Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo announced the R7 and the R7 Plus at an event in Beijing during May. The expectation was for the R7 to have a bezel-free display, a feature which had been the focal point of most leaks, but in the pictures the final product appears to have a relatively normal display, albeit with thin bezels and covered in 2.5D glass. Here’s everything you need to know about the new phones.
Updated on 06-25-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in news the R7 is available to order in the U.S..
Pre-order for shipping in July
If you’ve been lusting after an Oppo R7 since its announcement, but never thought you’d be able to order one in the U.S., then we’ve got some good news. Oppo sells its smartphones internationally through its own OppoStyle online store, and the R7 is now available for pre-order, with delivery to North America.
The R7 comes in either gold or silver, and costs $400 unlocked, without a contract. If you manage to grab the phone — there are limited quantities available, apparently — the price includes shipping, and a free pair of Bluetooth headphones. However, before running off to pick one up, just be aware the phone isn’t compatible with U.S. 4G LTE bands, so the fastest you can expect is a 3G HSPA+ connection.
Oppo will also put the R7 Plus up for pre-order through the OppoStyle store soon.
Metal body, gently curved screen
Oppo describes the AMOLED screen as having gentle curves, and without hard angles, and like the Huawei P8, appears to have cleverly disguised the bezels, making good use of the 2.5D curved glass to give the impression of an edge-to-edge screen. It’s the same story on the R7 Plus.
The metal unibody is shaped in a way to make the phone appear thinner and more compact, accentuating the effect. At just 6.3mm thick, it’s hardly in need of a diet anyway. Both phones are undeniably attractive, but to understand exactly how bezel-free the screen is, we’ll need to see one up close. The display measures 5-inches and has a 1080p resolution.
A 1.5GHz Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor powers the phone along with 3GB of RAM, which should make it a good performer. We were impressed with the 615 inside the ZTE Blade S6, where it has 2GB of RAM. On the back of the phone is a 13-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 lens, and an LED flash, while around the front is an 8-megapixel selfie camera. Inside is 16GB of internal memory, a MicroSD card slot, a 2320mAh battery, and Android 5.0 disguised as Oppo’s Color OS version 2.1.
The R7 Plus is a larger version of the R7, along the same lines as the Huawei P8 Max to the regular P8, but with a few cool extra features. To minimize the size of the body, Oppo has incorporated the Android keys into the screen, a first for the manufacturer. The screen is a whopping 6-inches, but the resolution stays the same at 1080p. The camera setup is also identical when compared only by megapixels, but it also gets a laser autofocus, a dual-LED flash, and a similar RGBW sensor to the one fitted to the LG G4.
Oppo has fitted a fingerprint sensor to the back of the R7 Plus, and stuffed a giant 4000mAh fast-charging battery in the all-metal body, which weighs just over 200 grams compared to the R7’s 147 grams. Dual-SIM configurations are standard on both thanks to a clever SIM tray feature, plus there is 4G LTE connectivity.
The pair are already on sale in China, with the R7 priced at around $400 unconnected, and the R7 Plus at about $480.
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