July 1, 2022

The sophisticated thin body and performance deterioration prevention function are attractive! Oppo “OPPO Reno7 A” pre-launch review

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Review of Oppo’s middle-range smartphone “OPPO Reno 7 A” to be released on June 23, 2022. I would like to pay attention to features that rivals do not have and check them.
Organic EL display revives in attractive slim body
The balance between price and performance, so-called cost performance, is important in choosing smartphones these days. Among them, Oppo’s “Reno A” series is a series that can be said to be the forerunner of high-cost smartphones that are compatible with FeliCa, waterproof and dustproof, and have the necessary and sufficient basic performance. The new model “OPPO Reno7 A”, which is the 4th generation, inherits those characteristics and is a more sophisticated model. Since it is a popular series, it has a wide range of sales channels, and in addition to au, UQ mobile, Ymobile, and Rakuten mobile communication carriers, so-called SIM-free models for the open market will be released at MVNO companies, consumer electronics mass retailers, and EC sites. ..

First, let’s take a look at the redesigned design. It features a trendy straight and flat silhouette and a uniquely processed back called “OPPO Glow”. The body size is about 73.4 (width) x 159.7 (height) x 7.6 (thickness) mm, and the weight is about 175 g. Compared to the previous model “OPPO Reno5 A”, the width is 0.8 mm and the height is 2.3 mm. The thickness is 0.6mm and the weight is about 7g, which are smaller and lighter. Especially, thinness will be a point of interest.

The display is a 6.4-inch organic EL compatible with 2,400 x 1,080 full HD +, and the organic display has been revived for the first time in two years since the 2020 model “OPPO Reno 3 A”. The display supports a 90Hz refresh rate and a 180Hz touch sampling rate. In addition, HDR is not supported. As for sound performance, it has a headphone jack, but the speaker has a monaural output and does not support Dolby Atoms.

The actual machine I got is very impressive with its thinness and the back surface with “OPPO Glow” processing. This back has a calm atmosphere and functionality that makes dirt less noticeable while being glossy, which enhances the attractiveness of this machine. The image quality of the revived OLED display is truly beautiful, but since the liquid crystal display of “OPPO Reno5 A” was also quite high quality, the advantage is that it contributes more to the thinness of the body than the evolution of image quality. I felt that.

Equipped with “Snapdragon 695 5G”. Processing performance is almost the same as the previous model
The SoC to be installed is Qualcomm’s “Snapdragon 695 5G”, which combines 6GB of memory, 128GB of storage, and a microSDXC memory card slot that supports up to 1TB. As for the OS, “ColorOS 12” based on Android 11 is pre-installed, but it is revealed that the next OS based on Android 12 is under development.

When using the standard benchmark application “AnTuTu Benchmark”, the overall score was 382,147 (breakdown, CPU: 118,672, GPU: 98,534, MEM: 60,562, UX: 104,379). The overall score of the previous model “OPPO Reno 5A” is 384,396 (breakdown, CPU: 113,664, GPU: 100,558, MEM: 74,621, UX: 95,553), so the score is almost flat, and the item “GPU” indicating graphic performance and memory performance The result was slightly lower for “MEM”, which indicates. For “MEM”, no clear improvement was seen even when the virtual memory function was turned off.
Let’s look at the communication performance. Models handled by au, UQmobile, Ymobile, and Rakuten Mobile are compatible with one nanoSIM card slot and eSIM. On the other hand, the open market version has the difference that it supports two nanoSIM card slots (one is exclusively used with a microSD memory card) and eSIM. In addition, SIM lock is not applied to each model, and you can combine your favorite SIM.

The 5G compatible band is n3 / 28/41 (not compatible only with the Ymobile version) / 77/78, and it does not support n79 used by NTT DoCoMo. The corresponding band of 4G is B1 / 3/4/5/8/12/17/18/19/26/28/38/40/41/42. As for 4G, it is compatible with all platinum bands and core bands currently being serviced by NTT DoCoMo, KDDI, Softbank, and Rakuten Mobile.

Equipped with “system deterioration prevention function” to prevent system deterioration for 36 months
The unique function of this machine is the “system deterioration prevention function”. This is a countermeasure against the phenomenon that the operation becomes slower and slower if you continue to use the smartphone for a long time. The deterioration of the system is suppressed to within 5%. As expected, I could not realize the effect in the short-term verification, but I would like to appreciate that I tackled the long-standing problem of Android smartphones.

In addition, it has a virtual memory function, and you can select the capacity from 128GB storage in 3 stages of 2GB, 3GB, and 5GB and use it as memory. In the initial state, 2GB is used as virtual memory. Some of these virtual memories have been adopted by Xiaomi and Samsung, and have become a bit of a trend. However, with the current Android 11 and Android 12 generations, the 6GB of real memory of this unit will not be insufficient. Virtual memory is useful when you start a number of large applications and switch between them at any time, but it can also be expected as a preparation for future OSs.
Equipped with a triple camera. Wide-angle camera is high quality
The main camera of this unit is a triple camera that combines a wide-angle camera (standard camera) with about 48 million pixels, an ultra-wide-angle camera with about 8 million pixels, and a macro camera with about 2 million pixels. The monochrome camera for gradation recording that was included in “OPPO Reno 5 A” is not installed.

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