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Oppo A74 5G Battery review: Good overall experience

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78
battery
Charging Time
2 days 15h
Battery life
Charging Time
1h21
80% Charging time
Charging Time
2h24
Full charging time

Released in April 2021, the Oppo A74 5G is the latest addition to the Advanced ($200-399) segment of devices in our DXOMARK Battery protocol database. Although it is similar in some ways to its non-5G A74 sibling — both come with a 5000 mAh battery and a multi-cam setup with a 48 MP main camera, for example — there are some significant differences. For one thing, the 5G’s uses LCD technology and has a 90 Hz refresh rate vs. a 60 Hz OLED screen on the non-5G; for another, the two phones employ different chipsets; and finally, the 5G version comes with an 18W charger vs. a 33W charger for the non-5G model. Let’s take a closer look at how well the Oppo A74 5G’s battery performance stacks up against its non-5G sibling as well as against some of its competitors in our comprehensive tests.

Key specifications:

  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • 18W charger included
  • 6.5-inch, 1080 x 2400, 90 Hz LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G (8 nm) chipset
  • Tested RAM / storage combination: 6 GB + 128 GB

About DXOMARK Battery tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone battery reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective tests over a week-long period both indoors and outdoors. This article highlights the most important results of our testing. (See our introductory and how we test articles for more details about our smartphone Battery protocol.)

Test summary

Oppo A74 5G
78
battery
78
autonomy
63
charging
80
efficiency

Pros

  • Good autonomy overall
  • Well-controlled consumption in most use cases

Cons

  • Too-high consumption during the night

With good performances in many categories, the Oppo A74 5G achieved a fairly good 78 battery score for this price point, tying the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G and topping the Motorola G9 Power by 8 points (both competitors in this review). That said, the non-5G version of the A74 achieved an overall score of 86 points, soundly beating the 5G version for charging and efficiency, while remaining just one point behind the 5G for autonomy.

The table below shows the battery capacity, charger, display type and resolution, and processor specifications for the Oppo A74 5G, the Oppo A74 (non-5G model), and two other devices from our Advanced segment, the Motorola Moto G9 Power and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G.

Oppo A74 5G

Oppo A74 Motorola Moto G9 Power

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10

Battery (mAh)

5000

5000 6000

5000

Charger

18W

33W 20W

18W

Display type

LCD

OLED LCD

LCD

Resolution

1080 x 2400

1080 x 2400 720 x 1640

1080 x 2400

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G (8 nm)

Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 Qualcomm Snapdragon 662

MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G

Autonomy (80)

How long a battery charge lasts depends not only on battery capacity, but also other aspects of the phone’s hardware and software. The DXOMARK Battery autonomy score is composed of three performance sub-scores: (1) Stationary, (2) On the go, and (3) Calibrated use cases. Each sub-score comprises the results of a comprehensive range of tests for measuring autonomy in all kinds of real-life scenarios.

Light Usage
89h
Light
Active: 2h30/day
Moderate Usage
63h
Moderate
Active: 4h/day
Intense Usage
40h
Intense
Active: 7h/day

In terms of their overall Autonomy scores, all four devices in this review stay within a point or two from one another. As ever, the devil is in the details, of course, with all four smartphones showing different strengths and weaknesses in this category.

Stationary

Oppo A74 5G

84

104

Wiko Power U30
Best: Wiko Power U30 (104)

A robot housed in a Faraday cage performs a set of touch-based user actions during what we call our “typical usage scenario” (TUS) — making calls, video streaming, etc. — 4 hours of active use over the course of a 16-hour period, plus 8 hours of “sleep.” The robot repeats this set of actions every day until the device runs out of power. 

Both versions of the A74 achieved better autonomy than the Moto G9 Power (which has a bigger battery) in our TUS tests, but the Redmi Note 10 5G bested them all by a few hours. Further, the Note 10 5G had better nighttime consumption than the other devices, losing only 1.33% of its charge, while the A74 5G lost 3% battery level per night, which is frankly quite bad (the non-5G model lost 2% and the Moto G9 Power lost 2.33%).

Typical Usage Scenario discharge curves

On the go

Oppo A74 5G

81

96

Samsung Galaxy M51
Best: Samsung Galaxy M51 (96)

Using a smartphone on the go takes a toll on autonomy because of extra “hidden” demands, such as the continuous signaling associated with cellphone network selection, for example. DXOMARK Battery experts take the phone outside and perform a precisely defined set of activities while following the same three-hour travel itinerary for each device.

Oppo A74 5G, GPS navigation on the go
Oppo A74 5G, camera use on the go

Although the Oppo A74 5G put in an excellent performance for GPS navigation, beating both its non-5G counterpart and both competitors, it showed surprisingly bad autonomy while calling on the go; however the clear winner in our on the go tests overall was the Moto G9 Power.

Estimated autonomy for on the go use cases (full charge)

Calibrated

Oppo A74 5G

69

100

Samsung Galaxy M51
Best: Samsung Galaxy M51 (100)

For this series of tests, the smartphone returns to the Faraday cage and our robots repeatedly perform actions linked to one specific use case (such as gaming, video streaming, etc.) at a time. Starting from an 80% charge, all devices are tested until they have expended at least 5% of their battery power.

The A74 5G achieved quite good results in our calibrated tests, ahead of the Redmi Note 10 5G, but not quite as good as the Moto G9 Power — and when it came to 3G calling, the Moto G9 Power had nearly twice as much autonomy as the other three devices. The A74 5G showed better autonomy than its non-5G counterpart when gaming and streaming music, although the non-5G model did better when streaming and playing back video.

Estimated autonomy for calibrated use cases (full charge)

Charging (63)

The DXOMARK Battery charging score is composed of two sub-scores, Full charge and Quick boost. Full charge tests assess the reliability of the battery power gauge; measure how long it takes to charge a battery from 0% to 80% capacity and from 80% to 100%; and measure how long and how much power the battery takes to go from an indicated 100% to an actual full charge. With the phone at different charge levels (20%, 40%, 60%, 80%), Quick boost tests measure the amount of charge the battery receives after being plugged in for 5 minutes. 

Measuring the Oppo A74 5G’s charge
Charging the Oppo A74 5G
Wired
Wired
32%
in 30 min
1h21
0 - 80%
2h24
Full charge

The Oppo A74 5G has a better charging performance than its Xiaomi and Motorola competitors during a 30-minute and a full charge. That said, its overall performance is clearly hobbled somewhat by its 18W charger when compared to its non-5G sibling with its 33W charger.

Power consumption and battery level during full charge

Full charge

Oppo A74 5G

61

104

Oppo Find X3 Pro
Best: Oppo Find X3 Pro (104)

The Oppo A74 5G needs 2 hours and 17 minutes to arrive at an indicated 100% battery level and 7 more minutes to get its 5000 mAh battery completely charged. This performance is slightly better than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G’s (2 hours 29 minutes) and way better than the Motorola Moto G9 Power (2 hours 53 minutes). However, the non-5G version of the A74 leaves the other three devices entirely in the dust, as it takes only 1 hour 11 minutes to from completely empty to a completely full charge — that’s more than an hour faster than its 5G counterpart and is doubtless largely attributable to the non-5G’s 33W charger (vs. 18W for the 5G).

Time to full charge

Quick boost

Oppo A74 5G

65

95

Oppo Find X3 Neo
Best: Oppo Find X3 Neo (95)

By plugging in the Oppo A74 5G smartphone for 5 minutes at any battery level, users will be able to gain more than two hours of autonomy (about 25 minutes of active use). This is a better result than for the Motorola but rather behind the Redmi Note 10 5G; further, the non-5G version of the A74 manages to achieve nearly twice as much autonomy as the 5G version when charged at 20, 40, or 60% power remaining.

Oppo A74 5G Oppo A74 Motorola Moto G9 Power Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
Autonomy boost (hh:mm) 20%2:31 4:43 1:51 2:30
40%2:17 4:45 2:00 2:34
60%2:22 4:54 2:03 2:37
80%2:11 2:28 2:06 2:37
Percentage boost 20%5 %10.2 %4 %5.1 %
40%4.6 %10.3 %4.3 %5.2 %
60%4.7 %10.6 %4.4 %5.3 %
80%4.4 %5.3 %4.6 %5.3 %
Energy consumed 20%1345 mWh2477 mWh1452 mWh1344 mWh
40%1224 mWh2495 mWh1561 mWh1383 mWh
60%1265 mWh2575 mWh1601 mWh1410 mWh
80%1166 mWh1297 mWh1641 mWh1409 mWh

Efficiency (80)

Our Efficiency score comprises two sub-scores, Charge up and Discharge. Charge up is the efficiency of a full charge (that is, how much energy is drained from the wall outlet vs the energy capacity of the battery, as well as the efficiency of the charger and its residual consumption). Discharge is how much current the smartphone drains from the battery when in use (the ratio of battery capacity over autonomy). Better autonomy with a smaller battery means better efficiency.

The Oppo A 74 5G shows good performance in efficiency — it is clearly better than the Xiaomi and much better than the Motorola, although it lags some 7 points behind the non-5G model overall.

Charge up

Oppo A74 5G

64

82

Oppo Find X3 Neo
Best: Oppo Find X3 Neo (82)

The Oppo A74 5G has an efficient enough charging system (73%), way better than the Moto G9 Power’s (64%); but while the Redmi Note 10 5G’s charger is more efficient for arriving at a full charge that either of those two devices (and incidentally, less demanding when the smartphone is not plugged to the charger), top honors for charge up belong to the non-5G Oppo A74 and its 33W charger. That said, however, the non-5G’s charger consumes more than the 5G’s when the smartphone is not plugged into the charger but is still connected to a power outlet.

Discharge

Oppo A74 5G

87

121

Apple iPhone 12 mini
Best: Apple iPhone 12 mini (121)

Watching a video on the Oppo A74 5G
Gaming on the Oppo A74 5G

The Oppo A74 5G has well-controlled consumption in most of use cases, with far less consumption than its Motorola and Xiaomi competitors for streaming video and music in 4G — though the non-5G version does better for video streaming. That all said, the A74 5G consumes much more power than its non-5G counterpart and its two rivals during the night.

Conclusion

The Oppo A74 5G has two weaknesses, particularly when compared with the non-5G model  — charging and nighttime power consumption. But with well-controlled consumption in nearly all other use cases, and offering 2 days 16 hours of autonomy with moderate use, the Oppo A74 5G provides a reasonably good battery experience overall.

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