|Launch Date||September 7, 2017 (Official)|
|Operating System||Android v7.1 (Nougat)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Screen Size||5.2 inches (13.21 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||HD (720 x 1280 pixels)|
|Pixel Density||282 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||68.04 %|
|Processor||Octa core (1.5 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53 + 1 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)|
|Internal Memory||16 GB|
|User Available Storage||Up to 8.9 GB|
|USB OTG Support||yes|
|Resolution||5 MP Front Camera|
|Optical Image Stabilisation|
|Image Resolution||4128 x 3096 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus|
|Video Recording||1920x1080 @ 30 fps|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||Mass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass|
The Oppo A71 (2018) is also a good smartphone just like the previous A71 but it still caries the same cons. So, we do not get a fingerprint sensor, Full HD display and fast charging. Although, the other areas such as build quality, ergonomic design, smooth interface, good overall performance and a great A.I. powered selfie camera are the positives. Hence, if you are only interested in good selfies and do not care about Full HD resolution and fingerprint sensor, then you can go for the Oppo A71 (2018) smartphone. However, if you want to check out the competition, then check out the Honor 9 Lite, Redmi Note 5 and Lenovo K8 Note.
Oppo A71 (2018) is a successor of the A71 (2017) that was announced in India back in February 2018. It is also known as the A71 (3GB) in India since the global variant comes with 2GB RAM. The processor has been changed as we get a Snapdragon chipset instead of a MediaTek chipset but other than that everything remains same and we also do not get a fingerprint sensor in the new variant. However, the main USP of the new A71 is its AI selfie technology. So let us find out in our Oppo A71 (2018) review if it is worth the money or you should go with something else. Although, do take a look at the specifications of the mobile before diving into the review.
The Oppo A71 (2018) is powered by a Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor, that runs ColorOS 3.2 based on Android 7.1 Nougat OS. The mobile features 3GB RAM, 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 256GB) and rocks a 5.2-inch HD display. In the camera department, we get a 13 megapixel rear shooter along with a 5 megapixel selfie camera. The phone has Dual SIM connectivity along with 4G VoLTE, 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE and GPS. In the sensor section, we get an accelerometer, magnetometer, ambient light and proximity sensors. Under the hood, the A71 packs in a 3000mAh non-removable battery.
The Oppo A71 (2018) feels like a premium smartphone as it comes with a metal unibody design. The build quality is superb and it feels very good in hands. It is quite compact in size because of the 5.2-inch display and hence you can use it with one hand quite easily. It is an ergonomic design but not so modern because it comes with big bezels on top and bottom of the display. The edges are circular and thus we get a strong grip. You can use the phone comfortably for longer period without causing any pain in your hands. The back cover has a metallic finish and thus we would advice you to use a back cover to protect your device as it tends to slip out. Starting with the front of the Oppo A71 (2018), there is a 5.2-inch display panel along with the selfie camera, LED notification, couple of sensors and earpiece. Just below the display, we get three capacitive buttons for navigation. The volume up/down buttons are situated on the left side while the right side has the power/lock button and tray for SIM and microSD cards. The microUSB port, primary microphone and loudspeaker are found at the bottom while the 3.5mm audio jack sits on the top. Turning towards the back, we have the primary camera with LED flash and secondary microphone on the top left. The Oppo brand logo is seen below it. Underneath the non-removable metal back cover, we get a 3000mAh battery (non-removable). Overall, the Oppo A71 (2018) has a good build and decent hardware.
The Oppo A71 (2018) rocks a 5.2-inch IPS display, which has a resolution of 1280 x 720 (HD). It is exactly the same display as the previous A71 and hence the resolution has not improved here as well. If we put the low resolution factor aside, then the display is quite good. The colors are accurate, brightness levels are very decent. The display is compact and you can easily use it with one hand for long duration. The texts, photos and videos look sharp but they would have looked even better in a Full HD panel. The viewing angles are good and sunlight legibility is decent as well. There is no branded protection on top of the display but we get an extra layer of glass that saves it from daily wear and tear.
Coming to the touch response of the Oppo A71, it is quite fluid and lag free and that is mainly due to the good quality display and smooth interface. Overall, the Oppo A71 (2018) also comes with a compact HD display just like the older A71 but we would have been much happier if Oppo had bumped up the resolution to Full HD.
The Oppo A71 (2018) is being powered by a Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz. The previous variant was powered by a MediaTek chipset and hence the 2018 model is more powerful and handles the general day-to-day tasks better. We did not find any visible lag or stuttering. Most popular apps and games load up fairly quickly. There is 3GB RAM for performing intense multitasking. You'll have around 1.5GB of free RAM even after running more than 10 apps in the background. The gaming experience is also quite good on this phone and it can run most of the high graphics intensive games without breaking a sweat. The Oppo A71 comes with 16GB of internal storage, out of which we got around 9GB of free space. The storage can be extended externally by up to 256GB if you need extra storage and you'll most likely need it if you're a heavy user. However, there is no fingerprint sensor on this phone, just like its predecessor and that is a big disappointment.
Coming to the world of connectivity, we get both Dual SIM (nano) option along with 4G VoLTE support. Also, 4G is supported on both the SIM card slots and you can use them simultaneously. There is a 3000mAh battery (non-removable) under the hood, which is quite standard but there is no support for fast charging. You will get around one day of battery life with moderate usage.
Overall, the Oppo A71 (2018) is a better performer than its predecessor but the lack of fingerprint sensor in disappointing.
In the Oppo A71 (2018) smartphone, there is a 13 megapixel primary camera at the back. It is a generic camera and you can shoot very good pictures in daylight conditions. We got a lot of detail and the color saturation was also on point. The images turned were vivid and sharp. Although, the low light photos shot indoors had some amount of noise. The focusing mechanism was quite fast. HDR mode can help in taking great landscape pictures with a lot of dynamic range. Also, macro images looked quite good with shallow depth of field effect. Talking about the front-facing camera, we get a 5 megapixel lens and it can take good selfies like most other selfie cameras. However, the speciality of this camera is its A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) and hence the selfies are much better and more vibrant. This is because the A.I. selects the best shot, best settings from a lot of combinations and thus you get the best output.
The camera app of the A71 comes with a simple and easy to use interface. The stock app offers various shooting modes including a pro mode and it is good enough for clicking and editing pictures and videos. The primary camera can shoot Full HD videos and the quality is quite good. Overall, the Oppo A71 (2018) has a good set of cameras but the selfie camera is better because of the A.I. feature.
The loudspeaker of the Oppo A71 is located at the bottom right. There are identical machine grilled speaker holes on both sides of the microUSB port at the bottom but the one of the left is the primary microphone and the one on the right is the loudspeaker. It is basically designed like this for making it look aesthetic but we do not get a stereo speaker setup. Anyway, the mono speaker sounds pretty good and is loud as well. We get a default music app with the phone and it has most of the features that you will require for listening to music. However, you can also download your favorite music app to replace the stock one. A bundled earphone comes in the box but the quality is very average, so you can purchase a good pair of earphones if you do not own one already.
The A71 is able to play both HD and Full HD videos quite easily but it lags a bit while playing 4K videos. Again, the default video player app is not the best and thus you have to download a third-party video player like MX Player for the best possible video watching experience. Overall, the Oppo A71 (2018) offers a good audio and video experience.
The Oppo A71 (2018) runs on Color OS 3.2 based on Android 7.1 Nougat OS out of the box. It has got a slight update compared to the previous model. However, we are not expecting even the new model to get updated to Android 8.0 Oreo OS or later in the future as most budget smartphones are deprived of it. Anyway talking about the interface, the Color OS mainly looks like iOS but offers great customization options. The icons and settings menu resemble iOS a lot. There are a lot of widgets, wallpapers, effects and themes. Thus, you can make some cosmetic changes according to your preferences to change the look of the interface. In terms of stability, the UI is very smooth and does not lag in general day-to-day usage. There is a Security Centre app that also includes a power manager, notifications disabler, data monitor and memory cleanup tool. There are some pre-installed apps (bloatware) but you can easily delete them if you do not like them. In case you are not comfortable with Color OS, then you can just download any third-party theme such as Pixel Launcher or Nova Launcher to get a modern and aesthetic look.
Overall, the Oppo A71 (2018) has a tad smoother interface compared to the older A71 but you will still not get major Android OS updates in future.