When OPPO launched the super-thin OPPO R5 smartphone last year, it certainly impressed with its sleek design language, although the device left just a few things to be desired. OPPO decided to sacrifice just a few key functions and specifications for the sake of slimming down, which really turned out to be a negative in the long run. At 1st look the successor to last year’s model, the OPPO R7, appears to avoid these same errors, however how does it hold up against the competition? We find that out, and extra, in our full overview of the OPPO R7!
Oppo R7: Design
Although the OPPO R7 is not as noticeably thin as last year’s OPPO R5, this new model remains to be a really slender device. Measuring just 6.3mm thin, the OPPO R7 was able to regain the 3.5mm headphone jack this time round, which was a characteristic that was noticeably missing from the OPPO R5. Your complete frame consists of a premium-feeling metallic material that gives a slight lip on both the back and front sides. The combination of the slight lip on the sides and hefty metallic build makes for a nice in-hand feeling. The right side options the volume rocker and SIM slot, the left houses the power button, and at no surprise to us, the USB port is found on the bottom. A 2.5D glass panel can be found up front covering the 5.0-inch 1080p display screen, with capacitive keys housed directly below the display screen.
Oppo R7: Display
The OPPO R7 includes a 5.0-inch Full HD AMOLED display screen with a standard pixel density of 445 ppi covered in Gorilla Glass 3. The AMOLED panel works to bring the next stage of saturation than most other forms of panels in smartphones, and the colours on this one show quite well in mostly all duties. While the viewing angles are quite good, the prominent black bezel surrounding the lit panel is very noticeable at occasions. Nonetheless, we found no issues with sharpness in areas of text and contrast saved blacks at a very good level neither over or underachieving. Gaming remained a treat for the eyes, as I spent quite a little bit of time with Telltale Games’ The Wolf Among Us. On this particular game, I found the cell shaded noir graphic style quite pretty to observe. This might not be a particularly overachieving display screen, however going AMOLED certainly helped elevate this otherwise standard experience – excessive standard, however standard nonetheless.
Oppo R7: Camera
The OPPO R7 Plus has the same 13 MP rear camera and 8 MP front facing snapper as the OPPO R7. The main difference in their images capabilities lies within the flash. The OPPO R7 Plus has a dual flash – however given that we have been trying out the smartphone within the vibrant of day we did not have the chance to do this out to see how natural it makes skin tones look.
Apart from that, launching the camera and focusing were as quick as promised, almost instantaneous even, so split-second shots of hyperactive tags are definitely possible with this phone.
Oppo R7: Software
As OPPO told us throughout our visit with the corporate at the smartphone’s launch, it is no secret that Color OS is not the most loved version of Android. So with Color OS 2.1, some adjustments had to be made. It might not look or perform too differently than earlier than, it is undoubtedly a lot smoother. Customization stays a major selling level with Color OS, because it is pretty simple to vary the look of the software with the built-in theme engine, the choice to add media pages for some extra fun on your home screens, and even the ability so as to add different transition effects for the home screens – a characteristic that may prove itself useful, seeing as how Color OS still does not feature an app drawer.
Oppo R7: Battery
Qualcomm’s chipsets may be famous for their effectivity, but powering them with an all-too-small 2320mAh battery cell is pushing your luck. Sadly, it will be the end user who pays the toll for Oppo’s decision, because the OPPO R7 only managed an unimpressive 5 hours and 39 minutes of ongoing on-screen utilization in our battery test. In Oppo’s defence, the R7 comes geared up with the producer’s mighty VOOC quick charging technology, which lets users cost the smartphone to 50% in just about 30 minutes on the plug. Whereas we are at it, topping off the smartphone to 100% takes simply 80 minutes, which is excellent!
Oppo rates the OPPO R7 as good for 11.5 hours of talking over GSM networks, and 9,1 hours of talk over WCDMA networks. Standby time is rated at 165 hours (about 7 days) on both networks.
Oppo R7: Specification
- OS: Android 4.4
- Body: 143 x 71 x 6.3 mm
- Weight: 147 g
- Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels , 5.0 inch
- Memory: 16 GB internal, 128 expandable, 3 GB RAM
- Processor: Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615
- Camera: 13 MP, 8 MP secondary
- Battery: 2,320 mAh
Oppo R7: Verdict
We have to say, the Oppo R7 hits fairly darn near the center goal. It is a very attractive smartphone with a rich user experience and manageable, however not insignificant flaws. Once again, we’ve a victim of the thinness fad, for Oppo sacrificed battery capacity in order to bring the OPPO R7 to a slim 0.25in (6.3mm), and the result’s an unimpressive battery life.