Oppo was recently named among the top five smart phone companies in India. This success can be attributed to them positioning themselves as a “selfie expert”, and making smart phones that are ABCD — all “bout camera and display. There is the A-series that is quite popular and often refreshed in India, and the internationally ignored R-series. Their top-end model is the R15. However, the next big thing is the F-series, or more specifically, Oppo F7.
The F7 borrows a couple of features such as its high-resolution front camera, the MediaTek Helio P60 SOC, and a notch from the R15. At an aggressive price starting from USD335,90 (₹21000) the F7 is a favorable choice over its slightly-pricier competitor – Vivo V9. We were all impressed by their preceding offering, the F5, so let us see if the F7 will continue the tradition.
The first thing you will notice on the F7 is the notch. It houses the earpiece and the selfie camera. Although it might irritate you at first, after a few days, you won’t even notice that it is there anymore. The F7 has an plastic body, complete with a gloss finish back panel. This gives it a sleek look and feel, and can be said to attract lots of attention. On the downside, however, the glossy back is a fingerprint magnet. You may have to wipe the back more often than what is considered normal. What you will really like about its design is its lightweight, coming in at 158g. The power button is conveniently located on the right side, along the SIM slot, with the volume keys are on the left. It has its 3 5mm audio jack, microUSB, and speaker grille located at the bottom. On the glossy back, you will get a single camera that has an LED flash, and a centrally placed finger print scanner.
Display has been one of Oppo’s strongest suits, and the F7 doesn’t let us down. It features a 2280x1080p resolution, full HD.IPS screen measuring 6.23″. It’s 19:9 aspect ratio makes it such a darling when it comes to watching clips and movies. Like almost all other full-screen models, the F7 has a navigation key that appears when you tap the screen and hides when working with a full-screen app. It allows you to adjust color temperature and font size. Additionally, if the notch still irks you, or it blocks some content, you have the option to turn off the “notch area display”. The color reproduction is amazing even when viewing the screen from an angle. The only downside associated with its display is its sun legibility. Even with the brightness at its maximum, it is difficult to watch videos in the sun.
Oppo F7 is powered by the MediaTek Helio P60 chipset that is designed to specifically support Al processing. Even though this is MediaTek’s best processor, it is normally associated with cheap phones. That said, this may be a turn off for people who consider this a go-to feature, considering that other competing models such as Vivo V9 offer a much better Oualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor. It runs on Android Oreo 8.1 and thanks to the Oppo’s ColorOS 5.0 Ul, the F7 has endless customization options. All the available themes support its 19:9 aspect ratio, an unseen feature in the Redmi Note 5 Pro by Xiaomi Additional features include “Full Screen Multitasking” that allows you to place shortcuts in the notch area, which open a floating window of the app. This feature also allows you to access functions such as screenshots, screen recording, and blocking notifications. These shortcuts are accessible even when watching Netflix, making this a very convenient feature. The “quiet time” puts it on silent ring for a set period of time On top of these, the F7 supports gesture and motion and comes with the assistive ball. Oppo F7 also supports a fingerprint scanner and facial unlock that unlock the handset immediately. To prevent fraud calls, it features a built-in true-caller functionality. The performance of Oppo F7 is very impressive and doesn’t lag or heat. The output of the speaker is satisfactory, to say the least.
This being its most emphasized feature, much need not be said about it. Its selfie camera is based on artificial intelligence and has 25MP, a sensor HDR and f/2.0 aperture It also features AI beauty technology version 2.0 for beautification and a front bokeh effect to blur the background when your face is in focus. Its single rear camera has 16MP, a f/1A aperture, and phase detection auto-focus. At this point in time, this, when compared to the dual cameras can be found in less expensive phones, the F7 comes across as less impressive.
Both cameras excel low, natural, and indoor lighting condition. They have a variety of filters and other customization options to give you the perfect image.