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

Alongside the swiveling-camera N3, OPPO unveiled today the extraordinary thin OPPO R5. At 4.8 millimeter in thickness, the R5 is likely that thinnest phone you will actually be able to buy.

Published onOctober 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
2.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core (MSM8939)
Rear: 13MP, f 2.0, Sony Exmor IMX214 sensor, 4K video @ 30 fps, 120fps.
Front: 5MP, 80 degree wide angle
2,000 mAh, VOOC fast charging
FDD-LTE B1/3/7

GPS, microUSB 2.0, WiFi a/b/g/n, 5GHz, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
Android 4.4 Kitkat, Color OS 2
148.9 x 74.5 x 4.85 mm, 155 grams
Silver, 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.

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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.

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