The first OPPO A71 was launched last September 2017 and four months after that, OPPO decided to release another version of it with some notable changes, particularly in imaging and performance.
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The OPPO A71 (2018) really took a lot from its original design. It’s still light, thin and easy to hold. We got the black color and in matte texture which prevents it from becoming a fingerprint magnet.
There’s a 5.2-inch screen that houses the call earpiece, 5MP camera and sensors. Below you’ll find the capacitive buttons which function as the task manager, menu and back button.
On the right, you’ll find the power/sleep button with the dual-SIM card and dedicated microSD card slots. The volume rockers are located at the left side.
The 3.5mm headphone jack can be located at the top of the device.
The OPPO A71 (2018) still uses a microUSB port and we thought that it would’ve been nicer if they already upgraded it to USB Type C. You’ll also find the microphone and speaker grills alongside the port.
At the back, the 13 MP camera is located on the left side of the device along with the shiny OPPO logo. Sadly, the retail box doesn’t include a jelly case unlike with the previous A71 but this version has a pre-installed screen protector so it’s still a win.
The OPPO A71 (2018) still uses the same resolution from the previous version – 1280×720 pixels which is housed by the 5.2-inch HD IPS display. It would have been better if they switched it to the latest Full HD resolution though. However, it’s still giving us good viewing angles with vibrant colors and reproduction of color is well-managed and accurate.
For your entertainment pleasure, the OPPO A71 (2018) has speakers that can produce clear sound with a little bit of bass on it. However, when placed it in maximum level, you can hear it jangly and somewhat with metallic sound onto it. If you’re not fond of using the speakers, you can use the free earphones from the box which offers you a more immersive experience.
The camera of the OPPO A71 (2018) is determined to shine away from the previous A71 which was released last year. It is equipped with 13MP f/2.2 rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP f/2.4 front camera with A.I. Beauty Technology. Photos taken in rear camera produce vibrant colors and focusing is a bit of a breeze. However, when focused into a dark subject, it gets difficult to adjust its sensor thus a grainy photo. The A.I. Beauty Technology from the front camera is one of the features we’ve all been waiting for from a cheap smartphone like this. We tend to capture selfies often times and we get mediocre results but not on this one. The A.I. widely uses its tech to smoothen up your subject and gives you the bokeh effect.
This part gets very interesting. Last version of A71 only uses MediaTek MT6750 chipset but the version now uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 with GPU of Adreno 506. Being my daily driver, the OPPO A71 (2018) did not give me headaches in terms of lags and crashes. It can even play some of the in-demand games right now like PUBG Mobile, Rules of Survival, Mobile Legends and many more. From its 3,000mAh battery, my experience with this device lasts for about a whole day of moderate usage.