If seen, Oppo A7 handset is an upgrade of Oppo A5. It comes with Waterdrop Notch. More storage is provided and it also has the latest version of ColorOS. Oppo A7 priced at Rs 16,990 will get a tough challenge from phones of brands like Realme, Nokia and Xiaomi. The Oppo F9 also cannot be ignored, which costs around Rs 2,000 more. Is Oppo’s new smartphone worth buying? Let’s know …
Oppo A7 design
Oppo A7 has a waterdrop notch design. Because of this it seems quite modern. It looks very much like Oppo F9. The plastic body comes with a matte finish on the edges. There is laminated backpanel with textured pattern. The rear looks beautiful, especially in the glaring gold trim given to us for review.
When taken into the hands of Oppo A7, it feels like having a big phone, but the weight of 168 grams is not very much. The display comes with a scratch guard. But it makes it difficult to swipe in from the edges, which is not a good thing.
Volume and power button placement is good. Their feedback is also good. The SIM slot has separate slots for two Nano SIMs and a microSD card (up to 256 GB). Laminated back and screen easily fall fingerprints.
The brightness of the 6.2-inch LCD display is good. Colors also come beautiful. But the resolution is just HD + (1520×720 pixels) which is disappointing, especially considering the price. Because of this the icons and text look a bit soft. This is not too bad, but a higher resolution screen is available in this price range.
Waterdrop notch provides more space for use on the screen. But the notification LED is discharged. The bezel on the edges of the display is non-existent. But Chin is quite thick on the lower side. All ports are at the bottom. You will get a micro-USB port, 3.5mm headphone jack and microphone.
There is a dual camera module, LED flash and fingerprint sensor on the back. This sensor works fast. The phone also has face unlock which works well, just like Realme 2 Pro and Realme U1.
In the retail box, Oppo A7 handset will get silicon case, SIM ejector tool, Micro-USB cable and 10 watt adapter.
Oppo A7 specification and feature
In this phone of Rs 17,000, we were expected to be given Snapdragon 636 or MediaTek Helio P60 processor. But Snapdragon 450 is used in Oppo A7. It is old, but is also part of the phone with a price range of Rs 10,000.
Oppo A5 also comes with the same processor, but the initial price of this phone was low. The good thing is that the phone comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. However, performance does not help much with RAM. Benchmark performance is also not praiseworthy.
The phone has dual 4G VoLTE support. Other specifications include Bluetooth 4.2, single-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, USB-OTG and FM radio. Accelerometer, compass, light sensor and gyroscope are part of this phone.
Oppo A7 runs on ColorOs 5.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. It comes with the security patch of November 2018. You can now dismiss notifications with a swipe.
You will get a feature like ORoaming, with the help of which an economical data pack can be selected on foreign tours. With the help of smart scan, you can edit text by shooting. Apart from this, language can also be translated. You will find many shortcuts and gestures. It also includes a smart sidebar.
Oppo A7 performance, camera and battery life
Oppo A7 handles common apps and simple games properly. But despite having 4 GB RAM, our experience was not very smooth or consistent. There is a sense of lag in switching between apps. Even simple tasks like screenshots take longer than necessary.
The phone does not heat up when playing games or streaming videos, which is a good thing. Powerful games like PUBG Mobile and Shadowgun Legends run on the lowest settings in the phone. A speaker given in the phone makes decent sound, but the sound quality is not that good. Especially for songs or cinema.
The cameras of Oppo A7 are very standard type. The performance is not very spectacular. On the back side is a 2 megapixel (f / 2.4) depth sensor with a primary sensor of 13 megapixels (f / 2.2 aperture). Autofocus is slow due to lack of PDAF. But with the help of adequate lighting and steady hands, the Oppo A7 takes decent landscape shots.
HDR also works on its own, which is a good thing. Macros shots are also good, with saturated colors. Edge detection is fine in portrait mode. But the final effect is not very accurate.
Cameras are usually difficult to find in low light. Focus speed drops and due to narrow aperture, there is not enough light for the bright image. You have to wait a few seconds for the camera to lock focus. Otherwise a little soft shot will come. The lack of detail is palpable and the colors are also not accurate.
The 16-megapixel selfie camera captures some vivid shots in daylight. But performance in low light is extremely average. AI beautification mode is also available. But it is very aggressive.
You will be able to record videos up to 1080 pixels. Quality is fine. But electronic stabilization is not. The camera app comes with modes like Stickers, Panorama and Time Lapse.
Oppo A7 battery is 4230 mAh. The phone will be known for strong battery life. In our HD video loop test, the battery died in 19 hours 43 minutes, which would be considered very good. In normal use, the phone battery supports for about two days. The phone does not have fast charging support. But the 10 watt charger fully charges the battery in about two and a half hours.
Sadly, Oppo A7 does not bring anything new or unique to the customers. Only battery life goes in favor of the phone, but spending 16,990 rupees for this also will not be called a profitable deal. The right place for Oppo A7 is the price range of Rs 10,000. But at the current price it would have made a special place for itself.
If you are ready to spend more than Rs 15,000, then you have better options like Vivo V9 Pro, Xiaomi Mi A2, Nokia 6.1 Plus and Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro.