Oppo: Redefining the smartphone

October 29, 2014

Oppo’s new smartphones offer something different: a rotating lens and another that claims to be the slimmest smartphone ever.

In a grand global event held today at the Marina Bay Bands in Singapore, Chinese brand Oppo has launched two new flagship smartphones that would redefine the way you see smartphones – by offering top class designs and functions that would rival the top smartphones in the market today.

Along with that, Oppo also highlighted the increase in marketshare it has gained particularly in Asian markets, to which the brand has strong following. This may be due to the fact that Oppo has delivered some of the world’s firsts when it comes to smartphone features (first smartphone with 1080p screen as one example).

Oppo N3

The Oppo N3 is the company’s successor to the popular N1 that included a rotating lens for its camera. The new flagship most retains the N1’s design and included upgraded features including a 5.5-inch full HD screen with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage all powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-core processor.

The main feature of the Oppo N3 may be the motorized rotating lens that features a 16-megapixel sensor – which can now automatically turn as you move your finger across the screen. You do not even have to manually adjust the camera lens. It’s a neat and cool trick that you have to see to believe.

Lastly, the Oppo N3 will also come with the company’s leading VOOC charging technology that lets you charge your smartphone from 0-75% capacity in only 30 minutes.

Oppo R5

Move back Apple and Samsung – there’s a new smartphone that would probably claim the throne as the slimmest smartphone there is.

At 4.85 mm, the Oppo R5 definitely is the slimmest phone we have seen. It also has the internals that would match the premium models from Samsung, HTC and Apple. It features an 8 core processor, with a 5.2-inch Full HD AMOLED screen, 2 GB of RAM along with a 5 megapixel front facing camera and a rear facing 13 megapixel camera.

The slim profile emulates through the entire smartphone though like Apple’s iPhone 6, the camera lens protrudes out of the body. One thing that strikes as odd on the R5’s design was the omission of the 3.5 mm audio jack, which has been a must-have port for all smartphones. Instead, you would need to plug in your earphones using the included adaptor that would plug in to the micro USB port.

It might be an acceptable omission, but the extra hassles of bringing an adaptor will not be acceptable for some. And with a 4.85 mm thin profile the question is: Will it bend?

Both smartphones from Oppo will run on the company’s own ColorOS 2.0, which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat. Unlike TouchWiz and Sense, ColorOS is the main operating system of Oppo smartphones, and does not work like a skin that goes over the default Android interface. Both the Oppo N3 and the Oppo R5 will have 4G LTE support.

Most of Google’s own applications are still present, and the Google Play Store is still the place where you can download your favorite. Mostly default icons are the only ones that have been changed, but overall it feels snappy and less buggy than Samsung’s TouchWiz.

No Middle East release date has been revealed as of yet, but the Oppo N3 and the Oppo R5 will set you back $649 and $499 respectively. With a price that matches the Nexus devices from Google, it seems Oppo will determined to get a big chunk of marketshare from current smartphone brands.

The question is will it be successful in doing that? Judging by the great reactions from the crowd at the launch along with some impressively stand out features, it looks like Oppo is on its way to the top.

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.