Oppo’s New R5 Smartphone Is Just 4.85mm Thick

You’re looking at what Oppo claims to be the slimmest smartphone in the world — which measures just 4.85mm front to back. The R5 is due to hit the global market this December.

The R5 is the successor to the Asia-only R3. It’s 0.3mm slimmer than the already crazy-thin Gionee Elife S5.1, and its all-metal body weighs in at 155g. Amazingly, it actually contains some none-too-shabby guts. You’re looking at a 5.2-inch full HD AMOLED screen, a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 SoC, 2GB of RAM, both 5MP and 13MP cameras, LTE radio and a 2000mAh battery. There’s 16GB of internal storage, but no microSD expansion.

It’s not all positive though. There’s no 3.5mm headphone connector — clearly fitting one in was too much of a headache — so you’ll have to use a bundled micro-USB adaptor or Bluetooth. And the phone runs Colour OS 2.0 — an OS based on Android 4.4 — which is OK, but, well… not what we’d go for through choice.

It will come in silver, gold and grey with an off-contract price of $US500. [Oppo]