This one material helps to cement the Oppo R7 as a relatively premium product, because while other mid-range models stick with plastic as the main material behind a glass screen, Oppo has gone right for metal, something other brands have struggled to come to grips with.
Here on the R7s, the design is easy to carry and feels surprisingly good in the hands thanks to that sub-7mm (6.95mm) thickness, despite the edges of the device not so much being smooth and featuring a pronounced edge as the casing bevels into the back.
That element can detract from the otherwise premium finish, but it’s not one that will pull away from the feeling that you’re getting metal for in a phone for $529.
Despite that mid-range price, one area that Oppo’s R7s really handles itself in is performance, with the combination of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 eight-core chip working very well with 4GB RAM.
That’s a rare amount of memory, with this amount only appearing on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ recently, and it tends to signify performance.
With that said, the Snapdragon 615 isn’t a total benchmark destroyer, but it can certainly handle its own, and we found very few glaring performance problems with this pairing. Occasionally it would slow, but for the most part, the Oppo R7s just hums along.
Even the storage amount appears decent, with 32GB found inside this mid-range handset, though when all is said and done, there’s a little over 20GB for you to play with.
That’s a little better than the 16GB minimums you see on handsets, so that’s something you can take to the bank.
One thing we’ve never quite gotten used to is Oppo’s take on Android, “ColorOS”.
It’s still technically the same Google produced operating system, but Oppo applies its own tweaks and modifications, with custom settings and a more Apple-inspired take on the home screens.
This reviewer has never been too fond of this, mind you, and he finds that Oppo’s ColorOS is much like Huawei’s EmotionUI, with both following designs that makes them too much like iOS with less individuality found here.