This article first appeared on avisfire.com.
Mid-range phones are increasingly popular. As flagship phone prices skyrocket to around NZ $ 2,000, people are looking for cheaper alternatives.
This is where the Oppo A94 5G fits into the market. This device makes 5G connectivity affordable. It also has a good design, good performance, and a suitable camera array for taking photos worthy of your Instagram or Facebook feed.
But is it better than other mid-range phones on the market? Well, it depends on what you want your phone to do.
Samsung’s Galaxy A52 is priced the same as Oppo’s A94 5G. It has a better display and a slightly better camera array. But it has worse performance and it is not ready for 5G.
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- 5G compatible
- VOOC 30W charger
- Good performance
- Not as good as the Samsung A52
- 60hz screen
- The camera bump doesn’t look great
- Plastic back
The Oppo A94 5G costs $ 600.
Its main competitor, Samsung’s Galaxy A52, also costs $ 600, while the A52 5G version costs $ 700.
The A94 is a beautiful phone. It is thin (7.8mm) and light, weighing just 173g. To put that in perspective, the Galaxy A52 weighs 189g, the iPhone Pro Max 228g, and the iPhone 12 Pro 189g. Although the differences may seem small, we notice how light the A94 is in the hand.
This weight, however, has its drawbacks. The A94 has a plastic back that’s nowhere near as strong as more high-end devices made with metallic materials.
The A94 is available in two colors, Cosmo Blue and Fluid Black. For our test device, we had the Cosmo Blue design, and it looks good. The back of the phone creates an oil slick effect where blue looks purple from certain angles – I liked the change to more mundane colors.
The hole-punch camera is inconspicuous and the screen has visible bezels around the edges, but that’s to be expected with a mid-range phone.
The A94’s camera bump is a design weakness. Looks like it’s stuck on the back with adhesive. It sticks. But not in a good way. The A94 doesn’t have a sleek one-piece design like the Samsung Galaxy A52, which is a shame as it would have looked great with the Cosmo Blue color scheme.
Strangely enough, the A94 is not waterproof. It has no IP rating. While this isn’t a major drawback, it’s still a drawback, especially when its main rival, the Samsung A52, has an IP67 rating.
The A94 has a 6.4-inch 1080 × 2400 Super AMOLED display that looks great, but its 60Hz refresh rate holds it back. Samsung’s Galaxy A52 has a screen with the same resolution of 1080 × 2400 but a higher refresh rate of 90Hz.
If you’ve used a phone with a higher refresh rate, the return to 60Hz feels slow and slow. Watching high quality videos on the A94 is fine; However, scrolling, especially in menus, feels like stepping back.
The screen has a maximum brightness of 800 nits, which allows it to perform well outdoors. This is the norm in the industry and is to be expected.
The Oppo A94 has an advantage over the Samsung A52 in its performance.
Powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G chipset, the A94 performed well with high-end games like PUBG. And it’s more than powerful enough to scroll through social media apps and watch videos.
The A94 comes with a respectable 8GB of RAM, 2GB more than the Samsung A52, and that’s awesome. Opening multiple apps at the same time didn’t cause any stuttering or slowdown.
The A94 comes with four rear cameras and a selfie camera. The main camera is a 48MP f / 1.7 wide lens. It also has an 8MP f / 2.2 ultra-wide lens, a 2MP f / 2.4 macro lens, and a 2MP f / 2.3 depth lens.
The A94 is more than capable of producing photos worthy of social media. However, the Samsung A52’s matrix is slightly better, with a 64 MP main camera, 12 MP ultra-wide, 5 MP macro, and 5 MP depth sensor.
Photos taken by the A94 look a bit oversaturated and lack detail compared to the A52.
That said, more megapixels on a camera don’t always equate to better photos. Of course, a more mega-pixel camera can take more information; however, this is only apparent when printing images on a larger scale. How often do we print photos taken with our phones? For me, never.
There isn’t much between the two phones when it comes to taking pictures.
The A94 5G comes with a 4310mAh battery. That’s enough to get through a full day of heavy use and two days of light use. This is the standard for a mid-range phone.
Oppo included a 30W VOOC flash charger in the box which goes against the “no charger” trend started by Samsung and Apple. And in this regard, Oppo keeps its promises.
Oppo offers the best and most powerful chargers on the market. Charging the A94 5G for five minutes will give you three hours of phone call time. It’s good.
Oppo’s A94 5G is a good mid-range phone. It will let you do whatever you want with your device, without all the bells and whistles of a flagship phone. The problem here is the same for Samsung’s Galaxy A52.
The A94 5G has better performance than the Samsung device and is 5G compatible. However, 5G is a bit redundant in New Zealand at the moment. The A52 has a better display, slightly better cameras, and it’s a more premium device. It’s a better mid-range phone.
While you’ll enjoy Oppo’s A94 5G, you’ll get the most out of Samsung’s A52. For the same low price ($ 600).