Oppo Find 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 quick look

by: Joshua VergaraMarch 19, 2014

The Oppo Find 7 has officially been unveiled, and as was the case with the Find 5 and the N1 before it, Oppo has aimed to push the boundaries once again with its latest flagship smartphone, with the premier version featuring a Quad HD display. Competing in the phablet segment, it’ll be very interesting to see how the Find 7 compares to the Samsung device that currently dominates this market. Here’s a quick look at the Oppo Find 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3!

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There are two very different design philosophies at work here, with the smooth and rounded lines of the Galaxy Note 3 contrasting with the more angular design of the Find 7. Like it’s predecessor, the Oppo Find 5, the Find 7 features a minimalist look with a premium feel, without too many embellishments. The premium version of this device comes with a carbon fiber back panel with a woven pattern, reminiscent of the Motorola Droid line, while the Galaxy Note 3 offers an equally nice feel in the hand, with the welcome move away from glossy plastic to the faux leather plastic material.

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The front of the Find 7 is all black and distraction free, with no logos or physical buttons to draw attention away from the beautiful display. While the display of the Galaxy Note 3 shines through as well, you do get the signature button layout at the front, with a physical home button flanked by two capacitive keys. On its flat sides, the Find 7 features two sleek faux chrome rings, while the Note 3 uses the same material to mimic the pages of a notebook.

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Even though the Galaxy Note 3 features a display that is slightly larger, the dimensions of both devices are quite similar. the Oppo Find 7 is a millimeter taller, but is noticeably narrower, making the latter a little easier to hold. The Galaxy Note 3 is almost a millimeter thinner though, with the 3 grams difference in weight negligible.

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The premium version of the Find 7 takes the lead in a display comparison, at least, if pixel density is of paramount importance to you. The 5.5-inch screen features a resolution of 2560 x 1440 (Quad HD), resulting in a whopping pixel density of 538 ppi. On the other hand is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, that comes with a 5.7-inch display with a resolution of “just” 1080p, translating to a pixel density of 386 ppi.

While not many will care or particularly notice the contrast in sharpness, the difference certainly exists.

As for the technologies underlying the screens of the two contenders, we have a beautiful IPS LCD (Low Temperature Polysilicone) display on the Find 7, with the Galaxy Note 3 featuring a vivid Super AMOLED screen.

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The Oppo Find 7 has a slight advantage over the Galaxy Note 3 with its upgraded quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, clocked at 2.5 GHz. This is the same processor that powers the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2, so the Find 7 is certainly in elite company. Along with the Adreno 330 and 3 GB of RAM, the processing package of the Find 7 is the best that is currently available.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 also comes with 3 GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU, with the SoC being the older 2.3 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. In theory, the biggest difference between the two processing packages is the slightly higher speeds of the CPU, GPU, and memory interface. Either way, performance is going to be lightning fast, with both smartphones ably handling anything you can throw at it.

Both devices come with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a current high-end Android smartphone. The Find 7 does come with expandable memory, an option not available with the Find 5 or the N1, and can accommodate the newly launched 128 GB microSD cards, as opposed to the 64 GB max of the Galaxy Note 3.

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Both phones have large batteries that are also removable, but even without needing to replace the battery, you should be still be able to get more than a full day of usage from both. The Find 7 comes with a 3,000 mAh battery, while the Galaxy Note 3 manages to squeeze in a larger 3,200 mAh unit into a sleeker body. That being said, the Oppo Find 7 comes with a special fast-charging technology that, according to Oppo, makes it best-in-class. You should be able to charge the Find 7 from zero to 75 percent in just 30 minutes, with a 5 minute charge giving you almost 2 hours of talk time, which is absolutely amazing in a pinch.

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The 13 MP Sony Exmor RS sensor of the Find 7 is combined with a 6 part lens and powerful software features,  one of which is called Super Zoom, which combines 10 images taken at the same time to create one 50 MP image with a lot of detail. On the front, you get a 5 MP camera with a wide lens, that allows for an 80 degree field of view. Both cameras have 2.0 aperture lenses, which is great for low-light photography for obtaining the blurred background effect that we all love. It’s a very promising setup that we’re looking forward to putting through its paces.


Of course, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 holds its own in this department, with its great 13 MP rear shooter, which also coupled with tons of software features.

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The Find 7 runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which is somewhat disappointing as we’d have expected a current Android smartphone release to feature Android 4.4 Kitkat. You get Oppo’s Color OS on top, with a similar implementation to what is found on the N1, as opposed to uber cheerful version of the Find 5. Additions include support for various gestures, as well as a range of widgets, and other small enhancements.

You get the well-known TouchWiz on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, on top of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Samsung is rolling out Android 4.4 to the Note 3 currently, which will introduce small design changes, along with some Kitkat specific functionality.

 Oppo Find 7Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Display5.5-inch LTPS IPS LCD, Quad HD (2560 x 1440), 538 ppi5.7-inch Super AMOLED, 1080p (1920 x 1080), 386 ppi
ProcessorSnapdragon 801 - Quad-core Krait 400 2.5GHz Adreno 3302.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, Adreno 330
Storage32 GB, expandable16/32/64 GB, expandable
Battery3,000 mAh3,200 mAh
Cameras13 MP rear LED flash, Sony Exmor RS sensor, 6p lens, f 2.0, 4K, HDR
5MP front, f 2.0, 80 degrees field of view
13 MP rear camera, LED flash
2 MP front
ConnectivityGPS, GLONASS, microUSB, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LEGPS, GLONASS, microUSB 3.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
OSAndroid 4.3 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.3 Jelly Bean
Dimensions152.6×75×9.2 mm,
171 grams
151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm
168 grams

While the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is still an amazing choice, the latest flagship from Oppo has a lot to offer, not only by virtue of it being a newer release, allowing for an updated processing package, but with its Quad HD display and what should be fantastic camera, there’s a lot to get excited about when it comes to the Oppo Find 7.

What are your thoughts? How do you think the premium version of the Oppo Find 7 does against the Galaxy Note 3? Let us know in the comments section below!

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  • RarestName

    If it doesn’t have something similar to TouchWiz lag then yes, it’s better! That’s because I don’t care about the stylus.

  • namesib

    Hardware buttons, microSD, removable battery, good hardware and a nice design. I still favour AMOLED, a physical button, and the larger development community on/for Samsung devices but a phone like this would be a viable candidate for purchase.

  • namesib

    Hopefully, the speculative, “there’s no perceptible difference between 1080p and 1440p” comments that are always posted (by people who have never compared the two, no less) can be put to bed now.

    • Bishop

      Hopefully :D

  • I’d say the Note 3 would be better in performance; the lesser number of pixels should easily account for 200 Mhz of clock speed.

    That UI in the Oppo looks very strange – but other than that the Oppo is the clear winner. Maybe with CyanogenMod…

  • Anon

    The Find 7 looks ultra-cool and minmalistic. I though Note 3 looked cool. Not anymore.

  • Blowntoaster

    The Oppo screen sure looks sharp, almost like the icons, widgets and text are stickers on top of the screen… but the colours on the Note 3 still look better in the pictures. Maybe a proper comparison using the same pictures/wallpapers or even playing a video will help people see the true difference.

    • Cao Meo

      The Oppo screen looks bluish to my eyes, and dimmer

  • Tiago Pestana

    Android 4.3? damn
    personally i don’t like that carbon back cover but then again i was not interested in the 2k version….and i need to know the price for europe!! cause usd is cheap but in euros that’s a different story

    • memyself&i

      oppo phones officially support cyanogenmod which is based on stock android 4.4 which you can install without voiding warranty

  • Groud Frank

    Oppo did a great job and this is no doubt a great device but I’ll be holding on to my Note 3 as it suits my needs much, much better. I’m not willing to trade multi-window, Scrapbook, Screen Write, handwriting recognition(which is I use more than my keyboard) and all the neat things you can do with the S Pen, for pixel density my non-bionic eyes can barely distinguish and slightly better CPU and GPU performance. The Find 7 is a super device but I’ll be keeping my Note 3 and currently saving for my Note 4.

  • aaronZona

    I like the article, but gotta ask, how did you find a Note 3 with a home key that’s actually straight?

  • Brendon Brown

    If Oppo could just get Design right I’d be so happy.
    Software needs allot of work.

  • briarwood

    The bezels on the Oppo are disappointing. So is the fact that it’s shipping with 4.3. It’s still a beautiful phone though. Hard to compete with the Note 3, IMO it’s the best phone currently available. It does too many things well and offers a ton of functionality.

  • Hussain

    I liked the Find 7
    It looks like that I’m going to get raid of my galaxy note 3

  • Mamoon Noorestani

    You can clearly see that the difference between the Find 7’s display and the Note 3’s is huge. It’s easy to tell which phone’s display is more pixelated when you look at them side by side from a distance. I’ll wait for the LG G3 to launch in June until I decide to buy this beautiful phone.