Oppo R5 announced: hands-on with a crazy thin smartphone

by: Joshua VergaraOctober 29, 2014

Alongside the swiveling-camera N3, Oppo unveiled today the extraordinarily thin Oppo R5. At 4.85 millimeters in thickness, the R5 is likely the thinnest phone you will actually be able to buy.

We were fortunate to get an early preview of this amazing device and here’s what you need to know about the Oppo R5’s specs, features, price, and availability.

oppo r5 first look (5 of 18)

Oppo R5 specs and features

Display5.2-inch AMOLED, Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 423 ppi
Processor2.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core (MSM8939)
CameraRear: 13MP, f 2.0, Sony Exmor IMX214 sensor, 4K video @ 30 fps, 120fps.
Front: 5MP, 80 degree wide angle
Battery2,000 mAh, VOOC fast charging
FDD-LTE B1/3/7
ConnectivityGPS, microUSB 2.0, WiFi a/b/g/n, 5GHz, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
SoftwareAndroid 4.4 Kitkat, Color OS 2
Dimensions148.9 x 74.5 x 4.85 mm, 155 grams
ColorsSilver, Golden, Grey

Judging from the processor inside the Oppo R5, you’d be tempted to dismiss this striking device as a mid-ranger. The Snapdragon 615 processor is a octa-core, but Qualcomm positions it in the middle of the range, behind the high-end 805/810 bracket. However, the rest of the components in the Oppo R5 are quite impressive – you get 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, a beautiful AMOLED Full HD display, a 13MP camera with a Sony sensor (similar to what you got in Oppo’s devices from last year), and a respectable (for the phone’s thickness) 2,000 mAh battery.

The most exciting thing about the R5 is, of course, its design. The phone is just 4.85 millimeters thick, which may be a record, given that several Chinese phonemakers announced devices with similar sizes. All things considered, the Oppo R5 is the thinnest device from a major international player.

oppo r5 first look (1 of 18)

It’s not just the thickness that’s impressive – the R5 features a straight metallic frame and angular corners, with this motif carrying on to the camera module. The camera, however, protrudes visibly, a tradeoff that Oppo had to make to shave off millimeters without affecting image quality.

On the inside, Oppo says that the R5 features a special cooling system made of a “phase-shifting” material, that absorbs heat and helps keep the tight confines of the device at reasonable temperatures.

Like the Oppo N3, the R5 comes with a VOOC Mini fast charger, that should allow you to juice up the 2,000 battery very fast. The camera comes with many of the software features present on the N3, including HD Picture, GIF pictures, tracking focus and more.

The Android 4.4 KitKat-based Color OS 2.0 doesn’t bring many visual changes compared to the last iteration of the OS, but keeps all the software features Oppo is known for, including on-screen gesture shortcuts.

Price and availability

The Oppo R5 will be available for $499 in the following months. We will update this post when we learn details about the N3’s availability by country – from past launches, we think the N3 will be available in China and other East Asian markets first, but global availability is still in question.

  • Blowntoaster

    slim chassis at the expense of the battery… :P
    nice design though.

    • Andrew T Roach

      Under 2000mah works fine for iOS. Sounds like a software problem.

  • wat

    I wonder if this phone and the other AMOLED screens coming out now (Nexus 6, Moto X which is 5.2 like this and also the same as the S5, Droid Turbo which is 5.2 inch 2K like the S5 from Korea) are coming from Samsung.

    • xoj_21

      likely samsung but not the lastest panels like s4 panels structure

  • systemupdate

    How does the Snapdragon 615 work? Is it like Samsung 4+4 and throttles between them?

  • msal

    – 2000 mAh battery
    – No headphone jack
    – An awful skin that makes TouchWiz look good

    Nothing to see here folks.

    • Милен Стефанов

      Did “USB-to-3.5mm Audio Adaptor” means something to you?

      • Andrew Camilleri

        That’s a horrible compromise.

        • Милен Стефанов

          Did I say “It’s great idea to use adaptor” ? But you want 3.5mm- you have 3,5mm. Don’t like it- use bluetooth headset.

      • Brought me back to the OG mytouch3g days; god it was horrible. Never ever again deal with a USB-to-3.5mm audio adapter. Super obsolete and a terrible idea.

    • Rick_Deckard


    • Viswanathan P

      – An awful skin that makes TouchWiz look good! true words

    • drifter77

      The phase-shifting material that gives better heat management looks interesting. This should be introduced mainstream to reduce the effect of overheating. Still have to see if it works though.

    • Nikie Lima

      Agreed. Not into R5 at all.

  • BiBiBomBiBi

    Ugly. Pass.

    • Jayfeather787

      It’s a phone mate. Not a mirror.

      • BiBiBomBiBi

        Wrong. Phones are life style products nowadays.

        • MadCowOnAStick

          *sigh* you didn’t get the joke

          • Frank Bank

            i got it I just didn’t laugh

      • Frank Bank

        thank goodness for the joke about someone else

  • Goos

    Snapdragon 615 is a powerful octa-core 64 bit soc.
    It’s not far from snapdragon 801 in terms of performance, but with a much better battery efficiency.

    So, the 2000 mAh battery is more than enough for such a device.

  • MasterMuffin

    This is (probably) cheaper competitor to Galaxy Alpha. The SoC is awesome!

  • Vedran Ukay

    Waiting for paper thin. This is fatty.

    • Luís Jerónimo

      you can allways pretend you’ve some paper printed phone :)

  • Mohamad Haris Ishak

    Again..will it bend?

  • Shark Bait

    That is crazy thin. However I feel twice the thickness and a monster battery would be better.
    Let’s hope they do a MAXXX version with a 6,000mAh battery in there

  • Ugh, when will manufacturers learn that people don’t want thin phones (other than to say “Hey look! Mine’s the thinnest phone in the world!”)? We want larger batteries!

  • Jack Parker

    Nice, although the price is a bit high

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  • flye

    Will this bend?

    Sometimes manufacturer should bear in mind that not all things should be as thin as possible.

    Look at the camera sticking out, and no 3.5mm jack, losing functionality while trying to fight in thickness is pointless

  • Sibananda Sahu

    There is a conflict in the display size in the Oppo website itself.

    This image says it has 5.2:

    But the spec details say it has 5.5

  • Alex

    You say the processor is clocked at 2.1GHz, other websites peg it at 1.7GHz, yet the product page on OPPO’s website (http://global.oppo.com/en/products/r5/) lists the CPU clock speed as 1.5GHz. What’s the deal with these discrepancies? Does is vary this much or did you just get the specs wrong? (honest question, not looking to trash your article or anything)

  • crutchcorn

    Again…. Thinness…. UGH

  • Jaden

    My gawd… The back design looks like an abomination between the iPhone 5 and the note III

  • Wayne Peterkin

    All you misinformed people bashing USB audio have no idea of what you are saying. You are all so sad. Don’t any of you know that USB audio is better than the 3.5mm audio jack when it comes to quality on our modern day Android phones?

    • Dwayne ‘Derp’ Peterkin

      so youre outputting digital audio over usb to an analog headset? right.

      analog audio is coming out of that port when you use the adapter. its still subject to the DA conversion present in other phones 3.5mm jack.

      • Wayne Peterkin

        Sigh, fool, have you ever tried it before?

      • Wayne Peterkin

        Don’t you think that there is a reason as to why I’d go through the trouble of using an adapter? It’s something else that I’d have to carry around. Do you not even notice How bad most smartphones are as sources by themselves? Really…..Don’t you think that I’d at least try the headphone jack out without the amp first to determine if it is up to par? I’m basing my knowledge off years of experience. Tell me, how did you arrive at your conclusion? From the sounds of it, you’re guessing.

  • All that bloatware.. slows down the os

  • leenwen

    May be it is very easy to break up,but who knows ,someone just like it.http://www.minimalandroid.com/thinnest-phone-oppo-r5-reviews/

  • mathew
  • Thin and elegant looking and not a bad price but what’s the point if it has such a weak battery (2000 mAh) and only 16 GB storage with no SD card slot? How did it get so heavy with such a thin screen? – 155 grams and only a 5.2 inch screen versus 149 grams for the LG G3 with a 5.5 inch screen. This phone may look good but it seems to me to be a extreme case of style over substance.

  • Superuser

    I honestly can’t wait to get my hands on one of these phones… it looks super sexy and slim, and it has a premium look to it. Of course, I will be rooting it and installing cyanogenmod since colorOS isn’t something I fancy, but overall it looks like a solid phone.