Oppo, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer, has posted a message on its Facebook page announcing the forthcoming launch of a new device. It’s the Find 7, and it’ll be revealed during an event in March. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the Find 7, which is shaping up to be another top-spec smartphone from the innovative company.
While we don’t know the Find 7’s exact specs or any special features, Oppo did drop a few hints the day before it confirmed the launch date. After asking which features we’d like to see improved on the Find 7 over the Find 5, an image was posted indicating the Find 7 will have a 5.5-inch screen with a huge 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, giving a pixel density of 538ppi. By comparison, the Find 5 has a 5-inch, 1080p screen.
Additionally, 4G LTE is mentioned – a first for Oppo – along with a feature called “Touch on Lens,” which doesn’t really mean much at this stage. The Oppo N1 has a touch panel on its back, and it can be used to activate the camera shutter, so perhaps Touch on Lens is something similar.
Previous rumors regarding the Find 7 put the screen size at 5.9-inches, which would make it larger than the N1 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, so 5.5-inches sounds much more sensible. The massive 1440p resolution was hinted at before too, along with power from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor. We’re still waiting for the first devices using the new chip to be announced, and we’re not expecting any to go on sale much before mid-2014. The feature list may also include a 13-megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. Like the N1, we could see another CyanogenMod-powered special edition too.
Oppo has consistently put new hardware up for sale in the U.S. and Europe through its own online store, so there’s a good chance we’ll be able to buy an unlocked, SIM-free Find 7 when it’s released. The company will reveal the phone on March 19 in Beijing.