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 aldo on Fri 21st Mar 2014 19:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Hmmm"
aldo
Member since:
2010-02-17

"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.
"

Two reasons:

1. It's 'loath to admit' and not 'loathe';

2. It's a load of self-justifying old bollocks.

Hope this helps!

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RE[4]: Hmmm
by fmaxwell on Fri 21st Mar 2014 21:56 in reply to "RE[3]: Hmmm"
fmaxwell Member since:
2005-11-13

1. It's 'loath to admit' and not 'loathe'


Grow up. Even you can't be that immature and petty.

2. It's a load of self-justifying old bollocks.


You can't find flaw with my reasoning, so you act like a monkey throwing poo. You may not like facts when they don't fit with your religious views, but that does not make them any less true.

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