Oppo Announce the Find 5; Official at Last


We've been hearing about the Oppo Find 5 for some time now as the Chinese company has been teasing the handset for as long as we can remember. Today, the official announcement was held in Beijing and all has been revealed about the phone. We already knew quite a lot about the device but, thanks to this official unveiling of the phone we now have concrete specs on this awesome device as well as some new pictures.

The Specs


Oppo's Find 5 is definitely a phone to rival everything else out there, coming packed full of the latest and greatest when it comes to mobile technology. There's a stunning 1080p display and a blazing fast processor but, don't take my word for it, read on to let the figures speak for themselves:

  • 5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) – IPS Display with 441 ppi density
  • Qualcomm APQ8064 quad-core 1.5GHz – that's quad-core Cortex A15
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of Storage
  • 13MP rear-facing camera – capable of HDR capturing – capable of 120fps video recording, f/2.2 Aperture
  • 1.9MP front-facing camera
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi – including 5Ghz support
  • 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • WiFi Direct
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC
  • DIRAC HD Sound Chip – to rival Beats Audio
  • 2500 mAh battery
  • Supports: UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA/HSPA+/HSPA+42 (850, 1700, 1900, 2100MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz)

But This is A Chinese Phone, Right?


Oppo are very much a Chinese manufacturer and a Chinese brand and that does indeed raise some questions on whether or not the phone will ever be available outside of China. At the event in the Arts District of Beijing – where Xiaomi held their Mi2 event earlier in the year – they say that the phone is coming to "selected markets" in early 2013. While that doesn't give much hope to those in the U.S. looking to get their hands on the device there may be hope on that front yet as a spec sheet was leaked last month detailing an Unlocked price in the U.S. for $499 which might be good news if you're after a Full HD device and don't want the hassle of a contract.

While the new Find 5 comes packing some seriously nice specs there's no word on build quality and I'm sure a lot of you are wondering just how well this thing will hold up. China hasn't been known for either high-end phones or well-built devices – until now. With the Find 5 from Oppo, the Mi2 from Xiaomi and the latest from Meizu, all three of the big Chinese brands have unveiled stunning devices that rival those we've been enjoying here in the west for years now. Question is, would you buy a Find 5 if you could? I know I would.


The Droid Factor


In the U.S. the recent launch of HTC's Droid DNA has set a new bar for pixel density and processing power, and it's perhaps a little strange to see a Chinese manufacturer be the first out of the gate to compete. There's no denying that these two devices could go one-on-one, toe-to-toe and they'd both hold their own. However availability is going to be the big obstacle for Oppo – and any other Chinese manufacturer – to overcome if they want to be successful internationally. The Droid DNA is available on the largest network in the U.S. whereas Oppo have no real brand presence in the States and will struggle to bring the Find 5 to the U.S. with any real fanfare. I certainly hope that Oppo do try to make a go of it in the States, as it would bring real competition to the latest Droid phone.

1080p is the New Black



Full HD displays are here to stay and while we know that LG, Samsung, Sony et al are all working on new devices that are packing those pixels tight, having a Chinese manufacturer roll out a device with the new technology has all but confirmed it's going to be the big thing throughout 2013. With the amount of pixels being pushed to the display, faster and more battery friendly processors will start flooding the market as well – the Snapdragon S4 Pro is already here but with Samsung and Nvidia looking to take Cortex A15 and make it their own, it's going to be an interesting year, indeed. If anything, this makes it all the more exciting to see what Samsung and others are working on and it makes the wait that little bit more unbearable.

[Source: The Next Web]

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