OPPO A54 and A74 blitzes low-cost 5G market – $399 and $449

OPPO A54 and A74
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The new OPPO A54 and A74 have set new standards for the low-cost 5G handset market, throwing in Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets, plenty of ram and storage, large fast charge batteries, and OPPOs legendary camera expertise.

OPPO’s A54 and A74 have turned the <$399 segment on its head. Yesterday, we finished an analysis of the Australian smartphone market, breaking it down into the best phones $100 price brackets. Damn – these new devices (not reviewed yet) will force a rethink as OPPO makes 5G now the same price as 4G!

OPPO A54 and A74 5G details

OPPO A54 (CPH2197)
OPPO A74 (CPH2195)
 WebsitePPO A54OPPO A74
Harvey Norman (Fluid Black), Optus (Fluid Black)
JB Hi-Fi
Woolworths Mobile, Officeworks The Good Guys
JB Hi-Fi
ProcessorQualcomm SD480 5Gsame
Screen6.5” 2400×1080, 20:9 LTPS-LCD
100% DCI-P3
480nits typical brightness
1500:1 contrast
RAM/Storage4/64/microSD to 256GB6/128GB/microSD to 256GB
Camera rear48+8+2+2MP Video 1080p@30fpssame
Camera front16MPsame
CommsWi-Fi AC
BT 5.1
SIMDual – retail version
Single – carrier version
LTE 4G1, 2, 3, 4,5,7, 8,12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66same
5GAll current sub-6GHz with CA supportsame
Sound3.5mm jack
mono speaker and mic
SBC, AAC, aptX/HD and LDAC
USB-C 2.0 5V/2A/10W
9V/2A/18W fast charge
OtherScreen protector
TPU bumper case
Charger and cable 3.5mm headphones
Android11 and ColorOS 11
Fingerprint and Face ID
Size162.9 x 74.7 x 8.4mm x 190g
Fluid Black
Fantastic Purple
Fluid Black
Space Silver
OPPO A54 and A74
OPPO A74 space silver

So, the A74’s extra $50 is for more memory and faster charge – money well spent. PS – it is not unusual to make two models with the same internals –Motorola G10 and G30 are almost twins too.

GadgetGuy’s take

Damn you, OPPO A54 and A74 – you upset the 5G value equation! Congrats for doing so! A quick look means that in the $300-399 bracket, previously dominated by the OPPO A91 4G, the choice now is OPPO A53. Same in the $400-499 bracket – the A74 is lower cost and better specified than the class leaders realme 7 128GB ($499), the Moto G 5G Plus ($499). And it may be a good time to take advantage of the OPPO trade-in program – adds great value to its phones.