Monsters from Asia: the ridiculously-thin, 4.85 mm Oppo R5

If you thought that the "skinny" trend within the smartphone industry is good and dead, then you needn't look any further than the fresh-of-the-conveyor-belt, 0.19 inches- / 4.85 mm-thick Oppo R5 to realize just how wrong that notion is. Nope, no typo there, folks – the phone's stainless steel body really is just 0.19 inches thick (though the camera bulges out a fair amount), and that does mean that a few compromises had to be made. That said, you'd e surprised to hear that the R5 is still plenty powerful and a perfect mid-ranger.

Let's start off with the screen – we're looking at a 5.2-inch AMOLED display with, according to Oppo, 180-degree viewing angles. Underneath, the company has fitted a 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 system chip with eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores – four clocked at 1.7GHs and four at 1GHz – along with an Adreno 405 GPU. There's also 2GB of RAM available, along with 16GB internal storage (no microSD card slot, though).

In terms of imaging, we're looking at a 13-megapixel Sony Exmor RS (IMX214) sensor, complemented by f/2.0 lens and an LED flash. The shooter has a few aces up its sleeve, including buttery-smooth 1080p video at 60 frames per second and 720p slow motion video (120 framers per second). And yes, that does mean there's no 4K UHD capture – likely because the device would melt under the extraordinary strain. As for the selfie camera up at the front, we've got a promising, 5-megapixel shooter with 83-degree wide angle, f/2.0 lens. The device is also powered by a small, 2000 mAh Li-Po battery that features Oppo's impressive VOOC quick charging. Finally, Oppo has loaded its skinned version of Android 4.4.4 KitKat, dubbed ColorOS.

So how much for the R5? As some of you will know, Oppo sells its devices at premium prices, at least in China, where this ultra-thin beauty costs ¥2999, or the equivalent of $486. That's not exactly cheap, but, hey, you can't put a price on style, can you? 

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  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh



1. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

I really hate this thin race. The only good about this is apple can't claim to have the thinnest phone.

2. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

as always, dragging apple.. lol!

9. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Well, Apple always tries to make their phone thinner and they are a big target to begin with. I personally don't think my phone to be too thin. There is the good overall body size and phone thinness ratio for me in order to feel good in hand.

3. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Why Samsung, LG and Sony are not included in the "Monsters from Asia" thing?

4. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

+HTC .

6. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Monsters only available in Asia might more accurate but not as cool sounding.

5. razraptre

Posts: 168; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I friggin hope Microsoft or some brand creates 2" behemoth phones that beat every other phone in every category; camera, OS, raw specs, ease of use, durability etc Then I can go online and laugh at the complaints on size.

7. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

I love how these mid range specs are still way above apples haha

8. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014


10. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Somehow i think the lack of 3.5mm jack has made this phone worthless to me...

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