Oppo Find 7a: unboxing and first impressions

April 15, 2014
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    With big-name manufacturers having recently released their flagship phones — namely the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8) — it’s refreshing to see other brands coming up with their own hero devices. The Oppo Find 7 has been one of the better-anticipated devices of this year, particularly thanks to its Quad HD display and fast-charging capabilities.

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    Lesser known Chinese brands like Oppo and OnePlus are touted to have brought back the “wow” factor to the smartphone market with their innovative offerings. If the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) are more of evolutionary upgrades rather than revolutionary ones, these up and comers promise to give us a fresh perspective on smartphone design and technology.

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    We managed to get the Oppo Find 7a delivered to our doorstep, and here are our unboxing video, hands-on photos and first thoughts. Do note that this particular unboxing and first impressions video is for the Find 7a variant, which comes with a 1080p screen instead of Quad HD, and toned-down specs in terms of processor speed, storage and RAM. Also, the battery is marginally smaller (2800 mAh vs 3000 mAh in the premium variant), and the back plate features a smooth finish, instead of the carbon fiber finish of the Quad HD Find 7. This particular model is meant for sale in Asian and international markets.

    Disclaimer: The model being unboxed and previewed here is the Oppo Find 7a, meant for Asian and non-US markets. While the Find 7a and the premium Find 7 model are similar in appearance and share most hardware components, these have their differences in specs.

    Unboxing

    The Find 7a comes in an attractive, premium packaging well-suited to its flagship status. Those who have previously bought the Oppo N1 would find the packaging familiar, being of similar design, with a few subtle differences.

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    In the box are the phone itself, the battery, fast-charging power brick, a micro-USB cable, in-ear earphones and extra earbuds, as well as the quick-start guides. Note that the power brick, which actually utilizes a voltage-opened loop and multi-step constant current charging (VOOC) technology, is bigger than the usual smartphone charging adaptor. The VOOC charger delivers more power to the device, charging the Oppo Find 7a’s 2800 mAh battery to 75 percent in as little as 30 minutes.

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    The quick start guides provide an introduction to the VOOC technology itself, which is a nice touch, especially since quick charging is one of the Find 7a’s flagship features. We think rapid charging is quite an evolution for smartphones. Researchers and startups are already looking into 30-second charging, though we’re still years away from commercial availability. While the Find 7′s VOOC is not nearly as fast , it’s a step in the right direction.

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    First impressions

    The Oppo Find 7a is a very attractive device. With its 5.5-inch QHD screen, the device will go beyond the comfort zones of anyone used to handling smartphones one-handed. As your thumb can only go so far, you’ll need the help of your other hand in doing some on-screen tasks — something you would be familiar with if you’re already using other flagship Android smartphones. Gestures play a big part in the Find 7a’s user interface — more on that later.

    In terms of design and build, you will find the design of the Find 7a similar to the Find 5, which was a very solidly built smartphone. The Find 7a also comes with the same premium feel, although there is a bit of a difference, because it does not have the steel construction underneath. Still, the Find 7a has a sturdy feel to it. The shift to removable back plate comes with a few benefits, particularly easy access to the removable battery, SIM card and microSD.

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    The Find 7a comes with three capacitive buttons on the front bezel. The hardware button configurations are reversed from the usual Android configuration (e.g., Samsung devices). The power button is to the left, while the volume rocker is to the right. In terms of ports, the 3.5 mm audio jack is at the top (towards the left of the device), while the micro USB charging port is at the bottom center of the Find 7a.

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    At the back is the camera lens and LED flash. The Find 7a’s back plate is made of a metal-finish plastic. It gives off a premium feel, but is still plastic nonetheless. An interesting addition is the Skyline notification light at the bottom part of the phone, which produces a cascade of glowing light when you get notification alerts.

    As for the user interface, Oppo’s Color OS has been updated with a myriad of features. Notably, the Find 7a uses a panoply of gestures that aim to improve the user experience with shortcuts and easier access to the phone’s functions.

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    For example, instead of having to press the power/sleep button to put the device to into standby mode, you can simply double-tap the home capacitive button. Similarly, double-tapping anywhere on the screen while the phone is on standby will wake it up. While the phone is asleep, you can also draw gestures on the screen, which activates pre-set and programmable functionalities. Color OS also supports Sky gestures — at least in the premium Find 7 variant — which provide access to motion-based shortcuts whilst you press and hold the volume-down button.

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    Specifications

    Display5.5-inch LTPS IPS LCD, 1080p (1080 x 920 px), 403 ppi
    ProcessorSnapdragon 801 - Quad-core 2.3GHz
    RAM2GB
    Storage16GB
    Battery2800 mAh, removable
    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
    NetworksGSM/WCDMA/FDD-LTE/TD-LTE
    ConnectivityGPS, GLONASS, microUSB, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
    Dimensions152.6×75×9.2 mm,
    171 grams
    ColorsBlack, White
    SoftwareAndroid 4.3, Color OS

    More videos

    Note: these videos show the Quad HD Oppo Find 7.

    Gallery

    More on the Oppo Find 7a and the Oppo Find 7 coming soon. Stay tuned for our review and feature focus videos.

    Comments

    • Shark Bait

      They’ve beat Samsung and LG in making a truly ugly UI at least! :P

      • Winston Purnomo

        You can just change the home screen, ya know. This is Android, not iOS.

        • http://www.emmanuelchenze.com/ Emmanuel Chenze

          The UI is not just about the homescreen ya know.

          • elros mente

            You can always change the entire UI if you want.

          • satsmine2k4

            Install Nova/Apex launcher, change icon theme to stock kitkat, most things except settings and pull down menu change to stock or wait a few days and flash the CM rom and you will be all set dude…

        • Shark Bait

          Yeah I know, want complaining , I wouldn’t buy one anyway. Just stating how horrible it is

      • Yan Qin

        I thought LG will always win.

      • DAVID DOUILLET

        You can flash Cyanogenmod on it if you want ;-)

    • Clint McKay

      The beast! Also beastly bezels.. And the UI.. God damn..

    • Anonymousfella

      Dat notification bar is classy!

    • grayson360

      Seriously need to get off Verizon but my dad pays for it and I still have unlimited data. OR Verizon needs to wake up and get this phone on their market. Which actually, I know they’re trying to do. They have a marketing instructor come to my college, VCU, and just talk to us. I asked when they would be going full VoLTE and he said hopefully by next summer. I then asked what the factor is that determines that and he said us. All of the customers that won’t switch over is what’s causing the delay for the most part. So….hopefully…this means we’ll all be able to have devices that can choose any network we want.

      • Lisandro O Oocks

        zugzwang

        • grayson360

          Holy fuck I haven’t heard that since I was in chess club in 4th grade….

    • Mr. Someone

      I must say, I really like the design of this phone.

    • Andrew White

      I agree, the Color OS UI overlayed on Jelly Bean 4.3 is pretty ordinary to look at. Easily changed.
      Yes the bezel at either end is huge, but this device compares very favourably in width (the important bit) with any other 5.5″ on the market.
      At $499 though your getting a 1080p gorilla glass 3 screen with a factory fitted film protector, support for a 128GB SD card, the best camera on the market (seriously), the ‘revolutionary VOOP’ ultra fast charging system and a swapable battery.
      The latest 801 quad processor with adequate less power consuming 2GB of ram. Oh…I forgot to mention TD-LTE 4g compatibility, tested where I live and giving a download speed of 520Mb/s.
      No gimmicks, just a high end phone for a mid-range price.

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