May 19, 2024


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Oppo’s Latest Phone Turn The Ugly Camera Bump Into A Light Show

The Oppo Reno 7 Pro looks stunning, and its innards are also solid for the asking price, but the breathing LED around the camera bump stands out.

Oppo’s latest offering is the Reno 7 Pro, but more than being just another run-of-the-mill mid-range smartphone with a clean design, this one makes clever use of the camera hump by lining it with a breathing LED light that looks super cool. The design of phones has stuck with the glass-and-metal slab formula for a while. There is little happening in terms of clever aesthetic tweaks. But Oppo is one smartphone maker that has done some brave experiments over the past few years.

The Oppo N1 made use of a rotating camera module at the top, while its successor put a motor behind it to automatically switch between selfie and rear camera mode. In addition, the Oppo Find 7 had a beautiful LED notification arc lining the curved bottom edge, something the company marketed as the Skyline notification light. And it is also no surprise that the company’s smartwatch, despite its uncanny similarity to the Apple Watch, arrived rocking a curved display before the Apple Watch Series 7 could pull it off.


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With the Reno 7 Pro, the company is continuing its streak of design innovation. The new Oppo smartphone features an aura LED that lines the camera island at the back and glows in a white shade with a tinge of what looks like purple. The implementation is neat, and it is conspicuous enough that users likely won’t miss it indoors. And even under abundant light, the contrasting LED and the dark metallic sides of the camera bump provide enough room for the breathing notification to be visible. The latter point stands particularly true for the Starry Night Black color option and not so much for the gradient sky blue and light peach trims. However, it is unclear if Oppo has made any battery optimizations here to ensure that the breathing LED notification consumes the same, or lesser, amount of battery juice as a typical always-on on-screen approach.

Not Just A Light Show

Oppo Reno 7 Pro

However, the Reno 7 Pro is far from being a one-trick pony. The phone does borrow its flat metallic aesthetics from the iPhone 12, but the innards are a powerful concoction of smartphone prowess. Over at the front is a 6.55-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, up to 920 nits of peak brightness, and surrounded by impressively thin bezels. MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200 chip keeps things running in tandem with up to 12 gigs of RAM and 256GB of fast UFS 3.1 onboard storage. A 4,500 mAh battery keeps the lights on, while an in-screen fingerprint sensor handles authentication duties. There’s also support for 65W wired charging, just like the OnePlus 9 Pro.

Over at the front is a 32-megapixel camera for selfies and video calls. At the back is a quad-camera array highlighted by a 50-megapixel primary snapper with the Sony IMX766 sensor, just like the Oppo Find X3 flagship. It sits alongside a pair of cameras dedicated to wide-angle and macro photography. The Oppo Reno 7 Pro starts at CNY 3,699 (roughly $580 based on the current conversion rates) and is now up for grabs in China. The phone will likely hit the shelves in other Asian and European markets as well. But given the company’s history, there is little chance that the phone will ever officially make it to the U.S. market.

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Source: Oppo

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