Oppo Find 7 is one of the first 1440p smartphones, offers ultra-fast charging and 50MP photos

Daniel Bader

March 19, 2014 8:02am

Chinese manufacturer, Oppo, unveiled its latest high-end smartphone today, and by its name one would be forgiven for thinking the Find 7 refers to the device’s screen size. Instead, as a sequel to the Find 5, it offers one of the first 2560×1440 pixel displays in a 5.5-inch frame which, at 538ppi, makes it the most pixel-dense smartphone ever created.

The device, which will retail in May or June for $599 US, is not just a pretty face, either: it comes with a 2.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 32GB of internal storage and a microSD slot, 3GB of RAM, a 3000mAh battery with ultra-fast charging, and a 13MP rear camera that, using software tweaks, takes 10 photos in quick succession to create a giant 50MP canvas. The phone uses a proprietary rapid charging technology dubbed VOOC that promises to deliver 75% of the 3000mAh cell’s charge in 30 minutes without overheating.

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Though Oppo’s North American presence is virtually non-existent, the Find 7 is the second device, after the recently-announced N1, that will attempt to break down those barriers. When it hits the market later this year, it will run on a variety of North American LTE bands, including those available in Canada, and should be accessible to the average Android user out of the box. Without a CyanogenMOD version in site, users will have to make do with Oppo’s Color OS, a skin on top of Android 4.3 that, while muted and somewhat confusing at first glance, is not a heavy piece of software. Oppo traditionally opts for some Samsung-like gimmicks, and the Find 7 has plenty, including the ability to wave the phone around in the air to enable the camera.

The carbon fiber backing, pulsing bottom LED light, 4K video recording at 30fps and a 5MP front-facing camera round out this package that is likely more intriguing than desirable, but we’ll do our best to get our hands on a demo unit when it comes available.

In the meantime, our buddies at Engadget have a great hands-on demo of the Find 7.

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  • Max Fireman

    Wow, gorgeous. If only it ever came to Canada… We just got chromecast, I wonder how long this will take to arrive? 2016?

    • Henry Huynh

      Buddy of mine owns a find 5. They do ship to Canada in about a week of ordering

    • Max Fireman

      Good to know, thanks!

    • tj

      I live in Canada and got my find 5 within 3 days of purchase super quick and fast

    • Max Fireman

      I guess I was mistaken. You just never see people with Oppo’s around town or advertised.

    • Henry Huynh

      Same story with my pal

    • Bri Bru

      Is it reliable?? no issues? nothing?

    • Labrat407

      What carrier is he using?

    • Henry Huynh

      Wind, I guess that’s why you are asking right?

    • no matter

      you can get them now try kijjiji thats were i got mine

  • caanda45

    Amazing phone looks like great specs, but just to damn big….my biggest gripe with Android…imho!

    • Bri Bru

      I had Note 2 which I thought was a little too big in my hand (that’s what she said) but this one would be a lot better with thinner bezel. But yes, I do prefer smaller phones.

    • ADRi4N

      I think 5 inch phones are the best !

  • Plazmic Flame

    So is that “special battery” tech they were teasing about is the rapid charging? I definitely want to see some reviews about this device.

  • hoo dat

    1080p is hardly battery friendly, I wonder what effect 1440p has on battery life, rapid charging not-withstanding.

    • Super_Deluxe

      I beg to differ, I get a full day easily on my G2 with 60% brightness. So this might do just fine and also considering the Snap Dragon 800 series processors are now more battery efficient than ever.

    • hoo dat

      I’ve found that in general use 1080p is fine, but watching videos or high graphic games battery life falls to about half of what I’m getting in 720p. Just my observation.

    • Super_Deluxe

      That I can agree with which is why I don’t play graphic intensive games and watch 1080p movies on my phone :)

    • Anthony Roberts

      But then why if you dont play graphic intensive games or watch 1080p games what is the point of having a 1080p display or even worse 1440p…:). If it kills battery way too quick they should have made the battery life much better with better technology before implementing such resource hungry display specs…its sad the spec race is far more advanced and battery life hasnt kept up yet….:(

    • hoo dat

      This is exactly my train of thought, it’s a case of technology exceeding practicality. When I travel I often watch videos on a device and as such will choose my Z10 to take along with me as the battery life for video watching is far superior. Besides on a screen that’s 4″-5″ in size the brain cannot discern the difference between the lower and higher pixel count.

    • Anthony Roberts

      Trust me Hoo Dat. This PPI is the most stupid thing in this smartphone world so dumb….I will tell you why and I am around all devices Note 3…Samsung S4…HTC One and other devices all day including my old Z10 and Z30. Now when I had the Z10 very sharp display and when I learned it was 720p I was like who needs 1080p….now when I saw the Z30 and saw the PPI lower I was like oh boy the display must not be as nice but bow was I wrong. I play heavy games Like N.O.V.A 3…Modern Combat 4 and Batman…Let me tell you not only was the graphics better on the Z30 but color reproduction and sharpness to me was better. I believe for display 720p should be the standard even for flagships it is not needed to have 1080p my old roommate has the S4 and when he saw me play N.O.V.A 3 and played with it he was like damn the graphics are sharp and it plays smoothly and I told him its 720p and not 1080p he was shocked and even got the game on the s4 and you could only tell the difference a bit by 15 percent that’s all. This PPI war is silly and 1440p I am pretty sure looks amazing is completely useless heck for such a small screen you have to see have you eyes extremely close like less than an inch to see the pixels that IF you can see them. What matter is color reproduction and accuracy and outdoor lighting so that we can still see the screen outside not stupid resolution its a phone people that’s between 5 to 6 inches big 720p is more than enough. Only benedits higher resolution matter is big big tv’s especially projectors…that is when you will see the difference between 720p…1080p…and 4k…..It pisses me off seeing the ppi war give me a battery that last all day with extreme heavy useage like back in the day Nokia’s and Blackberry’s and older phones…carrying a charger around all day is not only backwards but extremely stupid and not productive as you are tied down to a wall hence making a mobile phone pointless LOL

    • Anthony Roberts

      Trust me Hoo Dat. This PPI is the most stupid thing in this smartphone world so dumb….I will tell you why and I am around all devices Note 3…Samsung S4…HTC One and other devices all day including my old Z10 and Z30. Now when I had the Z10 very sharp display and when I learned it was 720p I was like who needs 1080p….now when I saw the Z30 and saw the PPI lower I was like oh boy the display must not be as nice but bow was I wrong. I play heavy games Like N.O.V.A 3…Modern Combat 4 and Batman…Let me tell you not only was the graphics better on the Z30 but color reproduction and sharpness to me was better. I believe for display 720p should be the standard even for flagships it is not needed to have 1080p my old roommate has the S4 and when he saw me play N.O.V.A 3 and played with it he was like damn the graphics are sharp and it plays smoothly and I told him its 720p and not 1080p he was shocked and even got the game on the s4 and you could only tell the difference a bit by 15 percent that’s all. This PPI war is silly and 1440p I am pretty sure looks amazing is completely useless heck for such a small screen you have to see have you eyes extremely close like less than an inch to see the pixels that IF you can see them. What matter is color reproduction and accuracy and outdoor lighting so that we can still see the screen outside not stupid resolution its a phone people that’s between 5 to 6 inches big 720p is more than enough. Only benedits higher resolution matter is big big tv’s especially projectors…that is when you will see the difference between 720p…1080p…and 4k…..It pisses me off seeing the ppi war give me a battery that last all day with extreme heavy useage like back in the day Nokia’s and Blackberry’s and older phones…carrying a charger around all day is not only backwards but extremely stupid and not productive as you are tied down to a wall hence making a mobile phone pointless LOL

    • Bri Bru

      As a person who cares so much about phone displays, I disagree. Before I say anything though, I should make a point that this is totally personal and I’m guessing that there are some people have similar tastes as mine when it comes to smartphones. I do love high-res displays and I don’t play much games on my devices. I just love to read texts and view photos and etc on high-res displays and it does make difference than doing the same on lower-res displays. I know that at some point, it’s hard to tell the difference unless you look at them side by side but for example, I owned Note 2 in the past (720p on 5.5″) and I actually like my N4 more than Note 2 because of its higher res display so I switched back. I also owned a Xperia Z for a couple of weeks and although the colour reproduction was somewhat poor but I still loved the 1080p resolution and it looked quite nice. My guess is that I would notice the difference 1080p and 1040p on 5.5″ display and I think I’d sacrifice some battery life for that high-res display. And I actually think high-resolution displays benefit more on hand held devices since we look at the screen at such short distance and that’s probably why most TV still stay at 1080p with 40+ inches screen. Anyway, my point is that it all comes to preference.

    • Anthony Roberts

      I honestly respect with your reply because it was sensible and just personal preference. My argument really is that if you want to create a 1440p or 2000p or whatever screen for sure bring it on!!! But battery technology cannot keep up with it…I really wish there is a breakthrough in battery power that’s all. Trust me Bri Bru I would love to play a high end game with 1440p graphics LOL would look sweet. For now though we need to focus on battery life and most of all software innovation instead of this spec race….:(

    • Bri Bru

      Yea I see what you’re saying. Definitely the battery tech seems to be behind compared to the CPU/RAM/displays and etc. I’d love to see a high-end device that lasts 2+ days without hassle.

    • Anthony Roberts

      Hopefully one of the Big 4’s BB,Android,iOS or Windows will achieve this one day and then the rest will follow but man 2 days without hassle charging with medium to heavy use to would be a mircale :)

    • Sweet

      You’re right, the PPI is indeed related to the distance between the screen and your eyes, though I don’t know what the formula is. That’s why phones have higher PPIs than tablets, which have higher PPIs than laptops, which have higher PPIs than TVs, etc.

      I know for HDTVs (1080p), the optimal distance between your eyes and the screen, based on your eyes’ aperture, is 1.8 times the diagonal of the screen — e.g. 90 inches for a 50-inch TV. Now whether you prefer that distance or not, is a completely different story. :-) I prefer to sit a little closer, especially when playing video games.

    • Super_Deluxe

      This what I’ve been saying for the last few months now, the specs is far more advanced than the batteries we are using today. Duracell, energizer, or Panasonic would’ve made a big profit if they made much better and more efficient batteries for smartphones, tablets, and laptops since this is what they all specialize in. I really hope the state of which the batteries are in improves greatly very soon or else we’ll continue to be stuck on relying on a charger and a close by outlet.

    • ADRi4N

      The Antutu score of Find 7 is around 37000 points. So, 60fps on NOVA 3 ;p

    • Noah Roesler

      I don’t think it’s really the screen that kills the battery, its really the app. Some apps are just so poorly built/optimized that they suck up the battery without even doing anything. For example, have you ever tried leaving the camera on or playing Clash of Clans? The phone gets HOT. And the battery fails within the hour. But I can surf the web or watch YouTube videos for hours with no problem.

    • ADRi4N

      If you don’t mind, it’s a removable battery! So you can buy other battery with…5000 mAh man! This is not a problem!

  • KiwiBri

    without any decent marketing I doubt you would see this around on carriers here… Every Joe and Jane I know seem to think the Samsung phones are the only other choice other than Apple.

    • Kaldrak

      Must agree with you there. A huge majority of people think there’s only 2 type of phones ; iPhone or Galaxy S3/4. It sucks because if they have a bad experience with Samsung, most of the time they will switch to iPhone because “Android have bad batteries or whatever”.

      That or they get a really cheap phone for free with their contract and, let’s be honest, most of these phones gives a really bad example of what Android has to offer. So people turns tout iPhone because “Android sucks”.

    • Raphael Del Castillo

      To the average person that is true. But there are many of us out there that know how well android performs depending on the manufacturer of the phone. I personally like Samsung. It is reliable and I enjoy the specs they push out on their phones. I’m currently using the note 3 and I have to say I love it. Haven’t had any hardware issues with Samsung phones that I would get with lg or htc.

  • goolger

    chinese spyware junk

    • Tom Peppermint

      I can’t comment on Oppo’s smartphone quality, but they have been making high-end optical disc players for years and are far from junk.

    • canuck07

      Very smart, my friend. Ever heard of NSA? You know how much information Google’s been able to pull off you? You are one American slave for believing in everything they say.

  • Super_Deluxe

    I don’t really mind actually. I’m used to plugging my phone in the charger before I go to bed anyway :)

    • hoo dat

      When you’re travelling that’s sometimes hard to do and that’s when I most prefer to watch movies and play games. I do carry a spare but nothing’s more annoying than having to stop watching/playing to switch. The longer I can go on the happier I am.

  • Hail Eff

    Now THAT looks like a beauty. I’ve been planning on buying the Sony Xperia Z2 once it comes available, but I may hold back and wait for more information on this. This looks amazing.

  • Labrat407

    Have not seen the full specs yet, but I was wondering which carriers this could work on? Is Bell an option?

    • Sam Wiggans

      Yeah

  • PT

    Does this phone comes with a build in Spy App? It’s worth every penny.

  • blzd

    6-8 hours SoT on my Nexus 5 which is only rated at 2300mAh. 1080p isn’t too bad when the screen has PSR (Panel Self Refresh), also known as “GRAM” on the LG G2.

    What most people don’t realize is how battery efficient Snapdragon 800 can be if your system isn’t hammering it unnecessarily, as most people’s phones tend to do. If Snapdragon 801 continues that trend the Oppo 7 shouldnt have battery problems either.

  • rio

    Does anyone know if this phone will work with any carrier in Canada like mts?