A Daily Driver But Not A Beauty Expert
To a long list of selfie-focused smartphones, Chinese company OPPO has added yet another smartphone in it’s A series, dubbed the OPPO A71 (2018). The smartphone recently reached the Indian shores and has the AI Beauty Recognition Technology as its main highlight. Bringing out the selfie queen in me, I got the smartphone for review, and here is what the AI-based tech got me like:
148.1 x 73.8 x 7.6 mm | 137g | Android 7.1 (Nougat) | 5.2 / 720 x 1280 | 3GB RAM, 16GB ROM | 3000mAh | 13MP, 5MP | Dual SIM
The OPPO A71 (2018) is much like any smartphone with a comfortable design, making it easy to use. Starting with the aesthetics, the smartphone, with a metal build comes with a single camera setup on the rear side, accompanied by LED flash on the side. The back also contains the ‘OPPO’ logo beneath the camera module, in the middle. Painted in pseudo-Gold hue (looking more like Rose Gold), the smartphone at the front has a selfie snapper, with an assortment of regular sensors. Coming down, there is the usual set of capacitive buttons. At the bottom end lies the micro-USB port, sandwiched between speaker grilles on either sides, while at the top end rests a 3.5mm audio jack. On the left-hand side are the two volume buttons, while on the right side, there is a dedicated SIM card tray and a power on/off button.
In totality, the OPPO A71 is a regularly made smartphone with no extraordinary factor attached to it. Therefore, it scores decent marks in the design department.
The OPPO A71 (2018) comes with a display rated at 5.2- inch and is full HD in nature with a screen resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. The screen size of the smartphone is a comfortable one, ensuring ease of usage. The display is adequately bright and the displayed app icons are aptly lit. The viewing angles among all are also fine.
Additionally, the display of the smartphone comes with Night Shield feature which when enabled adjusts the blue light and prevents eye strain, and comes with the ability to adjust the screen colour temperature.
The main area of attention in the OPPO A71 (2018) is the camera department which has elements of Artificial Intelligence in the form of AI Beauty Recognition technology. The new AI-driven beauty feature helps suggests you the right beauty filter suitable for you.
With the touted ability, my hopes were high and I was certainly intrigued as to what the tech is capable of doing. However, on enabling the beauty mode, there was nothing so amazing happening. The beauty mode has an Auto option as well as various levels of beauty filters. On selecting the Auto option the AI Beauty Recognition does its job, with the added option to choose from the various levels in accordance with your choice.
Talking about the performance of the 5-megapixel front-facing camera, the camera performed averagely. The resultant selfies were not that clear, and the details could not be adequately highlighted. On applying the Beauty mode, the images appeared clearer, but were way too exposed.
Additionally, the front camera supports the Bokeh Effect and the selfies taken with the mode enabled, were relatively impressive.
Coming to the rear shooter, the camera rated at 13- megapixel captured details and produced above average output. The High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode too, worked fine and highlighted the dark areas well.
Performance and Hardware Specifications
The OPPO A71 (2018) is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor with Adreno 506 GPU ticking at 1.8GHz. The smartphone, obtaining its multi-tasking abilities from 3GB of RAM, comes equipped with 16GB of internal storage (as the original OPPO A71), which comes with the option to further expand up to 256GB with the help of a memory card.
During my review period, the smartphone’s performance was smooth. Performing the regular tasks was pretty easy and smooth. Using the social media apps such Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, among many was convenient with the smartphone mostly sustaining the stammer-free nature. Playing games or simply checking out the smartphone was fine and can become a daily driver with ease.
The smartphone sources its fuel from a 3,000mAh battery and the battery backup has been above average throughout my usage. The smartphone, while performing the day-today usual tasks and various apps in the background was able to run through a day. Additionally, the audio quality has been fine too.
The smartphone runs the company’s ColorOS 3.2 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The UI has been much like the one found on Apple (the swipe-up notification channel, the Settings Menu), and has been a clean one during my usage with no bloatware.
While the smartphone has been a decent performer all this while, I strongly missed the presence of a fingerprint scanner, given the fact many budget smartphones come with one.
The OPPO A71 (2018), for Rs 9,990, is a smartphone, which can become a daily driver. However, with a percentage of pros, it has cons too. The Beauty Recognition tech sounds pretty enticing, but lacks enough intelligence to be fully-loved. Furthermore, the OPPO A71 (2018) is in the ring against the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 with a bigger battery and a fingerprint scanner, and the Lenovo K8 Plus with dual cameras and a bigger battery.