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Oppo R7 Lite Express Review: Premium build, good performance but pricey

Oppo R7 Lite comes with good looks and a strong performance, but it demands a premium price that many will see as far too high.

Rating: 4 out of 5
Written by Debashis Sarkar | Updated: October 15, 2015 4:18:24 pm
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Oppo has been trying to get a hold of the Indian smartphone market for quite sometime now and it has succeeded in carving out its strongholds. The Oppo R7 Lite is its latest attempt to attract sales in the mid-range segment. The R7 Lite is just a stripped down version of the premium R7 Plus.

Oppo smartphones are known for their design and premium build and R7 Lite stands up to this. Unlike its Chinese competitors, Oppo has refrained from joining the price war in the budget smartphone segment and has maintained that “good products come at a price.”

So, is the Oppo R7 Lite that good to justify its price tag? Here is the review.

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Oppo R7 Lite

Oppo R7 Lite will delight you with its sleek, sturdy design which also offers a comfortable grip. While the R7 Lite might be among the slimmest phones, it is definitely not among the lightest. The rear camera protrudes a bit which might attract scratches, something Oppo had to trade off for slimness.

 

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Under the hood, the R7 Lite is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC with 2GB RAM. The specs sheet of R7 Lite boasts about performance and it delivers. On the software front, the device runs Android Lollipop with Color OS skin.

Specs: 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display | Android Lollipop with Color OS | 1.3Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 CPU | 2GB RAM | 16GB ROM (expandable via microSD card) | 13MP rear camera with LED Flash | 8MP front camera | Dual SIM | 4G support on both slots | 2,320 mAh battery

Price: Rs 17,990

What is good?

Overall, the Oppo R7 Lite will impress any buyer. The Color OS interface is quite friendly and has everything a user might need to get started. As mentioned, the killer looks of the smartphone make it something to really fall for.

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The camera quality is decent but low light photography might disappoint you. The multimedia experience is also decent, although nothing exceptional given the price.

One of the major highlights of this device is the battery life. The device will easily last you over a day. I managed to get around two days with WiFi usage during office hours.

What is not that good?

While the display is at par with other smartphones with same specifications Oppo could have really pushed it further to 1080p Full HD. Also, sunlight visibility is not up to mark. A good thing about the display is there is an ‘eye protect’ mode which makes reading on the device comfortable. The R7 Lite is, of course, over priced.

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The nearest overall competitor would be the Xiaomi Mi 4i which is around Rs 6,000 cheaper. Oppo could have added a few extras like water-resistance or may be a fingerprint scanner. At a price of Rs 17,990, it falls behind the Moto X Play, OnePlus One and Xiaomi Mi 4i, with the R7 Lite’s design being the only different point.

Verdict

If you are willing to pay extra for getting a premium experience in the mid-range segment then go ahead and buy it. But if you are into a strict price versus specs comparison, the Oppo R7 Lite will not interest you much. All said, the Oppo R7 is a promising smartphone.

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