4.85mm thin OPPO R5 launched in India for 29,990 INR


After the Gionee Elife S5.1 and the Vivo X5 Max, the Indian market today sees the launch of another phone which was at one point in time, the thinnest phone in the world — the OPPO R5.

The R5 was announced earlier this year in China. It comes with a 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080p full HD AMOLED display, and a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC. Since there’s only so much space within the super slender frame, the R5 isn’t really a flagship with regards to specifications. It has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage, which as you would expect is non-expandable.

This phone has been developed with the end user in mind. We used cutting edge manufacturing techniques to create a phone that fits perfectly into the users’ hands, and that feels incredible. The frame has been forged nine times and then finished by hand to give a perfect sheen and feel. It has a quality that is not available anywhere else in the industry. The R5, like the rest of the R series delivers a truly stylish, exquisite and distinctive design and will continue to delight our customers with its innovative yet practical functions. – Tom Lu, CEO, OPPO India

It comes with a standard set of 13 mega-pixel / 5 mega-pixel sensors on the rear and front, but OPPO claim a staggering 0.18 second focus duration which certainly does seem impressive, at least on paper. Lastly, it also has a 2,000mAh battery which again is non-removable in nature. It is clear that the R5 is aimed at the fashionista than the geek.

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There’s a couple of valuable additions in the armory of the device though. Since its as slim as it is, there’s a high risk of overheating. To counter that, OPPO ship the R5 with what they call phase-changing material, which apparently helps in distributing heat. There’s also the trademark VOOC charging technology embedded, which means you’ll be able to take the phone from 0% to 75% charge in just 30min. VOOC first appeared on the OPPO Find 7, and has since been a favourite of ours.

The phone will be available for pre-order starting January 1st onward, for 29,990 INR (US$470).

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19 Comments

  1. Amit Shah
    December 30, 2014

    Too costly given the specs and the target market. No Snapdragon 801/3GB Ram, no 2K screen, poor GPU, non-expandable storage, garbage battery…… less than mediocre in every aspect.

    An appropriate price for this phone will be around the INR. 7000 /- mark, because this phone competes with the Redmi 1S and similar cheap phones (Honor Holly).

    A phone like the Huawei Honor 6, going for about INR 18,000 /-, will run circles around this counterfeit device. Even the Xiaomi Mi3, at 13-15k offers significantly better value and performance than this MT6589-ishly spec’d phone.

    • Atul M
      December 30, 2014

      Lol, so true. Won’t sell more than 3000-4000 pieces in all of the country, and that’s a very generous estimate.

    • Faux-News
      December 30, 2014

      That is flawed comparison. The phone is not meant to compete with such specs nor is it even meant for users who want such mega battery mega power chip. Its about built quality and how much you can put into such extreme engineered built. And vivo has done better job so if any comparison is done than Oppo R5 should be comapred with Vivo X5 and also Gionee S5.1, or maybe Samsung’s upcoming slim category phones.

      • Zalzala
        January 12, 2015

        One thing!! It’s not a pair of bread, underneath to put anything you can!! End of the day, what really matters is the performance, slimness is just not enough!!

    • Angry Mobile Nerd
      December 30, 2014

      “An appropriate price for this phone will be around the INR. 7000”

      Probably the stupidest f’ing thing I’ve ever heard here. This phone is twice as thin as the Redmi 1S. Just try to appreciate the engineering for once, please. I know it’s hard because you only care about specs and price and you guys wonder why your market is being flooded with crap quality phones.

      You guys think you deserve everything for the price of nothing, unbelievable.

      • Prabhat
        December 31, 2014

        Appreciate the engineering eh? What are you, an OPPO fanboy? Find it difficult to live with a phone a few more mm thick even though it will have much better components housed, esp. a good battery?

        Quit moaning and see this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OAQUcQqDD0

        The unit stutters like crap, has no 3.5mm jack. This is a case of form prioritized over function. As far as specs and price values are concerned, jackass companies like OPPO can’t simply do it – you know – the market isn’t flooded with crap quality phones – the market is flooded with immensely capable, well built well configured phones at rock bottom prices. It’s fine that OPPO doesn’t choose to differentiate itself on price like other companies, but then, feature wise, their offering at INR 29,990 is poor by any standard.

        So much for quality engineering, that a unit at that price point stutters throughout the native UI on ART.

        • Angry Mobile Nerd
          December 31, 2014

          I’m nobody’s fanboy, read my posts.

          It’s just utterly stupid to suggest the “appropriate price” for this phone should be INR 7000; that’s A LOT less than even what Gionee’s super thin phones sell for. Totally unreasonable. Xiaomi launches a 6999 phone in India and now Indians think ALL phones should be 6999. Ridiculous.

          • balcobomber25
            January 5, 2015

            The cost of the components alone are more than 7000 rupees. Xiaomi sells most of their phones at cost and takes a loss on some which they make up for with MIUI advertising and sales. The only way this would cost close to 7000 is to replace the 615 with a 410, drop the screen down to 720 (non Amoled), drop memory to 1gb and rom to 8gb.

    • Βαγγώνης Σαμαρέλος
      January 1, 2015

      4.5 mm is not a mediocre. If you want specs, buy another phone in 10mm.

      • Abdul Azeem
        January 2, 2015

        can you justify your response?? it is a cent percent MEDIOCRE and if not then perhaps you work for OPPO

        • Βαγγώνης Σαμαρέλος
          January 6, 2015

          You are not objective. Just that. I am an iOcean X8 mini owner and I can understand that every person needs something different. May a thin phone or a phone with a 55A 12v CAR BATTERY attached (like you). You can’t deny that the design is remarkable. Vivo X5 MAX also.
          ps Don’t judge a phone from it’s GHz or Mp. Judge efficiency, technology and functionality.

          • Zalzala
            January 6, 2015

            I like to see hands of this model by you and if you don’t then you are just a wicked critic, who don’t go for said price and even though if you plan to buy in this range, you would then definitely start comparing it with others and end up buying something worth the price!!!

            • Βαγγώνης Σαμαρέλος
              January 6, 2015

              Dude, your culture does not allow you to accept an opinion and be right. My choice or your choice is not right for all the people, or else we would have 1 phone on the planet. If you dont have the money or something dont buy it (me either), but dont judge it like that. It is a low value for money but its ok for someone. (My next phone will be a mt67.. Series phone in order to avoid misunderstandings).

            • Zalzala
              January 12, 2015

              You should have said the same thing above, would not have discussed so far!! Afterall its a mediocre, with some excuse most of us will escape from buying this phone!

            • Βαγγώνης Σαμαρέλος
              January 12, 2015

              Ok then. It’s an “overall mediocre”.

    • Abdul Azeem
      January 2, 2015

      Sense of comparison with market knowledge!!

  2. Abdul Azeem
    January 2, 2015

    Everything need to be at par in this cannibalized market… its 2015
    Poor SoC
    Poor RAM
    Poor Display
    Poor Resolution
    Poor Battery
    Demand is for more that is the reason, 1080p have been the benchmark resolution for 2014 but not for 2015

  3. Gagan
    January 3, 2015

    Shit phone, absurdly priced.

  4. balcobomber25
    January 5, 2015

    I love thing phones but this is just too thin. It’s like an anorexic super model, it goes from sexy thin to unhealthy zombie thin.

    I currently have a Mi4 (8.9 mm) and Doogee 2014 (6.5 mm) and those are about as thin as I would want. I used the Gionee s5.5 for about a month and although it is an amazing looking phone, it never felt comfortable in my hands with how thin it was.