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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  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 2000 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.4
    OPPO ColorOS UI



39. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I say give it some thickness so it can have a better battery.

36. noteseries

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

sure its beauty... but it will bend n break easily

35. MartyK

Posts: 1045; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

I wonder do they update their phone at a faster pace than others.

33. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

to bad no headphone jack:)

32. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

I don't think this will bend like the iPhone 6+... Two things Oppo knows is hardware and build quality, they've been known for their build quality for sometime now. And they now how to make a very sturdy well built phone.

31. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

If Oppo, a chinese company can create such a sexy device. Why does the big name company with loads of cash, put out same phones years after year?

34. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

Oppo is a very successful company that really is the first of truly innovative Chinese manufacturers. They are trying harder than the rest because they feel they have something to prove. That special metal to cool the circuitry is pure genius.

30. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

So oppo has money to fund new devices but not 1+1,interesting .

28. WindowsiDroid

Posts: 138; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

Until phone makers made a 1 mm phone. This kind of "Thinner Phone" is so ridiculous but Oppo really did a great job.

27. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Mehh. 2000mAh is pathetic.

29. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

Tell me about it, its a race to the thinnest but at what cost?

26. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

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

25. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

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

22. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

21. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

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

20. dome888

Posts: 87; 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.

19. vuyonc

Posts: 1094; 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)

18. antmiu2

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

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

17. tnuc2014

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

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

15. dimas

Posts: 3465; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

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

14. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

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


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.

10. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

looks like Xperia Z3

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.

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.

4. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

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

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