The Otium U5 is a Chinese manufacturer's take on slim bezels

The Otium U5 is a Chinese manufacturer's take on slim bezels
It didn't take long before an underdog Chinese manufacturer saw the Sharp Aquos Crystal with its nearly invisible bezels and said to itself "we can make nearly invisible bezels too!" That's how the Otium U5 was born! Well, not quite. Technically, it's more of a rework of the already available Ulefone U5, but the side and top bezels surrounding the 5.5-inch 540x960 laminated display seem skinnier than what the Ulefone had to offer.

If the resolution led you to the conclusion that this is an entry-level device, you are quite right. It has a quad-core MT6582 chipset, and the rest of its internals probably mirror the $130 Ulefone U5 as well. That's a Mali-400 graphics unit (who knew the ol' girl had so much life in her?), 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear cam, 2MP front cam, and a 2800mAh battery. There's no LTE, and we aren't quite sure whether the Otium U5 has dual front-facing stereo speakers, or is merely punctured for decoration. But we got to love the dotted styling of the software keys. Hopefully, the smartphone runs something more recent than Android 4.2.

The Otium U5's price and release date haven't been outed yet, but we expect this one to be on the cheap. Such phones usually don't sell outside of China by means of official dealership, but importing them is generally easy these days. The U5 supports 3G (WCDMA 2100/850 (HSDPA), and 2G (GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) networks, so be sure to check whether it supports your carrier's bands.


via GizChina

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11 Comments

1. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Actually that's friggin nice. If the build quality is good we've got a winner here.

7. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

if it comes with a $200 or lower price tag, I'll think about getting one just to say I have it XD Or throw in a better spec and priced at $450-$600, then I'll buy one for the look.

2. ishan.heru

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

Lets do the drop test of this thing as soon as it comes out :)

11. Enddo

Posts: 53; Member since: May 26, 2014

This is really what we need to see done

3. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2260; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Good design but the dotted top and bottom is just decoration.speaker might be on back.if only it has top specs..

4. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

This is sweet. Dear Samsung please take ''note''

5. jcdz89

Posts: 78; Member since: Mar 01, 2013

Not only it has slim bezels its a looker unlike aquos crystal.

6. UglyFrank

Posts: 2191; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

HTC need to take notes, they fit stereo speakers and a bigger battery and have less bezels than the one series

8. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Make this a 5" and I'll want for nothing.

9. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I think slimmer bezel design is reasonable, manufactures just don't want to take risk.

10. Cyrus.I

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

The screen resolution killed it for me. Sharp Aquos Crystal is a better option, in my opinion. Even without the front facing speakers.

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