If the retail package of the Oppo Find 7 looks familiar, that's because it's identical to the one we saw with the Oppo Find 7a. Its hardened plastic is of excellent quality, with compartments for the Find 7 itself, A/C adapter, headset, and microUSB cable.
What you get in the box is a rather large charger (it's a high-current, fast charging unit capable of 4.5A output), a separate microUSB cable for connectivity and a single-piece headset.
The compartments of the box can be removed, making it an excellent box to store all sorts of memorabilia.
The Oppo Find 7 measures 152.6 x 75 x 9.2mm, which is the exact same measurements as the 7a. The only difference that the sharper screen makes is weight - not that anyone would notice a single gram worth of a difference.
Actually, a mere gram of added weight is even more impressive if you keep in mind that the battery capacity has also been increased by 200mAh to 3,000mAh.
The Oppo Find 7 is almost as big as the Note 3 phablet and bigger than Samsung's Galaxy S5.
The Oppo Find 7, like its 7a counterpart, is a premium device thanks to its solid construction, pleasantly-textured back panel, and thin profile.
Oppo continues to insist on the assertive, angular styling the Find 5 introduced to the series, and we don't mind that at all. The most notable difference between the two generations is the absence of a "chin" - on the Find 5 the white finish of the back extends to the bottom front, which was a very nice accent. The 7 has a more conservative all-black front.
The entire front is covered with what looks like a proprietary factory installed screen protector though it seems it can be removed. Sony ships their phones with a similar screen coating, though non-removable, for shatter proofing the screen in its Xperia line. The Oppo Find 7 has the latest Gorilla Glass 3, of course, but we don't mind the extra touch of care - especially when it's up to the user to keep or get rid.
The back panel of the Find 7 is made of textured plastic, which is even better than the finish we've seen on some other Oppo handsets. The Find 7 is really a pleasure to handle, while having an almost rugged feel and great grip.
The Oppo Find 7 has one foot in phablet territory with a big 5.5" screen. Still, we found it reasonably easy to operate, its controls (lock key, volume rocker) conveniently placed and accessible with just one hand too.
Speaking of controls, let's take a closer look at the Oppo Find 7 and see what's included.
Above the screen we see the standard pieces of equipment around the earpiece: a 5MP front-facing camera, along with proximity and ambient light sensors.
Below the display is the usual set of three capacitive keys - Menu, Home and Back. Those have a very faint and dim blue backlight and are barely visible even when the backlight is set to always on. We initially thought this was a hardware problem with our Find 7a, but as they have shown up in our Find 7 as well, we can safely assume that the keys are dim on purpose.
Finally, just below the bottom deck of controls is a notification light strip, which lights up gradually for a nice visual effect.
The right side of the Oppo Find 7 features the volume rocker and a tiny pinhole near the bottom to release the battery cover. You'll need a pointed object to release the battery cover - a normal ball pen tip usually does the job.
The Power/Lock key is the only control on the left. We find its location a bit hard to get used to as most smartphones meant for the European and US market have it on the right-hand side but it's not a deal-breaker.
At the bottom of the phone is a microUSB port and the mouthpiece. At the top is the 3.5mm audio jack.
The 13MP camera lens is at the back, along with a dual-LED flash and a loudspeaker grille. There's also a tiny secondary microphone above the camera.
The Oppo Find 7 has the so-called Super Zoom feature to create a 50MP image out of four 13MP shots.
Removing the battery cover reveals the 3,000mAh user-replaceable Li-Ion battery. The micro-SIM compartment and microSD slot are also around, but you'll have to remove the battery to access them.