Oppo R5 Review
March 2, 2015
COMMENTS

It can’t get any thinner than this.

Smartphones are getting thinner and thinner. With each new smartphone that is being released, manufacturers always tend to show off how thin their model is. But the latest one from Oppo, the R5 may be the thinnest one yet.

Officially launched last October in Singapore, the Oppo R5 is officially the thinnest smartphone in the world, coming in with a thickness of only 4.8 mm. It’s also one of the most beautifully-designed smartphones I’ve seen – something that can even match with current smartphones from Apple, Samsung, HTC and Sony.

Design and Specifications

The Oppo R5 features an all-metal frame along with a 5.2-inch Full HD screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Buttons are kept at a minimum, with only the volume rockers and power button located on the right side. The rest are touch sensitive buttons used for menu navigation.

The Oppo R5 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor. It contains two quad-core processors, so it shouldn’t have any problems with apps and games. Also present is 2 GB of RAM along with 16 GB of storage. Oppo has eliminated a micro SD card slot, so the 16 GB internal memory can be restrictive for some.

It runs ColorOS, a customized version of Android made for Oppo devices. ColorOS’ design is pretty much straightforward, and offers customizable themes that you can install and download. The current ColorOS build is based from Android 4.4 KitKat, but no word on a build that will be based on the current Android operating system (5.0 Lollipop).

It supports a 13 megapixel camera at the back along with a 5 megapixel camera at the front. The Oppo R5 also support 1080p at 60 fps and slow motion video.

Everything about the Oppo R5 screams premium. Even with the thin profile, its 155-gram weight make it a solid smartphone to hold and somehow comfortable to handle with one hand. The camera lens protrude much like the camera on the iPhone 6/6 Plus, which can somehow be an eyesore for some users.

Another complaint that I have on the Oppo R5 is the elimination of the 3.5 mm audio jack. I guess they’ve eliminated the port to make way for the slim profile. Only the micro USB port is located at the bottom (used for charging and data transfers). If you would want to use a normal 3.5 mm headphone, you would need to plug in the supplied micro USB to 3.5 mm cable – which I’m sure you’ll lose in the next couple of weeks.

The Oppo R5 also supports the company’s VOOC Rapid Charge technology that basically charges up the device to 75 percent capacity in 30 minutes. The Oppo R5 could easily draw comparisons with other flagship smartphones, but on its own, this smartphone is a great piece of hardware.

Performance

The Oppo R5’s screen is undeniably great. Colors pop out from each pixel and the viewing angles are perfect. It works well with watching movies or simply using the screen to navigate apps.

A few performance hiccups are present, though we wish Oppo can iron out these bugs in future software updates.

Calls are great, and I didn’t notice any sort of distortions when I used the smartphone with all networks available in the UAE. It worked well with data connections too – and LTE support meant that you can get the fastest connection available on a smartphone.

The 13 megapixel camera produces solid shots. That being said, it suffers a bit on low light shots, while nothing that the built-in flash could light up. The best part about the Oppo R5’s camera is ability for you to shoot in RAW format, giving you better control on the images that you take with the camera.

The 2000 mAh battery on the Oppo R5 should be able to last you the entire day, though that would vary on how often you use it. On heavy usage I found myself looking for the charger after only 5 hours of continuous usage.

Conclusion

For 1899 AED, the Oppo R5 is priced competitively for a mid-range smartphone. It’s thin, it’s light and doesn’t bend (yes, we tried). Other companies will challenge its thickness that’s for sure, but the Oppo R5 is a solid performer and ranks up there as one of the most beautiful smartphones we’ve seen.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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