Oppo, a China based smartphone maker, who not only makes powerful devices but it is also known for its build and design, there are very less smartphone’s in market which can compete with Oppo devices at the same price tag. Couple of months back Oppo has announced a new mid range smartphone in Indian market, the Oppo R7 Lite which not only comes with good specs but again its build and design is what makes it stand out in the crowd.
Video Review Of Oppo R7 Lite :-
We have been using this device from past two weeks, and what we can say is that, if you love premium design and build quality then you should take a look on this device, lets begin our full review.
Build And Design Of Oppo R7 Lite :-
As said earlier, Oppo R7 Lite has got premium looking design, its full metal device which not only looks premium but also feels premium when you hold it in your hand. Despite of having metallic body, this device does not feel heavy in hand and its only 143 grams.
At front you will find a 5 inch HD display screen which has got 2.5D treatment, means screen is curved from edges which provide nice viewing angles and feels smooth in hand while using it. As it has got only HD screen resolution which is low as per its price, as at the same price range you will get FHD devices, but the color reproduction and pixel density on Oppo R7 Lite is very good, screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
For connectivity and ports, it has got metallic volume rockers on its right side, these buttons will provide you nice feedback over the usage, along with this you have your hybrid SIM tray in which you can either insert two SIM cards or use One SIM and One Micro SD card for memory expansion.
At bottom you will find your Micro USB port for charging and data transfer, along with your primary microphone.
On left side you will find you power and sleep button, again a metallic button which will provide good tactile feedback to you.
At top you will find a 3.5mm audio jack for your headphones.
At back you have your 13MP rear snapper along with LED flash and a secondary mic for noise cancellation. At middle you will find a Oppo branding and at bottom you have your speakers, to avoid sound muffling on flat surface, company has added a small nub which slightly raises the device, but in our usage we didnt find it working that properly and sound will get muffled a bit.
At front you will find a 5MP selfie camera at the top, and below which you will find a 5inch HD display screen which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, below screen you have your three touch capacitive buttons which do not support backlit.
Overall the build and design of this phone is very impressive and it fits in one hand very easily and in our test we didnt find any issue while operating it with one hand.
Hardware And Specifications Of Oppo R7 Lite :-
When it comes to under the hood features then its packed with some nice set of hardware’s like powered by Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz along with 2GB of RAM and it also comes with 16GB of internal storage which can be further expandable via Micro SD card.
It has got all necessary connectivity options like dual SIM(hybrid SIM tray), WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, LTE, USB OTG, GPS and Micro USB.
Display Of Oppo R7 Lite :-
As said earlier, Oppo R7 Lite comes with 5 inch HD display screen, you can easily get FHD display phone’s at the same price but still with HD screen its pixel density is well enough and you will get good color reproduction on it, but despite of being Corning Gorilla Glass 3, its porn to scratches very easily.
Visibility under direct sunlight is not that much great but its decent, touch response is very good and we didnt faced any lag here.
Software And UI Of Oppo R7 Lite :-
Oppo R7 Lite runs on ColorOS 2.1 which is based on Android Lollipop 5.1, its very heavily customized and lots of options have been provided to user like you can download and apply themes, apply different kinds of effects, and apart from all these there is “Eye protection” to protect your eyes and best for reading eBooks.
Default launcher on Oppo R7 Lite comes with flat UI on which you will find all of your apps and icons are placed on home screen, thankfully Oppo group all Google apps which makes your UI more clean. When it comes to bloatware’s there are very less amount of third apps which you will find on it, Oppo has bundled some of its useful apps like O-Cloud which lets you back up your contacts and SMSes, Security Center which lets you manage data, junk files, permissions and other stuffs on your device.
ColorOS is one of the most well mannered and responsive skin which you can find, and best part is its free of bloatwares.
Camera Of Oppo R7 Lite :-
Camera of Oppo R7 is one of the USP of this device, it has got 13MP rear snapper with LED flash and with this you will get a clean camera app in which you will find lots of options hidden under one tap, there are lots of functions or modes available in which you can capture images and whats good here is, you have the option to download and install more options to enhance your photographic experience.
Focusing speed is very good under good lighting conditions, however in low light it do takes sometime to focus on object, it captures, process and saves images.
Its fun for us to play with this capture, images captured using this camera got lots of details, color reproduction is also very good, dynamic range is also very good in images. You can try Super Macro mode to capture closeup images, there is Expert mode as well in which you can control shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation, focus and white balance.
Overall Oppo R7 Lite has very good camera which can capture good images with lots of details and colors also looks very accurate under good lights, but as soon as you switch to low light, you will see good amount of noise and grains in the images.
When it comes to video recording, you will be able to capture FHD videos using it, however there is not electronic stabilization available, which means if you dont have stable hands then your video will be shaky. You have Times-Laps and Slow-Mo options, but you can only record 480p videos in Slow-Mo.
It has got an 8MP front facing camera which supports auto-focus and again takes good images with lots of details.
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Battery of Oppo R7 Lite :-
Oppo R7 Lite comes with a low 2320mAh battery but surprisingly we were able to get a full day of battery back-up with good amount of calling, bit of gaming, YouTube video watching, web and social media browsing over 4G.
Final Verdict of Oppo R7 Lite :-
Oppo R7 Lite comes with good build and design quality, its aluminum finish looks and feels premium in hand, display is also fairly good which provides nice viewing angle and colors looks very good on it, battery life over this device is also very nice and you can easily get one full day of backup, and last but not the least UI is fast and responsive as well.
However the things which we didnt liked over here is that it has got an Hybrid SIM Tray, which means if you want to expand storage then you have to ditch your second SIM, its camera also not very good under low lights and this is something Oppo must have worked.
At this price tag this device is going to compete with Moto X Play which not only comes with stock UI which is fast and smooth, high screen resolution and software update promise. But again you cant compare build and design of Oppo with Motorola devices, Oppo R7 looks more premium device in hand.