Oppo has really banked on the confusing naming scheme with its Reno7 series. We currently have the Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G under review, which is known as the Oppo Reno7 Z 5G in Asia, the Oppo F21 Pro 5G in India, and will likely be heading to some European countries soon as the ‘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 not having ‘Lite’ in its name actually has a few worse specs than the Reno 7 Lite. 5G and is already available in Europe. Another similar but distinctly different phone is the Oppo Reno7 5G, which isn’t even based on a Qualcomm chipset but a MediaTek one instead and appears to be only available in India. Do you have all that? Well, don’t feel bad. We are also quite lost.
From left to right: Oppo Reno7 5G • Oppo Reno7 Lite • Oppo Reno7
Putting all that aside, we have a truly stunning phone to review. Our Reno7 Lite 5G unit is the rainbow colored version that massively shifts and changes colors based on ambient lighting. It’s a bit like an oil slick, only smoother and silkier. We love the look.
Oppo Reno7 Lite specs at a glance:
- Body: 159.9 x 73.2 x 7.5mm, 173g; glass front and back, plastic frame; IPX4, dust and water resistant, RGB light rings around the cameras (notifications, charging progress).
- Display: 6.43″ AMOLED, 430 nits (typ), 600 nits (HBM), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 409ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G (6nm): 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.
- Operating System/Software: Android 11, ColorOS 12.
- Rear camera: Wide (main): 64MP, f/1.7, 26mm, PDAF; Macro: 2MP, f/2.4; Depth: 2MP, f/2.4.
- Front camera: 16 MP, f/2.4, 27mm (wide), 1.0µm.
- Video capture: Rear camera: [email protected] ; Front camera: [email protected]
- Battery: 4500mAh; 33W fast charge, 31% in 15 min, 100% in 63 min (advertised), Reverse charging, USB Power Delivery.
- Various : Fingerprint reader (under display); NFC; 3.5mm jack socket.
The rear panel of the phone is not only eye-catching but also sports a relatively rare flat design with no discernible camera island. Instead, the two large camera rings protrude from the flush surface. A little, in fact, probably to accommodate light rings under the rims. The feature is called a breathing light (also marketed as an orbital light) and acts as a notification light. There is something you don’t see every day.
The Oppo Reno7 Lite is also lightweight in an absolute sense, tipping the scales at just 173 grams. It’s also not particularly large, measuring 159.9 x 73.2 x 7.5mm. Add the large flat center bezel and you have an easy to grip pocket phone. One that clearly borrows a bit from Apple’s design language.
In terms of specs, the Reno7 Lite 5G is firmly in mid-range territory. Looking at it against some of its siblings like the vanilla Reno7, it’s fair to say there are some compromises here and there in order to fit the Snapdragon 695 and its 5G connectivity into a value package. For one thing, unlike its siblings, its AMOLED display doesn’t have a 90Hz refresh rate. Apart 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, even sharing its overall dimensions. Do whatever you want with it.
Before diving into the review itself, let’s take a look at the retail box and its contents.
Unfortunately, our review unit did not come in full retail packaging. Therefore, we cannot comment on the quality of the box or accessory pack. However, we do know that a 33W SUPERVOOC charger will be included in the box alongside a compatible USB Type-A to Type-C cable. One rated for 3A.
The charger itself is rated for standard 5V @ 2A output as well as proprietary 5V-11V up to 3A, which equates to 33W at the high end. Our meter also claims that the charger can do Quick Charge 3 at fixed 5V and 9V, which could very well be true, but isn’t particularly helpful anyway.
For all intents and purposes, the Reno7 Lite 5G has a proprietary charger that you need to keep track of if you want to charge at the 33W speed.
That said, the phone also charges from a PD wall at speeds it reports as “Fast Charge”, which would mean more than 10W, but less than its SUPERVOOC 33W max. So there is that.