March 21, 2014, 12:49 PM — Oppo Electronics has taken off the wraps on its first LTE phone, and it packs more technology than most if not all laptops. It's got the highest resolution camera on the market and has a display comparable to Apple's 27-inch Cinema displays.
The Find 7 is a 5.5" phone and is the first to support 2560 x 1440 resolution, also known as 1440p or WQHD. That translates to a PPI (pixels per inch) of 538. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has 441 PPI by comparison.
Another striking and unique feature of the phone is its 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. This is Qualcomm's first chip to feature its Gobi True 4G LTE World Mode, supporting LTE FDD, LTE TDD, WCDMA, CDMA1x, EV-DO, TD-SCDMA and GSM4. Translation: this phone will work on LTE all over the world.
It also comes with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, microSD support up to 128GB, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a 3000mAh battery and Android 4.3, a.k.a. "Jelly Bean." Its camera is billed as a 50-megapixel camera, which would surpass Nokia's 41-megapixel camera, but there's a catch: it's actually a 13-megapixel camera that takes as many as 10 consecutive shots very quickly and then combines the best four into a 50-megapixel image.
There are two versions of the Find 7, Standard and Premium. The Premium version has all of the amazing specs listed above. Standard comes with a 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. The price difference, though, is crazy; just $100. The Find 7 Standard is $499 and Premium is $599.
One hundred dollars for that much of a jump in components? Who would ever buy a Standard?
There are other gems in this phone, including MaxxAudio and Dirac HD for high quality sound and a rapid battery charging technology that will charge up to 75% of the battery in half an hour. Even better: the battery is removable.
Do not underestimate this company. Oppo is known for surprises. Chinese electronics products have long had a reputation for being inferior to their Korean and Japanese counterparts, but Oppo has packed the best technology into its products. Years ago, it came out with a DVD player that blew away everything on the market from major name players for a much lower price. It was also region-free, so you could play imports from around the world.
For a ridiculously low price ($199. At the time, that was insane) you got a DVD player better than anything from the top Japanese vendors. They used a top of the line decoder chip and movies looked better on the Oppo than they did on the more expensive products from brand name vendors. They quickly became known among videophiles as THE vendor to buy, if you could find them.
Back then, my friends were trading Denon, Sony and Panasonic DVD players for Oppos. I would not be the least bit surprised if history repeats itself. Samsung and Apple are not going to know what hit them if this phone lives up to its specs.