Oppo has always been pushing the boundaries of modern devices. The Find 5 was the first device to use a 1080p panel and the Oppo N1 was the first to feature a full 180 rotation camera. The Oppo R5 is officially the thinnest smartphone in the world, stepping past Huawei’s Ascend P6 and the iPhone 6 to take the title. The phone was announced a few days ago in Beijing, China.
At 4.9mm, the Oppo R5 surpasses every smartphone by almost an inch. It is an incredible gesture towards Oppo’s craftsmanship, creating such an astoundingly thin smartphone. The phone looks to nestle in just below the Find 7 as a mid-range smartphone. It features a full HD display, Snapdragon 615 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and 13MP camera. The camera does extrude slightly on the back.
Design wise the Oppo R5 takes the same rectangular shape we have seen from previous Oppo smartphones, without the curved edges Samsung or Apple use. It does have a two-tone shade on the back of the device, similar to the iPhone 5S.
It will come running Android 4.4.4 with Oppo’s Color OS. Sales will start in China on December, no word on if Oppo will start selling the device outside of China anytime soon. Oppo is starting to become a real contender in the mobile space—especially with the new OnePlus startup. The OnePlus One has become one of the most sought after devices, although the promotional ideas from the company have received a sour response.
However, the main Oppo company has not expanded into the West. The Find 5 came to Europe, but not at the same time as China. It is unclear why Oppo’s subsidiary can ship devices worldwide and Oppo cannot.