Chinese manufacturer of smartphones OPPO officially introduced the new budget smartphone OPPO A71 (2018). Version 2018 was made public with some adjustments. The device currently has its own page on the OPPO website in Pakistan, with a full description of the functions and specifications and has a price of 19,899 Pakistani Rupees or $ 179.
Last September, while the news of the mobile phone was in full swing and the builders were preparing their offers for Black Friday and Christmas, we did not relay in our columns the Chinese output of the A71, a low-cost model of Oppo without great interest.
Four months later, we decided to come back to this subject. Not because the phone deserves a little more attention today, or even because it will be marketed in Europe. We are talking about it today because this week, this brand new smartphone has been replaced.
Four months have indeed been enough for Oppo to decide that it was time to make some changes to this smartphone without much flavor. Here are the A71 (2018) that the brand has unveiled on the site of its Pakistani subsidiary and is expected to be marketed throughout the Indian region. Overall, the A71 (2018) remains very close to the original A71. A few changes have been made to the specification of the first.
OPPO A71 (2018): Design
From the standpoint of design OPPO A71 (2018) fully corresponds to fashion trends: it comes with a large display with a 16: 9 aspect ratio. The side frames are thin, the home button is located on the screen.
The device received an all-metal rear case cover with U-shaped antenna stripes located near the top and bottom ends. The back panel is decorated with a galvanic gold coating, which, according to the manufacturers, is applied using the latest nano-technologies.
There is also a variant “in black”, the body of which is also processed using the same electroplating method. The edges of the case are noticeably beveled to create a comfortable and easy grip. The device weighs only 137 g and has overall dimensions of 148.1 x 73.8 x 7.6 mm.
OPPO A71 (2018): Specifications
The biggest of these changes is not trivial: the MediaTek MT6750 chipset is replaced by a component not only newer but also more powerful: the Snapdragon 450 from Qualcomm.
Eight cores Cortex-A53 up to 1.8 GHz are associated with an Adreno 506 GPU and an LTE modem (category 7).
Oppo does not take advantage of all the connectivity of the Snapdragon 450: if the version of Bluetooth is better, 4.2 instead of 4.1, the mobile is satisfied with Wi-Fi n and not Wi-Fi ac.
Another important change, but not very positive: the RAM goes from 3 to 2 GB. A surprising choice, but must be related to the price of Snapdragon 450, against the MT6750 of MediaTek (which must be practically given now).
For the rest, the specification does not change: IPS HD screen of 5.2 inches, 16 GB of RAM (expandable by microSD up to 256 GB), 13-megapixel photo sensor (with flash, autofocus, and lens opening at f/2.2) and 5-megapixel webcam (with lens opening at f/2.4).
The user interface on the new OPPO A71 (2018) branded is ColorOS 3.2 based on Android 7.1 Nougat. A battery with a capacity of 3000 mAh is responsible for the power supply. The device also comes with the OTG function and can, therefore, be used to recharge other gadgets.
OPPO A71 (2018) is a budget smartphone and will be offered at a price below EUR 150 (or equivalent in local currency).