Oppo A78 5G review

A truly budget 5G phone with a big battery - but the camera set-up is pretty basic

Oppo A78 5G
(Image: © Chris George / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The big appeal of the Oppo A78 5G is its price. This is a proper budget smartphone, but which still strives to give you lots for your money. Notable plus points are the 5000mAh battery and 33W fast charging to keep you up and running through the day. The disappointments on the phone are all at the rear - there is a plastic back panel that just feels cheap. And then despite it giving the appearance of being a two-camera set-up, in reality you just get the one 50MP wide lens, with no ultrawide or telephoto options.


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    Budget price

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    50 MP main camera

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    Good battery life


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    Plastic casing

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    No telephoto or ultra-wide cameras

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Oppo makes some impressive smartphones these days - you only have to take a look at the flagship Oppo Find N2 Flip or Find X5 Pro that this Chinese manufacturer can compete at the luxury end of the handset market. The Oppo A78 5G, however, is designed very much as a budget model which sells at a fraction of the price of its high-spec siblings.

As the name suggests, this is a 5G handset – but what do you actually get for your money with this lower-priced smartphone?

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.