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OPPO A74 Unboxing and First Impressions

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Here are our first impressions of the new OPPO A74 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chip, 5,000mAh battery, and 33W Flash Charge.
OPPO A74
OPPO A74

Announced locally in Late March 2021, the OPPO A74 finally arrives in the Philippines. 

It features a large 6.43-inch AMOLED display with a punch hole and a 16MP selfie camera. Inside is an 11nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 octa-core processor, Adreno 610 GPU, 128GB of storage, 5,000mAh battery with USB-C 33W Flash Charge, and a 48MP triple rear camera.

It is priced at only PHP 11,999. How does it fare?

Let's dive in!

Unboxing/Accessories

Box inclusions

The OPPO A74 comes in the familiar white box with OPPO branding and the render of the phone in front of it.

Inside the box are the phone, silicone case, SIM ejector tool, earphones, USB Type-A to Type-C, and the 33W power adapter. In 2021, having a complete set like this is a feature.

Build Quality/Design

Rear panel
Rear panel

The OPPO A74 is made of a combination of glass and high-quality polycarbonate. In front is the glass while the back is glasstic. In between the two is the lightweight but solid polycarbonate frame.

The back glasstic panel has a glossy finish and is a fingerprint smudge magnet. On the top left is the rear camera module while at the bottom right is the OPPO logo. The back is mostly in a blue colorway but shines and shimmers brightly that reveal a more silver-like color depending on how the light hits the back panel. It is eye-catchingly beautiful.
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In front is the 6.43-inch AMOLED panel with an in-display fingerprint scanner and a punch hole that houses the 16MP selfie camera. The panel is surrounded by a super slim top and side bezels with a slightly thicker chin bezel.
Top and bottom
Top and bottom

The frame in between has a tint of blue with a glossy polish. On top is a single microphone port while at the bottom is a microphone port, speaker grille, USB-C port, and 3.5mm audio jack.
Left and right side

On the left is the triple slot SIM tray that can house two nano-SIM cards and one microSD card while on the right side is the volume rocker and the power button.
Rear camera module
Rear camera module

The aforementioned rear-mounted triple camera set-up is made up of a 48MP main camera, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth sensor.

Running the show is ColorOS 11.1 based on Android 11. The included camera app includes modes like Photo, video, night, portrait, expert, macro, pano, slo-mo and time-lapse. The app can switch between 1x, 2x, and 5x.

The expert or Pro mode allows for control of ISO (100-6400), Shutter Speed (1/8000 to 32 seconds), White Balance, AF, and EV (+- 2).

Stay tuned for the camera samples in our full review.

OPPO A74 Specs

Display: 6.4-inch 2.5D curved AMOLED screen w/ 60Hz refresh rate, 180Hz touch sampling rate, FHD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution at 409 ppi
CPU: 2.0GHz 11nm Snapdragon 662 octa-core processor
GPU: Adreno 610
RAM: 6GB
ROM: 128GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB (dedicated)
Back Camera: 48MP f/1.7 w/ PDAF + 2MP f/2.4 macro + 2MP f/2.4 depth + LED flash
Selfie Camera: 16MP 
Battery: 5,000mAh w/ 33W Flash Charge
OS: Android 11 w/ ColorOS 11.1
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: In-Display fingerprint sensor, face unlock, USB-C, dual mic, Colors: Prism Black, Midnight Blue
Dimensions: 160.3 x 73.8 x 7.95 mm
Weight: 175 g
Price: PHP 11,999

As of the moment

Colors of the GIZGUIDE page on the A74
Colors of the GIZGUIDE page on the A74

In the Philippines, the OPPO A74 comes in 6GB RAM and 128GB storage configuration and is priced at only PHP 11,999. 

Out of the box, the phone has a super striking design with glass, glasstic, and polycarbonate materials. Our only concern with the build and design is it's prone to fingerprint smudges.

Competition is fierce in its price segment. Even though the A74 has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, and a 5,000mAh battery with a 33W Flash charge, it faces stiff competition.

So stay tuned for our full review of how it performs.

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