Published on September 30th, 2015 | by Abdullah Sulehri0
[Review] Oppo R7 Lite
We recently received Oppo R7 Lite and posted its unboxing along with detailed specifications and comments after Oppo officially launched Oppo R7 Lite on September 13, 2015 in Pakistan. Let’s see how the device fared as we took it for a run and used as our primary device for around 2 weeks.
As the name Oppo R7 Lite suggests, the device is a slightly toned-down variant of Oppo R7. It’s packed in a standard rectangle box which tightly holds the contents together. The box contained the following items:
- R7 Lite (Golden)
- Micro USB cable
- Screen Protector
- Silicone back cover
- In-ear type earphones
Build and Design
With elegant aircraft-grade aluminium alloy uni-body and 5 inches 720p screen Oppo R7 Lite is an excellent piece of craftsmanship which will impress you at first sight. The R7 Lite inherits Oppo’s classic “Lineism” design philosophy, 2.5D curved arc design for the glass and the violin-arc design for the metal edges. Its velvety metallic back is not much slippery hence it’s easy to grip. Its slim and sleek body allows you to hold it with one hand with ease, its screen-to-body ratio is 67.9% which means there is ample space between screen and its edges.
Its ear piece, 8 MP front camera and LED indicator are placed at top of screen, 3 navigation buttons forms its bottom. The navigation buttons are unfortunately not part of its touch screen and are not even back lit, which makes it difficult for a new user to use the phone properly in dark or dim light, the absence of back-lit controls was felt strongly in an other-wise well built device.The Hybrid Dual 4G SIM slot (Nano-SIM/ Micro-SIM, dual stand-by) is situated at right side on phone above the volume rocker. You can use a Micro-SIM with a Nano-SIM or a Micro-SIM with Micro SD card (up to 128 GB) at a time.
Power button is placed at right side, standard micro USB port v2.0 is at bottom and 3.5mm jack is at the top. To compliment the 16 GB internal memory USB port v2.0 also supports OTG (On The Go) USB which allows to transfer data directly from/to any OTG USB Flash drive with USB port v2.0. Oppo is debossed at middle of its metallic back, 18MP primary camera and its flash are on the upper right corner and its speaker is at lower right corner. Plastic strips are fixed at top and bottom of its rear metal body.
Its 5.0 inches AMOLED screen with resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels (294 PPI) compared to 1080 x 1920 pixels (445 PPI) screen of it’s successor Oppo R7 is a clear degradation. Viewing angles and screen contrast are good and overall result of screen looks good despite of its comparatively low resolution. Oppo R7 Lite has looks of a premium phone and its built quality is pretty impressive.
Oppo R7 Lite features a Cortex Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset and 2 GB RAM. Its RAM is 1 GB lass than Oppo R7 which is one of the cuts made in the Lite version. The good news is that Oppo R7 Lite runs Android Lollipop 5.1, while the regular R7 was based on Android KitKat 4.1.
There were few lags while switching apps and the gaming was not much smooth. Still its overall performance is acceptable with lower RAM.
We have performed various synthetic benchmarks to ascertain Oppo R7 Lite’s performance compared to other devices.
Vellamo is a benchmarking tool that include three primary Chapters. The Browser Chapter evaluates mobile web browser performance, the Multicore Chapter measures the synergy of multiple CPU cores, and the Metal Chapter measures the single core CPU subsystem performance of mobile processors.
Chrome browser 2096
Multi core 1173
Oppo R7 Lite scores are not up to the mark, especially in Multi core test.
Geekbench 3 & AnTuTu Benchmark
Single core score 564
Multi core score 1941
AnTuTu Benchmark 30298
GeekBench 3 and AnTuTu are benchmarks which put to the test the hardware combo inside the smartphone. GeekBench 3 is more CPU-intensive, whereas AnTuTu is a compound benchmark. Performance shown by these two benchmarks is not much satisfactory.
Single-core performance is the most important performance metric for smartphones. Every application will benefit from improved single-core performance while only specialized applications will benefit from improved multi-core performance.
Basemark OS II benchmark
Basemark OS II is a system-level All-In-One benchmarking tool designed for measuring overall performance of smartphones and tablets from all platforms. The benchmark features a comprehensive suite of tests including system, internal and external memory, graphics, web browsing, camera, battery and CPU consumption.
Pi (lower is better)
R7 Lite’s benchmark results remain unimpressive.
Oppo R7 Lite has Color OS 2.1 user interface with is simple and smooth on Android Lollipop 5.1. Color OS 2.1 has no application menu which means all installed applications are viewed on your home screens. It features variety of colourful wallpapers and themes ready to use, overall it’s user interface is colourful and intuitive.
You can change the themes which will also change the icons of basic applications, widgets can be added and resized on screen. Number of screens can also be easily altered, a pinch on a home screen will show most of the screen setting options. By pulling down the top status bar you can view short-cuts and notifications. Customized Screen-off Gestures allows you to use gestures directly on the screen to activate specific functions: screen on, activate camera, make calls, etc during screen-off mode. Single-hand Mode can be activated by sliding from the lower left or right corner to the middle of the screen, it activates mini-screen mode for easy single hand operation.
Long press home button directs toy to Google search and long press menu button will minimize the running app and will allow you to select from all running apps. You can also activate eye protection display mode with will slightly change this screen colours to prevent excessive stress on your eyes. It also supports FTP (File Transfer Protocol) service which allows you to manage files remotely on your phone via computer, it requires both devices to be connected with some Wi-Fi network.
Super power-saving mode can be activated at any time, you can also set battery percentage at which it will automatically activate, only 4 basic functions are available in this mode i.e. phone, contacts, messaging and Clock. You can also set data limit for your mobile data from settings, which will ensure that you do not exceed your data package and its status will be displayed at bottom of your notification screen.
Oppo R7 Lite is equipped with 13 MP rear camera with LED flash and 8 MP powerful front camera. The primary rear camera uses phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and smart anti-shake optimization, it is equipped with a Schneider-Kreuznach optics lens which enables it to capture perfect images with excellent quality images. Colors, quality and details of pictures captured indoor and outdoor using rare camera were pleasing. Camera app allows you to take pictures while making videos and even when the video is paused. There are many other functions you can use in camera application including Filters, Slow shutter, beautify, panorama, HDR, GIF and ultra HD mode.
Front camera is perfect for a selfie, beautify mode (also available with rear camera) is really helpful in making selfies better. It’s also perfect for video calling and wide enough to take group selfies also known as groupies.
Rear camera can make videos up to 1080p videos @30fps, here you can watch videos captured at 720p which is default mode.
The video quality is actually much better than you can see here, this is because the quality is bit impaired while uploading on internet as they are compressed to take lesser space. Both videos were made indoor in a noisy room where it was difficult to even understand what the speaker was saying. The video and audio results were truly amazing and impressive. A few more snaps taken by the camera are presented below. (click to enlarge)
Calling and Messaging
Oppo R7 Lite has a simple and decent Dialler app, it has a note button which allows you to take any notes during a call which is really practical and helpful. Call quality is good and there are no signal problems during calls or otherwise. When phone is in dual SIM mode an option appears to select SIM card when you dial a call, you can select a specific SIM card for Voice Call and Mobile data respectively from from SIM card settings to avoid selecting each time. Unfortunately you cannot specify a SIM card for messaging. You can turn off any SIM from SIM card settings.
Messaging app is also simplistic, contact pictures do not appear in the thread. It features a built in function of Timing messages and other general functions. Any contact’s message thread can be pinned on the top of messaging app by selecting it and using Pin on top option. The block functions allows you to block any unwanted number from calling and texting. Keyboard is comfortable for messaging, keys are appropriately large for typing once you get used to them.
Oppo R7 Lite is a uni-body Smartphone which means an irremovable Li-Po 2320 mAh battery. Battery is one of the most important features in Smart phones especially in a Pakistan where our phones need to survive in load shedding. This battery can last for 1.5 to 1.75 days easily with constant messaging, few calls and few hours of browsing. It takes almost 2 hours to charge its battery in absence of VOOC charger (not available with this model). Its Super power-saving mode also helps to increase battery life by switching it on when the battery is low.
- Excellent camera results
- Android Lollipop 5.1
- Beautiful Body
- Excellent Built
- Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor
- No VOOC charger (fast charging)
- Not suitable for gaming
- Low screen resolution
- Price is not right when compared to competition
Oppo devices are second to none in terms of build quality and finish. However, the price of PKR 29,999 is on the higher side keeping in view the fact that Oppo is not an established brand in Pakistan. The company should place the device in the bracket of PKR 26-22,000 to maximize device sales while building a good reputation.
|Display||5.0 inch HD 720 x 1280 resolution ,16M colors|
|CPU||Quad ARM Cortex A53-1.2 GHz|
|Operation System||Android OS, v5.1/ Color OS 2.1|
|Internal Memory||16 GB|
|Network||3G/ 4G LTE|
|Connectivity||WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro USB 2.0 (USB Host)|
|Sensors||Proximity sensor, Light sensor, Digital compass, Accelerometer|
|Rear Camera||13MP with Flash|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 2320 mAh|
Photo Courtesy: Ahmed Sheikh