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Oppo adds more value to 5G with $369 A79

High priced 5G phones aren’t for everyone, so if you’re looking for a way to save on a new phone, Oppo might just have a new answer for the year.

Samsung may well have kicked off the year with the first set of new phones in Australia, but another model wasn’t far behind. Oppo also has something, though it’s not quite in the same league as the Galaxy S24 flagship range.

The latest from Samsung brings big screens and performances to high price tags, but not everyone is looking for that. Some people want big screens and low prices, and are happy to sacrifice a feature here and there to get it.

Fortunately, you might not have to compromise on too much of anything, especially as technology falls in price. Big cameras, batteries, and screens are in strong supply well below the thousand dollar mark lately, and there are many options even far below that.

And if what you’re looking to spend is under the $400 mark, Oppo might have the answer in another of its economical options, launching this week.

Another in the Oppo value-focused A-series, the A79 5G is a 6.72 inch phone sporting a Full HD+ 2400×1080 screen that aims to keep value part of the phone buying and owning experience, and it even runs at 90Hz to keep animations smooth.

The phone comes review on one of MediaTek’s mid-range Dimensity 6020 chips, so won’t be there if you plan to do some high-end gaming, but it should handle just about anything else you might use a phone for, offering 128GB of storage for music, files, photos, and more.

On the back, there are two cameras, one of which is worth talking about, using a 50 megapixel F1.8 camera sitting alongside a 2 megapixel camera that only kicks in to blur the backgrounds in portraits. Meanwhile, if you want to capture selfies, there’s an 8 megapixel camera at the front.

While the focus for Oppo is a budget offering that delivers value, it also comes in a nice design with dual stereo speakers, aimed at improving the loud speaker sound for when you want to share your music. Oppo also includes a 5000mAh battery with 33W fast charging using its SuperVooc system, recharging the big battery quick fast if you need to.

“Continuing to deliver on our mission to provide customers with innovative smartphones at accessible price points, the A79 5G offers excellent overall performance that ensures a smooth and reliable experience for users,” said Michael Tran, Managing Director for Oppo Australia.

“Its fresh design gives the phone an elegant appearance that sets a new standard for the segment,” he said.

There is at least one catch, with the 4GB RAM suggesting performance won’t necessarily be a total winner, though it’s entirely possible that MediaTek chip has been tuned to make the experience better. This is very much a “your mileage may vary” situation.

But with a $369 price, you may not care, either. At under $400, Oppo is essentially offering a big screen, big battery, and big single camera for an amount that can feel like a big saving, too.

Australians can find the Oppo A79 5G outright in stores now for $369, available at JB HiFi, Officeworks, The Good Guys, and from Oppo’s online store, as well.

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