Oppo unveiled a rather impressive set of smartphones yesterday, and the best part is that it's not just a couple of high end phones either. While the Oppo N3, the successor to the Oppo N1 from last year, remains a premium phone by all accounts, the Oppo R5 brings up the upper mid-range with specs that rival any phone in its price category. Phones from companies like Oppo, Xiaomi, Meizu and other Chinese manufacturers don't always make it to other parts of the world, but thankfully Oppo will be bringing both of these new devices to India in just under 2 months from now.
The Oppo N3 is of course the biggest news here since it not only carries a top-tier spec list, but also has an incredibly interesting 16 megapixel 206-degree motorized swiveling camera. Try saying that 10 times fast! This swiveling camera is what really set the Oppo N1 apart from the rest of the flagships that were released last year, and Oppo is stepping up the game by not only improving the sensor to a 1/2.3" 16 megapixel sensor with 1.34 micrometer pixels but also making the swiveling mechanism motorized. Oppo looks to be selling the N3 at INR 40,000, which is expensive for sure but in line with what makes sense for the specs.
The Oppo R5 on the other hand brings a little more budget friendly pricing into the mix and doesn't skimp on most of the specs either. The Oppo R5 is officially the world's thinnest phone coming in at a razor thin 4.85mm, which is considerably smaller than the next thinnest phone the Gionee Elife S5.1, which is 5.15mm thin. The R5 also sports the 64-bit Snapdragon 615, which is Qualcomm's first octo-core and first 64-bit chipset to market. It also packs the same excellent 13 megapixel camera found in other Oppo devices, so you're going to get great performance and picture quality with the R5 as well. The Oppo R5 will retail for INR 31,000 so long as nothing changes between now and the release near the end of December.
Those looking for more aggressive pricing with these kinds of specs are unfortunately going to have to look elsewhere, as Oppo seems content with sticking to the premium segment of the market and enjoying higher profit margins instead of selling higher numbers of units.