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OPPO A71 (2018) with Snapdragon 450 arriving in PH March 10

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OPPO will release the new OPPO A71 (2018) budget smartphone in the Philippines March 10. This, according to the company’s official Facebook page.

(Update, March 7, 2018: The price has been revealed! See our story: OPPO A71 (2018) with Snapdragon 450 to be priced at P7,990.)

OPPO A71 (2018) teaser

The handset first debuted in Pakistan last February, and it took OPPO just four months to replace the original A71, which launched September 2017. That’s a comparatively short upgrade cycle, even in the smartphone community, but it is what it is.

READ ALSO: OPPO A71 review: A budget phone that doesn’t feel or act like one

To justify the upgrade, OPPO swapped the aging MediaTek 6750 processor found on the old A71 for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chip that is reasonably fast and efficient — especially if we’re talking about a device that will cost under P10,000 locally, likely a couple of thousand pesos cheaper than the P9,990 (around $192) OPPO A83.

For reference, the A71 from last year was priced at P8,990 ($173) at launch; its sequel might sell for the same price or cheaper.

OPPO swapped the aging MediaTek 6750 processor found on the old A71 for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chip that is reasonably fast and efficient — especially if we’re talking about a device that will cost under P10,000 (around $192). For reference, the A71 (2017) was priced at P8,990 ($173) at launch.

The move to the Qualcomm chip should make for a more responsive handset, but it could come at the cost of some RAM, as earlier reports indicated that the global version of the OPPO A71 (2018), including the one unveiled for the Pakistani market, has been dropped to 2GB from 3GB. The unit launched in India has 3GB of RAM, though, and the same can happen here.

SEE ALSO: OPPO A83 review: The most recommendable OPPO phone yet

Another feature of interest is the company’s AI Beauty Recognition function, which applies suitable beauty effects depending on the user’s face.

Physically, the OPPO A71 (2018) is identical to its predecessor. There’s a 5.2-inch LCD display with 720p resolution; 13- and 5-megapixel rear and front cameras; a 3,000mAh battery; and Android Nougat based on OPPO’s newer Color OS Android interface.

We’ll update this post as we learn more.

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 10 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between. His latest addiction is the comments section of viral Facebook posts.