​Oppo takes the wraps of R7 and R7 Plus

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo has introduced the R7 and R7 Plus, its latest high-end offerings.

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The Oppo R7 Plus - a new option for Android users. Image: Oppo

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo has announced two high-end devices: the five-inch R7 and its bigger sibling, the six-inch phablet R7 Plus.

Oppo is following up last year's super slim R5 with two more powerful - but not quite as thin - metal unibody handsets.

When it was released, at 4.5mm thick, the 5.2-inch R5 was the slimmest phone on the market, and at €399, came with more than adequate specs, including 2G RAM, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon 615 processor, 16GB storage, and 13 megapixel and five-megapixel cameras.

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By contrast the five-inch display R7 is slightly thicker at 6.3mm, but on the specs front, it isn't remarkably different from the R5. It has 3GB RAM, a more powerful eight-megapixel front-facing camera, and a slightly higher capacity battery. Besides that, it offers the same HD AMOLED display at resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and the same Snapdragon 615 processor. Somewhat surprisingly, the R7 is running on the Android 4.4-based version of ColorOS.

The six-inch R7 Plus is a little more interesting, and, powering its bigger screen, has a huge 4100 mAh battery that Oppo says will charge rapidly thanks to its Vooc charger.

It's also running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon octacore 1.5GHz processor, with 3GB RAM, 32GB in-built storage, and the same camera setup as the R7. However, the R7 Plus ships with Android 5.1-based ColorOS v 2.1. The phablet is 7.75mm thick and weighs 203g.

Also, unique to the R7 Plus is Oppo's new fingerprint reader on the back of the device, which can be used to unlock the homescreen, encrypt software, and control guest mode.

Both the R7 and R7 Plus will be available in gold and silver variants.

Oppo hasn't released pricing for Europe and the US yet but the R7 is selling in China for 2500 RMB (€362 or $400), while the R7 Plus costs around $480 in China. Oppo hasn't started taking pre-orders in Europe yet, but definitive prices should be available when it does.

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