The ultra-thin Oppo R5 has been launched in India for a price of Rs. 29,990 (~$475). Unlike other Chinese players, Oppo isn’t going the online exclusive route, and has announced that Oppo R5 will be available for pre-order from Jan 1st 2015.
Announced a couple of months back in Singapore along with Oppo N3, the Oppo R5 forays into the Indian market as the second slimmest smartphone with just 4.85mm thickness. Impressive, you think? As a matter of fact, it is so slim that it doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack. And if you are wondering – ‘how the heck am I going to use my headphones with this?’, then you should know Oppo has a dirty workaround as well. That’s why it is providing a wired headset in the R5’s retail box that connects via the micro-USB port and is basically an adapter. Not so convenient, isn’t it? But despite the fact that it’s so thin, it comes with quite decent tech specs:
- 5.2-inch full HD AMOLED screen
- Octa-core (quad 2.1GHz and quad 1.5GHz) 64-bit Snapdragon 615 SoC
- 2GB of RAM
- 5MP/13MP cameras (both with f/2.0 aperture)
- LTE radio
- 2,000 mAh battery
- 155g heavy
- 16GB of internal storage, no microSD expansion
Although it’s crazy thin, Oppo says that the R5 is extremely strong and sturdy.
Built with first-grade steel and designed with a beautiful micro-arc frame to make the entire device smooth and strong, the R5 is manufactured to fit your hand like a glove.
For us, the coolest feature of Oppo R5 isn’t its thinness. Rather, it’s the VOOC mini rapid charging system that comes with the phone, using which you can get up to 75% battery life with just 30 minutes of charging, and a five-minute charge will allow for a two-hour call.
The Oppo R5 uses a phase-shifting material in order to help cool the internal components. The smartphone runs the Color OS 2.0 flavor based on Android 4.4 which lets you draw customized gestures to launch apps or open contacts, among other features.
Although it has some cool tricks up its sleeve, you’ll be paying a premium more for its slim and sleek design than anything else. It competes directly with the likes of Gionee Elife S5.1 and Vivo X5 Max. Considering the global price of $499, we must say that Oppo has done well to keep the pricing of R5 pretty competitive, but you’ll still be paying a lot of money.