Oppo Find 7: Hands on with Australia's newest flagship slayer

Oppo's flagship smartphone leads the market on specs and undercuts rivals on price

Jot down the specs of the best smartphones in Australia and it’s newcomer Oppo which comes out on top with its Find 7 flagship. The Find 7 has a superior screen to HTC’s One, more RAM than Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and a CPU faster than Sony’s Xperia Z2, and it achieves all this at a fraction of the price.

Going against the smartphone is its lack of brand recognition. Oppo might be one of the top five smartphone companies in China, but it was only yesterday the company began selling its smartphones online. Inspiring confidence in the brand are an after sales support line and the opening of an Oppo repair centre in Australia.

The show-stealing feature of the Find 7 is a 5.5in inch display that has a 1440x2560 resolution and 538 pixels-per-inch. The Find 7 joins an exclusive club as only one other smartphone has a display this impressive in Australia.

Bordering the base of the screen is a discrete LED notification light. Incoming alerts trigger a soft blue pulse along the base. Oppo has turned the humble notification light into a stunning design attribute.

The smartphone is tall at 15 centimetres and at 173 grams, it sits on the heavy end of the spectrum. Redeeming the Find 7 is an ergonomic curve along its spine and a thin 7mm waistline.

Impressive hardware nests inside this 5.5in smartphone. A Snapdragon 801 chipset has a 2.5GHz quad-core CPU, an Adreno 330 GPU and a 4G modem. Memory includes 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with microSD cards up to 128GB.

No smartphone sold in Australia has managed to combine a CPU this powerful with so much RAM. Samsung, LG and HTC’s flagships do feature a 2.5GHz quad-core CPU, but RAM is less at 2GB. Sony’s Xperia Z2 comes equipped with 3GB of RAM, only it runs a 2.3GHz quad-core CPU. It appears, then, that the Oppo Find 7 is the best of both worlds.

The Find 7 features stereo speakers, only both are located at the base of the smartphone
The Find 7 features stereo speakers, only both are located at the base of the smartphone
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Hardware this capable tends to come at the expense of battery life. Removing the textured back cover exposes an interchangeable 3000 milliamp-hour battery. Not only is the battery big in size, but Oppo claims it can be charged four times quicker than conventional chargers. “A 30 minute charge will get the Find 7 to 75% battery”, the company claims on its website.

Gracing the faux carbon-fibre back is a 13 megapixel camera capable of Ultra HD recording and a dual-LED flash. The front-facing camera captures photos at a large 5 megapixels.

Letting this array of cutting-edge tech down is an older version of Google’s smartphone software. The Find 7 runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean buried under Oppo’s heavy ‘ColorOS’ overlay. ColorOS is easy on the eyes, even though it does add a lot of bloat to the stock operating system.

On paper the Find 7 bodes very well; however, only time will tell if this smartphone from China can compete in the savage Australian market. Keep an eye out for Good Gear Guide’s full review of the Oppo Find 7.

The Oppo Find 7 is on sale now for $719 from Oppo's Australian website.

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