OPPO company can not only follow the fashion trends in the industry, but also implement their own ideas, and today the new flagship OPPO F7 comes to the market, in which the emphasis is not only on the maximum filling of the front panel with a screen but also artificial intelligence (AI). We were lucky to test it before the official start of sales and check how smart he is. Now we are in a hurry to share our research with you.
The delivery package OPPO always pleased: phone, charging (2A), micro USB cable, documentation, SIM-clip, as well as a silicone case and a glossy film, already pasted on the screen. The last two accessories are still better to buy for the safety of the appearance of the phone, and this approach really saves time and money. Unlike the previous model, the bumper here is soft, not plastic, which means it will absorb more energy when falling.
It is much less likely that the phone will slip and put it on the table, you can not worry about the safety of the screen or back camera. However, we were surprised, as it is not strange, the headset, which is also included in the package.
Design and Ergonomics
Just note that the OPPO F7 – one of those who parodies the iPhone X with a cutout at the top of the display, which housed: a single front camera, a talking speaker, and sensors. Despite the fact that the cutout is much narrower, and the frame under the display is disproportionately thicker, from afar OPPO is perceived as an Apple smartphone. For many, this is an excellent bonus considering the difference in price.
Contrary to modern fashion, the smartphone is completely plastic and is released in three designs with very poetic names: “Red Sun”, “Silvery Lights” and “Black Star”. If the first 2 have smooth iridescent caps with a small, barely noticeable “pixel” flare, then the latter compensates for a simpler – onyx – color with a pronounced relief stylized for a large cut.
The plastic is varnished and shimmers from the neon red in the light to the rich burgundy in the shade and at times even goes into fuchsia.
Afflicts protruding a few millimeters main camera. The glass of the chamber is protected by a small rim, this will save from small dust particles, but grains of larger size risk leaving scratches. Of unusual solutions – an elongated fingerprint sensor. The rest of the elements look familiar and are in their places.
The phone is also assembled as glass counterparts, the back cover and the side frame are different parts, butt-jointed. The frame is covered with a thick layer of glossy varnish, but the red color does not change the shade depending on the lighting.
At the bottom end: a multimedia speaker, micro USB, a microphone and a headphone jack. The audio output on the bottom is a big plus for the convenience, but micro USB in a smartphone of this class is an inexcusable mistake. USB Type-C has long been used and is perceived as something due. Above there is nothing but an additional microphone.
Control elements are spaced at the side ends, separate volume buttons on the left and power button on the right. Also on the right side, there is a tray for two SIM cards and a memory card. The slot is separate and provides for simultaneous installation of all of the above.
The main advantage of the OPPO F7 plastic housing is its resistance to falls, the probability of splitting such a panel is much lower compared to glass. The second advantage is a more democratic replacement cost in case of wear and tear. Of the drawbacks – the absence of the oleophobic coating, prints are difficult to erase.The plastic body lays firmly in the hand and does not slip, but tactilely loses the glass. For caretakers, a transparent silicone case is enclosed in the kit, and a film is glued on the display.
The aspect ratio of the 6.23-inch display is 19: 9, and the resolution is 2280×1080 pixels, which gives a density of 405 PPI. This is more than enough to prevent the eye from seeing the graininess. In comparison, with classic smartphones, the screen is stretched out here, which suggests that it really is so necessary? Well, firstly, when there is a solid screen in your hand, it’s just cool, and secondly, in all applications, more information is displayed on this screen. However, the presence of “monobrovi” introduces its own nuances: if the interface is located close to the border of the screen, then it can easily be closed by this site. YouTube can stretch video to the whole area (just two fingers), but the stripes are cut off from above and below. Nevertheless, engineers, OPPO came up with an elegant solution for the “screen horns”.
The screen is covered with a protective glass Gorilla Glass. Apparently, the display does not have an anti-reflective coating, and if the power saving mode is switched on, the screen turns blind in the sun. With the option disabled, the brightness increases by about a third, and the interface elements become discernible. Auto-adjustment of brightness copes with its work quite quickly. Image quality is good: color reproduction is natural, colors do not fade when viewed from any angle, high contrast. Also, the developers gave us the opportunity to adjust the color temperature of the screen at their discretion. There is also a separate night mode for which you can set automatic activation on time and your temperature parameters.
The main feature of the device. They installed the module as much as 25 megapixels and pumped it with the AI SelfieTune 2.0 function, the main thing in which, as is clear from the name, is artificial intelligence.
That’s what the manufacturer says about this topic. Algorithms read up to 296 points on the face and correlate the information received with a global database of thousands of individuals that holds the characteristics of all nationalities and races.
In addition, the program part studies the features of a particular person and how and under what lighting the owner of the device is photographing, and already on the basis of which the image is processed. In short, the more you do SELFI, the more accurate and adequate the post-processing.
Admittedly, the processing by AI SelfieTune 2.0 is really one of the best I’ve ever seen.
Very carefully retouches the face, without turning the skin into a wax apple, without narrowing her cheekbones, widening her eyes and so on. I do not know how seriously that “artificial intelligence” is involved, but I really like the SELFI with Oppo F7. At the exit, we always have excellent detailing, no over-exposure, and the correct white balance.
Oh yes! I almost forgot. F7 now can apply a real-time mask to the Snapchat.
All the power of modern technology, artificial intelligence and thousands of lines of code just for the sake of glamorous kitty clapping on their faces rabbit ears and dog noses.
The main camera OPPO F7 – a 16-megapixel module with aperture f / 1.8 and phase autofocus, the flash LED monophonic. Daytime shots are sharp and detailed, no questions. Automatic activation of HDR works correctly. The camera responds perfectly to the backlight, copes even with the sun in the frame.
Pictures In night
In conditions of insufficient illumination, the absence of optical stabilization is evident. It is not possible to shoot on the go, as the automation sets a longer shutter speed and some pictures are blurry. But you just have to concentrate, and the camera demonstrates a decent quality of shooting.
The following parameters are available in PRO mode: exposure metering mode, ISO sensitivity (from 100 to 3200), shutter speed (from 1/8000 s to 16 s), exposure compensation, manual focus and white balance in Kelvin (2000K to 9000K). After the Ultra HD mode is activated, the images are stored at a resolution of 64 megapixels for better detail, and the difference is noticeable. There is no RAW-format support.
Of course, F7 is able to recognize the face of its owner. He does it without errors and delays. If lighting is not enough, the screen twists the backlight to the maximum to highlight the candidate’s face to access the smartphone.
The second feature is gestures. They work perfectly. There is practically no false recognition. Flicked from the bottom edge closer to the left side – went back a step back, brushed off the center – immediately went to the home screen. If you do the same thing and slightly hold your finger in the center of the display, then the menu will open in the background of applications. To the gestures very quickly get used to, and in which case, they can be reconfigured.
Exactly the same is also implemented in Vivo smartphones, but false positives in the same Vivo V9 are much more than here.
Another moment. Since the display of our hero is almost frameless, we have to make svayp from the very edge of the screen. And in this place, the sharp edge of the protective film prevents the smooth movement of the finger. You can get used to this, but it would be better if the manufacturer made an oleophobic coating on the screen. Then the film could be safely torn and use a smartphone is much more comfortable.
Fingerprint scanner and face recognition
Like any modern smartphone, OPPO F7 is equipped with a fast and accurate fingerprint scanner. Using a fingerprint sensor, you can protect applications or files.
Also, the device has a face recognition technology, it works quickly and accurately. In combination with the function of turning on the display after taking the smartphone in your hand, you can not use the power key or the fingerprint scanner. No glasses, no headphones, no headdress recognition does not interfere. Under normal lighting, unlocking occurs instantly, the speed is comparable to the fingerprint scanner, just do not need to waste time applying the finger. At twilight, the speed is significantly reduced, but recognition still works. In total darkness, the camera passes and fires once. Protection does not get deceived with the help of a printed photograph – the manufacturer claims that the system tracks micromovements of the facial muscles.
Communication and Sound
The novelty supports the support of two SIM-cards, the radio module is one and operates under the Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS) scheme. The smartphone supports the following 4G frequency bands: FDD-LTE: Bands 1/3/5/7/8/20/28 and TD-LTE: Bands 38/39/40/41. The version of Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n / ac operates in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. The lack of NFC is a significant drawback for a smartphone of this class, along with OPPO F7 will have to give up contactless payment with a mobile phone.
The novelty supports the support of two SIM-cards, the radio module is one and operates under the Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS) scheme. The smartphone supports the following 4G frequency bands: FDD-LTE: Bands 1/3/5/7/8/20/28 and TD-LTE: Bands 38/39/40/41. The version of Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n / ac operates in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. The lack of NFC is a significant drawback for a smartphone of this class, along with OPPO F7 will have to give up contactless payment with a mobile phone.’
Navigation pleased the speed of work, the cold start took only a few seconds. Supporting things are Satellites GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou. With orientation in the metropolis, there are no problems, including thanks to the electronic compass.
The heart of the new smartphone is the newest processor MediaTek Helio P60 – the first SoC-platform with a multi-core processing unit, built on the principles of artificial intelligence. The chip is made on a 12-nm process technology and includes four cores Cortex-A73 with a frequency of 2.0 GHz and four energy-efficient Cortex-A53, also working at a frequency of 2.0 GHz. For the graphics here is the accelerator Mali-G72 MP3 with a frequency of 800 MHz. As assures to produce chips, Helio P60 is 70% more powerful than its predecessor and consumes less energy by 25%.
RAM in the smartphone is 4 GB, and a constant 64 GB (with support for microSD up to 256 GB). Based on the results of benchmarks, OPPO F7 is a strong average, the number of its “parrots” is at the level of the top flagships of 2016. But it is much more important than in real use everything works smoothly: the interface does not lag, and even in the most “heavy” games, FPS does not sink. Mortal Kombat X, WoT: Blitz, Goddess: Primal Chaos, War and Magic and many others “flutter” at max. There is enough RAM to not think about the open tabs in the browser or the number of running programs. The most interesting is that during testing the gadget did not heat up at all.
There are also wireless modules in the smartphone: Wi-Fi (finally full-fledged 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac), Bluetooth 4.2 LE and LTE. And 4G here can work simultaneously on both SIM-cards. Navigation is carried out on satellites GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou in just a few seconds Well, and the main disappointment is the lack of the NFC module that is so actual in the modern world. The Chinese persistently do not want to put it even in their flagships, as, indeed, the Type-C port. If the headphones, the sound is very high quality and loud, then from the speaker it reproduces much quieter, although quite clean.
Oppo F7 Specifications
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|2G bands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|3G bands||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100|
|4G bands||LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 8(900), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500)|
|Status||Available. Released 2018, April|
|BODY||Dimensions||156 x 75.3 x 7.8 mm (6.14 x 2.96 x 0.31 in)|
|Weight||158 g (5.57 oz)|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|DISPLAY||Type||LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||6.23 inches, 96.9 cm2 (~82.5% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~405 ppi density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|– ColorOS 5.0|
|PLATFORM||OS||Android 8.1 (Oreo)|
|Chipset||Mediatek Helio P60|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53)|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)|
|Internal||64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM|
|CAMERA||Primary||16 MP, f/1.8, phase detection autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Secondary||25 MP, f/2.0, 1080p|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||4.2, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS|
|USB||micro USB 2.0, USB On-The-Go|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email|
|– MP4/H.264 player|
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Document viewer
– Photo/video editor
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery|
|MISC||Colors||Solar Red, Diamond Black, Moonlight Silver (64GB only)|
|Price||About 270 EUR|
However, for games, Oppo F7 still not very suitable. He brought up the graphics accelerator Mali-G72, which at high settings in the “Tanks” allows subsidence right up to 30 frames per second.
If you do not play games, then do not worry about anything.
Trotting is practically not noticed. I did four consecutive AnTuTu tests and the result was always plus or minus the same. This is another reason why MediaTek abandoned the flagship line of Helio X processors and focused on the Helio P series chipsets.
In our test, the smartphone lasted more than 17 hours and left behind many smartphones with larger batteries.
In this case, OPPO F7 has a standard battery capacity of 3400 mAh.
OPPO F7 left a pleasant aftertaste: excellent autonomy, speed, overall stability, and convenience. Unlike other mid-priced smartphones, all the claimed functions do work, especially pleased with face recognition technologies. On the other hand, there are not enough basic details like NFC, USB Type-C, and LED-indicator.Another controversial issue is the lack of identity before us is a collection of already known chips, which are implemented at the highest level, but no more. you can buy from here.
- Interesting color of the case.
- Advanced front camera.
- Correctly working face recognition.
- Headphone jack on the bottom.
- Quick MediaTek Helio P60.
- Record autonomy.
- An absence of NFC.
- Obsolete micro USB.
May not please:
- Fully plastic housing.
- Unbalanced graphics Mali-G73 MP3.
- No LED indicator.
Problems with Oppo F7
- Has A Hybrid SIM Slot: We can’t use dual SIM at the same time. you have to choose one Sim card or Memory card. If you insert a single SIM you cannot use a memory card.
- Heavy Weight: 158 g (5.57 oz).
- Non-Removable Battery
- Quick battery draining and Slow charging issue.
- Overheating problems
- Unresponsive Touchscreen