Everybody might be talking about the iPhone 5 right now and how it stacks up against the Samsung Galaxy S3 or HTC One X, but in just a few short months we might have an entire new set of contenders for the title of the world’s fastest smartphone.
LG’s Optimus G is heavily advertised and will most likely enjoy a release by the end of October, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has already been unveiled and should hit the market in a month or so, while rumors about HTC’s Verizon-bound phablet gain traction by the day.
Meanwhile, in a more distant corner of the world someone is rather quietly preparing to blow us away with one fellow whose spec sheet leaves us out of metaphors. The Oppo Find 5 had a couple of details revealed more than a week ago, and now is back to claim the title of the “world’s first 1080p smartphone”.
At least that’s what Oppo Mobile CEO Chen Mingyong is saying about the Find 5 “phablet”, because chances are HTC’s big guy will come with a similar display. Before we learn something rock-solid about the HTC “Droid Incredible X” though, let's give Oppo its 15 minutes of fame.
The Find 5 is not the first remarkable smartphone effort from the China-based tech manufacturer. In fact, Oppo seems to be all about record breaking, with the Finder being the world’s thinnest phone (partially challenged now by the iPhone 5), and the Find 5 X909 claiming the title of thinnest quad-core handheld.
Getting back to the Find 5, let’s see exactly what made me run out of metaphors. Well, aside from the 5-inch display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution and 441 ppi pixel density mentioned a week ago, it seems that the beast will also come with 2 GB of RAM, a 12 MP rear-facing shooter, a 2 MP front-facing camera, 16 or 32 GB of on-board memory, as well as a 2,500 mAh battery.
The battery’s capacity sounds particularly juicy, and, although it will be modest compared with the Razr Maxx HD’s 3,300 mAh unit or the Note 2’s 3,100 mAh, it will significantly undercut the one powering the Galaxy S3 or the HTC One X. On the flipside, it seems that Oppo has chosen to go the non-removable way, which is not a very popular option right now.
Wrapping up the specs known at this time, there’s a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. The S4 Pro CPU powering the Find 5 might be another reason for Oppo to brag about records and firsts, being yet to be seen inside a released gadget. The only other handhelds confirmed to come equipped with the processor are the LG Optimus G and the Xiaomi Mi-Two, both with ETAs set for the next couple of months.
Unfortunately, there's still no mention about Find 5′s pricing and availability, so chances are it will join the show after HTC's phablet, LG's Optimus G and Xiaomi's Mi-Two. Even more worrying is that Oppo's bosses are reluctant to say anything about a possible release outside Asia.