Oppo R7s Review – Sleek But Not Worth the Price Tag

Right out of the box, the Oppo R7s looks and feels like a premium phone. It is finished with a really beautiful and luxurious-looking gold-colored aluminum (although it is also available in silver, which still looks just as quality). While its exteriors looks like it is clearly made for the top end of the market, it has humble midrange hardware specs. Unfortunately, the price tag for the smartphone reflects more on its exteriors rather than what lies beneath.

Oppo R7s Review - Sleek But Not Worth the Price Tag

The Oppo R7s Has a Premium Look With Midrange Hardware and Performance

Looking at it for its size, the Oppo R7s stands in between the R7 and the R7 Plus. It is placed within the same price class as the original R7 but has a lesser price tag than the R7 Plus. Therefore, choosing between the three models simply boils down to what screen size you prefer. Also, you might also want to consider that the R7s has some borrowed features from its pricier brethren, such as the fingerprint scanner.

For its rear camera, it has a 13-megapixel rear snapper that does a pretty decent job. While it does not have the same sharpness and quality brought by higher-end models such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the iPhone 6S, pictures still come out good in places that have more than a decent level of lighting. Low light performance will either give you a lot of noise or pictures will tend to lack finer details.

Looking at the software, even though many Oppo handsets already use the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system, the Oppo R7s Smartphone still uses the Lollipop 5.1 right out of the box. Nonetheless, like many other Android phones on the market, the company places their own custom-made operating system called Color OS for the R7s.

Like that of the iOS, Oppo’s Color OS places all the apps right on the Home screens. There is no app drawer, which is comes as to quite a surprise since this is a stable feature for many Android phones. Still, the operating system is pretty good and easy to use, but there are other software that can beat Oppo’s easily.

Battery life, onboard storage, and overall performance for the Oppo R7s are all placed in an average level. Hence, the smartphone doesn’t really justify the heft in its price. Clearly, there are other phones out there that are placed within the same price class that can perform better and still look the premium part.


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