Oppo has today announced a new smartphone for the Australian market, with the A77 heading to stores on Monday the 10th of July.

The handset is being launched at retail with Officeworks and JB Hi-Fi stocking the handset, as well as new partner The Good Guys who will begin stocking the phone from the 17th of July. Priced at just $448, the A77 isn’t going to break the bank, but it will tick a surprising amount of hardware boxes.

An octa-core Mediatek MT6750T SoC powers the handset, with 4GB of RAM helping to smooth out any bumps. You get 64GB of on-board storage as well as a microSD card slot with support for cards up to 128GB.

Oppo has again focused on the selfie aspect for the A77, with a 16MP front-facing 1/3 inch sensor that includes an f/2.0 aperture while the rear camera gets a 13MP shooter with f/2.2 aperture. The camera also gets software features with Beautify 4.0 to smooth out blemishes, and bokeh effect for a bit of added depth.

Camera is definitely a focus for Oppo with Oppo Australia Executive Director, Michael Tran, saying

We know a picture is worth a thousand words, so we want to give our customers the best technology to tell their story. What we’ve managed to pack inside this phone, at the price point it will retail at, is pretty exceptional.

Full specs include:

Key Specifications:Oppo A77
Release date
Screen size5.5-inch
Screen technologyIPS LCD
Resolution1,920 x 1,080
Rear camera13MP
Front camera16MP
ChipsetMediatek MT6750T
Core config8 x 1.5GHz
MicroSDYes, up to 1287GB
Battery3,200 mAh
Battery removable
Headphone PortYes
Headphone Location
Speaker Configuration
Android OSAndroid 6.0
Vendor skinColorOS
Dimensions153.3 x 75 x 7.3 mm
  • Black
  • Gold

The phone comes with Android 6.0 overlaid with ColorOS, and we’ve followed up with Oppo to find out about an OS update for the handset.

It’s a decent looking phone that comes in Black or Gold color options. Oppo will, as usual be selling them online, but you can head in to JB Hifi or Officeworks on Monday or The Good Guys from the 17th of July to check it out.

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Sounds good. But my concern has always been Oppo’s speed of delivering updates. I have read too many Ausdroid users lamenting the slow updates or none at all.