Chinese manufacturer Oppo has just taken the wraps off the U3 smartphone in its home region of China. The smartphone packs a relatively large display and a decent set of hardware underneath.
Oppo has had a pretty busy start to 2015. Today it took the wraps off not one, but two new smartphones, and just last week its 9mm thick Oppo U3, which is set to be the world’s thinnest handset yet, received its TENAA network license.
Add another entry to list of smartphones that target the market of buyers who are interested in having the thinnest device they can find. Today in India, OPPO officially launched the OPPO R5 smartphone that measures only 4.85mm thick. The device was officially announced back in October in China, but this is the first market where the OPPO R5 can actually be purchased. OPPO does not do much in terms of laying claim to having the world’s thinnest smartphone, only calling it “Industry Leading,” but it would appear they have trumped yesterday’s announcement from Kazam.
Late last week, OnePlus announced a surprising development in their partnership with CyanogenMod, Inc., supplier of one of the operating systems used on the OnePlus One smartphone. Just was OnePlus was preparing to release the device to the market in India on December 2nd, it was announced that CyanogenMod had inked a deal to be the exclusive provider of an operating system to Micromax for their new Yu line of phones, which will be a competitor for both OnePlus and Xiaomi, in the Indian market. The exclusive nature of CyanogenMod’s new partnership means OnePlus owners will not receive future updates to the operating system.
After announcing the N3, Oppo had something else up their sleeve. The Oppo R5 is not only their first 64-bit smartphone, but it’s also the world’s thinnest phone. Coming in at 4.85 mm, you won’t find anything close.
The frame is made of hand polished reinforced industrial grade aluminum alloy micro-arc. I have no idea what the hell that is, but it sounds cool.
If you’re into selfies, you might want to check out the new Oppo N3. It features a 206 degree motorized swivel camera, which means that you can capture selfies with the same 16 MP lens. And using the included O-Click Bluetooth remote, you can control the swivel and capture images remotely.
The rest of the specs include a 5.5-inch TFT 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AA), 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, microSD slot of up to an additional 128 GB of extra storage, and micro SIM + nano Sim, LTE, and a 3,000 mAh battery. The phone also includes a fingerprint reader on the back, which requires only one tap of your finger, rather than a swipe.
OPPO has scheduled some press events for next Wednesday, October 29th, for the launch of the new OPPO N3 smartphone. A new teaser image posted to OPPO’s Weibo account suggests the company may have a second device to announce at the same time. The image is accompanied by text indicating “One More Step.” The use of “more” could be a subtle suggestion that OPPO has more than one device to announce.
Another day closer to the announcement of the N3 and we have another leaked photo. This time, we’re looking at the entire backplate of the device and it reveals one very important thing. The N3 will sport a fingerprint scanner. Besides that we see the new camera in all its glory. From what we know the device will feature various materials including an aerospace alloy (lithium alloy) and steel. We’re less than two weeks away from the big unveil. Of course at the rate that the Oppo N3 is “leaking,” we may know everything there is to know about the device.
Just like the Oppo N1, the Oppo N3 is going to feature a rotating camera. However, this time you don’t have to manually move it. It will sport a motor for automatic rotations.
How do we know this? A rather official video was posted showing how it works. It’s referred to a “Smart rotating camera,” which implies that it will automatically move based on what mode or setting the user selects. In other words, if you go into selfie mode, it will simply rotate on its own.
You can check out the video after the break.
Yesterday a new image surfaced from OPPO showing the new camera for the upcoming OPPO N3 smartphone. This ended lots of speculation and rumors about what form the rotating camera may take. Now the CEO of OPPO released a new image using his Weibo account to share some details about the camera. The biggest news to come from the image is that the sensor will measure 1/2.3-inches in size. This is a sizeable improvement compared to the sensor in the OPPO N1 that measured 1/3.06-inches.