“The A71 (3GB) goes up against the best-selling smartphones from Samsung and Xiaomi”

OPPO, as a brand, specialises in selfie-centric smartphones, with its A-series offering impressive specs on a budget. After kicking off the new year with A83, the handset maker has now gone ahead and launched the second-gen OPPO A71 (3GB) in India at Rs 9,990. Of course, that also means it’s going up against the leading brands in this segment. So we decided to pit the latest launch from OPPO against the best-selling smartphones from Samsung and Xiaomi. So in what happens to be the ultimate budget battle with the A71 (3GB) taking on the Galaxy J7 Nxt, J2 Pro, and Redmi Note 4, let’s see who emerges as a winner.

What does the OPPO A71 (3GB) bring to the table?

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Before pitting the OPPO A71 (3GB) against the competition, let’s take a look at its spec sheet. The handset ships with a 5.2-inch HD TFT display and is powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor. The chipset is backed by 3GB RAM and 16GB storage, which can be further expanded up to 256GB using a microSD card. As for the optics, the handset offers 13-megapixel rear f/2.2 camera and 5-megapixel f/2.4 selfie shooter with AI Beauty technology, which debuted with the F5. OPPO has also equipped the rear camera with ‘Multi-Frame Denoising Technology’ to ensure a clearer picture in dark conditions and Ultra HD technology for high-resolution imaging. The A71 (3GB) runs ColorOS 3.2 based on Android 7.1 Nougat and is powered by a 3,000mAh battery that’s claimed to offer 19 hours of varied usage.

With that out of the way, now it’s time for the challengers trying to take on the OPPO A71 (3GB) one-by-one.

OPPO A71 (3GB) vs Samsung Galaxy J7 NXT

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Just like the A series from OPPO, the Galaxy J series is a lineup of affordable smartphones from the South Korean brand. The Galaxy J7 NXT offers a similar spec sheet to the A71 (3GB). It sports a bigger 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with the same resolution as the OPPO’s smartphone. The processor is an octa-core unit mated to 3GB RAM (there’s a 2GB RAM variant too). In the imaging department, it gets identical cameras as well as the same battery. However, what sets the handset apart is Samsung’s Experience UI, AR stickers and Samsung Pay Mini.

So which one should you go for? While Samsung does bring some fancy features, the OPPO’s latest not only comes with similar specifications but also promises faster performance and better selfies with the power of AI.

OPPO A71 (3GB) vs Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro

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The Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro is another device from the South Korean brand that goes up against the OPPO A71 (3GB) purely from the value-for-money point of view. Priced under Rs 10,000 the handset offers a smaller 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1,280 x 720 pixels. It gets a 1.5GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC8830 backed by 1.5GB RAM running the show. In the imaging department, while the selfie shooter is the same 5-megapixel unit, the rear camera gets a downgrade to 8-megapixel. The battery also gets a trim with 2,600mAh capacity.

We don’t even need to arrive at a conclusion in this case. You can easily see that the OPPO A71 (3GB) wins this round hands down. It offers better specs in all the aspects when compared to the Galaxy J2 Pro.

OPPO A71 (3GB) vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

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The Redmi Note 4 has been one of the best-selling smartphones in the budget segment, making it a fitting rival to the OPPO A71 (3GB). However, all the similarities between the two devices end at the pricing as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 flaunts a much better spec sheet. The metal-clad smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, a 13-megapixel primary camera with f/2.0 aperture and 5-megapixel front snapper with intelligent beautification mode. A massive 4,100mAh battery completes the list of the specs.

It is a no-brainer at this point that Redmi Note 4 is a better all-round device for its price, however, if you are looking for social-worthy selfies, then the A71 (3GB) is a clear choice.

Closing thoughts

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To conclude, OPPO A71 (3GB) makes for a pretty good value for money offer at the price it comes for. While the Redmi Note 4 might seem ahead when it comes to specs and features like a metal-clad design and fingerprint sensor, the A71 (3GB) is able to counter it by offering high-end features in a wallet-friendly package. Samsung smartphones on the other hand, already seem dated. What sets the A71 (3GB) apart further is the fact that it’s the only smartphone with Snapdragon 450 chipset under Rs 10,000 along with promising powerful selfies thanks to the AI capabilities.

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