Blue certainly seems to be the favorite color of most smartphone brands in 2022. oppo Reno7 Pro is the third phone I’m reviewing this year, which has a ‘blue’ color that changes hue depending on the light. But Oppo Reno7 Pro has much more to offer than just a color change.
It runs the new Mediatek Dimensity 1200 Max processor, gets an upgraded 32MP front camera, and sports a sleek design. But how does the phone work? Here is our review of the latest Oppo Reno 7 Pro.
Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G Specifications: 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate | Mediatek Dimension 1200 Max Processor | 12GB RAM + 256GB chipset | 50MP+8MP+2MP rear camera| 32MP front camera | ColorOS 12 with Android 11 | 4500 mAh battery and 65W fast charge
Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G price in India: Rs 39,999
Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G review: What’s good?
There is no doubt that the Oppo Reno7 Pro is a stylish phone with a thickness of only 7.45mm and a flat edge design. It has 2.5D glass on both the front and the back. This is easy to use with one hand. The blue color on the back looks vibrant, no doubt, though I can’t say it’s unique anymore. Oppo branding is very subtle on the back. The phone also has a textured feel to the back, but it’s still smudge-proof.
However, the rectangular camera module breaks with this minimalism and may be annoying for some. Oppo has also opted for an in-display fingerprint sensor, which works accurately. But I prefer the convenience of having the sensor embedded in the power button.
Oppo has also placed the front camera in the top left corner. This is a departure from rivals Vivo and xiaomi they have opted for a more central location for the front camera. The phone also has what the company calls an “Orbital Breathing Light” around the camera module. This emits a pulsating light every time the phone receives a call, a message or is charged.
This can be disabled by going to Personalizations in the Settings and then you need to disable the Breathing Light option. It took me some time to find the settings, which is annoying.
The Oppo Reno7 Pro has a 6.5-inch AMOLED screen and it has a 90Hz refresh rate. Some might be disappointed given that most phones in this price segment offer a higher refresh rate of 120Hz, but I wouldn’t call this a deal breaker.
The phone also supports HDR10+ content formats. The screen itself works well in most conditions, although it reflects a bit of sunlight. I spent quite a bit of time finishing one of my K-Dramas on this device and enjoyed the experience. However, the Oppo Reno 7Pro’s audio sometimes feels like a compromise.
The phone comes with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage space and runs MediaTek Dimensity 1200 Max which is an upgraded chipset from the previous Dimensity 1200. The performance of the phone is quite smooth whether it is for regular tasks like browsing, social media or even the heavier things like games like Genshin Impact. The only concern was that the phone got hot when gaming for a bit longer.
The highlight of this phone is supposed to be the camera with Oppo claiming improvements for both video, portraits and low-light performance. Leaving aside the jargon that brands often use when talking about the camera, performance has many positive aspects.
I was surprised by the night-time performance of both the main and ultra-wide cameras. The following images were taken in a hotel at night with very little lighting. I was quite pleased with both results, the color range is quite accurate and the camera preserves the details of the photo.
The main camera also works well in normal lighting and the results are sharp with a good color gamut. The camera will also prompt users with the correct distance to keep in mind when clicking an image to ensure optimal results. Portrait mode on the phone is supposed to be the highlight and yes, it does deliver good results, as long as you can keep your subject and camera at an optimal distance.
Oppo also highlights the video camera capabilities for the phone, which are certainly impressive during the day. Some of the colors, like the greens and reds, were too saturated. The videos I took inside my son were pretty good, despite the uneven lighting and constantly moving subject. I thought Oppo did a better job of handling skin tones in the videos than it did in some of the portrait photos.
The Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G has a 4500mAh battery and you should be able to use it for a day. This one has 65W fast charging and Oppo claims you can get a full charge in 31 minutes. I usually put the phone to about 20 percent charge and got to full 100 percent in another 30 minutes or so.
Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G review: What’s not good?
In some cases, Portrait mode has issues with edges and skin tones, especially if the lighting is off. This was true for both the front and rear cameras. In my opinion, the portrait video feature needs some work.
I’m not saying the selfie camera is terrible and yes, most users will be happy with the results. The selfie camera will automatically detect if someone else is in the photo with you, which is definitely helpful. If you want flawless skin in your selfies, then make sure the Oppo Reno7 Pro delivers on that front.
The phone runs Oppo’s ColorOS 12 based on Android 11. It is not known when Android 12 will be rolled out to the device. ColorOS does not allow you to remove some apps like FinShell Pay, Hot Apps, Music Party, etc. In fact, when I set up the phone, I saw too many apps that I wouldn’t use.
The software interface is still confusing. For example, the setting to turn off the ‘Breathing Light’ on the back was hidden under a tab called Personalization. I should have been able to search for it in Settings, instead of turning on Customizations first and then finding it.
Also, to use Omoji (which is Oppo’s answer to AppleMemoji) you have to sign up for Oppo’s cloud services. I’m not sure how many people will be willing to do that. And while Omoji isn’t bad in terms of the customizations it offers, sharing them isn’t as easy and intuitive as Apple’s Animoji or Memoji.
Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G review: Verdict
The Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G is certainly a feature packed device, offering good performance and camera. The sleek design also makes this one stand out compared to its closest rivals. Battery life and fast charging are also more than adequate.
There are some aspects of the camera that could be better, like skin tones, portrait mode edge detection. The software remains a point of concern.
If you’re looking for a phone at the Rs 40,000 mark, Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G makes a style statement. The only challenge will be to show that it is better than the one plus 9RT or the Xiaomi 11T Pro, which are also reasonably priced and contain the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset.