Oppo's double impact

Oppo's double impact
Oppo claims the R5 (left) is the world's thinnest smartphone. The N3 (right) has a single rotating camera that doubles up as both the front and back camera.

Oppo, the premium smartphone brand company from China, has unveiled a new flagship model, the N3, at a regional launch event in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

Just like its predecessor, the N3 Android smartphone has a single rotating camera that doubles up as both the front and back camera.

The camera has been improved in two ways - it has been bumped to 16-megapixel and it's now auto-rotating. Users no longer have to manually rotate the device to capture a panoramic image, as the auto-rotation feature will easily handle this.

That's not all - for the lens, Oppo worked with Schneider Kreuznach, a German lens brand.

"For Oppo, every single product is designed for life," said Oppo Indonesia chief executive officer, Jet Lee.

Other notable features include a 5.5in full-HD display, quad-core Qualcomm 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, fingerprint sensor and support for dual Sim cards.

There is also a rapid charging technology which Oppo claims will power up the smartphone from zero to 75 per cent in just half an hour.

The N3 is expected to hit Malaysia's shores late next month and according to Oppo Mobile Malaysia chief executive officer William Fang, the N3 will retail for about RM2,000 (S$782).

If you have been following Oppo closely, you will have noticed that the company has skipped N2, jumping from N1 to N3. Apparently, it favours odd numbering and there will be no N2.

The company also surprised everyone by unveiling a second phone, which it claims is the thinnest on the market. Oppo product manager Bakarrik Azeri says the R5 is just 4.85mm.

The R5 has a 5.2in full-HD Amoled display and octa-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage.

For shooting photos and recording videos, it has a 13-megapixel rear camera and a front-facing 5-megapixel camera.

The R5 will be available in two colour options - white and gold - when it ships here later this month. It's expected to cost about RM1,500 to RM1,600.

Both the N3 and R5 will come preloaded with Android 4.4.4 KitKat and feature the company's ColorOS 2.0 user interface.

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