Great camera with a balanced performance specs

OPPO has been a strong contender in the hero mid ranger in the market with much of the attention going on with the Reno series of the lineup. Their Reno6 series that they release in the past is proven to be quite popular among those who wanted a reasonable specs phone but still enjoyed certain features that is available over certain flagship devices.

Today we will review the OPPO Reno7 5G, this phone is also released alongside the slightly premium sibling, the OPPO Reno7 Pro 5G with a few changes and addition between the two.

Design

The OPPO Reno7 5G design is flat edged based which OPPO uses their method of design known as LDI or Laser Design Imaging that gives it a final brush, matte finish to it. Whenever I touch on it, it does give me the premium feel that I appreciate especially there is no fingerprint smudges making it easy to clean if there is dirt sticking on it. Fortunately OPPO does provide a translucent casing in the box to protect the beauty of the phone. The camera portion is an island of bump consisting of 3 camera sensors and a flash. When putting it flat on a table, it definitely doesn’t sit flat, but since it comes with a soft case, fitting it on the OPPO Reno7 5G will be just nice and supports it just fine.

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On the right hand side, there is a power button, while the top houses a noise cancelling microphone. On the left side there is a pair of volume button and the SIM/MicroSDXC card slot that supports up to 1TB storage while below there is a speaker, microphone, USB C Port for data/charging and a 3.5mm headphone jack. All of the phone sides are made of slim sized aluminum chassis. Over to the camera design, the same color applies to the side of the phone and the bottom/top part as well with glossy, starry finishing touch to it.

The OPPO Reno7 5G comes in two colors, Startrails Blue, Starry Gray and Moonlight White which carries the weight of 173 Grams. Personally the weight is very light overall with good device body ratio holding on to my hands.

Display & Audio

Over the display portion, the OPPO Reno7 5G is powered by a compact 6.4 Inch FHD+ 90Hz AMOLED screen with Gorilla Glass 5 that supports HDR10+ and peak brightness of 800nits with SGS Eye Care Display which reduces harmful blue light. Display is spot on with visible color accuracy and contrast level. It has adaptive refresh rate display which means when the screen is sitting idle, it will run at 60FPS, once you start your browsing and work or play, it will automatically adjust up to 90FPS. Depending on your daily usage and just a handful of games does support 90FPS gameplay. Other features include a 180Hz touch sampling rate which is an advantage when it comes to the accuracy and sensitivity over the touchscreen when scrolling and gaming with the phone. On top of that with the density of 409PPI, you will enjoy it with its compact slim factor with good experience.

Camera

When it comes to the camera portion, the OPPO Reno7 5G rear camera consists of one 64MP wide camera with PDAF, one 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro lens, followed by a LED flash. Pictures taken are considerably close to accurate with clarity and details captured properly and with portrait mode the shots can be easily taken without much of adjustments done to it with a fair amount of light. Night shots outcome are well represented and good amount of shadows can be differentiated. The selfie images are bright and good during day time as well which is powered by a 32MP wide angle lens which also portrait mode capable.

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A few shots were taken over different modes as above and the result works as it is. A sample of 10x zoom, normal, 64MP, Bokeh Flare and automatic shots taken were balanced and works well.

On video recording you get support up to 4K at 30FPS, stutters are visible while recording but it’s very minor with good details during recording. FHD video is awesome with good stabilization support on 60FPS. Dual video mode is also supported which you can capture both front and rear recording at the same time. Such feature is great for VLoggers that be able to take the advantage.

Performance

Performance wise, the OPPO Reno7 5G is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 900 5G Octa-Core Processor, 256GB of internal storage and 8GB RAM. Operating system side is run by Android 11 with its new ColorOS 12 that bring several improvement toward UI fluidity, fast app switching and RAM extension up to 7GB as long you have enough internal space remaining. Call quality test shows no issues with a choice of calling via VOLTE or WOWIFI depending on your Telco Carrier. The phone does come with 5G connectivity support, WiFi 6/AX, Bluetooth 5 and NFC. Testing over WiFi connection gets up to an average of 620MBPS transfer speeds, ensuring blazing fast speed for multimedia and streaming. If you have a WiFi 6 router, you will be able to take all the advantages without issues.

Over to the gaming side, this phone can take it on par with most of the mid range hero phones recently released with good framerate with still some occasional stutter, however this can be resolved with lowering some of the graphic settings to keep games like Call Of Duty to maintain between 60FPS and above. Flagship games such as Genshin Impact will just work fine with app switching constantly and load times were pretty fast as well.

Above is the Benchmark performance, which delivers an quite good scores on its category between its graphics, and processor performance. The OPPO Reno7 5G is suitable for those seeking for a Medium premium range performing phones.

Battery performance wise, you will get around 9.5 hours of it, a mix of calls, surfing, email, streaming, and a few Call Of Duty matches. Turning on the battery saving mode under 20% will get you around extra 2.5 to 3 hours of conservative usage. The OPPO Reno7 5G comes with a 65W SUPERVOOC fast charger, which will charge up the phone to 100% from 10% in around 35 minutes average. 

Specifications

ProcessorMediaTek Dimensity 900 5G SOC (6mm)
GraphicMali-G68 MC4
Display6.4 inch AMOLED, 1080 x 2400 HDR10, 90Hz
CameraRear :
64 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.7µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 119˚ (ultrawide)
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
Front :
32 MP, f/2.4, 24mm (wide)
RAM8GB With RAM Expansion
Storage256GB UFS 2.2
Battery4500mAh with PD fast charging, 65w Charger included
OS + UIAndroid 11 + ColorOS 12 with GMS
Connectivity WIFI AC/6+AX (2.4/5Ghz), Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, IR Blaster, OPPO PC Connect
PriceRM1,999


Verdict & Conclusion 

The OPPO Reno7 5G is a phone that is generally for those who are seeking for mobile content creation with good set of camera setup with some serious mobile photography in mind, eSports and casual gaming with a good screen meant for social media purpose while just paying for mid tiered price only. While on the productivity side, OPPO for the first time offered PC Connect where you can cast screen sharing directly to your PC/Laptop as well as transferring files. This phone will also benefit in the future with the support for 5G with your preferred operator.

Pros

  • A 90Hz Refresh Rate Display
  • Good AMOLED display
  • Very good portrait capture

Cons

  • Still runs on Android 11

Pricing and availability

Starting from now, OPPO Reno7 5G will be available in two colors at RM1,999 for the 8GB+256GB variant and can be purchased at OPPO authorized dealers and online stores.

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