Oppo Find 7 and 7a Compared and Benchmarked, QHD Model Not Necessarily the Better One

March 24, 2014 - Written By Nick Sutrich

So you’ve seen the announcement for Oppo’s next awesome phone, the Find 7 and 7a, and still need to decide on which model to choose.  Both models feature a beautiful 5.5-inch screen, a top-of-the-line quad-core processor, plenty of RAM to spare and a 13MP camera that can take 50MP images.  So what’s different about the two models then?  The Find 7a is the standard model, featuring a 1080p screen and a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor.  While many were hailing 2014 as the year of the Quad HD phone, we’ve seen so far from a number of manufacturers including Samsung with the Galaxy S5 and HTC with the All New One that Quad HD isn’t quite ready for prime-time just yet, and now we’re finding out why.  First off it looks like the color reproduction on the Find 7a, that’s the 1080p model, is much more accurate than the Find 7’s Quad HD screen.  Specifically it seems that the new QHD screen is showing everything in a bit of a blue light, looking more like an older AMOLED than an IPS panel.  While it’s not the end of the world it’s well worth noting, as many get rather irked when they see their whites with a slight shade of blue instead of that pure white that it’s supposed to be.  Obviously all the other colors of the spectrum get affected by this hue, not just white, so take that with for what you will.

Next up is performance, which shouldn’t be all that much of a surprise anyway.  Going on the latest benchmarks from ePrice, the Find 7a, again the 1080p model, is just a bit ahead in terms of performance when compared to the QHD Find 7.  Given that the Find 7 has an upgraded 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor inside of it, some were surprised to see it lag a little behind the Find 7a’s Snapdragon 800, but it again comes down to that screen.  There are 2,073,600 pixels in a 1080p screen, while a QHD screen bumps that all the way up to 3,686,400 pixels to render.  That’s quite a bit more stress on a processor that’s really only a slight incremental bump up from the previous model (we’re talking Snapdragon 800 vs 801 here), and that’s where the performance hit is coming from.  Remember though we’re only talking a few frames per second in these tests, so it’s not like it’s the end of the world, but it might be noticeable in the most performance-intensive of games and apps out there at times.  Check out the pictures below for benchmarks as well as the color difference between both phones’ screens.