Oppo is one of those quality, high-end Chinese smartphone manufacturers, though they prices tend to be rather high as well. Oppo even managed to attract some attention from consumers outside of Asia when the company announced their N1 flagship in September 2013. The build quality on that handset was great and the device itself was rather odd, sporting that rotating camera on the top of the device. Oppo has continued that tradition with their new Oppo N3 flagship which launched back in October. That is not the only device this Chinese OEM has launched back then though, Oppo R5 was launched as well, and at the time, that was the thinnest smartphone in the world, until Vivo dethroned it by releasing their X5 Max handset.
The Oppo R5 handset has just launched in India. “This phone has been developed with the end user in mind. We used cutting edge manufacturing techniques to create a phone that fits perfectly into the users’ hands, and that feels incredible,” said Tom Lu, CEO of Oppo India, and he added the following: “The frame has been forged nine times and then finished by hand to give a perfect sheen and feel. It has a quality that is not available anywhere else in the industry. The R5, like the rest of the R series delivers a truly stylish, exquisite and distinctive design and will continue to delight our customers with its innovative yet practical functions”.
Oppo R5 features a 5.2-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) AMOLED display along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615, a 64-bit octa-core SoC which comes with an Adreno 405 GPU for graphics rendering. On the back of the device, you’ll find a 13-megapixel camera featuring Sony’s IMX214 sensor (f2.0 aperture) which is flanked by an LED flash. 5-megapixel snapper is located at the front side of the device and it offers an 80-degree wide angle lens. The device ships with 2000mAh battery and comes with Android 4.4 KitKat pre-installed on this handset with Oppo’s ColorOS 2.0 on top of it. Oppo R5 measures 148.9 x 74.5 x 4.85mm while it weighs 155 grams.
The Oppo R5 will be available for pre-order in India starting January 1st for Rs. 29,990 ($470), for those of you who are interested in purchasing this handset.