News by Luke Jones on Monday February 02, 2015.
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The Oppo R5 is a barnstorming smartphone. It's not perfect by any means, but the sheer quality packed into is svelte 4.85mm thin frame (now the second thinnest smartphone) is an engineering feat on the part of the Chinese company. Oppo is so confident about this handset that it will be shipping around the world and will not just be in China.This Valentine's Day you can even grab a special edition of the smartphone, with a new Oppo R5 that is clad in gold. Not real gold, but paint, with the aluminum shell of the handset getting the new tint. Under the hood it is the same story, with 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. The gold R5 will land on February 14, but Oppo already has it up for pre-order.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.