Since Oppo stopped releasing new models in the Find series, the Reno series has been the company’s primary offering in India for a few years. So far, the Reno Pro concept has been rather simple: thin bodies with curved displays and lightning-fast charging. While the charging aspect of the new Oppo Reno 7 Pro remains the same, Oppo has decided to change things up in terms of aesthetics. This new flagship model also comes with a new(ish) SoC, improved camera sensors, and stereo speakers, making it a solid upgrade over the Reno 6 Pro.
However, there has never been more rivalry in this market. With its Galaxy S20 FE 5G , Samsung is leading the charge, followed by OnePlus’ newest 9RT and a slew of Xiaomi and Realme devices that are all jam-packed with premium features. The Oppo Reno 7 Pro requires more than just a lovely face to entice buyers, and it’s time to see if it can do it in this comprehensive review.
Oppo Reno 7 Pro design
The Reno series’ design has always been a talking point, and the Reno 7 Pro is no exception. Instead of the curved display and shiny frame that you might expect, the 7 Pro borrows a design hint from the Reno 6 (Review) from last year, with a flattened aluminium frame and a flat display. The bezels around the display are likewise quite thin, and the Reno 7 Pro looks stunning from the front thanks to the little hole-punch cutout. I appreciate this design choice since I prefer a display with flat edges rather than curved edges, which make typing and swiping more difficult.
The Oppo Reno 7 Pro’s glass back has been refinished. Oppo claims to have created hundreds of diagonal micro-etches visible from certain angles using a novel laser technology. The coating is pleasant to the touch and repels fingerprints. The camera module has a multilayered design, and there’s now a light strip surrounding it that lights when you get notifications and when the phone is charging. Although you can’t modify the colour of this strip (which would be wonderful), you can choose which apps and events cause it to appear.
The Oppo Reno 7 Pro, like the Reno 7, lacks a headphone jack and does not allow expandable storage. It does, however, contain stereo speakers, which are a feature that earlier Pro models lacked. The 6.5-inch AMOLED panel provides excellent colour and contrast. It’s a full-HD+ panel with a 90Hz peak refresh rate and 180Hz peak touch sampling rate, as well as scratch resistance thanks to Corning Gorilla 5. A 120Hz refresh rate or even a higher touch sampling rate would have been more significant improvements, but consumers will have to make due with what they have.
Oppo hasn’t skimped on the included extras. A 65W charger, a case, a USB cable, and a SIM eject tool are included with the Reno 7 Pro.
Oppo Reno 7 Pro specifications and software
The Oppo Reno 7 Pro comes with a new MediaTek Dimensity 1200-Max SoC. This is essentially a conventional Dimensity 1200 SoC with two Reno 7 Pro-specific optimisations: AI Deblur, which is believed to increase selfie quality, and AI-PQ, which is said to give regular movies an HDR-like feel. There doesn’t appear to be any performance boost with this ‘Max’ version of the SoC, so it should be business as usual for all other jobs. If you employ ColorOS’ RAM expansion option, you can increase the RAM to 12GB by allocating 7GB of storage.
.Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and the typical array of satellite navigation technologies are among the Oppo Reno 7 Pro’s connectivity options. The phone comes with a 4,500mAh battery that can charge at up to 65W using Oppo’s proprietary SuperVOOC charger. The Reno 7 Pro is still missing out on premium features like as IP certification for waterproofing and wireless charging. These capabilities are still uncommon in phones in this price range, and having them would have given Oppo a chance to stand out.
ColorOS 12 is out, although it is still based on Android 11, not Android 12. Given how many new phones now come with Android 12 preinstalled, this is a shame. Like earlier versions of ColorOS, there are the typical set of shortcuts and gestures, as well as a slew of preinstalled apps. The majority of the default apps are third-party and can be uninstalled. A new Omoji function, similar to Apple’s Memoji avatars, has been added. This allows you to build digital avatars of your face or select from a library of pre-made ones, but it’s just useful for the always-on display and your phone’s account profile image.
Oppo Reno 7 Pro performance and battery life
For almost a week, I used the Oppo Reno 7 Pro alongside the more cheap Reno 7 (First impressions), and everything went smoothly. The phone’s form is pretty ergonomic, the power and volume buttons provide nice feedback, and the display is responsive and easily readable even in bright sunshine. Face recognition and the in-display fingerprint sensor both perform admirably. Except when gaming, when the metal sides and rear were a little hot, I didn’t notice any unwanted warmth. Some of the preinstalled apps are known for sending out annoying notifications, but as I previously stated, you can delete them.
On the Oppo Reno 7 Pro’s display, videos looked fantastic. The viewing angles were adequate. HDR videos looked fantastic, though I’m not sure how much of a difference the AI-PQ function in this custom SoC made — regular videos looked fine as well, but that could be down to the AMOLED screen’s quality.
To see how well this phone performs demanding multiplayer games, I played PUBG: New State. Gameplay was fluid and the visual response was on point with all graphical settings pushed up to the maximum permitted limit.
The battery life was also extremely impressive. The phone tuned itself off after nearly 22 hours of running our HD video loop test. This is an excellent runtime, and you should anticipate the Reno 7 Pro to last at least a day and a half in daily use. When I tested it, I was averaging about two full days of moderate to light usage, which I thought was excellent. With the included charger, charging takes only a few minutes. In half an hour, it can offer a 66 percent charge, and it can fully charge the phone in about an hour.
Oppo Reno 7 Pro cameras
The Oppo Reno 7 Pro’s cameras have been improved over the previous model’s. The 32-megapixel selfie camera now features a new Sony IMX709 sensor with an RGBW pixel architecture for improved light sensitivity and DOL-HDR support. It lacks autofocus, has a small aperture of f/2.4, and video capture is limited to 1080p. The primary rear camera, which now boasts a Sony IMX766 sensor, has received the second upgrade. This sensor appears to be highly popular this year, and it was just seen in the OnePlus 9RT. Oppo, on the other hand, has not included optical stabilisation, which is unfortunate. There’s also an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 2-megapixel macro camera on this phone.
Oppo is putting all of its weight on specific features in the camera app, rather than camera sensors. AI Highlight Video and a Bokeh Flare Portrait filter, both of which we saw with the Reno 6 series, are among them. When filming videos with the front and rear cameras, one new feature is the ability to modify the aperture. There are also a variety of different shooting modes available, such as dual-video, expert, slow-mo, and so on.
When it comes to video, the Oppo Reno 7 Pro’s main rear camera can record at up to 4K resolution, but only at 30 frames per second. If you want 60 frames per second, you’ll have to lower the resolution to 1080p. The quality will also be capped at 1080p if you use any of the AI effects and filters, or if you use the ultra-wide camera. For a phone at this price point, this is a bit restrictive. In daytime, footage produced at 4K was of medium quality. Although the stabilisation was good, bright regions were frequently overexposed. The ultra-wide camera recorded video remarkably well and trimmed the frame to avoid a fish-eye look.
The Oppo Reno 7 Pro is a worthy successor to the Reno 6 Pro, and Oppo did the right thing by lowering the price. The upgraded camera sensors, flat display, and stereo speakers are all excellent additions. The battery life is quite good, and having super-fast charging is a plus. If you want to generate social-media-ready photographs and videos without having to use other apps, the AI camera functions and filters are a fun addition.
However, there is still potential for development. In the display and SoC sectors, I was expecting more of an upgrade. With the Reno 6 Pro, video recording was a bit of a stumbling block for me, and it doesn’t appear that it’s gotten any better.