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Oppo F7 Review: Not Much More Than a 25 MP Selfie Camera

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Chinese smartphone maker, Oppo, has established itself as a leading brand in India, having garnered quite a large fan following. Oppo’s F-series, with amazing selfie capabilities, are by far the most popular and successful phones from this brand.

Oppo F7 is another selfie-centric offering, packed with great hardware. The device was launched in March 2018 in the Indian markets, with a price tag of about ?18,000. It comes with a charger, charging cable, a transparent rubber case, SIM ejector tool, earphones and quick smart guide in the box, pretty much the list of things available with most handsets today.

As usual, I decided to check out the Oppo F7 for myself, since I see myself as a representative of the average millennial smartphone user. Here’s what I found.

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Specifications

The Oppo F7 is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM in both slots. The phone features a 6.23-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 X 2280 pixels. The handset weighs 158 gm and measures 156.00 x 75.30 x 7.80 mm.

The device is powered by a 2 MHz octa-core processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. Under the hood is the Android 8.1 OS and a 3400mAh non-removable battery.

For a selfie-centric phone, the Oppo F7 definitely outdoes its predecessors with a 25-megapixel front camera and a 16-megapixel primary camera on the rear. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G, while the sensors include a proximity sensor, compass/magnetometer, accelerometer, ambient light sensor and gyroscope.

Technical Features

Screen Size: 6.23 inches

Display Resolution: 1080 X 2280 pixels

Processor: 2 MHz octa-core processor

RAM: 4GB

Storage: 64GB

Battery: 3400mAh

Front Camera: 25 MP

Back Camera: 16 MP

Display and Looks

The Oppo F7 features a large 6.23-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels and 19:9 aspect ratio. The screen size and display resolution are pretty impressive. However, I was disappointed by the legibility of the screen in outdoor conditions. The phone uses an LCD panel, whereas most phones today feature OLED panels. I wasn’t able to see the screen well till I turned the brightness levels on the smartphone to full.

I was, however, delighted with the design of the Oppo F7. The phone is entirely made of acrylic plastic but that doesn’t stop it from looking premium. The glossy finish of the rear panel, which is not overly reflective, further enhances the look. The rear of the Oppo F7 features a single camera, an LED flash and the fingerprint scanner. However, if you are a rough user, stay prepared for stains on the phone’s body, which easily retains fingerprints. Thankfully, the company provides a transparent rubber case with the device.

In terms of its build, the device gives close competition to Vivo V9, which was launched in the Indian markets almost at the same time. At the bottom, the Oppo F7 features a thin chin, while at the top, it has a notch just like an iPhone. The 25-MP selfie camera, proximity sensor and the earpiece are placed above the notch. On the left, we have the volume rocker, whereas on the right, there is the SIM tray with triple slots (two SIM cards and a microSD card) and the power button.

Performance and Battery

Oppo F7 is powered by a Mediatek Helio P60 SoC, housing an octa-core processor with 4X Arm Cortex A73 and 4X Arm Cortex A53 cores, which is excellent. For graphics, the device has the Mali G-72 MP3 GPU. This makes the device highly suitable for heavy gaming. The phone offers 64GB of internal storage, which can be sufficient for most users. The ample 4GB of RAM will not let the device slow down even on multitasking.

The heavily customized Color OS UI on top of the Android 8.1 Oreo in the Oppo F7 is quite similar to previous Oppo models. The phone also runs the latest version 5 of its Color OS. Other notable features include facial and object recognition and face unlock, which are handled with ease by the enhanced Artificial Intelligence engine.

Under the hood, the Oppo F7 houses a 3,400mAh battery. I was surprised, however, that this device does not support fast charging, while most other devices in the same price range do. The 2-3 hours of time it takes to get the battery fully charged can be irritating. However, once charged, the phone will last you for 35-40 hours, even after average gaming.

For security, Oppo F7 features the conventional pattern and passcode mechanisms, along with fingerprint scanner. The face unlock feature and the fingerprint scanner worked really quickly, just as you see in other handsets in this and higher price ranges.

Camera and Apps

Since this is an Oppo smartphone, the selfie camera has to be the highlight. For that reason, the Oppo F7 boasts an amazing 25 MP front camera. However, the phone is not only a great selfie master, but can take good regular pictures too. At the rear, the phone features a 16-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/1.8.

I am extremely happy with the performance of the front camera. However, the rear camera managed to give good image quality only under good lighting conditions. The images came with exellent contrast, accurate colours and clear details. Due to its AI engine, the Oppo 7 is able to recognize objects and beautify them. Th phone offers a lot of options to tweak settings too.

Price

In India, the Oppo F7 starts at a price of ?18,000. The price of Oppo F7 is the lowest at TataCLiQ, according to mysmartprice. This phone is available in 64GB and 128GB storage variants.

Reasons Why I Like This Phone

  1. 25MP front shooter
  2. 4GB RAM
  3. Good for heavy gaming

Reasons Why I Hate This Phone

  1. No fast charging support
  2. Easily stainable body
  3. No OLED panel

In India, the Oppo F7 has managed to create a whole lot of buzz. However, the 25 megapixel front camera is the only feature that is really worth getting excited about, according to TechRadar’s verdict and mine too.

About the author

Mani Karthik

In my pursuit to happiness, I share everything I've learnt on this blog. From productivity to spirituality and everything in between. I quit my cozy job in Silicon Valley to pursue blogging & is an Entrepreneur now. I help startups grow & teach people blogging.

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