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Rumor | OPPO will switch to a flat display in the Reno 7 Pro

The Reno6 Pro. (Source: OPPO)
The Reno6 Pro. (Source: OPPO)
OPPO has persisted in pushing curved displays in its upper-mid-tier Reno series of smartphones over the last few years, especially in the higher-end models. Now, an alleged in-the-wild image leak suggests that the OEM is finally ready to make a change with the successor to the Reno6 Pro. The tipster in question asserts that this device feels more like an iPhone as a result.

OPPO has offered high-quality AMOLED panels in its Reno premium mid-range Android smartphones, particularly in the last few years. However, there are those for whom these offerings might be ruined due to the 2.5D (at least) curves to the long edges in the displays in question. This effect has been heartily adopted by OEMs over the last few years to enhance an edge-to-edge look; however, it could be argued that they are getting tired at this stage.

Accordingly, a Weibo-based leaker has posted what is claimed as an in-hand look at the supposedly upcoming Reno 7 Pro from the front. Presuming this is a genuine leak for the phone, it has a flat display with minimal bezels all around. A skeptical individual might be tempted to dismiss it as belonging to something like the Reno6 instead; however, this photo does show a practically non-existent chin compared to that of the pre-existing device.

Based on a Google translation of comments from the tipster, they for one welcome this change compared to the 6 Pro of early 2021. They also claim that OPPO's design changes remind them of an iPhone 13-series unit, which might imply flat edges in this device as well.

It is not clear at present why OPPO may have made this volte-face in the "7 Pro"; on the other hand, the company has experimented with a near-total curve-drop in the vanilla 6, after all. Perhaps it has worked out well enough for the major Chinese smartphone company to finally update its design language for the upper-mid-range market.

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Is this the upcoming Reno 7 Pro? (Source: Weibo)
Is this the upcoming Reno 7 Pro? (Source: Weibo)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-11-12 (Update: 2021-11-18)