Oppo Reno 7

beautiful design and compromises

Number four in the smartphone market, Oppo wants to strengthen its mid-range with the Oppo Reno 7. This smartphone makes strong choices to seduce in a segment where competition is strong, but has the brand succeeded in its bet?

Formalized at the end of April in France, the Reno 7 is the last representative of the series to land in our regions. Focused on the mid-range, it accompanies the Find X5 series and the brand has changed its habits this year. Traditionally, Oppo offers one in two generations of its Reno series in France and the Reno 4 had given way to the Reno 6. We then expected to discover the 8 series before the end of the year, a few months after an announcement in Asia.

Eventually, the manufacturer decided to launch the Reno 7 to shake up the midrange market. A segment where competition is fierce with the presence, in particular, of other Chinese manufacturers and Samsung. In 2022, Oppo is only launching one version of its model and does not offer a “Pro” variant in France. A change of course for the brand that launched the Reno 6 and Reno 6 Pro last year, two 5G compatible models.

Oppo Reno 7, who are you?

The latest in the range, the Reno 7 makes the link between entry and mid-range. Already presented in our columns, the Oppo smartphone comes with a 6.43-inch AMOLED screen displaying a Full HD + definition. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 chip, accompanied by 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. A microSD slot allows you to expand the amount of storage up to 1 TB. The Reno 7 is limited to 4G and offers wifi 5, as well as Bluetooth 5.1.

Autonomy is ensured by a 4,500 mAh battery, compatible with 33 W fast charging. On the photo side, the photo block includes a 64 megapixel main sensor with wide-angle optics (f / 1.7), by two sensors of 2 megapixels each. The first is responsible for measuring the depth of field while the second serves as a microscope.

Oppo Reno 7
Screen – 6.43-inch AMOLED display in 20:9 format
– Full HD+ definition (1080×2400 pixels)
– 409 dpi density
– 90Hz
– Corning Gorilla Glass 5
SoCs and GPUs Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
Memory – 8 GB RAM
– 128 GB of storage
Camera (rear) – Three cameras on the back:
– Main camera: 64 megapixels, 26mm, f/1.7
– Microscope: 2 megapixels, f/3.3
– Macro: 2 megapixels, f/2.4

– Recording videos in Full HD at 30fps

Camera (front) 32MP, f/2.4
Battery – 4500mAh
– 33W charging
– Charger provided
Connectivities – 4G
– WiFi 5
-Bluetooth 5.1
– Fingerprint sensor under the screen
– USB-C
– 3.5mm jack
-NFC
Sensors – Magnetometer
– Proximity sensor
– Light sensor
– Accelerometer
– Gravity sensor
– Gyroscope
– Pedometer
Operating system Android 12, ColorOS 12.1
Height and weight – 159.9 x 73.2 x 7.5mm
– 175 grams
Price – 329 euros
availability date April 2022

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Design

The Reno 7 retains the lines of the Reno 6 and it is not to displease us. The manufacturer offers a radically different design from that of its Find X5 range and is closer to that of the iPhone. The device is elegant with its flat edges and slightly rounded corners, offering a thin look (7.49 to 7.54 mm thick depending on the version). A pleasant retro side for a model protected by Gorilla Glass 5 on the front.

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If it is difficult to distinguish itself at the front, the back of the smartphone manages to attract attention. This is all the more true in the orange color that we were able to test. This Twilight orange version uses a fiberglass coating offering a leather-like texture. The manufacturer ensures that the method is “unpublished” and we must admit that the rendering is successful. For lovers of more discreet smartphones, the Reno 7 also comes in black (stellar) with a matte coating.

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On our side, we really appreciated this orange version which turns out to be not very dirty in use and does not really attract fingerprints. The device does not suffer from any major defect, offering ideally placed buttons and still a 3.5 mm jack. We also appreciate the microSD card slot while the 20:9 format limits the width of the Reno 7. In a pinch, we can blame him for a chin that is a little too prominent.

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On the back, we also note the presence of a photo island which does not really go unnoticed. Rather than hiding it, Oppo decides to highlight it in a rather elegant way. This choice allows you to see the “microscope” module (see Photo section) and the LED ring also called “orbital light”. Far from being anecdotal, its presence projects more light around the subject photographed and acts as a light indicator. It notifies when receiving notifications, calls or during charging. It is possible to configure its operation in the device settings.

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The Screen

The Reno 7 is no giant with its 6.43-inch AMOLED panel. This displays a Full HD + definition (2,400 x 1,080 pixels) and offers a refresh rate of 90 Hz. It will also be necessary to make a choice between 90 and 60 Hz, since the smartphone does not offer an adaptive frequency. However, it is difficult to blame Oppo for having made this choice. The 180Hz touch sampling rate can go up to 1000Hz in some games like PUBG.

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The slab is pleasant and is comfortable for everyday use. We appreciate, as always, the “infinite” contrast of the OLED and its sufficient brightness; although more expensive smartphones do better. Whether it’s for web browsing, consulting social networks or watching movies and series, the Reno 7 is comfortable. By default, we can blame it for colors that are a little cold, but it is possible to go through the settings.

Performance and Autonomy

Under the hood, this Reno 7 comes with a Snapdragon 680 from Qualcomm and this choice leaves us perplexed. The SoC is not bad and gets away with it on many smartphones, but two elements penalize Oppo’s smartphone. The first is that this chip engraved in 6 nm is present on more affordable devices while direct opponents are better provided.

Moreover, the Snapdragon 680 does not limit to 4G and therefore does not allow this smartphone to support 5G. This element can however be secondary if you do not have a 5G plan and you do not intend to switch to it in the medium term.

Oppo Reno 7 settings
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Despite these two limitations, the Reno 7 is a pleasant partner even for games. Its processor relies on 8 GB of RAM to run applications and everything runs with a certain fluidity. Of course, you shouldn’t expect it to shake up market benchmarks or dominate gaming smartphones either. The pricing positioning of this model should be kept in mind.

Everything runs on Android 12, the latest version of the operating system. We find Oppo’s ColorOS 12.1 interface, which is one of the strengths of the smartphone. Pleasant to use and without frills, it offers many customization options and emphasizes gesture navigation. The fingerprint sensor under the screen is also effective.

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Simplicity and speed are at the rendezvous, as well as the options for the protection of privacy. We note for example the intelligent hiding of notifications which allows you to hide the content of notifications when the device detects a face other than yours. For this, the front camera is used.

Interesting without surprising in terms of performance, the Reno 7 is impressive in terms of autonomy. Despite its finesse, it has a 4,500 mAh battery that allows it to easily last more than a day away from the socket. In standard use, we can even expect up to two days on a single charge. If you use the smartphone more, expect a little more than a day of autonomy.

Oppo Reno 7 settings
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Either way, it comes with a 33W SuperVooc charger that gets the job done. Certainly, Oppo has a certain know-how in the field and offers faster charges on other models. However, a full charge will take about an hour and that’s enough for most users.

Photo and Video

While the trend is for the multiplication of sensors, the Reno 7 almost creates a surprise. If its photo block includes three sensors, only one is really usable on a daily basis. This is the main module (wide-angle) of 64 megapixels opening at f / 1.7, associated with two sensors of 2 megapixels each. The formula includes a depth sensor (f / 2.4) and a microscope lens that raises many questions. The functionality is rather rare, but it is not new and we had also been able to see it on the Find X3 Pro from Oppo. It offers a magnification of x15 or x30.

Oppo Reno 7
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On a daily basis, it is the main 64-megapixel sensor that is the most used. It delivers rather interesting shots in broad daylight, showing itself to its advantage in its segment. The images are detailed and the color rendition is good. As (too) often, the 64 megapixel mode does not add much and can only be used to zoom. Remember that the Reno 7 uses pixel-binning to offer 16-megapixel images.

When the light runs out, the Reno 7 shows its limits fairly quickly and the shots lack detail. Put forward by Oppo, the portrait mode is actually quite successful and flattering.

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And the microscope function?

The absence of a telephoto lens is not a real surprise on such a smartphone. On the other hand, the choice to ignore the ultra wide-angle is surprising, as this type of lens is now essential on our mobiles. Instead, the Reno 7 seeks to surprise with its microscope and is thus inspired by the Find X3 Pro (or the Realme GT 2 Pro).

No need to beat around the bush, the function is very fun when you start using the smartphone. We quickly get caught up in the game of exploring the world around us with this microscope, with fun and sometimes surprising shots. After a few days, this mode is quickly put aside and the absence of an ultra wide-angle is more noticeable. The microscope can really be an asset, if the rest of the photo setup lives up to it. This is not really the case with the Reno 7 which had to resolve to make compromises.

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