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Review: OPPO A76

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Officially made available in the Philippines in March 2022, the OPPO A76 is the latest mid-range smartphone. It boasts a stylish design, optimized camera, great battery, and storage priced at Php11,999. But does it measure up to my expectations? Read on to find out.

OPPO A76 Specs

Features

OPPO A76

Mobile Platform

Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 680

RAM + ROM

6GB + 128GB

ID

Approx. 8.4mm Approx. 189g

Display

6.56-inch screen;
90Hz refresh rate; 180Hz touch sampling rate; 96% NTSC color gamut; 89.9% screen-to-body ratio

Front Camera

•8MP Camera

Rear Camera

•13MP Main Camera •2MP Bokeh Camera

Unlock

Side Fingerprint Unlock

Battery Life

33W SuperVOOC
5000mAh Capacity

Network

4G

ColorOS

ColorOS 11.1

Colors

Glowing Black / Glowing Blue

With the specs out of the way, let me share my experience in using it for about two weeks as my primary phone.

OPPO A76 in Glowing Blue
OPPO A76 in Glowing Blue

A Stylish Smartphone

The OPPO A76 comes in the OPPO Glow Design in two colors – Glowing Black and Glowing Blue, the one that was sent to me for review. More accurately, it’s in Sky Blue color that gives a rainbow-ish highlight when the light hits the back. It may be eye-catching to some, but not really for me. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate it, but I’m not really in love with it. I can live with it.

I love that the back is not a fingerprint magnet and is smooth to touch. It claims to be scratch and dirt resistant, but two weeks is too short to judge on that aspect.

I also love that it is slim and light, measuring about 164.4mm in length, approximately 75.70mm in width, about 8.4mm in thickness, and about 189g in weight.

It’s my first time using a phone with the front-facing camera located on the left upper side of the screen. At first, I thought it would bother me, but it didn’t.

Good Display

Streaming Netflix on OPPO A76With a 6.56″ screen, the OPPO A76 is comfortable enough to use for long periods. I don’t have very good eyesight. That’s why screen size is a deal-breaker for me. It’s also good that the screen is legible even under the bright sun. The colors are pretty good, though sometimes I feel that it is washed out.

Memory & Platform

The latest OPPO A-series phone has 6GB memory and 128GB storage expandable for up to 1TB. I didn’t bother inserting an SD Card, and I never had problems with the storage. 

It claims to have a smart system that terminates background processes so that it won’t eat up RAM. I didn’t experience it, though. Or maybe I’m not paying attention, hehe.

Battery and Charging

The OPPO A76 has a 5000mAh battery which lasts me a day and a half of use. It comes with a 33WSUPERVOOC charger. It charges the phone 100% for 1.5 hours.

Charging the OPPO A76
The OPPO A76 has a 5,000mAh battery and comes with a 33W SuperVOOC charger

There’s a claim that charging it for 3 minutes lets you use the phone for a substantial amount of time. I didn’t test it, though. I mean, what’s the point of charging it for 3 minutes when I can hook it until it’s fully charged.

Camera

OPPO A76 2-system rear camera
Two-system rear camera

The OPPO A76’s 2-camera system at the back has a 13MP primary camera and another 2MP, referred to as the Bokeh Camera. The camera at the front is 8MP. My old phone has a 4-camera system so I was not expecting much about this one from OPPO.

8MP Front camera
8MP Front camera

But my cousin pointed out that it’s okay as long as the performance is good. She has a phone with a 3-camera system from a popular brand, but she’s not satisfied.

Throughout the time I was using the phone, I used the camera with no tweaks. For me, the rear camera performed reasonably well. 

Check out the unoptimized images here. Here’s a short sample video captured with the OPPO A76:

And here are the links of content I created with it and shared on social media:

But I love OPPO’s front camera on this phone. I took a selfie inside my room with the window on my back. As you can see, OPPO A76’s Ultra-Clear Selfies is at work here. The window with curtains was not washed out by the light and even captured the details that my old phone failed to do. That’s awesome!

Performance

I’m not a gamer, so I can’t say much about the phone’s performance on that end. I did install Mobile Legends to test. For a short time, I can say it’s okay.

The phones operating system is ColorOS 11.1 over Android 11. Just like the usual Android phones, it’s customizable. For the most part, I’ve used the OPPO A76 for work. I create content, and I can say that it can hold itself as a tool for graphics and videos.

The apps I used for design, photo editing, video editing and social media worked smoothly and multitasking was great.

Last Words

Will I get this phone? Probably not. Of course, that’s basically from the point of view of having an already solid phone that I already own. I do love that the OPPO A76 has a bigger screen size. I could consider it as a secondary phone though.

OPPO A76 ReviewIf you’re upgrading to a single camera system or probably not satisfied with your current phone’s performance, I’d say the phone is worth the jump. For a suggested retail price of Php11,999, you’ll get a solid phone that is capable to meet your needs.

 


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