Premium chassis and practical features.
card slot to place a MicroSD card of up to 128GB, making the default 16GB internal storage less of a problem.
The phone uses a decent mid-range processor (Snapdragon 615) coupled with 3GB RAM. It does not struggle when loading web pages, with only slight stuttering when you open a new tab or when you wake the locked phone in the middle of browsing. Actual usage was smooth, save for launching or switching between apps.
The Oppo R7's 2,320mAh battery capacity lasted nearly 10 hours in our test, which was very decent for a smartphone with less battery life than its peers. What the R7 has in its favor is the proprietary VOOC Flash Charge Mini, which uses increased voltage charging to achieve the same quick charging effect as Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0. Our test device gets roughly 25 percent every half hour, so it's possible to have 100 percent in just two hours.
It's likely that the Oppo R7 will be overshadowed by the R7 Plus, but the smartphone feels complete on its own. While it may not be the best buy among other models such as Xiaomi Mi Note, the Oppo R7 does justice to design detail and practical features.
The R7's speaker is on the rear, limiting it's audio capabilities when the phone is facing up.