7.8 Awesome

Oppo F7 is an excellent smartphone option with pricing starting from 270 Euro. You will get a powerful chipset with a notch, showy colors and more than enough battery to last you a day. Yes, the camera lacks dual features and OIS and it is plastic made with no fast charging option but it is an excellent choice in mid-range devices. The TechSeer will give it a 7.8 out of a solid 10.

  • Design 8.1
  • Display 7.2
  • Hardware & Performance 8.5
  • Camera 7.0
  • Battery Life 8.4
  • Value for Money 7.5

Oppo is considered the pioneer when we talk about selfie mobile, the company used to have its very own Selfie Expert F series just a few years back as well. Well, now the company has launched its new smartphone “Oppo F7” featuring a front 25-megapixel selfie camera, front notch like on iPhone X and brilliant red paint job.

Oppo F7 Phone ReviewOppo F7 powers the Helio P60 chipset which we have already seen in Oppo R15. The smartphone has a plastic build and a single camera set-up. We were actually expecting a dual camera with VOOC fast charging option but Oppo missed both of them. Of course, Oppo F7 is not a flagship and is aimed to target mid-range users.

Its pricing starts from 285 USD (270 Euro/325 AUD) but don’t expect it to be available in many countries. Currently, the company is only targeting South East Asia. Here are the specs.

Pros

  • Notched, almost bezel-less screen
  • MediaTek Helio P60 chipset is powerful
  • Excellent battery life
  • Great for taking selfies

Cons

  • Slippery plastic build
  • Average rear camera
  • No fast charging option

Oppo F7 specs

  • Body: Plastic back and frame, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front
  • Display: 6.23-inch IPS LCD, 1080x2280px, 405ppi
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5.0 on top
  • Chipset: Mediatek Helio P60, 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53, octa-core CPU, Mali-G72 MP3 GPU, 4 or 6 GB RAM
  • Storage: 64 or 128 GB internal with microSD hybrid (SIM2) expansion slot
  • Rear Camera: 16MP, f/1.8, PDAF, LED flash
  • Video recording: 1080p@30 fps;
  • Front Camera: 25MP, f/2.0, 1080p video recording
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, Dual 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, A-GPS/GLONASS, FM radio, microUSB 2.0
  • Battery: 3,400mAh non-removable, Regular Charge 5V/2A
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (rear-mounted)

Design

Oppo F7 look exactly like its sibling Oppo R15 but its made of plastic and lacks a dual camera set-up. If you don’t mind the plastic build then this smartphone could be your choice. R15, on the other hand, is made of aluminum and glass. There is Gorilla Glass 5 to keep it safe. The plastic is more like glossy but doesn’t feel very plasticky. You can easily get fingerprint smudges on the back. Oppo F7 does not have a secure grip due to slippery plastic and you will need a transparent case to hold it.

On the front, you will find a 6.23-inch LCD screen with very trimmed bezels. There is a 25-megapixel selfie camera on the top with an earpiece. The good thing is Oppo F7 comes with a notch. On the back, there is a single camera setup with a hump just like what we found in OnePlus 6. The antenna lines are well hidden now behind the showy back.

Oppo F7 can house 2 nano-SIMs and one microSD card at the same time. There is no hybrid SIM slot. You will find a 3.5mm headphone jack on the phone which we really appreciate.

Oppo F7 weighs at 158 gram and comes in Diamond Black, Solar Red, and Moonlight Silver color options. All of them are vivid and classy.

Display

Oppo F7 features a 6.23-inch (2,280 x 1,080 pixels) with a notch and comes with an aspect ratio of 19:9. A 19:9 aspect ratio is much better compared to 18:9, you will find games and videos more amusing. The screen resolution comes out to be about 405 ppi density. A thinner bezel set-up made this phone achieve 82.5% screen-to-body ratio.

Our display testing showed that Oppo F7 managed to give us a maximum of 450 nits. We have seen better but this could do the job. Sunlight-readability is good enough and as good as Huawei Honor 10 (Review) but you need to put it on full brightness. You will get good black levels and because of that, the Oppo F7 did remarkably in achieving 2000:1 contrast ratio.

Oppo F7 scored an average of 5.8 in our Delta testing with a 9.6 deviation at point white. We found blue tints in default mode but you can always use Warm color temperature to lessen the blue tint effect.

Even though its plastic made, Oppo has installed Gorilla Glass 5 to guard the phones against scratches. There is a factory installed screen protector.

Battery life

The Oppo F7 employs a 3400mAh non-removable battery. It lacks 20W VOOC fast charging option. You can go from 0 to 30% in about half an hour. A full charge could take you around 2:30 hours which is pretty average or in 2018, below average since most of the phones now come with fast charging option.

You can enable the power saving option thanks to the ColorOS feature. The main thing it would do is automatically killing background apps to save battery life, sometimes it is too quick so we don’t think this option is for people who are using multiple apps at the same time.

GSMArena testing rendered the following results on battery testing.

  • 3G TALK TIME: 23:19h
  • WEB BROWSING: 13:12h
  • VIDEO PLAYBACK: 10:48h

Hardware

Oppo F7 packs MediaTek Helio P60, the same chipset which we found in Oppo R15. The chipset packs an octa-core 4x Cortex-A73 @ 2.0GHz and 4x Cortex-A53 @2.0GHz. Instead of Adreno GPU, there is a tri-core Mali-G72 GPU for the graphics. The GPU is not that powerful but it would do the job. You will have an option to choose from 4GB/64GB or 6GB/128GB of storage.

Helio P60 is almost equal to Snapdragon 660 which is a powerful processor in the mid-range category so the Oppo F7 can handle multitasking and gaming without any lags but the smartphone lagged in BaseMark X testing. Nokia 7 Plus (Review) did a bit better than Oppo F7 in GeekBench 4.1 (single core) scores but Oppo F7 defeated Nokia 7 Plus in multi-core scoring. Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Review) underperformed in both tests comparatively.

Oppo F7 performed well in Antunu 7 tests as well, the processor is cool most of the time hence no throttling in any app or game.

Audio

Oppo F7 empowers a single bottom-firing loudspeaker which scored pretty good in our testing. Certainly better than Oppo F5. It has rich sound quality with above average vocal range. There is not a lot of noise even when it on full volume.

Headphones performance was pretty okay. We felt some distortion but can’t complain. You can always opt for the top AI headphones.

Camera

Even though Oppo is famous for its cameras, this time the company didn’t do very well. Oppo F7 features the same old 16Mp f/1.8 camera lens on the rear which we found in F5. You will get a single LED flash along with phase detection auto-focus feature.

You can recognize images thanks to the new A.I boost now but this is nothing new. The camera interface is almost the same as iOS. Telephoto zoom is also available which can blur the background. Whats funny is that front camera did a better job in blurring the photos than the rear camera. This could be due to no second lens for blurring the images. There is an expert mode which we think still needs a lot of improvement.

Oppo F7 rear camera has accurate colors, good contrast and above average dynamic range. Pictures a bit noisy. Low-light samples are not as good don’t expect much from this camera when it comes to low lighting conditions the camera is just not up to the mark.

Selfie Camera: On the front, you will get a 25MP-selfie camera which lacks auto-focus. You will get 3-HDR technology in this selfie camera which will make your images better by giving you rich HDR selfies.

Video: Oppo F7 supports 1080p/720p video recording at 30fps. It lacks digital stabilization and there is no 4K option. Audio recording is at 128Kbps which is far from impressive.

The Verdict: Oppo F7 Review

Oppo F7 is an excellent smartphone option with pricing starting from 270 Euro. You will get a powerful chipset with a notch, showy colors and more than enough battery to last you a day. Yes, the camera lacks dual features and OIS and it is plastic made with no fast charging option but it is an excellent choice in mid-range devices. The TechSeer will give it a 7.8 out of a solid 10.

 

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