- Analysis by KJ David
Despite following auspicious flagship Oppo smartphones like the A77 and the R11 Plus, the 5.2-inch A71 takes a more mellow route, mixing its high-end pros with some mid-range cons, which we assume is a mechanism to make its price point more budget-friendly.
Its most-desirable specs come in the form of hardware, with an eight-core 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6750 processor at the helm of its processing department. Sitting alongside its engine are 3GB's worth of RAM and a dedicated Mali-T860 MP2 graphics processor . Moreover, although failing to impress us with only 16GB of internal memory in tow, we like the A71's up-to-256GB microSD card support , since, in comparison, a good number of its upmarket competitors settle for only 128GB external memory allowances. Having said that, a few premium models support 512GB and even 2TB memory cards, so it is by no means an industry-breaking facet.
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Jumping over to its pros and cons elsewhere, the Oppo A71 suffers from an 5.2-inch HD-720p-only TFT display , which is quite underwhelming, knowing that 2017 was the year of more-advanced IPS and OLED screens. As for imaging, it sings just the right note, with a 13-megapixel PDAF-equipped (phase-detection autofocus) camera sitting on the rear end. Selfies are a totally different story, though, seeing that it has nothing but a 5-megapixel frontal camera -- many comparable smartphones have at least 8-megapixel selfie cams.
The A71's aforementioned features are powered (fittingly at that) by a hearty-enough 3000mAh battery , while a metal unibody with a gliding electroface and nano-silver technology holds everything in place. Regrettably, its mishmash of pros and cons lack NFC support , which we have come to expect from phones in this Android class. Additionally, it misses out on fingerprint user authentication , a popular smartphone trend around the time of its September 2017 release.
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Weighing it at only 137 grams (the average was 150g as of this write-up) and running on Oppo's ColorOS 3.1 Android overlay out of the box, the Oppo A71 is a mid- to high-end smartphone that's pretty unseemly on the outside, with a low-resolution screen and an unimpressive selfie cam, but, in contrast, pleasing-enough on the inside, relying on an eight-core CPU and a 3000mAh battery.
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