Oppo is gaining rapid popularity in the Asian market in 2017-2018. Oppo F7 is another remarkable addition to this Chinese brand to support its growth. Oppo F7 has gained massive attention right after its release in Bangladesh. Let us review this mid/high-mid range smartphone based on its specs.
Design & Display
The color choices and design of Oppo F7 will grab instant attention as it purely defines a modern premium smartphone. 6.23-inch FHD+ Full-View display with 88% screen to body ratio highly complements the design factor. It attempts to go beyond and tries to offer a lifestyle through its elegance. But we will stick to the sole purpose of a mobile phone which is, usefulness. The 88% screen ratio makes this 6.23” large display phone much compacted and therefore, more convenient to carry. Because of the massive size and prime quality Full HD+ display, it will be amazing to watch videos, play games, read PDFs, apps or website texts. The LTPS IPS display will provide excellent view under the sunlight and the 5th generation Gorilla Glass will protect this precious display if you drop it from your hand (from a reasonable height). The body is made of solid aluminum. So, on the outside, it gives a strongly positive impression.
Camera & Video
It has a fine 16MP PDAF primary camera which is well-capable of capturing great shots. The main feature of Oppo F7 is its 25 megapixel AI (Artificial Intelligence) front camera. It is simply because video calling, video chatting, selfies, groupfies, self-recording are still on high trend. Its sensor HDR and AI beauty features works together behind the scene to represent a cleaner, vivid and more cared face of yours. You can argue that this kind of features may make human beings lazy to truly care about their being. Many will be satisfied by posting their AI captured photos in social media and get likes. So intellectually, is it actually a useful feature? In our intellectual opinion, it is not. But objectively judging, the technology itself works very fine.
Video playback and recording is of Full HD quality. Oppo could go one step ahead and provide 4K Ultra HD quality to reach a milestone. But perhaps the pricing didn’t allow them to do so.
Network, Battery & Overall Performance
Oppo F7 gives the fastest 4G network support in Bangladesh. But its battery is sort of a disappointment. 3400 mAh battery for a 6.23” FHD display doesn’t sound that much at all. But MediaTek Helio P60 chipset, Mali-G72 MP3 GPU, 4/6 GB RAM and 2.0 GHz octa-core CPU already gives a powerful impression about the overall performance of this device. Moreover, the phone is well-optimized at its core. Through the so-called AI optimization feature, the phone can perform faster than any regular phone with the same amount of performance specs such as RAM, GPU, CPU or chipset. It should even run smoothly while HD gaming online (of course with a fast WiFi or LTE internet connection).
This gadget runs on Android’s latest version Oreo 8.0 (as of April 2018) and has features like fingerprint sensor, speedy face unlock and OTG.
There is no doubt Oppo F7 is highly optimized for mid-budget to high-mid budget consumers. But we must say that the device is lacking valuable, innovative features. Camera, display, design, and performance are all Oppo F7 has to offer. If you are looking for different features beyond that like the Galaxy S9+, Pixel 2 XL or iPhone X, F7 is probably not something for you. If you are looking for modern, mainstream, pretty, fast, camera and beautiful viewing experience, this is what you would like to go for. Also, you can’t expect to get phones with a lot of innovative features in this price range.