Oppo unveils N3, R5, brings a couple of firsts in smartphone industry

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(UPDATED WITH PHOTOS) After months of teasing and a lot of leaking by no less than Oppo executives, the globally registered manufacturer has finally unveiled its latest smartphones. And to no one's surprise, one of them flaunts a sleek, stainless-steel frame; a fingerprint sensor; and a rotating camera with Schneider-Kreuznach lens for capturing high-quality selfies.

The Oppo N3 and R5 are now official, and as rumors have suggested, the former's camera is equipped with a motor that allows up to 206 degrees of rotation.

The N3 has a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS-LCD display and runs Oppo's skinned version of Android KitKat on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM and a 3,000mAh battery. The R5, on the other hand, crams as many pixels as the N3 into a 5.2-inch full-HD AMOLED panel, alongside a midrange, 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chip with eight CPU cores, 2GB of RAM, and a 2,000mAh battery.

But the biggest story here is the Oppo R5's jaw-dropping frame—only 4.85-mm thick, thus making it the slimmest smartphone around. It handily beats the Gionee Elife S5.5, which measures 5.5mm at its thickest point.

Both devices support Oppo's Voltage Open Loop Multi-Step Constant-Current Charging battery technology first seen in the Oppo Find 7. VOOC allows for dramatically faster charging times—from 0 percent to 75 percent in 30 minutes.

The company has revealed that the prices of the Oppo N3 and R5 are $649 or P29,990 and $499 or P22,900, respectively. They will reach Philippine shores around mid-December 2014.

We'll post a hands-on article with videos soon, so stay tuned.

Disclosure: Oppo flew us to Singapore to cover its event. Got questions? Tweet us at @aloraguerrero.


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