Oppo has begun to tease us with the soon to be successor of the Find 5 known as the Find 7. Oppo posted on their social network channels “We have received extensive feedback over the past year and have listened closely. The Find5 was just the beginning…” with a hashtag of #Alwaysimprove. As many of you know I am a big fan of Oppo, I believe the Find 5 was way ahead of its time. I’ve even said if the Find 5 today had LTE support and was offered with a Snapdragon 800 processor I’d be using it over my Nexus 5. To this day I’ve yet to see a device with the build quality as the Find 5. No screen (even the popular HTC One) has come close to the quality of the Find 5. In fact, when I used the Find 5 for several months I’d get at least one random person each week asking me “What phone is that?” followed by “OMG, that’s beautiful where can I get one?”.
But lately Oppo has been all over the place, just throwing things out there and seeing what sticks. The R819 was a good budget phone and a step in the right direction, creating a great phone at an affordable price. However, Motorola pretty much squashed that idea with the latest Moto G. Even the Nexus 5 at the same price is a no-brainer making the R819 a device that is not worth buying anymore. Simply put, there are better alternatives out there. Then comes the latest Oppo N1 I guess you could say Oppo’s answer to the Phablet market. Unfortunately, I don’t see it being a competitor, especially when it lacks LTE support. If you are going to charge $600.00 (Flagship Device Pricing) it better have all the bells and whistles. But I don’t think the missing LTE radio is the biggest problem (no pun intended). The phone is a giant, even Marques Brownlee from MKBHD tweeted out “First phone ever that’s felt legitimately “too big” for my hands!” Which we all know he has large hands. So with that said, you just alienated 80% of your potential buyers.
Of course, we can sit here and say the same thing about the Note lineup and how people also said it was “too big” yet it’s selling very well. But as a Note 3 owner, I can say that Samsung hit the maximum threshold of what’s workable in your hand as to “Okay, I’m holding a Tablet not a phone”. So what’s next for Oppo? Well, although little to almost nothing is known about the new Find 7, Carl Pei who works at Oppo posted on Google+ “Rest assured guys, the Find 7 will not have a 5.7″ or 7″ display.” Although that doesn’t say much, it can still be 5.3″ or even 5.5″. What does Oppo need to create a winning phone? Well, if they are truly paying attention let me give you what I think (most) people want. Sure, in a way this is my “wish list”. But I can assure you this is a winning formula. So Oppo, if you are listening pay close attention and you can thank me later by sending me a free phone 😉
Let’s talk about size first, no bigger than 5″ screen size. Of course 1080P display! (same as Find 5 with OGS) Oh, and lose those hardware keys. I think a lot of OEM’s haven’t got the memo on this one. Even Google is trying to find a way to drop this in future phones by tweaking their code. Next, let’s talk about speakers. No doubt the Find 5 has the best speakers I’ve heard on a smart phone to date, not to be confused by speaker placement. With that being said, I think it’s obvious that front facing stereo speakers are the way to go. If you combine that with Dirac HD Sound technology, WOW! No comes one of the biggest request, an ample battery. Whether it’s 3,000mAh or (insert number here). It should easily last me all day with normal to heavy use. If you need to hire Francisco Franco for kernel optimizations I’m sure he would do it 😉 . I really have no complaints about your cameras. The Find 5 had a good camera and so did the R819. The N1 is a great camera so anywhere in between those I’m sure people will be happy. Heck even my Nexus 5 camera does the job.
Now let’s move on to the internals, the latest CPU available today with 3GB of RAM and LTE Support. Although we have SD Card fanatics out there, I don’t want to write a whole blog post on why it’s not a good idea to have SD Cards on a phone. You can do something bold though, something no other OEM has done. Make a 128GB internal storage available for purchase, heck if people want to pay for more at least they have that option. At 128 you really have nothing to complain about, it’s plenty of storage space and way more than most OEM’s offer (including Apple). But the biggest thing you guys need to do is follow through with your promise. What I mean by that is updating the software on a timely basis. That was one of the biggest reason’s you guys gained so much recognition, but the problem with that is it was a bit misleading. Let me explain…
You guys promised updates to your ROM, but most of the updates are bug fixes. When you guys publish that 500+ bugs were fixed, that is not a good thing. I propose you get rid of ColorOS and just use AOSP. It’s easier to support and guarantees the consumer a much quicker update, almost Nexus like. Make ColorOS a downloadable launcher for those that really want it. When you guys are still on 4.2.1 or 4.2.2. when you promised fast updates it doesn’t look good. That’s like a company that is using 2.3 (Gingerbread) as their base code bragging that they are fixing bugs and adding new features. Look at Motorola, they did a fast update to the Moto X with KitKat, that’s fast updating. I promise if you guys follow this guide, the N7 will be a huge success. What did I miss? Anything else you guys want to add or comment. Please do so as I know Oppo will be reading this and can build that awesome phone we want!
The Find 7 Should have:
1. 5″ 1080P OGS Display (Find 5)
2. Lose the Hardware Keys
3. Front Facing Speakers with Dirac HD Sound
4. N1 Style Camera or better (NO FLIP STYLE)
5. 3,000 mAh or Better Battery
6. Latest CPU available with 3GB of RAM
8. 128GB Storage Option (32GB Min)
9. Make ColorOS a Launcher instead of a ROM
10. Use AOSP ONLY and offer ULTRA FAST Updates
11. Wireless Charging**
13. IR Blaster**
I’d easily pay $1,000 for a phone like this! A phone with no compromises and built to last for years!
**UPDATE** I will continue to update this list based on feedback and or suggestions. See the tl;dr; section and look for the ** for updates.