Oppo’s been a busy smartphone manufacturer over the past few weeks it seems. After announcing the powerful new R7s last week, the company has followed things up by unveiling a much more modest effort; named the Neo 7.
For those after a new smartphone and not willing to pay upward of £200, the Oppo Neo 7 may well prove to be an ideal handset – although there isn’t too much information about when it will be hitting the UK, if at all…
If you’re expecting flagship specs then prepare to be disappointed, as the Neo 7 targets a much lower end of the mobile market. Its 5” display avoids the HD hype by offering up a 540x960 resolution, so don’t expect the sharpest of images to show up on the handset.
Beneath the display you’ll find a Snapdragon 410 Chipset and a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, both of which do the job but aren’t exactly spectacular additions. 1GB RAM also makes its way into the handset, offering more than enough for general use as well, although it might struggle if you’re an avid multitasker.
16GB of internal memory is included, although if you’re in need of extra space you can also make use of the MicroSD Card slot which is also found on the Oppo handset. Elsewhere, a 2420mAh battery offers up a day’s worth of charge, as long as you use the phone as you would normally – so no YouTube or Netflix binges and you’ll be fine.
If you’re in need of a decent camera then you should find the Neo 7 of use as well. Sporting a relatively average 8 megapixel rear lens, the Oppo device meets industry standard for sure, whilst selfies are dealt with by a 5mp effort, which is also a good effort.
Normally, if you’re in the market for a cheaper device, you don’t tend to see that many great designs. Sure, some cheaper devices look nice, but very few meet the bar which the Oppo Neo 7 has set.
Coming in black or white, the Oppo Neo 7 might not boast the biggest selection of colours, but they look brilliant, and offer two metallic frames to pick from. You can grab a silver or gold trim, which tops off the 7.6mm profile of the device very well.
The 5” display dominates the front of the phone, whilst the back is also kept neat and tidy with its reflective chassis. Weighing in at 141g, the Oppo handset won’t be weighing you down either, making it a worthy addition to any pocket.
The only problem us in the UK will have is actually buying the phone, which is yet to be given a firm launch date. It will however, launch this week in Asia, so importing the device shouldn’t be too much of an issue. You can expect to see the Oppo handset cost around £130 sim-free.
Written by Luke Hatfield