Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Mar 2014 23:00 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Early last year, Oppo was (one of?) the first company to ship a phone with a full HD display, on its Find 5. I bought one, and it became one of my favourite smartphones - a small Chinese company building phones with top-notch build quality, high-end (at the time) specifications, packaged in a distinctive and minimalist design.

A new year, and a new barrier to break - Oppo announced the successor to the Find 5 today. They call it the Find 7, and it ups the display game to crazy levels: it packs a 5.5" 2560x1440 (!) display, the first of its kind on a phone (again, it could be one of the first). I honestly have no idea if it makes any sense whatsoever to have such a crazy display on a phone. Will it really make a noticeable difference over current full HD displays? I doubt it.

It further boasts a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM, and a 3000mAh battery. There's also a Find 7 'lite', which has a more traditional 1080p display, a slightly slower processor, and 2GB RAM. Unlike the Find 5, the Find 7 has a two features which I know will appeal to many OSNews readers: a removable battery and an SD card slot. Both of these features were added after requests from users.

Design-wise, the Find 7 loses some of the straightforward simplicity that I like so much about the Find 5; the phone is busier and messier, and the version with the crazy display has this fake carbon weave on the back that crosses into Samsung-tacky territory. The fancy elongated notification LED at the bottom is a nice touch, though.

All in all, the Find 7 is yet another noteworthy product from a Chinese manufacturer, and further proof of my conviction: Samsung, HTC, and other established players should be worried. I don't think Apple will care much, but Android manufacturers should take note.

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RE[3]: Hmmm
by fmaxwell on Fri 21st Mar 2014 11:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Hmmm"
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I'm willing to bet - 3 years from now, most apple fans, including you,


I'm not an "Apple fan." I'm an engineer and a fan of good engineering.

will be doing their things using (a less impressive - that's your wording) iPhone with a screen size of around 5".


What's not impressive is creating a huge phone that fails to outperform a much more compact one. If Apple goes with a larger screen size, I bet that you will see much longer battery life and/or much faster performance than the competition.

But I never bet against people having low-brow taste and forcing the market down that path. Me? I want a phone that's compact, elegant, and stylish. If I want a big screen, I'll use a tablet like the one I'm composing this on.

Edited 2014-03-21 11:56 UTC

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