The OPPO A18 is splash-proof, shiny and super cheap

Pictured: OPPO A18
// OPPO's latest budget phone promises to outshine the competition.
Fergus Halliday
Feb 08, 2024
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Published on February 07, 2024

OPPO is looking to go brighter on a budget with the new A18.

Announced for the Australian market earlier this week, the Android-powered smartphone features a 6.56-inch "Sunlight" LCD screen with HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate.

According to OPPO, this display can hold up in brighter conditions by going as high as 720 nits while in a dedicated High Brightness mode. That's not exactly going to compete on luminescence with the Samsung Galaxy S24 but it's still a handy and a practical perk for those at the lower-end of the market. For comparison, the Motorola G14 caps out at around 400 nits.

The aesthetics are a big part of the draw here, with the OPPO A18 available in both Glowing Blue and Glowing Black. The device is also IPX4 rated for water resistance and armed with a rear-mounted dual-lens camera system that combines an 8MP main lens with a 2MP bokeh one. A 5MP selfie camera rounds out this setup on the front.

Under the hood, the handset runs on a MediaTek G85 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 5000mAh battery. Regarding on-board storage, only a single 128GB model is available, but it does support expansion via a MicroSD slot.

According to OPPO Australia managing director Michael Tran, the new device represents a valuable addition to the brand's A-series roster.

"With its sleek design, powerful features, and enhanced camera capabilities, the A18 marks the next evolution in our mission to redefine the mid-range smartphone experience and bring further value to our users”, he said.

In Australia, the OPPO A18 will be available outright from this week through the OPPO Online Store, JB Hi-Fi, Big W, Harvey Norman's online store and Bing Lee's online store at a recommended retail price of $219.

At the time of writing, the device won't be available on a postpaid plan. However, it can be paired with any of the SIM-only plans seen in the widget below.

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Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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