• Display: 6” Full HD
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-core
  • Connectivity: 2G/3G/4G LTE/Bluetooth/Wifi
  • Memory: 3GB Storage: 32GB (+microSD up to 128GB)
  • Operating System: Color OS 2.1 (Android 5.1)
  • Camera: 13 Megapixels (back)/8 Megapixels (front)
  • Dimensions: 82 x 158 x 7.75 mm
  • Weight: 192 grams
  • Pros:
  • Large screen
  • Classy looks
  • Cons:
  • Too large for some people
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark
  • Ice Storm: Maxed Out!
  • Ice Storm Extreme: 5,577 points
  • PCMark for Android: 3,569 points
  • Antutu: 33,533 (64bit) 31,243 (32bit)

A Bit on the Plus Side

There are times when a big phone is just a big phone, and it will make a pretty bulge in your pocket. There are also times when it can be just a little bit more. OPPO has been churning out respectable smartphones for the consumer market, and their latest phone that is now hitting the store shelves is the bigger than life OPPO R7 Plus.

While OPPO did launch the R7 series in China earlier this year, they have elected to bring the R7 Plus and R7 Lite to Malaysian shores, the later which we will review at a later period. The Plus shares the same specifications as the R7, but in a larger form factor. The octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor is the beating heart of the system, paired with 3GBs of RAM for smooth sailing performance in your pocket.

The R7 Plus' fingerprint scanner is located underneath the camera on the back for easy access

The R7 Plus’ fingerprint scanner is located underneath the camera on the back for easy access

Paired to a large 6 inch AMOLED display which houses a Full HD 1080P panel, the R7 Plus is definitely a multimedia device on the go. Rounding up the phone are the 13-megapixel back and 8-megapixel front cameras, as well as a fingerprint sensor at the back of the body, just below the back camera. The location is logical as it is where your fore finger will rest when you hold it in one hand.

Using the R7 Plus is a bit daunting, as the phone is a big device – both in your pocket as well as your hand. You will definitely feel its presence when you use it. Thanks to the minimal bezel around the screen however, you will feel that the phone feels like it is built for a smaller phone than it really is. The 2.5D front glass also gives it a subtle finish that is missing in some of its peer.

With two colours available to choose from – Silver and Gold (a more rose gold than champagne gold), it is definitely classy in anybody’s hands. Using it as a daily driver is also proves to be great, as it is not bogged down by apps or even the OS, which is the latest version of Colour OS, version 2.1 (based on Android Lollipop).

The phone supports both micro and nano-sized SIM cards

The phone supports both micro and nano-sized SIM cards

The biggest concern for the phone is the large size – which may not be everyone’s cup of tea – as well as the finish of the phone, which is prone to scratches and dings. Other than that, the phone is a great large smartphone for your daily driver.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If you are looking to go beyond a phablet, but not into the tablet, check out the R7 Plus from OPPO.

(previously published in issue August 2015)

OPPO R7 Plus