Oppo pulled back the covers on its latest range of Reno devices, announcing the Reno 7, 7 Pro and 7 SE at a special event in China on 25 November 2021 and a refreshed lineup for India on 4 February 2022.
Now there are growing signs that these phones will also be making their way to new markets, and potentially under a different name. Here’s all you need to know about what’s going down in Reno.
When was the Oppo Reno 7 released?
Oppo made the Reno 7 range available to Chinese customers on 3 December 2021, later revealing variants of the Reno 7 and Reno 7 Pro in India on 4 February, with a local on-sale date of 17 February.
In India, the phones are on sale both directly and through a partnership with online retailer Flipkart.
As for other markets, the Oppo Reno 6 range only recently made its way to select parts of Europe – arriving in September 2021 – leading some to believe that it could be some time before we get our hands on Reno 7 devices in the West.
That said, Twitter user Sudhanshu Ambhore did spot that the Reno 7 5G has been listed for EU certification with a secondary name of ‘Find X5 Lite’ interlinking with rumours that Oppo is skipping the number four and jumping straight to five for its newest Find X devices.
Separately, it’s also unlikely that the phones will ever be made available in North America, due to the company’s lack of presence in the market and the absence of any formal partnerships with US mobile carriers, at present.
How much does the Oppo Reno 7 cost?
There’s no word on pricing beyond China and India at the time of writing, but we do now have the details of how much customers in those regions are being expected to pay. Across the various models and configurations, here’s how they line up.
Oppo Reno 7 series Chinese pricing:
Reno 7 SE 8GB/128GB – CNY¥2,199 (approx. £259/€305/$345)
Reno 7 SE 8GB/256GB – ¥2,399 (approx. £282/€332/$377)
Reno 7 Pro 12GB/256GB – ₹47,990 (approx. £475/€560/$640)
It’s important to note that the Indian Reno 7 sports a few spec differences to its Chinese equivalent and, at launch, Oppo is offering up both phones at a discount of ₹28,998 and ₹39,999 for the 7 and 7 Pro, respectively.
Regional taxes, shipping and customs charges could well bolster these prices outside of these initial regions, but the above listing at least provide a ballpark figure.
What features does the Oppo Reno 7 offer?
In China, the Reno 7 range consists of three different models: the Reno 7, Reno 7 SE and Reno 7 Pro. The SE is the cheapest of the bunch but shares many features with both the standard Reno 7 and the top-tier Reno 7 Pro.
All support 5G, have triple rear camera arrays, under-display fingerprint sensors and 4500mAh batteries, with fast-charging support (although with different speeds). The SE misses out on a few things though – such as WiFi 6 and features lower camera specs than its siblings. All three models are quite similar though, as you can see from the technical specifications below:
One of the key differences between the Chinese and Indian variants of the standard Oppo Reno 7 are the silicon on which it runs. In India, the Reno 7 sports a MediaTek Dimensity 900 chip – an attribute that leaked ahead of the phone’s launch, when test benchmarking results appeared on Geekbench’s database.
MySmartPrice also identified the phone’s presence running through various international certification bodies – including the FCC, BIS, EMVCo, IMDA and SIRIM – ahead of its Indian launch.
The move from Snapdragon (the Chinese model sports a 778G chipset) to MediaTek on the base Reno 7 adds a little thickness to the Indian model (7.8mm, rather than 7.6mm), however, the phone also comes in 12 grams lighter, at 173g. It also comes with 65W SuperVOOC charging, as opposed to the Chinese model’s 60W fast charging support.
Beyond these differences, both Indian models match their Chinese counterparts spec for spec, with the only other main differentiation being the single SKU of each model and Indian consumers are being offered up: 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage on the Reno 7, 12GB RAM and 256GB storage on the Reno 7 Pro.
We’ll update this article with more details about release dates and pricing as the Reno 7 line makes its way to new markets, globally. In the meantime, you can read our roundups of the
best midrange phones and
best Chinese phones for more insight.
Martyn has been involved with tech ever since the arrival of his ZX Spectrum back in the early 80s. He covers iOS, Android, Windows and macOS, writing tutorials, buying guides and reviews for Macworld and its sister site Tech Advisor.