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.
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. 


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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R5
  • 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

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40 Comments

1. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

holy s**t...

2. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 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

16. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 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.

24. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

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

3. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

I think it will easy to bend. so thin.

6. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

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

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

37. ucnic

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

The iPhone is a Chinese phone.

38. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Not really, it's from an American company.

4. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

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

5. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

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

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Wow Oppo, this thing is Gangnam Style!

40. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Lol, wrong country bro.

9. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

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

10. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

looks like Xperia Z3

11. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

12. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

23. walkman800

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

w.w.w.what??

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

14. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

15. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

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

17. tnuc2014

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

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

18. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

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

19. vuyonc

Posts: 1090; Member since: Feb 24, 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)

20. dome888

Posts: 86; Member since: Oct 10, 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.

21. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

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

22. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

25. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

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

26. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

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

27. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Mehh. 2000mAh is pathetic.

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