In the smartphone jungle, it can sometimes be a bit difficult to navigate, especially if your budget is tight. In this segment, the OPPO A72 has several playing cards with a pleasant interface and good battery life.
The affordable phone segment has improved dramatically over the past few years. For an affordable price, it is now possible to have a completely versatile smartphone. So what can we find for a budget of 200 euros? Among the devices that stand out, let’s come back to the OPPO A72. This model has several interesting points, especially in terms of its versatility.
A nice phone
The OPPO A72 benefits from a very successful design. This is felt when you see the front of the phone. There is indeed a screen pierced with a punch housing the 16-megapixel front camera. This results in better immersion in video playback thanks to a 90% occupancy rate of the front face of the 6.5-inch screen. On the right as on the left we find thin borders of 1.73 mm. At the bottom of the device, the chin is a little thicker without being particularly imposing.
Faced with the lack of responsiveness of certain fingerprint sensors positioned under the screen – in particular because of the protective film – OPPO has chosen to replace it. Rather than positioning it on the back of the device, this sensor is directly integrated on the ignition button placed on the right side edge. An investment which has the advantage of falling naturally under the finger.
Of course, in this price range, the back of the phone is neither ceramic nor glass, but is covered with a plastic surface, which mimics a glass rendering. The manufacturer offers two colors: twilight black and aurora purple. On the upper part, we find the photo block.
An effective photo block
Concerning the photo precisely, OPPO has placed four photo sensors on the back of the OPPO A72. If we do not expect from him pictures with a sharpness as extraordinary as on a terminal marketed three or four times more expensive, the manufacturer has however incorporated interesting technologies.
The main camera is 48 megapixels with an aperture of f / 1.7. The latter is therefore a little larger than its predecessor, the OPPO A9 (f / 1.8). This better opening makes it possible to capture more light, and therefore to offer better quality shots. Moreover, the OPPO A72 benefits from a new version of its Night mode.
This sensor also makes use of oversampling – oversampling or pixel binning – in order to combine four pixels into one. The pictures are then in 12 megapixels. This technique aims to reduce digital noise in low light while providing more detail on color rendering. Finally, a sensor with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and two 2-megapixel sensors dedicated to portrait mode complete the photo block.
On the video side, the main sensor is capable of capturing clips in 4K at 30 frames per second. You will also be able to activate a mode slow motion with recordings at 120 frames per second.
ColorOS 7.1, an intuitive and customizable interface
OPPO’s ColorOS interface has come a long way, and now offers an experience worthy of the best interfaces out there. Introduced by the OPPO Find X2 Pro, ColorOS version 7.1 also powers the OPPO A72. This interface is clear, pleasant to use, especially with its minimalist design. However, that does not prevent it from integrating a multitude of customization options.
We find for example a successful dark mode, or several navigation options, including a gesture. Note also a very practical side shortcuts pane, a simplified locking of the applications that you want to secure or the arrival of a Google Discover page on the left screen.
A balanced technical sheet
The OPPO A72 hosts a Snapdragon 665 SoC equipped with an Adreno 610 for the graphics part and 4 GB of RAM. A sufficient configuration for simple uses, and even some 3D games.
On the screen side, the 6.5-inch panel displays a Full HD + definition of 2400 by 1080 pixels. The pixel density is high, which makes it difficult for you to distinguish them with the naked eye. The brightness rises to 500 cd / m2, enough to consult his phone in good conditions, even in the sun.
Another highlight of the OPPO A72 is its 5000mAh battery. Thanks to it, the phone is able to operate at least for a day, even two in case of a little more moderate use.
A very good value for money
In short, for 200 euros, the OPPO A72 is doing very well. Its design is neat, the photo part is convincing, the ColorOS interface is pleasant and the technical sheet is balanced for the price. Thanks to a reduction of 60 euros, the OPPO A72 goes to the price of 199 euros at all good merchants like Amazon, Cdiscount, the Fnac or Boulanger. Here is a nice Christmas gift idea to please.