News by Luke Jones on Wednesday October 29, 2014.
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Oppo's launch event today saw the Chinese company unveil two new devices, the N3 flagship and this, the Oppo R5, a handset that comes with a defining feature. This is the world's thinnest smartphone at just 4.85mm, beating out the current title holder, the Gionee Elife S5.1. It really does look amazing and Oppo has done a good job cramming some solid specs into that barely there chassis. In terms of looks the R5 is hardly anything spectacular but matches up to most others in the mid-range market. Of course, the defining thing here really is that thinness, and it turns an ordinary looking smartphone into something that stands out. There is also a premium tinge to the device thanks to the all-metal body, although there is one obvious limitation to a smartphone this thin, with the camera module visibly protruding from the rear panel. In terms of specs, Oppo has crafted a surprisingly robust mid-range charger. The device as a 5.2-inch Full HD 1080p AMOLED panel, 423ppi, a 64-bit octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (quad 2.1GHz and quad 1.5GHz), and 2GB of RAM. The goodies do not stop there as the Oppo R5 also gets a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front facing unit. There have been some sacrifices to get that thin look, with the handset packing a tiny 2,000 mAh battery pack, while there is only 16GB of on board storage with no card slot. That lack of juice will put some off, but Oppo thinks it has a solution in the form of VOOC rapid charging. This feature claims to power up the device from 0 percent to 70 percent in just 30 minutes, something we will certainly like to test in the wild. Software is taken care of by Android 4.4 KitKat, but with Oppo's own Color OS 2.0 baked on top, which is kind of a take it or leave it Android skin. There are some good new features though, such as the ability to now drag the gesture panel up from the home button, making it possible to use gestures to open apps or some other service. For example, some of the default gestures include a V for turning on the flashlight or a W to launch the WeChat service. Oppo also has a new camera app to show off. This new suite of features comes with "HD Picture" (to make super detailed 64-megapixel images), "Slow Shutter," "Beautify," "Professional," "Super Macro," "GIF mode" and more. As for price, the Oppo R5 looks like being available worldwide (unlike the preceding R3). It is scheduled to roll out across the globe during December and will cost $499 on release with silver, gold, and grey versions, about right I think for this hardware.
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