Along with the camera-focused N3 Chinese manufacturer Oppo has today announced the R5 smartphone. At only 4.85mm thickness the R5 is the currently slimmest smartphone on the market. It is also very nicely built, with an aluminum alloy frame and all around high-end specifications. 

Android 4.4.4 with Oppo's ColorOS 2.0 is powered by Qualcomm's new system chip, the Snapdragon 615 which features an octa-core processor that is clocked at 1.5GHz. It's combined with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage but unfortunately there is no microSD expansion.

The R5 is so slim that the camera module protrudes a little from the body. It features a 1/3-inch 13MP Sony IMX214 BSI CMOS sensor with a fast F2.0 aperture lens and is capable of recording 4K video. As with the N3 there is no optical image stabilization. At the front there is a 5MP camera module for selfies and video-chats that also comes with an F2.0 lens. In terms of imaging software the R5 offers many of the functions that we have seen on previous Oppo devices and the N3, including a stitching mode that allows for capturing of 50MP images, a refocus feature, focus tracking and animated GIF creation.

Arguably due to the device's slim physique, at 2,000mAh the R5's Li-Polymer battery is not one of the largest we have seen. However, like the N3, it comes with Oppo's VOOC rapid recharging technology. The Oppo R5 will set you back $499 without a contract but no exact launch date has been set yet.

Key Specifications:

  • 1/3-inch 13MP Sony Exmor IMX214 BSI sensor
  • F2.0 aperture
  • 5Mp front camera with F2.0 aperture
  • 4K video
  • Raw capture
  • 120fps slow-motion at 720p
  • 5.2-inch 1080p AMOLED display
  • Android 4.4.4 with ColorOS 2.0
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 system chip with octa-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Storage
  • 2000mAh battery with fast charging