We all are now familier with the Chinese manufacturer Oppo. Recently it has released two new smartphones in the form of the 5-inch R7 and 6-inch R7 Plus. Both devices feature mid-ranged specs, a sharp, crispy, sleek-looking design and offer quick charging tech.

Oppo's R7 and R7 Plus pair slick looks with mid-range specs

While the two new handsets come in different sizes, they have a lot in common under the hood. For starters, they offer the same 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, translating to 445 pixels per inch (PPI) on the R7 and the 367 PPI on the R7 Plus.

The trend continues when you get down to the internals, with both smartphones running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor backed up by 3 GB RAM. There are 13 and 8 MP cameras on the front and back of the handsets that the company claims are able to produce great low light shots and effective selfies.


On the software side of things, both handsets feature Oppo’s own ColorOS 2.1, but while the R7 Plus offers Android 5.1 Lollipop, the smaller handset makes do with the 4.4 KitKat version of the platform.

The R7 Plus packs more internal storage than the R7 (32 GB vs. 16 GB), but both devices feature microSD card slots, so its inernal memory space for storing media shouldn’t be a problem. The larger handset also offers a higher capacity battery than its little cousin (4,100 mAh vs. 2,320 mAh). Neither device’s battery is removable. That’s a letdown for R7 but not for R7 Plus.
Oppo's R7 and R7 Plus pair slick looks with mid-range specs

Oppo has packed quick charging technology into the devices, and claims that you’ll be able to get around 75 percent of a full charge in just 30 minutes. The R7 Plus features a fingerprint sensor,(awesome right) on the back that allows the user to unlock the device with the press of a finger (which didn’t work so well on the HTC One Max). There are also dual SIM card slots on both handsets – something we’re used to seeing on devices from this part of the world.

 While the above specs call the devices out as mid-tier offerings, Oppo has made a significant effort with the design, slimming down the handsets to just 6.3 mm (0.25 in) on the R7 and 7.75 mm (0.3 in) on the R7 Plus. The aluminum unibodies look sleek and clean, if not wildly different from anything we’ve seen before. The front on both devices curved down slightly at the sides, though the effect looks a little nicer on the R7 Plus, which features an edge-to-edge-display design.

Oppo's R7 and R7 Plus pair slick looks with mid-range specs

Both devices are launching this week in China, priced at 2,499 yuan (US$400) for the R7 and 2,999 yuan (US$480) for the R7 Plus. There’s no word yet on when we’ll see the devices hit other regions.

You can watch the official Oppo’s promotional video for the R7 here.



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