The ZTE Nubia Z9 actually has pixels spilled all the way to the sides, and the R7 Plus doesn't? Oppo's 6-inch phablet, positioned where midrange meets flagship, has a wonderful metal build and an appearance worthy of its top-shelf aspirations.
The phone does accomplish the bezelless look with the display off, but fire it up and the illusion is shattered. Even so, the R7 Plus boasts an impressive screen-to-body ratio - and while you may think that's nothing but a catch phrase, it's arguably one of the more meaningful scores in today's numbers race.
1. Magnesium-aluminum alloy unibody construction
2. Dual-SIM dual-standby
3. 6.0" 1080p AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 367ppi, Gorilla Glass 3
4. Octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU (4x 1.5GHz plus 4x 1.21GHz), 3GB of RAM, Adreno 405 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset
5. 32GB Internal storage
6. ColorOS 2.1 on top of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
7. 13MP laser autofocus camera with Sony IMX278 sensor, f/2.2 lens, dual LED flash; HDR, Expert, RAW, Panorama, Long exposure (up to 16s), Double exposure, 50MP UltraHD modes
8. 1080@30fps, 2x-10x speed timelapse
9. 8MP Secondary camera, 1080p video recording
10. Cat. 4 LTE (150/50Mbps); dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, hotspot, Wi-Fi direct; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS/GLONASS; microUSB
11. 4,100mAh battery capacity ; VOOC fast charging
12. 3.5mm jack, active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
13. Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
1. Midrange chipset in a premium price handset
2. Sealed battery, microSD slot shared with second SIM
3. No NFC or FM radio
A flagship-grade chipset would have been most welcome, given the rest of the specs, but the R7 Plus makes do with Qualcomm's ubiquitous upper-midrange Snapdragon 615. So be it, it won't win performance awards but typically makes for a fine daily driver. The 3GB of RAM and a generous 32GB of expandable storage shouldn't leave you wanting either.