OPPO A72 review - good budget smartphone

by 20. December 2020

At the beginning of June, OPPO presented two new budget smartphones. One of them is the OPPO A72, which wants to score with the efficient Snapdragon 665, an ultra-clear 48 MP AI quad camera and a high 5000 mAh battery performance.

How the smartphone fits into the highly competitive mid-range segment is highlighted in this review.






Processor and memory
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
GPU: Adreno 610
Internal memory: 128GB (UFS2.1)
Memory extension: Yes

Display diagonal: 6.5 inches
Display resolution: 2400 x 1080 pixels
Display type: TFT-LCD
Screen Protector: Unknown
Multitouch: 10 fingers

Main camera: 48 MP (1 / 2.8 '' size, f / 1.7 aperture)
Ultra wide angle: 8 MP (1/4 '' size, f / 2.2 aperture)
Macro sensor: 2MP (1/5 '' size, f / 2.4 aperture)
Depth sensor: 2MP (1/5 '' size, f / 2.4 aperture)

Front camera: 16 MP (1 / 3.1 '' size, f / 2.0 aperture)

SIM type: Dual Nano-SIM + MicroSD Card
SIM size: Nano SIM
eSIM: No.

GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
WCDMA: Bands 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
FDD-LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/26/28/66
TD-LTE: 38 / 39 / 40 / 41 Bands

WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth: 5.0
GPS: Yes

* Ambient light sensor
* Accelerometer
* Proximity Sensor
* Fingerprint sensor (on the side)

Battery: 5.000 mAh
Fast charge function: 18 Watt
Qi store: no

Operating system: Android 10 (ColorOS)
Connection: USB-C, 3.5 mm audio
Size: 162 x 75.5 x 8.9mm
Weight: 192g

What's in the box

1x OPPO A72
1x Headset
1x USB cable
1x adapter
1x SIM card pin
1x protective cover
1x protective film on the display
1x Quick Start Guide
1x warranty card

Test: OPPO A72

Update 20. December 2020

If you want to have an OPPO A72 under the Christmas tree at short notice, you should now Amazon strike. There is the convincing mid-range smartphone currently for only 179 Euros on offer. The last comparison price was around 194 euros. You can find all offers at the end of the article in Price Comparison.

Get Offer

The OPPO product portfolio is gradually growing in the local markets. OPPO smartphones are now represented in all price ranges. In addition to the high-end models of the Find series, the mid-range Reno series, the Budget A-Serieswho also that OPPO A72 listened to.

Design and workmanship

A starry sky in your hand - With this concise sentence, OPPO describes the design of the OPPO A72. The smartphone is available in exactly two colors. The subtle one Twilight black, which is especially elegant, as well as the groovy one Aurora purplethat is guaranteed to attract attention. The back of the case consists of Acrylicwhat you can also perceive haptically. It doesn't feel quite as smooth as a smartphone with a glass back. However, since we are in the budget price range, this minor evil is manageable.

OPPO A72 front side

A Fingerprint scanner we look in vain on the back. OPPO has conveniently integrated this directly into the power button. This not only makes it easy to reach, but also ensures a cleaner look. The one on the back and the rectangular protruding one is striking Camera unitenclosing the four camera sensors and the LED flash. The OPPO logo is located at the bottom right.

OPPO A72 back

The transition from the back to the housing frame, which is also made of plastic, is pleasantly round. If we look at the framework of the 162 x 75.5 x 8.9 mm big and 192g Take a closer look at the heavy OPPO A72, then the action mainly takes place inside the lower part of the case. There is one in the middle USB-C socket, which is also supported by a 3.5 mm jack connection for headphones, a microphone and a loudspeaker. The volume rocker is in the upper third of the left side of the frame, the power button on the right. This arrangement is common and makes it easier to unlock the smartphone with the right hand. The OPPO A72 is located above the volume rocker Triple SIM slotwhich can be equipped with two nano SIM cards and a microSD memory card.

OPPO A72 scope of delivery

A look at the front does not reveal the OPPO A72 as a budget smartphone. The black edges that the 6.5 inch large IPS display are kept comparatively narrow for a budget smartphone. The display extends almost to the edge at the top and sides. The “Punch-hole” front camera is discreetly hidden within the display. The elongated receiver above the display is also barely visible. However, you will look in vain for a notification LED.

The quality of workmanship corresponds to the price of the device. There were no abnormalities or processing defects in our test copy. So far, the OPPO A72 cuts a good figure!


Let's take a closer look at the display on a 6.5 inches diagonal with 2400 1080 x pixels dissolves. Of the IPS display type is not quite as colorful and rich in contrast as an AMOLED display, but especially when it comes to the OPPO A72, it impresses with a crisp, sharp display with decent viewing angle stability and high display brightness. As expected, there is no refresh rate beyond 60 Hz. Of the Touchscreen responds precisely to inputs.

display measurement

The measured luminance of average 440 cd / m² corresponds roughly to the specification of OPPO (480 cd / m²). With reference to the Black levelswho is at 0.4 cd / m² levels off, that gives a static contrast ratio of 1080: 1 - "Not great, not terrible".

OPPO A72 display settings

OPPO A72 display settings

The distributed over the display luminance is maximum 30 cd / m². Depending on the color temperature mode, the color representation is based on an average DeltaE from 4.29 to 7.30 deviated. Of the sRGB color space is completely covered or slightly exceeded. The color temperature is rather cool in standard mode. This is due to the increased proportion of blue.

Display settings

The setting options around the display are clear, but meet normal requirements. There is one automatic brightness modethat adapts the display brightness to the ambient light Dark modethat can be activated according to a schedule Eye comfort mode, which filters out the blue component and the already mentioned Color temperature mode, over which the color temperature can be adjusted via slide control in “Colder - Standard - Warmer”.


This is inside the OPPO A72 Snapdragon 665 system-on-chip from 2019. The ARMv8-based SoC has eight cores, which in turn are divided into two clusters. Form the high-performance cluster four Kryo 260 gold cores (Cortex-A73)that clock at up to 2 GHz. The energy-saving cluster, which stands out, sets itself economical tasks four Kryo 260 Silver cores (Cortex-A53) with a maximum clock rate of 1.8 GHz. This is particularly interesting for gamers Adreno GPU 610which, in contrast to the Adreno 512 of the predecessor chip (Snapdragon 660), promises another performance boost in mobile games and graphical calculations.

The internal hardware is rounded off by a 4GB LPDDR4X Memory and one 128GB UFS2.1 data store. If that is not enough for you, you can also use the data memory with a MicroSD memory card to expand.


The smartphone places itself in the various benchmarks that the OPPO A72 ran through as part of our test lower middle class. As expected, the Snapdragon 700 cannot match the performance of the Snapdragon 665 series. Nevertheless, the results can be seen, as can be seen in the individual screenshots. The results are comparable to a Samsung Galaxy A51.

In the memory test are the Read and write speeds slightly below the average of a UFS2.1 data storage device. Several measurements resulted in an average 485 MB / s with sequential read (256KB) and 235 MB / s with sequential writing (256KB). The same goes for the LPDDR4X memorywho measured with 5.5 GB / s falls short of expectations.

Everyday life

Much more important than the performance in the benchmark is that Performance in everyday life. The OPPO A72 cuts a good figure here. The ColorOS user interface can be operated smoothly for the most part and only with a critical eye is it noticeable that it is a budget smartphone. Certain apps can take a little longer to load and the user interface animations can jerk a bit here and there. Despite the 4GB RAM, apps are kept in the memory for a pleasantly long time and are available on demand.


The Gaming performance of the OPPO A72 is enough to be able to play one or the other mobile game smoothly. The smartphone can cope with less demanding games. As soon as we look at more demanding titles, such as PUBG Mobile or Genshin, approach, must be screwed on the graphics settings. The smartphone doesn't get uncomfortably hot when gaming. Thermal Throttling, i.e. the temperature-related slowdown of the SoC, does not occur either.

User Interface

The OPPO A72 comes with Android 10 delivered. More precisely, it is ColorOS 7.1, a user interface developed by OPPO for in-house smartphones. In the foreground is a innovative designthat appears elegant and tidy. The user interface is easy to use and can be individually adapted to user requirements. As a feature-rich operating system, useful functions and apps are already integrated into the system. From a performance point of view, ColorOS 7.1 convinces with a high performance, well-functioning battery management and efficient memory management.

An update of the OPPO A72 to ColorOS 11 (Android 11) should be rolled out in China in December. The western market is expected to follow in 2021.


On the back of the OPPA A72 there is a 48 + 8 + 2 + 2 megapixel quad camera setup. OPPO does not give the exact designation of the individual sensors. Nevertheless, the manufacturer provides information on the sensor and pixel size, as well as the aperture. The following cameras and sensors are included in the quad camera:

  • 48 Megapixel main camera (1 / 2.8 ″ /1.25um; aperture f / 1.7)
  • 8 megapixel ultra wide angle camera with 119 ° wide angle (1 / 4 ″ /1.12um; aperture f / 2.2)
  • 2 megapixel monochrome camera (1 / 5 ″ /1.75um; aperture f / 2.4)
  • 2 megapixel portrait camera (1 / 5 ″ /1.75um; aperture f / 2.4)

The front camera solve with 16 Megapixel (1 / 3.1 ”/ 1um; aperture f / 2.0).

Practical test of the main camera

48 MP main camera

The main camera of the OPPO A72 is on top of one good middle class level. In good lighting conditions, useful recordings are made that are in terms of things Image sharpness and level of detail to convince. Images are pleasantly sharp up to the edges. Image noise is not noticeable, at least in good lighting conditions. Concerning dynamic Range Both light and dark parts of the image come into their own. Colors are displayed realistically and with a pleasantly warm note. The OPPO A72 does not tend to overdo it, even with bright colors. The autofocus reacts quickly and only in rare cases has to be refocused manually.

You can find these and other test recordings in full resolution under this Link.


The OPPO A72 can zoom with maximum 10-fold magnification. The enlargement is pure digital, which is why the recording quality also deteriorates very quickly. With 2x magnification, the images are still usable and the level of detail only decreases slightly. Loss of detail and image noise increase up to a maximum of 10x magnification.

Ultra wide angle

The wide-angle camera is not one of the strengths of the OPPO A72. The dynamic range is reduced compared to the main camera. The level of detail is lower and image noise occurs even in good lighting conditions. Image errors in the form of chromatic aberration are noticeable here as noticeable color fringes.

Portrait mode

The portrait mode of the OPPO A72 works well. In most cases, the subject is clearly highlighted and the background sinks into it pleasant blurring. It doesn't matter whether the subject is a person or an object.

High Dynamic Range (HDR)

HDR is a viable solution to artificially expand the dynamic range. In the case of the OPPO A72, the function was implemented well, as the following comparison shows.


The main camera of the OPPO A72 does not get along quite as well in low light. However, this is not surprising, because even with expensive high-end smartphones, the recording quality suffers under poor lighting conditions. In the case of the OPPO A72, the amount of noise in the image increases and details are lost.

The night mode tries to counteract this to some extent by using different exposure times. In this way, more details are retained, especially in the area of ​​light sources. However, you shouldn't have too high expectations of the night mode. The OPPO A72 is still a long way from a Google Pixel night mode or the night mode of an iPhone!

video mode

Videos takes up the main camera of the OPPO A72 UHD (4K), 1080p and 720p on. The maximum refresh rate is under all resolutions 30 pictures-per-second limited. 120 images per second are only achieved in slow motion mode. Shaky shots can be achieved to a certain extent with the Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) counteract. However, this only appears in 1080p mode. The sound recorded with the video is slightly muffled, but understandable.

Practical test of the front camera

The 16 megapixel front camera is sufficient for one or two selfies. Problems arise with the dynamic range, which quickly reaches its limits in high-contrast scenes. Image sharpness and level of detail are not particularly high, but they do justice to an acceptable mid-range front camera. The portrait mode puts the subject in the foreground, at least in most cases. The front camera records videos in 1080p.



In terms of connectivity, the OPPO A72 scores. The X12 LTE modem of the Snapdragon 665 system-on-chip communicates with the usual LTE frequencies and bands. Next-gen cellular technologies such as Volta (Telephony over the LTE / 4G cellular network) and WiFi calling are supported. Of the Triple SIM slot enables the simultaneous use of two nano SIM cards and a microSD memory card.

  • mobile: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz
  • WCDMA: Bands 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
  • FDD LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/26/28/66
  • TD-LTE: Bands 38/39/40/41

The voice quality is good both ways. The Reception strength also leaves nothing to be desired.

OPPO A72 test triple SIM slot

WLAN, Bluetooth and NFC

For establishing wireless connections are Dual AC WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC available. The transfer speeds in the WLAN are on a good mid-range level. The OPPO A72 also shows no abnormalities in the Bluetooth network. One advantage worth mentioning is the support for NFC. Mobile payment via Google Pay becomes possible with it!

GPS and sensors

The OPPO A72 receives the exact position data via GPS, Beidou, Glonass and GALILEO. The location is determined quickly and without major deviations. The sensory equipment includes one Geomagnetic sensor, one light sensor, one Proximity sensor and one Accelerometer.


The OPPO A72 is equipped with two speakers and capable of one Stereo sound to create. The reproduction is pleasantly loud and differentiated. The action mainly takes place in the middle area. As expected, there is no draft and heights are limited. Unpleasant distortions do not occur at maximum volume. Sound enhancers, such as "Dirac Mobile Audio", contribute to an overall better sound image.


With the 5000 mAh battery the OPPO A72 is well positioned. In the test, a Screen-on-Time (Car brightness) of 16h reached. Even with intensive use, it is difficult to bring the battery to its knees in just one day. On average, the battery has to be charged every 1 1/2 days.

The OPPO A72 can be charged with up to 18 Watt. A suitable quick charger is included in the scope of delivery. One complete charging from 0 to 100 percent takes approximately 150 Minutes. One hour on the charger charges the battery to 60 percent. Qi wireless charging is not supported.

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Final Words


Good workmanship
Display with high viewing angle stability
Good performance in everyday life
Good main camera
Dual SIM + memory expansion
NFC with Google Pay compatibility
Good cellular reception and good voice quality
Stereo speakers
3.5mm headphone jack
Long-lasting battery with quick charge function


Housing with a lot of plastic
Storage speeds slightly below average
No notification LED
Recording quality of the wide-angle camera
Videos at 30 frames per second only

First impression
User Interface
Fingerprint scanner
GPS & sensors

Anyone who opts for the OPPO A72 is definitely not making a bad buy. In the price range under 250 euros, the A72 is a solid mid-range smartphone that scores in many areas. Mention should be made of the good everyday performance, even if the Snapdragon 665 is not one of the most powerful processors, the display with high brightness, crisp color rendering and good sharpness, as well as the 48 megapixel main camera, with which satisfactory photos and videos can be taken. Compromises have to be made in the quality of the smartphone and the wide-angle camera.

But there are also some special features that other smartphones in this price range rarely offer. These include the triple SIM slot, NFC and the stereo loudspeaker. We were particularly impressed by the strong cellular reception of the OPPO A72. Although the new 5G cellular standard is being dispensed with, the X12 LTE modem will ensure that you are well equipped for the European cellular network in the coming years.

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Hi Timo, I'm about to decide to get the A72. It would be important to me that the smartphone receives radio. Can you tell me if there is an FM receiver? The specs on the manufacturer's website do not name any, but on some websites you can read that there is one. Others write there is none. Now I am completely unsure.


Thank you for your prompt reply. Then it really looks like there is no radio.


Hey guys, thanks for the review. Do you already know whether there will be an update to Android 11 or what the update policy of OPPO looks like?