Oppo is like the silent lurker but in a good sense. It has been on the development of its devices quietly and discretely. Recently on the company’s website, a new A-series phone known as the A71 2018 has made its debut in the entry-level range. The device was launched in the January 2018 and as of now only available in Pakistan. The release date in other countries including the UAE hasn't been disclosed as of yet. For a device in the entry-level range, the Oppo A71 2018 looks promising as it has seen some recognition in the present market. In the entry level range, most buyers look for specs and don’t consider too highly of the brand names and the new A71 2018 might be a good change of pace.
The Oppo A71 2018 packs an HD 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 and with a pixel density of 282ppi. The screen-to-body isn’t too impressive as well, ending at only a mere 68.2%. No matter what Oppo was thinking, but the design and display specifications seems a bit disheartening. An HD screen with the only 282ppi is nothing compared to the present generations of smartphones. With such low pixel densities, images and icons will turn out to be blocky and the appearance will be shot through the roof. The A71 2018 also has some significant bezels, which is also quite unappealing to the eye. In a time where smartphones are trying to get rid of bezels, adopting the same thing in a device is similar to killing it after launch. Chances are that the A71 2018 won’t be seeing much of an appreciation anytime soon.
The Oppo A71 2018 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor with A53 cores and clocked at 1.5GHz. The AnTuTu benchmark sits at a mere 38844 score, which is on the lower average side of the spectrum. For the GPU it has the Mali-T860 MP2 which is the main carrier of the device, in terms of gaming and other graphics heavy tasks. The A71 2018 will be powered by the Android 7.1 Nougat and the addition of an extra card slot is yet to be confirmed. The device is also going to have 16GB of internal storage which is obviously on the lower side and a decent 2GB of RAM. The lack of a fingerprint sensor will also hurt the device in the long run.
The Oppo A71 2018 is no eye pleaser when it comes to specifications, but it will get the work done nonetheless. The device also has a compass, a proximity, and ambient light sensor but no gyroscope. It is understandable that the company is looking to release something for the entry level market and if they intend to make a dent in the market, they would have to provide something that appeals to the customers.
The A71 2018 is sporting a single 13-megapixel shooter which isn’t too shabby, but the rising popularity of the dual rear shooter may soon completely obliterate the single ones. The camera also has a focal length of f/2.2 and supports phase detection, autofocus, Panorama, HDR and touch focus. Full HD video recording is supported at 1080p@30fps, but the quality of the videos seem to falter whenever the camera is shaken. The device also has the customary 5-megapixel front facing the shooter, but pictures taken by it appear to be grainy, especially in low-light situations.
The camera performance doesn’t seem too impressive and to top it up, the smartphone doesn’t even have a dual sensor, which severely cripples its competitors.
The A71 2018 has an in-built FM radio and supports the basic audio (MP3, eAAC+, WAV) and video (MP4, H.263, FLAC) codec packages. The lack of support for AVI and FLV formats may hurt the phone in the future.
With such sub-par specifications, one might expect the battery to be crappy as well. However, it turns out that it isn’t all that bad. The A71 2018 is powered by a non-removable 3000mAh Li-Ion battery, which guarantees a full days usage on moderate usage. The smartphone also has dual-sim support along with 4G LTE capabilities. Since there isn’t any news regarding the expandable memory slot, there is no hybrid sim card tray.