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Smartphone Reviews, Oppo A74 5G 2021

so good news if your skin is out but also fancy yourself a bit of 5g ready budget smartphone action because oppo has just launched two of the buggers here in the uk the oppo a54 5g and the oppo a74 5g both pleasingly affordable considering the specs you get packed inside and that 5g support as well 219 quid for the a54 249 quid for the year 74. so we're gonna do in this video is focus on the a74 see if it's worth that little bump in price you get some extra memory in there faster charging support as well this is my full unboxing and tour as well i'm going to test out the gaming chops and tour the rest of the specs and everything as well we'll be giving you a full review of the a74 as well if you want to know more about the a54 go check out my separate unboxing of that and for more on the latest and greatest tech please do poke subscribe and hitting that notifications bell cheers so you'll be able to grab the oppo a7 5g direct from oppo or also from amazon and here in the uk you'll be able to get it from the three network it's just a sneaky tease of some of the specs as you can see there you don't just get a battery you get a mega battery you also get a very thrilling completely white usb cable and also very wide psu you've also actually got some headphones bundled in there as well although they are just your basic ear scrapers nothing too extravagant they are 3.5 mil though because you do actually get a headphone jack here on the oppo a74 and oh yeah you knows it oppo has also bundled a rubber johnny case in there as well to keep your oppo a74 free of damage all right.

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Oppo A74 5G review: Design

 so that's all the highly thrilling contents of the box now let's check out the actual oppo a74 5g itself which is a pretty standard size in 2021 and 6.49 inches it's 190 gram chassis so it's got a decent little heft to it pretty standard again the back end of the operator 74 is constructed from plastic rather than gorilla glass which you do get on a handful of rivals at this sort of price point but it seems nice and sturdily constructed and this is the fluid black model not sure what fluids are involved exactly but you can also pick it up in spare silver if you want something a little lighter i do quite like the design i'm not usually a fan of black smartphones but it does have this kind of aura about it it's very funky when you tilt it to light as you can see they get all kinds of patterns reflecting off that shiny arse end my only worry is that it is a glossy finish to that backhand so that's going to pick up your scuffs your finger grease all that kind of stuff so it's probably going to look a bit grubby after a day of handling you're going to have to be constantly buffing it up nothing particularly stand out about the oppo a74 design apart from like usual edge mounted fingerprint sensor should make a big comeback in 2021 always great to see and of course yes praise the baby jesus you do have that headphone jack down below and while there was no mention of what the actual display is constructed of there was certainly no mention of gorilla glass in the specs or anything like that you do at least get a pre-installed screen protector slapped on there just to help protect it from scratches and scuffs as for the sim tree well let's just give it a bit of a pork and yank it on out last bit stiff ah and there we go what you've got there is support for dual sims side by side and you've also got a separate slot for your micro sd memory cards to expand the storage all right so let's get the oppo a74 5g.

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Oppo A74 5G review: Software and features

 all set up and then we can till the rest of it alrighty so the oppo is 745g all set up and ready for action and there is quite a lot of setup involved because even though it's android 11 you do have to reinstate features such as the app straw and the notifications pull down option as well because you've got the color os 11 launcher slathered on top that does change up the look and feel quite a bit and color os definitely raises quite mixed opinion shall we say um it is quite clunky in places such as the settings menu which is just so utterly dense i do often have to resort to that search bar just to find what i'm looking for so for instance to get the gesture navigation on board you do have to find the navigation section which is buried away in the convenience tools not very convenient at all ironically on the plus side though you do get some great features chucked into color so for instance customizing your android smartphone is nice and easy this way you can eat quickly easily change up the wallpapers the icons the fonts they even got ringtone maker which takes me back to my younger days of getting a bit of eight bit tunage action on the go on my nokia 3310 i think it was yeah quickly and easily change up those wallpapers uh so you can of course use one of your family if you're not a massive anime geek unlike me you jump on into the convenience tools section where you find that navigation support stuff you've got plenty of other gestures in here as well like some reasons to wake which is good when coupled with that face unlock and while we're passing the storage section as well you've got 128 gigs packed inside the oppo a74 5g and that is of course expandable as well via microsd memory cards and there are a few other colorways features that i'll touch on later when appropriate the likes of game space yada yada and then yeah on the security front you got that edge mounted fingerprint sensor pretty standard for budget blows in 2021 and software touch one seems nice and nippy and responsive as you can see there just tap your digit against it you're straight away unlocked into your desktops and they can't be backed with a good bit face unlock as well so let's just get that all set up wow that was super nippy now does it actually work let's give it a go yes it does and it's so fast don't even see that lock screen love it and as i mentioned before the opera way 74 does support raise to wake as well so you just have to literally pick up your smartphone stare at it.

Oppo A74 5G review: Display and audio

 and you're straight in now where you got slapped here on the front end of the oppo a74 5g is a 6.49 inch ltps display quite similar to an ips panel so not quite an oled unfortunately you don't have that super sharp contrast there's no hdr support here touch one seems reasonably bright you've got nice wide viewing angles and everything as well and yeah you've got that selfie orifice which is raw the gap in there in the corner but at least it is shunted away into the corner quite punchy colors though considering it's not on or lead and you do have fast 90 hertz refresh support as well although i've got to say because you've got a rather heavy color os launcher on there certainly when you're zipping around the desktops and so forth it doesn't feel like a 90 hertz panel and there's no dynamic option in there either it's either 60 or 90 hertz manually set though at least it is set to 90 hertz by default after all you do have that mega battery packed inside the oppo a74 so hopefully you shouldn't be drained much faster now let's turn our attention to the audio and unfortunately it is just a model speaker set up here on the oppo a74 5g nor stereo speaker action but let's see what we got here with voice control unfortunately and yeah the top volume isn't super powerful and things do get a bit tiny once you bump it up to that maximum level as well so if you want to be enjoying a bit of tech spurt or something i'd definitely say just get plugged in via that headphone jack otherwise you do get the usual bluetooth wireless support as well.

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Oppo A74 5G review: Performance game and battery

 so let's move on to performance what you've got running the shore here on the oppo a74 5g is qualcomm's snapdragon 480 chipset and that's one of qualcomm's most affordable 5g ready platforms launched back at the start of 2021 and as you can see from the geek bench 5 scores pretty similar results to what i just got from the xiaomi redmi note 10 5g another 5g ready smartphone at the same sort of price point that one rocked the mediatek dimensionally 700 chipset well that phone only had four gigs around we got six gigs stuffed inside of the oppo a74 so let's try out a bit of game and see how it handles that certainly expect uh the snapdragon 480 to be able to handle at the very least likes a pub g and call of duty mobile and as usual with the color os action you do have the game assistant uh tools which you can call up at any time this adds all kinds of bonus features including the ability to reject calls block notifications i'm gonna change up the performance mode as well so we've got the pro gamer mode on the go hopefully make the most of that snapdragon 480 and the adreno 619 gpu as you can see there you've got the option of getting the graphics quality very high but i'm actually going to max out the frame rate which then just bump that down to the high level and on those highest frame rate settings i definitely noticed a couple of moments where the oppo a74 5gs frame rate did drop uh usually when i was yanking out my weapon or some inopportune moment like that but other than that quite a smooth experience the 180 hertz touch sampling means nice and responsive every poken job is instantly replicated on screen but it will be fully tested out the game and chops of the oppo a74 5g for my full review including how it comes with longer sessions and of course one of the benefits of that snapdragon 480 as i mentioned before is that 5g support built in there actually straight onto the platform itself so you've got that nice nippy connectivity great news if you want to get gaming online when you're out and about and here's hoping that that mega battery keeps you going all day as well again i'll be testing that out for my full oppo a74 review and while the 18 watt fast charging isn't exactly super nippy that is still a match for recent rivals like the xiaomi redmi note 10 5g you do have smart charging technology packed in here as well so if you are plugging in the year 74 leaving it charging all night long it won't overcharge that battery and potentially it up in the long term.

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Oppo A74 5G review: Cameras

 let's finish up as usual with the squint at the camera tech and we got here slapped on the back is actually a quad lens setup headed up by a 48 megapixel shooter now we'll be fully testing out the oppo a74's camera tech for my in-depth review but for now let's just have a quick tour of that camera ui and what you get right here is shooting 12 megapixel photos by default using the bit pixel bin as you can see up there you've got hdr support as well as usual ai shenanigans all that good stuff but if you drag down the camera sub menu you do have the option to shoot that maxed out 48 meg resolution if you like if you're on a pulled out viewpoint where you got that eight megapixel ultra wide angle lens as well which hopefully will keep the colors reasonably natural along with that 48 megapixel primary sensor again i'll be fully testing that out don't get too excited about the remaining two lenses slapped on the back though because all you've got is a two megapixel macro lens and a two megapixel monochrome lens in other words just extra gum to sort of bump up the number of lenses to make it sound more impressive we've got all the bonus modes that we know and love including of course a bit portrait mode action with beautification smart so if you fancy a bit of that shenanigans you can change up the level of bokeh as well and yeah you do have filters that you can play around with including a bit of monochrome as well if you want to get an rt40 shot on the go you've also got a night mode if you've got a low light ambient action on the go and if you flick to more you've got a handful of extra bonus stuff in there including the full-on pro mode if you know what you're doing you want to change up the likes of the shutter speed the iso levels as for video where hell you're shooting at 1080p full hd resolution by default but you can change that up by diving into the settings scrolling down to the bottom here i'm going to admit i was kind of hoping to find a 4k option in there but sadly that is not to be so just like the redmi note 10 5g you can only shoot at full hd max and last up if we flip to the front you've got a 16 megapixel front facing selfie snapper right there tucked away in the corner got the usual portrait action all that good stuff as well and sweet baby jesus i think i'm gonna get an early night tonight because i definitely need my beauty sleep.

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 so there you have it that is the oppo a74 5g whistle stop tour as i say my sim is already slapped in and i'm going to be using that's my full-time smartphone for the next week or so ahead of my in-depth review so stay tuned on that for more whether that camera takes any good if the battery life really is mega goods and just how the oppo a74 handles life in general now i've unboxed and reviewed plenty of other budget 5g smartphones including the likes of the realme 8 5g right here on texperts go check those out for a closer look at some of the oppo a74's biggest rivals and i'm also be gonna be unboxing the oppo e54 as well to see exactly how that one stacks up so for more on the latest the greatest tech please do put subscribe ding that notifications bell and have yourselves a fantastic rest of the week cheers everyone love you.

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