Oppo has been known for making great hardware for their smartphones and that is true with the Oppo R7 Lite. This is truly a beautiful piece of hardware. But what about the performance? Camera? Battery? Let’s find out with the review.
Oppo R7 Lite:
- Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor (1.5GHz Quad Core Cortex A53 and 1GHz Quad Core Cortex A53)
- Adreno 405 graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
- 5-inch HD AMOLED display (1280 x 720 pixels) 294 ppi
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- 13 megapixel rear facing camera with Schneider-Kreuznach optics, autofocus and LED flash
- 8 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- 2,320 mAh battery
- Android 5.1 Lollipop with Color OS 2.1
- SRP: P13,990
- Status: Available at Oppo stores and retailers
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
There’s no denying that the Oppo R7 Lite is one of the most good looking smartphones at its price range. The all metal chassis makes the phone look more expensive than its SRP. The only downside we noticed is the device is quite slippery though thanks to the free clear case included, it gives more grip for better handling.
Having only an HD resolution is a no issue for us. The display is fairly sharp, bright and has good viewing angles. Not to mention that the display is an AMOLED one which means it has a more saturated colors than the usual IPS panel.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
What we like most about Oppo is their homemade ColorOS, a customized UI on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop. ColorOS is simple, fast and clean. Although inspired by Apple’s iOS, Oppo made sure to make the UI has its own character and feel. Overall, the UI is smooth with no hiccups.
The 13 megapixel rear facing camera is one of the phone’s main selling point. Oppo has been bragging the phone’s camera prowess when it was launched locally a few months back. You can check out our sample photos below and see for yourself.
LTE connectivity on the Oppo R7 Lite has been generally fast and within range whether using Globe or Smart SIM. Calls are clear with no issues too. Both WiFi and Bluetooth worked fine as well.
To maintain the R7 Lite’s slim design, Oppo has included a small 2,320 mAh battery. A smaller battery will result to a shorter battery life and that is very evident with this smartphone. On our heavy usage we only got around 3 hours and 30 minutes of screen on time. We had a full charged battery at 7am but we need to charge it again by 4pm so that we can use the phone beyond 5pm.
Oppo made a perfect combination of style, power and great camera with the Oppo R7 Lite. With its all metal build, you can brag your friends that your Oppo smartphone cost more than its true SRP is. If you can forgive its shortcomings like the battery and more into style and camera, the Oppo R7 Lite will be a perfect smartphone for you.