OPPO announces Neo 7 with modest specs, mirror finish

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Global smartphone brand OPPO has announced a refresh model under the Neo line, following the naming scheme of other creations in the company’s stable. Say hello to the OPPO Neo 7 (OPPO, unsurprisingly, chose to skip the Neo 6 entirely), an Android Lollipop-based phone with modest specs and a design that features a metallic trim and a glossy, mirror-like finish on the back.

The Neo 7 improves on its predecessor with a more capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, a larger IPS screen that spans 5 inches across, a bigger 2,420mAh battery, double the onboard storage at 8GB, and more megapixels — 8 megapixels, to be exact — for the rear-facing camera.

The OPPO Neo 7 is basically a bigger, more souped-up version of the previous model.

To reiterate, the phone runs OPPO’S own ColorOS 2.1 software atop Android 5.1 Lollipop. So, yes, this Neo successor is basically a bigger, more souped-up version of the previous model. Specs-wise, it’s akin to the OPPO Mirror 5 but with half the RAM.

Now, before you shrug off OPPO’S latest effort as a minor update over the existing hardware, do note that a larger screen could bring big benefits to your smartphone experience. Never mind that ColorOS 2.1 introduces several key improvements over version 2.0, including redesigned icons, shorter boot times, faster app-loading speeds, and stability tweaks for the system.

There’s no word on the Neo 7’s local pricing and availability just yet, though OPPO Philippines has already begun teasing a handset that bears a striking resemblance to the device in question on social media.

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 16 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between.