If you think that Brazil has few cell phone brands, pay close attention. the chinese Oppo just arrived officially to the country. For this debut, the company brings only one smartphone, the Rhine 7. It’s a timid opening move. Maybe that’s why the company bets on some gimmicks, among them, the promise of a five-year warranty for the product.
Oppo’s arrival in Brazil was confirmed at the end of July. All that was missing was the official announcement for the company — the fourth largest smartphone maker in the world — to plant its flag in the country.
The announcement was made at an event held in São Paulo (SP), on Monday night (19). There, I was able to take a look at the debut cell phone.
The Oppo Reno 7
Announced in late 2021, the Oppo Reno 7 is a mid-range cell phone. Its specifications for Brazil include a Snapdragon 680 chip, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal data storage.
Even though it is not a top-of-the-line model, the device has a flashy AMOLED screen. It is a 6.43-inch panel with full HD+ resolution, 90 Hz refresh rate and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
In terms of design, the device does not disappoint. The bezel has a flat surface and the screen fills almost the entire front space. These features contribute to the Oppo Reno 7 having a premium product feel.
The back of the smartphone houses a set of three cameras. The main sensor, 64 megapixels, promises images with good sharpness, even in low light conditions. It is accompanied by two sensors of 2 megapixels each, one for macro, another for depth.
On the front, the device has a 32-megapixel IMX709 sensor. The component was made by Sony in partnership with Oppo.
The battery does not attract attention. The component works with 4,500 mAh. On the other hand, the autonomy aspect is complemented with the SuperVOOC fast-charging technology. In Reno 7, it works with 33 W charging.
According to Oppo, 5 minutes of power with a SuperVOOC charger is enough for up to 100 minutes of video playback. With 15 minutes, the battery charge increases by about 30%.
Orbital light (“ring light”) and RAM expansion
The rear camera module has an LED flash, as it should be. But there’s an additional LED over there, circling the macro camera (the second one from the top). It’s a feature Oppo calls orbital lightbut that resembles a small “ring light”.
This LED comes into play to help focus objects for macro images. But it has other functions. The component flashes when there are new notifications or incoming calls, for example. It also lights up when the device is being recharged.
In terms of software, the Reno 7 guarantees itself with the ColorOS 12, which runs on Android 12. We found several features there. One allows you to answer calls or perform certain tasks with gestures in front of the screen, without the user having to touch the device. I found it a little dubious, to be honest.
Another is a smart sidebar, which expands to give quick access to native apps or features like the screen translator and screenshot tool. This I liked.
The photo app is what interested me the most. In addition to giving you access to various photography settings, it allows you to record a video using both the rear and front cameras at the same time. In this mode, the video is split in half, each side for a camera. I don’t know if this is really useful, but it’s still curious.
Oppo Reno 7: price and five-year warranty
Officially, sales of the Reno 7 in Brazil start on September 27. The official price is R$ 2,999 for cash payment. It’s a bit salty. After all, the Reno 7 has interesting attributes, but it’s still a mid-range model.
That the cell phone is not manufactured in Brazil. Oppo’s arrival in the country is the result of a partnership with Usina de Vendas. The official sales channels, so far, are Vivo stores and Amazon.
For purchases made until the end of 2022 on official channels, Oppo offers a five-year warrantyas long as the buyer also registers on the company’s website.
About other Oppo models, there is no release forecast here, although the company intends to expand its product line in Brazil. It is as if, with the Reno 7, the company was experimenting with the Brazilian market. I just don’t know if betting on a single cell phone for the debut is enough for that.
Whatever the plan, I hope that Oppo’s foray into Brazil will yield some results. For us, mere users, the more competitors in the Brazilian cell phone market, the better.
Oppo Reno 7 — datasheet
- Screen: AMOLED technology, 6.43 inches, 2400×1080 pixel resolution, 90 Hz refresh rate, 120 Hz touch response rate, 600 nits brightness, Gorilla Glass 5 protection
- Processor: octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 with Adreno 610 GPU
- RAM: 6GB LPDDR4x
- Storage: 128 GB expandable with microSD
- rear cameras:
- Main: 64 megapixels, f/1.7
- macro: 2 megapixels, f/3.3
- Depth: 2 megapixels, f/2.4
- Frontal camera: 32 megapixels, f/2.4
- Drums: 4,500 mAh with 33W SuperVOOC charger
- sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass, optical, gravity
- connectivity: dual SIM, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, USB-C, NFC, headphones, GPS, Glonass, Galileo
- Operational system: ColorOS 12.1 (Android 12)
- Others: fingerprint reader, orbital light LED, “aurora blue” and “cosmic black” colors
- dimensions: 159.9 x 73.2 x 7.49 mm
- Weight: 175 g