Lots of style, but what about the material?

For the past few years, Oppo has been hitting all the right notes with its Renault series phones. And it looks like this is going to be the case with the company’s latest flagship, the Renault 7 Pro, this year as well. The phone looks fancy, fancy and it works like a charm. And add some really powerful cameras to the mix and we have at hand what seems to be at least a strong offer on paper. But is it worth your money? In this in-depth review of the Oppo Reno 7 Pro we will try to answer this and many more.

Oppo Reno 7 Pro: Design and Display

Let’s start this review by talking about the design of the device. As with the previous generation of Renault phones, the Oppo Reno 7 Pro is a very beautiful phone. It really looks up-market with its thin, yet boxy design language. For me, this is probably one of the most beautiful phones not only in its segment, but also in its market share across different price segments.

From the nearby bezel-less display to its rear panel, the phone looks and feels premium and captivates with its sleek, eye-catching design. And that’s because Oppo has done a great job with the device’s design language. The Reno 7 Pro, for example, has a really thin 1.5mm bezel, the thinnest ever on a Reno smartphone.

Then there are the features of the Renault 7 Pro that the company calls an aircraft-grade shooting star design with 1.2 million micro-lines and 8-micrometer engraving depth. The smartphone also has the company’s Orbit Breathing Light around the rear camera module. Thanks to the unique etching technique used by the company, the Shooting Star design gives the phone a subtle shiny finish. Overall, the phone follows a minimalist approach, with only the dual-step camera module the only component screaming for attention.

But how is this translation for use in the real world? Well, all these components combine to give the phone a really premium look, which is great not only for looking but also for holding hands.

Oppo Reno 7 Pro: Display

On display, we have a 6.55-inch full-HD + AMOLED panel that supports 90Hz refresh rate. This 20: 9 aspect ratio display also supports HDR10 + and being an AMOLED panel we also get support for the always-on-display (AOD) feature.

The display is good in terms of performance. Top-out at 800 nits, it’s not the brightest panel we’ve seen on a phone in the recent past. However, it has proven to be bright enough in most lighting conditions – including use under direct sunlight. During our review, we examined the phone’s display in both Vivid and Gentle color profiles found in the device’s display settings. Of the two, the latter is calibrated for precision in sRGB color space, while the Vivid profile appears to be calibrated to cover a wide range of colors, trying to hit wide DCI-P3 color space. We tested both of these color profiles for accuracy and gamut coverage, only to achieve mixed results.

In terms of real-world performance, the display has proven to be quite good. It feels premium and works like any other panel installed on Oppo phones in the past. It certainly matched our expectations because it not only gives a good level of brightness but also manages to reproduce vibrant and vibrant colors. In addition, the display provides good viewing angles and text clarity.

Oppo Reno Pro 7: Performance

While the phone gave us no reason to complain to the display and design department, it did ask us more when it came to the hardware and performance department. But before we get to the test results and tell you about our experience with the device, let’s quickly figure out the specifications.

So, a Dimension 1200 Max chipset paired with Reno 7 Pro with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. This is an upgrade to the Dimension 1200 SoC found on the Renault 6 Pro last year – but mostly named. This ‘MAX’ variant of the Dimension 1200 is an exclusively customized chip that Oppo claims offers better performance in key areas than last year’s original 1200 SoC.

Now the claim is true. The chipset offers better performance than the Oppo Reno 6 Pro, but whether it’s due to a more powerful chipset, or just because of the Dimension 1200 SoC now a more mature platform, something we’re not sure about.

On the benchmark, the phone is just fine with a better CPU score compared to last year’s Oppo Reno 6 Pro, such as AnTuTu, Geekbench and PCMark. However, its score was not close to the clock by competing devices like the OnePlus 9RT and Xiaomi 11T Pro powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. The same thing happened with GPU testing like 3DMark WildLife and GFXBench.

While not as good as the Snapdragon 888 SoC phone results, the Reno 7 Pro’s benchmark performance translates into fairly good performance in gaming and everyday tasks. However, it is important to add that we noticed some levels of instability while playing games on the device. The problem here can be very well thermal because we noticed that the phone’s chipset is also throttle at about 70 percent of its performance in the CPU throttling test.

Oppo Reno 7 Pro: Camera

Moving on to the money makers for the phone – yes, we’re talking about the Renault 7 Pro’s camera. Oppo has put a lot of effort into ensuring top-notch photography experience with its Reno 7 Pro. As a focal point for the phone, we see that the company has equipped the device with an impressive camera complemented by a number of features to enhance its performance.

The phone comes with an attractive set of cameras. Of these, both the 50MP primary camera with Sony IMX766 sensor and even the 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens have proven themselves to be a good addition during our testing. However, we found a 2-megapixel macro lens on the phone just to create numbers.

Oppo Reno 7 Pro

Due to its design, the primary lens gives good results in dark environments as it captures a lot of data in low light conditions. Night mode of the phone is definitely a neat addition to the device and a quick way to fill the picture with more light than the objects in the frame. However, we have found that its results are not the most accurate.

And in well-lit conditions, it performs just as well as any high-end or even premium-segment phone on the market. These images become crisp and vivid with a good amount of natural light. The colors are also rich and accurate, with these shots there is also a good dynamic range The lens also captures a good amount of detail which helps you zoom or crop an image.

The secondary lens also manages to take decent pictures in well-illuminated conditions, however, the low light functionality leaves little to be desired. As we mentioned earlier, the performance of the macro lens did not live up to our expectations, as the phone could not click good macro shots regardless of the light conditions.

We also have an interesting front camera in the Renault 7 Pro. It is an IMX709 sensor 7 with an RGBW fusion unit This lens again offers a design that helps capture a lot of light regardless of the state of the light. The post-processing of these selfies is also good, helping the phone capture the right skin tone and skin details.

Oppo Reno 7 Pro: Battery

The Oppo Reno 7 Pro packs a 4500mAh battery which is equivalent to the battery found in the Reno 6 Pro. This is a 4500mAh pack that is enough to keep the phone running for at least a day without a charger.

But that’s if you’re a moderate user. For heavy users, the phone will charge you less than a day. And when the phone runs out of charge, it can be quickly topped up using the device’s 65W SuperVOOC fast charger, which can fully recharge the battery in about 35 minutes.

This is almost the same battery performance we got from the Reno 6 Pro last year. So to be honest, it would have been nice if the company had upgraded to this category.

Oppo Reno 7 Pro: Roy

So it’s time to answer the all-important question: is the Renault 7 Pro worth buying?

Of course yes if you want a phone that looks and feels like a million dollars, and can capture really good shots regardless of the state of the light from both its front and rear sensors. However, for many other things, including the performance of the original hardware, the Reno 7 Pro is preferred by competing phones that offer much more at the same price point. And to be honest, this could be the biggest problem with the Renault 7 Pro because more powerful devices like the iQOO 9 Pro are expected to launch in India in the coming days at the same price as the Renault 7 Pro.

Also read: Oppo Reno 7 Review: One step forward, two steps back

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