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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