Oppo Reno7/F21 Pro review

GSMArena Team, 13 July 2022.

ColorOS 12.1 on top of Android 12

The Reno7 proper is the odd one out of the whole Reno7 family - in a good way. It launched on Android 12, unlike the rest of them, though that difference is largely offset by a consistent layer of ColorOS on top. Admittedly, however, the new core OS version means a few new core features that you don't get on Android 11-based builds.

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Key among those are Android 12's new privacy features. Privacy dashboard is your hub for gaining insight on which permissions have been granted to which apps and when they have been used. Precise or approximate location is another of the new privacy-focused options you get for apps that use that permission. Toggles for limiting camera and mic access across the board can be placed in the quick toggles area too, and you get an icon in the status bar when either of the two is actively being used.

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Privacy

A feature specific to the Reno7 and a couple of other models in the lineup (though implemented slightly differently from model to model) is the breathing light on the back. It's another use of the ring light around the microscope camera and serves as a notification and status indicator for active charging, calls and notifications. Most of us aren't ones to keep phones face-down, though, so the feature may be lost on us.

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Breathing light

On the surface, the UI is the same as what we saw on other ColorOS 12 phones. We got an app drawer pre-enabled, but you can opt for the single-tiered, everything-on-the-homescreen layout too. The notification shade is presented in a standard way, and the quick toggles have the Oppo green accent color by default (there's an auto-brightness switch in there too). The recent apps menu is a regular implementation, in the sense that you get side-scrollable vertical cards. The main Settings menu features Oppo's colorful icons for easier navigation.

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Homescreen • App drawer • Recent apps • Notification shade • Quick toggles • Settings

Most of the UI elements on ColorOS can be customized. We are talking deep customization of app icons, accent colors, quick toggles and their shape, font, fingerprint reader animation, Edge lighting for incoming notifications, the Always-on display - the lot. We couldn't find a theme store, though.

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UI customizations

Granular notification customization is a thing we really like on ColorOS 12. The system allows for advanced notification handling in the drop-down menu, such as instant replies or other suggested actions. Incoming notifications when the phone is in use will arrive with a quieter sound and milder vibration. Notification snoozing is another neat feature that lets you attend to conversations or other apps later without having to keep them in the notification shade and clutter up.

For enhanced privacy, the system can hide the contents of the notification once the front-facing camera detects someone other than you. This requires the facial unlocking feature to be enabled and uses that data to match with your face.

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Notification options

Speaking of, the Reno7 supports face unlock, but you'd be better off using the fingerprint reader for extra security. It's the optical variety and worked great in our experience.

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Biometrics and security

The Icon pull-down gesture is here to make it way easier to operate with one hand on an overcrowded home screen with plenty of app icons. Just swipe down alongside the edge of the display to bring down the icons close to your thumb and select an app to launch.

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The Special features tab holds the familiar Smart Sidebar and Flexible windows functions. They are both tailored toward better multitasking. When turned on, the sidebar offers quick access to some of your favorite apps. The system allows you to adjust the position of the sidebar, which is crucial because it might interfere with the back gesture if you are using the standard Android gestures. Anyway, tap and hold on an app icon enters split-screen mode while a single tap opens up the app in a floating window. The supported apps can be opened in small, draggable and size-adjustable windows.

The Quick launch function allows you to set up to three apps that can be launched as soon as the display is unlocked. Tap and hold on the fingerprint reader from a locked screen to open up the Quick launch menu.

The good old screen-off gestures that allow you to launch certain apps or the flashlight by drawing letters on a locked screen are here to stay.

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Special features

A bunch of proprietary apps are also included, often alongside alternatives from Google in the international version of phones. You get first-party apps like Photos, Phone Manager, My Files, Music, and Games (game launcher with various settings).

Performance and benchmarks

The Reno7 is powered by the Snapdragon 680 chipset - a modest midrange SoC with a focus on endurance more so than performance. It features an octa-core CPU in a 4+4 configuration, its Kryo-branded cores being based on Cortex-A73 and Cortex A53 designs (4x2.4GHz + 4x1.9GHz). The GPU is Adreno 610. Oppo is quite generous on the memory front, and the Reno7 has 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage (our unit is the higher spec).

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The Reno7 is quick to reveal its lack of ambition in the performance department showing particularly low results in the single-core test in GeekBench - essentially, all competing chipsets have more powerful cores in their performance clusters, even if it's just two of them.

There's a more even distribution under multi-core loads, but the Reno7 remains towards the bottom of the charts.

GeekBench 5 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G
    815
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    743
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    742
  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    738
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    736
  • Samsung Galaxy M53
    730
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
    728
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
    694
  • Realme 9 Pro
    694
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    688
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    688
  • Poco X4 Pro 5G
    687
  • OnePlus Nord N20 5G
    676
  • Honor Magic4 Lite
    666
  • Sony Xperia 10 IV
    662
  • Realme 9 5G
    610
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
    588
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    511
  • Oppo Reno7
    380
  • Samsung Galaxy A23
    380
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    376
  • Samsung Galaxy A13
    153

GeekBench 5 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G
    2691
  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    2276
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    2225
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
    2157
  • Poco X4 Pro 5G
    2063
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    2063
  • Samsung Galaxy M53
    2037
  • Realme 9 Pro
    2020
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    1996
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
    1956
  • OnePlus Nord N20 5G
    1945
  • Sony Xperia 10 IV
    1908
  • Honor Magic4 Lite
    1906
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    1900
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    1891
  • Realme 9 5G
    1823
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
    1820
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    1729
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    1662
  • Oppo Reno7
    1653
  • Samsung Galaxy A23
    1632
  • Samsung Galaxy A13
    588

The Reno7 places similarly low in an Antutu comparison, though it does claim a victory here over the Galaxy A23, for what that's worth.

AnTuTu 9

Higher is better

  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    479608
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    437872
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
    436640
  • Samsung Galaxy M53
    436197
  • Realme 9 Pro
    401894
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
    399306
  • Sony Xperia 10 IV
    396008
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    394918
  • Honor Magic4 Lite
    387218
  • Poco X4 Pro 5G
    384646
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    382902
  • OnePlus Nord N20 5G
    380672
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    379313
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    376819
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
    360255
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    319093
  • Oppo Reno7
    289250
  • Samsung Galaxy A23
    273554
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    244526
  • Samsung Galaxy A13
    136286

The Adreno 610 is a fine match for that unassuming CPU and graphics benchmarks reveal a similar distribution of forces - the Reno7 isn't threatening any serious competitor with its oomph.

GFX Car Chase ES 3.1 (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    22
  • Samsung Galaxy M53
    21
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    20
  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    20
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    19
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
    19
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    17
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
    17
  • Honor Magic4 Lite
    17
  • Poco X4 Pro 5G
    17
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    17
  • Sony Xperia 10 IV
    16
  • OnePlus Nord N20 5G
    16
  • Realme 9 Pro
    16
  • Realme 9 5G
    14
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
    13
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    12
  • Oppo Reno7
    7.2
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    6.8
  • Samsung Galaxy A23
    6.7
  • Samsung Galaxy A13
    5.2

GFX Car Chase ES 3.1 (offscreen 1080p)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy M53
    26
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    25
  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    24
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
    24
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    23
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    23
  • Honor Magic4 Lite
    21
  • Sony Xperia 10 IV
    20
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
    20
  • OnePlus Nord N20 5G
    20
  • Poco X4 Pro 5G
    20
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    19
  • Realme 9 Pro
    19
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    19
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
    16
  • Realme 9 5G
    16
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    14
  • Samsung Galaxy A23
    8.3
  • Oppo Reno7
    8.1
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    8
  • Samsung Galaxy A13
    6.2

GFX Manhattan ES 3.1 (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy M53
    38
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    38
  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    36
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    35
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    35
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
    35
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    31
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
    30
  • Poco X4 Pro 5G
    30
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    30
  • Honor Magic4 Lite
    29
  • OnePlus Nord N20 5G
    29
  • Realme 9 Pro
    29
  • Sony Xperia 10 IV
    28
  • Realme 9 5G
    25
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
    23
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    22
  • Oppo Reno7
    14
  • Samsung Galaxy A23
    12
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    12
  • Samsung Galaxy A13
    8.3

GFX Manhattan ES 3.1 (offscreen 1080p)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    43
  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    42
  • Samsung Galaxy M53
    42
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
    40
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    38
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    38
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    35
  • Sony Xperia 10 IV
    35
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
    35
  • Honor Magic4 Lite
    35
  • OnePlus Nord N20 5G
    35
  • Realme 9 Pro
    35
  • Poco X4 Pro 5G
    34
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    34
  • Realme 9 5G
    27
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
    26
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    24
  • Oppo Reno7
    20
  • Samsung Galaxy A23
    15
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    15
  • Samsung Galaxy A13
    9.4

GFX Manhattan ES 3.0 (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    57
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    56
  • Samsung Galaxy M53
    56
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    55
  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    52
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
    51
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    43
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
    43
  • OnePlus Nord N20 5G
    42
  • Poco X4 Pro 5G
    42
  • Honor Magic4 Lite
    41
  • Realme 9 Pro
    41
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    41
  • Sony Xperia 10 IV
    39
  • Realme 9 5G
    39
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
    36
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    34
  • Oppo Reno7
    20
  • Samsung Galaxy A23
    18
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    18
  • Samsung Galaxy A13
    14

GFX Manhattan ES 3.0 (offscreen 1080p)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy M53
    64
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    64
  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    61
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
    61
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    60
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    60
  • Honor Magic4 Lite
    50
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    48
  • Sony Xperia 10 IV
    48
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
    48
  • OnePlus Nord N20 5G
    48
  • Poco X4 Pro 5G
    47
  • Realme 9 Pro
    47
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    47
  • Realme 9 5G
    41
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
    40
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    37
  • Oppo Reno7
    22
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    21
  • Samsung Galaxy A23
    20
  • Samsung Galaxy A13
    16

3DMark Wild Life Vulkan 1.1 (offscreen 1440p)

Higher is better

  • Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G
    4219
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    2292
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
    2260
  • Samsung Galaxy M53
    2203
  • Oppo Reno7 5G
    2037
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
    2036
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    2014
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
    1231
  • Realme 9 5G
    1228
  • Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G
    1217
  • Sony Xperia 10 IV
    1213
  • Honor Magic4 Lite
    1211
  • Poco X4 Pro 5G
    1211
  • Realme 9 Pro
    1211
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
    1209
  • OnePlus Nord N20 5G
    1205
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    1204
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    1101
  • Samsung Galaxy A13
    510
  • Oppo Reno7
    450
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
    439
  • Samsung Galaxy A23
    429

Another good thing about lower-end chipsets besides their frugal battery consumption is sustained performance. The Reno7 may not be a powerhouse, but it's consistent in its output. For the most part, that is - 50 minutes into a full-power CPU throttling test, we observed a bit of a hiccup, but hardly something to worry about.

Reader comments

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  • Anonymous
  • 16 Nov 2022
  • BpV

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