Oppo, the Chinese electronics company, that has recently stepped into smartphone business launched recently, in May 2015, the R7 Plus. It is a stepped up version of the previously released R7. This smartphone is mainly targeted to compete against mid-range budget smartphones with flagship features. We will briefly mention the features that it comes with and provide an idea as to whether it would be an ideal buy against the price that is placed in the market.
The device comes in a unibody construction made out of magnesium-aluminium gives a sturdiness to the mobile’s framework. The AMOLED display that it houses has been bumped up to 6 inches after the predecessor’s 5 inches thus essentially a phablet. However, the screen resolution remains the same at 1080 x 1920 pixels which means a reduction in the screen density. However, the mobile display screen covers most of the device giving a high screen estate and nice look and feel. One can also notice the capacitive control buttons that add to the exterior design. This is unlike most other modern Android smartphones that are built into the touchscreen and Android system, however it does not take up much of the screen space.
The R7 Plus runs the Android Lollipop v5.1.1 with Oppo’s Color OS. Unlike most other contemporary smartphones, it has a dual SIM slot, a feature that is typical of lower range of smartphones. It can fit one nano SIM and one micro SIM card and has dual standby feature. It has two quad-core processors: one 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and one 1 GHz Cortex-A53, but it is hosted by a somewhat outdated Snapdragon 615. So one of the basic drawback is that this is phone has not been designed for heavy performance apps and games and are likely to stutter. One added plus, where Oppo has shown its brilliance is their 4100 mAh battery capacity. With heavy duty apps out of the way, you are able to do plethora of things that one does daily such as browsing and the likes, without much worry about the battery.
The R7 Plus has a 13 megapixels rear camera with dual-LED flash and an 8 megapixels front camera. The rear camera have recording facility with Full HD quality (1080p) at 60 frames per second and HD quality (720p) at 120 frames per second. It also comes with standard features such as the panorama, face detection, HDR. Compared to other cameras of smartphones that compete this handset, it does not come up to par with less HDR in high contrasting sceneries and the autofocus, a tad sluggish. However, it is just good enough for capturing images with good lighting and it can be stored under the phone’s 32GB internal memory. And if that isn’t enough, then the good news is that it also supports expandable memory with a single microSD card slot, so you can also carry your documents or music, according to your likes and usage needs.
The Oppo R7 Plus brings up with a feature set that is partially taken from both the lower end and higher end devices. However, this isn’t a device that promises good performance unlike competing smartphones at that range. However, one plus that we have mentioned before is the whopping battery capacity that indeed provides a long lasting phone life and not only that, it also does not take much of a long to charge to hundred percent.
Comparing to its predecessor the R7, this R7 Plus can be mentioned as the phablet version with some improvements in the phone specifications. The Snapdragon 615 is pretty outdated for such a current release. Well, the numbers that they have advertised is pretty clear enough by itself. The dual quad-core processors aren’t much of help if the overall system chip itself is slow. However, the price for this device is high enough at Rs 29900 most likely due to big battery capacity. It is a good investment only if you are looking for a backup handset that will help in your productivity in work environment.