The Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G, a great performing phone packed with latest features

  • Oppo continues to build upon its Reno Pro series and has become a reputable brand over the last few years.
  • Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G was released in Singapore on 15 January and it retails for $999 with current ongoing deals at specific retailers. TheHomeGround Asia’s VFX artist and video editor Ziyaad Siddique, who has a keen interest in the world of emerging technology, spends a week using the Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G and here is what he thinks.

The Oppo Reno 7 Pro 5G made its debut in Singapore on 15th January 2022 and retails for $999.

Oppo Reno 7 Pro (Photo courtesy of Ziyaad Siddique)

Look & Feel

The Reno7 Pro 5G is 7.45mm thick and weighs about 180g. It’s pretty light and easy to handle. It is available in two colours, Starlight Black and Startrails Blue.

Similar to the Reno6, it sports what Oppo calls the OPPO Glow, which is the technology they used to create millions of tiny microscopic crystals on the back cover. It really does look like glittering stars under the light.

While the effect looks great, it makes the back of the phone quite slippery, so using a phone case is highly recommended.

Oppo Glow effect on the back cover (Photo courtesy of Ziyaad Siddique)

The phone’s power button is on the right of the phone, along with volume buttons on the left. At the bottom of the phone, there’s a USB-C port, speakers and a dual sim card tray.

General Use

The phone runs on ColorOS 12, a great Android OS, which is full of customisable features and it runs smoothly.

A clear upgrade from its predecessors, the Reno7 Pro 5G comes with stereo speakers instead of a single one.

The phone has a 4500mAh battery, similar to the Reno6 Pro 5G. It comes with a 65w charger, which charges faster than we have seen previously before, thanks to OPPO’s SuperVOOC technology. Unfortunately, like the previous Reno phones, the Reno7 Pro 5G does not support wireless charging.

Display & Performance

The Reno 7 Pro has a 6.5 inch AMOLED display with a 90hz refresh rate. Supporting HDR10+, you can count on it to deliver crisp and clear imagery.

The phone runs on the Mediatek Dimensity 1200-MAX processor. It has 12GB of RAM and comes with 256GB of internal storage. This means it runs smoothly.

Games run fine on it. I tried out Call of Duty and Pokemon Unite and as you can expect, Call of Duty was smooth and without any lag or stuttering. Pokemon Unite also ran really well. 

However, the phone did heat up quite a bit when I was on Call of Duty, since it’s more graphically intensive compared to Pokemon Unite. Just as I have expected, the games look great on the display, the colours are vibrant and it was a smooth experience overall.

Camera

On the imaging front, the phone is equipped with a 50MP Main camera, an 8MP Ultra Wide camera, a 2MP Macro cam and a 32MP front camera.

The cameras perform well under regular daylight. OPPO’s AI colour tech contributes to that by automatically detecting the best settings and colour for your shot

The night mode works fairly well, but I feel that the images tend to get a little muddy.

For videos, you’re able to record up to 4K 30 fps. The features are consistent with previous Reno series phones, like AI highlight video and image stabilisation, but bear in mind, its AI highlight video only works at 1080p 30fps.

The Reno7 Pro was designed to be the ultimate Flagship Portrait Camera System, placing its portrait mode as one of the main features. With AI colour portrait, it’ll automatically isolate the subject from the background, making a pretty cool effect.

The Bokeh Flare Portrait filter works decently enough, but at the end of the day, it’s still a digital filter, so it’s not going to hold a candle against the natural bokeh effects you get with a DSLR camera. It works in both video and portrait mode on the Reno 7 Pro.

Light strip around the camera bum (Photo courtesy of Ziyaad Siddique)

Conclusion

At the end of the day, the Reno7 Pro 5G serves its purpose. If you’re looking for a new phone in 2022, you really can’t go wrong with it. I view the Reno series as something you can always rely on. The phone performs well in various scenarios, adopting the latest features for most use cases. It’s a great performing phone, and anyone can pick it up without much problems.

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