Oppo-Find-5-hands-on_600pxFirst there were rumors, then there was the confirmation, following this were the hands-on and the comparisons. Now, finally, the Oppo Find 5 has an official retail date – January 29th 2013. The 16GB model of the 5-inch full HD smartphone will go on pre-order in China for 2,998 yuan ($485) on January 15th. It is expected that it will start shipping on the 29th.

After the initial Chinese launch it is expected that the device will become available in the US. In December the company confirmed, on its Facebook page, that the Find 5 will be available in the U.S. There is still some confusion over its official release in Europe. Current reports imply that during the first three months of this year it will be released in Canada, UK, Spain, Australia, Germany, France, Belgium, Malaysia, Sweden, Singapore, Finland, Greece, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, Japan and Hong Kong.

The problem with a European release is that the stylish quad-core phone only supports 3G on 850, 1700, 1900 and 2100MHz. The key missing frequency for Europe is 900Mhz. Most of the networks in France and Finland use 900Mhz alongside 2100Mhz , also 900Mhz networks can be found in Demark, Poland, Romania and the UK.

For those who want to get their hands on the device before its official release outside of China, there are plenty of Chinese wholesalers who are taking orders now for the Oppo 5 with worldwide shipping available.

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