A71 (2018) Review of Pros And Cons

Picture of the A71 (2018), by Oppo

- Analysis by KJ David

Although it's supposed to be an updated version of the 2017 model of the same name, the Oppo A71 2018 awkwardly takes a step backwards in terms of RAM capacity, going from the original A71's 3GB RAM to now only 2GB , which obviously won't sit well with mid-range shoppers with heavy multitasking in mind. Moreover, it still opts for a 5.2-inch HD (1280 x 720) TFT screen , which was one of the 2017 model's biggest cons.

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Luckily, its forenamed RAM is accompanied by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 eight-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz , which replaced the older phone's MediaTek MT6750 1.5GHz chip. While its upgraded processor is a pro relative to what its base model uses, however, it still lives in the shadow of what some of the fastest smartphones on the market boast -- most of which clock in at well over 2GHz.

Among its other pros and cons are a 13-megapixel rear-facing f/2.2 main camera that delivers Oppo's self-branded AI beauty recognition technology , which seems like a nifty facet, at least as of this specs-based review, since not many models in our best camera smartphones list have tantamount imaging features. For the most part, its AI algorithm analyzes subjects' facial patterns and applies the suitable set of beauty effects. Up front, the A71 2018 touts a low-resolution 5-megapixel selfie camera , which is at least accompanied by a bokeh effect feature and smart arithmetic image optimization .

Powering its mix of pros and cons is a 3000mAh battery that scores a 25-hour talk time (1500 minutes) and a 15-hour continuous video playback time -- both highly-reassuring, compared to the corresponding averages as of its release. That being said, it somehow only scores a 19-hour (1140 minutes) mixed usage time , which was roughly 60 percent lower than the average mark as of this write-up.

Just like the original A71, this 2018 edition comes with an unimpressive 16GB internal memory that's accompanied by a microSD card slot for up to 256GB more storage . Rounding out its middle-class feature set are a metal unibody with chamfered edges and Oppo's proprietary ColorOS 3.2, based on Android 7.1 Nougat.

When it's all said and done, the Oppo A71 2018 winds up as a middle-class smartphone for those who don't mind trading off a high-class display and a robust RAM capacity for an AI-powered camera.

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