Oppo A72 review
An unexpected budget star
Our Oppo A72 review finds a smartphone that comfortably sits in a price range that won't offend anyone, at from £14 per month on a 24-month contract. The camera is good, in fact, it's fantastic, and we can't believe that it is here on a mobile phone at this price.
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There is plenty of canvas to enjoy with the Oppo A72, and its 6.5” 1080p FHD+ Neo-Display has all the detail you will ever need, with 2,400x 1,080 pixels. The screen is set up for Eye Care and automatically adjusts the brightness based on your daily habits and ambient lighting. The display also filters out a large portion of the blue light spectrum, which can cause eye-strain, particularly in the evening.
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When you go outside, the screen’s 480 nits brightness ensures you can still read your messages or check your Google Map navigation as you explore.
The Oppo A72 looks superb, and a lot of this comes down to the ultra-narrow bezels, which give this Oppo mobile a 90.5% screen to body ratio. As we have seen with the most modern mobile phones, there is a small dot in the upper left corner of the screen for the selfie camera.
The A72 from Oppo has a 3D smooth-touch quad-curve design. The curves, 8.9mm thick body, and overall weight of 192g make this device comfortable to hold and use. You have two colour choices; Phantom Purple or Twilight Black.
Phone Set Up
Storage and privacy
Our Oppo A72 review finds a generous amount of internal memory, at 128GB. The latest technology is used to make memory-actions faster, such as when installing apps or copying files. Furthermore, you can expand the memory in the future through the memory card slot.
The Oppo A72 gives you the privacy and security choices you would expect, including side fingerprint unlock and facial recognition.
The Oppo A72 uses Oppo’s ColorOS 7.1 user interface based on Google’s Android 10. ColorOS 7.1 enhances the visual experience and ensures the experience is smooth. It also brings an exclusive Dark Mode that reduces eye-strain and power consumption.
Rather like we have seen with Samsung phones, Oppo gives you a Smart Sidebar where you can store and access apps quickly. The Smart Sidebar also makes it faster to enter Split Screen Mode.
Music and videos sound excellent on the Oppo A72, and sounds are produced through super-linear dual stereo speakers with Dirac 2.0. The Dirac 2.0 sound effects identify if you are enjoying a video, game, or music and tweaks the output accordingly.
Ensuring everything runs smoothly is the Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor with 4GB RAM. Hyper Boost comes as part of the package and increases the speed of games and apps, with the whole phone-system running smoother. If you have them available, you can connect to two Wi-Fi networks simultaneously and increase streaming and download speeds.
Camera & Video
AI Quad Camera
The camera on the Oppo A72 is one of the biggest surprises, and we still can’t believe that you get a quad-camera setup. The lenses include a 48MP main lens that lets you crop and zoom without losing detail.
The 8MP lens is a 119-degree ultra-wide-angle lens that lets you capture more while minimising distortions. Furthermore, there are two 2MP unique portrait-style lenses, offering a rich set of effects.
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The Oppo A72 camera app includes Ultra Night Mode 2.0, which uses the large aperture lens of the primary camera to absorb more light and capture a greater dynamic range. You also have Ultra Steady Video, 120fps slow-motion video, wide-angle video, and 4K quality in your photographer’s toolkit.
AI Beautification applies delicate skin effects and smoother contour effects. You can take superb-quality selfies on the 16MP lens, which pokes out through the dot on the phone’s display.
It’s a whopper
The Oppo A72 a massive battery and one of the largest in recent memory. The 5,000mAh battery will give you one or two days use and can be charged with the 18W fast charger. You should be able to enjoy up to 7 hours of video, 50 hours of music, or 34 hours of talk time.
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Written by: Michael Brown