Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday March 19, 2014.
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Oppo isn't a household name in the United States but the company has raised its profile outside of Asia with unique phones like the Find 5 and N1. Oppo today unveiled a successor to those phones, the Find 7, that will garner more attention because of its pixel-dense display and the ability to take 50-megapixel photos.
The Oppo Find 7 actually comes in two forms. The 7a model is a "Lite" version that has a 5.5-inch 1080p HD screen, a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 2,800 mAh battery. It will cost $499 when it goes on sale soon. While those are specs comparable to the leading devices on the market, the standard Find 7 takes it up a notch by having a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 801), 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 3,000 mAh battery. The display is once again 5.5 inches, but the resolution is quad HD with 2,560x1,440 resolution.
A 5-megapixel camera is on the front of the Find 7. A 13-megapixel camera is on the back of the device, but Oppo uses a camera trick to take 10 photos very quickly and then chooses 4 of those images make a 50-megapixel photo. The "Super Zoom" feature stitches the images together via software rather than have a large sensor like the Lumia 1020, but according to Engadget's first impressions of the phone, the image quality is still solid.
Oppo also touts several design elements. The Find 7 has a Skyline notification light that softly pulsates at the bottom of the phone when notifications arrive. The frame of the phone is composed of titanium, the back has carbon fiber, and there's a rapid charge feature that can recharge a battery up to 75 percent within 30 minutes.
Oppo says the Find 7a, which runs the Android 4.3-powered Color OS, will go on sale on its website and Amazon in mid-April. The standard Find 7 with more features, launches in May.
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