Oppo launches a duet of smartphones

Oppo today addressed two of the most important issues faced by smartphone manufacturers with a pair of handsets that will satisfy even the worst of pedants.

Oppo N3 and the Oppo R5 were officially released today at an event in Singapore.

N3’s stand-out feature is a motorised rotating 16MP camera taking out the need for separate front and back cameras, usually with wide disparities in their pixel capacities. The Camera on the N3 can rotate up to 206 degrees and for ease of use while taking selfies and panoramas, it moves by itself- so no more patchwork panoramas.

Using a Schneider Kreuznach-certified lens and with features such as slow shutter and vertical panoramas, the camera can be made to rotate by either flicking a finger back and forth on the screen or using O-click, the dinky Bluetooth remote control like accessory that the phone comes pre-packaged with.

Like all flagships, well, almost all, the N3 comes packaged with a fingerprint scanner and a 2000mAh battery. Internally, you are looking at 2 GB RAM, 32GB storage capacity and quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor. The display is 5.5 inches and high definition. The motorised camera adds substantial heft to the handset and it weighs in at 192g and measures 161 x 77 x 9.9mm.

It was all about the tag when it came to the R5 and it has now snatched the title of the World’s thinnest phone from the Kazam Tornado 348 by being an incredible 4.85mm in thickness.

The R5, now the world’s thinnest phone, hopefully a crown it can retain for more than a fortnight unlike the previous incumbent of the title, has a 2.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM.

Weighing a whispery 155g, on board storage is 16GB, there's a 2,000mAh battery and the display is a 5.2-inch Full HD AMOLED one. The camera onboard the R5 can shoot 4K videos, like the Sony Xperia Z3 and the cameras, sadly of the non-rotating variety clock in at 13MP and 5MP for the back and front ones.

‘November’ is when the phones are to release and a SIM-free N3 will set you back by $649 (£410) while the R5 a more pocket-friendly $499 (around £320).

We will bring you more details on actual pricing and availability when we know more.

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