Oppo Find 5 review: Oppo-lent screen

GSMArena team, 6 February 2013.
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Introduction

Oppo is perhaps better known for its Blu-Ray players, but if the Find 5 fails to place it on the map as a phone maker, we don't know what will. The 5" 1080p screen will sure have plenty of eyeballs on it and its 441ppi density will certainly impress most, but the Find 5 has flagship specs almost all the way through - and we mean 2013 flagships.

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Oppo Find 5 official images

The Oppo Find 5 is one of a series of Android phones we'll see this year to pack a 5" screen of 1080p resolution. Just like them, it has a powerful quad-core processor and a robust GPU - and neither is this a whim but a necessity (every frame on the screen has more than double the number of pixels of a 720p screen).

Oppo has taken a page from the Sony playbook and equipped the Find 5 with a 13MP camera capable of HDR video. The camera also jumps on the HFR bandwagon with a 120fps mode (though only at VGA resolution).

The Find 5 is certainly an ambitious project and on paper it's pretty well executed - there's skill and character aplenty, though not without a few issues.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
  • 3G with HSPA
  • 5" 16M-color 1080p IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 441ppi pixel density
  • Android OS v4.1.1 Jelly Bean with custom UI
  • Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU, 2 GB RAM, Adreno 320 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset
  • 13 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geo-tagging, HDR
  • 1080p video recording @ 30fps with HDR mode, continuous autofocus and stereo sound; 120fps HFR mode
  • 1.9 MP front-facing camera, 720p video recording
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA; Wireless TV out
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 16/32GB of built-in storage
  • MHL-enabled microUSB port
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • NFC; two NFC stickers in the box
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack; Dolby Mobile sound enhancement
  • Voice dialing
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • 2,500mAh battery

Main disadvantage

  • Dead pixels on some early units
  • No LTE
  • No microSD card slot
  • Non user-replaceable battery
  • 13MP camera hardly any better than competitors' 8MP units

The missing LTE is not quite the deal-breaker just yet, but it's a part of the future-proofing of a 2013 flagship. Non-expandable storage is another issue for a phone boasting a massive Full-HD screen and Dolby Mobile. If you get the 16GB version, you risk running short and quite quickly at that.

On the up side, Oppo has done a very good job of the design - the Find 5 looks like it belongs to the Xperia NXT line (we mean that in a good way) and the steel frame gives the phone a sturdy feel. It is fairly thin at 8.9mm and the curved back makes it feel thinner still. It's got proper battery backup too - 2,500mAh is more than what many direct rivals typically have.

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Oppo Find 5 at our office

It may have come out of left field, but the Oppo Find 5 looks quite the player. Head over to the next page where the new signing is in for a physical.

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