If seen, Oppo A7 handset Oppo A5 ‘s upgrade. 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 realme, Nokia And Xiaomi Like the brand’s phone will get a tough challenge. Oppo F9 One 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 It has a waterdrop notch design. Because of this, it looks quite modern. It looks a lot like Oppo F9. The plastic body comes with a matte finish on the sides. Laminated back panel with textured pattern. The rear looks beautiful, especially in the glaring gold trim that we got for review.
The Oppo A7 gives the feeling of being a big phone when taken in hand, but weighing 168 grams is not a lot. The display comes with a scratch guard. But it makes it difficult to swipe in from the edges, which is not a good thing.
The volume and power buttons are well placed. Their feedback is also great. The SIM slot has separate slots for two nano SIMs and a microSD card (up to 256GB). Fingerprints fall easily on the laminated back and screen.
The brightness of the 6.2-inch LCD display is good. Colors also come beautiful. But the resolution is only HD+ (1520×720 pixels) which is disappointing, especially considering the price. Because of this, the icons and text look a bit soft. It’s not too bad, but a higher resolution screen is available in this price range.
Due to the waterdrop notch, more space is available for use on the screen. But the notification LED gets discharged. The bezels on the sides of the display are non-existent. But the chin is quite thick at the bottom. All the ports are on the bottom. You will get Micro-USB port, 3.5mm headphone jack and microphone.
On the rear, there is a dual camera module, LED flash and fingerprint sensor. This sensor works fast. The phone also has Face Unlock which works well, just like the Realme 2 Pro and Realme U1.
In the retail box, the Oppo A7 handset will come with silicon case, SIM ejector tool, Micro-USB cable and 10W adapter.
Oppo A7 Specifications and Features
In this phone of Rs 17,000, we expected to be given Snapdragon 636 or MediaTek Helio P60 processor. But Snapdragon 450 has been used in Oppo A7. It is not only old, but also a part of the phone in the 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 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. However, RAM doesn’t help performance much. 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 November 2018 security patch. You can now dismiss notifications with a single swipe.
You will get a feature like ORoaming, with the help of which one can choose affordable data packs on foreign tours. With Smart Scan, you can shoot and edit text. Apart from this, the language can also be translated. You will find many shortcuts and gestures. It also includes Smart Sidebar.
Oppo A7 Performance, Camera and Battery Life
The Oppo A7 handles common apps and simple games just fine. But despite having 4 GB RAM, our experience was not very smooth or consistent. There is a lag in switching between apps. Even simple tasks like screenshots take too much time.
The phone does not heat up while 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. The sound comes from a speaker provided in the phone, but the sound quality is not that good. Especially for songs or movies.
The cameras of Oppo A7 are very standard. The performance is not great. On the back side there is a depth sensor of 2 megapixels (F / 2.4) with the primary sensor of 13 megapixels (F / 2.2 aperture). Autofocus speed is slow due to lack of PDAF. But with enough light and steady hands, the Oppo A7 takes decent landscape shots.
HDR also starts working automatically, 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 spot in low light. There is a drop in focus speed and due to the narrow aperture, there is not enough light for bright images. 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 evident and the colors are also not accurate.
The 16-megapixel selfie camera captures some vivid shots in daylight. But the performance in low light is just average. AI Beautification mode is also present. But it is very aggressive.
You will be able to record videos up to 1080 pixels. The quality remains fine. But there is no electronic stabilization. The camera app comes with modes like stickers, panorama and time lapse.
The battery of Oppo A7 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 battery of the phone supports for about two days. There is no fast charging support in the phone. But a 10-watt charger can fully charge the battery in about two and a half hours.
Sadly, the Oppo A7 doesn’t bring anything new or unique to the customers. Only the battery life goes in favor of the phone, but spending Rs 16,990 for this too will not be called a profitable deal. The right place for Oppo A7 is the Rs 10,000 price range. But at the current price, it would have carved a niche for itself.