The OPPO Reno 7 is the latest in the reno family to launch in Kenya. The OPPO Reno 7 is available on pre-order in Kenya starting from Ksh 43,000 and you will be able to get it on Jumia and smartphone retailers as from the 5th of May.
I do have the OPPO Reno 7 in for review and currently working on the full review that should be done by the time the phone is available in retail stores in Kenya. Before we get to the full review, I thought it is a good idea to highlight my first impressions and what you should expect when you buy it.
Before we go further, let us look at some of the key specifications of this phone.
Display: 6.43-inch display with 90Hz refresh rate.
Processor: Snapdragon 680 chipset.
GPU: Adreno 610 GPU.
RAM: 8GB RAM.
Storage: 256 GB storage.
Rear camera: 64 MP + 2MP + 2MP.
Front camera: 32MP.
Battery: 4500mAh battery with 33W charging support.
Software: Android 12 with ColorOS 12.1
OPPO Reno 7 Unboxing
This is what you should expect to find in the box when you buy the OPPO Reno 7.
- The OPPO Reno 7
- USB Cable
- Wall Adapter supporting 33W fast charging
- Silicone Case
- User guide and warranty information.
OPPO Reno 7 First Impressions
Taking the reno 7 from the box the first time, the design and build quality will definitely get your attention. At least this was the case for me as the review unit I got has the Sunset Orange finish that looks stunning. This back cover has a leather-like feel to it that gives it a premium touch that stands out from other phones within its price range. This also adds grip and eliminates the need of using the silicone case that is provided in the box.
Speaking of the back, this is where you will find the 64MP main sensor and two 2MP sensors. At the back is also where we find what OPPO is calling the ‘breathing light’. Essentially, this is a ring light around the back camera that acts as a notification light. It lights up when the phone is charging and when you receive a call or get a notification. It is cool, different and very practical. You have the option of turning it off if you do not plan on using it.
Overall, the phone is small and compact. It is very thin and light to hold and carry around. Using it with one hand is not an issue even if you have smaller hands.
As for the display, it does have a 6.43-inch panel with 90Hz refresh rate. This is an AMOLED display so you know it is good to look at and use. If you consume a lot of content on your phone, this panel will satisfy all your needs. This display is really good so far, it gets bright enough to use even under direct sunlight.
Powering the reno 7 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processor that has been paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage space. This processor is good on paper and I will have to use the phone extensively to determine if it is the right one for this phone.
A 4,500 mAh battery provides all the power and this supports 33W VOOC fast charging. I have used this phone for a few days and the battery is reliable. It does not drain as fast as it is the case with some phones I have used before.
The OPPO Reno 7 is a well-built smartphone. The design and choice of materials for the back cover really make it feel premium and stand out. The phone is quite light and compact making it easy and comfortable to hold and carry around. The choice of materials for the back cover also improves grip for better comfort.
The AMOLED display that OPPO has used is also a plus. You just never go wrong with an AMOLED display in my opinion and so far I love it. The 90Hz refresh rate is not the highest we have seen on smartphones within this price range, or even cheaper, but it is still good enough.
I love the phone’s performance but I can’t say much about it since I have only used the phone for a few days. I will be using the phone extensively for the next couple of weeks and will be able to share my thoughts on its performance then.