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Oppo A73 5G in the test: Entry into the 5G network at a bargain price

In addition to the present black variant (Navy Black), there is also a colorful one, similar to the picture on the packaging.

Test grade

2,7

satisfying

For less than 300 euros, the Oppo A73 5G offers perfectly suitable features: fixed operating speed, long battery life and - as the name suggests - the new 5G mobile communications standard. In return, there is no high-contrast OLED panel, the camera is unfortunately only average.

  • Very long running time
  • 5G cellular standard
  • Brisk operating speed
  • Chic design
  • No OLED display
  • Slow work pace
  • Not waterproof
So-called mid-range smartphones cost between 300 and 600 euros and technically don't offer that little anymore. Some even compete with expensive premium models, such as the Pixel 4a or the OnePlus Nord. Is the Oppo A73 5G one of them? After all, it comes with the latest 5G mobile communications standard, which is otherwise only reserved for expensive smartphones and costs less than 270 euros. The COMPUTER BILD test laboratory took a closer look at the device.

Oppo A73 5G: design and workmanship

With dimensions of 162.2x75x7.9 millimeters and a weight of 177 grams, the mid-range smartphone is still comfortable to hold. The housing frame protrudes slightly over the front and back and thus offers both some protection against damage from falls. Even if the material of choice is plastic: The device looks much more elegant than a Samsung Galaxy A51, for example, and more elegant than the bulky Moto G9 Plus, both visually and in the hand. However, the plastic case proved to be particularly sensitive in the scratch test - not uncommon for cheap devices, as the resistant hard glass of an iPhone 12, for example, is missing here. The solution of installing the fingerprint sensor in the side button is also elegant. For many users, it should be much easier to reach there than on the back.

The fingerprint sensor is integrated in the power button on the side and is easily accessible. The slightly protruding case frame protects the glass somewhat from damage from being dropped.

Simple, slim and not cheap at all: The Oppo A73 5G looks higher quality than the price suggests.

Display: Sharp, fast, but no OLED

At 6.5 inches, the screen fills the front to 84 percent (according to our measurements, the recess for the front camera subtracted) and allows a refresh rate of 90 Hertz. The smartphone decides for itself when to display image content at 90 frames per second, for example when playing games, and otherwise only runs at 60 Hertz. The intelligent change saves energy, as our laboratory test shows, but if you are at a speed when scrolling etc., you can also activate the 90 Hertz permanently. The sharpness of 2400x1080 pixels and thus 405 pixels per inch is not extremely high, but good. Let's be honest: more pixels are only beneficial when viewed very closely. But what is immediately noticeable is the lack of OLED technology. Accordingly, the contrasts (1,287: 1) and colors of the LC display are a bit weak. The color accuracy is 94.1 percent, the extended color space with particularly intense colors is only covered to 79.5 percent. This is also better for phones under 300 euros, as the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite proves.

Big, sharp, but doesn't hit the mark. The display shows too weak contrasts, too pale colors.

Triple camera with night mode

The A73 5G shoots photos with the main camera at 16 megapixels (MP) and a viewing angle of 81.3 degrees. It is zoomed digitally, so preferably not at all. The images show colors that are too pale, too few details and, not infrequently, muddy textures. The night mode makes all kinds of things visible even in the deepest darkness and gives pale night shots strong colors, but at the expense of image sharpness. The ultra wide angle with 8 MP achieves a viewing angle of 119 degrees. The photos make a good impression when viewed on the smartphone display, but on closer inspection there is also a clear lack of details and image sharpness. Portrait shots work well with the support of the depth sensor (2 MP). The blurring effect also works wonderfully with the front camera (then without depth sensor), but with a lower resolution of 8 MP. In return, you can take decent selfies in daylight.

Not all good things come in threes: the ultra-wide angle (8 MP) on the top left, the main camera (16 MP) next to it, and the depth sensor (2 MP) below.

The photos from the main camera still show decent details; if you take a closer look at the edge of the picture, you will notice blurring.

Without night mode (half of the image on the right), light sources are overexposed, but the photos show more details, for example the fine branches. With night mode (half of the image on the left), fewer details are visible, but more balanced colors.

Few details, hardly visible motif at night without night mode (upper half of the image), it looks a little better and above all more colorful with night mode (half of the image below).

The blurring effect of the portrait mode works well. Overall, however, the colors are too pale and the image sharpness is too poor.

The ultra-wide angle lacks details with the low resolution of 8 MP. The colors are also too pale, as can be seen from the autumn leaves.

Processor, performance, memory

The chipset, which also enables the 5G modem, comes from MediaTek. The main processor is the Dimensity 720 with eight cores of up to 2 gigahertz each. He does a good job with everyday tasks such as surfing, starting apps and taking photos and only occasionally pauses for small pauses for thought. In Geekbench 5, it achieved 515 (single-core) and 1,652 (multicore) points and is thus on par with the Snapdragon 665, which is also used in the Moto G9 Plus, for example. These are acceptable rates for this price range, a Galaxy M31 is a good bit slower in this regard. Opening apps and loading PDFs as well as entering text went well. There is also enough internal memory on board with 128 gigabytes, but it cannot be expanded using a microSD card - that weighs on the test rating.