Will the Oppo Reno 7 Pro 5G, Reno 7 5G stand up to the heat of its local competitors?

Deepak Gupta February 4, 2022
Updated 2022/02/04 at 2:51 PM

The Oppo Reno 7 Pro 5G and Reno 7 5G debuted in India as the company’s latest models in the Reno series. Both new Oppo Reno phones come with a new list of features to entice smartphone buyers. The Reno 7 Pro 5G is also designed as a flagship model from the Chinese company to offer specs including the top-of-the-line MediaTek Dimensity SoC, high-end main camera and a slim design. Likewise, the Reno 7 5G aims to appeal to people looking for a new phone under Rs. price segment of 30,000.

On this week’s episode of the Gadgets 360 Orbital podcast, presenter Akhil Arora speaks with Assistant Review Editor Roydon Cerejo and Senior Reviewer Aditya Shenoy to understand what the USPs of the Oppo Reno 7 Pro 5G and Oppo Reno 7 5G are.

The price of Oppo 7 Pro 5G in India is Rs. 39,999, while the Reno 7 5G comes with a price tag of Rs. 28,999.

While the design of the new Oppo phones looks brand new at first glance, Oppo has actually opted for a role reversal and used the same design aesthetic for the Reno 7 Pro 5G as last year’s Reno 6. And vice versa. The design of the Reno 7 5G is similar to what we had on the Reno 6 Pro a few months ago.

However, Oppo said it used Laser Direct Imaging (LDI) technology to design the exterior of both new phones. This brings angled micro scratches all over the back glass to reduce fingerprints and smudges.

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The hardware of the Reno 7 series is also different from last year’s models. The Reno 7 Pro 5G comes with the MediaTek Dimensity 1200-Max SoC, which is a custom version of the original Dimensity 1200 SoC. Oppo claims that the new chip comes with AI Deblur and AI-PQ algorithms to deliver a distinct media experience. The former is designed to reduce blur in images captured using the selfie camera, while the latter helps improve HDR video content when playing back on the phone.

In addition to the chipset, the Reno 7 Pro 5G includes 12GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage as a standard option. This combination brings ample space for multitasking and storing content on the device.

However, the Reno 7 Pro 5G lacks features, including an ingress protection (IP) rating for dust or water, wireless charging, and even a higher refresh rate of 120Hz. All this makes it an inferior choice when you pit it against the competition: Xiaomi 11T Pro, Realme GT, OnePlus 9RT and the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G.

Similar to the Reno 7 Pro 5G, the Reno 7 5G has a MediaTek SoC – the MediaTek Dimensity 900 to be precise. The phone also comes with a 90Hz display – just like the Reno 7 Pro 5G – but in a slightly smaller size compared to the flagship model. The Reno 7 5G also lacks the features that would make it an attractive competitor, including a higher refresh rate.

The Reno 7 5G seems to face a tough fight from models like the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge, Vivo V23 and the OnePlus Nord 2.

That said, both the Reno 7 Pro 5G and Reno 7 5G work well for capturing photos and recording videos. The phones also offer decent battery life.

We talked about whether the Reno 7 Pro 5G and Reno 7 5G are worth seeing in the price segments where they are available. We also touched on the fact that Oppo has stopped bringing attractive offers in India in recent years, while its brethren including OnePlus, Realme and Vivo seem to be quite active and rigorous to take on the competition.

You can hear all this and more in our nearly 40-minute conversation. Hit the play button on the Spotify player above to hear our full discussion.

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