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OPPO A74 review

The first thing that catches the eye is the display. Unlike the previous model, the novelty is equipped with a 6.43-inch AMOLED screen with Full HD+ resolution, 100% sRGB colour space coverage and 92% DCI-P3. This makes the smartphone 1 mm thinner, making it more comfortable to hold. The fancy 90Hz is not imported, but there is an increased touch layer polling frequency - 180Hz in game mode. The brightness is slightly lacking, but the "Eye protection" mode takes care of the user's vision at night.

A change in the type of matrix allowed an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner to be built into the screen. In general, all devices from the BBK holding company have no problems with recognition, and the A74 was no exception. The sensor is located in a convenient place, so you don't have to look for it. There is a film on the display from the factory - it does not interfere with the fast and accurate reading of the fingerprint.

Like its predecessor, the OPPO A74 gets a 5000mAh battery. While the flagships have enough charge for a day's work, thanks to the mid-budget power-efficient processor and the lack of an increased screen hertz, the battery lasts for two days even in active use mode. For example, an hour of watching Full HD video on YouTube takes 4-5% of the charge, and an hour of playing on medium settings in World of Tanks Blitz - 8-9%.

Fast charging has also been significantly improved. All current formats are supported: SuperVOOC 2.0, SuperVOOC, VOOC 2.0/3.0/4.0. The included 33W adapter charges the battery from 0 to 54% in just 30 minutes and a full refill takes an hour. The ColorOS firmware includes an animation that shows not only the percentages but also the smaller fractions of the energy received during fast charging - it feels like the battery is being replenished rapidly.

Apparently, in 2021, ORRO was guided by the "more is not better" principle. The novelty is left without the 8MP wide-angle module like the A72, but the loss is small. The main unit is represented by three cameras: 48, 2 and 2 MP. Although it is not mentioned anywhere, judging by the specifications, it is the well-proven IMX586 sensor from SONY. It has an f/1.7 aperture with a pixel size of 0.8m. Pleasingly, instead of a depth sensor, the smartphone has a monochrome sensor to enhance image quality, reduce noise and fine-tune white balance.

The 16-megapixel front with f/2.4 aperture and 78-degree angle of view is located in a neat aperture. It produces detailed photos with correct white balance. The quality of edge blur for portraits is poor, but not critical. The settings include Portrait, Night, PRO and Extra HD where the camera shoots at 48MP.

In sufficient light, the A74 confidently records video even in motion and without optical stabilisation - digital does a good job. While jogging, the picture is expectedly twitchy and a bit blurry.

Every year, dozens of new chips appear on the market of mobile processors, but not all manufacturers take them on board. The OPPO A74 is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, which debuted in January 2020. It's essentially an upgraded Snapdragon 665, built on an 11nm processor and augmented with Adreno 610 graphics.

In synthetic benchmarks, the smartphone got 175,000 parrots in AnTuTu, 314 points in the single-core GeekBench 5 test and 1,392 in the multi-core test. To give you an example, the Snapdragon 888 scores 1127 and 3652 points in the same test, so don't expect high performance from the mid-range platform. On the other hand, the ARRO A74 resists trotting very well. During a half-hour stress test, it showed moderate heating with minimal performance degradation.

The smartphone is available in two versions - for markets with and without 5G support. In Russia, there is only a model with 4 GB of RAM, although there is also a variant with 6. Four gigabytes, to be honest, is not enough for the device. I would like to see a more advanced modification on our market to give the buyer a choice.

ORRO A74 has an excellent speaker: loud, clear, the ringtone can be heard even in very noisy places. Also, the device is equipped with a simple eccentric vibrator - through proper calibration, it transmits a high-quality tactile response. Not the flagship level, of course, but decent. It's nice that it comes with a number of accessories: a 33-watt charger, headphones, a protective film and a case. There's also a full dual SIM and memory card tray in the A74, and in addition there's a 3.5mm headphone jack.

ORRO A74 is much more interesting than its predecessor. Its advantages are its modern appearance, excellent battery life, AMOLED display with under-screen scanner and the current Android version, which will be updated in the next few years.


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