When Chinese smartphone maker Oppo announced its ultra thin flagship phone at the end of last year, it proudly said the R5 was the “thinnest phone in the world”, which was true at the time of its launch.
Unfortunately, this statement proved to be somewhat fleeting given that another Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Vivo, released a even thinner phone just a couple of weeks later.
Whilst the Oppo R5 can no longer lay claim to the title of the world’s thinest phone, that’s not a reason write off what is a great looking device.
If you’re not all that familiar with Oppo, the brand is one of the ever increasing smartphone manufacturers from China to trying to prize users away from Apple, Samsung and, increasingly, Xiaomi.
Aside from its great looking two tone aluminium body and slender 4.85mm frame, the Oppo R5 includes a 5.2 inch full HD display, with a 1.7GHz octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and 2GB of RAM.
The phone comes with 16GB of storage, which is a decent amount but because the Oppo R5 does not include a micro SD slot (or headphone jack for that matter) users are unable to expand the storage space of the device.
The 13MP rear facing camera, which protrudes slightly from the back of the phone, includes PI 2.0 Flash Shot technology which claims to significantly improve overall picture quality. There is also a 5MP camera on the front.
The R5 runs Android 4.4.4 Kitkat with Oppo’s in house ColorOS 2.0 on top and also includes Oppo’s VOOC Mini technology, which the company claims can provide 75 percent battery life from just a 30 minute charge. Oppo also claims that a 5 minute charge of the phone is enough to power a 2 hour phone call.
The Oppo R5 is an interesting mid range option which is available to buy in Thailand for around 15,990 baht.
The Oppo R5 – Does it smash?
Oppo R5 specifications
1080 x 1920 pixels (~423 ppi pixel density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615
Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53
Non-removable Li-Po 2000 mAh battery
3 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth, 4G LTE, Micro-USB
Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat), ColorOS 2.0
Dimensions and Weight
148.9 x 74.5 x 4.9 mm (5.86 x 2.93 x 0.19 in), 155 g
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