UPSIZEEVERYTHING The R7 Plus has amazing battery life, but other aspects are lacking, considering its asking price.
Oppo R7 Plus
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 // Connectivity 3.5mm stereo audio jack, Micro-USB, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 // Memory 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, up to 128GB external via microSD // SIM Card Type 2x nano SIM // Dimensions 158.00 (L) x 82.00 (W) x 7.75 (H) mm // Weight 192g // Battery 4,100mAh // Warranty 1-year // Contac Oppo Digital Malaysia // Telephone (03) 7958 5399 // URL www.oppo. com/my In the same way chips used to make phones are getting smaller, the phones themselves are getting more and more plus sized with each passing day. It's an ironic trend, but one that is seemingly here to stay. Following this questionable trend, however, is the unfortunate one of prices growing with the phones as well. If there is a phone that signifies all this, it's the Oppo R7 Plus.
Okay, maybe calling it a phone is a bit of a stretch, since it's actually a phablet. That said though, this phablet may be one that will blur the lines separating phablets from actual tablets, with this particular model sporting a 6-inch form factor. Massive size aside, you get Corning's Gorilla Glass 3 on the front, and aluminum everywhere else. This makes for a premium build and feel when you have it in your hands. It is a little heavy in your hands too, weighing at nearly 200g. There is a good reason for this though, and that's the 4,100mAh battery inside. This, coupled with the modest but sufficient Full HD resolution display, means one thing that everyone wished their phones had: good battery life. And when we say good, we mean good, not just decent like we would with most other phones.
Speaking of screens, it is nearly as big as the phablet. The bezels on the side are extremely thin, and even on the top and bottom, there is little space left to nothingness; the front camera, earpiece and notification lights occupy very little space, as does the Oppo branding at the bottom. There is a small speaker grill on the back, a Micro-USB port at the bottom, a 3.5mm audio port up on top and a pin-ejected tray on the right above the power button. This tray is where you put your two nano SIM cards, with the second slot doubling as the microSD slot.
On to performance; and here come some numbers that would get the first point across. Due to its massive battery and modest screen resolution, the Oppo R7 Plus survived over 12 hours and 17 minutes in PCMark for Android's battery life test, one of the longest-lasting devices we tested yet. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, on the other hand, handed us figures like 8,176 on 3DMark's Ice Storm Unlimited, 35,177 on AnTuTu, 22,837 on Quadrant, 3,770 on PCMark's work benchmark, and an average of 34 fps on Epic Citadel.
And how much does performance like this cost? RM1,998. With the R7 Plus being Oppo's current flagship, this would've been fine, except that for that price and flagship status, it wouldn't be unfair to expect better performance that would've been possible with a Snapdragon 810 instead.
Fortunately, thickness was not upsized; the R7 Plus remains fairly thin despite everything else.