China-based manufacturer Oppo has released the Oppo R7 Plus and R7 Lite in India recently, the Oppo R7 Plus was priced at INR 29,990 and it seemed a little over priced to us when we first saw the device. But, since I started using the device on a regular basis, it came out to be a charm in a lot of ways. It is not an ordinary Chinese smartphone, Oppo has made it special. Lets find out what does this have in the package.

Oppo R7 Plus

Oppo R7 Plus Quick Specifications

Key SpecsOppo R7 Plus
Display6 inches AMOLED
Screen ResolutionFHD (1920 x 1080)
Operating SystemAndroid Lollipop 5.1
Processor 1.5 GHz Octa-Core
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8939
Memory3 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 32 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, upto 128GB via microSD (Uses SIM 2 slot)
Primary Camera13 MP with dual-LED flash
Video recording1080p@60fps
Secondary Camera8 MP
Battery 4100 mAh
Fingerprint SensorYes
NFCNo
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual SIM
WaterproofNo
Weight192 gms
Price INR 29,990

Design and Build Quality

Oppo R7 comes in silver and gold colour variants; it is a 6 inch display phone so it surely got to be big. The design is bar shaped and it is a premium looking phone with a complete aluminum unibody structure. It has very thin bezels and if you look at it sideways, you will be impressed to see the slim body. It has rounded corners and chamfered edges for better grip.

One handed use is not possible in most of the cases but the placement of fingerprint sensor is well under reach on the index finger, my hand reaches almost every time I try to touch it. It measures 158 x 82 x 7.8 mm and weighs 192 gms.

Talking about the placements, the power/lock key is on the right side, placed under the dual-SIM tray.

Oppo R7 Plus

Volume rocker is on the left side

Oppo R7 Plus

microUSB port and dedicated mic is on the bottom side

Oppo R7 Plus

Where the top has a 3.5 mm audio jack

Oppo R7 Plus

Display

It flaunts a 6 inch Full HD AMOLED display with a pixel density of 367 ppi. This display makes for a crisp output, but there is a bluish tint on the display, thankfully it is not that distracting. Brightness is good in outdoors but the glass on the display is reflective, which causes visibility issues. As for colour and temperature, black are very black and white are very white but colour output is near to reality, not the best we have seen so far; we expected a little better at this price. The viewing angles of this AMOLED display show good results at 45 degrees or even more.

Oppo R7 Plus Photo Gallery

User Interface

For now, Oppo R7 Plus runs on the Android Lollipop 5.1.1 skinned with Color OS interface. Like most of the Chinese OS present today, Color OS also borrows some part of the interface from iOS. It does not have an App launcher, the camera UI is also very iOS like and the app switching menu is also card based.

This UI has many features like Double-tap to wake up, gesture control, Off-screen gestures and many themes to choose from. Interestingly, these gestures and functions work nicely and have a great response.

Fingerprint Sensor

Oppo R7 Plus carries a fingerprint sensor under the back camera and LED flash. You can set up your fingerprint as your lock ID in the settings menu, and then it’s very easy to wake the phone by tapping the reader. According to me, it was fairly fast and responsive like most of the fingerprint sensor coming these days.

Oppo R7 Plus

Camera

Oppo gets my praises for the camera performance in good lighting conditions, featuring a 13 MP Sony IMX278 sensor it is one of the quickest focusing cameras we have seen so far and the credit goes to Laser autofocus and Schneider optics. While clicking pictures in low-light, I noticed the pictures getting washed out and showed a lot of grains. The colour production and details were nicely captured but still not something we expected from this camera module. The camera quality didn’t match up the recently released flagship phones from Samsung, Motorola or Apple.

Oppo R7 Plus

The front camera is 8 MP, which is very impressive and is capable of capturing good colours and details, watching you on such a huge display and clicking self portrait is fun on this device. Unfortunately, video performance was not up to the mark as it is fully dependent on the lighting conditions, videos get washed out when sudden light appears in front of the camera.

Oppo R7 Camera Samples

Performance

Underneath the amazingly crafted Oppo R7 Plus shell lays the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset coupled with 3 GB of RAM. We tried pushing the phone to its limits and see what happens. During the basic usage, We did not noticed any lags but when we tried setting up the animations present in the Color OS, I noticed the phone hanging a couple of times.

It does not carry the fastest SoC in the market but still has all the potential to trigger heavy apps and games. I was not thoroughly impressed with the performance, may be I expected way too much from this device. Overall, it is a good phone to keep you entertained in all the situations.

Benchmark Scores

Antutu- 28655

Quadrant- 13754

Nenamark- 58.9 fps

Battery

Oppo has decided to go big on the battery by packing 4100 mAh of juice. It also supports rapid charging with VOOC, and it can be charged from 0-100% in less than an hour. I was able to get around 6-7 hours of active screen time. I tested the device on browsing, gaming, and watching videos online. It passed all the tests with a breeze and gave a really hefty battery backup almost in all the cases.

Battery drop result:

Performance (On Wi-Fi)TimeInitial Battery LevelFinal Battery Level
Gaming20 Minutes100%94%
Video20 Minutes88%82%
Browsing10 Minutes80%78%

Conclusion

Oppo R7 Plus is a good phone overall, it offers a great battery, good display, snappy performance and a premium looking design with fingerprint sensor. But the thing that stops it from topping the charts is the price it comes for. Looking at the present phablet range of phones, this has almost everything to impress a user but the buyers choose to move towards giants like Samsung and adding up the brand value to their phones by spending a some extra cash.