Review Oppo Reno 7 5G

Review Oppo Reno 7 5G

For the first time I have the privilege of trying an OPPO device, this time we are talking about the Reno 7 5G, a device that has upper-middle-range features and seeks to take over the segment of the range in our country.

Originally announced in February of this year, the new Reno 7 5G is the middle brother of the series, and stands out for its features, AMOLED screen, triple camera and its fingerprint sensor inside the screen.

With a triple camera system, a fast charge that other brands already wanted, and with an enviable weight –because of its lightness– for the standard that we are seeing today in the different models of current brands, the Reno 7 5G could well be our next smartphone.

That is why we invite you to know and discover all the details of the device, with all the good and the bad that the model has.

Model Oppo Reno 7 5G
Screen 6.43-inch AMOLED with brightness up to 800 nits in HDR, HDR10+
90Hz refresh rate
409 dpi.
Gorilla Glass 5
Hardware MediaTek Dimensity 900 5G (6nm) processor
Mali-G68 MC4 graphics.
8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage UFS 2.2 (revised version).
Support for microSD cards.
connectivity Dual Wi-Fi (2.4 and 5GHz), Wi-Fi 6.
Dual-SIM.
Bluetooth 5.0, BLE.
USB-C, USB2.0.
A-GPS + GLONASS + BDS + GALILEO + QZSS
cameras 64MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide)
8MP, f/2.2, (ultra wide 119°)
2MP, f/2.4, (macro)
Front 32 MP, f/2.4, 24mm (wide)
Video recording up to 4K at 30fps.
Drums 4,500mAh battery.
65W fast charge.
reversible load.
Operating system Android 11 based on ColorOS 12.
Dimensions / Weight 160.6 x 73.2 x 7.8 mm, weight 173 g.

Design

Let’s start with the design, because the Oppo Reno 7 5G panel is 6.43-inch AMOLED, which does not stand out aesthetically for anything in particular, since it is very common these days to see Android phones with a hole in the front and nothing more.

This device has the hole in the upper left part of the screen, while in the lower part we see if enough edges. However, these do not bother at all in day-to-day tasks or make the device excessively long.

Now, when we go to the back we see a design that is different from the rest, with an interesting color gradient, my model to try is the “Startrails Blue” color, so, if it looks quite striking, and depending on where the light hits it, it will change hue.

This does give it a distinctive touch, with a glass finish and metal edges that give it elegance and make it stand out from its competition smartphones, at least in terms of materials and colors.

Oppo says that they have used Laser Direct Imaging (DLI) technology for the rear finishing, a process in which millions of pyramid-shaped crystals are created, each one different from the previous one, to achieve this effect that changes with direct light.

The device is very comfortable in the hand, and its thinness and lightness help a lot, because, as we see in the specifications table, weighs only 173 gramsat a time when we are used to much heavier phones.

On the sides we find the power button on the right side, which has an LED indicator that will light up green when we have a notification that we have not read, without a doubt a very particular solution, but at the same time very useful.

On the left side, we find the volume up and down buttons, which I personally don’t like, since I prefer to have all the buttons on the right side, more if you are left-handed, perhaps this arrangement will suit you more, so it will all just be a matter of taste.

Also on the left we find the slot of SIM cards, which is double and hybrid, that is, we can put 2 nano SIM cards in the device plus a microSD card to expand the phone’s storage.

Below we find the only speaker of the equipment and the headphone jack, which today is worth noting, since it has been gradually disappearing from all mid-high-end smartphones on the market.

As we can see, the Oppo Reno 7 5G is a device that, without deviating from the norm of conventional Android equipment, yes, it has distinctive elements that make it stand out and form their own identity as far as design is concerned.

Screen

The Oppo Reno 7 5G has a 6.43-inch AMOLED screen with 1080p resolution and HDR10 certification with a 90Hz refresh rate. In addition, we have a small hole in the upper left where we will find the 32-megapixel selfie camera.

The screen gives very good impressions, the viewing angles are correct, we have a good color reproduction, and when we put the device in front of the sunlight, We have no visibility problems, as expected from a panel of this caliber.

Where if I have a complaint is in its refresh rate, because it seems to me that 90Hz is not enough considering the competition in this segment, where 120Hz already seems to be the norm. It is not something that everyone notices or wants, but it seems to me that an additional effort could have been made here.

Now, where we do have a lot of options is in the device settings. We have options to change the mode to dark, and within it we will find 3 intensities of dark mode, options for eye care or the typical option to change the screen refresh from 90hz to 60Hz.

But not only that we meet, and it is that we also have an option to improve the video color, which uses SDR technology to HDR to expand the range of colors when we are enjoying a similar movie.

This in my experience does have a positive impact on the viewing experience, but it comes at the cost of increased battery consumption, so you have to be careful about wanting to have everything active on the screen at the same time.

With very low low brightness, and with a fairly good high brightness, the screen of the Oppo Reno 7 5G is very good in general, only those who want to have a higher refresh rate will be able to find an obstacle, but on a day-to-day basis, we have more than enough performance in this section.

The fingerprint sensor of the Oppo Reno 7 5G is located inside the screen at the bottom, and it works well in terms of its recognition, without major problems when the finger rests in different positions or is slightly wet.

As for its position, personally I found it a bit low, and I think it would have been better to put it a little higher for greater comfort when unlocking the phone.

cameras

We are going to start with the rear camera, which is made up of a 64 MP, f / 1.7, 26mm lens as the main sensor, an 8 megapixel f / 2.2 wide angle and a 2 megapixel f / 2.4 macro sensor, and the same Yes, it leaves us with good feelings. When the lighting conditions are right we get great results with good detail, very little noise and good color reproduction.

Now, when the light conditions go down, we begin to realize that we are not dealing with a premium range phone, since the detail begins to be gradually lost, especially when we zoom in on snapshots taken at night, so night mode will be our best ally.

When it comes to the selfie camera, here we have a terminal that boasts of being one of the best in the range, and the truth is that it does perform very well. When we have correct light conditions, the result is a very good color reproduction.Likewise, the skin tone, which manages to be very appropriate to reality, and the portrait effect of the front camera does very well by recognizing the edges of our silhouette thanks to the AI ​​that integrates the equipment.

As expected, when the light goes down, we lose a bit of detail. Something that surprised me is that the portrait mode is available for both the main and front cameras, and also for the video mode, and the results are good too.

In summary, the set of cameras of the Oppo Reno 7 5G is very completewith the performance that we expect from a mid-high range, enough for day to day, creating content and taking photos of our trips or day to day.

Video

When it comes to video capture, the Oppo Reno 7 5G can record videos in 1080p resolution at 30 or 60fps, and when we do it in this mode, we have good results, with software stabilization that –again– delivers satisfactory results in terms of color reproduction, detail and noise.

Now, if we want to record in 4K, things change, because in this mode we don’t have stabilization of any kind, and as soon as we move a little the video will start to shake, so I don’t think it’s worth recording in 4K unless we have a stabilizer or an external tripod.

We also have a double view video mode, which allows us to record with both cameras at the same time – front and rear –, which can be useful for creating content, but on a day-to-day basis it does not have much support. Anyway, it works fine without any problem.

System (ColorOS) and Multimedia

ColorOS is a fairly famous customization layer already at this point, and if you have tried RealmeUI you will already be able to have an idea of ​​what we are going to expect from this fork in particular, so let’s get started.

The Oppo Reno 7 5G comes with ColorOS 12 and Android 11, something that we don’t like very much since Android 12 has been on the market for quite some time, and Android 13 is already coming in the month of August, so we should already be on Android 12.

In terms of functions, ColorOS offers us a lot of customization options, starting with the launcher, where we find the possibility of using or not a vertical application drawer, quite a few of Oppo’s own widgets and options to organize quick settings.

We also have the multitask, which I liked a lot, it is done vertically and there is a small icon under each app that shows us which applications are open to be able to see them in a better way, in addition to being able to fix them with a lock or start the multitask from there.

There are also special additions such as flexible windows that allow us to use several apps at the same time, or the quick return bubble that allows us to put the applications in bubble mode to access them faster.

We have a smart sidebar that allows us to swipe from the right at the top of the screen to certain apps that we want to facilitate their access or a simple mode to have bigger icons and louder sounds.

As we can see, if we want to customize our phone, in ColorOS we are going to have quite a few options, and if we don’t want to use any, there won’t be any problem either, and in terms of performance the device behaves very well.

Its processor is the MediaTek Dimensity 900, which would be equivalent to a Snapdragon 750G, and its behavior on a day-to-day basis is very good. That, together with its 8GB of RAM and the possibility of using virtual RAM, gives us optimal performance.on a par with all its competition and that at no time does it feel slow, or hindered.

ColorOS, yes, comes with a handful of pre-installed applications that we can take out without any problem such as Kwai, TikTok, Twitter, Netflix or Facebook, although these applications are quite usable in daily life for us.

We also have our own applications for music, photos, clock, files and weather, which cannot be removed, but in terms of operation they are useful and do not have ads, nor are they heavy, so we will not have problems if we want to use it either.

In terms of applications, using messaging such as Telegram, WhatsApp, social networking applications such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and entertainment such as TikTok, Twitch or Reddit, I had no problem with them, the applications work smoothly and without any problem in multitasking .

Now, when it comes to games, titles like Pokémon Unite or 2D games have no problem being played on the terminal, but when we go to titles like Asphalt 9 if we are going to have occasional jerks when we play in the maximum options, so the recommendation is to lower the graphics a bit for a smoother experience.

Thanks to its technology AI Frame Rate Stabilizerthe phone is capable of reducing drops of frames and to give us more stability, which gives us a good experience and allows us to enjoy the games without major shocks.

Connectivity and battery

The Oppo Reno 7 5G has 5G connectivity, in addition to 4G networks and VoLTE and VoWiFi services, technologies that work without any problem, the same with its WiFi 2.4, 5Ghz and WiFi 6 networks. Using its NFC was no problem and I was able to make payments through Google Pay without problems when enrolling my bank cards.

We do not have FM radio, which is something that has been losing on mobile phones lately, but when using an application from the Play Store that replaces it to be listened to online there are no problems in daily use either.

When it comes to the battery, the 4,500 mAh of the device handles very well, so much so that I was surprised by the consumption that I could have the first few days, so I had to watch it every day that I used the device.

As we can see in the images, in a 24 hour session, using applications such as YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, TikTok, Telegram, Spotify, Reddit and web browsers, I managed to reach 8 hours of active screen on average with 24% remaining battery at the end of the day with a mixed consumption between mobile data and WiFi, always with the automatic brightness turned on.

Thus, the battery, despite not having an exaggerated number of mAh, will manage to get us to the end of the day without any trouble, surely thanks to the good optimization of the Dimensity 900 processor.

And when charging the equipment with the charger that comes in the box (yes, it comes with a charger), the result is again surprising, and that is that the equipment charges from 1% to 100% in no more than 33 minutes in my experience with the charger SUPERVOOC, and from 1 to 50% in less than 10 minutes.

Strangely, the manufacturer announces that the Oppo Reno 7 5G has reversible charging, but I could not get this function to work, which I imagine will be activated eventually through a software update or it was a problem with my unit.

The results, then, in this section are excellent, and I think that you cannot ask for more from a phone of this type, because we are going to reach the end of the day with a remaining battery, and if we need to charge it, with half an hour we will be ready for another day.

Audio

When it comes to speakers, the Oppo Reno 7 5G has a single speaker at the bottom of it, so we’re not going to have stereo sound.

In terms of quality, it delivers good results, with a power that averages 60dB and can reach 90dB. It sounds normal, but not excessively loud, but I would have liked that they included stereo speakers.

Now, in terms of sound effects, here we have a lot to play with, since we have a special section of Real Sound technology that allows us to have 4 predefined styles: smart, movie, game and music, where each of its uses will depend on what we are doing at that moment.

What we do miss is the inclusion of an FM Radio.

Conclusions

For the first time I can try an Oppo terminal, and the truth is that there are many positive aspects to highlight, from its glass construction that I really like that gives it a different touch with its colors, to its battery, which I did not expect perform so well.

Its screen is good, the viewing angles are correct and the color reproduction is also excellent to be able to see it from anywhere and on any occasion. And its weight is very light, since 173 grams escape the current norm of increasingly heavy terminals.

ColorOS is a customization layer that I thought at some point would feel heavy given my experience with other manufacturers, but to my surprise, it never feels like it takes away power from the computer.

Moreover, in terms of multitasking and day to day, the Oppo Reno 7 5G is more than enough with its 8GB of RAM plus 3GB of virtual memory that come from the factory. Going from one application to another, using social networks like TikTok or Twitter is also a pleasure, and at no time did I feel that something was not right with the team.

Its cameras are sufficient for daily use, if we are going to use Instagram or TikTok a lot to create content, it fully complies, without reaching higher range levels, but sufficient for most users who do not need a premium range phone.

Perhaps what I liked the most about it is its battery, it is that reaching 8 hours of screen with more than 20% of it at the end of the dayand knowing that it comes with a charger of no less than 65W that charges the equipment in half an hour is a huge peace of mind for those who need a phone with which they can get to the end of the day.

Yes, there are things that I did not like, such as the lack of stereo speakers, that the device does not have Android 12 a few months after version 13 is released, or that its fingerprint reader inside the screen is perhaps in a very position. low for my taste, and that is why we have to consider what we are looking for in a team before buying it.

If what you are looking for is a reliable terminal, with a good battery, a very striking design and with cameras that will be able to upload content to social networks, but without reaching premium levels, The Oppo Reno 7 5G could well be your next purchase if you are willing to pay its price, which is not one of the most accessible.

I imagine that with this terminal Oppo wants to rival other terminals such as the Samsung FE series, or the standard series of iPhones on duty, and if we think about it this way, the terminal does not have much to envy to these types of devices.

Once the price of it drops, or you find it in a specific offer, the phone does become one of the best options in the upper mid-range. The terminal is Oppo’s best mid-range, which shows for good.

Availability

The Oppo Reno 7 5G is available in Chile from operators such as Entel, Claro or Movistar in Startrails Blue and Starry Black colors with a suggested price of CLP $649,990

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