I'll say it right away: at first glance this device seems quite different from all its competitors, despite being a “very normal” medium range. OPPO Reno 7 makes design its killer feature, it strikes from the first glance but, it is clear, it is a reflection that arises on an objective basis. In terms of technical specifications, we are not shouting for a miracle, but for those looking for a good product on € 300, this is probably one of the most interesting smartphones of the moment. In addition, it winks at the young creators, a typical feature of the Reno series. Don't worry: before the conclusions we will tell you some valid alternatives, so as to have a clear picture of what the market offers in this sector.
OPPO Reno 7 review: finally something different!
Design and materials
I admit I was positively impressed by the design of theOPPO Reno 7. The frame is squared as the fashion of the moment wants and there is a back cover made with a upholstery in leather fiber and fiberglass which gives the device a look that allows it to stand out from the rest of the market, especially because, aesthetically, it looks like a premium phone with a high price. Very thin, it weighs 185 grams and is only 7,54 mm thick. Its dimensions are 156,8 x 72,1 mm. In short, you will have understood that I liked its design But this particular processing of the back cover has a price: curiously, the Cosmic Black version is less thick (only 7,49 mm).
The photographic sector is slightly protruding but it is completely different from those we have seen in competitors. The only negative note? The writings for the certifications placed on the back cover. What a shame. The left frame houses the usual SIM compartment and the volume rocker and on the right profile there is the button for turning on the phone. Double microphone, speaker at the bottom and audio jack from 3,5 mm complete the equipment. And let's not forget the USB C for charging the device. Too bad the absence of an IP certification.
The screen of this little gem is of ben 6,43" and boasts the technology AMOLED. The resolution is FullHD + and the pixel per inch density is 409. All in all, an excellent panel for viewing content, even in sunlight. The refresh rate is 90 Hz and is an Amazon HDR and YouTube HD certified unit. Below we find a fairly fast optical fingerprint. Maybe in a bit poco accurate, but nothing serious.
The display is therefore very responsive, especially during gaming. In "color mode" you can choose between displaying a lively and natural panel and the temperature can be set to your liking. There is an option to reduce blue light with software. The speed of the refresh rate can be customized to your liking: high (90 Hz) or standard (60 Hz).
If desired, we can choose to hide the notch by creating a sort of "digital frame" with some apps, just as we can insert the virtual keys right above the chin.
Hardware and Performance
Needless to say: the SoC is the usual Snapdragon 680 4G that we know by heart. Answering the question "how are you doing?" or "how does it behave?" it seems almost redundant, mostly because we already know the answer: good. It's a reliable, tried-and-true SoC present on a plethora of midranges. The sytem on chip is supported by 8 GB RAM banks (plus the virtual one with an additional 2,3 or 5 GB) and 128 GB of internal memory write the type of memories used. During gaming, it never warmed up: my usual match at PUBG Mobile took place without various and eventual hitches. The fluidity in the passage from one app to another is good as is the use of social networks. We also mention that there is a good software for image editing. In short, a winning team does not change and energy consumption is never excessive.
On the benchmark front, we report that on Geekbench scored 379 points in single core, 1657 in multi core.
AnTuTu recorded me the score of 284266. Under stress then, we started from 72% battery with 25,4 ° C and the battery dropped, after 45 minutes of intensive use, to 59%. The temperature, on the other hand, reached 34 ° C.
I then tried PCMark and on the Work 3.0 test I got 6538 points,with Mark 3D instead, I registered 451 total points in Wild life and in the test Extreme Wild Life instead, I got 127 points in the Best loop score e 125 in the Lowest loop score and in twenty minutes the battery only went from 98% to 96%.
On the connectivity front there is the LTE module, the accelerometer, the gyroscope, the proximity sensor, the compass: in short, nothing new from this side and, given the SoC, it is clearly not a 5G product.
We now mention the battery because its consumption is closely related to the hardware components. As mentioned, there is no 5G (and it is a pity), but this causes the energy cell on board (4500 mAh) has an exceptional autonomy that will always take you to dinner and even more, if you want. Charging is average: 33W which guarantee you very good times (poco more than an hour to go from 0 to 100%) and the charger is included in the package. Unfortunately there is no wireless charging.
Here I am perplexed, on the one hand in a positive sense, on the other in a negative sense (but not too much). At the front there is a 32 Mpx selfiecam (Ultra-Sensiting Selfie) Sony IMX709 with aperture f / 2.4 that gives images with blurred backgrounds (sharp bokeh, shame about the contour in difficult cases) and sometimes tends to burn the photographs in a bit. There is pixel binning that allows you to capture up to 60% more light and I must admit that its presence is evident.
At the rear, three sensors with the main one from 64 Megapixel which is very good during the day, but a little less at night or when the light goes down. The management of the lights seems good to me, there is the OIS and also the second lens is particularly sparkling. Tele, but not too much. We arrive at the third optic, a microlens that acts as 15X and 30X microscope. Very funny, but it is a pity that I have been poco good at making creative shots with this lens. Mea culpa, I admit it.
The software is also rich: Portrait bokeh, HDR selfie (to avoid having “burnt” backgrounds), Ultra Clear 108 Mp Image, Flash Snapshot and much more. With this phone you will have fun, trust me. Pity, pity and pity for the absence of an ultrawide. Poco bad, because the main camera is very wide angle anyway.
In photos at night or in low light there is the Orbit Light that acts as a circular flash to better illuminate scenes and portraits. Daytime videos are very good and can be shot in FullHD or 4K, up to 60 fps. In addition, the chamber is stabilized. Not bad.
Android 12 with ColorOS 12: here we are, finally. Yes we have the updated software and I am very happy about this. This skin offers truly impressive fluidity, there are cute 3D icons to look at and there is a feature called AI System Booster that best manages the resources allocated in the phone.
Nice style exercise the Air Gestures that allow you to perform operations without touching the device with your hands. Anyway, the software is really full of options and customizations: honestly I am liking ColorOS more and more. Good OPPO.
OPPO Reno 7 convinced me, although there are some small negative notes (as in everything on the other hand). He is a medium range that I would honestly buy.
A poco less (about € 280) we take home the Galaxy A52s from Samsung, which I know you like a lot, or alternatively, the Galaxy A33 da poco on the market (and has 5G). Honor 50 5G is a nice rival of OPPO Reno 7 and let's not forget the Notes redmi 11 Pro o Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G. Last but not least, there is also the POCO X4Pro 5G. As you have seen, the market offers different solutions for all tastes and needs, but the choice is yours.
OPPO Reno 7 is, as mentioned, a medium range that I would buy, both because of the aesthetics and the reliable performance. It is a phone that (finally) dares to design, even in this price range, but which is confirmed as an "evergreen" in terms of on-board hardware, with the tried and tested Snapdragon 680 4G. It costs € 299,99 and I must say that the value for money is good because at least, it is a phone with a personality.
There are no serious problems; absences maybe yes, but on the other hand we have one of the most beautiful phones in this particular market segment. In any case, we leave you the link to be able to buy it in one click. Have fun with your new smartphone.
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