Overnight, Chinese smartphone maker Oppo announced two new and very impressive devices. Taking over from the already excellent R5, Oppo's new R7 is a super-thin, 5-inch with a decidedly luxurious design and production process. There's a 6-inch version, too, in the R7 Plus, and both are coming to Australia.
The R7 and R7 Plus' specs are largely identical to the outgoing R5 — a mid-range but still octa-core and 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. The super-thin body is a mere 6.3mm thick (143x71mm otherwise) now, and the whole thing weighs only 148 grams.
Oppo is specifically calling out the R7's '2.5D' curved glass screen edges, as well as its one-piece metal unibody construction — which apparently allows the entire rear chassis to function as an antenna for the two 4G-capable SIM slots inside. A new 13-megapixel rear camera module is joined by an 8MP front snapper.
A 2330mAh battery — 330mAh larger than the R5 — should make for good if unspectacular battery life as per the previous model, but it's Oppo's VOOC high-amperage fast charging that makes things interesting; 5 minutes of charge is enough for 2 hours of call time. Oppo's extensive Color OS skin upon Android is now at version 2.1; time will tell whether it's an improvement or a hindrance.
Here's what Oppo has to say about pricing and availability: "Both the OPPO R7 and OPPO R7 Plus will be available to purchase in Australia in the next couple of months. Pricing to be confirmed." Feast your eyes on these two new smartphones below. [Oppo]