This is a company that needs no more introductions. OPPO has well established itself as a reliable smartphone manufacturer that has something for everyone, from flagships to mid-rangers, from rotating cameras and faux leatherbacks to aluminum, from ColorOS to the more recent Project Spectrum.

If somehow the five-inch R7 was too small for you, and the six-inch R7 Plus was too big, OPPO is giving you more choice with the 5.5-inch R7s. However, it’s not just an in-between phone; while it is positioned between its siblings, it not only borrows the pros from both, but also takes it up a notch.

The unboxing experience is good, as we’ve learned to expect from OPPO by now, with the phone dead center, and a nice presentation of the bundled accessories. You get a VOOC rapid charger and its respective USB cable (you can spot them by the green accents), a pair of headphones, and even a clear silicone case should you want to protect the phone without concealing its looks. And yes, it looks good, and it feels just as good in the hand. After all, OPPO is, as of recently, the official sponsor of FC Barcelona.

Gold is currently the only version of the phone, and this could probably be the only reason for you to look away. While it looks great in person, not everyone’s a fan. But if move passed the shade, you’ll immediately have a great sensorial reward once you pick it up, from the 2.5D glass that’s slightly curved on the sides, to the nice fit and finish, chamfered edges, clicky buttons, substantial in-hand feel, and the super deep blacks of the AMOLED screen once you turn the phone on. It speaks premium regardless of the angle you’re looking at.

…and then you turn it on and meet Color OS, OPPO’s own Android 5.1.1-based custom user interface. Its story is similar to every other Android OEM skin out there, with its advantages and disadvantages.

Snappy is the proper word to describe the user experience. After the initial setup and some brief time spent with the phone, we can say that the R7s offers a fluid experience. That shouldn’t be a surprise, as it packs 4GB of RAM, more than its R7, and even its R7 Plus sibling. The processor is the same octa-core Snapdragon 615, and the 32GB internal storage can be easily augmented with the help of a microSD card that shares its slot with the second SIM in the removable tray, both SIMs being 4G enabled. We’re not quite sure how the 3,070mAh battery performs, but if the R7 and R7 Plus are of any indication, you shouldn’t have any problems whatsoever, especially with the included VOOC rapid charging system that will easily top your phone up in less than an hour. Additionally, OPPO claims that a “5 minute charge will give you 2 hours of talk time”, something we’ll have to confirm ourselves, as it also depends a lot on the network you’re on. Speaking of networks, there’s an international, US, and Taiwanese version of the phone, with support for LTE bands according to the region.

Last but not least, we had to fire up the camera, and, while it’s no iPhone 6s, Galaxy Note 5, G4, or Xperia Z5 Premium, your stills will definitely stand out from those made by other mid-range smartphones, and even some flagships. The cameras are identical to the other R7 models in the line-up: 13- and eight-megapixel shooters.

A pleasant surprise, that’s the proper first impressions of the OPPO R7s. A good looking phone to attract attention, snappy performance, a beautiful screen, powerful speaker, rapid charging, and an above-average camera.

We hope you enjoy our OPPO R7s unboxing and first impressions video, embedded below, for your viewing pleasure.

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