“With a better chipset, upgraded software and an exalted camera, the OPPO Neo 5 comes as the latest addition to the Neo series”
The Indian smartphone market is brimming with Chinese brands. One of the newest entries in the lot is the OPPO Neo 5. Succeeding the OPPO Neo 3 which was launched last year, the Neo 5 shows signs of upgradation in some departments while it carries other features completely untouched from its predecessor. Whether or not does the device provide a better experience than its older sibling, we can tell only when we review it. Until then, here’s a quick unboxing and our first impressions of the smartphone.
The OPPO Neo 5 comes in a simple packaging, with a slide-on cover over a plain white box which features nothing but the brand’s moniker on the top. The product information resides on the back of the slide-on cover, while the product rests elegantly inside the box upon a plastic tray. Beneath the tray, you will find a charger, a pair of earphones, a micro-USB cable, a user manual and the warranty card neatly organised in the box.
Our demo model came in white and we were rather impressed with the design of the device. The OPPO Neo 5 features a dull gold trim along its edges which seems to join the device’s two halves. One of which being the front panel, sporting a 4.5-inch display and the other being a rather glossy rear panel. However, despite being glossy, the device does not attract fingerprints. Offered with a non-removable battery, the smartphone weighs 135g. The OPPO Neo 5 is a compact device considering the numbers, yet, it feels slightly slippery due to its super smooth back panel and its weight.
The screen is flanked by wide bezels which are home to an earpiece, front camera and the light sensor on top and three capacitive navigation keys on the bottom. The power button finds its way on the top left edge of the handset while the volume rocker is on the right. On the top, you’ll find a 3.5mm audio jack and there’s a micro-USB port located on the bottom. The rear panel of the OPPO Neo 5 sports the primary camera which comes with a thin silver ring around the lens. Right beside the camera is an LED flash. Other than that, there’s minimal OPPO branding and the loudspeakers on the panel. The back cover comes right off to reveal a micro-SIM slot, a nano-SIM slot and a microSD card slot.
The OPPO Neo 5 sports a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels resulting in screen pixel density of around 218 ppi. Under the hood is a quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor ticking at 1.3GHz, along with a Mali-400 MP2 GPU. The processor is mated to 1GB of RAM. Inbuilt memory on the device is 8GB, out of which about 5GB is available for use. The storage is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. While OPPO hasn’t loaded the device with a whole lot of apps, you will find some like Kingsoft Office, Weather and NearMe Cloud. Running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the smartphone comes with OPPO’s custom ColorOS v2.0.1i. The brand has managed to fit in its Gesture & Motion setting which allows one to use custom gestures to wake up the phone, lock the screen, open the camera or control music directly from standby.
There’s an 8MP primary camera on the device, assisted by an LED flash and capable of shooting at 720p. Additional features include geo-tagging, HDR mode and touch-to-focus. The 2-megapixels front shooter comes with a feature called Beautify which can pre-apply filters for Instagram-ready selfies.
On the connectivity front, this dual-SIM device supports 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.0 and GPS. A Li-Po 2,000mAh battery provides the juice to the OPPO Neo 5.
For the brief time that we used the device for, we were neither disappointed nor amazed. While the touch experience was pretty decent, the device doesn’t offer much for an expected best price of Rs 9,990. The newly launched Lenovo K3 Note offers an octa-core processor and a 13MP camera for a similar price, though with its 5.5-inch full HD screen, it falls into the phablet league. The Yu Yuphoria (review), on the other hand, offers all-round better specifications than the Neo 5, at a much lesser price. Moreover, both of these devices come with Android Lollipop out of the box. With competitors like that in the market, we’d say OPPO definitely needs to step up its game.