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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aldo
Member since:
2010-02-17

And yet the vast majority of Android phones still being sold out there are using 2+ year old hardware and Android 2.x


Given that Google's usage figures show over 60% of Androids in use are running 4.x, even a loyal Apple cultist like yourself surely must concede that you're talking unmitigated shite there..? You're so wrong it's actually rather embarrassing.

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Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

"And yet the vast majority of Android phones still being sold out there are using 2+ year old hardware and Android 2.x


Given that Google's usage figures show over 60% of Androids in use are running 4.x, even a loyal Apple cultist like yourself surely must concede that you're talking unmitigated shite there..? You're so wrong it's actually rather embarrassing.
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Right... I must be an Apple cultists because I don't take Google's(a large for profit, publicly traded behemoth of a company in a hot market sector) numbers on face value and am instead going by what I actually see everyone actually using...

Get your head out of your ass, I've seen several devices that can't even install the Play store even though they come with Android 4.1.

The Android market is a mess because Google never put it's foot down about keeping systems updated like you see with the other mobile OSs. Unless you're a rooting geek(which is a very small percentage of the user base) you are stuck with whatever the device came with and will use that till the thing dies or your plan lets you upgrade in 2 years, whichever comes first.

Also, FYI, I don't own any Apple, Android Windows Mobile or Blackberry devices. I'll stick with my old Symbian "brick" phone till the end of time thank you very much.

Edited 2014-03-22 06:29 UTC

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fmaxwell Member since:
2005-11-13

Given that Google's usage figures show over 60% of Androids in use are running 4.x, even a loyal Apple cultist like yourself...


Do you consider yourself to be "a loyal Google cultist"? No? Then take your childish "loyal Apple cultist" shite and shove it.

The first version of Android 4.x was released in October of 2011. Two and a half years later, well over a third of Android users still aren't using a 4.x release? That's pathetic.

iOS 7.x was released in September of 2013. Just six months later, 83% of iOS devices are running 7.x. 14% are running 6.x and only 3% are running earlier versions of iOS.

You just proved the other poster's point.

Edited 2014-03-22 11:05 UTC

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