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OPPO A94: Impressions, unboxing photos

Gelo Gonzales
OPPO A94: Impressions, unboxing photos

A94. OPPO's budget midranger has an eye-catching back

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Slim and lightweight, and equipped with a big, bright display, the A94 has the features to make it a gaming contender in this price range

OPPO’s next phone release, coming this March 26, is the A94, an eye-catching budget midrange unit with hopes of providing a solid mobile gaming experience and camera features.

We’re liking the color of the phone that was lent to us. While the color is officially called fantastic purple, the phone has a gradient look to it. Purple is of course dominant, but there are a few other hues in there, thanks to its gradient finish. The back has a glazed, frosted surface that pairs well with the gradient colors – eye-catching but holds back on being ostentatious. The all-black camera array contrasts well with the more colorful body as well.

A clear jelly case is also included in the package, along with a 30W fast-charging adapter to juice up its 4,310 mAh battery, and earphones. Here are the unboxing photos:

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OPPO is marketing the phone towards gamers. The big, bright 6.43-inch full HD AMOLED display will certainly appeal, and the slim bezels, although they’re slightly thicker at the top and bottom, perhaps to avoid accidental touching when playing in landscape mode.

Mind you though, the display has a slimmer-than-usual 20:9 aspect ratio, so if you’re used to playing on 16:9 or 18:9 displays, try to give this one a test run first. For me, it wasn’t a big deal, but we have different preferences.

When gaming, the phone can also boost the touch refresh rate to 180Hz for added responsiveness, up from the standard 60Hz and 120Hz in most phones.

The thin and lightweight design of the phone is also something you’d certainly appreciate when gaming. There’s a games assistant feature you can pull out by swiping at a little green bar on the side of the screen, which lets you see your phone’s frames-per-second (fps) performance, record gameplay, and turn off notifications.

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This is a phone that prioritizes gaming as highlighted too by its Gaming Shortcut Mode, which makes frequently played games quicker to access by reserving virtual memory for these.

The phone also comes with Android 11 installed, so no need to wait for an update.

Powering the phone is a Mediatek Helio P95 chipset and 8GB of RAM. These aren’t obviously flagship-type specs but for the phone’s expected price (roughly in the 15,000-peso range), the A94 delivers quite the respectable gaming experience, delivering an fps range of 40 to 60 in games such as Call of Duty, and your favorite MOBAs (multiplayer online battle arenas) like Mobile Legends, and Arena of Valor.

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You also get 128GB of memory out of the box, which is again, nice to have in this price range, and an attractive feature because games can take up a ton of space. You do get a microSD card slot as well.

One thing that is left out though are stereo speakers. This phone only has one speaker on the side of its USB-C port at the bottom, so you’ll have to be careful not to cover it when gaming.

For cameras, it has a quad camera setup: a 48MP primary shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP monochrome camera for better lowlight shots. The front camera has a 32MP resolution. It also has a few software tricks up its sleeve, first found in its OPPO Reno siblings, including dual-view video that lets you use both the front and back camera simultaneously, an an “AI Color Portrait” feature that leaves the subject in color but renders the background in grayscale.

The OPPO A94 is priced at P13,999, and is available at OPPO stores, retail partners, and online stores Lazada and Shopee. – Rappler.com

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Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.