Introduction


Oppo's R7 series of smartphones is the Chinese manufacturer's strategic force for conquering the mid-range category, where devices aim to offer quality design and satisfactory performance at a more affordable price point compared to brand-name flagship smartphones. The Oppo R7 Plus is most certainly an example of this trend in motion with its large display, metal construction and modern-day hardware powering it. But does it have what it takes to justify its, admittedly, considerable price tag of $500 unlocked? We'll have a try at answering that by putting the phablet through its paces!

Package includes:
  • Oppo R7 Plus
  • SIM ejector tool
  • Information guides
  • Clear silicone protection case
  • Earbuds
  • Charging and data microUSB cable
  • VOOC Charger

Design

Not messing with the good stuff, Oppo oversized the delightful looks of its R series handsets.

The Oppo R7 Plus is a plus-sized smartphone for serious phablet lovers only – for ones that wouldn't mind carrying a 6-inch screen behemoth out and about. Still, its dimensions of 6.22 x 3.23 x 0.31 inches (158 x 82 x 7.75 mm) are pretty reasonable for such a literal heavyweight – the R7 Plus weighs 6.8 oz (192 g), feeling solid and definitely heavy! Also of note is that Oppo managed a very good screen-to-body ratio of nearly 77%, successfully eliminating much of the unwanted fluff around the R7 Plus' screen.

The Oppo R7 Plus is also a good-looking and tightly constructed smartphone. It is rectangular, with rounded corners for a better grip, and its sides are decorated with chamfered grooves. The body is fashioned out of a magnesium-aluminum alloy that's supposedly undergone 48 polishing processes. Yet, plastic still plays part in the formula, for there are two plastic bands on the back where the antennas are positioned. Meanwhile, the display is covered in shapely Arc Edge 2.5D glass, which is a fancy way of saying that the glass is contoured along the smartphone's edges for an elegant "flowing" effect.

Aside from the camera, the R7 Plus has a fingerprint scanner on its back, along with a single loudspeaker. The scanner is shaped as a rounded rectangle. Reaching for it feels easy and natural with the index finger, but the fingerprint recognition isn't as immediate as we hoped. Getting it to accurately respond upon the first try is really a question of touching the sensor at the precise right spot. Sometimes it takes us two to three tries to unlock the device, so we have to rate the scanner as average and not entirely reliable. Then again, perhaps a software update could improve its performance?

While it may not have the iPhone 6's precise contours or the HTC One M9's hand-polished sheen, the R7 Plus certainly has its charm and has been built with attention to detail. But excellence in appearance isn't always a sign of practicality. Thankfully, the gripes we have with Oppo's phablet are hardly deal-breaking. Firstly, the R7 Plus is completely flat and doesn't lend itself to your hand quite like other big smartphones, such as the LG G4, do. Also, the volume buttons (set to the left) are stiff and shallow, although they do give out a nice click.

The Oppo R7 Plus is a dual-SIM smartphone with a catch. The SIM card tray houses either two Nano SIM cards or one Nano SIM card and one microSD card simultaneously. Now, there are more refined designs out there – the dual-SIM Sony Xperia Z3+ can fit two Nano SIM cards and a microSD card on a single tray thanks to Sony's clever engineering. Hopefully, Oppo and others in the business will catch up to that.


OPPO R7 Plus

OPPO R7 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.23 x 0.31 inches

158 x 82 x 7.75 mm

Weight

6.81 oz (193 g)

Google Nexus 6

Google Nexus 6

Dimensions

6.27 x 3.27 x 0.4 inches

159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm

Weight

6.49 oz (184 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Dimensions

6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.21 oz (176 g)

LG G4

LG G4

Dimensions

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches

148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

OPPO R7 Plus

OPPO R7 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.23 x 0.31 inches

158 x 82 x 7.75 mm

Weight

6.81 oz (193 g)

Google Nexus 6

Google Nexus 6

Dimensions

6.27 x 3.27 x 0.4 inches

159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm

Weight

6.49 oz (184 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Dimensions

6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.21 oz (176 g)

LG G4

LG G4

Dimensions

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches

148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


Display

A display that gets the job done, though not a very true-to-life one.

The Oppo R7 Plus flaunts a 6-inch 1080x1920 resolution Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 367 pixels per inch. This makes for a crisp image, although not as crisp as what you'd see on a Quad-HD resolution screen of similar size. We can easily tell you this is a display that gets the job done, but there are many areas where we were hoping to see better performance out of it.

The display's color temperature measures at 8149 Kelvin, which is quite cold. This results in a blueish tint that isn't distracting, but stands in the way of natural color reproduction. The average gamma value of 2.14 indicates that the grayscale brightness is rather accurate, but the unwanted blueish hue observed when displaying shades of grey is noticeable.

The maximum brightness level we measured was 329 nits, which is workable, but not entirely sufficient for comfortable use under bright sunlight. Also, the glass cover on the R7 Plus is quite reflective. On the other hand, we measured a minimum brightness level of 4 nits, which is adequate for bedtime reading. Mind you, the R7 Plus has a built-in feature for reducing the overly stimulating blue light emitted by its display.

As for color balance, our test results show that the green and cyan shades, in particular, are rather overblown. The white point drifts into blue, red is under-represented, and green is far from the reference values. This isn't a deal-breaker, though, for the color balance is still tolerable. The image isn't washed out or overly dynamic.

Still, the Oppo R7's panel does exhibit a fair bit of brightness drop and color distortion when viewed at a 45-degree angle, typical of AMOLED screens. But the image still holds up well compared to the average IPS LCD screen. You can trust it to remain clear and visible under all but the most extreme viewing angles.


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51 Comments

1. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Oh boy

27. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I lost faith in PA reviews totally. That's why now I refer other tech sites to check reviews and scores. Whenever others (my office colleagues / friends) ask or check your scores then everybody laughs at you. Take a lesson PA. Don't be just a news site. Have a proper review system otherwise the results for your site review would be not good.

44. MSi_GS70 unregistered

You know it isnt iiiphponeee so it cannot have 9 points

32. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

PA This is ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS! And Luis D you give this phone a 5? A 5!?? Just the specs alone warranty a minimum socre of 6 or 6.5 considering current hardware available on the market. Man i didn't want to believe it but yeah PA is paid off (no names here). Over the past month PA has killed every Android phone out there especially the ones from China. Hey PA Even iPhone is Made in China! LOL!

2. bangkoktomboy

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

LAMAO! I guess most of these Chinese vendors didn't sponsor PA lately. Oh I forget where I am at. :D

6. bangkoktomboy

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

Waiting for that iSheep namely "SamsungPhanboy" to act up again. LOL

45. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Yeah sponsoring is bribing. So where are no money there is no reward ..yeah of course The whole world is about money plitics.. everybody will do anything for the money.

3. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

damn, 99% of Android phones are getting killed in their reviews. I can't imagine what the moto x pure is going to get? Maybe a 5 or 6? the new Nexus 5x and 6p will probably get a 6.5.lol

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

let me guess.. xpure will get 7 because it doesnt use the fastest processor available, and no so amazing battery life both new nexus will get 8 because lack of wireless charging, no ois, bed design.. but in my honest opinion, if i6s get 9.3 then X pure deserve to get at least 9/10, and at least 10.3/10 for nexus 6p

23. Tizo101

Posts: 527; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Just read "[w]hile it may not have the iPhone 6's precise contours..." and immediately stopped reading because I just lost interests in what they had to say about the phone - I wonder how much my phone would get.

4. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Meanwhile iPhone 6S just got 9.3 score. Lmao joke reviewers.

16. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Exactly. Not hating on the iPhone, but if you're gonna give it 9.3, there is no way this thing is a 5!! I ve watched bunch of other reviews, and while they all admitted there are some minor flaws here and there, it is still a great phone.

24. Tizo101

Posts: 527; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

it would seem like we hate Apple but most of us really don't have a problem with the company... they really need to stop gratifying Apple for no reason.

17. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Exactly. Not hating on the iPhone, but if you're gonna give it 9.3, there is no way this thing is a 5!! I ve watched bunch of other reviews, and while they all admitted there are some minor flaws here and there, it is still a great phone.

5. Takeharu

Posts: 285; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

This review is bulls**t! Not only did this phone get quite a bit of Editor's choice awards from other sites but these cons aren't big enough to justify the low score.

7. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

I just realise when PA reviewed the iPhone 6S plus, they said 192 gram iPhone feels sturdy but when they reviewed the Oppo R7 plus who has 6" and same weight as the iPhone they suddenly feels "heavy"!!!! And they said the full HD on the iPhone seems "more than enough" but when they reviewed other phones suddenly "not as sharp as QHD"

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

LOL! Good one! Joker reviewers indeed.

15. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

If you really read the iPhone 6s Plus review, you should've seen that "heavy" came as number 1 of iPhone 6S Plus cons list.

25. Tizo101

Posts: 527; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

these reviews are a new category called "bashing".

26. Tizo101

Posts: 527; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

these reviews are a new category called "bashing".

29. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

They have different benchmark on different brand. This site is getting worst and worst! Fail!

46. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Every human is child and will be thinking and doing in the world acoording his personal likes..It is unfortunately ppls naivety and it is natural..

8. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Oh K that is one dishonest score.

11. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Well honestly PhoneArena, I got nothing agianst you scoring iPhone 6s 9.3, but a 5 for this R-7 Plus is just too rude. It at least deserves a 6.2-6.5 for the sole battery, and the rest of the phone design and other features could easily take it to a 7-7.5.

14. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Admittedly PA is not very fair lately.

12. xuerantiger

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

seriously what's with all the harsh reviews on these chinese phones recently?

13. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

A 5 for those cons? WTH are with these stupid reviews lately. I am starting to realize I only check phonearena for the news, not the reviews anymore. Completely disappointed with the site now. Shame on you.

18. Ghost04

Posts: 517; Member since: May 03, 2014

Please everyone check this better website :http://www.androidauthority.com/oppo-r7-plus-review-636202/

37. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

That review on AA is anything but review. At best it's a walk through that reminds me an advertisement alike style praise them all going thing on AA. How this be on the par with S6 or how can it beat mcuh cheaper MotoX Pure addition but a very solid device given price tag. AA is a bag of Bulls**t in my opinion.

19. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

True that if the phone is below par on it's main function which is to perform well also with the graphics if it has such a large screen, then the main function of the phone is kinda worthless. But you have to admit that the battery life is great. Yeah I know it's also great on the Nokia 3310.

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R7 Plus
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 4100 mAh

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