Oppo launches the U3 in China - a 5.9" behemoth with an octa-core 64-bit chipset inside

After a handful of rumors and speculations, Oppo's latest piece of tech silently landed on the Chinese market today - meet the bigger brother of the Oppo N3 and the Oppo R5, the spic-and-span Oppo U3. Sporting a large 5.9" display, the device is among the behemoth's in Oppo's portfolio, dwarfing the slightly smaller N3 and being a Goliath when compared with David, the Oppo R5.

Up front, we have a large 5.9-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels, which is covering 75% of the Oppo U3's front side. Inside the device, one can find a 64-bit MediaTek MT6752 chipset with eight cores that can run up at up to 1.7GHz when more resource-demanding tasks are at hand.

Two gigabytes of RAM, 16GB of native storage, and a 3,000mAh battery at the back. A 13MP rear camera with a Sony IMX124 sensor completes the specs sheet, whereas a 5MP snapper can be found at the front.

The Oppo U3 also comes with two SIM card slots (a micro SIM and a nano SIM) and is LTE-enabled. It is running on the company's in-house ColorOS 2.0.1, which is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat, and also dons a ton of additional gesture-based features that aid single-handed usage.

Apart from these, the U3 has been also adorned with a dedicated audio-processing chip, AK4961, as well as Oppo's VOOC fast-charging technology, which will charge your device to roughly 75% for half an hour. 

Interestingly enough, Oppo has also uncovered a weird rabbit tail case for the device, which is nothing else but a... white ball of far that attached to the rear cover. It is said that this accessory will aid users in their quest of handling the device, but better don't drop the device!

At the moment, the Oppo U3 is only available in China, where it sells for a price tag, equivalent of roughly $451. There is no word, however, if the device will land on other markets. 

source: Oppo via GizmoChina



1. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

does it have 4x optical zoom as in the leaks?

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Oppo phones are costly.

3. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Not sure about that. At least here in North Borneo (East Malaysia) they are pretty inexpensive than the likes of Samsung, HTC and etc. Find 7a cost RM1400 where the S5 is RM1999.

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Here in India, costs are higher than Lenovo and Huawei, according to brand recognition and specs wise they are costly, prices are almost similar to S5 of Find 7 and 7a.

8. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

It's around SGD 200 cheaper in Singapore compared to say s5

4. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

The looks and specs is above decent for me. I underestimated Oppo before but that has changed when I bought the Find 7a, a really great phone for the price.

6. Cyagocaliz unregistered

iPhone > This big junk.

7. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014


10. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

I would not say it is a junk but the iPhone is sure better, they are not in the same price range, so it is hard to compare. Even if it is better, it will show no glory...

9. lekeola35

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 21, 2015

i would rather settled for jiayu s3 or iocean mt6752 rock, they have same specs

11. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Reminds me of quite a lot of Chinese phones

12. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

5.9" chassis and yet with just an approximately 3000mAh batt to me is a non-starter. This thin and light movement can kiss my sweet behind for all I care. I won't have a problem w/ this if anyone can come back with MT6752's efficiency numbers.

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