Hands on Review of the Oppo R5

I’ve been hearing a lot about Oppo  phones in the last few months from friends, and even saw a lot of traditional ads placed by Oppo in Sarangani, General Santos when I visited there a couple of days ago…so when a friend of mine asked if I wanted to review the phone, I immediately said yes.

Antutu Score is below.


Here are the basic specifications of the Oppo R5 R8106

5.2-inch AMOLED display @ 1080p, 423ppi

Qualcomm Snapdragon 61t 1.5 GHz octa-core (MSM 8939 Cortex-A53)

Adreno 405 GPU


32GB internal storage



WiFi 802.11 b/g/n

WiFi Direct, DLNA

Bluetooth 4.0


GPS with a GPS support

13MP AF rear camera, IMX 214 f2.0

5MP front facing camera

Color OS (Android 4.4.2)

Li-Polymer 2,000mAh battery

148.9 x 74.5 x 4.85mm

155 grams

So after the specifications list.. here is my feedback about the phone..

Body and Build.. This must be one of the slimmest phones that I have ever handled.. its so slim that I’m afraid to put it in my pocket… but surprisingly –  the phone has survived my use for the last 2 weeks.. so I guess its built well.

here are some shots of the phone..


The OppoR5 seems to have a couple of major differences against other phone.. for one.. it seems that it has only one speaker used for both calls and the loudspeaker option…from the earpiece on top in the front…Both the volume controls and the power button is located in the right side of the phone, which makes it a little tricky in doing a screen capture, one handed.


The phone is a single sim model that uses a micro sim… same style as the iphone that uses a sim tray that you need to poke..


On the R5.. one thing I notices is that they did away with the 3.5 mm jack for the earphones..which you need an adaptor to use with the earphones provided… and it also makes it a bit hard to charge and use the phone at the same time especially when enjoying your favorite movies.


The back camera also has a protrusion about as half as thick as the body itself.. what totally impresses me is the quality of the shots you can get with the oppo R5 even at night..

No Flash -ambient light coming from light post 20 meters away
No Flash -ambient light coming from light post 20 meters away
Oppo R5 night shot with flash -  ambient light coming from light post 20 meters away
Oppo R5 night shot with flash – ambient light coming from light post 20 meters away

One thing I noticed is that when uploading pics straight from the phone via a usbconnection to my WP dashboard –  it cannot select multiple pictures.. Only one picture at a time.

Burst shot back 20 only about 5 seconds Front camera 20shots around 3 .4 secs The camera settings has only the basic ones when you press the settings button.. you have to tinker with it a bit to find the expert mode where you can adjust the iso, exposure and other settings.

Re the screen – 3 point touch only.

One feature I like about the oppo is that you have the option to show on the status bar the speed of the internet connection you have even if its wifi or from your data plan.


Also dont block the sensor on top of the phone or you will get this error..


The R5 also supports wifi direct and wifi display


Price? I think its around 21000 php… All in all, if you can afford the phone… it’s still a good buy.. nice built.. solid specifications on the camera.. great night shots..It’s a great phone for everyday use.. but not recommended for gamers since the battery is just around 2,000 mAh and the phone has some tendency to heat up during games,  but actually performs quite well on games without any lag.


If you’re one of those that want a sturdy phone, with a great camera and great screen resolution.. then this phone is for you…




Ron is a happily married man for more than 10 years, the father of 3 boys. Loves to write about places that he visits. And works in the BPO industry.