Mar 18

Oppo R7 – the future thinnest phone?

Oppo R7 Initial

Oppo has been a trailblazer in the smartphone industry. Late last year, the company released the world’s slimmest smartphone, the Oppo R5, until rival company Vivo snatched the title with their own thinnest phone. Oppo looks to get the crown back by developing a successor to the R5.

Thinnest phone title

Two years ago, Oppo Finder X907 was listed as the world’s slimmest smartphone at 6.65 mm until competitor brands ZTE, Huawei, Vivo and Gionee released their own versions which surpassed the Oppo Finder. Oppo once again claimed the thinnest smartphone title back in December 2014 with Oppo R5 measuring at 4.85 mm, beating Gionee Elife S5.1 at 5.1 mm thick. However, the victory was short-lived as Vivo X5 Max was released shortly after, boasting a thickness of only 4.75 mm.

Vivo X5 Max vs Oppo R5

Which is thinner? Above: Oppo R5; Below: Vivo X5 Max

Out to regain the crown?

Recently, Oppo applied for the relevant telecommunications certification, with a new model for the Oppo R series. The code name of the phone is Oppo R7f and it reportedly is the successor of the R5. It may eventually be released with the name Oppo R7. As with the R5, an ultra-thin body will be the core selling point of the product. The phone is rumored to grab the title of world’s thinnest smartphone away from Vivo X5 Max.

Oppo R7 to use MT6795

Reports spread that Oppo R7f will adopt the latest MediaTek chip, the high-end 64-bit Octa-core CPU MT6795 (Helio X10). The smartphone could be one of the first to utilize MT6795 as its processor. MT6795 runs at up to 2.2 GHz and supports 2K display with a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution. MediaTek processors have become the choice of many Chinese brands as they offer efficient power consumption and optimized design for slim phones while being priced lower than other chipsets of similar capabilities.

Oppo R7 is expected to be launched later this year. Stay tuned for updates.

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