[UPDATE] OPPO unveiled the Oppo Find 5, the company latest entry in the high-end smartphone territory. The Find 5 most striking feature is the 1080p LCD display that boasts an amazing 441ppi pixel density. That’s the same resolution and pixel density as the display of the HTC Droid DNA/Butterfly. Similar to the Xiaomi Mi2 launch this summer, OPPO’s launch was held in the 798 arts district in Beijing. The event, which took place at a art center, included more than 500 attendees. We attended the launch event, and got up a close look with the new full HD phablet device. It was a nobby launch event that was quite impressive, the Chinese handset maker seem to has an ambitions to become a recognized player in the international market…
OPPO newest flagship the Find 5 packs some of the best specifications, starting with a powerful Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core chip clocked at 1.5GHz and 2GB of RAM. The 5-inch touch screen display has a 1920 x 1080 resolution which is an AH-IPS LCD panel manufactured by LG. The rear shooter of the Find 5 is fitted with a 13MP sensor, while the front camera packs 1.9MP. The stacked CMOS sensor delivers F/2.2 aperture, with 4-layer coating lens and blue glass filters. It can record videos and snap photos in HDR mode at the same time. Find 5 is the first smartphone in the world with this ability generate by hardware. It only comes with 16GB storage with no option to expand via an microSD card. The battery is a 2500mAh unit, which is adequate, but seem less for a 5-inch device.
Media capabilities on OPPO Find 5 are enhanced by the Dolby 3D surround and Dirac HD, a high-end audio system that has never been integrated on a mobile device before. Only companies such as Rolls Royce, Bentley, BMW, offer this type of technology. And best of all, the Find 5’s stock earbuds are fine-tuned for Dirac audio system. The new phone also comes with NFC, gently touching two phones will pair them in less than a tenth of a second, 50 times faster than Bluetooth pairing. The SmartTags, a small label with built-in-chip, will also add simplicity and convenience for user to activate any application with preset. Find 5 also supports Wi-Fi Display and DLNA, two functionality that allow projecting screen contents onto HDTV wirelessly.
OPPO Find 5 is compatible with the following networks: UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA/HSPA+/HSPA+42 (850, 1700, 1900, 2100MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz). Too bad there is no 4G LTE. It will launch in early 2013 across select markets. Judging from the existence of the US site, we can speculate that the OPPO Find 5 will sell for $499 ( contract free, 16GB version) in the United States. In China, the device is slated to go for 2,998 yuan (about $480). We’ll keep you posted as soon as we find out more.
Our First Impression …
The Find 5 uses the same 5-inch Full HD screen as HTC’s Droid DNA/Butterfly, the screen quailty is sharp and gorgeous, color is striking and we like the new phone’s solid build quality, especially the matte white furnishing on the back, you won’t get oily finger print. We are quite disappointed it is not the thinnest build like the OPPO Finder. The 1080p screen is very good on viewing high-resolution pictures, you can feel how crispy is it when you’re doing the pin-and-zoom. The experience is just like using the new iPad with retina screen, but packed into a smaller device. The vertical viewing angles of the screen are not so good as what we seen here.
The device on our hands is an early prototype, but the overall operation is still considered fast and responsive, thanks to Android Jelly Bean. The custom UI isn’t our favorite, some other Chinese manufacturers are doing a better job than this. The processing speed of the camera continuous shoot and HDR is quite fast, not much delay. There’s also NFC, the Find 5 will come with two NFC tags plus a special version of Sina Weibo, aka Chinese Twitter, that uses the phone’s NFC to let Chinese micro-blog users instantly follow each other. We believe the international version of Find 5 will have its own twitter version on this.
Find 5 also suffers from the lack of microSD slot, so users may struggle with just 16GB of built-in storage. We simply hate this trend of not putting in micro sd expansion, and we are not sure whether the mini-USB port will support OTG function. With OPPO’s launch, all three major Chinese handset makers– Meizu, OPPO and Xiaomi – have officially announced their next-generation of flagship smartphones. The three companies are recognized as the up-and-coming Chinese smartphone brand. The 5-inch Find 5 is selling slightly more expensive than MX2 and Xiaomi Phone 2, but you will get a gorgeous Full HD screen, which is better than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (1080p vs. 720p) on spec. sheet. By looking at cost-effectiveness, OPPO Find 5 has a comparative advantage on its domestic or international competitors.
* Editors Chris Chang and Herman Lai have contributed to this report.
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