Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G/ F21 Pro 5G review

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Scarlette Lennon13 June 2022Last Update : 2 weeks ago
Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G/ F21 Pro 5G review

Introduction

Oppo really went all in on the confusing name scheme with their Reno7 series. We currently have Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G for review, which is known as Oppo Reno7 Z 5G in Asia, Oppo F21 Pro 5G in India, and is probably heading to some European countries soon as Oppo Reno8 Lite.


Oppo Reno7 Z 5G
Oppo F21 Pro 5G
Oppo Reno8 Lite

Oppo Reno7 Lite • Oppo Reno7 Z 5G • Oppo F21 Pro 5G • Oppo Reno8 Lite

It should not be confused with the Oppo Reno7, also known as the Oppo F21 Pro 4G in some markets, which despite the lack of “Lite” in its name actually have a few worse specifications than the Reno 7 Lite 5G and are already available in Europe. Another similar but distinctly different phone is the Oppo Reno7 5G, which is not even based on a Qualcomm chipset but a MediaTek instead and seems to be available only in India. Do you have it all? Well, do not feel bad. We’re pretty wild, too.

Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G review
Left to right: Oppo Reno7 5G • Oppo Reno7 Lite • Oppo Reno7

When we put all that aside, we have a really beautiful phone for review. Our Reno7 Lite 5G device is the rainbow-colored version that changes and changes colors massively depending on ambient lighting. It’s a bit like an oil stain, only smoother and more silky. We love the look.

Oppo Reno7 Lite specifications in an instant:

  • Body: 159.9×73.2×7.5 mm, 173g; glass front and back; plastic frame; IPX4, dust and water repellent, RGB ring light around the cameras (messages, charging sequence).
  • Screen: 6.43 “AMOLED, 430 nits (type), 600 nits (HBM), 1080x2400px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 409ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G (6 nm): Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 660 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 660 Silver); Adreno 619.
  • Memory: 128 GB 8 GB RAM; UFS 2.2; microSDXC.
  • OS / Software: Android 11, ColorOS 12.
  • Rear camera: Wide (head): 64 MP, f / 1.7, 26 mm, PDAF; Macro: 2 MP, f / 2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f / 2.4.
  • Front camera: 16 MP, f / 2.4, 27 mm (wide), 1.0 .m.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: 1080p @ 30fps; Front camera: 1080p @ 30fps.
  • Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 33W, 31% in 15 min, 100% in 63 min (announced), Reverse charging, USB Power Delivery.
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (below display); NFC; 3.5 mm jack.

The back panel of the phone is not only eye-catching but also has a relatively unusually flat design with no visible camera island. Instead, the two large camera rings protrude from the smooth surface. Quite a bit, in fact, probably to accommodate ring lights under the rims. The feature is called Breathing light (also marketed as Orbit light) and acts as a notification light. There is something you do not see every day.

Oppo Reno7 Lite is also light in the absolute sense and tips the scale with only 173 grams. It is also not very large and measures 159.9 x 73.2 x 7.5 mm. Throw in the large flat center frame and you end up with a phone that is easy to grab in your pocket. One that obviously borrows a bit from Apple’s design language.

In terms of specifications, the Reno7 Lite 5G is solid in the mid-range territory. Looking at it compared to some of its siblings like the vanilla Reno7, it is fair to say that some compromise here and there to fit the Snapdragon 695 and its 5G connectivity into a value package. First, unlike its siblings, its AMOLED display lacks a 90Hz refresh rate. Aside from that and some minor changes to the cameras, the Reno7 Lite 5G (Oppo F21 Pro 5G in India) is virtually identical to the vanilla Reno7, and even shares its overall dimensions. Make out what you want.

Before we dive into the review itself, let’s take a quick look at the retail box and its contents.

Unboxing

Unfortunately, our review unit did not come in a complete retail package. Therefore, we can not comment on the quality of the box or accessory package. We do know, however, that a 33W SUPERVOOC charger will be included in the box along with a compatible USB Type-A to Type-C cable. One rated at 3A.

Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G review

The charger itself is rated for standard output at 5V @ 2A as well as the proprietary 5V-11V at up to 3A, which equates to 33W at the upper end. Our meter also claims that the charger can make Quick Charge 3 at fixed 5V and 9V, which could very well be true, but still not particularly useful.

For everything in the world, the Reno7 Lite 5G has a proprietary charger that you need to keep track of if you want to charge with the fast 33W.

That said, the phone also charges from a PD wall compartment at speeds it reports as “Fast Charging”, which would mean more than 10W but less than its SUPERVOOC 33W max. So there it is.

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