Oppo announces the R7 and R7 Plus alongside their 10th anniversary
During a unveiling this afternoon, Oppo's executive told the tale of how the company first started making MP3s and only in the later days started to dive into smartphone manufacturing. Today, Oppo is well known for their unique design choices and is probably one of the better brands to come out of China.
During the unveiling today, the R7 and R7 Plus has been officially unveiled. These two devices are the mystery bezel-less phones we've been hearing quite a lot since January. While both devices still feature a minimal amount of bezel, it still doesn't have that edge to edge display like on the Sharp Aquos phone.
But what's the main focus here is the design, Building upon it's predecessor, the Oppo R5, the R7 continues on the slim an premium design. I would call the new R7 and R7 Plus an extension of the existing Oppo R5 as both these device families feature very identical specifications.
The R7 has a 5" panel and the R7 Plus has a 6" panel and both feature a 1080P Super AMOLED display. Under the hood we get the 1.5GHz Snapdragon 615 processor alongside a generous 3GB of RAM. In terms of camera, both feature a 13MP rear camera with a secondary 8MP front shooter. As for the battery, a 2,320mAh unit is found on the Oppo R7 and a bigger 4,100mAh is on the Oppo R7 Plus.
Feature wise, the 13MP camera on both devices seem to be quite impressive on the spec sheet. The new 13MP RGBW sensor is paired up with a phase detection auto focus system like the one found on the LG G4 as well as an Anti-Shake feature which could mean Optical Image Stabilization is present.
Interestingly, the Oppo R7 features capacitive buttons and the bigger R7 Plus has on screen keys and inturn, the bottom from bezel on the R7 Plus has a centered Oppo logo. I would've liked to see a clean front design. Moving to the back, the changes are minimal, the camera placement on both device are different and the R7 Plus's centered camera placement is also flanked with a fingerprint scanner.
On the software side of things, both devices are running the new Color OS 2.1 which according to Oppo boots up 19 seconds faster than Color OS 2.1. The software looks to be cleaned up and many of the software enhancements from prior versions of Color OS are still present on both the Oppo R7 and Oppo R7 Plus.
Overall, the 6.3mm and 7.75mm thickness of the Oppo R7 and R7 Plus might not be that groundbreaking but Oppo has managed to cram in quite some hardware and still keep the design pretty good. The Oppo R7 will go for RMB 2,499 which is about RM 1,400 and the Oppo R7 Plus is at RMB 2,999 which is RM 1,750. They'll be available on June 15 in China and we'll likely see this in Malaysia by the July/August time frame