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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