After a few days of making its Nepal debut, Oppo A7 has finally made its way to India. The device has already gone on sale in China, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. When we got our hands on the specs sheet of the latest Oppo device, we realized it was nothing but a re-branded Realme 2 with a waterdrop notch, a better selfie camera, and some minor design tweaks. We were speculating that the Chinese smartphone maker might not bring the device to India because a similar offering from its sub-brand already exists here. However, running over our logic, Oppo just released the handset in India. So, let’s follow the norms and check out what the packaging is worth this time around.
Oppo A7 Pricing Details
Oppo is yet to announce the pricing and sale details of the Oppo A7 in India. In China, the smartphone has been priced at CNY 1599, which translates to INR 16,540 approximately. We are expecting the company to set the price ticket below the 15k mark in India. The smartphone is available in two color variants in India: Glaring Gold and Glaze Blue.
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To recall, the 4GB RAM + 64GB onboard storage variant of the Realme 2 sells for INR 10,990. We assume that the Oppo A7 will be priced higher, considering its price in China and of course, the addition of the waterdrop notch. The Realme 2 is available on offer at Flipkart, let’s see if the Oppo A7 ends up selling on Flipkart as well.
Oppo A7 Key Specifications and Features
In the display department, the Oppo A7 features everything we have seen before on the Realme 2 except for a waterdrop notch at the top. The smartphone features a 6.2-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels resolution and an aspect ratio of 19:9. The display on the device is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Under the hood, the OPPO A7 packs the same Snapdragon 450 chipset, coupled with Adreno 506 GPU, featuring 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage. The entire hardware setup is directly lifted off the Realme 2.
Moving on, the smartphone also features a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication. In the imaging department, the Oppo A7 gets a dual-camera setup with a 13MP primary camera an a 2MP depth sensing unit. On the front, however, the OPPO camera gets an upgrade over that of the Realme smartphone. For selfies and video calling needs, the Oppo A7 sports a 16MP camera while what we find on Realme 2 is an 8MP unit.
The entire setting is backed by a 4230mAh battery. On the software front, the device runs Android 8.1 (Oreo)-based ColorOS 5.2. As for connectivity, the options that tag along with the Oppo F7 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, Bluetooth 4.2 with LE, microUSB 2.0. Apart from the fingerprint scanner, the other sensors onboard include an accelerometer, compass, Light and G-sensor, and a proximity sensor. In terms of dimensions, the device measures 155.9 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm and weighs in at 168 grams.
The Oppo A7 is truly a re-branded version of the Realme 2. Oppo’s expectations from the device are largely based on the waterdrop notch and the enhanced selfie camera. While the Realme 2 is already a highly popular device in India, Oppo A7 has several other devices to beat in the budget segment. Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see Oppo A7 competing against the device from its own sub-brand.