Oppo A72 is Here – Our First Thoughts!

Staff Writer / 08-10-2020 / Oppo reviews

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo recently announced that it was entering the South African market. It’s a brand that is relatively well-known internationally as it has made a name for itself in 40 different countries and regions, and it is finally landing on our shores. As the fifth-largest smartphone producer on the planet, we can expect some spectacular smartphones across the range. The first device to launch here is the Oppo A72, a mid-tier device that offers a whole lot for a modest price tag.

Under the Hood

The Oppo A72 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 with an Octa-Core CPU. The company’s Hyper Boost performance engine increases the speed of apps and games, which makes for a smooth, satisfying user experience. On the memory front, you’ll get 4GB of RAM and internal storage of 128GB with the option to expand with a microSD card. Oppo prides itself in its relationship with Google and this device comes ready with Android 11.

Screen and Body

The Oppo A72 has a 6.5-inch ultra-high-resolution display with a punch-hole selfie camera in the upper left corner of the phone. The A72 is pretty slim at only 1.73-mm thick. In terms of appearance, the company says it was inspired by the polar region where the stars are always visible. The device is available in Twilight Black or Aurora Purple for those that prefer a hint of colour.

Quad Camera Setup

The A72 has flashes of a flagship device with its four cameras situated at the back. It consists of a main 48MP AI camera, an 8MP camera and a pair of 2MP lenses which support Ultra Night Mode and 119-degrees wide-angle shots. The front-facing camera is a staggering 16MP for a mid-range device, perfect for those flawless selfies.

You’ll also get the benefits of a slow-mode video function and the anti-shake feature which allows you to capture stable pictures while moving.

Fantastic Battery Life

The battery capacity of the A72 is incredible, featuring a 5,000mAh battery which the company says guarantees all-day use, even at high intensity, while the 18W fast charger gets your battery juiced up in no time.

Other Features

Oppo says the A72 does have dual-SIM capability, which is great to manage your data use. The device sports Dual Stereo Speakers and Dirac 2.0 sound. Additionally, there’s a fingerprint sensor under the sidebar power button and even a headphone jack for those traditional audiophiles.


The South African mid-tier smartphone market is already quite packed, but the Oppo A72 has enough features to do battle with more established brands like Samsung and Huawei.


Oppo Smartphones Have Landed in South Africa!

Oppo smartphones launched in South Africa earlier this year and now you can find your Oppo on Mondo! You may be wondering - does the world need another smartphone designer in an already saturated market? If it’s innovation, style and amazing optics on a budget you’re after, then yes – we absolutely need what Oppo has on offer! Worldwide Sensation The brand’s popularity is growing fast worldwide. Oppo has 370 million smartphone users across 40 countries, which now includes South Africa. The Chinese brand was founded in 2004 and originally produced MP3 players and other audio products. In 2008, they switched gears and entered the smartphone game, and quickly became pioneers, releasing the world’s first rotating camera device. At home, the Chinese electronics manufacturer has surpassed its rivals, taking the position of leading smartphone manufacturer in the country, which is no easy feat considering that the market was previously dominated by rival Huawei. Oppo Options The Oppo brand has a smartphone to suit every budget and need. Right now, South Africa is home to four of the brand’s bestsellers – the Oppo A74, Oppo A53s, Oppo Yogurt A15 and the higher end Oppo Reno5 5G. All devices available in South Africa have Google Services and the Play Store, but also showcase their custom ColorOS running atop Google Android, which helps you get the best performance out of your phone. Find your perfect Oppo here!


Oppo Smartphones Arrive in South Africa!

If you’ve ever watched international sporting events, you would have come across the name Oppo before. Now, South Africans will get a chance to know the brand much better as the smartphone manufacturer from China has decided to expand into Africa, with three new smartphones ready to enter the local market. Since their establishment in 2004, Oppo is now in 40 different countries and regions around the world. They’ve employed around 40,000 people and invested over $1.4 billion to create innovative smartphones. Presently, over 300 million people own an Oppo device and now they’ve decided to bring it to Mzansi. This is exactly what South Africans needed, especially considering the hold that Samsung, Apple and Huawei have had in the market. Oppo is the fifth-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world and the third largest in China. The company plans to launch three mid-range devices this year and flagship options in the first half of 2021. In a statement, Oppo said they were going to offer “the best blend of premium features, such as large main camera sensors; big, crisp displays; and long-lasting, fast-charging batteries, but at an affordable price”. Oppo A72 The initial three mid-tier devices from Oppo are the A15, A53S and the A72 . As with the Samsung Galaxy range, the higher the number, the higher the model on the smartphone tier. The Oppo A72 is at the high-end of those three models with a Snapdragon 665 chipset along with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It sports a 6.5-inch LCD screen and a whopping 5,000mAh battery that supports fast charging. That’s great value for a mid-tier device. In terms of the cameras, you can expect four cameras at the back, including a 48MP, 8MP and two 2MP sensors with a front-facing 16MP camera. Oppo A53S The A53S has a Snapdragon 460 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. You will get the same battery as the A72 but the display resolution decreases to 720x1600. The selfie camera is the same, but it houses three rear cameras - 13MP and two sets of 2MP lenses. Oppo A15 The lower mid-range option is the A15 which there isn’t much information about from the company. However, we do know that it has a 6.5-inch HD+ display with a 4,230mAh battery. Oppo hasn’t confirmed exactly when the devices will be available nor have they released the prices. Either way, competition is always great, especially for the consumer, and we welcome Oppo’s entrance into the South African market.