I have now had and reviewed three generations of the OPPO Reno series, —Fact check: The Reno5 was the first smartphone review on Techspace Africa.— So what does the new Reno7 4G bring to the table and how does it fare in day-to-day use?
For full details and itsy-bitsy specifications on the device, read our hands-on here.
OPPO Reno7 4G Camera Build Quality and Appearance
Getting straight to the appearance, the device lives up to the Reno standards, it is a looker, just like with the Reno6, I often get compliments from random strangers because of how the sunset orange color looks, however, that is as far as we can compare the device to the Reno6 which is a ‘superior’ 5G device and would go toe to toe with the Reno7 5G which we, unfortunately, didn’t get in the studio.
The phone is pretty light and feels cheap, this is because it is made entirely of plastic, with no aluminum sides or glass back, instead you get a back made of Fibreless-Leather, at least on the sunset orange variant we have.
OPPO Reno7 4G Display
The OPPO Reno7 has a 6.4″ Full HD+ AMOLED screen with an adaptive refresh rate that goes up to 90Hz, normally I would complain about the low refresh rate but at this price range, this is an acceptable display. My big issue is with the chin, OPPO should get rid of that big chin, it is unacceptable at any price range.
Whether you’re watching some Tiktok videos or catching up on vlogs on YouTube, the AMOLED display will not disappoint you, however, you’d better stick indoors as the display gets up to 600 nits peak brightness. The smartphone also has support for HDR10 and HLG codecs for some Free Netflix streaming.
Also Read: How to Watch Netflix for Free in Kenya.
OPPO Reno7 4G Performance and Battery
In terms of performance and battery, the Reno7 4G gives you more than what you’d expect, running on a Snapdragon 680 SoC with 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage (Both of which are extendable up to 1TB via a microSD card and the RAM virtually up to 5GB) the device handles any task you hand it like a champ, I didn’t experience any type of lag while using the device and throwing less demanding games like PubG and Call of duty mobile, unlike previous phones, perhaps due to the build, I also didn’t experience any kind of heating. More demanding games like Genshin Impact do take a toll on the device, but no one is buying a Reno7 4G to play that.
Here are the benchmark results.
Battery life is acceptable, the SD 680 does not drain up power as much as more expensive chipsets, the display does, but the 33W fast charging helps you with that, I managed to squeeze a full day out of the device on average use from the 4,500mAh battery on several occasions, light users could make it two.
OPPO Reno7 4G Camera
Camera-wise, the smartphone excels. I expected this was another place OPPO made a compromise, it was not. The primary camera takes amazing pictures in full 64MP mode, you will have to switch this on as the phone takes 16MP binned shots by default, keep in mind the 64MP shots are huge in size. I will include a few shots taken on the device down below.
Daylight photos are pretty amazing due to OPPO’s excellent HDR mode, The night mode also does such an amazing job for a smartphone at this price point, it amazed me. Judge for yourself.
The 2MP portrait camera also does an amazing job, however, and this is a preference thing, using the default touch to focus on the main camera is how I take my portraits, am I weird? There’s a 2MP Microscope camera with an orbit light which takes very, and I mean very close microscopic (duh) pictures. like the pores on your hand? I can’t find the use for that tho, its just so much fun.
In terms of Video, there is not much to write about, the phone shoots at 720p HD or 1080P FHD, but sadly no 4K. During the day, the videos are usable and the mic is not too shabby, however, night videos are just bad.
The biggest highlight of the device is the selfie camera, at launch, OPPO did not shy about announcing the 32MP Sony IMX709 RGBW sensor, so how good is it? actually pretty decent in good light conditions takes nice portrait shots as well with acceptable edge detection. Might shots exceed expectation on this one, take a look at this one below, taken in the dead of the night at… somewhere!
So should you buy this phone? Yes, I struggled to recommend the Reno6 for the price it launched at, for the price the Reno7 comes in at, Sh42000, you get a good deal, this is a phone that will last you a few years that doesn’t try to overachieve. What you pay for is what you get.