Oppo Puts Budget 1080p Smartphone on Sale in Europe


If you’re familiar with Oppo, it could mean you’re an admirer of fine home cinema components, as Oppo is best known in the UK for its Blu-ray players. However, in China, Oppo has been making smartphones for a while, and did hit the headlines for the Finder, which once held the title of world’s thinnest phone.

At the end of last year, it released the Find 5, one of the first devices to sport a 1080p display, right around the time the HTC Butterfly was making headlines. For a while, it looked like Oppo wouldn’t sell the phone outside of China, but then it surprised everyone by selling it in the USA through its own online store.

This week, Oppo has opened a similar store in Europe, where it sells the Find 5 for 400 euros, or about £340. While there’s nothing unusual about a company selling its own phone without network support, what makes the Find 5 standout is its impressive specification.

The device has a quad-core, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor and 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch IPS screen with a 1080p resolution, plus a 13-megapixel camera. The list continues with 3G HSPA+ connectivity, NFC, Wi-Fi Direct, a video call camera, 16GB or 32GB of memory, and a microSD card slot. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is installed, and the phone comes unlocked for use not only with any network, but also with the option to install third-party ROMs.

While it may not have Samsung, HTC or Sony branding, it’s difficult to argue against a phone with those features at that price.

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