Global technology brand, OPPO has launched the OPPO Reno7 Pro 5G in major retailers and e-commerce platforms in the MEA region, and it’s among the highly-priced smartphones coming in at a retail price of AED 2,799 (roughly Sh88,473).
Compared to the Samsung S22 5G which is priced at a more premium Sh99,000, it is very clear the OPPO Reno7 Pro 5G is going after that market share with the more affordable device.
OPPO Reno7 Pro 5G Specifications
The device is beating other flagship devices on price, but how does it fare in the specifications department?
The OPPO Reno7 Pro 5G boasts of ‘flagship-level 5G performance powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200-MAX’ Coupled with a 12GB+256GB memory, 4500mAh battery, and 65W SUPERVOOC fast charging to give it an edge against competitors.
Built on a 6nm process, the octa-core SoC includes an ARM Cortex-A78 core that operates at up to 3GHz, delivering ultimate computing power with lower power consumption. With MediaTek’s Dimensity 5G Open Resource Architecture, brands can enjoy increased flexibility to customize key 5G mobile device features to address different market segments. The open resource architecture gives smartphone brands closer-to-metal access to customize features for cameras, displays, graphics, artificial intelligence (AI) processing units (APUs), sensors, and connectivity sub-systems within the Dimensity 1200 chipset.
The Reno7 Pro 5G comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB ROM as standard which is more than enough for a smartphone, OPPO also adds 7GB RAM Expansion from the ROM. I don’t think you would actually ever need the extra RAM though.
With 65W SUPERVOOCcharging, OPPO claims the 4500mAh large battery of the Reno7 Pro 5G can be fully charged in as little as 31 minutes; a 5-minute charge offers 4 hours of video playback.]
The smartphone has a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with just a 90Hz refresh rate, a big letdown at any price at this point. However, the display is HDR10+ certified while also being Amazon Prime Video HD&HDR certified for high-quality visual content.
In terms of cameras, OPPO is cagey, giving little to no details in their press releases, I would have loved to test the OPPO Reno7 Pro 5G but my requests also appear to have been ignored. I do know the device calls itself the Portrait expert, OPPO says it’s an “all-around Flagship, all-encompassing Power camera.”
The device has two camera sensors co-developed with Sony: the world’s first IMX709 flagship front camera sensor, and the IMX766 flagship rear camera sensor. As stated, I don’t actually know what kind of pictures the phone takes but OPPO says its “flagship imaging, even in unfavorable lighting—record your life in vibrant detail, flagship-style.” Guess we’ll have to take their word on it?
In terms of design, the Reno7 Pro 5G brings the hallmark OPPO Glow design of the Reno series to the flagship market. The Reno7 Pro 5G comes in two fresh new colors: Startrails Blue and Starlight Black. It is among the most elegant-looking smartphones out there.
Some more flagship features on the device include a never seen before Orbit Breathing Light, an industry-first, 3D circular light surrounding the camera area. The Orbit Breathing Light gently emits light when receiving incoming calls or notifications, adding an even dreamier atmosphere to the back cover of the phone. It also has a better all-around mobile gaming experience, a top-of-the-line X-Axis Linear Motor to create more immersion, AI Frame Rate Stabilizer which evaluates the frame rate in real-time and provides stabilization accordingly.
So how does the device compare to the flagships? undercutting them in price definitely gives the beautiful smartphone an edge, the powerful soc and charging are also among the best. OPPO will not give you 120Hz on this device or the best soc, this is because they also have a real $1000 flagship, the Find X3 Pro.
The Reno7 Pro 5G does all it is meant to, it appeals to people who want more than midrange value for less money, if you want a kind-of flagship experience for dirt cheap, however, the device faces a major challenge, the older flagship debate.