The LG G4 is coming on April 24 and the teaser videos and photos that LG has already released to the public are creating a lot of hype around the new flagship smartphone. The LG G4 will be a new take on the smartphone concept, if we listen to rumors, as LG is planning to make the LG G4 better than the Galaxy S6 and even the Galaxy S6 Edge. They could do a lot of things to attract attention and make the phone truly appealing to the masses, and it doesn’t even require a lot of investment on their part. But this time around, I’m not going to be talking about how the LG G4 will face the big competition that’s coming from Samsung, HTC and Apple, not to mention upcoming Microsoft Lumia smartphones, Nokia smartphones and many others. This time, I will try and demonstrate why the LG G4 can stand its ground and why an underdog like the Oppo Find 7 should be just as hyped for just as long.
I came up with the idea after writing the LG G3 vs iPhone 6 Plus display comparison piece and receiving a comment pointing out that I forgot that the Oppo Find 7 was the first QHD smartphone on the market, not the LG G3 as I had originally stated. Regardless of the fact that I knew that the Oppo Find 7 was older and had a QHD resolution display, I didn’t mention it because I completely forgot about its existence, and that’s what I’m going to try to address this time. We forget about great smartphones which are even more affordable than the mainstream flagship phones that we hype about because they’re not as famous and not as marketed in the U.S. or even Europe. But the LG G4 is definitely going to be big news, but will it be bigger than the rest of the flagships launched? It doesn’t really matter. It’s going to be hyped, because it’s from a company that has already created a good reputation for itself and has millions of fans. That’s where the Oppo Find 7 comes in.
Despite having tons of good reviews, the Oppo Find 7 is nowhere near as famous as the unreleased LG G4 is. The Oppo Find 7 is a Chinese smartphone with outstanding specs and a relatively affordable price, which tends to be forgotten by people because it didn’t get the hype it deserved when it was launched. Even though it was the first smartphone with a QHD display, the Oppo Find 7 was not as hyped as the LG G3, which is still considered by some ( who haven’t heard about Oppo and its Find 7) as the first smartphone with a QHD display, and that’s unfair and shows how companies monopolize the market, although not in the true sense of the word “monopolize”.
Because the LG G4 is marketed heavily on the internet already, it has already become a phenomena, even though we don’t know nearly anything about it just yet. LG will most likely reveal interesting LG G4 specs and features at the event on April 28, but even without the event, the phone would be hyped. Since we’re on the topic of LG G4 specs, let’s see what the rumor mill is spewing right now and look at how those specs compare to Oppo Find 7 specs, aiming to see whether the Oppo Find 7, if it were popular, could face the LG G4 with no problems.
According to LG, the LG G4 will have an improved camera, an improved display and design and an overall improved everything. Like a new flagship, nothing new there. But LG didn’t release any official information about any of the hardware that the LG G4 will be home to, so to speak. What we can assume are pretty basic things that can be deduced from the teaser videos and photos that the company has released. As such, the LG G4 display will most likely measure 5.5 inches and come with a QHD resolution display, just like the LG G3. Our sources tell us that LG will use a new technology in the display, in order to make the viewing experience better. The new tech will reportedly improve viewing angles, brightness, responsiveness and will feature a no-gap tech that will make the experience immersive, similar to what we can get from the iPhone 6 Plus, for example.
When it comes to processing power, it is unclear whether LG will go with the Snapdragon 808 or the more powerful Snapdragon 810 in the LG G4. Rumors say that the latter might have been dropped by the company due to overheating issues found by LG G Flex 2 testers and users. There’s no confirmation on that, as most people and sources are leaning towards the Snapdragon 810 being part of the new design. The processor will most likely be backed up by 3 GB RAM and up to 128 GB internal storage. Rumor has it that LG will include a microSD card reader in the phone.
There has been a lot of emphasis on the LG G4 camera and LG has already released a few LG G4 hands on videos demonstrating the features of LG UX 4.0 and its camera. They are not too shabby, but not anything to write home about either. Continuous selfie shots, quick capture and such are hardly novelties when it comes to camera functions, but that doesn’t seem to be all that the LG G4 has up its sleeves. Reportedly, the LG G4 camera will feature a 16 MP sensor on the rear, complete with laser autofocus and optical image stabilization, aiming to outdo the excellent camera performance seen on the Samsung Galaxy S6 that was launched last month. The front camera will most likely measure 5 MP and will get a few extra features in LG UX 4.0.
Most likely, the LG G4 battery life will be improved with a bigger battery, which will most likely measure more than 3500 mAh, but that’s just a guess. LG fans don’t seem to be bothered by larger footprints and were pretty delighted with the plastic chassis of the LG G3, so we see it likely that the company would compromise and keep the phone affordable. We hope so anyway. In any case, the LG G4 is shaping up to be a player, and we hope it does meet the high expectations of the fans all around the world. But how does the Oppo Find 7 play into this?
First off, it might be better to compare the Oppo Find 7 to the LG G3, but for the sake of being flashy, I’ve chosen to pit it against the already hyped LG G4, just for that reason. I was wondering why the Oppo Find 7 didn’t get the hype that the LG G4 is already getting without even being officially released? It’s a rather high-end smartphone with excellent features, and aside from a faint blue glow to the QHD display, the Oppo Find 7 looks just as good as the LG G4 does in leaked and teaser images from across the internet.
To get a better idea of why I’m saying that the Oppo Find 7 deserves just as much hype as the LG G4 and LG G3, let’s see what specs and features it actually comes with. First off, it gets a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display with a 1440*2560 resolution that adds up to 534 ppi pixel density, which will be the same on the LG G4 if rumors are correct. It comes with an inferior Snapdragon 801 CPU, which is why it would be more appropriate comparing its performance with that of the LG G3. It’s backed up by 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage, with a microSD card slot available in case you need more. It gets a very ( I mean very) good 13 MP sensor on the rear and a 5 MP sensor on the front, and let me just say they are excellent sensors, even better than those on the LG G3 in my opinion.
The Oppo Find 7 gets a pretty beefy 3000 mAh battery which comes with fast battery charging and it has some neat LEDs on the bottom of the phone. These LEDs can’t rival with the effects on the Galaxy S6 Edge screen, but it does offer a similar experience. Performance and design-wise, the Oppo Find 7 is underrated, as it is very similar to the LG G3 in construction and features, not to mention specs. So why didn’t get the attention that other phones did? Because it’s a Chinese smartphone that is not sold by carriers, which shows how much carrier subsidized purchases mean in the smartphone industry. So what is there to take away from this? Carriers should accept more international company releases, because it could be a win win situation for everyone involved.
The fact that underdogs like Oppo, OnePlus, Huawei, Meizu, Xiaomi and no doubt others are not getting the press coverage and hype that LG, Samsung, HTC, Apple, Motorola and others are getting contributes to their underdog status a lot. If people would see these companies more in physical stores and on TV, in movies and on Youtube, I’m sure that phones like the Oppo Find 7 would not be considered underdogs. The coverage that Oppo is getting has improved in the past year, but the fact that the LG G4 is currently a hundred times more popular than Oppo’s rotating camera smartphones and its upcoming bezelless Oppo R7 does point out a tendency of people to follow the stream. In this comparison, you can clearly see that while the LG G4 will definitely be superior to the Oppo Find 7, the Oppo Fnd 8, if there were to be such a thing, would most likely compare to it as the Oppo Find 7 does to the LG G3.
By the way, the Oppo Find 7 is still on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which also demonstrates the lack of support that the phone actually has right now. I don’t know if or when the handset will get an update to at least Android 4.4 Kitkat, but people aren’t really interested in that, as ColorOS offers a pretty good experience on the phone. Nonetheless, Google and Oppo should think about pushing some software updates towards this phone, because it still remains an affordable flagship and a future-proof one, an alternative to the LG G4 even. The current price of the Oppo Find 7 is set at around $650, which is still rather steep and that factors in to the lack of popularity that this phone has had over the past year. It could be made more affordable and thus gain more fans, in the spirit of the OnePlus One strategy.