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You knew it was coming – Quad HD phones are a thing now. Oppo has announced the Find 7 in two versions. There's the Find 7a, which sports a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, and the premium Find 7 with a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) LCD. That works out to 538 pixels per inch, because of course you need that many.

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The super-high resolution screen isn't the only trick Oppo has up its sleeve this time. The Find 7 is a well-specced phone, but there are several important differences between the regular and "lite" versions. Here's what we're looking at.

Oppo Find 7 ($599)

  • 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) screen
  • 13 megapixel Sony Exmor IMX214
  • Snapdragon 801 CPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage with microSD
  • 3000mAh battery (removable)
  • Android 4.3, Color OS
  • GSM/WCDMA/FDD-LTE/TD-LTE

Oppo Find 7a ($499)

  • 5.5-inch 1080p screen
  • 13 megapixel Sony Exmor IMX214
  • Snapdragon 800 CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage with microSD
  • 2800mAh battery (removable)
  • Android 4.3, Color OS
  • GSM/WCDMA/FDD-LTE/TD-LTE

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So the 7a isn't far off from something like the Nexus 5 in the hardware department, but the premium Find 7 is definitely at the top of the heap spec-wise. That Sony image sensor is being put to good use with a feature called Super Zoom. This takes multiple snapshots in quick succession and stitches them together into a larger 50MP image. It can also record 4K video, if that's your thing. This is part of Oppo's Color OS, which is sadly still based on Android 4.3. The battery can supposedly be charged to 75% in just 30 minutes too.

The Oppo Find 7a should be out in early April for $499 and the premium Find 7 will be in late April for $599. Market availability and other details will be released later.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Cory_S

    US LTE bands?

    • Mandeep Singh

      I dont think so
      It will remain in asia or go to Europe
      No us

      • MicroNix

        Such a shame. This would rule the US market.

        • Mandeep Singh

          It could but from what I know it would never rule in the US market despite being very good phone

    • Ami Lni

      Heard the international version will, and it goes on sale next month at oppostyle.com

    • sapient

      Apparently the US/Mexico version will come later but will have US specific LTE bands and be compatible with both At&t and t-mobile.

  • Ryan

    I thought Oppo had a deal with CyanogenMod, or was that only for the N1?

    • merman1983

      They may in fact release a version of the Find 7 with CM installed, but Oppo has their own "skin"/ROM that will by default be on all their phones. The CM Edition was a like a Google Play Edition of other phones - I hope they do put out a CM edition of this crazy phone too (and lay off the cheesy selfie ads).

    • dude

      It doesn't matter, you don't need to do and unlocking or rooting to install CM. It's easier to flash custom rom on Oppo phones than Nexus devices.

  • Petr Bělousov

    this is way ahead of Nexus because of a single thing: microSD card slot!

    • evolutionx1

      4.3 :]

      • Derek B

        4.4 isn't that much of an upgrade.

        • evolutionx1

          It is still old software. Plus, a new version of Android will be announced in 3 months.. So yeah...

          • MicroNix

            Still doesn't matter. I've seen more issues from upgrades than benefits. With Android version differences are becoming more and more minor.

      • Guest123

        4.4 borks external SD cards.

        • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

          and CM unborks it.

          • BehelitOutlaw

            Wow CM
            Much unborks

    • Jonathan Zelayandia

      Unfortunately you are never going to get an SD card slot in a nexus phone unless they do a COMPLETE 180 on the matter. But don't hold your breath

  • lensgrabber

    So out of the box a brand new 2014 flagship phone won't support tap to pay. bummer

    • Robert Alex Kibler

      if it even has NFC. Isn't mentioned here.

      • lensgrabber

        It should. Gsmarena says "the company announced it has struck a deal with the Bank of China enabling the Find 7 to make NFC-based payments to more than 250 POS-enabled stores"

    • Asgard

      Wait, it doesn't have NFC? I'm really considering getting this instead of the Nexus 5, but I have some NFC tags set up in my house and work that would be completely useless if my next phone lacks NFC

  • Sean Lumly

    This device is very exciting. I can't wait to play with 1440p in a mobile VR context. The camera and the design are also really nice.

  • sapient

    I love the notification led and the transition to Oppo's new sun on the horizon logo. $100 jump does not seem too bad for a bump in resolution (double in both axis), storage (double 32 vs 16), memory (150% at 3GB vs 2GB) and battery (3000 vs 2800). In fact it is a much better ROI than any other competitor including Nexus 5 (16gb vs 32 gb for $50).

    • Ivan Myring

      Its not double resolution in each axis.

      • sapient

        I stand correct. QHD is doubling resolution on each axis for 720p not 1080p which is the resolution for standard edition.

        • me

          its almost double in pixel count though, 2.0mp vs 3.7mp.

    • RH

      Plus, it goes from the snap800 to the snap801

      • TY

        MSM8974AB has been marketed as both the 800 and 801 actually.

    • someone755

      You'll never ever see the extra pixels plus all of the extra pixels will eat through that battery in less than a day.
      Why can't Moto just make a new phone? 720p 4.7" goodness all the way!

  • MaroonMushroom

    A menu button? Why would you do this Oppo?

    • Ehmaf

      Because Samsung.
      They just changed that, but the phone was already in the pipeline.

    • dude

      Honestly, it's one of the thing that would be the deal breaker for this phone, I was very much anticipating it, but I didn't want it to be overly larger than it is. Just the same way HTC One's unnecessary HTC bar.

      • MicroNix

        OMG, you would pass on this beast because it has buttons? Deal breaker?? Really?

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          People are so sensitive about the buttons it's truly gotten ridiculous.

        • http://rayshq.com/ Ray

          Yes, I would.

          I actually really like the sound of this device but as soon as I seen that it had hardware buttons, it got crossed straight off the list.

          • Ruthy Casiano

            I am getting it because it has buttons ;)

  • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

    Over 500 pixels per inch, even though 300 is the sweet spot. Okay. I'm glad that at least PC market is still passing over this nonsense, I don't feel the need to get anything higher than 1080p even on 23 inch display.

    • bakakun028

      On a pc display, the difference between a 2k and 1080p display is night and day

  • ElfirBFG

    Guess I will be selling whatever phone I get when I sign a new contact so that I can buy this baby. I'll keep the Moto G as my backup.

  • Martin

    Great phone.. But oppo OS support is awful... It's 4.3 now... After 1 year they will release 4.4.. When peole will be with 5.0.. And maybe you will never get it..

    • kekkojoker90

      is like miui... many feautures and an heavy skin so the android version doesen't matter. I'm with 4.1 and i dont mind.

      • Brandon Jiang

        that's only because you don't care about the new features

        • kekkojoker90

          isn't really true because i care... but i talk for the feautures you use every day. All the thing you have in the next android version is already here in miui. At least we receive the next update based on 4.4 from 4.1 (big jump).

          • gmaninvan

            That isn't true. BT low energy support, ART support, etc.

    • MicroNix

      With CM on Oppo upgrade worries would be a thing of the past

  • dandroid13

    Nothing special I guess, and giving my data away to the US AND to China sounds nasty.

    • bakakun028

      If one is that worried about their privacy. He shouldn't have got a smartphone in the first place

      • remister

        Or be on the internets!

        • bakakun028

          But on the internet you ciuld still stay relatively anonymous through services such as tor

          • naduh

            You would think but they can still track you even on tor. Just recently homeland security just arrested a bunch of people on tor.

          • bakakun028

            Notice I said "relatively"

        • morteum

          Both can be risky, yes, but you're comparing a stationary device with access to the internet only within a specific range versus a mobile computer that is constantly on and constantly has a data connection. Smart phones track your location and their software is limited to what you are given. Id be willing to bet most people just rely on Google and Apple apps over 3rd party developers, so that limits you even further. Not to sound conspiracy theory-esque, but both of these companies have all your search history and a list of locations your phone has been ever. There is basically a wealth of information about who you are that you are willingly giving to corporations. At least with a computer you can use multiple alternatives, browser extensions, programs that change your IP, and it doesn't record your location.

      • dandroid13

        Thank you, Captain Obvious! At least with a Samsung or Sony or whatever device you know your data won't go to an obscure place.

        • bakakun028

          How are you so sure?

          • dandroid13

            Can you prove the contrary?

          • RyanWhitwam

            That's not how burden of proof works. Just saying...

          • bakakun028

            I cant. But you seemed to so sure that Samsung and Sony wont sell your data

          • dandroid13

            I didn't say that they don't sell your data, but with a chinese device your data will surely go to China and other "alternative" places.

          • bakakun028

            Maybe. But who knows your data isnt going over to the koreans by samsung or to the japanese by sony....

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            Good point, but I trust the Japanese and South Koreans way more than the Chinese.

          • bakakun028

            I think if even the US government doesnt respect the privacy of its own citizens, I cant be so certain foreign countries will.

    • dude

      Shut the hell up.

  • anon

    hoping the next nexus phone is made by oppo and based on the find 7 :-)

    • remister

      Yea I hoped that also, but it seems that LG is going to get another year.

      • Chris

        And they should. LG build quality is far superior to most phones on the market. Not to mention, their displays... *drools*

        • Daniel Walsh

          Lol. HTC and Sony make the best hardware

          • Brandon Fletcher

            Lol, I was taking you seriously until I read the 'Sony' part.

  • remister

    Just can't do this, with Android Wear and Nexus 6 coming soon, just have to resist.

  • thisphuckinguy

    How many MPs are in the front-facing camera?

    • lensgrabber

      5 MP

  • PuzzledObserver

    Hi,

    Is there any real benefits to have 2560x1440 on a 5.5 inches screen? I am wondering if the resolution is half of that would also half the cost of the phone. If so I would much prefer half HD for half price and possibly an increase battery life.

    • h4rr4r

      It would not decrease the phone's cost by that much.
      The point of resolutions this high is to make antialiasing unneeded.

  • h4rr4r

    No 4k? Lame.

    • gmaninvan

      And you need that in a 5.5" screen why? I actually don't even think your eye could see the difference. The only difference would be battery life which is why I would rather they stick with 1080p and focus on spending the money on more useful phone improvements instead of what looks good on marketing material.

      • Chris

        Something tells me that sarcasm was intended.

  • Chris

    What's with the 1440p hate? I get that it'll take more power and battery, but who says it can't look better than 1080p? Yes the math is there but until you put them side by side and say "Yeah this is pretty much the same" I'm waiting to judge.

    • Asgard

      Personally, and that's not claiming to be a scientific representation, but just my personal experience, I've showed people my GNex, a moto g, and a blu life view (all 720p) next to a Nexus 5, and all the people that I've tested this claimed that the blu life view had the best screen. The common buyer don't know too much about the resolutions other than Bigger number=better

      • Chris

        I'd still like to see it. I do agree that, while I can see one, the difference between my Note 2 and a Note 3 is not that drastic.

        At the same time, I think the extra pixels will help with text and showing more smooth circles.

      • MyLeftNut

        You're never going to get the "expected" result with those kind of tests. There are so many different things that factor into what people consider a good screen. The resolution numbers really are secondary when you take into account, brightness, color accuracy, lcd vs amoled vs led vs ips, e.t.c

        I noticed a big difference moving from my Note 2 to my Nexus 5, everything was sharper but that didn't necessarily make it a better screen. The darks are grey (the light bleed on the bottom makes my nav bar look light grey), the whites are yellow, the color are more muted overall (everything is a lot warmer), and even at the highest brightness it's dimmer than the Note 2, even the Nexus 7.

        All those things contribute to the viewing experience. If the questions was simply which screen is "sharper," then the 1080p would beat 720p every time and 1440p would beat 1080p every single time. Not how how most people measure screen quality in real life though.

  • br_hermon

    Don't know much about their software side but man if that isn't some sexy looking hardware!

  • mLogician

    Now a Google Play Edition version of Oppo 7 will be awesome. Perhaps better than Nexus 6!!

  • didibus

    Occulus Rift! Time to upgrade your screen.

  • MeCampbell30

    Because racecar.

  • Evans Boyle

    Does the oppo find 7 have the Google play store? I watched a video and I couldn't find it

  • Braden Abbott

    Thank you for calling it QHD and not 2K. Sure, 1440p is 2K but so is 1080p, so we really need to call it QHD and not 2K

  • Cleveland Stamps

    Anyone who passes on this device is a straight idiot! This beast is supremely undeniable!

  • Andrew White

    In Australia and in the city in which I live, one of our major carriers has tested its new 'Time-Division Duplex' 4g or TD-LTE and a speed of 520mb/s has been achieved.
    This should mean I can circumvent having to buy the smartphone locally and purchase directly from Oppo or at least one of their resellers in Hong Kong
    or elsewhere.
    I'm yet to find (excuse the pun) anything in the makeup of this device I don't like. Hey, I even prefer Jelly Bean 4.3 over Kitkat. Primarily because it is far less reliant on those white fluffy things in the sky.
    Water resistance would have been useful....maybe next year.

  • Andrew White

    A lot has changed in a month scince the last responses were posted.
    In my opinion Oppo still retains the number one position in terms of released and soon to be released hardware. The 7a is now available in several markets but the premier version (the 7) could be released as early or late as July.
    What is absent on both versions is Kitkat, instead Oppo has decided on Jelly Bean 4.3 with its own ColorOS overlay. Thankyou, I could not be happier as Oppo has opted to provide support for external storage of a 128GB SD card instead of Google's cloud.
    LG is using and supplying the 1440p 538ppi
    screen, worlds best and will probably remain so
    untill much later in the year untill the Note 4 is
    released for a much higher price.
    There has been no mention of anyone else incorporating the revolutionary VOOC ultra fast charging technology.
    This is in conjunction with the 50mp image (13mp×4) capability, 4k video recording/replay, a removable battery and cutting edge screen tech,
    make this a formidable device which for $599 US won't be bettered for quite some time.

  • Andy

    OPPO Find 7 is the nice smartphone that comes from domestic market, but this phone is also ready to compete with another rand in the global market. With the new 2K screen display, make the phone is amazing and very nice looking. And if you have decided to become a proud owner of this device, perhaps you’re in the market for a solid and beautiful protection case as well.

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