Okay, here’s a simple phone review for you guys – the OPPO A79 5G. It’s a mid-range smartphone and priced at RM1,199. Is it actually worth your money, though? That’s the question we’re going to answer today.
This is going to be a speedrun since this is a rather simple and straightforward phone – so let’s start off with the design.
It’s using a rather funky design. Our unit here has the Dazzling Purple color and OPPO says that this is the Glowing Feather Design – kind of like a shiny peacock feather or like crumpled aluminium foil that’s flattened.
Personally, I think this is an interesting design. Just that camera bump though, that’s not aesthetically pleasing. It’s humongous and most of the space is wasted.
Technically, only one of the cameras is usable to take pictures since the second one is a depth sensor – which shouldn’t exist in the year 2023.
Does it actually take good pictures, though? It’s… kind of rough. There is no OIS, and the white balance, the clarity, the dynamic range, the colors… they’re not that good. I just think it’s not good. Have a look at all the pictures here.
Have a look at all the pictures taken with the OPPO A79 5G in the video at the top of this video.
But the performance though, it’s actually quite good. This phone is powered by the Dimensity 6020 chipset and hey – we can run Genshin Impact at the lowest graphical settings at around 30-ish fps most of the time – and it looks really good.
And with low-powered chipset usually comes with a very good battery life too. So is that the case for the OPPO A79 too? Yes, actually. The 5,000mAh battery can last for about 13 hours in our standardized battery life test – and I’ll say that’s above average.
It also has support for the proprietary OPPO 33W SuperVOOC charging standard – and it takes around 75 minutes to charge fully.
If you’re traveling and forgot to take their own proprietary charger and cable with you, then plugging this phone into any random USB-PD charger will take around 110 minutes.
As for the screen of this phone, I think it is quite okay, I think. It’s a 6.72-inch IPS LCD screen with 90Hz refresh rate with a resolution of 2400×1080 pixels. Our colorimeter reported 99.49% sRGB and 96.08% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage and very low ΔE numbers too.
The maximum brightness is at around 670 nits and that is indeed a very high brightness for an IPS LCD screen. And I’m sure many people will complain that it is an IPS LCD and is only 90Hz refresh rate – and yeah, I understand the complaints. Honestly, if the the company wants to cut cost, then I’m okay with 60Hz but give me an OLED screen.
How about the software then? This phone comes with Android 13 with ColorOS 13.1 on top while it looks like the same ColorOS like any other OPPO phones, there are quite a lot of changes.
First, there is no sidebar. Second, there is no Shelf feature. Yeah, that is one of the features that I really like but it’s just not here.
Then, there are lots of bloatware. There are lots of pre-loaded apps, some are nested in a folder, and we still have unusable Hot Games and Hot Apps. But at least we can actually disable the App Market now.
Few more things to mention
And finally – some other things to mention. Obviously, this phone uses a USB 2.0 port and surprisingly, there is an audio jack too. There is a combo slot here too – we can put in a microSD card.
Should you buy the OPPO A79 5G?
And so, that’s it. That’s all you need to know about the OPPO A79 5G. For the price of RM1,199, I do think that it is a bit pricey for what it offers and that camera is just… rough.
If you’re okay with MIUI then maybe consider getting the Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G. I’m not sure if we did a review of that phone since their naming scheme is just way too confusing and it’s impossible to keep track. If I did do a review of that phone then it’ll be at the top right corner or at the end screen – remember to subscribe on your way out and we’ll see you guys in the next video.