OPPO in China is a premium brand, and it wants to be seen as such in other parts of the world as well. Premium means, on the one hand, the highest quality of devices and, on the other hand, high prices. Something for something.
In Poland, this tactic works on average, after all, it has long been known that in our market the main factor determining the purchase is the price, of course, as low as possible. Especially if we are talking about relatively fresh brands, like OPPO. The company entered our market a few years ago with all the best it had, then quickly changed tack, not introducing the flagship Find series, but focusing on the mid-range Reno.
This year is a little different. On the one hand, we already have the flagship OPPO Find X5 Pro in the official distribution, which costs 6000. zloty. On the other hand – the mid-range Reno became very average … This series was always closer to the upper class than the budget class, since it had the best mid-range processors, excellent displays and optics. This time, however, she is closer to the lower class. Apart from one detail, the price. This one is definitely big. The Reno7 Lite 5G is probably the most expensive smartphone in our market at the moment with the Snapdragon 695 processor. In addition, there will be no wide-angle lens, stereo speakers, superior screen refresh at 60 Hz or from Android 12… There is a nice screen and housing. Is it enough to pay so much for this device? Let’s check.
- Dimensions: 159.9 x 73.2 x 7.5mm
- Weight: 173 grams
- Display: AMOLED, 6.43-inch, FHD+ 1080 x 2400 pixel resolution, 409 PPI, brightness 430 nits typical, 600 nits maximum, refresh rate 60Hz
- CPU: Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G (6nm), Adreno 619 GPU
- Memory: 128 GB, 8 GB RAM, UFS 2.2
- main 64 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, PDAF;
- Macro 2MP, f/2.4;
- depth sensor 2 MP, f/2.4;
- Selfie 16 MP, f/2.4, 27mm, 1.0μm.
- Battery: 4500 mAh, 33 W charger, 31% in 15 mins, 100% in 63 mins.
Build of OPPO Reno7 Lite 5G
The smartphone is nice and there is no denying it. With a flat, angular iPhone-style frame and protruding islandless lenses, in the style of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. This combination seems interesting and intriguing to me. Additionally, there is a notification LED around the rings, which flashes with a nice green light. And if we learn to put the device on the screen and not on the back, this is a very practical solution. The LEDs also light up during charging.
The backs are plastic. Available colors are Cosmic Black and Champagne Silver. Our test specimen was in the latter and it looked very nice. The color of the device changes depending on the angle of the light.
There’s a lot going on around the edges. At the bottom there is a mini-jack input for headphones, USB-C and a speaker. Unfortunately, the only one, so although it is quite loud, it is easy to muffle it, and there is no such comfort when watching movies or using the phone for navigation. However, the sound in the headphones is pleasant, the aptX HD codec is supported, the Real Sound settings work in Bluetooth.
On the right side there is a button to turn on the phone, on the left side there is a hybrid drawer for two SIM cards, one of which we will replace with a memory card. There are two more buttons below – for adjusting the volume.
The waterproof standard is IPX4, which means splash resistance only. The smartphone isn’t huge, so it’s generally quite comfortable to hold, but its “angularity” doesn’t have to appeal to everyone.
OPPO Reno7 Lite 5G Screen
It will be good here and it will be bad. Good – because it’s AMOLED with lovely saturated colors and excellent viewing angles plus decent peak brightness – although the competition in this price range might be 200 nits better. Bad – because its refresh rate is only 60Hz. During setup, I dug up every possible setting to choose adaptive refresh as usual in every phone. And to my surprise, this option was nowhere to be found. Just looking at the specs made me realize there’s no higher than standard refresh rate here. And even though I didn’t feel it especially when using the phone, there was still a lot of disgust. Because even much cheaper devices have it. And 60 Hz is now the domain of budget smartphones that cost less than a thousand zlotys …
There’s a fingerprint reader under the display, fairly close to the bottom edge. It works very quickly and hassle-free, just like facial recognition. In the settings you can choose the option that the screen turns on when you pick it up, so basically you just pick up the phone and it’s already unlocked.
Of course, there is Always on Display, i.e. the always-on (single pattern) screen, showing the date, battery status and notifications.
The screen is flat and has a protective foil. The chin is much larger than the other three sides, which again, at this price point, doesn’t look very good. The selfie camera is located in the upper left corner.
Operation of OPPO Reno7 Lite 5G
The phone is powered by Snapdragon 695 5G (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 660 Gold; 6x 1.7 GHz Kryo 660 Silver), which is manufactured using 6nm technological process. The graphics chip is Adreno 619. We have 8 GB of RAM with the possibility of expansion up to 5 GB and 128 GB of integrated memory.
In AnTuTu Benchmark, the phone reaches 379,956 points. and landed in the top 100 (95th position).
The smartphone performs well and hassle-free, although obviously not a master of performance or smoothness (arcs at 60Hz). But it is also difficult to blame him for the slightest mistake, you just have to wait a little longer, whether to load the application or open the page. It’s just that I would expect a bit more for 1900 PLN.
Despite the large amount of RAM, bookmarks are ejected from memory quite quickly, so multitasking is “average”. The device can be played quite easily (PUBG). The phone does not overheat even after a long game.
I don’t have the slightest objection to the operation of the GPS. The supported satellites are A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, the signal is picked up quickly and the connection is stable. Thanks to NFC, we will pay with a contactless telephone, the quality of calls has always been very good. Wi-Fi is dual-band, Bluetooth version 5.1.
OPPO Reno7 Lite 5G Software
The biggest surprise less is the Android version. It’s 11, not 12 – which I think shouldn’t be that long after the latest release. The manufacturer covered it with the ColorOS v12 overlay, which looks almost identical to, for example, realme devices with Android 12, so at first you might not realize that we are dealing with an older version. But the disgust (another after the 60Hz refresh) is back.
As for the software itself, I have no objections. It has everything you need i.e. extensive customization, lots of useful features like sidebar, split screen, flexible windows, quick launch, simple or kid mode. You can block access to applications, hide them, create a private vault for files. There are also, unfortunately, some unwanted apps that can be uninstalled without any problem.
Photos and Videos in OPPO Reno7 Lite 5G
The mesh set looks like this:
- primary lens (OmniVision OV64B) 64 MP, f/1.7, 26 mm, PDAF;
- 2 MP macro lens, f/2.4;
- depth sensor 2 MP, f/2.4;
- Selfie 16 MP, f/2.4, 27mm, 1.0μm.
So it’s very mediocre for a phone at this price. The absence of a wide angle, even of basic quality, is astonishing. It is also not possible to record movies in 4K, but I have already gotten used to it in smartphones of this year. Although it is not the fault of OPPO and Qualcomm – Snapdragon 695 does not offer such a function.
As a consolation, we are left with the possibilities of the main camera. We have modes: ultra night, portrait, double life video, photo pro, slow motion, time lapse movie, extra HD, panorama, text scanner, macro and sticker. There is of course the AI and HDR mode.
The quality of the photos is decent. The artificial intelligence interferes quite strongly, the colors are saturated and often distorted, but the photos are ultimately pleasant to look at. The tonal range isn’t too bad, as is the amount of detail. When the light is lower, noises appear at the top. Night mode is also available for 2x zoom, but its quality is mediocre at best. Such a zoom will work well during the day. At 5x the noise is already a lot, moreover the maximum approximation is 6x.
The selfies are nice, but you have to be careful with the sharpness, the outstretched arm, the shots are a little soft. However, there are many options to touch up our appearance. Videos recorded in FHD front and rear are decently stabilized, the voice is picked up well.
Battery in OPPO Reno7 Lite 5G
The cell has a capacity of 4500 mAh. With standard usage, i.e. no messing with social media and YouTube, the phone lasted up to 2 days at around 5.5 – 6h SoT. Playing, of course, shortens that time. The charging is good, because due to the fact that the battery does not have 5000 mAh, like most smartphones of this year that I have recently tested, and 500 mAh less – it takes less than an hour to fill it with 10 to 100%. We have no inductive load.
OPPO Reno7 Lite 5G is a smartphone that unfortunately has few arguments to defend its price. Nice look, good battery, interesting backs, AMOLED screen? But even here you can find flaws – in the plastic, not glass, screen backs – to the lack of superior refresh. I don’t understand Android 11 in mid-2022, the camera set is budget and not mid-range, and the processor is average. Of course – there are problems with their availability in the market and producers have to be content with what is. But in this case, OPPO might have simply offered a different and lower price. And then we would look at all the shortcomings differently. And yes – for 1900 PLN there are many better, albeit older, smartphones. And for other companies this year with Snapdragon 695, we will pay much less.