Oppo, one of the better-known players in the smartphone market, on Thursday took the wraps off its huge R7 Plus and the low-powered R7 Lite in India. The R7 Lite is a new addition to the R7 smartphone series, as the company has only showcased the R7 Plus and the R7 before now, in its home turf, China. The R7 Lite is a slightly toned-down version of the R7, at least on paper. While the R7 Plus is priced at Rs. 29,990, the R7 Lite costs Rs. 17,990.
Both the R7 Plus and R7 Lite smartphones are impressively lightweight and slim, but that also makes them slightly uncomfortable to hold. While the Oppo R7 Lite at first feels too sleek and fragile, the R7 Plus is bigger and wider, which is likely to make one-handed use difficult for users with average-sized hands. Out of the two, we slightly prefer the feel of the new variant – R7 Lite – because it is easier to hold and use with one hand. Unfortunately, other than the full metal unibody treatment given to both the R7 handsets, Oppo has not managed to create the desired premium feel.
While the Oppo R7 Plus (seen above) measures 158 x 82 x 7.75mm, the R7 Lite measures 143 x 71 x 6.3mm. Skimming over the design, these smartphones have their earpieces, sensors and a front-facing camera at the top of the front panel, and the loudspeaker towards the bottom of the back panel. The power and volume buttons are on left and right respectively on the R7 Lite, but for some reason the R7 Plus has exactly the opposite arrangement. Due to the different display sizes, the low-powered R7 Lite has capacitive touch buttons, while the larger R7 Plus has on-screen buttons. The rear camera is placed top-middle of the rear panel, just above the fingerprint sensor, on the R7 Plus, unlike the R7 Lite which has its rear camera in one corner.