Did you think mid-range phones would be gone by May? Far from it, because Oppo has just presented the A94 5G, A74 5G, A54 5G and A74 models. The four devices look promising thanks to 90 Hertz OLED screens and large batteries with fast, fast charging.
If smartphones are your thing, now it’s difficult to avoid Oppo. The Chinese manufacturer is currently on the offensive when it comes to entering the European market. That’s why we recently saw three exciting devices from the Find X3 series.
While the Find X3 series is more in the upper segment, there is now also a new series for medium-sized companies. This is because Oppo just unveiled the A94 5G, A74 5G, A54 5G, and A74 without 5G. Since the two A74 models are pretty much identical, we will of course summarize everything in three headings and add a brief comment on them.
Oppo A94 5G: Like a Find X3 Lite-Lite
I looked back and forth between the data sheet and the price tag of the Oppo A94 5G and I have to say: The functions of the 389 euro mid-range smartphone are noticeably sparse for a Chinese manufacturer. But one thing at a time, as the phone’s main focus is likely to be on the 6.43-inch AMOLED display, with its 409 ppi pixel density.
The Oppo A94 5G is based on MediaTek’s Dimensity 800U, which is used in the Redmi Note 9T, among others, and delivered good high-speed performance in the new network in the 5G test. Oppo couples the SoC with 8 GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128 gigabytes of UFS 2.0 storage. You’ll have to go without Wi-Fi 6 – but Bluetooth 5.1 is on board and offers a built-in fingerprint sensor.
The quad camera on the back is only electrically image stabilized and therefore does not have a function that Samsung has only just brought into the middle class with the Galaxy A52 (5G). Instead, however, there is a 48-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, and two 2MP snapshots for macro and depth!
Last but not least, I noticed the integration of Oppo’s VOOC 4.0 technology, which charges the 4310 mAh battery with 30 watts. The Oppo A94 5G is available in the colors Fluid Black and Cosmo Blue from 389 euros.
Oppo A74 5G and Oppo A74
The only non-5G smartphone is included in Oppo’s new line of products in the Oppo A74 series. The A74 has a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen that is resolved at FHD +. The refresh rate is 60 Hertz – in contrast to the 5G model, which offers a 6.5-inch LCD panel with 90 Hertz.
The 5G model also offers the more powerful camera compared to paper: Here is a quad camera with 48 megapixels in the main camera, 8 MP in the ultra-wide and 2 megapixels for macro and depth. Without 5G, of all things, the ultra-wide camera is dropped and you snap away with 48 megapixels or only macros with 2 megapixels.
While Oppo equips the phones with different SoCs, with a Snapdragon 480 in the 5G model and a Snapdragon 662 in the non-5G model, the memory configurations are identical with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. The situation is similar with the battery capacity of 5000 mAh each.
However, the Oppo A74 without 5G offers fast charging at 33 watts, while the A74 5G can only be charged at a maximum of 18 watts. Another difference is the lower IP certification. With 5G there is IPX2, without at least IPX4.
The Oppo A74 costs 249 euros and the 5G model costs 299 euros.
Oppo A54 5G with 90 Hz LCD display
Completely confused by the two A74 models, we can get a little groovy again with the A54 5G! The display measures 6.5 inches and Oppo now again offers 90 Hz in the best LCD quality and FHD + resolution. The 5G processor is the same as the A74 5G, i.e. the Snapdragon 480.
However, Oppo has now taken over the main camera from the A94 5G. This means that you benefit from a quad camera with 48 megapixels in the main camera, which includes 8 megapixels in the ultra-wide angle and 2 megapixels each for macro and depth. No image stabilization here either.
The battery capacity of the A54 is 5000 mAh and the memory configuration consists of 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. The plastic-backed phone has IPX2 certification and a fingerprint sensor on the side of the device.
For the A54 5G you pay 269 euros and for the Oppo A74 without 5G you pay 289 euros.
Brief comment on Oppos new mid-range devices
Well what happened there? I was already confused after Xiaomi’s new Redmi Note 10 models were unveiled in March, but with Oppo, even the names don’t make sense. Of course, you can’t judge new smartphones until you get a rating. However, if you look at the spec sheet, the new A-series will have a hard time.
Surprising, because the Oppo A72 from last year was, according to the manufacturer, the most successful Oppo model of all time. Samsung is already offering optically image-stabilized cameras and a 90-Hertz OLED display for under $ 300 – Xiaomi is adding 120-Hertz AMOLED and a 108 MP camera to the Redmi Note 10 Pro. So this year Oppo has particularly tough nuts to crack for less than $ 400.