The Oppo F7 doesn’t have high-end smartphone intentions, this is a mid-range smartphone and not a high-end smartphone with a midrange price tag. The F7 is made of plastic, doesn’t have a dual camera and it doesn’t even have VOOC fast charge. The F7 was never meant to be a high-end smartphone, it is meant to be a solid all-around phone with an attractive price tag.
OPPO F7 – The Selfie
The front-facing camera on the OPPO F7 is the main reason to pick up this handset. It comes with a 25MP shooter with an apeture of f/2.0 and it’s capable of 1080p video recording. These are decent enough specifications, but it’s the AI Beauty it’s is a feature that lets an algorithm figure out how much beautification is required to make you look better without the picture looking too processed. we prefer the natural look too, but AI mode was a little too strong in many situations for my liking, especially in questionable lighting. However, in good lighting, I was always happy with the results, still a tad too strong, but I could live with it.
Low light selfies with beauty mode
But how is the camera on the back?
The 2X zoom is optical only and maxium zoom isn’t very useful.
The colours are decent though not overly vibrant which is a nice change from the over saturation on a Samsung or Huawei smartphone. The low light photos are where we start to see the problems, the highlights are almost always bleeding and over exposed.
Oppo F7 – The Good
- The back is beautiful, it’s plastic but it looks very premium and when you drop it, it won’t shatter like phones with a glass back
sweet spot in terms of weight, heavy enough to feel durable, light enough that it never feels heavy after extended use.
- Both, the fingerprint sensor and face unlock, are quick to open the phone. (Face unlock uses 120 data points, it’s more for convenience than security.
- Headphone jack!
- On-screen navigation keys aren’t for everyone and they can get a little annoying to use consistently, which why it’s nice that the Oppo F7 has the option to switch over to gestures. Once you enable the feature, the navigation keys at the bottom are replaced with horizontal markers.
- The MediaTek Helio P60 is midrange but it does have dedicated AI processing to help with the phone’s facial recognition technology and real-time HDR.
- AI Beauty is a fantastic feature, it works well in most lighting conditions.
- The rear camera manages natural-looking photos in well-lit conditions
- We like that they’ve made an effort to include more AI within the UI, the left homescreen tracks your behavior to show you relevant information, calendar, shortcuts and more. It’s pretty basic, but we’re keen to see this evolve.
OPPO F7 – The Bad
- The plastic body seems out of place, even the cheapest smartphone are made of metal, however, it is following the high-end design aesthetic that the metal sandwiched between two pieces of glass. Honestly, on phones like the Huawei P20, I have a hard time telling that this back is really made of glass.
- Prone to fingerprints, you have to clean it a lot
- Low light photos are often overexposed, there is no OIS so any shake and your photos are blurry.
- There is no 4K video, which feels like a miss at this price point
- MicroUSB feels outdated and the lack of quick charge is noticeable
- ColorOS takes a while to get used to and it wouldn’t be so bad if Oppo had given more choices in the theme store. On the whole, the interface feels a little clunky.
- For instance, Android phones normally allow you to swipe away a notification but Oppo requires you to submit a ‘delete’ confirmation after swiping left, which is entirely unnecessary.
- The battery is barely all day, if I’m heading out at night I’ll want to top up, and it’s annoying that it’s not fast charge! It takes 2 and a half hours to charge if you’re counting you get less than a 1% a minute. 0-28% in 30min was normally
- Audio jack delivers average quality, I felt like the music could be a little louder, but it wouldn’t let me turn it up anymore.
- No digital stabilization on video at any resolution
- Hard to find, it’s not available in many markets
OPPO F7 Specifications
Plastic back and frame, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front
6.23-inch IPS LCD, 1080x2280px, 405ppi
Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5.0 on top
Mediatek Helio P60 Octa-core with 4 or 6 GB RAM
64 or 128 GB storage with microSD hybrid expansion slot
16MP, f/1.8, PDAF, LED flash
25MP, f/2.0, 1080p video recording
Dual SIM, Dual 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, A-GPS/GLONASS, FM radio, microUSB 2.0
3,400mAh Regular Charge 5V/2A
Fingerprint reader (rear-mounted)
156 x 75.3 x 7.8 mm