Oppo Reno7 review: a beautiful design at an affordable price

Oppo Reno7 review: a beautiful design at an affordable price

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Oppo is renewing its range of mid-range smartphones with the successor to the Reno6, the Reno7 which is unfortunately deprived of access to 5G but offers other advantages such as its AMOLED screen, its selfie photo sensor, its 13 GB of potential RAM available in black or with an orange leatherette back. We wanted to see what it was capable of during a full test and here are our impressions of it.

Main technical characteristics of the Oppo Reno7:

  • 6.43-inch AMOLED screen, 1080×2400 pixels 90Hz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 chipset
  • 8 GB expandable RAM
  • 128 GB expandable internal storage
  • Triple 64+2 photo sensor (microscope) +2 megapixels
  • 32 megapixel front sensor
  • Fingerprint reader under the screen
  • 4500 mAh battery compatible with 33 watt charging
  • Operating system: Android 12 with ColorOS software overlay

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Design of the Oppo Reno7

The design of the Oppo Reno7 is a success, in our opinion. Indeed, the mobile benefits from lines very pleasing to the eye. It is inspired by its predecessor but with a slightly more modern look.. It also draws its design from that of the iPhone, in particular because of its flat profiles and its angles. Having reasonable dimensions, the Reno7 isn’t particularly big or small. It is 159.9 mm high for 73.2 mm wide and 7.54 mm or 7.49 mm thick (depending on the version chosen) for a weight of 175 grams. It is a tiny bit lighter than the Reno6. The Reno7 comes to compete with other mobiles currently available on the market with which it shares the same processor platform, the Snapdragon 680 or the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11, realme 9, realme 9i but also the Honor X8 and Honor X7. It is the lightest of all but also the most compact. Its balance is quite satisfactory and its grip is excellent.

Oppo Reno7 back

The black version benefits from a polymer shell with an Oppo Glow (gloss) finish. Our test model is the orange version with the leatherette covering on the back. This gives the smartphone a certain class, even luxury, like the Find X2 Pro in its day, with vegetable imitation leather, this time. Oppo tells us that it has carried out numerous friction resistance tests to ensure the durability of the material and seems quite confident. The back is particularly pleasant to the touch and it is very difficult to put the cover provided in the box on it to protect it, it is so soft. No fingerprints are to be deplored which is a good thing.

The optical block is installed in the upper left corner. It protrudes from the rest of the back taking the shape of a rectangle and registering the two “main” sensors on the left side. The microscope module is surrounded by micro LEDs to illuminate the area to be taken. Right next to it is the third sensor and the flash. The circle surrounding the microscope sensor also serves as a notification LED when a call, message, etc. arrives. It’s very well thought out.

Optical unit Oppo Reno7

The profiles of the phone are shiny, made of plastic, letting through the waves of the antennas that are installed just behind. On the right profile when looking at the mobile from the front, there is the standby button. On the upper profile there is a microphone. The two buttons to manage the volume are installed on the left profile as well as the SIM card drawer. It can simultaneously support two SIM cards and a micro SD memory card. Finally, on the lower edge, there is the audio jack port to connect headphones, another microphone, the USB-C connector and a speaker. The fingerprint reader is installed under the screen, 1.5 cm from the bottom edge, a position that we find too low. The sound delivered by the Reno7 is mono, coming from the single speaker installed on the lower profile. It is correct, quite balanced but lacks power and punch for electronic music. However, it can be enough to follow a film or a series if you agree to have the sound coming only from the right.

Oppo Reno7 profile

Connectivity Oppo Reno7

In terms of connectivity, this is where the problem lies. In effect, the Reno7 is limited to 4G telecom networks which is very disconcerting when you know that its predecessor, the Reno6 is 5G compatible. The fault of its processor, the Snapdragon 680. The competitors mentioned above cannot access 5G either. All offer Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1 and NFC (except the realme 9). Not specifically, Oppo announces that the mobile is splash-proof warranting IPX4 certification which is also the case of the Redmi Note 11 is also protected against a limited infiltration of dust.

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Screen, we take the same and we start again with more brightness

Oppo Reno7 Screen

The screen of the Reno7 is identical to that of its predecessor, the Reno6. It is therefore based on a 6.43-inch AMOLED panel with a definition of 1080×2400 pixels and a refresh rate of 90 Hz, like the Redmi Note 11. Compared to the Reno6, it benefits from slightly higher brightness. It can be used outdoors. It is possible to choose between vivid and natural modes for the colors of the screen and to play with the temperature. An eye comfort mode is also available and the frequency can be locked to 90Hz or 60Hz but not adaptive which would have allowed the smartphone to offer, perhaps a slightly greater autonomy. The edges of the screen are not the thinnest on the market, which means that they are not forgotten so quickly. The chin is the thickest, about twice the thickness of the others. There is a punch in the upper left corner that houses the selfie sensor.

Oppo Reno7 screen settings

ColorOS on board for a smooth and ergonomic software experience

Like other mobiles from the Oppo brand, the Reno7 is powered by Android 12 with a ColorOS software overlay here in version 12.1. This is the same interface as on the Oppo Find X5 or Find X5 Pro. We tried the mobile with version CPH2363_11_A.13. The latter bringing in particular some corrections, improvements and the security update of April 2022 which is quite recent knowing that our test was carried out in mid-June. This side, Oppo has always tried to provide updates for its smartphones as soon as possible. The brand promises 3 years of system updates.

Oppo Reno7 Interface

The ColorOS interface is rich, customizable and very ergonomic. If you want to know more about it, we invite you to read our complete file that we have devoted to ColorOS 12 and its features.

Oppo Reno7 Settings

Oppo Reno7 interface suite

Oppo Reno7 advanced settings

Power? But where is she ?

With his Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 chipset, the Oppo Reno7 doesn’t really sparkle. So yes, that can be enough for moderate use of the phone if you’re not too demanding but if, on the contrary, you want it to fuse, it’s not really the case and the experience is a bit limited, becoming quickly annoying to have to wait several miliseconds to open certain applications, even system menus. The performance is lower than on the previous model which has a Soc MediaTek Dimensity 900 and there too, we were a little disappointed because normally, the next one is at least equal if not better. As mentioned above, we find this processor in the Redmi Note 11 but also on the realme 9, realme 9i and the honor X8 and Honor X7. They are all sold cheaper than the Oppo mobile. We still appreciate finding 8 GB of RAM inside, a greater quantity, this time than competitors who offer 4 or 6 GB. Note that it is possible to increase this RAM capacity with a maximum of 5 Additional GB taken from storage memory. You have to go to the settings then to the About section then to the Increase RAM section. You can choose to add 2, 3 or 5 GB which will be effective after a restart of the device. With this little boost, there is a slight improvement in use. In addition, the mobile also offers High Performance Mode feature. This option is hidden in the Battery settings of the device then Advanced settings which is not really its place. Synonymous with an increase in resource consumption, we noticed a barely significant difference during our performance measurements while the mode was activated. However, this function can be useful for games.

Oppo Reno7 performance test results

And multimedia in all this?

The Reno7 is capable of playing content from streaming platforms in Full HD quality. For the photo part, it is equipped with a 64-megapixel main sensor. There is also a 2 megapixel microscope sensor which allows for 15x and 30x magnification. We find this type of sensor on the Oppo Find X3 Pro (30x and 60x) but also on the realme GT 2 Pro (20x and 40x). There is also a latest 2 megapixel sensor which calculates depths of field in order to optimize portraits.

The main sensor plays with several images taken in less definition than 64 megapixels to combine them in order to optimize the level of light in the photo. The pictures taken with this module are quite satisfactory, especially with regard to colorimetry. The images benefit from a fairly wide dynamic range and the details are numerous. In nocturnal conditions, the pictures are a little too smooth hiding details but we still benefit from a good level of contrast.

Photo with the Oppo Reno7

Photo zoom with the Oppo Reno7

The Camera application allows us to see that the interface is identical to that of the other mobiles of the brand. Several modes are immediately accessible and others are grouped together in the More menu, available completely on the right. There is notably the Microscope mode but also the Pro, Extra HD, Pano(ramical), slow motion, time-lapse, sticker and text scanner modes.

Oppo Reno7 camera interface

For selfies, the Reno7 has the same sensor as the Find X5 and Find X5 Pro, a 32-megapixel RGBW module. This results in very beautiful portraits and you can count on a large number of possible improvements (which can be activated or not) to hide imperfections and optimize the rendering.

Note that for video, you have to settle for a maximum Full HD definition at 30 frames per second which is the minimum today.

Decent battery life but slower charging than the previous Reno model

With her battery with a capacity of 4500 mAh, the Reno7 lasts a day and a half in moderate use. It comes with a 33 watt charging block. With it, the phone gains 38% in 15 minutes of charging. It is also the power tolerated by the competition mentioned above. However, as bizarre as it may seem, the previous model, the Reno6 supports charging at 67 watts… so remains faster to recharge.

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Our opinion on the Oppo Reno7

The Reno7 acts as a bit of a UFO smartphone that may struggle to find its place in the hotly contested mobile market. In effect, compared to its predecessor, it loses 5G connectivity, fast charging and offers lower performance. Despite this, it is pleasant to use on a daily basis if you don’t ask too much of it. Its interface is still interesting with many relevant functions. We also appreciate the photo sensor which delivers satisfactory shots and the most curious should have fun with the microscope module. Its design remains a success, especially for the orange version, which is very pretty, but its introductory price places it above other mobiles equipped with the same chipset, which makes it difficult to recommend as it does not make enough of a difference with the competition.

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