Oppo’s Reno sequence has been the corporate’s flagship providing in India for a number of years now, ever because it stopped launching new fashions within the Discover sequence. The formulation for Reno Professional fashions has been fairly simple to date — slim our bodies with curved shows and really quick charging. Whereas the charging bit remains to be the identical for the model new Oppo Reno 7 Professional, Oppo has determined to modify issues up with design. This new flagship mannequin additionally has a brand new(ish) SoC, upgraded digital camera sensors, and stereo audio system, making it a reasonably first rate improve over the Reno 6 Professional (Evaluate).

Nonetheless, competitors on this section has by no means been fiercer. Samsung is main the cost with its Galaxy S20 FE 5G (Evaluate), we have now OnePlus’ newest 9RT (Evaluate) and loads of choices from Xiaomi and Realme which can be all packed to the gills with premium options. The Oppo Reno 7 Professional wants greater than only a fairly face to win patrons’ consideration, and it is time to see if can handle that, on this full evaluation.

Oppo Reno 7 Professional value in India

The Oppo Reno 7 Professional is barely obtainable in a single configuration in India, with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and is priced at Rs. 39,999. That is decrease than the worth that the Reno 6 Professional launched at, which is an efficient begin. This cellphone is obtainable in two colors, Starlight Black and Startrails Blue.

Oppo Reno 7 Professional design

Design has all the time been an enormous speaking level for the Reno sequence and it is no totally different with the Reno 7 Professional. Nonetheless, as a substitute of the curved show and shiny body you might need anticipated, the 7 Professional takes a design cue from final yr’s Reno 6 (Evaluate), with the same flattened aluminium body and a flat show. The bezels across the show are additionally very slim, and together with the small hole-punch cutout, the Reno 7 Professional seems to be hanging from the entrance. I personally welcome this design selection as I want a show with flat versus curved edges, which are likely to make typing and swiping a bit difficult.

The glass again of the Oppo Reno 7 Professional has a brand new end. Oppo says it has used a brand new laser course of to create a whole bunch of diagonal micro-etches, that are seen at sure angles. The end feels nice and would not entice fingerprints. The digital camera module additionally has an attention-grabbing multilayered design, and round it, we now have a light-weight strip that glows while you get notifications and when the cellphone is charging. You’ll be able to’t change the color of this strip (which might have been good), however you’ll be able to select which apps and occasions set off it.

The brand new design of the again helps the Oppo Reno 7 Professional stand out
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The Oppo Reno 7 Professional would not have a headphone jack just like the Reno 7, and would not assist expandable storage both. It does have stereo audio system although, which is a characteristic that has been lacking from earlier Professional fashions. The 6.5-inch AMOLED panel means delivers superb colors and distinction. It is a full-HD+ panel with a 90Hz peak refresh price and 180Hz peak contact sampling price, plus Corning Gorilla 5 for scratch safety. A 120Hz refresh price or perhaps a increased contact sampling price would have been extra substantial upgrades, however patrons must make do.

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Oppo hasn’t skimped on bundled equipment. The Reno 7 Professional ships with a 65W charger and a case, together with a USB cable and SIM eject instrument. Total, Oppo has executed a superb job with the design. The cellphone can also be fairly slim (7.45mm) and light-weight (180g), which I like.

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The notification LED strip across the digital camera module of the Oppo Reno 7 Professional is a pleasant contact
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Oppo Reno 7 Professional specs and software program

There is a new SoC within the Oppo Reno 7 Professional, the Dimensity 1200-Max from MediaTek. That is mainly a regular Dimensity 1200 SoC with two particular optimisations made for the Reno 7 Professional: AI Deblur, which is claimed to enhance the standard of selfies, and AI-PQ, which is claimed to induce an HDR-like impact in common movies. There would not appear to be any efficiency profit with this ‘Max’ model of the SoC, so for all different duties, it ought to be enterprise as regular. The 12GB of RAM could be expanded by allocating 7GB of storage, if you happen to use the RAM growth characteristic in ColorOS.

Connectivity choices for the Oppo Reno 7 Professional embody Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and the standard suite of satellite tv for pc navigation methods. The cellphone has a 4,500mAh battery with assist for as much as 65W quick charging, utilizing Oppo’s proprietary SuperVOOC charger. By way of premium options, the Reno 7 Professional nonetheless misses out on issues corresponding to an IP ranking for waterproofing and wi-fi charging. These options are nonetheless not widespread in telephones on this section, and together with them would have been a great way for Oppo to actually shake issues up.

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The Oppo Reno 7 Professional lastly will get stereo audio system
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You get ColorOS 12 however that is nonetheless primarily based on Android 11, not Android 12. It is a disappointment given what number of new telephones are actually delivery with Android 12 out of the field. There’s the standard set of shortcuts and gestures, to not point out lots of preinstalled apps, similar to with earlier variations of ColorOS. Many of the default apps are third-party ones and could be eliminated. There is a new Omoji characteristic, akin to Apple’s Memoji avatars. This allows you to create digital avatars of your face, or select from some pre-existing ones, however its use is restricted to the always-on show and your cellphone’s account profile image.

Oppo Reno 7 Professional efficiency and battery life

I used the Oppo Reno 7 Professional together with the extra reasonably priced Reno 7 (First impressions) for a few week, and issues had been pretty easy. The form of the cellphone is sort of ergonomic, the facility and quantity buttons have good suggestions, and the show is responsive and very legible even below daylight. The in-display fingerprint sensor works very nicely, and so does face recognition. I did not discover any undesirable heating, besides when gaming, when the steel sides and again obtained a bit sizzling. A few of the preinstalled apps are infamous for spamming foolish notifications, however as I discussed earlier than, you’ll be able to merely uninstall them.

Movies regarded superb on the Oppo Reno 7 Professional’s show. Viewing angles had been passable. HDR movies regarded nice, and I am undecided how a lot of a distinction the AI-PQ characteristic on this customized SoC truly made – normal movies regarded pretty good too, however that may be due to the high quality of the AMOLED display.

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I ran PUBG: New State to check how this cellphone handles demanding multiplayer video games. With all of the graphical settings cranked as much as the best allowable restrict, gameplay was easy and the show response was on level. The cellphone did warmth up after about half an hour or gaming, however body charges had been regular all through. For individuals who swear by benchmark numbers, the Reno 7 Professional places on a superb present, however do not anticipate Snapdragon 888-level efficiency. It obtained 6,28,794 factors in AnTuTu, which was respectable.

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SuperVOOC quick charging can totally cost the Oppo Reno 7 Professional in below an hour

 

Battery life was fairly spectacular too. Our HD video loop take a look at ran for practically 22 hours earlier than the cellphone tuned itself off. It is a superb runtime, and by way of every day utilization, you need to anticipate the Reno 7 Professional to final a day and a half, if no more. I used to be averaging practically two full days with medium to gentle utilization when testing it, which I felt was superb. Charging is pretty fast with the bundled charger. It might ship roughly a 66 % cost in half an hour and totally fees the cellphone in nicely below an hour.

Oppo Reno 7 Professional cameras

The cameras on the Oppo Reno 7 Professional have been up to date from these of the earlier mannequin. The 32-megapixel selfie digital camera now makes use of a brand new Sony IMX709 sensor, which has a RGBW pixel structure for higher gentle sensitivity and additionally helps DOL-HDR. It would not have autofocus, the aperture is not very huge at f/2.4, and video recording is restricted to 1080p. The second improve is to the first rear digital camera, which now has a Sony IMX766 sensor. This appears to a extremely popular sensor this yr, and we not too long ago noticed it within the OnePlus 9RT too. Nonetheless, Oppo hasn’t carried out optical stabilisation, which is disappointing. This cellphone additionally has an 8-megapixel ultra-wide and a 2-megapixel macro digital camera.

Greater than the digital camera sensors, Oppo is throwing all its weight behind particular options within the digital camera app. These embody AI Spotlight Video and a Bokeh Flare Portrait filter, which we noticed with the Reno 6 sequence too. One new addition is the power to regulate the aperture when capturing movies with the entrance and rear cameras. You get a bunch of different capturing modes too, corresponding to dual-video, knowledgeable, slow-mo, and so on.

Oppo Reno 7 Professional foremost digital camera pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

Oppo Reno 7 Professional ultra-wide digital camera pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

Oppo Reno 7 Professional close-up digital camera pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

 

In daylight, the Oppo Reno 7 Professional captured detailed images with the principle rear digital camera. Colors had been first rate, though I observed that the cellphone struggled a bit in getting the publicity proper in excessive HDR conditions. The ultra-wide digital camera however did a greater job in such circumstances, though particulars had been weaker. Shut-up images taken with the principle digital camera regarded good, though as soon as once more, it typically struggled to get both the publicity or colors proper when capturing below harsh daylight. In most different circumstances, it fared higher. The macro digital camera is doubtlessly helpful if you happen to’re capturing below good gentle.

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Oppo Reno 7 Professional Macro digital camera pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

Oppo Reno 7 Professional foremost digital camera low-light pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

Oppo Reno 7 Professional foremost digital camera low-light pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

 

The principle rear digital camera fared nicely in low gentle. Shut-ups had been sharp and clear, and hues had been good even below minimal ambient lighting. Panorama photographs regarded a bit too over-sharpened at instances and low-light images lacked punch, except I used Evening mode. Selfies taken with the brand new entrance digital camera sensor had been additionally fairly spectacular. After turning off magnificence filters, I managed to get correct pores and skin tones and good particulars when capturing through the day. Low-light selfies had been additionally good however I needed to be further regular to get a pointy picture.

Oppo Reno 7 Professional selfie digital camera pattern with Bokeh Flare Portrait (faucet to see full dimension)

 

The bokeh filter labored nicely through the day, because it created a really shallow depth of subject impact and and turned vivid spots into small globules of color. This impact regarded good in movies too, however solely so long as I did not transfer about an excessive amount of.

Talking of video, the Oppo Reno 7 Professional can document at as much as 4K utilizing the principle rear digital camera, however solely at 30fps. If you’d like 60fps, you will need to drop to 1080p. Additionally, if you happen to allow any of the AI results and filters and even shoot utilizing the ultra-wide digital camera, the decision might be capped at 1080p. It is a bit limiting for a cellphone at this value degree. The standard of video recorded at 4K in daylight was fairly common. Stabilisation was good however vivid areas had been typically overexposed. The ultra-wide digital camera was surprisingly first rate at video recording and cropped the body to keep away from a fish-eye impact. Low-light video was not nice, particularly if I used to be capturing with AI processing enabled. Footage was very grainy and jittery, which was lower than supreme.

Verdict

The Oppo Reno 7 Professional is an efficient replace to the Reno 6 Professional, and Oppo has executed the proper factor by pricing it decrease. The flat show, stereo audio system, and improved digital camera sensors are all welcome adjustments. Battery life can also be stable, and it would not harm to have super-fast charging. The AI digital camera options and filters are enjoyable additions if you happen to’re seeking to create social-media-ready images and movies with out having to tinker round in different apps.

There’s nonetheless loads of room for enchancment although. I used to be anticipating extra of an improve within the show and SoC departments. Video recording was a little bit of a sore level for me with the Reno 6 Professional and it would not appear as if there’s been any significant enchancment. Regardless of the cheaper price, I nonetheless really feel you will get higher worth from the competitors. Telephones such because the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (Evaluate), Moto Edge 20 Professional (Evaluate), Realme GT (Evaluate) and Xiaomi 11T Professional supply extra highly effective processors and better refresh price shows. You’ll be able to even get spectacular telephoto cameras in the identical value vary.

Nonetheless, if trendy seems to be and quirky digital camera options trump sheer efficiency for you, then you need to be proud of the Reno 7 Professional. It is positively higher worth than the Reno 6 Professional, however do remember the fact that there are extra feature-packed choices available in the market.