With the R7 Plus, Oppo is going big. The super-sized phone sports Oppo's biggest screen to date, with a 6-inch AMOLED display packed into the frame. Ostensibly a larger version of the, the Plus adds a few other features, such as an enormously long-life battery, to create a well-rounded mid-range device that offers a lower priced option for anyone hunting for a big-screen experience.
For a little while now, Chinese-based manufacturer Oppo has been making a big push into new markets such as the US and Australia. In fact, in Australia, Oppo has secured a deal that sees it retail exclusively in the extensive network of Dick Smith electronics stores, as well as recently signing its first telecommunications carrier deal with Optus.
All this has equated to some surprisingly low pricing on the R7 Plus, at least in Australia. It's AU$599 over here, with the US pricing at $499 and Europe at €429, all unlocked. (In Singapore it's S$699, which doesn't quite make it the same value. You can find it online in the UK for around £315.)
Design and build
- 6-inch screen, 1080p AMOLED screen
- 158 by 82.3 by 7.75mm (6.22 by 3.23 by 0.31 inches)
- 192 grams (6.77 ounces)
My colleague Aloysius Low called the"a beautiful phone" and I wouldn't hesitate to describe the R7 Plus in the same way. The metal body adds a real sense of quality to a build that belies the moderate price.
The matte metal finish on the back is quite stylish and, as always, a very nice change from high-gloss fingerprint magnets. Speaking of fingerprints, the scanner on the rear is perfectly placed to unlock the phone with a single hand (for me anyway) and, in a very smart move, simply touching the scanner even when the screen is off will unlock the phone and wake up the display.
I am unashamedly a fan of big-screen phones. These days even a 5-inch screen feels undersized to me. That said, the R7 Plus is massive by anyone's standard, adding an extra half-inch of screen to the so-called "phablets" like theand even the new . It's roughly the same weight and length as the 5.5-inch Apple iPhone 6S Plus, but it's nearly 5mm wider. People with hands that veer into the 'petite' side of the equation may find it just too wide.
The screen is bright and clear, but resolution junkies might find the 1,920x1,080 pixels to be a step down from the "Quad HD" 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution, which you see on phones such as the. For my money, the screen seemed just fine both in regular use and when gaming and watching videos. There may not be the wow factor of the ultra-crisp Xperia Z5 Premium with its 3,840x2,160-pixel display, but neither is there the significant price tag.
The screen was mostly fine to use outside. I say "mostly," because viewed front-on it's quite easy to read, even in bright light. But a combination of sunlight and an odd angle can be a problem. I only noticed this when trying to take a macro shot of a flower without kneeling down, so it's unlikely to be a scenario that comes up too often.
The display curves down at the edges making for a nice rounded finish on the front of the R7 Plus. The design eschews any physical or touch-sensitive buttons, with just a power button on the right side of the phone and the volume on the left, in addition to the rear fingerprint sensor.
Just in case I haven't been clear, this is a big phone. It's not something that's easy to slip into your jeans and if you think that a 5.5-inch phone like theis too big then this is going to feel like you're carrying a flatscreen TV. But it's well designed, the brushed metal rear means it doesn't feel slippery when held in one hand and the fingerprint scanner is even well placed for single-handed operation.
- Qualcomm 1.5GHz Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor
- 3GB of RAM
- 32GB of storage
- microSD card slot
- 4,100mAh battery
The R7 Plus has the same chipset as the 5-inch R7: a Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor along with 3GB of RAM. It's a solid bit of hardware to power a mid-range device, but it's not top of the line.
Storage-wise there's 32GB on board and you can add up to 128GB via microSD slot. However, the model I used was a dual-SIM device and inserting a microSD card will take up one of the SIM slots, so you can't add storage and a second SIM.
It also has the same 13-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera as its smaller brethren, but the Plus features a dual LED flash and a laser auto focus.
It's a Category 4 LTE device, which means it has a theoretical top download speed of 150Mbps. This is actually is a little disappointing with Category 6 (300Mbps) slowly becoming the norm and, in Australia at least, even some Cat 11 (600Mbps) devices hitting the streets. But in truth, it's still more than fast enough for regular use.
The massive 4,100mAh battery also has Oppo's fast-charging technology, with 5 minutes getting you enough juice for a 2-hour phone call, according to the company. In testing though, I found the battery so good I didn't particularly worry about fast charging -- but more on that later.
Software and apps
- Android 5.1.1
- ColorOS 2.1
- Fingerprint app access
I've never been a fan of phone manufacturers using their own proprietary skins and overlays on Android. It's a personal preference, but I prefer a cleaner Android experience. You certainly don't get that with the R7 Plus or, indeed, any Oppo phone. Oppo has its own skin called ColorOS, which is currently at version 2.1.