Oppo may not be a brand that first sticks to your mind when you think of Smartphones, or stick in your mind at all, however don’t let that put you off this Chinese manufacturer, who have recently been doing really great things in the world of Android. The companies Find 5, for example, was the worlds first 1080p Smartphone, and it looks like Oppo are back again to crank the Smartphone industry up a notch, or at least give it a go.
Let’s kick things off where they shine, the display. The Oppo Find 7 is an industry first 2K (quad-HD) display, which is definitely something new for the spec sheet! Whilst specs and numbers are in most cases irrelevant until proved in experience, you can’t help checking the specifications for the Oppo Find 7, and not finding that inner geek inside you showing a wow. We’re not going to say 1080p phones wouldn’t have happened if the Oppo Find 5 wasn’t released, or that 2K (Quad HD as they call it) display phones wouldn’t/won’t in the future minus this offering, but I don’t think anyone can argue, any company pushing technology forward as quick as possible, is always a valuable one in our eyes.
Whilst the display of the Oppo Find 7 obviously looks incredibly stunning and sharp, next to 1080p devices such as the Galaxy Note 3 or even the Nexus 5, we did find ourselves scratching our heads trying to see that 1440p striking difference. Whilst, yes, this could be due to early 2K display technology, let’s not forget we’ve seen some pretty poor 1080p displays in the last few years, it does still strike us odd that it just didn’t quite blow us away as much as we’d of hoped, but that’s what you get when a company “over-hypes” technology.
THE INSANE SPEC SHEET
- 5.5 inch LTPS IPS LCD (2560 x 1440) Display with 538PPI
- 2.5GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm SnapDragon 801 w/ Adreno 330
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB Internal Storage
- microSD card slot (up to 128GB)
- 3,000mAh battery, with insane battery technology allowing 75% charge in 30 minutes!
- 13MP RAW-capable Camera with LED Flash
- 5MP Front Camera
- Expanded LTE availability across the globe, a first for Oppo. GSM/WCDMA/FDD-LTE/TD-LTE
- Bluetooth 4.0LE
- 802.11b/a/g/n/ac WiFi
- Android 4.3 Jellybean … KitKat coming soon when purpose built Launcher is finished
- 171 grams
The design is very Oppo, if you know Oppo you’ll have zero surprises when you see the new Oppo Find 7, it’s the same black, or white, slab design reminiscent of the Nexus 5, but instead of that low-cost plastic, we’ve steel around the Oppo Find 7, giving it the real premium feel. The back of the Oppo Find 7, depends on which device you get, seen as we’re focusing on the Find 7 we’ll talk about that, in short the 7A is a lower end lighter version of the Find 7 with N1-like specs, has an striking pattern across it, which feels awesome thanks to it being Carbon Fibre …unfortunately it does look somewhat similar to what we’ve seen from the back of the Blackberry Q10, but don’t tell Oppo that, they think the design is unique!
Moving around the Oppo Find 7 you won’t find too many surprises, Camera on the back with Dual LED Flash, Front Facer at the front right and interestingly, the lock and volume keys are on different sides, left and right respectively, which could be a small learning curve. The top of the device you’ll find the 3.5mm headphone jack, and at the bottom the microUSB port for charging, no Wireless Charging on board sadly, but more on charging later.
The front of the device is also rather conservative, but where the Nexus 5 has a striking speaker grill to distract you from that clean black slab look, the Oppo Find 7 has an ace up it’s sleeve, the notification light, which as you can see from the image on the left, looks awesome! The position of the notification light is rather important as that is where the Find 7 home and multitasking button is, yes they are the same button, tap and hold for multitasking.
SOFTWARE, AND THE ‘COLOR OS’
Like more or less every Android manufacturer Oppo do indeed have their own custom Android launcher, codenamed ‘Color OS’, which at least for now runs on top of Android 4.3 Jellybean, with a fresh UI expectedly soon with KitKat (we’ll update this article prior to the release of the updated software). Whilst the UI could be regarded as a bit cartoon-like and heavy, if the Find 5 and N1 have told us anything, stock Android is easy as anything to get on an Oppo, or any other launcher for that matter, although supporting the 2K resolution display may end up being the only problem with that.
The ‘Color OS’ does pack some interesting features, be them a bit gimmicky including a gesture panel, which can either be accessed from the Notification Shade from the left side, or even whilst locked, present a predefined gesture and the phone will perform a given task once you draw said pattern.
An added small, but could proof useful for convenience, feature is the ability to double tap the Home button to lock and unlock the device. Whilst the Oppo does have a lock button on the left hand side, as we mentioned in the Design section, this could be useful if using the device one handed.
The Oppo Find 7 does have a 3,000mAh battery, which sounds big, but considering you’ve a massive 2K display and the latest and greatest specs, it does pose a question of realistic performance. Luckily Oppo, unlike 90% of other Smartphone OEMs, thought about this on making the Oppo Find 7 and have some pretty cool technology under the hood.
Not only does the device seem to magically still make it through an average day with no major hiccups, it has some incredibly technology known as “multi-step constant current charging”! Now, we know what you’re thinking….what’s that? Well, in short, it’s a new battery technology that’s really cool, so much so it allows you to charge the Oppo Find 7 really quickly, we’re talking 75% charged in 30 minutes … that’s just half an hour, most phones can’t promise that in an hour! Thanks to this, you’ll be spending more time using the Find 7 than waiting for it to be ready for you.
The Camera on the Oppo Find 7 is incredible ….on paper! We’re not going to super hype this thing like every other Android website, we’re going to be realistic, get to the facts and what we think.
The Find 7 has a 50 MegaPixel Camera … yeah, you might want to read that again just to be sure, but before you go all out selling your DSLR as your dreams have come true, we suggest you calm the heck down. We’ve not seen too many images taken on the Oppo Find 7, and we do have some range of experience in promises not been received in terms of Camera quality, even from the likes of Nokia, so we’re being very realistic. You may know about the image that leaked for the Oppo Find 7, be it intentionally, which was an insanely high resolution! The problem with it was it was very blurry and lacked a high level of clarity that you’d expect from a Camera half the megapixels.
Now, if you’ve looked at our Spec Sheet, then read the last paragraph, you’ll likely be confused about the dual spec Camera, it would seem, but both are true. The Oppo Find 7 Camera supports RAW image Capture at 16 MegaPixels, which in itself is why we know the 50 megapixel branding is just that, branding, spec for specs-sake. The Nokia Lumia 1020, for example, is capable of taking a 38 MegaPixel RAW image, so despite marketed as an 8 MegaPixel less Camera, the resulting image is actually a larger MegaPixel count on the Nokia offering …. oh how we love dodgy marketing.
Like we’ve said, time will tell how the Camera performs, although considering the Nokia Lumia 1020 still outperforms phones coming out today, and actually takes higher resolution images, we expect it still to more than hold its own next to the Oppo, who’ve not historically had the best Cameras, but we’ll see.
The Find 7 is a nerds dream, an all packed to the guilds device that never stood still during development, so kept going to delivery a range of industry firsts. But, what is it after that? We fear the Find 7 will still once again find itself falling in the same Oppo trap, devices that will literally have tiny sales due to their ‘just specs’ approach, and we find ourselves feeling that way with the new Find 7 too.
Sure, on paper the device is the best Android device, and will be the best Android device for sure this year … but in practice, in the bigger picture, it’s the same black slab device that promises top specs, but will likely give up some experience points down the line, as always. But if Oppo will succeed with the Oppo 7, as with their other devices, is delivering the headline first time devices!