“The Oppo Find 7 is the first smartphone in India with a 2K display”
Oppo’s a fairly new entrant in the Indian smartphone space, but already, it’s managed to set the bar high with its innovative N1 (review) and the stylish R1 (review). It’s also launched a few devices in the budget and mid-range space, but at an event held in New Delhi today, there was no sign of any of those. The occasion was the launch of its newest flagship, the Find 7, along with its slightly less notable sibling, the Find 7a. The two devices saw first light of day back in March, and have just reached our shores.
Now our hands are always itching to get touchy feely with the newest gadgets out there, and that’s exactly what we did. We managed to play around with the Find 7 at the launch event for a bit, and here’s what we think.
Do note that the Find 7 and Find 7a are identical in terms of looks, and share quite a few features too… only differing as far as core specs are concerned. So while the images in this article are of the Find 7, you can get a good idea of the look and feel of the Find 7a as well. As the saying goes, that’s akin to killing two birds with one stone.
The device is svelte for sure, and fares quite high on the style quotient. Surrounding the sides is a metal frame fashioned out of titanium alloy, and the smartphone feels quite sturdy. The Find 7 will be available in white or black, with the latter sporting a weaved pattern. The bezels around the 5.5-inch display is black for both colour variants though. Three backlit keys are placed below the screen, as usual, while the top sports the earpiece, sensors and front camera.
The bottom is home to the micro-USB port, while the headset socket is on top. The left is where the power key is, and the volume rocker is on the right.
The rear panel can be pried open to reveal the 3,000mAh (2,800mAh in the case of the Find 7a) battery, along with a micro-SIM slot and an orifice that accepts the microSD card for memory expansion.
We were quite keen to fire up that 2K display though and see what the brouhaha is all about. Sadly, placing the 2K Find 7 and the full-HD Find 7a together, we couldn’t make out much of a difference – both seemed quite crisp and sharp. However, we possibly need a high-res video or a graphics-heavy game to make out the difference, so we’ll reserve judgement till the time we get to review the pair properly.
The devices run Oppo’s ColorOS 1.2 atop Android 4.3, and the UI is the same as we saw on the Oppo N1 and more recently, the dual-SIM R1. There are quite a few customisation options, along with support for a smorgasbord of gestures.
The duo sport the same 13-megapixel rear snappers, along with 5-meg shooters at the front. The primary camera boasts a slew of noteworthy specs and features, including the latest-gen Sony IMX214 sensor and f/2.0 aperture, capable of shooting videos in 4K resolution. It also supports capturing high fps videos that can be played back in slow motion. Not only that, it even supports shooting stills in RAW mode, and a 32-second slow shutter mode for capturing light trails. One of the headlining features however, is the Ultra-HD still mode that churns out 50-megapixel images by shooting a series of 10 shots in quick succession and combining the results to create one large image. These are all standout specs for sure, and we’re eager to try out the camera in earnest when we get to review the devices. Based on a few test shots though, the image quality looks good.
Performance seems quite zippy too, and that’s thanks to the quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz and the 3GB of RAM packed inside (2.3GHz CPU and 2GB RAM in the case of the Find 7a). The sound has been boosted by inclusion of MaxxAudio tech and ten-level audio adjustment.
Also on offer is VOOC flash charge tech that claims to boost charging speeds by up to 400 percent. Oppo says the Find 7 and 7a can give you two hours of calling time after charging the devices for a mere five minutes, while leaving the devices on charger for half an hour can bring the battery levels up to 75 percent from nought.
As you can make out, most of the features and promised capabilities look almost too good to be true. And while some of Oppo’s offerings in the past were priced on the higher side, we think the Find 7 and the 7a have been priced quite sensibly. Yours for Rs 37,990 and Rs 31,990 respectively, the pair look quite compelling, at least on paper. While the brand still has a long way to go in India, our full reviews will try and evaluate whether these devices are really as good as they’re made out to be.