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Oppo Find X7 Ultra review

With a formidable camera setup and an eye-catching appearance, Oppo’s flagship smartphone for 2024 is the Oppo Find X7 Ultra. It went on sale in China only a few days after its introduction in early January, and it appears that’s where it’s going to stay for the time being. The parent company of OnePlus is called Oppo, and if there were a OnePlus 12 Ultra, it most likely would have this exact appearance.

Considering the phone’s packed specs, you might want to import it. However, be advised that there will be some frustrations involved. Many system components are untranslated, and enabling Google services requires adjusting a few settings.

Having said that, I was eager to find out if the trouble would be worthwhile. As the first phone with two periscope telephoto lenses, it seems to be a serious competitor for premium phones with strong cameras, such as the Vivo X100 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra. I learnt the following after a week of living out of my pocket using the Find X7 Ultra.

Design & Build

  • Beautiful two-tone finish
  • Curved edges front and back
  • IP68 certified

I adore how the Oppo Find X7 Ultra looks, and it has a distinctive two-tone finish. I was given the Ocean Blue option to try, which has a high-gloss white finish on top and vegan leather covering the lower part of the back in a navy blue color.

Both the camera module and the frame have a sleek, glossy silver finish that exudes refinement and nautical charm. Though I’ve never been near one of those, it’s the ideal phone to have at the yacht club.

There’s also the Tailored Black colorway, which changes everything to a monochromatic black and dark grey tone, if you’d like something more subdued. Alternatively, there is Sepia Brown, which is simply the Ocean Blue option with a brown leather-effect material.

While I agree that the camera bump is almost absurd, it yet manages to look rather good. When operating the phone one-handed, you may rest your fingertip comfortably on the edge of the large circular camera housing.

At 221g, the phone is not very light, but it is also rather huge. In spite of its size, the curved edge display and the corresponding curves on the back panel make it incredibly comfortable to handle. As a result, the phone seems thinner than it really is.

if you’re brave enough, you could happily use it without a case

The phone’s back is made of vegan leather, which makes it incredibly grippy and stain-resistant. Therefore, you might gladly use it without a case if you’re daring enough. But since a matte navy blue TPU case is included in the package, you don’t have to. It’s not really unique, but it does a great job of protecting the phone and looks much better than the typical transparent ones.

On the left side, there is a three-position alert slider that resembles the one seen on the OnePlus 12. This lets you fast transition between VIP, boisterous, and silent settings. Although I’ve never had the need for it, the latter turns off the camera and microphone to protect privacy and could be helpful for those who do something more secretive than writing about phones all day.

Impressive haptic feedback is provided, and pressing the camera shutter, for instance, seems to produce a real mechanical clunk. It feels forceful and accurate when typing as well, however I had to adjust some settings to enable it on the keyboard because it was turned off by default.

With its IP68 designation for dust and water resistance, you may use the phone with confidence on beach outings and maritime excursions. But the closest I got were a few sprinkles of rain.

Screen & Speakers

  • 6.82-inch AMOLED display
  • Quad HD+ resolution
  • 120Hz adaptive refresh rate
  • Dual stereo speakers

The screen has a generous resolution of 1440×3168 and a dynamic refresh rate that can increase to 120Hz. The screen is large and has excellent sharpness and vibrancy.

Its brightness output, which is claimed to reach up to 4500 nits at its peak, is one of its most notable qualities. Although you won’t go near these blindingly bright settings when using the display normally, you can be confident that it will be able to compete with even the strongest summer sunshine.

the phone feels slimmer in your hand and gesture controls feel smooth thanks to the rounded edges.

As previously said, the Oppo Find X7 Ultra features a curved-edge display, which while I don’t usually love, works nicely in this case. To begin with, the curvature appears more condensed than on previous phones, making the places you touch practically flat. You may say that you get the best of all worlds because, although the display seems to be flat most of the time, the phone feels thinner in your palm and the rounded edges make the gesture controls feel smooth.
With the brilliant highlights contrasted with the deep, dark blacks that OLED panels are known for, HDR video looks amazing on this display. It is important to mention that Netflix declined to support HDR content because of problems with DRM certification. This is not ideal and should be fixed in next releases. At least YouTube HDR content functioned properly.

The display supports Dolby Vision, but with Netflix not playing ball, you might struggle to find Dolby Vision content to watch. On the other hand, you can record videos in Dolby Vision using the native camera app, so there’s still some utility here.

If you want to change how colors are presented, the OS has a ton of customization choices. You receive three primary profiles: Natural, Pro, and Vivid. You may adjust the tint and color temperature of each profile using its own color wheel. Additionally, you may choose to convert SDR footage to HDR or just improve low-resolution photographs using the phone’s media processing engine.

You’ll be happy to hear that the Oppo Find X7 Ultra has a 2160Hz PWM dimming rate, which guarantees minimal flicker at all brightness levels if you have eye strain. Like most smartphones these days, there are low blue light choices accessible in the OS.

The phone boasts two powerful stereo speakers that can handle loud volumes. There’s excellent clarity and more bass than most phones have to provide. Although they do begin to distort at maximum level, they can go pretty loud.

The arrangement of the speakers makes it nearly hard to avoid muffles while holding the phone horizontally, which irked me despite the speakers’ overall impressive design. At least when held upright, they always sound their finest.

Specs & Performance

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  • 12/16GB RAM
  • 256/512GB storage

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, the most powerful SoC from Qualcomm, powers the Oppo Find X7 Ultra. It’s not shocking that this processor performs well here either, as we’ve previously seen it do so in devices like the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra and OnePlus 12.

Although the phone is also available with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, my test model has 16GB RAM and 512GB of storage. It may be virtually extended if necessary, and it has enough memory to handle many tasks.

You can run almost any game in the Play Store at maximum settings

When using the phone, it seems quick and responsive in every way; the animations are fluid, and apps launch quickly. Nearly every game available in the Play Store can be played at its highest settings while keeping the phone somewhat cool.

The standard features, such as network optimization, notification blocking, and performance options, are available through an integrated game overlay. It has more features than other phones, but not quite as many as the RedMagic 9 Pro, which is a phone designed primarily for gaming. It may be more competent than I realize because, as far as I can tell, some of these menu items are shown in Chinese.

After a long Genshin Impact session with “Gaming mode” on, I noticed that the phone was becoming hot, yet it never felt awkward to hold, and the performance remained flawless all through.

Below are all of our standard benchmark testing against our main competitors. Observe that even if the phone is capable of greater framerates, GFXBench would not go over 60 frames per second.

Oppo Find X7 Ultra Benchmarks

the camera system here might just be the most capable of any smartphone on the market right now.

Cameras

  • 50Mp 1-inch main sensor
  • 50Mp ultrawide
  • 50Mp dual periscope zooms
  • 32Mp selfie camera with autofocus

With such a big camera array on the back, it almost seems more like a camera than a phone, making it obvious right away that the main focus of this phone is its photographic capabilities.

Fortunately, this design makes sense because this smartphone has what may be the best camera system available.

On the rear, there are four cameras. With its Sony second-generation 1-inch sensor, the primary camera should have an advantage over the 1-inch sensors seen in the Xiaomi 13 Ultra and Oppo Find X6 Pro. Because it’s stacked, there should be a reduction in power consumption and an increase in light sensitivity.

An ultrawide camera and two periscope zooms—one with a 2x focal length and the other with a 6x focal length—join this substantial primary sensor. When you move between the rear cameras while filming, for example, it doesn’t appear abrupt since each of the 50Mp cameras has tightly coordinated colors and image processing.

The selfie camera features autofocus, which is still something of a novelty, and has a resolution of 32Mp. But now that the Pixel 8 Pro and Galaxy S24 Ultra have both embraced it, I predict it will become more widespread. It basically means that, whether you’re up close or at arm’s length for a group photo, your selfies are always crisp and detailed.

This range of completely stacked cameras produces amazing results. Without the need to fake it in portrait mode, the big primary sensor produces some beautiful natural bokeh and enables superb low-light recording. To tell the truth, I didn’t see any significant generational change from the Vivo X90 Pro 1-inch snapper—but that snapper already did a great job, so it’s not a terrible thing.

With a 1/1.56-inch sensor, the 3x periscope zoom lens is another noteworthy lens. It is among the biggest telephoto lenses I have ever seen on a smartphone. It permits an extremely shallow depth of focus when paired with the larger focal length’s compression, enabling you to take pictures that resemble DSLR images rather than a smartphone.

Although the ultrawide is a bit more conventional, it’s still quite helpful, and the high resolution guarantees that there’s a lot of information. Similarly, the 6x telephoto may not be as excellent as the 5x zoom of the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, but it is still capable of holding its own against it.

Very accurate color reproduction is produced by the picture processing, which was fine-tuned in partnership with Hasselblad. Compared to other rival brands, there is less exaggeration and oversaturation. Even in low light and with moving scenes, the images appear crisp and detailed. Impressive dynamic range is also available, and depending on your photography setting, you can take ProXDR photos that the gallery will display in HDR.

It works best with humans, but the portrait mode is quite dependable, and I even got decent pictures with moving animals. To go along with the illusion, there are several very attractive filters, and I was always amazed at how well the phone was able to separate stray hairs.

With night mode turned on, you can get great images with all of the lenses. At night, the big sensors of the main camera and the 3x will allow you to minimize the exposure time and eliminate motion blur. What more could you ask for? There were times when night mode was able to identify features that I could hardly see with my own eyes.

Every camera can record movies in up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. To be honest, I seldom utilize 8K recording, thus I was a bit startled to learn it was absent. As long as there isn’t too much wind blowing against the microphones, the stabilization is strong and the sound quality is superb.

Battery Life & Charging

  • 5000mAh battery
  • 100W wired fast charging
  • 50W wireless charging

The 5000mAh battery life of the Oppo Find X7 Ultra is approximately average for a contemporary premium phone.

This very quick charger, which enables cable charging up to 100W, is included in the package. The phone may also be charged wirelessly at up to 50W, however this will require a very particular type of charger.

I found that the battery life was decent but not exceptional. It easily got me through an ordinary day’s worth of use, and if I was doing something a bit more demanding on the battery, like playing games or taking a lot of pictures and videos, it would still just last until the end of the day.

In fact, it’s faster than a lot of flagships will charge with a cable inserted.

However, that’s all you actually need, and it becomes less of an issue when you can charge it so quickly. With the provided charger, the phone can be charged fully in less than 30 minutes, or from completely dead to 50% charged in little over 10 minutes.

I decided to charge most of the time using the Oppo AirVooc 50W wireless charger that I just so happened to have on hand. It’s quite practical—all you have to do is place your phone on the stand at your desk, and it will charge quickly.

In actuality, it charges more quickly than many flagship devices when a cable is added.

Software & Apps

  • ColorOS 14
  • Based on Android 14
  • Designed for the Chinese market

The Oppo Find X7 Ultra has excelled thus far in every aspect, however things become a little tricky when it comes to the software. Since this phone has just been formally released in China, its software hasn’t been heavily Westernized.

First off, Google Mobile Services isn’t enabled out of the box, so in order to access your regular app library, you’ll need to sideload the Play Store. Although it’s not a challenging procedure, it does imply that things could not go exactly as planned.

During my testing, I didn’t encounter any significant problems, although there were a few oddities, such the fact that I wouldn’t always receive my Gmail alerts. But this could just be a result of Oppo’s too aggressive battery optimization strategies. If you want to receive alerts on time, you must go into the settings menu and turn off optimization for all of your crucial applications.

When you first boot up the phone, you’ll be greeted with a lot of bloatware, and with the exception of TikTok, it’s pretty much all aimed at Chinese customers. So you probably won’t be able to use any of it. Thankfully, it’s easy to uninstall the lot, but it’s a bit of a tedious process to go through on such a high-end phone.

The majority of the OS will be in English if you chose that language during setup, however I often came across sections and functions that weren’t translated. For instance, there is no option to switch Breeno, the AI assistant, to Google Assistant or English; it is entirely in Chinese. Also, a large portion of the search features are available in Chinese.

Oppo Find X7 Ultra.

Otherwise, ColorOS has some nice features, and probably plenty more that I can’t access due to the language barrier. There’s lots of customisation, and it’s quick and easy to navigate. These small frustrations add up, though, and for most people, it won’t be worth the hassle.

The Oppo Find X7 Ultra is an absolute beast of a smartphone.

Price & Availability

The Oppo Find X7 Ultra is only available in China, where it retails for CNY 5,999. However, you can also find it available for import through sites like Wonda MobileGiztop and AliExpress. Pricing varies, but you can expect to pay around £800/$1000 for an imported model.

Oppo has not announced any plans to bring the Find X7 Ultra to other regions, but I’d love to see that change. The Find X6 Pro never got an international launch, either, so chances are looking slim at the moment.

Specs

  • ColorOS 14, based on Android 14
  • 6.82in, 3168×1440, AMOLED, 120Hz, curved display
  • In-display fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  • 12GB / 16GB RAM
  • 256GB / 512GB storage
  • Cameras:
    • 50Mp, f/1.8 main camera (1-inch)
    • 50Mp f/2.0 ultra-wide
    • 50Mp f/2.6 3x telephoto
    • 50Mp f/4.3 6x telephoto
    • 32Mp front-facing camera with autofocus
  • Up to 4K @ 60fps rear video
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual-SIM
  • Wi-Fi 7 (802.11be), Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), 802.11a/b/g/n/
  • Bluetooth 5.4
  • 5000mAh battery
  • 100W wired charging
  • 50W wireless charging
  • 164.3 x 76.2 x 9.5 mm
  • IP68 certified
  • 221g
  • Colours: Tailored Black, Ocean Blue, Sepia Brown
Achraf Grini
Achraf Grini
Hello This is AG. I am a Tech lover and I have long been a promoter and editor for a shopping company, I have followed smartphones and headphones and others. I covers iOS, Android, Windows and macOS, writing tutorials, buying guides and reviews.
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