Oppo Reno 7/F21pro display, design review

Introduction

A non-Exhaustive list of the device in the Oppo Reno7. This one we have for you today ,with the most vanilla of names, is the Reno 7 proper.

There are no other monikers, and the absence of 5G in the title implies no bet-gen connectivity – which is indeed the case. The Reno 7 Lite is 5G capable despite its lite name, but aside from that it shares most of its DNA with this 4G-only handset. The Essentials are the same handset as the Reno 7 is sold in India under the F21pro moniker, so our finding here should apply to that one as well just make sure you don’t confuse it with the F21pro 5G the other alias of the Reno 7 Lite. If we managed to clear thing up great, if not – we can easily shift the blame to Oppo.

Oppo Reno 7 introduction
Oppo Reno 7/F21pro. Image credit : gsmarena.com

The Reno 7 s spec don’t sound overly exciting, but its still decently well equipped. You get a 90Hz OLED display, 8GB RAM and least 128GB of storage, While the snapdragon 680 should be powerful enough even though it’s lacking 4K video recording.

Still, perhaps more notable is the camera experience is the Omission of an ultra-wide unit, though a dedicated ‘microscope’ camera, complete with a ring light, might make up for it. The main camera is 64MP, which is par for the course, and the 32MP selfie shooter is popular choice.

Our team likes the fact that the Reno 7 runs on Android 12-most other non-flagship Oppo/Realmes we’ve seen this year were still runs on Android 11, even though the ColorOS overly stood at 12. The 4,500mAh battery sounds like a adequate companion to the 6.43-inch display and 6nm chipset, and the 33W fast charging should bring decently speedy top-ups, though breaking speed records is off the table.

Oppo Reno 7 Specs

Body: 159.9×73.2×7.5mm,175 grams; front Gorilla glass 5, plastic frame, plastuc/vegan leather back; IPX4 water resistance.

Display: 6.43″ AMOLED, 90Hz, 430 nits (typ), 600 nits (HBM), 800 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 409ppi.

Chipset: Qualcomm SM6225 snapdragon 680 4G (6nm): Octa-core (4×2.4GHz kryo 265 Gold & 4×1.9 GHz kryo 265 Silver); Adreno 610.

Memory: 128GB of storage and 8GB Ram, 256GB of storage and 8GB of Ram; UFS2.2; microSDXC.

OS/Software: Android 12, ColorOS 12.1.

REAR camera : Wide (main): 64MP, f/1.7, 26mm, 1/2.0″, 0.7mm, PDAF; Macro :2MP, f/3.3, (microscope); Depth :2MP, f/2.4.

Front camera : 32MP, f/2.4, 24mm (wide), 1/2.74″, 0.8mm.

Video recording : Rear camera : 1080p @30fps, gyro-EIS, Front camera: 1080p @30fps, gyro-EIS.

Batter: 4,500mAh; Fast charging 33W Reverse charging.

Misc: Fingerprint sensor (under the display, optical); 3.5 my Jack; RGB ring light around the camera (notifications, charging progress).

Unboxing of Oppo Reno 7

Unboxing of Oppo Reno 7/21pro Image credit : FoneArena.com

Our Reno 7 review unit arrive in a phone-only state – sometimes we get a suitcase full of accessories, sometimes it’s like this. But the retail box of Reno 7s do ship with a 33W adapter to match the phones specs, as well as the cable Ringo with it. A protective case also included in the box.

Design

The Reno 7 we have for review took us a couple of years back, reminding us of the find X2 pro. In this sunset orange colorway, the Reno sports a faux leather back complimented by a gold-looking frame and while the shapes and hues are off, the find reference is there.

Design of Oppo Reno 7/21 pro. Image credit : gsmarena.com

Fiberglass leather Oppo calls it, and they’ve done a lab test for denim friction resistance for a 200,000…… Rubs against jeans? Admittedly a weird metric, but in any case, the rear panel is comfortable to handle and it won’t pick up fingerprints.

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We haven’t seen the Cosmic Black version in person, but it’s looking like it has that glitter effect when exposed to bright light – we like that.

Sunset or Cosmic, the Reno 7 is IPX4 -rated. The X means it has no rating for dust resistance, so maybe don’t keep it on the table while you’re kneading that pizza dough, but the 4 signifies it should be good in case of a water splash.

Beautiful design and color. Image credit : gsmarena.com

The camera island has a rather distinct design, the two-tone color look accentuating the actually usable cameras. It’s quite a significant bump too, but it’s not too prone to wobbling – not while using the keyboard at least.

A unique feature on the Reno 7 which is sort of a by product of its camera setup in the ring light around the microscope camera. Not only will it light up your subject when shooting in close quarters, but it can be used for notifications and as a status light when charging.

The frame of the Reno 7 may be giving us Find vibes, but it’s objectively very different, in fact. For one, it’s plastic, but that’s of little consequence for handling – it doesn’t feel cheap. More important thing is its flat so it offers plenty of gripping surface and you can easily pick up the handset from a table, thin as the Reno may be as whole.

frame. Image credit : gsmarena.com

And it’s a pretty thin, – Oppo quotes 7.54mm for the sunset version and 7.49mm for the cosmic one. Measuring 159.9×73.2mm, the Reno 7 has a reasonable compact footprint and it’s not too heavy either at 175 grams. The size, shape and materials make it very enjoyable to handle, and enchantment not all mid-range can claim.

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Oppo maintains is the left-right separation invite controls placement too-ups the volume buttons (two discrete one, as opposed to a rockers) are on the left, while power button is on the right. All three nicely positive click feedback.

Also on the left side has card slot and Reno 7 has the best of implementations -You get to have two nano SIM slot and micro SD card all in at the same time.

Surprisingly at the bottom of the phone has a 3.5mm Jack or a audio Jack. Keeping it company are the usual bits mic, USB-C port, and the speakers.

At the top of the phone there is a mic too.

The front of the Reno 7 sees the 6.43-inch OLED display surrounded by a mid-range -grade black frame, if you’ll allow that distiinction. It’s not minimal, per se, and the chin thicker than the rest of it, but it’s not in any way disturbing amount the bezels.

and bezels of Oppo Reno 7/F21 pro. Image credit : gsmarena.com

A Cutout in the top left corner of the display is where the selfie camera peeks through, while the earpiece is behind a grille the display. The panel itself protected by gorilla glass 5, which should be pretty sturdy on its own, but Oppo’s also working on a screen for extra of mind.

Selfie camera. Image credit : gsmarena.com

The Reno 7 is equipped with an optical under-display fingerprint sensor and that’s located relatively low on the phone. The thicker chin and reasonable overall dimensions do make it less than-ideal position less of an issue, and after a short getting to know each other phase, using it becomes second nature.

Overall the Reno 7 is both easy on the eyes and trouble – free to use. The sunset orange colorway with and wards off fingerprint, looking good in the process size and weight are also on the low end of the spectrum, which we seeas an advantage in a world of too big phones.

Display

The Oppo Reno 7 comes with 6.43-inch OLED display – diagonal and technology shared among most of the Reno 7 lineup (the Reno 7 pro 5G stands out with a 6.55-inch panel). The screen has a 1080x2400px resolution oh n a 20:9 ratio for a 409ppi pixel density.

What’s not universal among the 6.43-inch Reno’s is the refresh rate -tge lite for example is capped at 60Hz, while the Reno 7 proper here goes up to 90Hz. Oppo also specifies a touch sampling rate of 120Hz when using 5 fingers upto 180Hz for 2 fingers – a somewhat unusual distinction.

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All of the 6.43-inch Reno 7s are related for 430nits of typical brightness, up to 600 nits if ambient conditions. The Vanilla Reno 7 was good for 439 nits when operating slider manually, with the auto-triggered boost reaching 624 nits – so Oppo’s claims aren’t unfounded. The Reno 7 Lite and the Reno 7 5G are still marginally brighter, for one reason or another, while Xiaomi and Samsung mid-range can push 150 to 200 nits more in auto brightness mode.

You get two modes for color reproduction, and neither is particularly accurate. Vivid mode does offer punchy colors and a wide color gamut, targeting the DCI-P3 color space, while Natural is more muted and sRGB-focused. We got an average dE2000 of around 5 in both modes for their respective test pattern and a similarly blue rendition of the grayscale range between the two. Opting for the warm colors temperature preset only helped marginally with the average numbers, but the grayscale still couldn’t get very accurate, only shifting towards red/pink.

Oppo wasn’t mention of HDR support on the Reno 7 /F21pro spec pages, and despite the odd HDR checker app reporting HDR10, we got no HDR streams from any of the popular platforms like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon prime videos. The Widevine L1 certification doss mean you get to enjoy FullHD streams.

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The High refresh rate implementation on the Reno 7 is the same one we observe on the Reno 7 5G, and fairly basic one (not that we’d expect otherwise). There are two modes – High and standard, the standard locks the things at 60Hz. The High setting will give you 90Hz in all compatible apps and across the UI, but will switch down to 60Hz after a few seconds of inactivity, as well as in video play back apps, games, the camera viewfinder and Google Maps.

Battery life

The Reno 7 Has a 4,500mAh battery, the same capacity as the rest of the family, and very reasonable number, given the chipset/display combo. Indeed, we got some excellent endurance out of this ensemble.

We clocked nearly 17 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing. Admittedly, that test was carried out with the display running at 60Hz since the phone wouldn’t allow 90Hz for our testing software, but it’s a respectable score nonetheless. The 21:28h result we got in video playback (that one at 60Hz, too) is a great number, and the 33h of voice calls don’t leave anything to be desired.

Factoring in a good standby performance, the Oppo Reno 7 arrives d at a overall good endurance rating 127h.

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Charging speed

We mentioned already that we didn’t have a full retail box with Reno 7 review unit but we did have 33W charger, just like the one that’s hips with the phone.

Charging speed. Image credit : gsmarena.com

Using that one, we clicked a full charge from flat to take 1:10h, and the battery was half-full at the time half-hour mark. These are essentially the same results we got n the Reno 7 Lite and the Realme 9 pro, though higher-end models from both companies can charge faster.

Speaker

The Reno 7 has a single and loud speaker the bottom of the phone, firing out of a three-slotted grille.

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The phone erased the same Average mark for loudness as the Reno 7 5G and the Reno 7 Lite. The vanilla Reno 7 sounds a lot like the 5G version. With well-defined treble and clear vocals, if still missing low-end rumble. The lite remains slightly louder and is a bit more mid-tones forward.

Software

The Reno 7 proper is the add one out of the while Reno 7 family – in a good way. It launched on Android 12, unlike the rest of the them, though that difference is largely offset by a consistent layer of ColorOS on top. Admittedly, however, the new core OS version means a few new core features that you don’t get on Android 11-based build.

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Key among this Android 12s new privacy features. Privacy dashboard is your hub for gaining insight on which permissions have been granted to which apps and when they have been used. Precise or approximate locations is another of the new-privacy focused options you get for apps that time uses that permission. Toggles for limiting camera and mic access across the board can be placed in the quick toggles area, and you get a icon in the status bar when either of the twins actively being used.

The Oppo Reno 7 has specific features and couple of other models lineup (they implemented are slightly different middle to model) is brighting light on the back. And it’s another use of the ring light around the microscope camera, it serves as a notification and a status indicator for active charging, calls and notification. The most of us aren’t keep the phone facing-down, though so the features may be lost one us.

The surface of the UI is the same as what we saw on the other colorOS 12 phones. We got an app drawer was pre-enabled, but you can opt for the single-tiered ,everything -on-the -homescreen layout too. The notification shade is presented in standard way, and the quick toggles have the Oppo green accent color by default (there’s an auto-brightness switch in there too). The recent apps menu is a regular implementation, in the sense that you get side-scrollable vertical cards. The main settings menu features Oppo’s colorful icons for easier navigation.

performance and benchmarks

The Reno 7 is powered by the snapdragon 680 chipset – a modest mid-range SoC with a focus on endurance mare so than performance. It features an octa-core CPU in a 4+4 configurat>ion, it’s kryo branded cores being based on Cortex-A73 and cortex-A53 design (4×2.4GHz + 4×1.9GHz). The GPU is Adreno 610, Oppo is quite generous on the memory front, and the Reno 7 has 8GB of Ram and 128GB or 256GB of storage.

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The Reno 7 is quick to reveal it’s lack of ambition in the performance department showing particularly low results in the single-core test in Geekbench -essentially, all compecting chipset have more powerful cores in their performance clusters, even if it’s just two of them.

Theres a more even distribution under the multi-core loads, the score of the single-core is 380 and the score of the multi-core is 1653. The Reno 7 places similarly low AnTuTu score 289250, though it does claim a victory here over the Galaxy A23.

The Adreno 610 is a fine match for that unassuming CPU and graphics benchmarks reveal a similar distribution of forces – the Reno 7 isn’t threatening any serious competitor with it’s.

Another good thing about the lower-end chipsets besides their frugal battery consumption is sustained performance. The Reno 7 may not be a powerhouse, but it’s consistent in it output. For the most part, that is – 50 minutes in to a full-power CPU throttling test, we observed a bit of a hiccup, but hardly something to worry about.

Camera

The Reno 7 has a somewhat unusual camera system that consists of there units. There is nothing unorthodox about the primary camera – it’s run-of-the-mill 64MP unit. The 2MP depth sensor is as good as non-existent, and that, too is a fairly popular choice. The third camera is where it gets slightly interesting, as its a ‘microscope’- more on that later. Which brings the total of cameras on this phone’s back then three, and that’s all of them – there’s no ultra-wide, which we’ve come to take for granted at pretty much any price point.

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Starting back from that last point, quite a few of the Reno 7 actually omit the ultra-wide camera, so the vanilla models specs shouldn’t be that big of a surprise. Still a basic 8MP unit could have made the Reno 7 a lot more versatile without breaking the bank – then again, we’re no accountants. It’s worth mentioning That the Reno 7 Lite doesn’t have ultra-wide camera either.

Neither does it have a microscope, but the Reno 7 (a. k. a. F21 Pro, since we went there) does. It’s not a spec-heavy camera – the GalacyCore GC02M1 sensor is a tiny 2MP 1/5 unit with 1.75mm pixels, and it’s placed behind an f/3.3 lens. Focus is fixed, and the subject distance from the camera housing is just a few mm.

The brings us the primary camera. It uses the 64MP OmniVision OV64B sensor (1/2.0 optical format, 0.7my pixel size) placed behind a 26mm equivalent lens with an f/1.7 aperture. Form what we can gather that’s the main camera on at least 5 of the Reno 7 and who knows now many other mid-rangers.

For selfie, you get another popular hardware choice -a 32MP Sony IMX 709 sensor (1/2.74″, 0.8mm, Quad-Bayer). It’s paired with an f/2.4 aperture lens with a fixed focus.

The move to android 12 hasn’t introduced any changes to the camera app, and it’s the same as what we saw on the Reno 7 5G and Reno 7 Lite. It’s straightforward – the main camera modes are arranged in a typical carousel formation, while the microscope mode is accessed from the More sub-menu. You will find two zoom toggles on the viewfinder – one for the main 1x mode, one for the 2x zoom that’s still sourced from main camera.

The usual controls for HDR and the AI mides can be found on top of the viewfinder. There is an pro mode in the more tab that let you select shutter speeds all the way to 32s and ISO up to 6400, with a histogram available too. The settings menu gives you the standard list of options like grid lines, geotagging, and shutter sound toggle.

Daylight image quality

Daylight photos from the Reno 7s main camera (in away, it’s only camera) are good for the class. The 16MP images contain a whole lot if detail, and it’s rendered is a very organic way. There’s a somewhat unusually high level of grain in these, however – not bothersome, but noticable. Dynamic range isn’t supper-wide, but it’s good enough to not be an issue. Colors meanwhile, are very likeable – not over the top, not dull either. We also had consistently accurate whhite balance , so there were no werid color cast.

The 2x zoom button in the viewfinder may not a dedicated for camera to do its work, but the main camera does pull off rather remarkable results . There are very detailed images ,even on a pixel level, and they look line they can be coming out of a standalone 16MP tele. They’re not flawless and you could see a certain jagged rendition of certain types of detail plus ,we had occasional soft photo, but overall it’s a very good zoom performance for a phone with no zoom camera.

The 64MP mode does appear to be arrving at the full resolution through demosaicking rather than upsacling 16MP shots to 64MP as some other lower-end phone’s do.You can get a better detail than in 16MP in these well-it daylight scenes, but these shots to tend to be substantially noisier.

Lowlight photo quality

In low light, the Reno 7 isn’t having the timing of its life. Daynamic range is rather narrow, with highlights in a particularly dire state, though the shadows are way to dark as well. There’s plenty of noise to be see though detail can pass for decent in areas that have somelight for the phone to work with Colors maintain their saturation well there’s just not while of them when images are overall underexposed, and the highlights are blown to white.

Night mode introduces dramatic difference and makes tonal development a lot more likable. Highlights are significantly better rendered, and there’s now detail where previously it was a blob of white. The shadows also get a nudge though it’s not quite as pronounced. One downside is that detail gets a bit softer in night mode.

At 2x zoom, low-light shots are just barely usable. We’d recommend to use Night mode and examination beyond fit to screen level.

Microscope camera

The microscope camera of the Reno 7 is amazing. The shooting process takes same getting used to since you need to be at very specific distance from your subject in order to have it in focus, and it’s very shirt distance – millimeter. And since the depth of field is razor – thin at such focus distance, the slightest of movements will affect the sharpness of your photos.

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The 2MP nominal resolution actually drops to 1.44MP since the phone capture 1,200×1,200px square image. There are two magnifications, and the native one is labeled 15x in the viewfinder. It has decent per-pixel detail, there’s just not a whole lot of pixels, though it does let you capture things you otherwise couldn’t with a conventional camera. It’s nice as a novelty, and potentially even sort of useful it, for example, you need to see what supplies arrangement your display have.

The 30x magnification throws in some upscaling in the mix, and things start looking too soft.

Portrait mode

Subject detection in portrait mode is fairly good, though there was the occasional mishap like the clipped ear in the first sample. The indecisive rendition of the hair in the third-nothing major, and it’s typical resolved by taking multiple shots. Perhaps toning down the blur level a notch move natural but it’s similar a petty complaint.

selfie camera

Selfie out of the Reno 7 are alright they are saved at the nominal 32MP resolution, but they don’t have the detail to show for it – we’d speculate they started their lives as 8MP binned images, which were subsequently upscaled to 32MP and sharpened heartily. That said, there would certainly make excellently sharp 8MP or 12MP photos. Colors are generally accurate, even if a little on the unenthusiastic side.

video recording

The Reno 7 has very basic video recording capabilitie_ it maxes out at 1080p at 30fps. It doesn’t have stabilization in this top mode, and it also let’s you encode your clip using the h.265 format for smaller file size – not that 1080p files are huge using h.264 and 20mbps bit rate, which itself pretty higher for this mode).

Pro And Cons

Pros

  • standout design on the sunset orange colorway, reasonably light and compact too.
  • IPX4 rating is nice to have, even though the phone is not tested for submersion.
  • long lasting battery, decent fast charger value for money.
  • Generous RAM and Storage capacity.
  • A few small niceties – 3.5mm Jack or audio Jack, dedicated micro SD card slot, NFC.
  • Surprisingly good results at 2x zoom in daylight. The microscope camera was amazing and fun.

Cons

  • The chipset is underpowered, does not support 5G.
  • Unimpressive Camera performance in low light conditions.
  • No 4k or 1080p60 video recording.
  • And No ultra-wide camera.

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