Oppo A74 5G Review: Better Battery Life, Anything More?
We recently found this most wonderful mobile, the Oppo F19 Pro+, which was the company’s first F-series phone to offer 5G, and today we have its first A-series 5G phone, the Oppo A74 5G.
Priced under Rs. 20,000, the Oppo A74 5G competes with other 5G offerings such as the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G, the Samsung Galaxy M42, and the recently released Realme 8 5G. What makes the A74 5G special is that it’s one of the first phones in India to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 SoC. It’s time to see how this chip compares to MediaTek’s offerings, and whether the Oppo A74 5G is actually worth buying.
Oppo A74 5G design
The design of the Oppo A74 5G is quite simple. It has a plastic body with a plastic back and noticeably thick borders around the display. The Fantastic Purple colorway that I have looks pretty nice though, thanks to the dual colours that are visible under the light at certain angles. This phone feels a bit heavy at 188g and isn’t too slim at 8.42mm, but after a few days of use, I found it manageable. The plastic back is a major fingerprint magnet though, and is very tough to keep clean.
The recessed power button on the right side has an integrated resistive fingerprint sensor. It worked well every single time I used it. There’s face recognition too, which was equally quick and responsive. The Oppo A74 5G has a headphone jack, a USB Type-C port, and a single speaker, all placed on the bottom.
The Oppo A74 5G uses a 6.5-inch full-HD+ LCD panel. It has a 90Hz refresh rate which makes navigation and scrolling through lists feel fluid and crisp. The hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera is larger than usual and a bit conspicuous at first in apps, but it’s something I got used to after a while.
In the retail box of the Oppo A74 5G, you get a USB cable, SIM eject tool, case, and 18W power adapter.
Oppo A74 5G specifications and software
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 SoC is what sets the Oppo A74 5G apart from the competition. At first, it’s easy to dismiss this SoC as an entry-level part due to its positioning in Qualcomm’s low-end 400-series, but it actually isn’t. It’s built on an 8nm fabrication process, which means it should be quite power efficient. CPU cores, there are two Kryo 460 Gold cores and six Kryo 460 Silver cores. These are the same cores used in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 678 SoC, but clocked a little slower.
Oppo A74 5G performance and battery life
Performance was generally good in the week that I used the Oppo A74 5G. The OS ran well without any lag or hiccups, and interactions felt snappy thanks to the high refresh rate screen. Call quality and speaker volume are satisfactory too. The display gets adequately bright and content is rendered well, with good sharpness and colours. Videos looked good too, although the camera hole was a little distracting when watching anything full-screen.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 holds its own in benchmarks. The Oppo A74 5G scored 3,18,144 points in AnTuTu, as well as 518 and 1,726 points in Geekbench’s single and multi-core tests respectively. These numbers were roughly on par with MediaTek’s Dimensity 800U SoC, and the Snapdragon 480 even traded blows with Qualcomm’s own Snapdragon 732G SoC, found in the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max.
Oppo A74 5G cameras
The cameras on the Oppo A74 5G are nothing fancy, and oddly, Oppo has not included an ultra-wide camera. I would gladly trade the macro and monochrome cameras for an ultra-wide, but that’s not what you get. The Realme 8 5G is another recent smartphone at around this price to not have an ultra-wide camera. One can only hope that this trend doesn’t catch on. The primary sensor is a 48-megapixel camera with an f/1.7 aperture, and in the front, you get an 8-megapixel selfie camera.
The Oppo A74 5G is in a very awkward place considering its current pricing. The Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G is better in pretty much every single way at this same price. If you’re not too fussed about having 5G right now, there’s a buffet of other great options such as the Redmi Note 10 Pro and Poco X3 Pro, to name a few. In comparison, the A74 5G simply doesn’t offer enough value to make it a serious contender.
It’s not all bad though. The Oppo A74 5G does have a good display, an interesting colour scheme, decent app and gaming performance, and very good battery life. Unfortunately, these factors simply aren’t enough in my opinion for it to stand out.