Oppo Announces The Mirror 3, A Solid Mid-Range Android Handset

January 16, 2015 - Written By David Steele

Oppo have just announced a new Android smartphone, the Mirror 3. This is a mid-range device based around a 4.7-inch, 720p resolution screen and a 64-bit, 1.2GHz, quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 equipped with 1GB of RAM. Around the back you’ll find the 8MP rear camera, which uses a Sony sensor and a quick f2.0 lens with a 1.4 micron pixel size, for better-than-average low light photography. On the front, Oppo have given the Mirror 3 a 5 MP camera. Inside there’s a 2,000mAh battery, 8 GB of internal storage and a MicroSD card slot that can take cards of up to 128GB in capacity. The device is not especially thin, either, at 8.9mm thick but it is quite lightweight, 126g. The Mirror 3 will run Android 4.4.4 KitKat under Oppo’s Color OS user interface. Because the device runs Android KitKat at launch, it won’t be able to use the 64-bit mode of that new generation Snapdragon 410 as 64-bit application support is only enabled from Android Lollipop and later, nevertheless the Mirror 3 should be responsive in use as the Snapdragon 410 benchmarks around 25% quicker than the former Snapdragon 400 processor. It also uses less energy, which is important as the 2,000mAh battery looks a little tight. Still, Oppo report that the battery can be recharged from zero to 60% in just 90 minutes with the included 2 amp charger, which is handy.

As far as the design goes, I’d write that the Mirror 3 looks inoffensive and very much a modern Oppo handset; it’s a little expensive for what’s inside the chassis, at around $280. The Mirror 3 is a 3G-only dual-SIM device, also coming with the as-expected 802.11n-grade WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 plus NFC. It’ll be available in both black and white colors but is unclear if the Mirror 3 will be sold outside of China. And this is perhaps as expected, because the Mirror 3 is… unexceptional. Many of Oppo’s recent devices have been inspiring in one way or another, be it an exceptionally thin design or a motorized camera unit. Here, the Mirror 3 offers mediocre specifications in a chassis that looks a little boring, at a price tag that’s a little high. However, what do our readers think? Does the Mirror 3 look good to your eyes? Let us know in the comments below.