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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Hmmm
by WorknMan on Wed 19th Mar 2014 23:34 UTC
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

I like the specs of this phone, but 5.5"? It seems that phones with these kind of killer specs (Snapdragon 801/3gb RAM) would require me to invest in some clown pants just to carry the damn thing around. I'm not sure how big the Z2 is, but that hasn't been announced for US, AFAIK.

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v RE: Hmmm
by fmaxwell on Fri 21st Mar 2014 09:22 in reply to "Hmmm"
RE[2]: Hmmm
by Tropheus on Fri 21st Mar 2014 10:51 in reply to "RE: Hmmm"
Tropheus Member since:
2005-07-11

I'm willing to bet - 3 years from now, most apple fans, including you, will be doing their things using (a less impressive - that's your wording) iPhone with a screen size of around 5".

Are you willing to bet as well?

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RE[2]: Hmmm
by kurkosdr on Fri 21st Mar 2014 10:52 in reply to "RE: Hmmm"
kurkosdr Member since:
2011-04-11

"...would require me to invest in some clown pants just to carry the damn thing around.


Although the Apple haters are loathe to admit it, the iPhone is a much more impressive bit of engineering. Making an extremely compact smartphone with great performance and battery life is much harder than buying a monster-big screen and using the massive amounts of room behind it for the phone's battery and electronics.
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This (I can't upvote you because I 've already posted).

My 5-inch SGSIII already feels huge, I can't understand people who buy 5.5-inch and 6-inch monsters.

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RE[2]: Hmmm
by kurkosdr on Fri 21st Mar 2014 18:57 in reply to "RE: Hmmm"
kurkosdr Member since:
2011-04-11

Although the Apple haters are loathe to admit it, the iPhone is a much more impressive bit of engineering. Making an extremely compact smartphone with great performance and battery life is much harder than buying a monster-big screen and using the massive amounts of room behind it for the phone's battery and electronics.


I don't know why this got downvoted. But I know why facebook and gawker don't have a "downvote" button: to prevent the neckbeard patrol from downvoting to oblivion posts that violate their religion.

At first I thought facebook not having a downvote was a bad thing, but seeing how every post that contains the slightest opinion gets downvoted by the patrol units (fanboi patrol and neckbeard patrol, mostly the neckbeard patrol), it's probably a good thing on a second thought.

In practice, forums/comments with a downvote (like osnews) are full of BS "neutral" opinion-less posts, as not to offend any patrol.

Edited 2014-03-21 18:58 UTC

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