The Oppo A71 was quietly announced last September, but it looks like it was a short-lived model. That's because today the Oppo A71 (2018) became official in Pakistan, ahead of a probably imminent launch in India.
The A71 (2018) is very similar to its predecessor, but packs in a couple of improvements (and, oddly, 1GB less RAM). It has the same 5.2" 720p display, 16GB of expandable storage, dual-SIM functionality, 13 MP f/2.2 main camera, 5 MP f/2.4 selfie shooter, and 3,000 mAh battery as the original A71. It's even got the exact same dimensions as that, measuring 148.1 x 73.8 x 7.6 mm, and weighs the same 137g.
What's new is the Snapdragon 450 chipset, replacing the old MediaTek MT6750. Qualcomm's SoC comes with the Adreno 506 GPU and a CPU with eight Cortex-A53 cores clocked at up to 1.8 GHz, and should enable an improvement in app starting speed of 12.5% on average compared to last year's A71.
This chip is paired with 2GB of RAM in the Oppo A71 (2018), and the phone runs ColorOS 3.2 based on Android 7.1 Nougat. It's an ever so slightly newer version of the UI overlay compared to the ColorOS 3.1 featured in the original.
That means you can use Oppo's "AI Beauty Recognition Technology", which is "based on a global image database that serves as an experienced photographer, who knows your beauty and will offer the most suitable beautify effect for you", according to the official website.
The Oppo A71 (2018) will be offered in gold and black. It's priced at PKR 19,899 in Pakistan, which at the moment means $179 or 144.