MUMBAI: Oppo has launches R5 smartphone in Indian markets after Oppo N1 and Oppo Find. The R5 runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system and it has a 13 megapixel back camera and a 5 megapixel front camera. More over it has 16 GB internal storage.
Last October, Oppo announced two new phones at an event in Singapore – the Oppo N3 and the Oppo R5. While the former is yet to come to Indian shores, the Oppo R5 has started selling here. The claim to fame for the R5 had been the ‘Slimmest phone’ tag, which has since been captured by Vivo X5 Max. So does the Oppo R5 delivers the goods while being a thin phone? We shall find out soon.
Oppo impresses here. Thanks to the slim size, the steel frame with chamfered edges, the aluminum back, the R5 feels quite good in the hand. It looks like quite a premium device. At 4.85mm, this is the slimmest phone we have tested so far, after the Gionee Elife S5.5 which was 5.5mm thick. The slim form factor has a price to pay – the phone lacks a 3.5mm audio jack and the rear camera protrudes out slightly from the rear side. Due to this whenever you place the Oppo R5 on a flat surface, it will rest on the camera on the top.
The rear side of the phone has a gray-coloured matte finish on the metallic body. That helps in giving a good grip. Oppo has also bundled a translucent phone cover which looks good on the phone as well. The steel edges of the phone are flat and volume rocker and power buttons are located on the right hand side, whereas a microSIM card slot is present on the left edge at the bottom. You will notice antenna cut-outs around the top and bottom edge, a feature that has been seen in many phones in the past now. The camera is located on the right hand side, on the rear along side which you have the LED flash unit. Oppo branding is emblazoned towards the lower side.
The front portion of the R5 comprises the 5.2-inch display with thin bezels on the side, but the top and bottom bezels are quite thick. On the top you have the earpiece speaker, which is also works as a regular speaker. There aren’t any other speaker grilles found anywhere on the phone.
Being slim is one of the calling cards of the Oppo R5, but it also offers some goodies on the inside. For starters, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 system on chip, which has the 1.5GHz octa-core processor along with Adreno 405 GPU. This SoC has been seen in a lot of the phones recently. We have reviewed the Yu Yureka which also has the same SoC. It comes with 2GB of RAM, which has become a standard these days for mid-range phones.
The Oppo R5 runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS, but it comes with the ColorOS skin on top of it. ColorOS has been seen on all Oppo devices and it does share some similarities with the Amigo UI (Gionee) and MIUI (Xiaomi) in the sense that it has no app drawer and has its own proprietary app for themes where users can submit their own designs. We will talk more about the software touches in the Software section.