Introduction


It's been over a year since we first came across the Oppo Find 5 – the company's flagship that really put the otherwise obscure company at the time on the map – but here we are with the next generation flagship, the Find 7. It was the first handset announced with a 5.5” Quad HD resolution display, so our curiosity about how the handset turned out is explicable. In fact, Oppo has two almost identical handsets up for grabs now – the Find 7a with 1080p screen that we've already reviewed, and the top-shelf Find 7 that is the topic of this conversation.

What makes it top-shelf, you ask? Well, it eschews the 5.5” 1080p display for one with the breathtaking Quad HD (1440x2560) resolution, and sports faster processor, more memory, and a larger battery. That warrants the Find 7's $100 higher price than the Find 7a, but is it all worth it? Let's find out...

In the box:
  • 4.5A wall charger with support for VOOC rapid charging
  • In-ear stereo headphones
  • microUSB cable


Design

The Find 7 is an orthodox slab with a faux carbon fiber cover.

The Find 7has clear-cut lines and an overall simplistic design. Frankly, and despite failing to mount a challenge against an aluminum-clad phone like HTC's One, the Find 7 definitely begs no questions – its high-end beginnings are obvious even to passersby. Unsurprisingly, it's made of polycarbonate, though the chrome ornaments seen with the frame, the buttons on the side, and even the camera ring, do add to the overall beautiful and sturdy construction of the phone. The rear shell has an intricate mesh texture to it, which is soft-touch, and resembles carbon fiber.

The large size (6.01 x 2.95 x 0.36 inches (152.6 x 75 x 9.2mm), and significant weight (6.03 oz (171 g), make the Find 7 one of the less comfortable to use phones. To put that into perspective, the Find 7 is significantly larger than the Galaxy S5, the HTC One M8, and even the LG G3, which has the same screen size. When put side-by-side with the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3, however, the Find 7 shows a slightly taller, but noticeably narrower and easier to handle body.

At the front, you have a set of capacitive navigation keys and an inconspicuous rainbow-shaped LED notification light on the bottom. Looking at the Find 7 sideways, we have the power button on the left, while the volume rocker took to the right side of the frame. Unfortunately, these are rather flush with the surface, and offer minimal travel.


OPPO Find 7

OPPO Find 7

Dimensions

6.01 x 2.95 x 0.36 inches

152.6 x 75 x 9.2 mm

Weight

6.03 oz (171 g)

LG G3

LG G3

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches

146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Dimensions

5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches

151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

OPPO Find 7

OPPO Find 7

Dimensions

6.01 x 2.95 x 0.36 inches

152.6 x 75 x 9.2 mm

Weight

6.03 oz (171 g)

LG G3

LG G3

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches

146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Dimensions

5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches

151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

Apart from the amazing resolution, the QHD panel of the Find 7 is a snooze – it is not color correct and is hard to read outdoor.

The Oppo Find 7's bragging rights come in the form of a 5.5-inch IPS panel with a Quad HD resolution of 1440x2560 pixels, for a density of 538 ppi. This ensures an utterly crisp viewing experience. This pixel density is actually one of the few good points about the panel.

The display returned the whopping 10371K on our color reproduction measurements. That's the largest deviation from the reference 6500K white point we've ever recorded on a flagship phone, meaning that the screen on the Find 7 is way too cold. Not only are the whites not white at all, but rather blue – it's also all the other colors that appear cold and lifeless, especially when put next to a normal color-correct panel. The colors themselves are rather off the mark, and that goes especially for the blue range, but for the reds as well, too.

The screen's maximum brightness of 390 nits is rather low as well, and doesn't help outdoors with the sun shining over your shoulder. On top of that, the coating is not up to par, making the screen too reflective, so reading the display outdoor is rather hard. The only other bright spots are the screen's viewing angles, which are decent from all sides, and the fact that it can be operated with gloves on.

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20 Comments

1. salaal

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

The lock screen is just like the iPhones.

2. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

This is one of the best phones of 2014, PA, I dont care about your ratings, this deserves one of the top spots

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Why? That screen is absolutely terrible.

15. Deeoop

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 29, 2014

I think Phonearena might have had a defective display on its Find 7 in this review. Or defective eyes :P According to Danny Windget the Find 7 display is more color accurate than the G3. Especially whites. You can clearly see it here in his hands on video where he puts them side by side. Search for "Oppo Find 7 QHD/2K Unboxing and Walkthrough (with LG G3 Display Comparison)" on youtube. The G3's whites are gray. Find 7 are truly white.

6. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I'm a big Oppo fan and I'm gonna say they dropped the ball on this one. One of their least attractive designs yet (Although certainly still nice), the screen sounds like a leap with more drawbacks than advantages, and I'd much rather have excellent battery life than fast charging.

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

LG G3 is better.

5. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

I expected more. The UI looks terrible.

7. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

G3 any day..

8. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Color UI = Turnoff...

9. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

base on the benchmarks, does it just mean that LG didnt optimise the processor properly?

10. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Yup, QHD displays suck.

11. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

it's about 110 euro more expensive than a z1 and about 120 than an htc one... ok oppo... calm down with the pricing...

12. midhunkm

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

The phone charges up very fast but it also drains off fast

13. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Seems strange to see the G3's display results... Did I miss their correction? Why do they keep doing mistakes over and over again?

14. Deeoop

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 29, 2014

I think Phonearena might have had a defective display on its Find 7 in this review. Or defective eyes :P According to Danny Windget the Find 7 display is more color accurate than the G3. Especially whites. You can clearly see it here in his hands on video where he puts them side by side. Search for "Oppo Find 7 QHD/2K Unboxing and Walkthrough (with LG G3 Display Comparison)" on youtube. The G3's whites are gray. Find 7 are truly white.

16. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Suck it up and accept the truth. You can't argue with a colorimeter.

17. Deeoop

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 29, 2014

Hence why I said that they might have had a unit with a defective screen.

18. daffyk

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 29, 2014

Your random youtube reviewer didn't use a colorimeter. I'd rather trust the science than some guy who just uses his subjective impression

19. daffyk

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 29, 2014

They dropped the ball on this one. Was waiting for so long but v disappointed with that screen. Any news on the partition table? The Find 7a is basically unusable because it splits /data and /sdcard, leaving you with just 3GB to install apps. Hope the 7 doesn't use the same 2009-era setup

20. RandomGuy1234

Posts: 1; Member since: May 25, 2015

Help me out pls Oppo Find 7, OnePlus One, Asus Zenfone 2, or the iPhone 5s? (the oppo find 7 and iPhone 5s costs around 100$ more in my country)
Find 7
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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