Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review


Introduction

A non-exhaustive list of the devices in the Oppo Reno7 family in our database includes 7 models and differentiating them takes some deliberate effort. This one we have for you today, with the most vanilla of names, is the Reno7 proper.

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

There are no other monikers, and the absence of 5G in the title implies no next-gen connectivity – which is indeed the case. The Reno7 Lite is 5G-capable despite its lite name, but aside from that, it shares most of its DNA with this 4G-only handset. And while we’re on the topic of family connections, essentially the same handset as the Reno7 is sold in India under the F21 Pro moniker, so our findings here should apply to that one as well. Just make sure you don’t confuse it with the F21 Pro 5G – the other alias of the Reno7 Lite. If we managed to clear things up – great, if not – we can easily shift the blame to Oppo.

Oppo Reno7
Oppo F21 Pro
Oppo Reno7 Lite
Oppo Reno7 5G

Oppo Reno7 • Oppo F21 Pro • Oppo Reno7 Lite • Oppo Reno7 5G

The Reno7’s specs don’t sound overly exciting, but it’s still decently well equipped. You get a 90Hz OLED display, 8GB of RAM and at least 128GB of storage, while the Snapdragon 680 should be powerful enough even though it’s lacking 4K recording.

Still, perhaps more notable is the camera experience is the omission of an ultrawide unit, though a dedicated ‘microscope’ camera, complete with a ring light, might make up for it. The main camera is 64MP, which is par for the course, and the 32MP selfie shooter is a popular choice, too.

We are liking the fact that the Reno7 runs Android 12 – most other non-flagship Oppos/Realmes we’ve had this year were still on Android 11, even though the ColorOS overlay stood at 12. The 4,500mAh battery sounds like an adequate companion to the 6.43-inch display and 6nm chipset, and the 33W charging should bring decently speedy top-ups, though breaking speed records is off the table.

Oppo Reno7 specs at a glance:

  • Body: 159.9×73.2×7.5mm, 175g; Gorilla Glass 5 front, plastic frame, plastic/vegan leather back; IPX4 water resistant.
  • Display: 6.43″ AMOLED, 90Hz, 430 nits (typ), 600 nits (HBM), 800 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 409ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G (6 nm): Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Kryo 265 Gold & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo 265 Silver); Adreno 610.
  • Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM; UFS 2.2; microSDXC.
  • OS/Software: Android 12, ColorOS 12.1.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, 1/2.0″, 0.7µm, PDAF; Macro: 2 MP, f/3.3, (microscope); Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.
  • Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.4, 24mm (wide), 1/2.74″, 0.8µm.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: [email protected], gyro-EIS; Front camera: [email protected], gyro-EIS.
  • Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 33W, Reverse charging.
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); 3.5mm jack; RGB ring light around the camera (notifications, charging progress).

Oppo Reno7 unboxing

Our Reno7 review unit arrived in a phone-only state – sometimes we get a suitcase full of accessories, sometimes it’s like this. But retail Reno7s do ship with a 33W adapter to match the phone’s spec, as well as a cable to go with it. A protective case is also included.

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Design, build quality, handling

The Reno7 we have for review took us a couple of years back, reminding us of the Find X2 Pro. In this Sunset Orange colorway, the Reno sports a faux leather back complimented by a gold-looking frame and while the shapes and hues are off, the Find reference is there.

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

‘Fiberglass leather’ Oppo calls it, and they’ve done a lab test for denim friction resistance for 200,000… rubs against jeans? Admittedly a weird metric, but in any case, the rear panel is comfortable to hold and it won’t pick up fingerprints.

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

We haven’t seen the Cosmic Black version in person, but it’s looking like it has that glitter effect when exposed to bright light – we like that too.

Sunset or Cosmic, the Reno7 is IPX4-rated. The X means it has no rating for dust resistance, so maybe don’t keep it on the table while you’re kneading that pizza dough, but the 4 signifies it should be good in case of a water splash.

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

The camera island has a rather distinct design, the two-tone color look accentuating the actually usable cameras. It’s quite a significant bump too, but it’s not too prone to wobbling – not while using the keyboard at least.

A unique feature on the Reno7 which is sort of a byproduct of its camera setup is the ring light around the microscope camera. Not only will it light up your subject when shooting in close quarters, but it can be used for notifications and as a status light when charging.

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

The frame of the Reno7 may be giving us Find vibes, but it’s objectively very different, in fact. For one, it’s plastic, but that’s of little consequence for handling – it doesn’t feel cheap. More importantly, it’s flat so it offers plenty of gripping surface and you can easily pick up the handset from a table, thin as the Reno may be as a whole.

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

And it’s pretty thin, yes – Oppo quotes 7.54mm for the Sunset version and 7.49mm for the Cosmic one. Measuring 159.9×73.2mm, the Reno7 has a reasonably compact footprint and it’s not too heavy either at 175g. The size, shape and materials make it very enjoyable to handle, an achievement not all midrangers can claim.

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Oppo maintains the left-right separation in its controls placement too – the volume buttons (two discrete ones, as opposed to a rocker) are on the left, while the power button is on the right. All three have nicely positive click feedback.

Also on the left is the card slot and Reno7 has the best of implementations – you get to have two nano SIMs and a microSD card all in at the same time.

Power button on the right - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Volume rocker and card slot on the left - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Triple-card tray - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Power button on the right • Volume rocker and card slot on the left • Triple-card tray

Another welcome sight is the 3.5mm jack on the bottom. Keeping it company are the usual bits – mic, USB-C port, and loudspeaker.

At the very opposite end of the phone there’s another mic too.

3.5mm jack and the usual stuff on the bottom - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Secondary mic up top - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

3.5mm jack and the usual stuff on the bottom • Secondary mic up top

The front of the Reno7 sees the 6.43-inch OLED display surrounded by a ‘midrange-grade’ black frame, if you’ll allow that distinction. It’s not minimal, per se, and the chin is thicker than the rest of it, but it’s not in any way a disturbing amount of bezel.

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

A cutout in the top left corner of the display is where the selfie camera peeks through, while the earpiece is behind a grille above the display. The panel itself is protected by Gorilla Glass 5, which should be pretty sturdy on its own, but Oppo’s also applied a plastic screen protector for extra peace of mind.

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

The Reno7 is equipped with an optical underdisplay fingerprint sensor that’s located relatively low on the phone. The thicker chin and reasonable overall dimensions do make its less-than-ideal position less of an issue, and after a short getting to know each other phase, using it becomes second nature.

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Overall, the Reno7 is both easy on the eyes and trouble-free to use. The Sunset Orange colorway with its synthetic leather back handles well and wards off fingerprints, looking good in the process. Size and weight are also on the low end of the spectrum, which we see as an advantage in a world of too big phones.

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

6.43″ OLED as on other Oppos, this one with 90Hz capability

The Oppo Reno7 comes with a 6.43-inch OLED display – diagonal and technology shared among most of the Reno7 lineup (the Reno7 Pro 5G stands out with a 6.55-inch panel). The screen has a 1080x2400px resolution in a 20:9 ratio for a 409ppi pixel density.

What’s not universal among the 6.43-inch Renos is the refresh rate – the Lite, for example, is capped at 60Hz, while the Reno7 proper here goes up to 90Hz. Oppo also specifies a touch sampling rate of 120Hz when using 5 fingers, up to 180Hz for 2 fingers – a somewhat unusual distinction.

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

All of the 6.43-inch Reno7s are rated for 430nits of typical brightness, up to 600nits in bright ambient conditions. In our testing, the vanilla Reno7 was good for 439nits when operating the slider manually, with the auto-triggered boost reaching 624nits – so Oppo’s claims aren’t unfounded. The Reno7 Lite and the Reno7 5G are still marginally brighter, for one reason or another, while Xiaomi and Samsung midrangers can push 150-200nits more in auto brightness mode.

Display test100% brightness
Black,cd/m2White,cd/m2Contrast ratio
Oppo Reno70439
Oppo Reno7 (Max Auto)0624
Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G0447
Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G (Max Auto)0657
Oppo Reno7 5G0456
Oppo Reno7 5G (Max Auto)0635
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G0479
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G (Max Auto)0760
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro0470
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro (Max Auto)0746
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G0427
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G (Max Auto)0830
Samsung Galaxy M530403
Samsung Galaxy M53 (Max Auto)0802
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G0407
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G (Max Auto)0728
Realme 9 Pro0.2884611601:1
Realme 9 Pro (Max Auto)0.3855671473:1
Realme 9 Pro+0433
Realme 9 Pro+ (Max Auito)0613

You get two modes for color reproduction, and neither is particularly accurate. Vivid mode does offer punchy colors and a wide color gamut, targeting the DCI-P3 color space, while Natural is more muted and sRGB-focused. We got an average dE2000 of around 5 in both modes for their respective test patterns and a similarly blue rendition of the grayscale range between the two. Opting for the Warm color temperature preset only helped marginally with the average numbers, but the grayscale still couldn’t get very accurate, only shifting towards red/pink.

Oppo makes no mention of HDR support on the Reno7/F21 Pro spec pages, and despite the odd HDR checker app reporting HDR10, we got no HDR streams from any of the popular platforms (YouTube/Netflix/Amazon Prime Video). The Widevine L1 certification does mean you get to enjoy FullHD streams.

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

The high refresh rate implementation on the Reno7 is the same one we observed on the Reno7 5G, and it’s a fairly basic one (not that we’d expect otherwise). There are two modes – High and Standard, and Standard locks things at 60Hz. The High setting will give you 90Hz in all compatible apps and across the UI, but will switch down to 60Hz after a few seconds of inactivity, as well as in video playback apps, games, the camera viewfinder and Google maps.

Oppo Reno7 battery life

The Reno7 is equipped with a 4,500mAh battery, the same capacity as the rest of the family, and a very reasonable number, given the chipset/display combo. Indeed, we got some excellent endurance out of this ensemble.

We clocked nearly 17 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing. Admittedly, that test was carried out with the display running at 60Hz since the phone wouldn’t allow 90Hz for our testing software, but it’s a respectable score nonetheless. The 21:28h result we got in video playback (that one at 60Hz, too) is a great number, and the 33 hours of voice calls don’t leave anything to be desired.

Factoring in a good standby performance, the Oppo Reno7 arrived at an overall Endurance rating of 127h.

Oppo Reno7 review

Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSerDevice app. The endurance rating denotes how long the battery charge will last you if you use the device for an hour of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. More details can be found here.

Video test carried out in 60Hz refresh rate mode. Web browsing test done at the display’s highest refresh rate whenever possible. Refer to the respective reviews for specifics. To adjust the endurance rating formula to match your own usage – check out our all-time battery test results chart.

Charging speed

We mentioned already that we didn’t have a full retail bundle with our Reno7 review unit, but we did have a 33W charger, just like the one that ships with the phone.

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Using that one, we clocked a full charge from flat to take 1:10h, and the battery was half-full at the half-hour mark. These are essentially the same results we got on the Reno7 Lite and the Realme 9 Pro, though higher-end models from both companies can charge faster.

30min charging test (from 0%)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    100%
  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    90%
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    78%
  • Realme 9 Pro+
    77%
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
    53%
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    52%
  • Realme 9 Pro
    52%
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    51%
  • Oppo Reno7
    50%
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    50%
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    45%

Time to full charge (from 0%)

Lower is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    0:16h
  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    0:37h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    0:48h
  • Realme 9 Pro+
    0:49h
  • Oppo Reno7
    1:10h
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    1:11h
  • Realme 9 Pro
    1:14h
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    1:15h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    1:18h
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    1:24h
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
    1:28h

Speaker test

The Reno7 has a single loudspeaker on the bottom of the phone, firing out of a three-slotted grille.

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

In our testing, the phone earned the same ‘Average’ mark for loudness as the Reno7 5G and the Reno7 Lite. The vanilla Reno7 sounds a lot like the 5G version, with well-defined treble and clear vocals, if still missing low-end rumble. The Lite remains slightly louder and is a bit more midtone-forward.

Use the Playback controls to listen to the phone sample recordings (best use headphones). We measure the average loudness of the speakers in LUFS. A lower absolute value means a louder sound. A look at the frequency response chart will tell you how far off the ideal “0db” flat line is the reproduction of the bass, treble, and mid frequencies. You can add more phones to compare how they differ. The scores and ratings are not comparable with our older loudspeaker test. Learn more about how we test here.

ColorOS 12.1 on top of Android 12

The Reno7 proper is the odd one out of the whole Reno7 family – in a good way. It launched on Android 12, unlike the rest of them, though that difference is largely offset by a consistent layer of ColorOS on top. Admittedly, however, the new core OS version means a few new core features that you don’t get on Android 11-based builds.

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Key among those are Android 12’s new privacy features. Privacy dashboard is your hub for gaining insight on which permissions have been granted to which apps and when they have been used. Precise or approximate location is another of the new privacy-focused options you get for apps that use that permission. Toggles for limiting camera and mic access across the board can be placed in the quick toggles area too, and you get an icon in the status bar when either of the two is actively being used.

Privacy - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Privacy - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Privacy - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Privacy - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Privacy - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Privacy - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Privacy

A feature specific to the Reno7 and a couple of other models in the lineup (though implemented slightly differently from model to model) is the breathing light on the back. It’s another use of the ring light around the microscope camera and serves as a notification and status indicator for active charging, calls and notifications. Most of us aren’t ones to keep phones face-down, though, so the feature may be lost on us.

Breathing light - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Breathing light - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Breathing light

On the surface, the UI is the same as what we saw on other ColorOS 12 phones. We got an app drawer pre-enabled, but you can opt for the single-tiered, everything-on-the-homescreen layout too. The notification shade is presented in a standard way, and the quick toggles have the Oppo green accent color by default (there’s an auto-brightness switch in there too). The recent apps menu is a regular implementation, in the sense that you get side-scrollable vertical cards. The main Settings menu features Oppo’s colorful icons for easier navigation.

Homescreen - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
App drawer - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Recent apps - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Notification shade - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Quick toggles - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Settings - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Homescreen • App drawer • Recent apps • Notification shade • Quick toggles • Settings

Most of the UI elements on ColorOS can be customized. We are talking deep customization of app icons, accent colors, quick toggles and their shape, font, fingerprint reader animation, Edge lighting for incoming notifications, the Always-on display – the lot. We couldn’t find a theme store, though.

UI customizations - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
UI customizations - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
UI customizations - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
UI customizations - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
UI customizations - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
UI customizations - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

UI customizations

Granular notification customization is a thing we really like on ColorOS 12. The system allows for advanced notification handling in the drop-down menu, such as instant replies or other suggested actions. Incoming notifications when the phone is in use will arrive with a quieter sound and milder vibration. Notification snoozing is another neat feature that lets you attend to conversations or other apps later without having to keep them in the notification shade and clutter up.

For enhanced privacy, the system can hide the contents of the notification once the front-facing camera detects someone other than you. This requires the facial unlocking feature to be enabled and uses that data to match with your face.

Notification options - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Notification options - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Notification options - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Notification options - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Notification options - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Notification options

Speaking of, the Reno7 supports face unlock, but you’d be better off using the fingerprint reader for extra security. It’s the optical variety and worked great in our experience.

Biometrics and security - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Biometrics and security - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Biometrics and security - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Biometrics and security

The Icon pull-down gesture is here to make it way easier to operate with one hand on an overcrowded home screen with plenty of app icons. Just swipe down alongside the edge of the display to bring down the icons close to your thumb and select an app to launch.

Icon-pull down gesture - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Icon-pull down gesture - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Icon-pull down gesture • Icon-pull down gesture

The Special features tab holds the familiar Smart Sidebar and Flexible windows functions. They are both tailored toward better multitasking. When turned on, the sidebar offers quick access to some of your favorite apps. The system allows you to adjust the position of the sidebar, which is crucial because it might interfere with the back gesture if you are using the standard Android gestures. Anyway, tap and hold on an app icon enters split-screen mode while a single tap opens up the app in a floating window. The supported apps can be opened in small, draggable and size-adjustable windows.

The Quick launch function allows you to set up to three apps that can be launched as soon as the display is unlocked. Tap and hold on the fingerprint reader from a locked screen to open up the Quick launch menu.

The good old screen-off gestures that allow you to launch certain apps or the flashlight by drawing letters on a locked screen are here to stay.

Special features - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Special features - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Special features - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Special features - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Special features - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Special features - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Special features

A bunch of proprietary apps are also included, often alongside alternatives from Google in the international version of phones. You get first-party apps like Photos, Phone Manager, My Files, Music, and Games (game launcher with various settings).

Performance and benchmarks

The Reno7 is powered by the Snapdragon 680 chipset – a modest midrange SoC with a focus on endurance more so than performance. It features an octa-core CPU in a 4+4 configuration, its Kryo-branded cores being based on Cortex-A73 and Cortex A53 designs (4×2.4GHz + 4×1.9GHz). The GPU is Adreno 610. Oppo is quite generous on the memory front, and the Reno7 has 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage (our unit is the higher spec).

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

The Reno7 is quick to reveal its lack of ambition in the performance department showing particularly low results in the single-core test in GeekBench – essentially, all competing chipsets have more powerful cores in their performance clusters, even if it’s just two of them.

There’s a more even distribution under multi-core loads, but the Reno7 remains towards the bottom of the charts.

GeekBench 5 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G
    815
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    743
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    742
  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    738
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    736
  • Samsung Galaxy M53
    730
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
    728
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
    694
  • Realme 9 Pro
    694
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    688
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    688
  • Poco X4 Pro 5G
    687
  • OnePlus Nord N20 5G
    676
  • Honor Magic4 Lite
    666
  • Sony Xperia 10 IV
    662
  • Realme 9 5G
    610
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
    588
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    511
  • Oppo Reno7
    380
  • Samsung Galaxy A23
    380
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    376
  • Samsung Galaxy A13
    153

GeekBench 5 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G
    2691
  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    2276
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    2225
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
    2157
  • Poco X4 Pro 5G
    2063
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    2063
  • Samsung Galaxy M53
    2037
  • Realme 9 Pro
    2020
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    1996
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
    1956
  • OnePlus Nord N20 5G
    1945
  • Sony Xperia 10 IV
    1908
  • Honor Magic4 Lite
    1906
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    1900
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    1891
  • Realme 9 5G
    1823
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
    1820
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    1729
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    1662
  • Oppo Reno7
    1653
  • Samsung Galaxy A23
    1632
  • Samsung Galaxy A13
    588

The Reno7 places similarly low in an Antutu comparison, though it does claim a victory here over the Galaxy A23, for what that’s worth.

AnTuTu 9

Higher is better

  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    479608
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    437872
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
    436640
  • Samsung Galaxy M53
    436197
  • Realme 9 Pro
    401894
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
    399306
  • Sony Xperia 10 IV
    396008
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    394918
  • Honor Magic4 Lite
    387218
  • Poco X4 Pro 5G
    384646
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    382902
  • OnePlus Nord N20 5G
    380672
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    379313
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    376819
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
    360255
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    319093
  • Oppo Reno7
    289250
  • Samsung Galaxy A23
    273554
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    244526
  • Samsung Galaxy A13
    136286

The Adreno 610 is a fine match for that unassuming CPU and graphics benchmarks reveal a similar distribution of forces – the Reno7 isn’t threatening any serious competitor with its oomph.

GFX Car Chase ES 3.1 (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    22
  • Samsung Galaxy M53
    21
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    20
  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    20
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    19
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
    19
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    17
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
    17
  • Honor Magic4 Lite
    17
  • Poco X4 Pro 5G
    17
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    17
  • Sony Xperia 10 IV
    16
  • OnePlus Nord N20 5G
    16
  • Realme 9 Pro
    16
  • Realme 9 5G
    14
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
    13
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    12
  • Oppo Reno7
    7.2
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    6.8
  • Samsung Galaxy A23
    6.7
  • Samsung Galaxy A13
    5.2

GFX Car Chase ES 3.1 (offscreen 1080p)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy M53
    26
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    25
  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    24
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
    24
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    23
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    23
  • Honor Magic4 Lite
    21
  • Sony Xperia 10 IV
    20
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
    20
  • OnePlus Nord N20 5G
    20
  • Poco X4 Pro 5G
    20
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    19
  • Realme 9 Pro
    19
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    19
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
    16
  • Realme 9 5G
    16
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    14
  • Samsung Galaxy A23
    8.3
  • Oppo Reno7
    8.1
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    8
  • Samsung Galaxy A13
    6.2

GFX Manhattan ES 3.1 (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy M53
    38
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    38
  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    36
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    35
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    35
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
    35
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    31
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
    30
  • Poco X4 Pro 5G
    30
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    30
  • Honor Magic4 Lite
    29
  • OnePlus Nord N20 5G
    29
  • Realme 9 Pro
    29
  • Sony Xperia 10 IV
    28
  • Realme 9 5G
    25
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
    23
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    22
  • Oppo Reno7
    14
  • Samsung Galaxy A23
    12
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    12
  • Samsung Galaxy A13
    8.3

GFX Manhattan ES 3.1 (offscreen 1080p)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    43
  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    42
  • Samsung Galaxy M53
    42
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
    40
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    38
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    38
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    35
  • Sony Xperia 10 IV
    35
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
    35
  • Honor Magic4 Lite
    35
  • OnePlus Nord N20 5G
    35
  • Realme 9 Pro
    35
  • Poco X4 Pro 5G
    34
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    34
  • Realme 9 5G
    27
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
    26
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    24
  • Oppo Reno7
    20
  • Samsung Galaxy A23
    15
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    15
  • Samsung Galaxy A13
    9.4

GFX Manhattan ES 3.0 (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    57
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    56
  • Samsung Galaxy M53
    56
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    55
  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    52
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
    51
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    43
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
    43
  • OnePlus Nord N20 5G
    42
  • Poco X4 Pro 5G
    42
  • Honor Magic4 Lite
    41
  • Realme 9 Pro
    41
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    41
  • Sony Xperia 10 IV
    39
  • Realme 9 5G
    39
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
    36
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    34
  • Oppo Reno7
    20
  • Samsung Galaxy A23
    18
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    18
  • Samsung Galaxy A13
    14

GFX Manhattan ES 3.0 (offscreen 1080p)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy M53
    64
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    64
  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    61
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
    61
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    60
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    60
  • Honor Magic4 Lite
    50
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    48
  • Sony Xperia 10 IV
    48
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
    48
  • OnePlus Nord N20 5G
    48
  • Poco X4 Pro 5G
    47
  • Realme 9 Pro
    47
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    47
  • Realme 9 5G
    41
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
    40
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    37
  • Oppo Reno7
    22
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    21
  • Samsung Galaxy A23
    20
  • Samsung Galaxy A13
    16

3DMark Wild Life Vulkan 1.1 (offscreen 1440p)

Higher is better

  • Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G
    4219
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    2292
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    2260
  • Samsung Galaxy M53
    2203
  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    2037
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
    2036
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    2014
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
    1231
  • Realme 9 5G
    1228
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    1217
  • Sony Xperia 10 IV
    1213
  • Honor Magic4 Lite
    1211
  • Poco X4 Pro 5G
    1211
  • Realme 9 Pro
    1211
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
    1209
  • OnePlus Nord N20 5G
    1205
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    1204
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    1101
  • Samsung Galaxy A13
    510
  • Oppo Reno7
    450
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    439
  • Samsung Galaxy A23
    429

Another good thing about lower-end chipsets besides their frugal battery consumption is sustained performance. The Reno7 may not be a powerhouse, but it’s consistent in its output. For the most part, that is – 50 minutes into a full-power CPU throttling test, we observed a bit of a hiccup, but hardly something to worry about.

64MP main camera, no ultrawide, but yes microscope

The Reno7 has a somewhat unusual camera system that consists of three units. There’s nothing unorthodox about the primary unit – it’s a run-of-the-mill 64MP unit. The 2MP depth sensor is as good as non-existent, and that, too is a fairly popular choice. The third camera is where it gets slightly interesting, as it’s a ‘microscope’ – more on that later. Which brings the total of cameras on this phone’s back to three, and that’s all of them – there’s no ultrawide, which we’ve come to take for granted at pretty much any price point.

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Starting back from that last point, quite a few of the Reno7s actually omit the ultrawide, so the vanilla model’s specs shouldn’t be that big of a surprise. Still, a basic 8MP unit could have made the Reno7 a lot more versatile without breaking the bank – then again, we’re no accountants. It’s worth mentioning that the Reno7 Lite (a.k.a. F21 Pro 5G) doesn’t have an ultrawide either.

Neither does it have a microscope, but the Reno7 (a.k.a. F21 Pro, since we went there) does. It’s not a spec-heavy camera – the GalaxyCore GC02M1 sensor is a tiny 2MP 1/5″ unit with 1.75µm pixels, and it’s placed behind an f/3.3 lens. Focus is fixed, and the subject distance from the camera housing is just a few mm.

This brings us to the primary camera. It uses the 64MP OmniVision OV64B sensor (1/2.0″ optical format, 0.7µm pixel size) placed behind a 26mm-equivalent lens with an f/1.7 aperture. From what we can gather, that’s the main camera on at least 5 of the Reno7s, and who knows how many other midrangers.

For selfies, you get another popular hardware choice – a 32MP Sony IMX 709 sensor (1/2.74″, 0.8µm, Quad Bayer). It’s paired with an f/2.4 aperture lens with a fixed focus.

The move to Android 12 hasn’t introduced any changes to the camera app, and it’s the same as what we saw on the Reno7 5G and Reno7 Lite. It’s straightforward – the main camera modes are arranged in a typical carousel formation, while the Microscope mode is accessed from the More sub-menu. You will find two zoom toggles on the viewfinder – one for the main 1x mode, one for the 2x zoom that’s still sourced from the main camera.

The usual controls for HDR and the AI mode can be found on top of the viewfinder. There is a Pro mode in the More tab that lets you select shutter speeds all the way to 32s and ISO up to 6400, with a histogram available too. The Settings menu gives you the standard list of options like grid lines, geotagging, and shutter sound toggle.

Camera UI - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Camera UI - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Camera UI - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Camera UI - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Camera UI - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Camera UI - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Camera UI

Daylight image quality

Daylight photos from the Reno7’s main camera (in a way, its only camera) are good for the class. The 16MP images contain a whole lot of detail, and it’s rendered in a very organic way. There’s a somewhat unusually high level of grain in these, however – not bothersome, but noticeable. Dynamic range isn’t super-wide, but it’s good enough to not be an issue. Colors, meanwhile, are very likeable – not over the top, not dull either. We also had consistently accurate white balance, so there were no weird color casts.

Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/1321s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.8, ISO 99, 1/1174s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/1724s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.8, ISO 99, 1/1998s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/1662s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/1940s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/1191s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.8, ISO 99, 1/561s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/1156s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/1443s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.8, ISO 255, 1/50s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.8, ISO 503, 1/50s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Daylight samples, main camera (1x)

The 2x zoom button in the viewfinder may not have a dedicated camera to do its work, but the main camera does pull off rather remarkable results. These are very detailed images, even on a pixel level, and they look like they can be coming out of a standalone 16MP tele. They’re not flawless, and you could see a certain jagged rendition of certain types of detail plus, we had the occasional soft photo, but overall it’s a very good zoom performance for a phone with no zoom camera.

Daylight samples, main camera (2x zoom) - f/1.8, ISO 99, 1/776s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (2x zoom) - f/1.8, ISO 99, 1/873s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (2x zoom) - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/860s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (2x zoom) - f/1.8, ISO 99, 1/1174s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Daylight samples, main camera (2x zoom)

The 64MP mode does appear to be arriving at the full resolution through demosaicking rather than upscaling 16MP shots to 64MP as some other lower-end phones do. You can get a better detail than in 16MP mode in these well-lit daylight scenes, but these shots do tend to be substantially noisier.

Daylight samples, main camera (1x), 64MP - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/787s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x), 64MP - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/900s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x), 64MP - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/1749s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x), 64MP - f/1.8, ISO 99, 1/1998s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Daylight samples, main camera (1x), 64MP - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/1662s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x), 64MP - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/1361s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x), 64MP - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/860s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x), 64MP - f/1.8, ISO 99, 1/1401s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Daylight samples, main camera (1x), 64MP

Low-light image quality

In low light, the Reno7 isn’t having the time of its life. Dynamic range is rather narrow, with highlights in a particularly dire state, though the shadows are way too dark as well. There’s plenty of noise to be seen, though detail can pass for decent in areas that have some light for the phone to work with. Colors maintain their saturation well; there’s just not a whole lot of them when images are overall underexposed, and the highlights are blown to white.

Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.8, ISO 9595, 1/10s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.8, ISO 8001, 1/10s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.8, ISO 9595, 1/10s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.8, ISO 9595, 1/10s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.8, ISO 9595, 1/10s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.8, ISO 9595, 1/10s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.8, ISO 4686, 1/20s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.8, ISO 1657, 1/17s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Low-light samples, main camera (1x)

Night mode introduces dramatic differences and makes tonal development a lot more likeable. Highlights are significantly better rendered, and there’s now detail where previously it was a blob of white. Shadows also get a nudge though it’s not quite as pronounced. One downside is that detail gets a bit softer in Nigh mode.

Low-light samples, main camera (1x), Night mode - f/1.8, ISO 9006, 1/8s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (1x), Night mode - f/1.8, ISO 6503, 1/8s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (1x), Night mode - f/1.8, ISO 13644, 1/8s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (1x), Night mode - f/1.8, ISO 13644, 1/8s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Low-light samples, main camera (1x), Night mode - f/1.8, ISO 13644, 1/8s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (1x), Night mode - f/1.8, ISO 13644, 1/8s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (1x), Night mode - f/1.8, ISO 2391, 1/12s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (1x), Night mode - f/1.8, ISO 2454, 1/11s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Low-light samples, main camera (1x), Night mode

At 2x zoom, low-light shots are just barely usable. We’d recommend using Night mode and avoiding examination beyond fit to screen level.

Low-light samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.8, ISO 6089, 1/17s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.8, ISO 12799, 1/17s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.8, ISO 12799, 1/17s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Low-light samples, main camera (2x)

Low-light samples, main camera (2x), Night mode - f/1.8, ISO 5786, 1/10s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (2x), Night mode - f/1.8, ISO 12799, 1/17s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (2x), Night mode - f/1.8, ISO 13644, 1/8s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Low-light samples, main camera (2x), Night mode

Once you’re done with the real-world samples, head over to our Photo compare tool to see how the Oppo Reno7 stacks up against the competition.

Photo Compare Tool
Photo Compare Tool
Photo Compare Tool

Oppo Reno7 against the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G and the Galaxy A33 in our Photo compare tool

Portrait mode

Subject detection in Portrait mode is fairly good, though there was the occasional mishap like the clipped ear in the first sample or the indecisive rendition of the hair in the third – nothing major, and it’s typically resolved by taking multiple shots. Perhaps toning down the blur level a notch from the default state could help make these look more natural, but it’s similarly a petty complaint.

Portrait mode samples - f/2.8, ISO 105, 1/100s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Portrait mode samples - f/2.8, ISO 342, 1/50s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Portrait mode samples - f/2.8, ISO 100, 1/153s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Portrait mode samples - f/2.8, ISO 99, 1/1227s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Portrait mode samples - f/2.8, ISO 100, 1/2849s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Portrait mode samples - f/2.8, ISO 99, 1/252s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Portrait mode samples - f/2.8, ISO 203, 1/50s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Portrait mode samples

Selfies

Seflies out of the Reno7 are alright. They’re saved at the nominal 32MP resolution, but they don’t have the detail to show for it – we’d speculate they started their lives as 8MP binned images, which were subsequently upscaled to 32MP and sharpened heartily. That said, these would certainly make excellently sharp 8MP or 12MP photos. Colors are generally accurate, even if a little on the unenthusiastic side.

Selfie samples - f/2.4, ISO 99, 1/148s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Selfie samples - f/2.4, ISO 197, 1/33s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Selfie samples - f/2.4, ISO 253, 1/30s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Selfie samples - f/2.4, ISO 246, 1/33s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Selfie samples - f/2.4, ISO 99, 1/754s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Selfie samples - f/2.4, ISO 100, 1/388s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Selfie samples

Selfie samples, Portrait mode - f/4.0, ISO 100, 1/151s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Selfie samples, Portrait mode - f/4.0, ISO 200, 1/33s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Selfie samples, Portrait mode - f/4.0, ISO 286, 1/33s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Selfie samples, Portrait mode - f/4.0, ISO 250, 1/33s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Selfie samples, Portrait mode - f/4.0, ISO 100, 1/743s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Selfie samples, Portrait mode - f/4.0, ISO 99, 1/382s - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Selfie samples, Portrait mode

Microscope camera

The microscope camera of the Reno7 is… interesting. The shooting process takes some getting used to since you need to be at a very specific distance from your subject in order to have it in focus, and it’s a very short distance – millimeters. And since the depth of field is razor-thin at such focus distances, the slightest of movements will affect the sharpness of your photos.

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

The 2MP nominal resolution actually drops to 1.44MP since the phone captures 1,200×1,200px square images. There are two magnifications, and the native one is labeled 15x in the viewfinder. It has decent per-pixel detail, there’s just not a whole lot of pixels, though it does let you capture things you otherwise couldn’t with a conventional camera. It’s nice as a novelty, and potentially even sort of useful if, for example, you need to see what subpixel arrangement your (other) displays have.

Microscope samples, 15x - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Microscope samples, 15x - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Microscope samples, 15x - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Microscope samples, 15x - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Microscope samples, 15x

The 30x magnification throws in some upscaling in the mix, and things start looking too soft.

Microscope samples, 30x - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Microscope samples, 30x - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Microscope samples, 30x - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review
Microscope samples, 30x - Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

Microscope samples, 30x

Video recording

The Reno7 has very basic video recording capabilities – it maxes out at 1080p at 30fps. It does have stabilization in this ‘top’ mode, and it also lets you encode your clips using the h.265 format for smaller file sizes – not that 1080p30 files are huge using h.264 and the 20Mbps bit rate (which itself is pretty high for that mode).

For what they are, the videos are pretty good. The Reno7 is among the better ones in terms of detail in 1080p, and it’s rendered pretty nicely too. Colors are giving us a bit of a cold vibe, and dynamic range could be wider.

1080p at 2x zoom, however, has a distinctly soft and heavily sharpened look which you can see even from afar. It’s no good.

Stabilization is quite good – shake from walking is ironed out, pans have no abrupt transitions, pointing in one direction is stable too. There is no focus hunting either – an otherwise fairly common issue.

Here’s a glimpse of how the Oppo Reno7 compares to rivals in our Video compare tool. Head over there for the complete picture.

Video Compare Tool
Video Compare Tool
Video Compare Tool

Oppo Reno7 against the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G and the Galaxy A33 in our Video compare tool

Competition

The Oppo Reno7 is priced at around €330 in Europe, while its F21 Pro alter ego goes for INR 23K in India. Naturally, that’s a very competitive market segment, and there’s no shortage of rivals.

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro reviewLeft to right: Reno7 • Reno7 5G • Reno7 Lite

Oppo’s got plenty of its own models here too, and we tried to point out similarities and differences with the Reno7’s stablemates as we went along. But basically, the selection depends heavily on whether you must have 5G and where you are in the world. If the answer to the first one is ‘yes’, then the vanilla Reno7 is obviously a no-go.

5G-capable Oppos roughly around this price point include, well, the Reno7 5G and the Reno7 Lite (a.k.a. F21 Pro 5G/Reno7 Z 5G), though they still come at a certain price premium over the Reno7 proper. All of them have beefier chipsets, but the Lite and its various reincarnations have 60Hz displays, unlike the Reno7. The Reno7 5G, meanwhile, matches the 4G version for refresh rate, charges faster and has an ultrawide camera – none of the others do. You can’t have 5G and a microscope, though (okay, you could, if you manage to dig up a Find X3 Pro and are willing to pay several Renos’ worth).

Oppo Reno7 5G
Oppo Reno7 Lite
Oppo Reno7 Z 5G
Oppo F21 Pro 5G

Oppo Reno7 5G • Oppo Reno7 Lite • Oppo Reno7 Z 5G • Oppo F21 Pro 5G

You could have 5G for Reno7 money, though – even less, in fact. And it’s even sort of coming from Oppo, too – the Realme 9 Pro offers you the next-gen connectivity, plus an ultrawide camera; you’ll just need to live with an LCD instead of an OLED display.

The Realme 9 Pro+, meanwhile, is a bit pricier than the F21 Pro in India, but retailing at essentially Reno7 money in Europe, and in addition to 5G it gets you an ultrawide and a higher-grade main camera, stereo speakers and faster charging. That’s a win for Realme, the way we see it.

Our go-to choice for midranger, the Galaxy A52s is still widely available despite coming from 2021, and it’s cheaper than the Reno7. It’s a no-brainer, really – a vastly superior chipset (with 5G), a better display, proper IP67 rating, a more versatile camera system (no microscope, but yes ultrawide and macro) – the Reno7 can’t win this one. Well, the F21 Pro could in India, where the Galaxy is 30-ish percent more expensive – that’s not an insignificant difference.

The Redmi Note 11 Pro (4G) is up to €100 cheaper than the Reno7, while it roughly matches the F21 Pro’s sticker in India. Going for the Redmi, you’d be looking at a better display (higher RR and brightness), stereo speakers, faster charging, and a slightly superior camera system. However, the Redmi can’t match the Reno’s battery life. Still, the Redmi is a better deal.

Realme 9 Pro
Realme 9 Pro+
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro

Realme 9 Pro • Realme 9 Pro+ • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro

Verdict

The Reno7 left a pretty positive impression on us after a couple of weeks of reviewing. It feels nice in hand, the faux leather and color team up to create a design unlike the mainstream midranger, and the splash resistance is a welcome checkmark on the spec sheet. The roomy 128GB base storage and the 8gigs of RAM don’t hurt its case either, while battery life is a particularly strong suit. We even got more than what we expected out of the camera, particularly in terms of zoom results, and even the microscope is fun, if a little gimmicky.

The microscope is no ultrawide camera, unfortunately, and the omission of that particular camera, which we know to be one of the cheaper components (for a modest one befitting the Reno7’s stature), is rubbing us the wrong way. Low-light results out of the main camera aren’t spectacular either, and the barebones video recording capabilities are another manifestation of what is a relatively low-end chipset.

Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

All things considered, the Reno7 can’t be a straight-up recommendation simply because more well-rounded alternatives exist, often at the same or lower price. It’s still an interesting proposition, though, and worth having a look at if you happen to like its peculiarities.

Pros

  • Standout design on this Sunset Orange colorway, reasonably light and compact too.
  • IPX4 rating is nice to have, even though the phone is not rated for submersion.
  • Long-lasting battery, decently fast charging for the money.
  • Generous RAM and storage capacity.
  • A few small niceties – 3.5mm jack, dedicated microSD slot, NFC (not on the F21 Pro, though).
  • Surprisingly good results at 2x zoom in daylight.
  • The microscope camera is fun.

Cons

  • Chipset is underpowered, does not support 5G (admittedly there are a bunch of Renos that do).
  • Unimpressive camera performance in low light.
  • No 4K or 1080p60 video recording.
  • No ultrawide camera.

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