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May 18, 2014

OPPO Find 7a initial impressions

OPPO Philippines launched the Find 7a in the country back in April. With a suggested retail price of Php22,990, it’s one of the most affordable Snapdragon handset around (based on SRP, could be lower with street price).

There are two versions of the Oppo Find 7 — the flagship, over-the-top version with a QHD 2560×1440 pixel resolution (581ppi) and Snapdragon 801 and the Find 7a with a full HD display and Snapdragon 800 chip.

The latter is the one we have for review. The unit comes in a premium packaging — an all-metal anodized aluminum with polycarbonate compartments for the accessories.

The large white power brick which looks like it’s as big as a laptop charger is the fast charger — the VOOC fast charging can do up to 4x faster than conventional chargers — up to 30% battery in 5 minutes and zero to 70% battery life in 30 minutes.

The device itself looks really nice, slim and sleek and, despite the 5.5-inch display, is still comfortable to hold with one hand. The body tapers towards the edges and the screen-to-area ratio is very high, allowing the display to take up much of the available space in the front panel.

The power button is placed in the left side (seemed awkward at first but you get used to it) and the volume controls are on the right side.

The 3.5mm audio port is on top while the microUSB charging port is at the bottom. The 13MP rear camera at the back is flanked by the noise-cancelling mic and the dual-LED flash with the small OPPO logo just below them.

Perhaps, the most challenging of all is removing the back cover to insert the battery, microSIM and microSD card. There’s a tiny pinhole or socket that needs to be pushed down so that the cover is released from its locked and ready to be pried open.

With a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, the 5.-5-inch display looked very nice, crisp and clear. Colors are warm and viewing angles are very wide. The capacitive buttons (Settings, Home, Back) sits below the active display.

The Skyline Notification is just below it — a curved LED light that glows bright blue and alerts when there are notifications and breathes when charging.

The 13-megapixel camera at the back i also pretty interesting as it is able to generate a 50-megapixel shot using the Ultra HD mode. \

The idea behind Oppo Find 7’s 50-megapixel images is that you take a photo of a still object for a few seconds. What the sensor does is take 10 photos and digitally stitch them altogether to achieve 50MP shots. While it may not have much practical daily use, Oppo claims you can use the shots to print a tarpuline about 10 square meters in area with these resolution.

Here’s a quick video demo we took from the launch:

We’ll be doing some sample shots of 4K footages and 120fps videos in the final review story.

The Color OS is based on Android 4.3 Jellybean and adds a lot of really useful and practical use like gesture commands and shortcuts. The UI looks more polished and does not depart that far from Android’s native skin.

The Oppo Find 7a has got a lot of great things going to it and with a suggested retail price of Php22,990,

OPPO Find 7a specs:
5.5-inch IPS display @ 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor
Adreno 330 GPU
2GB RAM
16GB storage (expandable to 128GB via microSD)
HSPA+/LTE 100Mbps
13MP Sony Exmor IMX214 CMOS f/2.0 rear camera
5MP front camera
4K/720 at 120fps video recording
LTE
NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth
MaxxAudio
2,800mAh battery with Rapid Charge technology
ColorOS 1.2 on top of Android 4.3

So far, we’re very satisfied with the device — fast and responsive, really nice display, really good camera and impressive battery technology. Check back with us for the full review in a week.

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35 Responses to “OPPO Find 7a initial impressions”

  1. SpiderWak says:

    Pwede po ba e drop test nyo ito?

    • KamotengKahoy says:

      i drop test mo muka mo! perwisyo ka ah, kaayos ng celfon papa sira mo?! Guk…

    • Evo Garcia says:

      Abah! Gago kang behong SpiderWak ka. Pwet mo nawakwak. Ang maganda eh isalpak ang smartphone na yan sa pwet mo. Tingnan natin kung duduguin ka sa pwet.

    • WantsThisNicePhone says:

      Yup. hopefully you can also have drop test or water test.

    • Denephew says:

      @spidey.

      Pwede raw i drop test from a 10 storey building. Request lng ni Abe ay kasama ka ng phone. Ayus ba?

      SAGOT!

  2. Stefan says:

    oppo or oddo? hehehe

    The box (upper right) is inverted?

    • Evo Garcia says:

      Pare, minahal kita. Binigay ko sayo ang lahat lahat. Sana suklian mo yung pagmamahal na binibigay ko sayo.

  3. bliss says:

    “most affordable” ??? the xperia ultra z and lg g2 is cheaper…

  4. Michael Arcangel says:

    When it comes to headsets, compatible kaya yun default headset ng ibang brands like Samsung & other third party headset? Experience ko kasi with Chinese brands like ZTE & Lenovo, hindi ubra yun 3rd party branded headsets and pati yun gamit ko na Samsung. Pero very promising yun phone na yan ha.

    • Denephew says:

      @Michael Arcangel

      To answer your question I had been using the phone in my dreams for a week now. So far compatible naman siya. Does this anwer your question?

      SAGOT!

  5. abuzalzal says:

    QHD = 2560×1440 ?

    The fuck Yuga, the fuck! QHD is 960×540 which is 1/4 the resolution of 1920×1080. Better do your research next time. The credibility of this start is fading slowly and you should feel alarmed.

    • izalzalmopayan says:

      Ang sabi QHD. Meaning Quad HD. Meaning tama ang resolution na 2560×1440. Yung sinasabi mong 1/4 ng 1920×1080, qHD yun. Duh! Tanga lang?

    • istingki says:

      The fuck! So stupid! QHD lang hindi pa alam! The Fuck!

    • boy bezel says:

      hahahahahaha.

      suck that bobo. ipaglaban mo sa pulis yan.

      QHD vs qHD. sira ba capslock o shift key ng utak mo at hindi alam pinagkaiba ng Q sa q.

      hahahahaha.

      una frame ginawang bezel. ngayon Q ginawang q. hahahaha. #1 fan mo ako bobo.

    • abuzalzal says:

      Mas malaki pa pala sa kotse, o. The fuck! HA HA HA HA HA LOL

    • JP says:

      Haha! Ang lakas magbash pero difference ng QHD at qhd hindi man lang alam? Dyan ka nalang sa mga cherry mobile devices mo.

    • drupal_kupal says:

      Ulol gago! ADHD siguro resolution mo, boy bezel!
      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADHD

    • ex-fan says:

      The fuck abuzalzal. Ok ung mga comments mo dati dahil informative and i agree with you most of the time. Pero seriously, di mo alam difference ng qHD at QHD??? Disappointing…. Talagang the fuck!

    • Rockafella says:

      I was a fan Abu, I kept quite for so long pero I have to say something. Read fucking well dude don’t be an all-knowing a-hole.

      Now I want you to think and re-evaluate yourself. :-)

    • awdog says:

      QHD vs qHD

      “Q” vs “q”

    • abujhakul says:

      Ka-tanga-tanga ng troll na ito

    • Denephew says:

      @abuzalzal

      Ay sus dumale ka na naman koops. Let me break it down to your ipis level:

      Q = Capital letter.
      q = small letter.

      Okay na? SAGOT!

  6. Red says:

    hindi ba snapdragon 801 yun find 7a?

  7. ampupu says:

    potaena may nangaral na namang tanga!!! wahaha!

    Better do your research next time — sabihin mo sa sarili mo yan tanga!

  8. ryan says:

    nakakatuwa mga bangasan dito… hehe

    pero gusto ko yung charger niya. may similar na charger na kaya dito sa atin?

  9. abuzalzal says:

    Siyempre may mga tanga na naman dito na umaasa na makakabili sila ng OnePlus One

    “I’d rather wait for O+O, best bang for buck smartphone out there”

    Lolmao

    • ampupu says:

      at meron ding mga tanga na nagsasabing QHD is 960×540

      Da Fuck!

    • JP says:

      About sa Oppo kasi itong article hindi OnePlus. Wag mo itago ung kabobohan mo! Difference ng qHD and QHD hindi mo nga madetermine.

    • izalzalmopayan says:

      Ay naku abuzalzal, sa simula lang yang by invites. After at most a quarter open na yan for general market because production will catch up with the demand. Ngayon lng yang invites kasi limited pa ang production.

    • abujhakul says:

      Troll ka na nga, tanga ka pa

  10. TheExplainer says:

    small q in qHD = quarter HD
    big Q in QHD = Quad HD

    kinda like the difference in:
    kbps (kilobits per second)
    kBps (kilobytes per second)

  11. izalzalmopayan says:

    Okay. Tama na ang bashing. I feel bad na for abuzalzal. I think he got the point naman na. I am not used to trolling eh. Peace ^_^

  12. james says:

    bugbog sarado si abuzalzal dto ah! haha

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