Price (RRP): $499
The OPPO A91 is a $499 phone with the lot. That is a little strange as the A-series is a mass-market device and you expect some compromises. You don’t expect a 6.4” AMOLED screen, 48MP Quad rear camera, NFC, Wi-Fi AC, 4000mAh battery with blazingly fast USB-C VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 – no you don’t.
Now, the sub $500 market is where all the 4G action is. The OPPO A91 faces some stiff competition – from the terrific realme XT (OPPO made – GadgetGuy review here); Motorola G8 Plus (GadgetGuy review here and now $447); and the Samsung Galaxy A70 (GadgetGuy review here $649 but on sale at close to $500).
We would include the Nokia 7.3 2020 model (not yet released and the 7.2 only scored 4/5 in our GadgetGuy review here). Similarly, we have not seen the TCL 10L ($499) that won’t be here for a few months and does not have an AMOLED screen.
OPPO A91 Model CPH2021_EX_11_A.23 Dual Sim, 8/128GB
- Website here
- Price: $499
- Warranty: 2-years
- Colours: Lightening Black and Blazing Blue
- From: JB Hi-Fi, Bing Lee, Officeworks, Woolworths Mobile and Vodafone
We issue the standard warning that you must not ignore
Do not buy it online from any other store that promises ‘Australian stock’ unless it specifically has the much-needed LTE band 28, NFC, comes with a genuine Australian OPPO VOOC 3.0 charger and has the Australian C-tick symbol on its regulatory page. Specifically, not models PCPM00 or PCPT00
First impression – OPPO A91
Lightening Black – I am not sure if OPPO meant to spell it that way. Lightening means lessening or reducing weight. Lightning means a flash of light in the sky or speedy/fast. Either way, it is gloss piano black with a slight prism highlight. It is a fingerprint magnet. I have not seen Blazing Blue, but I guess it is also a high gloss blue.
What is most apparent is the quad camera and dual-LED flash. The centre teardrop screen is AMOLED, and it is gorgeous – we will look at that later. It has a small chin and narrow side bezels.
And it is thin and light – 7.9mm and 172g – very pocketable.
Overall, it is comfortable to hold, looks subtle and premium – I like it.
AMOLED on a $499 phone – shut the front door! EXCEED
AMOLED has a special place as the best screen type, bar none. This is a 6.4”, 2400×1080, 408ppi, 90.7% STBR, 20:9, 60Hz with a typical brightness of 430nits and OLED’s deep black – infinite contrast. It well exceeds that at peak auto-brightness and is daylight readable.
Our test gear is locked-up, so you will have to take our word for it. The screen defaults to bright white and is adjustable from cool to warm white. There is no colour gamut adjustment – and we don’t expect that – but we estimate it is over 95% sRGB and looks quite accurate.
It has Gorilla Glass 5, under glass Goodix Fingerprint reader and an Always-on-Display setting. This screen uses DC 2.0 dimming instead of PWM and gains TUV certification for eye care.
The screen/GPU supports Widevine L1 for HD videos from Amazon or YouTube etc.
Our test software shows it is an OP3B9B screen – that is not a normal Samsung screen code – so we assume it is from one of the newer Chinese OLED makers.
Processor – PASS+
12nm MediaTek MT6771V/CT Helio P70, Eight-core (four-core, Cortex A73, 2.11 GHz/four-core, Cortex A53, 2Ghz).
It is a very popular mid-range chip with over 55 brands/models/variants. Used by Motorola One Macro/G8 Play/G9 Play, Vivo S1/V15, OPPO Reno2F/Lite/A9/A11/F11/F15 and realme U1/3/4. The nearest comparison is a Qualcomm SD660 – Helio P70 has a few advantages over that.
GeekBench 5 (single/multi-core 278/1409) is like the Samsung S8 series. Compute is 1123.