OPPO Find X7 first launch experience: an all-round flagship that embraces AI, and is more Pro than Pro with a free upgrade

Time has come to January 2024, with the official release of OPPO Find X7, the "standard model" of the Android flagship has quietly been refreshed to a higher benchmark.

In the past, most of the Android flagship series mobile phones followed the progressive naming rules of Standard Edition, Pro, Pro+, and Ultra, as a convention, allowing each model to have incremental product performance.

Therefore, although various model versions with different suffixes are in the same flagship series, there are insurmountable strict boundaries between them.

In particular, the configuration of the standard version is often much weaker than the more advanced Pro and Pro+, causing the standard version to gradually become a green leaf that sets off the true flagship, and even becomes synonymous with cost-effectiveness.

But this situation is being resolutely reversed by Find X7. As the flagship series of the year, the Find X7 series has rarely canceled the Pro model, and everyone's attention began to focus on the Find X7 standard version.

From OPPO's perspective, the Find X7 Standard Edition should be the best candidate to answer the proposition of "Pro-level flagship experience."

Appearance: Oriental connotation can withstand the long years

A good design should be able to withstand the test of time and remain timeless and new.

The exterior design of the Find X7 series continues the style elements of the Find X6 series. The first thing that catches the eye is still a huge ring that is in line with the intuitive design of the camera, directly wrapping the multi-camera module of the entire imaging system.

However, the arrangement within the camera has changed, and a new generation of "Concentric Universe" design has been introduced, placing the periscope telephoto module in the center, and then arranging the remaining three circular modules in a fan shape on the left, and on the right In the blank space, the Hasselblad mark is cleverly balanced with the single "H" logo, which not only highlights the excellent photography performance, but also adds a bit of sophistication like a high-end luxury watch.

In addition to the iconic Hasselblad orange embellishment, the time ring also hides the microphone in a small black dot.

The Find One is the "Desert Silver Moon" that symbolizes inheritance, and the one that comes to Ai Faner is the blue and white "Broad Sea and Sky".

The glass material of the upper part of the fuselage uses pearlescent coating technology, allowing the bright white glass to achieve a more layered light and shadow effect; the lower part uses plain leather material to smooth the transition, providing a delicate and comfortable feel. The splicing between the two forms OPPO’s iconic “smile curve”.

Such a time aesthetic design derived from oriental connotations, even if it can withstand the passage of time, can not only bring high recognition of joy at first sight, but also bring long-term companionship that will last for a long time. More importantly, with a weight of just over 200g, it still feels light and decent in the hand, without feeling top-heavy. (Glass plate 206g; plain leather color matching version 202g)

Just as blue and white are also favorite color combinations for some high-end luxury models, the Find X7's vast and vast color scheme shows an elegant style. The flow of light and shadow is not afraid of the passage of time, and it shows the calmness and comfort of "thousands of miles of joyful wind" from shallow to deep. It is an expression of calmness in life.

The road will not end the vicissitudes of the world, but if you walk on the waves, the sea and the sky will still be brighter.

Performance: Self-developed Tidal architecture continues to raise the upper limit of Dimensity 9300 capabilities

At the Find X7 technical communication meeting held in December last year, Hong Hansheng, OPPO's director of software technology planning and architecture design, shared his understanding of the word "fluency" with Ai Faner.

For users, the iPhone "always" provides a smooth interactive experience – this "always" is a huge gap between Android and iOS.
After all, it is not difficult to do it smoothly once, and it is not difficult to do it smoothly hundreds of times, but it is quite difficult to do it smoothly millions of times/tens of millions/hundreds of millions of times.
So we believe that always smooth is truly smooth.

To achieve an "always smooth and always cool" experience, you need to use top flagship configurations and then make careful adjustments.

In terms of configuration, OPPO Find X7 is equipped with MediaTek’s latest mobile flagship platform Dimensity 9300. It is built using TSMC’s third-generation 4nm process. The eight-core full-core architecture includes 4 Cortex-X4 super cores (3.25GHz) and 4 Cortex-A720 large cores (2.0GHz). This architecture model is comparable to Apple M3, and can be said to be a dreamy "luxury lineup."

The GPU part has also been upgraded to ARM's fifth-generation G720 MC12. While replacing the architecture, it also reduces energy efficiency and improves efficiency and computing power performance. The built-in APU 790 also provides better hardware support for AI large model end-side applications. Together with LPDDR5X running memory and UFS4.0 flash memory, it forms a three-piece Dimensity 9300 full-blooded set.

We used the Find X7 in our hands, and at a room temperature of 20 degrees Celsius in Guangzhou in winter, the actual AnTuTu comprehensive running score was 2,251,445 points. Although it is slightly inferior to the official laboratory running score (2.27 million points+), it should be This is the current best result for a model equipped with Dimensity 9300, and it also shows that the potential of Dimensity 9300 has been further explored by Find X7.

In fact, in order to achieve smoother interaction, OPPO and MediaTek once again expanded the depth of joint research and development. Under the premise of establishing a joint chip laboratory, OPPO was able to implement customized designs for the Dimensity 9300 mobile platform. The "Tidal Architecture" applied to the Find X7 series for the first time is OPPO's self-developed software and hardware chip integration technology stack, which can intervene in performance scheduling at the deeper bottom of the processor, that is, the L3 cache level.

By identifying the needs of specific application scenarios, it dynamically regulates the SLC cache required for CPU, GPU and other cores, and enables the CPU, GPU and other computing cores to run in the optimal frequency range. According to official calculation data, the Tidal architecture can achieve an average energy efficiency saving of 8%, allowing the SoC to achieve greater efficiency.

In terms of actual performance, Find X7 achieves a smooth experience comparable to the iPhone. Whether it is quickly switching to the WeChat and Weibo app interfaces after starting the camera, swiping through the photo album to browse pictures in the WeChat chat window, or quickly terminating the application and returning to the desktop after launching it, Find X7 can provide continuous and smooth animation feedback.

▲ 120fps slow motion video

Occasionally repeating frequently between clicking on the application and returning to the desktop is also a way to decompress "always smooth and always cool".

Under the official test that simulated 320 application launches in a single day, Find X7 achieved results that surpassed those of its competitors and even surpassed the iPhone, with a launch response standard deviation as low as 11ms. It even surpassed the iPhone. For the first time, the Android flagship surpassed Apple. A consistent startup performance experience.

In addition, the Tidal architecture provides a stable background keep-alive mechanism, which can identify frequently used applications and achieve an on-demand, instant start-up experience. Numerous detail improvements contribute to our always smooth and intuitive impression of Find X7.

Coming to the game scene with high pressure load, we directly simulated the game scene using "Genshin Impact" as an example, and used Perfdog to record the performance of the frame rate.

When the game quality of "Genshin Impact" is maximized, Find The load on the computer is not very high, and the power consumption control and performance in the winter environment are quite good.

More importantly, during long-term gaming, the temperature of the back of the machine is not too high, and the decline in battery percentage has been slowing down. This shows that the Dimensity 9300 under the "Tidal Architecture" has indeed achieved better energy consumption performance, and the battery life of playing games can also be longer.

At the end of the technical communication meeting, OPPO and MediaTek actually left an "Easter egg":

OPPO will further expand its partnership with MediaTek and be deeply involved in the design of hardware related to the next-generation Dimensity flagship chip.

This also seems to indicate that the upper limit of performance of Dimensity chips may depend on OPPO.

System: AndesGPT client-side support, making everything trivial and complex.

Rather than saying that we are concerned about large AI models, it would be better to directly say that we are more concerned about what large AI models can do for us.

Among the many large AI models, the one closest to the general public and with wider coverage is undoubtedly the AI ​​large model function built into mobile phones.

On the Find X7 series, OPPO has implemented a large model with 7 billion parameters on the device side for the first time, put AndesGPT's Tiny model into the mobile phone, and implemented corresponding functions through device-cloud collaboration. The large terminal-side model means that Find X7 can bring a faster intelligent experience while ensuring user privacy and security.

According to official data, with the support of the AndesGPT large model with 7 billion parameters and large languages, the Find It only takes 2.9 seconds to generate the initials; the maximum number of abstract words can reach 14,000 words, making it easy to enter a common journal article.

In actual experience, AndesGPT can implement the AI ​​intelligent call summary function. When listening to the conversation, it can help us sort out the key points of the call content, and accurately output the content summary with topics, key points, and to-do items in the form of documents. . The voice call is completed just like sending a WeChat text conversation, so that the call content is no longer forgotten, which is very convenient.

When browsing a long text, Find

For those "clickbait" articles with interesting titles but worried that they are a waste of time, you can now let AndesGPT read them first. If the smart summary is interesting enough, you can read them with peace of mind. We can also use it to summarize some product articles and directly understand the product key points of the review articles.

Of course, Xiaobu Assistant, which has comprehensively upgraded large model capabilities, is also pre-installed in Find X7, which can solve some small problems in life with just one question and one answer. Whether I'm asking it to help me quickly write a review about a restaurant or write a job report, it can quickly generate decent text content, and can continue to rewrite as the conversation continues.

The built-in smart recipes can solve the problem of "what to eat today", and the pet encyclopedia is simply a 24-hour doctor for furry children. Recently, the little milk cat at home pulled out its teeth. In a panic, I chose to ask Xiaobu. Fortunately, Xiao Bu told me that it is time for kittens aged 4 or 5 months to have their baby teeth, and it is normal for them to lose teeth.

AndesGPT also has a generative visual model, which not only enables accurate semantic understanding of images, but also supports recognition and segmentation of more than 120 types of subjects. In addition to hair-level segmentation accuracy, it can also support the segmentation and extraction of up to 6 subjects to achieve "flash cutout".

In addition, the generative visual model can also fill and generate images of very large areas, and can even perfectly generate natural light and shadow in pictures. Even for a device-side model with 7 billion parameters, local generation only takes about 6 seconds, which is comparable to the accuracy and quality of cloud generation.

It can be seen that the picture selection method of AIGC elimination is very simple. It can automatically identify the subject after circle selection, and the edge processing will also perform natural filling that matches the scene, which can be said to be quite advanced.

Compared with other large AI models on the market, I think OPPO’s Andes model focuses more on improving the experience. Many new functions are designed to solve the pain points of users’ daily experience, and they are all completed quite well, integrating complex Things become simpler with AI.

Image: More Pro than Pro, a master portrait that is not afraid of light and dark

After experiencing the widespread disappearance of “telephoto lenses” in the early two years, we are really happy to see the argument of “no potential, no flagship” return to the C position of mobile imaging in 2023.

The Find X6 series, unveiled at the beginning of last year, for the first time allowed the quality of the telephoto lens to achieve outstanding performance "no matter how far or near, without fear of light or dark". At the same time, the multi-camera module brought a natural look and feel with almost invisible traces of calculation.

Find X7, which has made another leap forward, chooses to put more emphasis on "capturing the beauty of life easily" on the basis of "capturing the beauty of life" .

This kind of ease is first reflected in the consistency of the three main cameras, which allows people to forget about the distinction between main and secondary cameras, and can find the appropriate focal length for creation in different scene themes. An intuitive creation method like Find X7 makes me easily think of the zoom lens of a professional camera, and it also meets all my needs for casual shooting.

▲ 0.6× ultra-wide-angle lens

▲ 1× wide-angle lens

▲ 3× telephoto portrait

In particular, the telephoto lens is useful in many scenes. Even night scenes still provide quite stunning shooting effects, continuing to give full play to the advantages of Find images.

The second ease lies in the natural comfort of computational photography.

The new generation of "Super Light and Shadow Image Engine" equipped with Find X7 has made improvements around the three major algorithms of ultra-clear image quality, super light and shadow image and natural color. The direction is still the right direction, which is to use more complex algorithm models to retain the purpose of computational photography to improve image quality. At the same time, the algorithm is also working hard to weaken its own sense of existence.

OPPO's ultra-light and shadow image engine deeply cooperates with Dimensity 9300's ISP to more efficiently support the new Fusion TMC fitting calculation in the ultra-light and shadow image algorithm, achieving natural overall light and shadow. Coupled with the ultra-clear image quality algorithm, each frame is given a larger dynamic range, and a more efficient algorithm is used to achieve a pure picture with almost no traces of calculation.

When the picture becomes more pure and natural, the natural color algorithm can restore more accurate tones and layers. More importantly, the picture retains the relationship between light and dark in the real world, and restores the relationship between light and dark in a more delicate way, trying its best to retain the charm of light and shadow, giving the photo a unique tone style.

Many OPPO users have become accustomed to calling this kind of light and dark shades "Hasselblad", which also reflects OPPO's correct understanding of the relationship between light and shadow in the field of mobile imaging.

Although there should be no substitute relationship between mobile phones and cameras, making the photos taken by mobile phones more like those taken by cameras is undoubtedly the evolutionary direction of mobile images.

The algorithm is traceless, making the photos not only comfortable at first glance, but also worth looking at again.

The third ease is that portrait shooting is simpler and more straightforward.

To take good photos, you must first be able to take them clearly. For moving images, it is not easy to obtain clear images in a fleeting moment.

Fortunately, the "always smooth" experience mentioned earlier also extends to the Find X7 camera, which is optimized for multi-frame synthesis and captures frames in advance before the shutter is pressed.

Specifically, Find X7 will use the 33ms before pressing the shutter as the base frame, and then synthesize multiple frames on this basis to freeze to the moment when the shutter is pressed.

This means that we can still achieve fast capture in portrait mode without being limited by performance lag and missing every change in portrait expression in beautiful moments. All the time gained by taking frames in advance is left to computational photography and smoothness the next time you press the shutter.

Therefore, fluency is not a superficial effort, but requires deep-rooted adjustments to be made, so as to achieve fundamental optimization that affects the whole body.

Stronger performance brings more efficient computing power, so OPPO Find The positional relationship is used to calculate the physical distance and achieve a progressive blur effect that is more in line with the natural nature of optical lenses.

In the beauty algorithm section, OPPO visited many medical beauty institutions for research, and found that smoother skin is the most important thing for beauty lovers. A person's vitality and appearance have a lot to do with the smoothness of the skin.

Therefore, the focus of Find X7's improvement in the beauty algorithm is not the usual skin smoothing and whitening, but focusing on making the skin smoother while retaining detailed texture, making people look more natural, advanced and confident.

Compared with the Find X6 Pro with the "Pro" suffix, the fully upgraded Find X7 standard version has significant improvements. The most intuitive reflection is that in the same indoor scene, Find X7 has a more accurate white balance performance; in portrait mode, Find X7 has a closer focusing distance and a more stretched background blur effect.

▲The picture on the left is Find X6 Pro, and the picture on the right is Find X7 (you can see the watermark to distinguish them)

It is worth mentioning that in the Find X7's camera interface, the previous "Professional" mode option has been changed to "Master". This is a new entrance to Hasselblad's master mode, with full-dimensional imaging such as color, dynamics, and vignetting. They are all calibrated by simulating real Hasselblad optical lenses.

▲ Shot in Hasselblad Master mode on the left and automatic mode on the right

Compared with the automatic mode, we can see that the image in the Hasselblad Master mode will be darker, highlighting the relationship between light and shadow. At the same time, the color levels in the picture will become richer, comparable to the imaging quality of a real camera.

Of course, the master mode also supports manual adjustment of shooting parameters, allowing creators to express their creativity freely.

Summary: Not to mention the standard version of Pro, but it is better than Pro in every aspect

Obviously, most users are now desensitized to naming methods such as Pro, Plus, Max, etc., and manufacturers urgently need to re-establish users' awareness of the flagship brand series.

In OPPO Find X7, I saw that the medium-sized standard version flagship has comprehensive strength that surpasses the large-sized Pro version flagship. It has achieved everything in terms of performance, imaging and other aspects that flagship users care about.

The product strength of the standard version, which represents the starting point of the flagship, will be upgraded to the Pro version and even higher levels, so that the distance between the starting point of the flagship and the peak will be shorter.

Just like the full main camera logic of the Find X7 imaging system, consumers no longer need to worry about parameters and carefully study the differences between various versions of the flagship series before making consumption decisions. Instead, you only need to know that the Find X7 standard version is better than the Pro in every aspect. This is a matter of course and beyond doubt.

Compared with the top Ultra model, Find At a price of , it uses an all-round flagship, which is quite similar to a free cup upgrade.

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