OPPO A72 Review: the good, the basic one

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OPPO has launched a new mid-range smartphone, the OPPO A72, with an impressive 5000 mAh battery and a photo module with four devices. On paper, the smartphone has something to seduce, but what about in use? This is what we will see in this complete test.

Oppo A72

Oppo A72 Specifications

ModelOppo A72
OS versionAndroid 10 Q
Manufacturer interfaceColorOS
Screen size6.5 inches
Definition2400 x 1080 pixels
Pixel density405 ppp
TechnologyLCD
SoCSnapdragon 665
Graphics Chip (GPU)Adreno 610
Random-access memory (RAM)4 GB, 8 GB
Mémoire intern (flash)128 GB
Camera (back)Sensor 1: 48 Mp
Sensor 2: 8 Mp
Sensor 3: 2 Mp
Sensor 4: 2 Mp
Camera (front)16 Mp
Video recording4K
Wi-FiWi-Fi 5 (ac)
Bluetooth5.0
NFCYes
Fingerprint sensorYes
Ports (inputs / outputs)USB Type-C
Battery5000 mAh
Dimensions75.5 x 162 x 8.9mm
Weight192 grams
ColorBlack, White, Violet, Bleu
Price273$

 

A Classic Enough Design For 2020

Like many smartphones launched since the start of the year, the OPPO A72 takes on a design that is particularly fashionable. It must be said that unlike the OPPO A9 2020 – which it draws heavily on for its technical sheet – the A72 offers a punched screen.

A large slab of 6.5 inches on the front, with relatively thin borders all around, 49 mm at the top, 41 mm on the sides, and 41 mm at the bottom, on what is generally called a chin.

Note that the punch, positioned in the upper left corner of the screen, is not the most discreet and will rather remind us of the first models with a pierced screen, launched more than a year ago.

Oppo A72 front panel

On the back, the OPPO A72 is covered with a rather successful glass-like plastic surface. Two colors are available: twilight black and aurora violet. I was able to test the second version, which is rather colorful with a gradient from purple to turquoise. Note also that the back of the smartphone does not capture fingerprints too much. At the top left of the back, we will also find one of the trends of this year 2020, with a photo module with four devices, positioned in the shape of a domino. Slightly raised, however, it will not interfere too much when you use the smartphone placed flat on a table or desk.

 

No trace of a fingerprint reader on the back or under the screen and for good reason: Oppo has chosen to position it on its side. We are therefore entitled to a fingerprint reader which doubles as a standby button on the right side. Positioning that I like, since it easily falls under the thumb. It is on the left edge that we will find the two volume buttons. Finally, to complete this tour of the contours of the Oppo A72, it should be noted that it has a headphone jack, a USB-C jack and a speaker on the bottom edge. For the SIM card drawer, it is located on the left edge, above the volume buttons, and allows you to integrate two nano-SIM cards in addition to a microSD card.

The left edge of the Oppo A72 The right edge of the Oppo A72 The lower edge of the Oppo A72

Overall, the Oppo A72 resumes the guns of the market with a fairly classic format albeit a little thick of 162.0 x 75.5 x 8.9 mm, for a weight of 192 grams. Note, however, a major advantage, especially given its price range: stereo speakers. Admittedly, the audio quality lacks definition and would benefit from being better, but at less than 340 dollars, this is still an argument which few competing models can take advantage of.

A Good Quality Screen … For LCD :

The Oppo A72 has a 6.5-inch LCD display with 2400 x 1080 pixels. Enough to display 405 pixels per inch (ppi), a sufficient density not to distinguish each pixel individually and to have an image sharp enough to the naked eye.

The pierced screen of the Oppo A72

As for the image ratio, we are therefore left with a 20:9 format longer than the 18:9 or the traditional 16:9, but which remains consistent with all the smartphones launched this year.

In use, the Oppo A72 can play content well, even outdoors in direct sunlight. However, we may note a tendency for the display to pull slightly towards blue with the default mode. In fact, these findings are confirmed by our measurements carried out with the probe using the Calman Ultimate software from Portrait Displays.

The screen of the Oppo A72

Indeed, I was able to measure a default screen temperature of 8226 K. It is much bluer than white sunlight, at 6500 K. In terms of contrast and brightness, the smartphone is However, it does quite well for a device with an LCD panel with a maximum brightness of 500 cd/m² and a contrast of 1440:1. Still in default mode, we note a coverage of 122% of the RGB color space and only 82% of the DCI-P3 space. But it is above all the color fidelity that will be of concern, with an average delta E measured at 6.62 in the DCI-P3 space.

The Oppo A72 fingerprint reader Oppo A72Oppo A72

Measures that we will however be able to improve by moving the temperature slider to the warmest possible mode in the display settings of the Oppo A72. Thus, we go to a temperature of 7086 K. It is not perfect, but we are approaching 6500 K of sunlight. Color fidelity is also improved, with an average delta E of 5.36.

Overall, provided you change the screen calibration settings, the Oppo A72 offers a very decent display, especially for its brightness and contrast, which is effective for an LCD panel. However, we do not reach the levels of what can be found on competitive OLED panels, especially at Samsung.

A Very Successful Softwar Interface :

On the software side, the Oppo A72 is not reinventing the wheel. It must be said that Oppo has already reinvented it a little earlier in the year by launching ColorOS 7.1 on its Find X2 Pro. Unsurprisingly, it is therefore this same interface that we will find on the A72, still based on Android 10. Note also that at the time of this test, in mid-July, the Oppo A72 was still equipped with the security patch. March 5, 2020.

Oppo Menu Oppo Home

In addition to these different features, the Oppo A72 presents an originality in the Oppo ecosystem: it is indeed the first smartphone of the brand to embed the mandatory applications of Google, but more still. As on the Xiaomi Mi 10 or the OnePlus 8, in addition to Chrome, Gmail or the Play Store, we will thus find the application of Podcasts, Google One, Google Pay or Google Calendar. Of course, this means that you will have to uninstall them if you do not have the utility, but it mainly fixes a problem with ColoOS: its Assistant AI screen. Present on the brand’s previous models, it had been widely criticized for its lack of interest and relevance, especially in comparison with Google Discover. Never mind, Oppo has heard the criticism and therefore replaced its assistant with Google Discover on the Oppo A72. A more than welcome addition.

The Oppo A72 fingerprint reader

Regarding biometric recognition, the OPPO A72 is compatible with both facial recognition and fingerprint detection. In the first case, we may regret a recognition which can be a bit long when we take the phone, but nothing dramatic. In the second, it’s a bit faster without being dazzling. During my week of testing, the Oppo A72 struggled to recognize my thumbprint in the early days but ended up doing it without much concern.

Finally, note that the OPPO A72 is compatible with the Widevine DRM system at L1 level. More concretely, this means that the smartphone is able to access streaming services like Netflix, Disney Plus, or myCanal with playback of videos in high definition.

Performance Below The Competition :

The OPPO A72 is equipped with the Snapdragon 665 chip from Qualcomm. This is a chip officially presented a little over a year ago and which is equipped with a Kryo 260 processor and an Adreno 610 graphics chip. Suffice to say, it is clearly an entry-level SoC from Qualcomm and don’t expect performance marvels from the OPPO A72. Next to this Snapdragon 665, OPPO has integrated 4 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB of storage in UFS 2.1, expandable by microSD card.

On a day-to-day basis, without really paddling the A72 also lacks foolproof responsiveness. It can take a second between tapping an icon and launching the application. There will also be some slowdowns in the interface. Fortunately, the smartphone does better in 2D games that are not too greedy. On the other hand, don’t count on it for the most graphically demanding 3D games.

Call of Duty Mobile is pretty smooth on the Oppo A72

While the OPPO A72 does launch Fortnite Mobile, it is not an officially supported smartphone. And you quickly understand why when you start a game. By default, the Epic Games shooter sets itself automatically with average graphics quality, smoothness at 30 frames per second, and 3D resolution at 75%. Raising the 3D resolution to 100%, as I do for each test, the smartphone struggled to run the game properly. The FPS meter was showing me an average smoothness between 15 and 16 FPS with drops to 5 FPS. In other words, we are far from the 30 FPS promised. In addition, the OPPO A72 has an annoying tendency to overheat.

Fortunately, Call of Duty Mobile is doing much better on the OPPO A72. The game automatically configures itself in high graphics quality, with a high frame rate per second. However, I was able to pass both parameters to very high, while activating anti-aliasing, without the fluidity being felt. In fact the main complaint I will make with the Oppo A72 when it comes to gaming comes from its screen, which can take a long time to respond between the moment I change my field of view and the moment it appears on the screen.

In order to compare the OPPO A72 to its main competitors in the 250-300 dollars segment, I ran it through several benchmarks that we also tested against the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite and Samsung Galaxy A51.

OPPO A72Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 ProXiaomi Mi 9 LiteSamsung Galaxy A51
SoCSnapdragon 665Snapdragon 720GSnapdragon 710Exynos 9611
AnTuTu 8.x172 406276 347173 858177 359
PCMark 2.06 3947 7046 6765 183
3DMark Sling Shot Extreme1 1072 5181 8341 608
3DMark Slingshot Extreme Graphics9672 3711 6921 496
3DMark Slingshot Extreme Physics2 2393 2142 5972 180
GFXBench Aztec Vulkan High (onscreen / offscreen)nc10 / 6,7 FPS6,8 / 4,6 FPS5,6 / 3,8 FPS
GFX Bench Car Chase (onscreen/offscreen)6,0 / 6,9 FPS16 / 18 FPS11 / 13 FPS9,2 / 11 FPS
GFX Bench Manhattan (onscreen/offscreen)17 / 19 FPS38 / 42 FPS27 / 32 FPS23 / 23 FPS
Sequential read / write476 / 232 Mo/s500 / 205 Mo/s482 / 237 Mo/s480 / 178 Mo/s
Random read / write30,1k / 36,1k IOPS34,4k / 29k IOPS23k / 30k IOPS30,1k / 31,7k IOPS

 

Overall, if the OPPO A72 can therefore stand up to the Samsung Galaxy A51 and the Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite, its scores are pale compared to those of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro. On the graphics tests of GFXBench or 3DMark, the OPPO A72 is struggling to keep up with its competitors. Note also that the smartphone was not able to run the Aztec test of GFXBench in high quality with the Vulkan API.

A QUADRUPLE PHOTO MODULE THAT REALLY USES ONLY TWO :

Regarding the photo, the OPPO A72 is equipped with four devices in the module on the back. We will thus find:
  • 48-megapixel wide-angle camera (f/1.7).
  • An 8-megapixel 119° ultra-wide-angle camera (f/2.2).
  • Two sensors for portrait mode of 2 megapixels (f/2.4).

The rear photo module of the Oppo A72

So we see if there are four cameras that are offered on the OPPO A72, two of them are only used to define the background blur for portrait mode. There are therefore only two sensors that are truly useful in everyday life: the main one of 48 megapixels and the ultra-wide-angle of 8 megapixels. Note however that the photo application interface allows you to operate x2 and x5 zooms, but these are digital zooms.

Also, if the OPPO A72 is capable of taking 48-megapixel shots, this mode is disabled by default, since the smartphone will use pixel binning technology to merge four pixels into one and thus reduce digital noise while increasing the brightness. We are therefore by default with 12-megapixel photos.

On the following sets of photos, each time I took the photos in automatic mode – so in 12 megapixels – with automatic HDR, but without the “vivid color” mode, which is disabled by default. Each time, I captured the scene with the ultra-wide-angle, then with the main wide-angle module.

Photo in automatic mode of the Oppo A72, wide-angle Photo in automatic mode of the Oppo A72, ultra wide-angle Photo in automatic mode of the Oppo A72, wide-angle Auto mode photo of the Oppo A72, ultra wide-angle

Photo in automatic mode of the Oppo A72, wide-angle Photo in automatic mode of the Oppo A72, ultra wide-angle Photo in automatic mode of the Oppo A72, wide-angle // Source: Frandroid Auto mode photo of the Oppo A72, ultra wide-angle

Overall, we have an OPPO A72 that manages to maintain good color consistency when switching from one device to another. The smartphone also manages very well to manage the high dynamic ranges as we can see in the third series of photos for example. As soon as the brightness drops, however, the smartphone has more trouble, especially in strong darkness. The OPPO A72 does, however, benefit from a night mode:

As we have seen, the OPPO A72 takes advantage of two sensors on the back specially dedicated to portrait capture.

The first point to highlight, especially visible in the first two shots, is the lack of HDR support in portrait mode. Unfortunately, if your subject is a bit backlit, then the photos will be burnt with a completely white background. For the face clipping and the background blur, the OPPO A72 is doing fine, but without doing wonders. We see it in particular on the last series where certain locks are erased and with a clear background between several locks of hair. Pity.

For selfies, it’s a 16-megapixel camera, with a lens opening at f/2.0, which is built into the punch.

Unfortunately, there too the portrait mode fails to seduce. It’s even more difficult than managing the face with the main camera. In addition, the management of the dynamic range is rather average as seen on the third series, even in automatic mode.

For video, the OPPO A72 can capture footage in 4K at 30 FPS with the main camera and Full HD at 30 FPS with the selfie camera.

Very Comfortable Autonomy :

The OPPO A72 has a battery with a capacity of 5000 mAh. A capacity that allows him to happily spend the day.

In fact, I was able to use the smartphone for just over 35 hours before it went from 100% to 10% battery. During this period, the screen remained on for 6:20 hours, including more than an hour on YouTube, half an hour on Fortnite, one hour on Twitter, and three hours of listening to Spotify in the background. It was also during this period that I launched 3DMark for the rather power-hungry 3D performance test.

The Oppo A72 offers good battery life of up to two days

Overall, we, therefore, have an OPPO A72 which should make it easy to get through the day and even reach the two days of use with a little more moderate use.

For charging, the OPPO A72 is supplied with an 18W charger (9V, 2A). Suffice to say that to charge a 5000 mAh battery, we can not really qualify as a fast charger. Starting from an initial charge of 10% it took an hour to increase to 62%, two hours for 96%, and a total of 2:31 for a charge of 10 to 100%.
Considering the price of the OPPO A72, don’t count on wireless charging, it doesn’t have one. Difficult, however, to hold it against him.

OPPO A72 Network & Communication :

The OPPO A72 is not a 5G smartphone. However, it has the merit of being compatible with all 4G bands used by mobile operators. It is therefore compatible with the B1 (2100 MHz), B3 (1800 MHz), B7 (2600 MHz), B20 (800 MHz), and even the B28 (700 MHz) bands, mainly used by Free Mobile.

Price And Availability Of OPPO A72 :

The OPPO A72 is already available for 296$. It is offered with a unique configuration, with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, expandable by microSD, but in two colors: twilight black and aurora purple.

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