If you are obsessed with unlocked devices and frequent Android updates, then the Oppo Find 5 might be the smartphone of your dreams. This unlocked Android device works on AT&T and T-Mobile, and the manufacturer promises to push out over-the-air updates every two weeks. We just received the new black Oppo Find 5, so we thought we should unbox this interesting device and see how it measures up.
Oppo Digital is primarily known for its upconverting DVD and Blu-ray players, but this Chinese electronics manufacturer has recently been producing some quality Android smartphones. Even though the parent company is based in China, Oppo has regional offices in Mountain View, CA, also known as the location of the Googleplex.
The Oppo Find 5 supports DC-HSPA+ on the 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz bands, so it was designed for the US market and it operates on AT&T and T-Mobile. Unfortunately, 4G LTE is not supported like in the HTC One Developer Edition, but the Oppo Find 5 does feature a lower starting price point.
If you need at least 32GB of internal storage, then the unlocked HTC One might be a better deal since it’s priced at $574. We still need to spend some more quality time with the Oppo Find 5, but HTC’s support for LTE networks might give it a narrow victory.
The full specs of the Oppo Find 5 are quite impressive, but it’s the lure of bi-monthly software updates that are the real attraction here. Oppo invites their customers to join the official Oppo Forums to share their suggestions, and then they release over-the-air updates based on that feedback.
Check back in a couple weeks for a full Oppo Find 5 review (after I finish the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 reviews), and check out the quick unboxing below. If you have any questions related to Oppo, just leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer them.