Apple may lead the smartphone wars with the iPhone, but Oppo is challenging the big A for some inventiveness, finding a way to make mobiles slimmer than ever with the 4.85mm thin R5. Is this as good as it is thin?
Oppo’s thinnest device — not just Oppo’s, but the world’s — is the R5, a phone that pushes past the 6 and 7mm thickness limits we’ve been seeing on major phones of late, and settles on something positively hard to spot: 4.85mm.
Just a hair under 5mm is what Oppo is reaching for in this rather unique mobile handset that tries to show it’s not just the big boys that can do something special.
That thickness is the key feature for this phone, and Oppo has done it with a metal and glass build, throwing in some processing power to boot.
As such, you’ll find an eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor made up of two quad-core sections, one clocked at 1.7GHz and another at 1GHZ, with this paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. No microSD storage slot can be found in this handset, so your storage is set to 16GB only.
Google’s Android operating system arrives on this smartphone, with version 4.4 “KitKat” there out of the box, though this is Oppo’s take on the
Cameras are included with the smartphone, part and parcel with nearly every smartphone out there, and you’ll find a 13 megapixel camera with LED Flash on the rear, raised at the back slightly and bumping up the thickness a little.
The front also features a camera, with a 5 megapixel shooter above the display.
The connections on offer aren’t the best they could be, with 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, as well as Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with A-GPS, and 4G LTE available for the mobile broadband side of things. Meanwhile, only one hard wired port is offered in the R5, with a microUSB port at the bottom.
If you’re curious as to why there is no 3.5mm headset jack, the omission of that port is one of the main reasons why Oppo has been able to produce such a slim handset.
Buttons are still here, too, with a physical power button on the right edge just below the volume rocker, while the rest of the phone’s buttons are below the screen as soft buttons, providing the older Android menu (hold down for multi-tasking), home, and back.
Only one slot can be found in the handset, with the microSIM slot ejectable by a supplied pin ejector tool.