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OPPO Find X7 Ultra launched: The best camera phone you can't buy (again)

The Find X7 Ultra brings a groundbreaking dual periscope camera design, but you can't buy it.
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January 8, 2024
OPPO Find X7 Ultra color options official
Supplied by OPPO
TL;DR
  • OPPO has launched the Find X7 Ultra in its home market of China.
  • This is the first phone with two periscope cameras, delivering more flexible camera zoom.
  • Unfortunately, OPPO has no plans to launch the Find X7 Ultra outside China.

We thought the OPPO Find X6 Pro was one of the best camera phones of 2023, but the Chinese brand restricted the device’s launch to its home market. Now, the company has launched the Find X7 Ultra smartphone, and you can’t get it outside China, either.

“The Find X7 Ultra will be limited to the China domestic market for now. We have currently no plans to take it outside of China, I’m afraid (sic),” OPPO head of product management Arne Herkelmann said in response to an Android Authority question during a media briefing.

The lack of global availability is a massive shame when you look at what the Find X7 Ultra actually offers.

OPPO Find X7 Ultra specs

OPPO Find X7 Ultra
Display
6.82-inch AMOLED LTPO
3,168 x 1,440 resolution (QHD+)
120Hz refresh rate
4,500 nits peak brightness
1,600 nits outdoor brightness
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
RAM
12/16GB
LPDDR5X
Storage
256GB/512GB
UFS 4.0
Non-expandable
Power
5,000mAh battery
100W SuperVOOC wired charging
50W wireless charging
10W reverse wireless
Cameras
Rear:
- 50MP main, f/1.8, OIS (LYT-900, one-inch)
- 50MP ultrawide, f/2.4, autofocus (LYT-600, 1/1.95-inch)
- 50MP 3x periscope, f/2.6, OIS (IMX890, 1/1.56-inch)
- 50MP 6x periscope, f/4.3, OIS (IMX858, 1/2.51-inch)

Selfie:
- 32MP, f/2.4
Audio
Stereo speakers
Video
4K at 30fps/60fps
480fps at 720p
240fps at 1080p

Durability
IP68 rating
Connectivity
Wi-Fi 7
Bluetooth 5.4
Biometrics
Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor
Camera-based face unlock
Ports and switches
USB 3.2 Gen 1 via USB-C
Alert Slider
Software
Android 14
Color OS 14
Dimensions and weight
164.3 x 76.2 x 9.5mm
221 grams
Colors
Ocean Blue
Sepia Brown
Tailored Black
In the box
100W charger
USB-A to USB-C cable
SIM ejector tool
Protective case
VIP card
Quick start guide

Find X7 Ultra: A camera with phone capabilities?

OPPO Find X7 Ultra cameras official
Supplied by OPPO

OPPO asserts that the Find X7 Ultra has “quad main cameras,” featuring four 50MP lenses. For starters, there’s a 50MP LYT-900 one-inch main camera and a 50MP LYT-600 ultrawide shooter (1/1.95-inch).

OPPO acknowledged that the ultrawide camera was smaller than the Find X6 Pro’s ultrawide sensor during a media briefing. Herkelmann noted in response to a journalist’s question that we should still expect similar results as the previous phone’s ultrawide camera due to software tuning and the X7 Ultra’s sensor being newer. But the OPPO executive also confirmed that the ultrawide sensor was smaller due to two major zoom-focused additions.

This is the first phone to offer dual periscope cameras, namely a 50MP 3x periscope camera (IMX890, OIS) and a 50MP 6x periscope shooter (IMX858, OIS). OPPO adds that it uses a crop from the 6x camera as well as imaging smarts to deliver high-quality zoom at 270mm (~12x).

The OPPO Find X7 Ultra is the first phone to offer dual periscope cameras, offering native 3x and 6x shots.

The Chinese brand says it’s also created a so-called Hypertone Imaging Engine to address various camera pain points. More specifically, this imaging engine apparently addresses issues like over-processed shots, unnatural HDR, and over-exposed images. OPPO also claimed a more accurate and effective portrait mode, saying that you can capture a portrait mode snap when the subject is as far as nine meters (29.5 feet) away.

Not a fan of the phone’s default snaps? The Find X7 Ultra takes a cue from Apple by letting you adjust saturation, contrast, sharpness, and vignetting. You can then save your desired settings to a profile, although multiple profiles aren’t supported just yet. Nevertheless, we’re glad to see another OEM offering meaningful image customization like this.

OPPO is also working to let users save images in a so-called RAW Max format, letting you take 50MP RAW snaps with 13 stops of dynamic range and 16-bit color. The update to enable this format is expected to land in March.

What about the rest of the Find X7 Ultra?

OPPO Find X7 Ultra in two colors
Supplied by OPPO

There’s more to a flagship phone than just the cameras, though. So we’re glad to see that the rest of the Find X7 Ultra is suitably high-end. Expect a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and a dedicated security chip.

OPPO’s phone also brings an OLED screen that seems very similar to the OnePlus 12 panel. You’re getting the same 3,168 x 1,440 resolution, the same 4,500 nits of peak brightness, and the same 1,600 nits of brightness in high brightness mode. OPPO says the screen has OnePlus’s Rain Water Touch screen tech too, adding that the screen will get Ultra HDR support via an update.

OPPO Find X7 Ultra: Hot or not?

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A 5,000mAh battery keeps the lights on, but you won’t have to wait long for a full charge thanks to 100W SuperVOOC wired charging and 50W wireless charging. The company is even tossing in an IR blaster and a so-called VIP slider (i.e. alert slider). The latter isn’t merely for changing sound profiles, as the slider can also be used to disable camera, microphone, and location access.

OPPO Find X7 Ultra price and availability

We’ve already noted that the Find X7 Ultra won’t be available outside China. In China, you can get the phone in Ocean Blue, Sepia Brown, and Tailored Black color options in the following RAM and storage configurations:

  • 12GB/256GB: CNY 5,999 (~$844)
  • 16GB/256GB: CNY 6,499 (~$915)
  • 16GB/512GB: CNY 6,999 (~$985)

We were really hoping OPPO was able to settle its legal dispute with Nokia, which is believed to be a key reason for the Find X series skipping global markets. Alas, consumers on the hunt for a fantastic camera phone now have one less option to choose from. Again.