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OPPO Announces the World’s Thinnest 4G LTE Smartphone, the R3

June 11, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

This morning, OPPO announced yet another smartphone. This one is the OPPO R3. And it’s being billed as the world’s thinnest 4G LTE smartphone. Which usually comes with some trade-offs like battery life. The dimensions of the OPPO R3 are 142.3 x 70.4 x 6.3 mm, so it’s pretty darn thin. Right now it’s only sporting China’s LTE bands, but if it makes it into other parts of the world, I’m sure we’ll see it with other LTE bands in tow. Its selling for about 2,290 CNY which translates to roughly $368 in today’s currency. So it’s about the same price as the Nexus 5. But how about those specs? Well let’s check those out. 

The OPPO R3 is sporting a 5-inch 720p display, with a quad-core 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage along with a microSD card slot, 8MP camera on the back, with a 5MP front-facing shooter. It’s also sporting OPPO’s ColorOS which is running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and also has a 2420mAh battery inside. It also weighs 140 grams, for those interested in that.

So it’s not quite up to the speed of the Nexus 5, considering it’s about the same price. But since it is China only – at least for now – we don’t really need to worry about it over here in the US. But it is nice to see OPPO continuing to make more and more devices. Hopefully they’ll bring them over here to the US fairly soon for us to buy and use on T-Mobile and AT&T. I do understand that some OPPO devices are available over here already, but I don’t see them selling well without them being tied to a carrier with a contract. But that’s just me.

Are any of you interested in the OPPO R3? Are these specs a deal killer for you? Let us know in the comments below.