heavy visuals of the show. Needless to say, this 90Hz Hyper-color Screen is an excellent choice for those who watch a lot of movies and TV shows on their smartphones. It’s no surprise that both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have given this panel HD certifications.
Keeping up with the times, the A74 5G’s display sports a 90Hz refresh rate, which made for a fluid and smooth experience while navigating the phone’s interface. I thoroughly enjoyed this 90Hz panel for its ability to render higher frame rates. Another thing about this display that made the touch experience ultra-smooth was its 180Hz touch sampling rate. During frenzied gaming sessions, the fast touch response rate made a huge impact on my gaming performance.
Lastly, this display comes with OPPO’s All-day AI Eye Comfort technology, which uses several algorithms to improve screen visibility under direct sunlight or preserve true colors in dim or dark environments. The phone’s AI Backlight adjusts the backlight settings throughout the day with up to 4,096 different settings so it can learn how the user manually adjusts the brightness in different lighting conditions. Given that I’m a power user, this helped to reduce eye strain for me with prolonged usage. This is certainly a useful feature that users are going to benefit from.
Massive battery, massive power
It’s incredible that the OPPO A74 5G has managed to fit a 5,000mAh battery inside its compact body. That much power should be enough for the phone to last two whole days on a single charge with normal usage. OPPO says that the battery allows up to 8.69 hours of video chat and 7.86 hours of online gameplay. With the kind of heavy usage I put my phones through; the device easily lasted me one and a half days. And even when it’s low on juice, OPPO’s 18W Flash Charge technology ensured that the phone is charged and ready to go in no time. This feature allowed the device to gain 68 percent of charge in just 60 minutes.
The highly useful Super Power Saving Mode is meant for situations when the phone is low on battery and there’s no charger at hand. It expertly extends battery life using a series of power-saving strategies that adjust the CPU frequency and backlight, while also triggering power management options for pre-selected apps. This meant that when the battery icon turned red, I was able to extend the usage of specific essential apps like WhatsApp, Uber, etc. to stay connected to friends and family when out.
And then there’s Super Nighttime Standby, which learns your bedtime routines to optimize battery consumption while you’re asleep, losing just 2 percent charge between 11pm and 7am.This made it ideal for folks like me who usually don’t charge their phones overnight, and can wake up to practically the same battery level in the morning.
Blazing fast performance with the brilliance of 5G
At the heart of the OPPO A74 5G is the Snapdragon 480 5G chipset from Qualcomm. This integrated SoC not only provides incredibly fast speeds for daily operations, but also gives the phone its 5G capabilities. The chip hosts a 2GHz octa-core processor and an Adreno 619 GPU. During my usage, the phone was able to multi-task different applications smoothly and even handle casual gaming. The multi-cooling system ensured that the phone didn’t get uncomfortably hot even when I pushed it to the limits. There were no noticeable lags or freezes during the usage period, and the overall performance was snappy and smooth. This is also thanks to the ample 6GB of RAM, which is complemented by the generous 128GB of storage.
Buyers of the A74 5G will be among the first to experience the brilliance of 5G networks when they are launched in India in the near future. OPPO has also equipped the phone with Smart Antenna Switch technology, which will smartly switch 5G antennas in the sub-6GHz frequency band to maximize the data throughput. This definitely makes it a future-proof investment and total value for money.
Complementing the performance is ColorOS 11.1 based on the latest Android 11, which brings many useful privacy-related extras to the table. These include App Lock, Private Safe and Screen Cast Privacy Shield among others.
Stunning photos with 48MP AI Triple Camera
On the back of the A74 5G is OPPO’s 48MP AI Triple Camera. I found this camera assembly to be perfect for satisfying my daily photography needs. The main 48MP sensor has been paired with a wide lens and it returns sharp and detailed shots, while maintaining great color balance. Moreover, this camera boasts of the Ultra-clear 108MP mode. This unique feature uses image-resolving capabilities and super-resolution algorithms to come up with stunning 108MP shots. I zoomed into one such photograph and was impressed by how deep I could go without seeing visible pixels. A 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro camera accompany the main 48MP sensor.
AI-based technologies like AI Scene Enhancement 2.0 have also been added to the mix. This new and improved version of the technology is able to recognize even more scenes to optimize the camera settings to best capture them and is a great way to improve daytime and night time photos with a single tap.
Complementing the 8MP selfie camera is AI Beautification 2.0, which goes a long way to enhancing your selfies. And then there are Stylish Filters, which are a set of 15 filters aimed at enhancing the color and style of your shots, while also brightening the skin and enhancing the details on your face.
Exquisite design with comfortable feel
The OPPO A74 5G sports the brand’s ‘Warm Tech’ design concept, which results in a glossy, yet glare-free look, which honestly gave me the vibes of a much more expensive device.
Whether you choose the beautiful colour gradients on the Fantastic Purple model or the smooth black gradient of the Fluid Black variant, you’ll attract eyeballs wherever you go.
I also found the phone great to hold due to its thin and ergonomic nature. It happens to be just 8.42mm thick and tips the scales at 188g, which is surprising seeing that there’s a 5,000mAh cell inside it. The A74 5G easily slips into your pocket and its lightweight design means you don’t have to worry about any hand fatigue while playing long hours of games or binge-watching TV shows.
The phone features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor embedded into the power button, which was placed within easy reach of my thumb and made unlocking the phone instinctive. The sensor is fast and snappy, and accurate too.
The no-brainer budget all rounder
For an affordable smartphone, the OPPO A74 5G delivers on all fronts. From the stunning display and design, to the smooth performance to the long-lasting battery life, it has everything that you would want from a phone in the sub-Rs 20,000 price range. The icing on the cake however is the presence of 5G support. Many budget phones are still using 4G chipsets these days, but for users who want a long-lasting device that’s future-proof, having a 5G chipset is a great investment, and that’s where the OPPO A74 5G delivers.
At its aggressive price of Rs 17,990, the phone gets a 5-star rating from me. The device is available for sale from April 26th across mainline retailers and Amazon. You can also check out the various offers with which you can avail great benefits when you purchase the device.
OPPO A74 5G will be available on Amazon. Customers can avail a 10 percent instant bank discount on credit card, credit card EMI & debit cards on select banks. No-cost EMI is also available for up to 9 months. There are also several bundled offers with the OPPO A74 5G. Consumers purchasing the 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 2499. There is also a 2-year extended warranty available on the OPPO A74 5G.
Mainline retail outlet 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 from all leading financers. Apart from all this, there is also the option of No-Cost EMI up to 6 months.