Oppo Find 5

The GPL license requires that Android handset makers release the Linux kernel source code for their devices. Unfortunately, many of the lesser known manufacturers tend to ignore the agreement altogether. Luckily, Oppo isn’t one of these companies, as it is has now released the source to its official forum.

Ideally, all companies would release the kernel source prior to launching their products, or at the very least on the same day. The Oppo Find 5 has actually been around for about a month now.

Even if a little later than we’d like, a smaller vendor like Oppo complying to the GPL is still a very good step in the right direction. It also shows that Oppo is interested in really standing out from the crowd of Chinese handset makers out there.

Having the kernel source code available for the Find 5 is certainly good news, and really opens up the door for developers. There is a lot to like about the Find 5, from its stylish body to its true HD display and quad-core processor. Basically you get HTC Droid DNA hardware but at a very affordable $499 for the 16GB model in the United States.

For those that like messing around with custom ROMs and other modding efforts, the Oppo Find 5 might be a decent option but unless you are really drawn in by its 5-inch 1080p display, you will probably still be better served by the $349 16GB LG Nexus 4. It likely just comes down to design preference and how important an HD display is to you.

What do you think of the Oppo Find 5, interested in picking it up or do you feel there are plenty of other similarly spec’d devices out there from better known brands?

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
  • Calamity Sam

    $299 16GB LG Nexus 4, or $350? I should know as I own a 16GB version :)

    • Andrew Grush

      Sorry, typed the wrong price. Had $299 on the brain for some reason. Fixed now. Thanks!

  • Sefa

    heey bro I m from Turkey.Can you gift me one s3 ?

  • Damon

    It really cost about $400 for Nexus 4 16GB after you pay tax and shipping. I would rather pay the extra $150 for a 5 inch Full HD Display and outstanding design to go along with it. The Find 5 is built like a tank with excellent materials and a full metal surround making it a solid device with a 2500ma battery also. It a beautiful device. You can buy it at oppostyle.com 16GB $499 or 32GB $569. It has great reviews also, check out YouTube AndroidAuthority review f the Oppo Find 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZ-wX43PFLw

  • I got my OPPO Find 5 one week ago by oppostyle. Shipping same day to germany.
    My best phone, now. I´m using S3, Iphone 5 and Note 2. But I ordered today the Oppo Find 5 32 GB again.