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Oppo R5, Pure Class!

December 30, 2014

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Just like in the world of fashion, some smartphones tend to get slimmer and slimmer nowadays, and while I personally don’t find myself attracted to ridiculously slim women, when it comes to smartphones, it’s a totally different thing. If a thin profile is your smartphone-related cup of tea, you should definitely check out the Oppo R5, a gorgeous looking device which has a thickness of only 4.85 mm and a rich list of features tucked inside its elegant and eye-catching body. Keep reading and find out what’s “hiding” inside one of the slimmest smartphones in the world.

In its retail box, the Oppo R5 comes accompanied by a VOOC fast charger, a microUSB cable for making data connections and re-charging your phone, a pair of headphones with in-ear buds, a synthetic leather case and a tool for ejecting the SIM card. The slim profile doesn’t allow the phone to hold a 3.5 mm audio jack and the audio output makes its way through the microUSB port, so the last accessory from the package is an adapter (3.5mm to microUSB) for enabling you to use any pair of headphones with a 3.5 mm audio jack.

The Oppo R5’s design is one of my favorite things about it. This fella holds some supermodel measurements and stands at 148.9 x 74.5 x 4.85 mm, having a weight of 155 grams. The build quality is exceptional and you’ll notice that as soon as you’ll hold it and admire its premium assets. An elegant metallic frame is surrounding the thin body, which features Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on its front for durability and an also metallic rear-side.

The Oppo R5 holds on its frontal side a 5.2 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, has a pixel density of 423 ppi and, as I was previously saying, features Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. The image quality is excellent, with beautiful and vibrant colors, extremely wide viewing angles and a wonderful contrast. The sunlight legibility is also great.

At the software department, the Oppo R5 comes loaded with Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which was deeply customized by Oppo with their Color 2.0 OS. Of course, you’ll be having all the services and applications that wear the Google mark, but the Chinese have thrown in their themes, homescreens, lockscreen and more. The classic App drawer is missing, so your shortcuts find their place on the homescreens. Sliding down your finger from any empty place of your homescreen will reveal the notification area, which holds toggles, your notifications (naturally), a shortcut for the settings menu and a bar for setting the brightness.
Some other very useful stuff offered by the Oppo R5 are its Gesture and motion features, which offer a great deal of help. Due to them, you can move through the panes by waving over the screen, mute the ringer by placing the device facedown, answer the phone only by raising it to your ear and much more.
In terms of hardware, the Oppo R5 holds inside a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset, having an octa-core 64 bit Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 405 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. In terms of performance, the handset does an excellent job and won’t let you down at any time.

In terms of connectivity, the Oppo R5 holds support for quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, penta-band 3G, LTE Cat4, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0.

For snapping pictures, the Oppo R5 comes packed with a 13 MP camera with autofocus that captures stills with a maximum resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels and has a LED flash for assisting in low light conditions. The camera application reveals support for features and modes such as HDR, Macro, Panorama, RAW, Normal, Expert and more. The latter enables you to manually set the white balance, ISO, focus, shutter speed or exposure compensation.
The photos produced by the Oppo R5 offer a beautiful image quality, with accurate colors, fine contrast and a lot of resolved detail.
Of course, the phone also has a front-facing 5MP camera which makes sure that you’re pleased with your selfies.
For shooting videos, the video camera produces some very good 1080p videos @30 fps and will soon enough be able to capture 4K videos via a software update.

Some other useful features offered by the Oppo R5 are Google Chrome, which is one of the best browsers and will do a great job, a GPS receiver with GLONASS and A-GPS support, Google Maps for navigation, two very capable media players for video and audio output, an Office app by Kingsoft for managing documents, a file manager, Google Now as your personal assistant and a lot more.

The Oppo R5 holds inside a non-removable 2,000 mAh battery and will last for a day under a moderate usage (which is kind of a poor performance, if you ask me).

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