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 Find series successor in the Find 7a. In fact, Oppo has two otherwise identical flagships up for grabs – the Find 7, and the Find 7a that we have at hand.

The more affordable version, the 7a is the slightly less powerful model of the two. It's got a typical 1080x1920 pixel resolution display instead of a QHD (1440x2560) resolution one, and it makes use of slightly less potent components in the processor, memory and batter departments. At $499, this makes the Find 7a $100 cheaper.

Yet, despite its relative inferiority to its higher-powered sibling, the Find 7a still is every bit a desirable flagship. But is it more desirable than what the competition has to offer? Let's take a look.

In the box:

  • 4.5A wall charger with support for VOOC rapid charging
  • microUSB cable
  • Earphones

Design

The Find 7a is a looker! Thankfully, that didn't come at the cost of proper ergonomics – it is very comfortable to hold.

If nothing else, Oppo has always striked us as a company that is very conscious of design, down to the finer details. With the Find 7a, the company reinforces that feeling – we have clear-cut lines and an overall simplistic design that certainly appeals to the eye. Frankly, and despite failing to mount a challenge against aluminum-clad phone like HTC's One, the Find 7a definitely begs no questions – its high-end beginnings are obvious even to passersby.

So what material, then, is responsible for the corpus of the 7a? 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 plastic rear shell has an intricate mesh texture to it, helping with the grip. Overall ergonomics are pretty decent, too, considering the size of the phone (6.01 x 2.95 x 0.36 inches (152.6 x 75 x 9.2mm). When put side-by-side with the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3, for example, the Find 7a proves slightly taller, but noticeably narrower. That said, the Find 7a is notably larger than the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8.

At the front, you have medium-sized bezels, with a set of capacitive navigation keys and an inconspicuous rainbow-shaped LED notification light on the bottom. Looking at the 7a 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. Worse yet, it feels like they're a little sticky.

OPPO Find 7a

OPPO Find 7a

Dimensions

6.01 x 2.95 x 0.36 inches

152.6 x 75 x 9.2 mm

Weight

6.00 oz (170 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)

HTC One (M8)

HTC One (M8)

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches

146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 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 7a

OPPO Find 7a

Dimensions

6.01 x 2.95 x 0.36 inches

152.6 x 75 x 9.2 mm

Weight

6.00 oz (170 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)

HTC One (M8)

HTC One (M8)

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches

146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 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

The display is a small defeat for Oppo – the color temperature is too cold, and we couldn't make out the screen easily with the sun over our shoulder.

Oppo has chosen one of JDI's displays for the Find 7a – a 5.5-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels, or a density of 401 ppi. This ensures a crisp viewing experience, but a trained eye will quickly notice discrepancies in some areas.

For starters, the display on the 7a, at 9531K, is very cold, so whites are not white at all, and even differing shades of gray are blue-ish. Due to the sub-optimal gamma (2.4), colors rendered by the screen are noticeably less-luminant than the actual target colors. Indeed, specific colors like green, are consistently incorrect, lacking a natural spread when it comes to the different shades of the color. Nevertheless, it's imperative to understand that these discrepancies are not extreme, and the Find 7a's screen is actually nice looking overall.

The screen's otherwise decent maximum brightness of 455 nits actually doesn't mean much when outdoors with the sun shining over your shoulder. In those scenarios, the reflective glass on top proved rather too reflective, and making out the UI was rather hard.





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27 Comments

1. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Just flash CyanogenMOD 11s and you have the review of One Plus One.

7. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

seems like One+1 has coppied the design of oppo and put high end specs... so copying the design saved a lot of designing cost, I am getting cheap phone as a result... thumbs up to chinese... for my benefit, I am a copy lover

26. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

Oppo is the original and is the obvious maker of Oneplus One. This explain all the similarities. Also makes me want to buy the phone more because Oppo is actually quality stuff.

19. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

You mean the Find 7a +1?

20. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

No, oneplus1

21. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Right. That's what I said: The Find 7a +1

22. Kamehameha

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

Even the gray hulk is more intelligent than you.

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Looks like the Find 7a is a good phone. The OnePlus One is more affordable, has 3GB RAM and I get the sense the OnePlus team is more fanatical about the details than Oppo is. I'm hoping the OnePlus One audio output voltage is higher then Find 7a as well. I know if I were the fanatic leading OnePlus it would be :) Of course the downside to OnePlus is that they will be making fewer phones than buyers want to buy, probably for the remainder of 2014.

5. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

The only phones with decent audio output voltage are HTC and Apple, the One M8 currently seems to have the highest of them all. The OnePlus One makes this phone irrelevant because it is the same thing but for way cheaper.

3. likemorethan1

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

First Chinese phone scored 9 on PA , I guess

10. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

What about the HTC One from the Republic of China?

29. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

ROC, or Taiwan isn't considered China. Their products are much better than what the Chinese ever make.

4. SleepingOz unregistered

I'd pick it over the M8 or the Z2 any day! And even over the S5(hardware wise).

6. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Looking forward for their after sales service though.

9. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

For me, I dont care about after sale service bcoz I have a bad experience with apple which is way too expensive... I'll prefer to buy cheap one+1 n incase of any fault, throw it n buy a new one.. still cheaper then iphone

27. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

I'm in the same bucket as you. But it depends how good the phone is though. I have no experience of Oppo and doesn't know anyone who own one either. Great score doesn't mean great overall experience through 2 years.

8. elisha.siegelman

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I'm waiting for the oneplus one!:)

11. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

And the build quality of the OnePlus One should be the same as the Find7, since both are made by the same production line team.

14. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

is it really too much to ask for a high end smartphone between 4.3 and 4.7"?

18. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Too little to ask.

23. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, dude.

28. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

The M8 has a 5.0" screen with on screen buttons. Once you minus off the area used for on screen buttons your usable screen space is around 4.6-4.7", even the Z2 technically has a usable space of around 4.7-4.8"; reason I say that is because in lots of apps you can't make those nav buttons disappear. They're persistent on the desktop, in chrome, in practically all apps besides the media player and a handful of games. My Moto G has a usable/viewable screen size of 4.1-4.2" most of the time. So in the end this really isn't a 4.5" screen... You're welcome.

16. saktiana

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

Oppo is excellent...

17. JayBEE

Posts: 182; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Bring on t3h 7!

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Find 7a
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh

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