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The world's thinnest phone to date breaks cover: meet the 4.85mm-thin, 64-bit Oppo R5

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The world's thinnest phone to date breaks cover: meet the 4.85mm-thin, 64-bit Oppo R5

At this point, it seems that the race for thinner, leaner, and slender handsets won't stop anytime soon. During the past year or so, a number of different smartphones took the crown and reigned supreme in the slim department, most notably this year's Gionee Elife S5.5 and the 2013's Huawei Ascend P6. As usual, once you get at the top, almost everybody can take aim at you.

Such is the case with Oppo, the China-based manufacturer that is known for the devices such as the Oppo N1, the hot-out-of-the-oven Oppo N3, and the Oppo Find 7a, but henceforth it will be also known as the maker behind the world's slimmest phone - with dimensions of the 148.9 x 74.5 x 4.85mm, the Oppo R5 is the first device to wander into sub-5mm territory with its extremely slender, 3D-welded aluminum profile of 4.85mm. We'll let that one sink in. Yes, it's the thinnest smartphone at the moment (and don't get us wrong, this is an impressive milestone overall), yet it's note the sole highlight of this razor-thin trooper.

At 4.85mm, the Oppo R5 is the thinnest smartphone in the world

Inside the device, Oppo has fitted a phase-shifting, heat-absorbing material that adornd the device with optimal thermal efficiency, as Oppo puts it. Neat. The manufacturer has packed some pretty adequate hardware inside the device, too. See, the front is graced by a 5.2-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. This puts the pixel density of the Oppo R5 on par with the one of the Sony Xperia Z3 - 423ppi. The piece of silicon that churns the nuts and bolts of the Oppo R5 is a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 SoC comprising eight Cortex-A53 cores and humming at up to 1.5GHz – not the most potent chipset we've seen, but it should do the job just fine, shouldn't it? 

In the meantime, an Adreno 405 GPU takes care of crushing graphics. The 2GB of RAM in the slim newcomer make sure that the average Joe will have little to no trouble with multitasking. At the back of the device, we can find a 13MP, f/2.0 Sony IMX214 camera sensor, which protrudes just like one of the more popular smartphones at the moment (we are looking at you, iPhone 6). The camera has a number of interesting features, like Fast Focus, subsequent re-focus, and Ultra HD, which stitches several images and creates a 50MP one. The front-facing snapper is a 5MP one, yet we no little to nothing about its aperture. 

The world's thinnest phone to date breaks cover: meet the 4.85mm-thin, 64-bit Oppo R5

However, there's a certain aspect of the specs sheet that, logically, is kind of disappointing - the Li-Poly powerbank at the back of the R5 has a rather small capacity of 2,000mAh, which is a result of the extremely thin silhouette of Oppo's handset. After all, you can't cram a large battery in such a slim profile without sacrificing a sizeable portion of the battery's capacity. Thanks to Oppo's VOOC mini charger, however, charging the powerbank probably won't take very long - you get 75% of battery juice for 30 minutes plugged in the charger.

At the moment, Oppo has not disclosed any bits of info about the availability of the Oppo R5, yet we know that it will flaunt a $499 price tag. What's the verdict?


source: Oppo via GSMArena

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posted on 29 Oct 2014, 04:57 14

1. Tritinum (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 May 2014)


holy s**t...

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 05:03 7

2. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)


God, that protruding camera is so damn sexy. ._.
I just can't imagine holding it. How is it comfortable to hold it, anyways?
If I just accidentaly put that phone in my back pocket and sit on it, would it break? o.e

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 06:35

16. dimas (Posts: 1804; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


It may not break. But that camera dent might give your butt a square stamping if you sit on it for a long time.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 08:39

24. sniper1087 (Posts: 499; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


I still don't get why would you put a computer in your pocket and sit on it "John Legere's words"

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 05:04

3. ruwie (Posts: 95; Member since: 25 Sep 2014)


I think it will easy to bend. so thin.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 05:17 3

6. zacsaturday (Posts: 199; Member since: 09 May 2014)


that is why i think only flexible phones (LG G Flex) would be able to be that thin.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 05:26 11

7. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Well, Chinese phones these days are more durable than iPhones, especially the well-known ones like Oppo, Huawei, Vivo, Xiaomi etc.

I expect this thing to bend, and can bend it back to original shape.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 23:29 1

37. ucnic (Posts: 5; Member since: 24 Oct 2014)


The iPhone is a Chinese phone.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 23:38

38. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Not really, it's from an American company.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 05:08 9

4. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Can we go thinner? I didnt expect Oppo to do this, but its amazing nonetheless.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 05:16 5

5. zacsaturday (Posts: 199; Member since: 09 May 2014)


Yes apparently, VIVO BBK is planning a 3.8mm device, thats half the thickness than the iPhone 5s

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 05:27 3

8. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Wow Oppo, this thing is Gangnam Style!

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 23:32

40. Fazz1977 (Posts: 153; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


Lol, wrong country bro.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 05:44 2

9. refillable (Posts: 1038; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Being honest alright... I don't really like this Idea. But it is an outstanding achievement indeed.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 05:44

10. Vinayakn73 (Posts: 191; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


looks like Xperia Z3

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 05:50 3

11. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Wow this phone looks really, really good. Loving the design especially. I must say this is the first OPPO phone that has gotten my attention.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 06:04 3

12. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Time to spoil the party: This device doesn't have a 3.5mm audio jack (at least according to GSMArena)

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 08:35 1

23. walkman800 (Posts: 113; Member since: 26 Aug 2014)


w.w.w.what??

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 06:08

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 19387; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Nice phone, but wait till Lou from Unboxtherapy gets a hold of it.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 06:20

14. sar44 (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


seventh amoled smartphone without flickering
http://forum.xda-developers.com/note-4/general/screen-flicker-pwm-t2905778/page2

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 06:28

15. dimas (Posts: 1804; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


That ugly portruding camera and small battery. Brittle phones and wallhugging must be the new technology trend in China.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 07:12

17. tnuc2014 (Posts: 216; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


c'mon You Tube.....bend this little f**ker!!!

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 07:21 1

18. antmiu2 (Posts: 294; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


I feel like this phone can easily snap in half :/ looks sexy though

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 07:28

19. vuyonc (Posts: 983; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Imagine if it was ~7mm thick having the same components. Would have packed a significantly juicier battery (2600 mAh at least would have been fine)

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 07:28 1

20. dome888 (Posts: 71; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


i don't understand where phone companies got the idea that users wan't very thin phone. battery life is the second most important.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 07:47

21. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1981; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


wow looks like this phone had never eaten for weeks! and that's the beauty of it.now who can top that?

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 08:24

22. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


At least this thin beast won't have a #bengate

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 09:56

25. Awalker (Posts: 1363; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


They should have made it thicker to accommodate a headphone jack and bigger battery.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 10:24 1

26. skymitch89 (Posts: 1284; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


So, how many people are going to complain about the "protruding" camera on this device?

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 10:38

27. haikallp (Posts: 181; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Mehh. 2000mAh is pathetic.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 11:23

29. Armchair_Commentator (Posts: 222; Member since: 08 May 2014)


Tell me about it, its a race to the thinnest but at what cost?

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 10:49

28. WindowsiDroid (Posts: 133; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


Until phone makers made a 1 mm phone. This kind of "Thinner Phone" is so ridiculous but Oppo really did a great job.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 11:33

30. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)


So oppo has money to fund new devices but not 1+1,interesting .

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 11:50 2

31. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


If Oppo, a chinese company can create such a sexy device. Why does the big name company with loads of cash, put out same phones years after year?

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 18:11

34. Bozzor (Posts: 169; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Oppo is a very successful company that really is the first of truly innovative Chinese manufacturers. They are trying harder than the rest because they feel they have something to prove. That special metal to cool the circuitry is pure genius.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 12:18

32. Twisted247 (Posts: 282; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


I don't think this will bend like the iPhone 6+... Two things Oppo knows is hardware and build quality, they've been known for their build quality for sometime now.

And they now how to make a very sturdy well built phone.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 14:19

33. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1981; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


to bad no headphone jack:)

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 18:21

35. MartyK (Posts: 752; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


I wonder do they update their phone at a faster pace than others.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 22:37

36. noteseries (Posts: 80; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


sure its beauty... but it will bend n break easily

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 15:45

39. Stuntman (Posts: 835; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I say give it some thickness so it can have a better battery.

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