The Oppo Reno 7 5G device recently arrived in the Israeli market, introducing a new design that lowers the weight downwards, but does not change too much on the side of the technical specifications, when it offers the same processor we found in the Reno 6 model last year, screen size, resolution and pace The refresh is the same and the vehicle is similar on the side of the camera.
Phone development companies are launching models more frequently than ever before, which often leads to relatively minor updates. The current update to Oppo’s device seems to be one that focuses mainly on the design side, but at least for me it’s a less handsome design than the one that appeared with the introduction of the previous model in the series.
What’s in the box?
- Oppo Reno 7 5G device in Starry Black color.
- Transparent protective cover for the back of the device.
- Pin to remove the SIM drawer.
- USB charging and data transfer cable to USB-C
- 65 watt fast charger.
Screen, battery and performance
As with the Reno 6 model last year, also in the case of the Reno 7 we can find a 6.43-inch OLED display, with Full HD + resolution and a refresh rate of 90 Hz. It displays high brightness that allows it to be used both outdoors, home selection two color options (tangible to rich colors, and natural) and manual setting to select the color temperature on the screen, but as in the previous model, here too I could not notice significant changes in display between 60 Hz and -90 Hz.
The OLED display is probably the most significant part in the case of the Reno 7. It allows a good range of brightness oscillation, so that the device can be enjoyed both under high lighting and for comfortable reading at night, in addition to the comfort of the eyes. I will also mention for good the automatic lighting regulator, it does its job properly, unlike quite a few devices on the market, especially those of Shiomi.
While only one speaker is available at the bottom for listening to music, movies and games, it is a particularly powerful speaker, although here too I felt a bit missed in that at OPPO they did not take care to maintain clean sounds at the high bar of the volume.
This is a volume at a level that I think is excessive in the first place, so most of the time you can not see the sharpness, but for the tests of course I had to increase the volume to the end, and the problem, while relatively mild, has not been fixed since the previous generation was introduced.
The addition of wired headphone connection (via a 3.5mm connector) is maintained from the previous generation, and the problem I encountered with the Reno 6 when it comes to connecting to external devices via Bluetooth seems to have been fixed. No more increasing the volume in the car system to a particularly high level, the Reno 7 functions with excellent volume even at normal levels.
The fingerprint sensor on the screen is still excellent, and this is where I actually felt an improvement. If in the previous generation there were still a few misses, here the sensor functioned properly and opened the device lock quickly each time.
On the performance side, the Dimensity 900 5G chipset from Media-Tech, which is manufactured in a 6-nanometer process and includes an 8-core processor with a maximum frequency of 2.4 GHz, is also responsible this time. This is the same chipset integrated in the Reno 6, and here too the performance was good in both regular uses and games, with no crashes.
User interface issues I experienced in the previous generation, such as slow animations, were less noticeable in the new model, but I did notice quite a few issues with third-party apps, whether it was a recurrence of apps like Instagram, which required restart to continue using it, app crashes My regular email (Spark) and screen frozen in the True Caller app, the overall experience of the new generation user interface was not particularly good.
The battery that Oppo has integrated in the Reno 7 comes with a capacity of 4500mAh, which is slightly higher compared to the 4300mAh battery introduced with the Reno 6 model, as it offers support for fast charging with 65 watts in SuperVOOC 2.0 technology via a USB Type-C connection, with Fast charger that supports high speed and comes in packaging.
Battery performance is significantly better than what I saw in the previous generation, when in light-medium uses I was able to extract from the battery between a day and a half to two days of use, and in heavier uses the battery managed to carry an entire day as well.
On the charging side, the results are not surprising in light of the support for a high charging rate with a power of 65W, with short charging times that reached an average of about 40 minutes for a full charge. In just 10 minutes I got a charge of about 40% of the battery.
Oppo Reno 7 cameras
On the technical side, the device’s photo array offers a 64-megapixel main sensor, with an f / 1.7 aperture key, and autofocus support. The secondary sensor enables wide-angle photography at 8 megapixel resolution, with an f / 2.2 aperture key and a 119-degree shooting angle, and the third sensor in the array comes with 2-megapixel resolution, with macro shooting capabilities and an f / 2.4 aperture key. For selfies, a 32-megapixel camera is on the front, with an f / 2.4 aperture key.
The technical specifications of the cameras are the same as what we saw in the Reno 6 model that came before it, so the question arises what is new here at all.
Image processing is still overemphasized, a problem that quite a few phones suffer from in light of the great emphasis that companies place on automatic image processing, if only to display vivid or richer colors. You can of course choose between the AI mode and an image with more natural colors, but the latter often shows colors that are a little too anemic for my taste.
The HDR mode also does not function properly, with shooting in front of strong light sources producing not-so-good images.
The macro camera provides not bad results considering that it is only a 2 megapixel camera, but I still do not understand the desire of companies to incorporate 2 megapixel cameras in phones today at all, as they add almost no value at all. It does not allow autofocus, so it is difficult to get good pictures with it, but the details are not bad anyway.
In low light conditions the smearing of the details in the picture is still noticeable, when activating the night mode adds a lot of details and also corrects the smearing of the strong lighting in the picture – it looks not bad on the phone screen, especially when it comes to OLED screen. Of the details.
Photos from Oppo Reno7 (Photo: Ronen Mendzicki)
The selfies with the pixel-rich camera are more impressive compared to most of the camera results, although the amount of detail in them is not perfect. The blurring around the subject with the help of the bokeh effect is done well, although there are still areas where hair identification is missed.
Bottom line – what we thought of the Oppo Reno 7
In an age where there are so many devices on the market and competition is high, one can understand why Oppo wants to release more and more new models quickly. At the same time, when the changes are not significant at all between the device generations of a single company, it is probably better to just wait and launch a device that offers real updates, and not just noticeable changes on the design side.
At a price of about NIS 2,200 from the official importer, we find here a device whose main advantage is in battery life and screen, but since in the previous model in the series these advantages also existed, the question arises as to what we pay this premium price?
Price: 2,199 NIS (two-year warranty, Runlight)
The packaging and its contents
Design and quality of construction
Hardware and performance
General score … and not necessarily average
What we liked
- Battery life
- Fast charging
- OLED screen
Where to buy and what are the prices?
- Official importer: NIS 2,200
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