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In lower light, though, you can see the softness of the images come out, and not even necessarily at 100 percent.

Sure, every smartphone softens up at 100 percent, and quite a few proper cameras do, too, but even when the light dims a little, the R7s feels like it struggles a little to get natural light onto that sensor.

It’s not a terrible result, mind you, and there’s always that flash to help you out, but the camera on Oppo’s R7s mostly caters to daylight, and lots of it.

Image from the Oppo R7s camera

Image from the Oppo R7s camera

Battery life

At least battery life isn’t too shabby, with a solid day being offered by the Oppo R7s, and a little bit more if you’re a touch frugal or use your phone less.

Overall, we found the Oppo R7s could survive close to 36 hours when we were taking the phone through a regular day with no smart devices or wireless Bluetooth connections, meaning if you rely on corded headphones and check your mail, surf the web, make and take the odd phone call, message people, social network, take pictures, and generally use your phone, you can get a day and a half out of the R7s without charge.

Use your phone a little more than we did and you might find only a day of life is possible out of the phone’s 3070mAh battery, so we’d probably recharge it nightly, but it’s still nice to see that if you were running out of charge, you wouldn’t have to worry so much and run for the nearest power point and USB cable.

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Value

Value is one area where the Oppo R7s handles itself very well, because with an outright price of $549, it’s hard to look past the bang for your buck, at least on paper.

For a little over $500, the R7s offers a fair amount, from decent battery life (for the price) to a solid spec set and an excellent body design.

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What needs work

At least Oppo’s tag matches mid-range, and there’s a fair amount in there for the cost, even if it is from a brand you may not be totally familiar with.

Still, some of the things that need work surprise us, partly because there’s just so much similarity between the R7s and some of Oppo’s other units, namely other R7 models.

For instance, there’s no fingerprint sensor in the R7s, which might be a little annoying if you feel like you need a little more security.

It’s a rather surprising omission, too, because the larger 6 inch Oppo R7 Plus includes the technology and even offers less memory for $70 more.