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October 18, 2015

OPPO R7s announced: mid-end, good-looking and coming in November

by John_A

The R7s lifestyle images

Those looking to get a mid-end phone that actually manages to look great should take a look at the newly announced OPPO R7s. It has been under a week since we first learnt about the incoming handset, and today OPPO took the stage at Gitex in Dubai to share the good news. Is it the right phone for you, though? Let’s give it a closer examination.

Like other devices in the R7 series, the OPPO R7s features a metal unibody design that is simply stunning. The handset is amazingly sleek and I happen to love it, but there is more to a phone than looks. Though this phone is not targeted towards the performance buffs, we need to know if it can handle things relatively well. Spoiler: we believe it will.

The OPPO R7s packs a handy Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and 4 GB of RAM, so right off the bat you can tell there’s plenty of power to be had here. While the processor is considered mid-end, that amount of memory is comparable only to the best phones out there. It will be a great multi-tasker!

Katrina Li, OPPO Branding Executive Director introduces the R7s

Other specs include a 5.5-inch AMOLED 2.5D screen, 32 GB of internal storage, microSD support, a 13 MP rear camera, an 8 MP front-facing shooter and a 3070 mAh battery; all powered by Android 5.1. That list of components is definitely not too shabby, right?

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OPPO is also quick to advertise its “Flash Charging”, which allows you to get from 0% to 90% in just 50 minutes (or at least that’s the claim). Alternatively, you can charge for 5 minutes and get 2 hours of talk time. The phone maker is also touting its camera technology, which is said to be promising for a mid-end smartphone like this one.

The R7s with lock screenThe R7s features “Flash Shot” technology, a “triple-feature that assures fast launch, fast focus and stable imaging”. In fact, they state their PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus) is equal to that of an SLR camera. This thing is said to focus in as little as 0.1 seconds! Selfies are also improved by lighting the scene with a white screen, effectively providing enough light for a decent shot.

Convinced? We would like to see more of the device before we pass any judgement, but it certainly seems like a good option… depending on the price. And of course, that is something the manufacturer is not talking about yet. What we do know is that it will be released this November in Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Those of us in the USA and Europe will have to wait until December.

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