Keeping an eye on the Chinese smartphone industry is akin to staring into a sweet shop without a penny to your name; the treats are just there, but you’ve only got a slim chance of enjoying them today. It’s a situation forced by high export costs for manufacturers and a culture of litigation in Europe and the USA, but that doesn’t make it any easier to swallow. More and more though, Chinese manufacturers are finding the courage (and capital) to bring their phones over to the UK and Europe. Needless to say, the Oppo R7 Plus is one such a phone.

oppo r7 plus table

The first thing you should know about the R7 Plus is that the ‘Plus’ in its name isn’t a misnomer, it is indeed gigantic. With a 6″ AMOLED screen at 1080p, it was never going to be anything other than huge, but with that size Oppo have made some pretty good decisions, the first of which was making that screen nearly edge to edge to make the phone easy(ish) to hold with one hand. The phone measures in at 158 x 82 x 7.75mm and weighs 203g thanks to a case made of magnesium composite which keeps things light and strong.

Moving to the internals the Oppo R7 Plus features a octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, backed by 3GB of RAM and running ColorOS 2.1, which is based on Android 5.1. Also inside the phone is a gigantic 4100 mAh battery unit, 32GB of (expandable) storage, a 13MP Sony rear camera with f/2.2 lens, phase detection laser autofocus and a dual LED flash unit. There’s also a 8MP OmniVision front facing camera.

oppo r7 plus hand

Elsewhere, there’s the usual suite of 3G and 4G connectivity options, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi and even a couple of nice features like a fingerprint reader on the rear of the phone, fast charging and dual sim support if you’re not using your expandable storage.

Those specifications put it firmly in the upper mid tier, but its construction and styling might be enough to win over those looking at higher end devices. Unfortunately, it seems to only come in gold, which (depending on your feelings towards the colour) is either a very good or very bad thing indeed.

oppo r7 home

As I indicated above, Oppo have deemed this device fit for Europe and the UK and is available to pre-order on Amazon UK now for £320 with a free Oppo VOOC Flash Charge Powerbank, worth around £30. Amazon have got it down for release on the 18th of September, so order now and you’ll have the phone in your hands just 6 days after Jeremy Corbyn becomes Labour leader. A brave new world, indeed.

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