At their launch event today on Singapore, Chinese manufacturer OPPO have revealed what we must surely describe as the world’s thinnest ever smartphone. The new OPPO R5 is a remarkable 4.85mm thin, runs the new Octa-core processor from Qualcomm. The OPPO R5 is a 5.2 inch Android device with a 13MP rear camera, 5MP front facing camera and a build quality that really impresses. It will come to market for a price of around $500. Mobile geeks get hands on with the thinnest Android smartphone ever made.
We have seen thin smartphone devices before. In fact the current officially recognized Guinness Book of Records holder for thinnest smartphone is the yet to be released Elife S5.1 from Gionee. At only 4.85mm, that record must now surely belong the OPPO R5.
In fairness however, its not just about being thin. The hardware used in the construction of the Oppo R5 is also fantastic. The display is a bright 5.2 AMOLED panel at a Full HD 1080p resolution, and it looks bright with vibrant colors and superb viewing angles as you would expect from an AMOLED panel. In terms of performance you will have nothing to worry about as the device is getting the new Snapdragon 615 from Qualcomm, an Octa-core based processor that has four Cortex A53 cores at 1.8GHz and four clocked at 1.0Ghz. We haven’t had a chance to benchmark the device just yet, but you can expect plenty of power.
Don’t forget to watch our first ever hands on video featuring the OPPO R5:
The OPPO R5 is also fitted with a really solid camera. Due to the thinness of the device, the lens actually pops up above the surface of the back of the device (you know your device is thin when its too thin for a camera lens…). Your getting a Sony Exmor IMX214 sensor that packs a wide lens on the rear. There is also a build in 5MP camera on the front which should give you a solid selfie experience.
Other cool features include VOOC rapid charging, a feature we also saw on the OPPO Find 7. This means that you will experience considerably faster charging when using the supplied 4.5 Ampere output charger.
OPPO R5: Full Specifications
- 5.2-inch AMOLED (1080p – 423PPI)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octacore @2.1Ghz
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB Internal Storage
- 13MP Sony Exmor IMX214 BSI Sensor
- 5MP Front (facing 80 degree wide-angle lens)
- Micro SIM
- 2000mAh VOOC (Rapid Charge)
- 155 Grams
- 148.9mm x74.5mm x4.85mm
- Android 4.4 Color OS 2.0
- Silver, Gold, Grey
The OPPO R5 is a very impressive device and one that we look forward to getting hold of in the next few weeks. The build quality, and of course its ultra thin design, will impress anybody who picks up the device, but we also need to examine things like the cameras, overall performance battery life for example. I can’t wait to spend a few days with it. The OPPO R5 is expected to come to market with a price tag of 2999 Yuan or approximately $490.