The Chinese market has been gifted with many electronic brands but there is something unique about Oppo. Oppo entered the market with a dynamic range of flagships, which had high-end smartphones. Not only did the company focus on low and mid-range phones, but also on the high priced phones, as well. The company has been quite serious about its flagships, which is why the Oppo R5 launched a few months ago had been given the title of being the thinnest smartphone in the world. Though the title might not be in its pocket for now, as it has been taken by another, yet the thinness is impressive and is still more than most high-priced smartphones.
The Oppo R5 has been known for some of the most outstanding features for sure. But, that does not mean that such features are available in this phone only. So, why would somebody want to buy the R5 when there are plenty of phones in the market with similar features? Perhaps a lower price than the other brands can be a plus point in this. But, will the low price lead to low-quality features? That is to be seen through the following features about the phone. It is to be noted that, most people might not like Chinese brands, but that does not mean that such brands are not up to the mark. Perhaps, there might be some – but similar reputation cannot be concluded about all of them. And, Oppo is a player that believes in the latest flagships which is why these are worth a shot if you are ready to choose a different brand. And, the R5 might promise something similar for you. Let’s take a look.
Externals: Design and Display:
The Oppo R5 features a 5.2 inch screen with 1080 by 1920 pixels screen that has ~423 ppi pixel density. It also features a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. The UI featured in the phone is Color OS 2.0. Oppo R5 is one of the thinnest phones present today at just 4.9 mm thickness. Such thinness makes the phone really thin plus takes away most weight of the phone. It is just 155g which is much less than most models in this category. However, the camera is a little protruding one because of the thin built. The colour options available in the phone are Silver and Gold. New colour variations might not be expected, but who knows what Oppo has in mind for its latest flagship.
Internals: Hardware and Software:
The Oppo R5 comes with Android v4.4.4 (KitKat) which is not the latest one. However, it does offer a decent Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 chipset. On top of that, you also get Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 and Quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU. An Adreno 405 GPU is also offered in it. Besides these, the phone is provided with 2GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory. Unfortunately, card slot is not provided in it.
No matter how good the processor chips and other hardware have been added to the mobile, it still lacks a great battery life. The Oppo R5 has just been offered with a 2000 mAh, which might not be able to show the best for the phone. But, to overcome the low batter life, Oppo provides a brilliant charging technology which can charge 75% of the battery in less than 30 minutes. Perhaps, that can help the phone keep up with a decent reputation.
Camera and Connectivity:
Taking a look at the camera, the Oppo R5 offers a 13 MP primary camera which shoots with 4128 by 3096 pixels. Autofocus and LED flash have been provided to support the camera. Other features such as touch focus, geo-tagging, panorama, face detection and HDR are also there. You can shoot videos at 1080p @60fps and 720p @120fps. The secondary camera is of 5 MP.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 80.11 a/b/g/n with dual-band technology. Also, you get Wi-Fi Direct and hotspot. You also get Bluetooth v4.0, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS. FM is not supported in it. MicroUSB v2.0 with USB Host is also supported. Sensors such as compass, proximity sensor and accelerometer are also provided. Oppo R5 has some of the connectivity options packed in it which will make up to be a great flagship device.
Oppo’s R5 might not be the first to deliver a promising expectation from a Chinese brand. And, to make it more attractive, the phone makes sure the user is offered with features like slim built, better RAM and a super charging feature. Alas, the battery backup is not that huge to keep the phone powered up for a day. Adding a commendable chipset etc. also makes great use of the technology and delivers something more than normal. Oppo creates the looks of a high-end phone at a much lower price and that too with a sophisticated look.
With brands like Oppo, there might be a chance to let Chinese brand be a part of the global smartphone brands. People are still hesitant in buying such brands as they are new to them. But, do remember that Samsung, etc. had also started at one time and were not that popular. And global brands like Nokia lost the race. So, it’s more about who can deliver the best technology and features, which will lead to a better brand development ahead.
Creating a brand just requires an investment, but retaining a reputation is what is next to impossible. The Oppo R5 has been created with features, which are impressive and worth a shot. Moreover, it can be possible that the next version offers even better features, only if this one stands up to be a great phone. The Nigerian market price is 499 USD for it.
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