OPPO Reno 7 Pro 5G review: This device stands out for its design, form factor

The new processor and improved camera make it a strong contender in a competitive price segment.

Unless you’re an expensive flagship, it’s impossible for a smartphone to tick all the boxes. Some devices go for speed, others rely on camera prowess or a stunning display. OPPO’s Reno series has built its value proposition around design and a versatile camera. Reno smartphones have managed to strike a balance between form and function even as most smartphones have become heavier. This year, OPPO is also adding an upgraded processor to sweeten the deal. Should you be interested?

OPPO has launched two Reno 7 series devices. We have checked both, our review will focus on the more expensive Reno 7 Pro which lands in the congested price bracket under Rs 40K where brands like OnePlus, Realme, Mi are battling with older models of iPhone and Samsung devices. Our Reno 7 review unit comes in a stunning Startrails Blue. OPPO claims that this is the first phone to use LDI (Laser Direct Imaging) processing. It is chiselled with more than 1.2 million micro-raster reminiscent of shooting stars. We dug into the textures and how the glossy back changes from blue to purple when under a light source. I preferred the subtle Starlight Black of the Reno 7 Pro device we tested.

OPPO opted for a flat edge design ditching the curves of the Reno 6 Pro. It’s quite similar to the design language of the iPhone 12 Pro and 13 Pro. It weighs around 180g and feels really good in your hand. At 7.45mm, it’s also the thinnest OPPO Reno device ever. This despite a robust 4500 mAh battery under the hood. This should last an entire day for most users. If you end up watching or gaming all day, the 65W Super VOOC Charger is for you. It goes from 0 to 100% in just 31 minutes flat.

Apart from the chic design, the Reno 7 Pro also has a bezel-less display. Well, almost. OPPO reduces the bezel to just 1.55mm with a 92.8% screen-to-body ratio. It adds to the immersive appeal of the 6.55-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display (2400 x 1080 pixels / 402 PPI). It has a 90Hz refresh rate; we would have liked to see a 120Hz refresh rate but that’s not something you’ll notice. The colors are vibrant and the screen is smooth as butter. This can also be attributed to hardware specs. OPPO has equipped this device with a Mediatek Dimensity 1200 Max processor which pairs with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. That’s enough firepower – the device scored an impressive 2738 (multi-core) in our Geekbench benchmark test.

OPPO is touting some cool camera tricks that include Bokeh Flare Portrait video, a feature we liked using in the Reno 6 Pro. It is a great tool that mimics professional cameras. Low-light images and portrait images are significantly better than its predecessor. The rear configuration includes a 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro camera. The Reno 7 Pro also becomes the first smartphone to integrate a Sony IMX709 camera sensor into the 32MP selfie camera that takes sharp portrait selfies.

The OPPO Reno 7 Pro stands out for its design and form factor. If you already own a Reno 6 Pro, there’s no compelling reason to make the switch. We wish OPPO had it preloaded with Android 12 out of the box. It comes with Android 11 layered with OPPO’s Color OS 12 and loads of pre-installed apps. The new processor and improved camera make it a strong contender in a competitive price segment.

The OPPO Reno 7 Pro 5G is available in Aurora and Stellar Black and costs Rs 39,999.

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