Oppo Reno 7 Review: Still Good Value?

The Oppo Reno 7 is the smaller sibling of the Reno 7 Pro (Review) and it has additionally been launched at a cheaper price than its predecessor, the Oppo Reno 6 (Review). Unlike the Reno 7 Pro although, the updates made to the Reno 7 are largely centered across the design. It does get a few helpful additions corresponding to expandable storage and a barely bigger battery, however the options and specs have not actually modified in comparison with the Reno 6. I’ve outlined the large modifications in my first impressions of the telephone, and it is now time to take a better take a look at the way it performs. Does the Oppo Reno 7 proceed to supply nearly as good worth as its predecessor? Read on to search out out.

Oppo Reno 7 value in India

Oppo has launched the Reno 7 in India in only one configuration, with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage priced at Rs. 28,999. The improve in storage in comparison with the Reno 6 is welcome, and what’s even higher, is you can develop this because of the devoted microSD card slot. The Reno 7 is accessible in two colors, Startrails Blue and Stary Black.

Oppo Reno 7 design

The new design of the Oppo Reno 7 appears to be like good. The rounded body and curved edges of the again give this telephone a glossy aesthetic. The Reno 7 additionally will get the identical laser-etched sample on the again that the Reno 7 Pro has. It appears to be like good and does’t entice fingerprints. This telephone can be slim and light-weight, weighing simply 173g.

All of this makes the telephone very comfy to carry and use, however on the flip aspect, Oppo has needed to make sure compromises. The shiny body and the again panel of the Reno 7 are constructed utilizing plastic, not metallic and glass like with the Reno 7 Pro. Even the Reno 6 had an aluminium body, which makes this a little bit of a downgrade.

The Oppo Reno 7 does have a headphone jack. The 6.4-inch AMOLED show is much like the one on the earlier mannequin. It has a full-HD+ decision, 90Hz most refresh fee, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for cover. The bezels across the show are comparatively slim, aside from the chin. You additionally get an in-display fingerprint sensor and face recognition utilizing the selfie digicam within the hole-punch cutout.

The Oppo Reno 7 appears to be like much like the Reno 6 from the entrance
Photo Credit: Roydon Cerejo

 

The Oppo Reno 7 comes bundled with a case, a 65W charger, a USB cable, and a SIM eject software.

Oppo Reno 7 specs and software program

Oppo hasn’t bothered refreshing the SoC within the Reno 7 it is the identical MediaTek Dimensity 900 from the Reno 6. This is nonetheless a comparatively current and highly effective 5G SoC, and is constructed utilizing a power-efficient 6nm fabrication course of, however having one thing newer such because the Dimensity 920 would have made this telephone extra aggressive, particularly in opposition to fashions primarily based on Qualcomm’s choices such because the Snapdragon 778G. The Reno 7 will get Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, and help for the same old satellite tv for pc navigation techniques. The telephone misses out on stereo audio system, which is a disgrace contemplating how commonplace this function has grow to be.

The software program expertise on the Oppo Reno 7 is equivalent to utilizing the Reno 7 Pro. It runs ColorOS 12 primarily based on Android 11 and can most definitely obtain a secure Android 12 replace quickly. You get a plethora of shortcuts and gestures, a theme retailer to personalise the look of your telephone, and loads of customisations for the always-on show too, together with new Apple-like Omoji avatars. There’s loads of bloatware too, within the type of third-party apps, which have the tendency to clog your notification shade with spammy alerts. Thankfully, all of them may be uninstalled.

Oppo Reno 7 efficiency and battery life

Day-to-day efficiency was stable, in my time with the Oppo Reno 7. The SoC is highly effective sufficient to deal with generally used productiveness and social apps. The interface additionally ran easily at 90Hz, with no seen sluggishness or slowdowns within the animations. The low weight and slim physique of the telephone additionally meant carrying it round in my pocket wasn’t a burden, and one-handed use was comfy.

The Reno 7 dealt with movies and video games very effectively too. I wasn’t in a position to set up the Netflix app on my unit for some cause, however movies streamed through Amazon Prime Video and YouTube seemed good. Audio high quality was first rate however the expertise might have been higher with stereo audio system. Heavy video games corresponding to PUBG: New State ran effectively with the graphics high quality cranked up. Gameplay was clean and the Reno 7 by no means received uncomfortably scorching even after extended classes. Benchmark numbers had been first rate too. The Reno 7 scored 4,35,227 factors in AnTuTu, which is respectable. 

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The Oppo Reno 7 has a laser-etched sample on the rear, just like the Reno 7 Pro
Photo Credit: Roydon Cerejo

 

The bump in battery capability to 4,500mAh (from 4,300mAh) appears to have contributed to a noticeable affect on battery life. The Oppo Reno 7 ran for 19 hours and 25 minutes in our HD video loop check, which is three hours higher than what the Reno 6 managed. With regular use, I used to be simply in a position to squeeze out two full days of use. Charging was fairly fast too and I used to be in a position to totally cost the telephone in effectively underneath an hour utilizing the equipped charger.

Oppo Reno 7 cameras

Just just like the SoC, the cameras on the Oppo Reno 7 have not seen a lot change. The AI options within the digicam app are mentioned to have been tweaked and now you can digitally widen the aperture for a shallower dying of subject when capturing movies, identical to on the Reno 7 Pro. However, these are minor modifications and every part else is similar as what we have already seen on the Reno 6. Video stabilisation continues to be restricted to 1080p ,and the telephone can shoot at as much as 4K 30fps. If you allow any of the filters or AI options when recording video, the decision defaults to 1080p.

The digicam sensors are additionally very related. The Oppo Reno 7 has a 64-megapixel main digicam with an f/1.7 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide digicam, and a 2-megapixel macro digicam. For selfies, there is a 32-megapixel digicam within the entrance.

Oppo Reno 7 major digicam pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

Oppo Reno 7 ultra-wide digicam pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

Oppo Reno 7 major digicam pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

 

Daylight landscapes and close-up pictures taken with the principle rear digicam packed in good element and hues had been pretty correct. The ultra-wide digicam, expectedly, captured weaker element however delivered a wider perspective. Macro photographs weren’t too unhealthy if taken in daylight. When AI was enabled, colors had been artificially boosted, particularly in photos of vegetation and meals. Low-light pictures had been fairly first rate and Night mode helped enhance the publicity, whereas suppressing noise fairly effectively.

Selfies shot through the day packed in superb element. Skin tones seemed pure as soon as I disabled the beautification results. The Bokeh Flare Portrait filter is current right here too, and provided a cool background impact. Selfies shot in low mild had good element too. A display screen flash can be utilized to compensate for the shortage of ambient mild, and this was useful.

Oppo Reno 7 major digicam pattern in low mild (faucet to see full measurement)

Oppo Reno 7 major digicam pattern with Night mode (faucet to see full measurement)

Oppo Reno 7 selfie pattern with Portrait mode (faucet to see full measurement)

 

Recorded movies had been stricken by the identical points that I encountered with the Reno 6. 4K movies had been of first rate high quality underneath good lighting however the lack of stabilisation was very disappointing. You can use stabilisation at 1080p, however the high quality drops and its results are magnified when capturing in low mild. The capacity to mess around with the aperture is a pleasant contact, and the bokeh filter could make for a enjoyable video, however total, the video expertise might have been significantly better.

Verdict

It’s been lower than a yr because the Oppo Reno 6 was launched, so contemplating that, I can perceive why Oppo hasn’t given the Reno 7 a significant makeover. However, except the corporate plans to switch this telephone with a Reno 8 inside this yr, the Reno 7 may need a troublesome time discovering its footing available in the market. The Reno 6 was overshadowed by telephones such because the OnePlus Nord 2 (Review) and Poco F3 GT (Review) and now, the Reno 7 has to compete with them too, along with newer fashions such because the Motorola Edge 20 (Review), Realme GT Master Edition (Review) and Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge (Review) all of which provide higher options and efficiency on the similar or decrease beginning costs.

The Oppo Reno 7 might be a reliable each day driver, identical to the Reno 6 was. Overall system and gaming efficiency is sweet, battery life is stable, and the telephone is mild and straightforward to dwell with. The cameras will not be too unhealthy in relation to stills. Plus, the power to develop the inner storage is a pleasant addition to this mannequin. Some of its downsides embrace the shortage of stereo audio system, weak video recording efficiency, and a downgraded plastic physique in comparison with the Reno 6.

My recommendation for anybody looking to buy the Oppo Reno 7 could be the identical as what I mentioned in my assessment of the Reno 7 Pro: it is a good telephone with none obtrusive faults, however simply know that choices with extra options can be found, a few of which I’ve named above, and these alternate options provide much more bang to your buck.

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