Oppo’s newest phone, the R7s, launches in Australia today. It’ll be available online from Oppo’s website soon and is already available at Dick Smith Electronics stores (and online) for $529. For that price you’re getting a competitive set of specs as the phone enters the mid-range battleground.

The R7s continues Oppo’s well-regarded R-series design pedigree, first seen in the super-slim R5 and evolving into last year’s R7 and refined with the R7 Plus. It’s just under 7mm thin, and continues the magnesium-alloy metal unibody design. Oppo’s using a number of new techniques this time around to endow the R7s with an extremely smooth metallic surface.

The display moves up to a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED screen and while it doesn’t change the processor, the Snapdragon 615 is now paired up with a massive 4GB of RAM to aid multitasking performance. The main camera is a 13MP f/2.2 model with phase detection auto-focus claiming an auto-focus time of 0.1 seconds. Oppo’s also claiming a 30% decrease in camera launch time, and smart anti-shake software optimisation. The front camera is an 8MP f/2.4.

It’s good to see a large 3,070 mAh battery packed into the R7s, too. It’s also sporting Oppo’s VOOC rapid charging technology, so you can charge it up to 90% of capacity in 50 minutes – when connected to a VOOC charger.

The R7s is available at $529 from Dick Smith in Gold and Silver. It’s also due to go on sale on Oppo’s Australian website, but is yet to appear at the time of writing.

We’re looking forward to taking a look at the R7s in the next few days, with a review unit winging its way to Ausdroid HQ!

Oppo R7s

  • 5.5″ 1080p AMOLED display w Gorilla Glass 4
  • Octa-core MSM8939 (Snapdragon 615)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB Storage, microSD in second SIM slot
  • 13MP f/2.2 rear camera
  • 8MP f/2.4 front camera
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB-OTG
  • GPS
  • Cellular:
    • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    • WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
    • 4G LTE: 1/3/5/7/8/28/TD-38/39/40/41
    • Micro SIM, Nano SIM
  • Android 5.1, Color OS
  • 3,070 mAh battery with VOOC rapid charging
  • 151.8 x 75.4 x 6.95mm, 155g
  • Case included in box
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michael brunton

How is the RF? Do metal body devices have worse coverage or reception? Anyone use this outside of metro areas?


I convinced my mates girlfriend to get the Oppo R7 after her Moto G2 died. Loves it and got it for $299 at dicksmith and not gonna lie, it’s a pretty bloody nice phone.

Palo Verde

It’s $529 not $550 that’s the R7 Plus However one can still get this at $500 at a certain Sydney retail place so DS is not competitive at all.


$500 is better, although $400-450 would be more reasonable. There’s been a lot of negative feedback about the SD 615 recently, and now that the SD 650 and 652 have been released, why not go with one of them?

Jason Murray

I do think sticking with the SD 615 might be a bit lazy, but it was fine in the R7 and R7 Plus so I don’t think it’s a bad CPU or anything. What’s the negative feedback about it? (Besides it being a bit passe?)


I’ve found the 615 fine, but lately I’ve seen people claiming that the 650 is superior and that the 615 was a disappointment in terms of performance and efficiency. Maybe people just find faults when something new is on its way.

Jason Murray

Sounds to me like a bit of revisionism. Of course the 650 is superior, it’s newer. I’m actually more surprised not to see a 617.


has DSE ever really been competitive?


$550 isn’t cheap for those specs, even if the build quality is excellent. Compare the specs and price to the LeTV 1S and Xiaomi Red Note 3. Their MediaTek processor is streets ahead of the SD 615 and you also get a fingerprint scanner. The Note 3 has a 4,000mAh battery. Given the R7S is a Chinese phone also, the only advantages I can see are 4GB of RAM and having band 28.


On paper, that appears to be a pretty solid spec list. I’ll be very intrigued to hear your thoughts on its performance.