OPPO is set to announce a new budget smartphone, but it looks like somebody already pulled the curtains. A new member of its A-series is listed on the company’s regional websites in Malaysia and Pakistan.
The OPPO A71 is the name of the phone, and it has a 5.2-inch HD display and a clean-looking unibody. The rear doesn’t show any visible antenna lines.
The handset is powered by a MediaTek MT6750 processor with the Mali-T860 MP2 GPU. It comes with an ample 3GB of memory and 16GB of internal storage. For mobile photography, it has a 13-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and 5-megapixel selfie camera. It’s quite unusual to see the front-facing camera to have this low a number of pixels from OPPO, but the famed beauty mode is still available.
Battery capacity is rated at 3000mAh and we have LTE connectivity with dual-SIM card slots. The phone runs Android Nougat with OPPO’s custom UI called ColorOS 3.1 on top.
It’s currently available for purchase in Malaysia with a price tag of MYR 858 (US$ 202). Black and gold color options are available for the A71.
The phone is also set to be available soon in other Asian countries including the Philippines.
Update: The A71 has been launched earlier today in the Philippines with a price of PhP 8,990 for both offline and online retailers. It’ll be available beginning tomorrow, September 8.
Smartphone Price Lists in Malaysia
All the official prices in one place
This is GadgetMatch’s master list of smartphone prices in Malaysia. Our list will be updated over time to ensure you get info on the latest smartphones and their respective prices. The prices shown below are the suggested retail prices (SRP) of these smartphones.
We have sorted this list into four categories: premium, upper-midrange, lower-midrange, and budget. We hope you can pair yourself with your GadgetMatch here!
Last update: August 15, 2018
Premium (MYR 2,300 and above)
- Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design — MYR 6,603
- Apple iPhone X (256GB) — MYR 5,565
- Apple iPhone 8 Plus (256GB) — MYR 4,621
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (512GB) — MYR 4,599
- Apple iPhone X (64GB) — MYR 4,587
- Apple iPhone 8 (256GB) — MYR 4,150
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ (256GB) — MYR 4,149
- Apple iPhone 8 Plus (64GB) — MYR 3,914
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ (128GB) — MYR 3,769
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (128GB) — MYR 3,699
- OPPO Find X — MYR 3,699
- Apple iPhone 7 Plus (128GB) — MYR 3,631
- HTC U12+ — MYR 3,599
- Samsung Galaxy S9 (64GB) — MYR 3,579
- Apple iPhone 8 (64GB) — MYR 3,442
- Apple iPhone 7 Plus (64GB) — MYR 3,159
- Apple iPhone 7 (128GB) — MYR 3,065
- Huawei P20 Pro — MYR 2,899
- VIVO NEX — MYR 2,799
- Sony XPERIA XZ2 — MYR 2,799
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 — MYR 2,599
- HTC U11 — MYR 2,599
- Apple iPhone 7 (32GB) — MYR 2,593
- OPPO R15 Pro — MYR 2,399
- OnePlus 6 — MYR 2,399
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro — MYR 2,399
- Sony XPERIA XZ1 — MYR 2,399
Best Midrange Smartphones in Malaysia below MYR 1,500
Q3 2018 Edition
Let’s be honest here: Flagship smartphones are not all that. They come with hefty price tags, and most certainly can be overkill to the basic needs of some consumers. Not everyone needs the latest Galaxy or iPhone. What’s the next best thing? Midrange smartphones. Better yet, this list of midrangers might be tailored just for you with a MYR 1,500 cap, so you’ll get bang for your buck.
Do be warned though, some of these smartphones are truly no-brainers for their respective price tags.
Huawei Nova 3i (MYR 1,249)
This smartphone could very well be the most attractive one on this list. Fresh off the shelf earlier last month, the Huawei Nova 3i takes design cues from the company’s flagship twilight-colored P20 Pro. Not to forget, this sharp-shooting quad-cam beast screams premium with its glass design.
ASUS ZenFone 5 (MYR 1,299)
ASUS is looking well oiled now with its latest ZenFone series. The ZenFone 5 has proven to be a worthy contender among midrange smartphones in 2018. This time, the company has even opted to keep bloatware to themselves, with only core Android apps pre-installed. Coupled with a solid set of cameras and more natural-looking selfies, this phone is worth your attention.
OPPO F7 (MYR 1,299)
OPPO has had a long history of promoting its selfie-centric devices. If selfies are your thing, the OPPO F7 is most likely your best bet for a midrange smartphone. The AI-equipped front-facing camera is excellent for the crisp selfies you need. The F7 is quite the endurance champ too with its 3400mAh battery, so if you take a ton of selfies yourself, you’ll know what to do.
VIVO V9 (MYR 1,199)
This is the other selfie warrior on this list. The VIVO V9 has only contributed to the company’s rise to fame in recent months with what it offers. Stutters and lag are the least of your worries with the solid Snapdragon 626 processor and the ample 4GB of RAM. The V9’s dual rear cameras and 24-megapixel selfie camera among everything else, make it a strong option in this spectrum.
Nokia 7 Plus (MYR 1,499)
Like stock Android? Look no further. All the nostalgia surrounding Nokia and its great comeback makes the Nokia 7 Plus all the more attractive to have in your hand. The dual rear cameras’ optical zoom capabilities, powerful Snapdragon 660 processor, and whopping 3800mAh battery all make it hard to turn your back on this one.
Samsung Galaxy A6+ (MYR 1,299)
If Samsung can produce the great Galaxy S9 series, you wouldn’t be expecting less from their midrange offerings. Enter the Galaxy A6+. Packed with Samsung’s signature Super AMOLED display at 6 inches, media consumption will be a more common activity. The main 16-megapixel shooter of the two rear cameras has a bright aperture of f/1.7, and the 24-megapixel selfie cam packs a punch, too.
Xiaomi Mi A2 (MYR 999)
Xiaomi’s second-ever stock Android handset shouldn’t be overlooked. Yet another budget smartphone running stock Android, the Mi A2 has been promised two years of software updates by the company. The dual rear camera setup has been upgraded from its predecessor, and the front facing 20-megapixel camera coupled with an LED flash provides much-needed assistance under low light.
OPPO F9 might have water resistance and Essential Phone-like notch
It’s all in the teasers
The Find X is still finding its way to international markets, but that won’t stop OPPO from teasing a new phone. It’s only been four months since the official announcement of the F7 and it’s already time to anticipate the OPPO F9.
OPPO Malaysia just posted a dramatic teaser image on Twitter showing a waterfall with a notch (seems pretty weird) and a message “The breaking new vision. F9 is coming.” The post even has a philosophical question in its caption saying “A drop of rain falls on the leaf will shine they say, but how if it falls on the screen?” and “Get ready to welcome the OPPO F9 with new waterdrop screen, a breaking new vision experience for you!”
Whatever OPPO is trying to say or show is indeed puzzling. What on earth is a “waterdrop screen” and could this mean the F9 will have an IP rating against liquid? Also, the outline of the F9 and waterfall shows a smaller notch compared to the F7’s. It appears that the F9 will have a small cutout for the front camera just like with the Essential Phone.
To further confirm that the teaser is not a just slip, OPPO Malaysia posted two similar teasers a few hours after the first one:
— OPPO Malaysia (@OPPOMalaysia) July 30, 2018
A water-resistant midrange OPPO phone could be in the works, but let’s wait for further announcements before we get our hopes up. 🤞
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