Oppo R7 and R7 Plus officially announced

20 May, 2015

As expected, Oppo has just unveiled the highly anticipated pair of high end smartphones, the R7 and the R7 Plus. At a dedicated event held in Beijing, the company highlighted its 10-year history and proceeded to announce the flagship duo.

Both phones were regular visitors to the rumor mill and making them official brought little changes. The smaller one comes with a 5-inch AMOLED display of 1080p resolution behind 2.5D glass. The R7 Plus sports a 6-inch screen of the same resolution, which stretches edge to edge for that striking futuristic look.

Oppo R7

Computing power comes courtesy of a Qualcomm 615 chipset with a 64-bit octa-core processor and 3GB RAM. Oppo claims that anything below that amount is limiting nowadays. Built-in storage is 16GB on the R7 and 32GB on the Plus, and a microSD slot is available if you are willing to live without the second SIM slot.

Both the R7 and R7 Plus come with a 13MP main camera behind an f/2.2 lens. Phase detection autofocus and a single-LED flash complete the picture on the R7, while the R7 Plus adds laser autofocus and a dual-LED flash. Additionally, the sensor inside the R7 Plus is of the RGBW variety, and the company claims 78% less noise and 32% better light gathering capability compared to conventional designs.

The R7 Plus packs a whopping 4,100mAh battery, while the smaller model has a 2,320mAh cell and both devices support VOOC charging. A feature limited to the Plus is the fingerprint sensor on the back.

Oppo R7 Plus

The R7 measures 143 x 71 x 6.3mm and weighs 147g, while the Plus version is 158 x 82 x 7.75mm and tips the scales at 203g. You may find the difference in dimensions non-proportional to the difference in screen size, and that's because Oppo has opted for onscreen buttons on the R7 Plus, shaving off millimeters off the bottom bezel.

Both smartphones boot the company's newly announced ColorOS v2.1, built on top of Android Lollipop 5.1. There's Cat. 4 LTE for download speeds up to 150Mbps and dual SIM capability.

The Oppo R7 is priced at CNY 2,499 (~$400 by today's rates) and the Oppo R7 Plus commands a CNY 500 premium for a total of $480. Both smartphones will be available for purchase in China starting tomorrow on JD.com, while an international launch is set for mid-June.