a member of a competing family
two minute review
If you are looking for a low-cost 5G phone, then the budget Oppo A phones of 2021 series can be perfect for you. Note that we say ‘series’ and not ‘Oppo A94 5G’, despite this phone being a review – that’s because it’s a tough call to recommend this handset over one of its siblings.
launched with Oppo A54 5G and A74 5GOf course, the A94 5G is the top member of the family of affordable 5G phones, but there isn’t a huge difference between them. The price difference is minimal, and while there are some differences, such as processor, screen refresh rate, and charging speed, the A94 5G doesn’t always come out ahead in these comparisons.
So if you need a faster phone it’s the better member of its family thanks to its 8GB of RAM, and its screen looks better, but it’s also the worst in terms of battery life, and display refresh rate compared to its cheaper siblings. is behind.
We recommend that you check out our reviews of all three Oppo A phones before arriving at a buying decision, although they are similar enough that if one appeals to you, the others probably won’t let you down.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering why we’re writing ‘5G’ at the end of ‘A94 5G’ despite not doing so for most phones that support 5G, that’s because there’s actually only a 4G version of the handset that Quite different. This is a review of the 5G model, which is the only version on sale in most regions, and we’re still talking about this device if we omit ‘5G’ for brevity.
As it stands, the Oppo A94 5G is a pretty good phone for its price – sure, that’s not exactly loud language, but it’s still the most accurate way to describe it.
Some budget phones are quite weak or slow to use, but with the MediaTek Dimensity 800U chipset and 8GB of RAM, we didn’t have that problem with the Oppo A94. It was relatively quick to use, and played games well.
The screen also looks good, as it uses AMOLED technology that provides better colors and contrast than the LCDs used in many other budget phones (including the A94’s siblings). However the refresh rate is just 60Hz, making the motion look less smooth than the 90Hz on other devices in the family.
For social media purposes, cameras are fine too – sure, you won’t win a photography contest with them, but if you just want to take a quick selfie or snap a cake you’ve baked, they sure will. that they liked.
Price is the real selling point of the Oppo A94 5G – though despite costing more than its siblings, it’s still great value if you’re looking for next-gen connectivity.
With regards to recommending the Oppo A94 5G, we’ll give it a tentative ‘maybe’ – check out our reviews for each member of its family. If they all sound roughly alike to you, choose the A54 5G, as it’s cheaper. Thanks to a few features, the A94 5G is no slouch though.
Oppo A94 5G Price and Availability
The Oppo A94 5G costs £299 (about $410, AU$560), which is a very affordable price for a 5G phone.
The handset likely won’t go on sale in the US, as Oppo doesn’t sell its phones there, but Australian availability is up in the air. While all of the A94’s siblings are on sale in the country, this phone isn’t – making it unlikely that the handset will hit golden shores, but we can’t say for sure.
In the UK, the phone is available from a number of retailers including Oppo, Amazon and Argos, although no carrier limits it. This means you have to buy it SIM-free and add it to your SIM card.
The Oppo A94 5G doesn’t do much to detract from the ‘standard Android phone’ formula, which is to be expected as few handsets at this price do. It’s your standard ‘chocolate-bar’ appliance that looks very similar to its siblings.
We found the Oppo A94 to be quite easy to hold, although it is far from a ‘compact phone’. Weighing in at 173 grams and measuring 160.1 x 73.4 x 7.8mm, it’s not huge, perfect for those who don’t need a huge handset.
The phone has a USB-C port as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack; There is a volume rocker on the left edge and a power button on the right.
The plastic back of the phone is adept at capturing fingerprints. This is more noticeable on the blue version of the phone, but we only tested the black one, where it wasn’t always clear. The camera bump, even on the back, doesn’t stick out very far.
Oppo has not officially revealed the IP rating of the phone; We’ll treat it with caution, though it’s likely to be at least splashproof.
One of the features of the A94 5G, which you may not see on other similarly priced phones, is its in-display fingerprint sensor. If you prefer this method of unlocking your phone, it’s a good reason to consider this handset.
You might be surprised to hear that the Oppo A94 5G’s 6.43-inch display is smaller than the A54 or A74’s panel—not that many people will notice the 0.07-inch difference. One difference you can see, however, is that it has a 60Hz refresh rate as opposed to 90Hz on its more affordable siblings, which means motions appear less smooth.
The resolution here is 1080 x 2400 – the standard for a smartphone at almost any price – it has an 800 nits maximum brightness, which is great for a budget handset, and is broken down by a cut-out for the front camera in the top-left corner.
The reason you can opt for the A94 5G over its sibling is that while they use LCD – which is regarded as smartphone screen technology – this handset uses Super AMOLED. The resulting colors are more vibrant, contrast is improved, and darker areas are even darker than on an LCD display.
The Oppo A94 5G has four rear cameras, and is very similar to the A54 and A74. Finally, a class in which we don’t need to compare it to its family!
These snappers are 48MP f/1.7 main, 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, 2MP f/2.4 macro and 2MP f/2.4 depth-sensing cameras. There is also a 16MP f/2.4 camera on the front. Overall, that array is about average for a phone at this price.
A quick word on 2MP cameras: Smartphone makers love to throw in auxiliary lenses with 2MP sensors, and they rarely add anything to the party. Here’s what it is: Macro shots looked better on a standard camera than on actual macro ones, and as you’re about to read, depth was a problem for photos, so the sensor clearly wasn’t doing a top job. These additions are here to bulk up the list of specifications, not to add photography capabilities.
Now on to other cameras: We found selfies looked pretty good – they were sharp with bold colors. Portrait snaps sometimes had false ‘bokeh’ background blur, with some non-blurry parts showing around the subject, but it was never noticeable.
We weren’t disappointed with the main camera either, as the Snaps were perfectly suited for sharing to Instagram or similar. Images were bright enough with vibrant colors, especially in well-lit environments, and were high-resolution that could be cropped down if needed.
However depth was an issue. Due to the technology used, smartphone cameras often have to rely on digital depth effects to replace the natural ones, and we found that it doesn’t always work well on the Oppo A94 5G. Sometimes the depth effect was too obvious, due to too much background blur; Other times the camera had trouble recognizing the subject of the shot clearly, so nothing was blurred, making it difficult to detect depth.
This was a problem with close-up shots (flowers, food, etc.), and not so much with snaps with a wide field of view. And these images were still better than the macro images, which had strangely crushed dark areas and a strange yellow tint.
Lastly, the ultra-wide camera does what it says on the tin. There was good consistency in light and color between this and the main camera, though snaps could be quite distorted at the edges.
For video fans, you can record at up to 4K, but only at 30fps – there doesn’t seem to be a way to increase the framerate of shooting even at lower resolutions. Slo-mo goes up to 1080p.
Plus there are some expected additions to the basic photo mode like panorama, pro mode, slo-mo photography, portrait mode and more – there are no surprising extra modes that you wouldn’t expect on a smartphone.
display and specs
To say the ‘brain of the operation’ is the MediaTek Dimensity 800U chipset, which is on par with the Snapdragon 480 used in the other two AX4 phones. This is paired with 8GB of RAM, which is a lot for a phone at this price, making the Oppo A94 5G feel noticeably faster than some rivals.
When we put the handset through the Geekbench 5 benchmark test, it returned a multi-core score of 1641 – the A54 got 1664, and the A74 got 1629, so they’re roughly on par in terms of performance. for reference, oneplus north 1877 found, Moto G100 2875 found and realme gt Hit 3508 – All these phones are almost the same in cost, although they cost a little more than the A94 5G.
So the Oppo A94 5G isn’t exactly a powerful phone, though it certainly isn’t the weakest we’ve tested, and it didn’t really disappoint when put to the test. We found it to be more than adequate for Call of Duty: Mobile and PUBG Mobile, at least in regards to performance (we listed a few problems with the software that affected gaming).
The presence of 5G is also an advantage, giving you a faster Internet connection you wouldn’t get otherwise, and it’s made it so much easier to load Instagram stories and download Spotify tracks…