Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo announced its Find 7 on 19 March. The Find 7 is, compared to smartphones from heavyweights Samsung, LG, HTC and Sony, a relatively unknown entity, but it has some amazing hardware - including a Quad HD screen - and a great price. Here we explain everything you need to know about the Oppo Find 7, including release date, UK price, specs and features. Also see: 28 best smartphones of 2014.
Oppo Find 7 release date
Oppo's Find 7a is available now from europe.oppostyle.com, yet this isn't the Quad HD version of the smartphone to which we refer here. Scroll down to 'Oppo Find 7 vs Oppo Find 7a' to read how these two smartphones differ.
The Premium Oppo Find 7 QHD is available to pre-order now - but only in China. Tmall lists it at 3,498¥, and was expected to ship the device from 29 May. It has been widely speculated that a European launch will follow within a couple of weeks of this, which means we could see the Find 7 QHD in the UK and Europe as early as next week. We'll update this article as soon as further news surfaces.
Oppo Find 7 UK price
The Find 7 is available in Standard (the Find 7a) and Premium (the Find 7, often referred to as Find 7 QHD) versions. The former is already available to buy from europe.oppostyle.com for €399, which works out around £324, or you can get it in the US for $499.
The Premium Find 7 can now be pre-ordered in China from Tmall at 3,498¥ (£334), and was expected to ship from 29 May. We don't expect that the Oppo Find 7 QHD will be available that cheaply here in the UK, however. The US price is $599 (£358) but, of course, the exchange rate rarely has anything to do with the way US prices translate to UK prices. We're speculating here, but at around €499 the Find 7 would cost £406 in the UK, and that would make it £100 cheaper than the only other Quad HD phone on the market, the LG G3. Check out the competition in our LG G3 review.
Oppo Find 7 specifications
If the Oppo Find 7 QHD does come in at around £400, the hardware it offers will be all the more amazing. For starters, LG will no longer be the only smartphone manufacturer with a Quad HD screen - the Oppo Find 7 matches its 5.5in (2560x1440, 534ppi) display. Like the LG's this is a capacitive multitouch IPS panel, here with 16 million colours and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, and protected with Gorilla Glass 3. You'll be able to operate the Find 7's display when wearing gloves or with wet fingers, too.
It's not quite as compact as LG's G3, but inside this beefy 173g, 152.6x75x9.2mm handset you'll find the same 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core chip and Adreno 330 graphics, plus the 3GB of RAM that LG supplies only in its 32GB version of the G3. There's 32GB of storage as standard here, and you can add up to 128GB with a microSDXC card.
The Oppo Find 7 QHD has a 13Mp rear camera with Pure Image 2.0, a hardware and software solution based on six physical lenses, a Sony IMX214 sensor and f/2.0 aperture. Oppo claims the Find 7 QHD can take 50Mp photos through software enhancement, plus it can record 4K and slo-mo video, and HDR is built into the hardware. With a 32-second exposure Oppo says crystal-clear night shots are possible. At the front is a 5Mp camera with an 80-degree wide-angle sensor that's perfect for selfies.
As you might expect connectivity stetches to 4G LTE, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and NFC. The Oppo Find 7 QHD, which comes in black or white, is also fitted with a removable 3000mAh lithium-polymer battery, which supports Rapid charge, allowing you to achieve a 75 percent charge in just 30 minutes, and to get enough juice for a two-hour phone call in just five minutes. A thermal protective coating prevents the Find 7 overheating during charging.
The Oppo Find 7 QHD is built around a solid aluminium-titanium alloy frame. It comes in white or black, with a carbon-fibre-effect rear. MaxxAudio should offer crisp, clear sound quality.
A key difference between the Oppo Find 7 and its competitors is that it runs ColorOS, which is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Oppo says an update based on KitKat is in the works and will roll out to both Find 7 and Find 7a.
Oppo Find 7 video
Oppo Find 7 vs Oppo Find 7a
The Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a have many specifications in common, but the cheaper Standard version has some slightly slimmed-down specs. The chassis is the same size, and also available in black or white, but has a polycarbonate shell. The 5.5in display supports a full- rather than Quad-HD resolution, at 1920x1080 pixels and 403ppi. The battery capacity is slightly reduced (to 2,800mAh), the RAM allocation is just 2GB, and the Snapdragon chip is clocked lower at 2.3GHz. Inside you'll get 16- rather than 32GB of storage, although the Find 7a also features a microSDXC slot for adding a further 128GB.
Surprisingly, ePrice has reported slightly lower performance scores in its benchmarks for the Find 7 vs the Find 7a, but that Quad HD screen no doubt requires a fair bit of processor muscle. It also found the Find 7's display delivers colder colours than the Find 7a (in ePrice's image, shown below, the Find 7 is on the left and the Find 7a on the right).
Oppo has links to OnePlus, whose One smartphone is snatching up column inches with its high-end spec and very attractive price. Check out the OnePlus One phone in our OnePlus One hands-on review.