Oppo has introduced their latest device, the R3, and is touting it as the world's thinnest 4G LTE smartphone. Measuring just 6.3mm (0.25 inches), the R3 is thinner than other LTE devices on the market, though it's not the overall thinnest. That title currently goes to the 5.5mm Gionee Elife S5.5.

The Oppo R3 sports some mid-range specs that include a 5 inch, 1280x720 display, a 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, a 2420mAh battery, 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and the like are all thrown in for good measure. On the exterior is an 8MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facer and microSD slot. The R3 runs on Android 4.3 with Oppo's ColorOS.

The Oppo R3 will be available in China this week for 2,299CNY (around $370USD). We're not sure if it will be available in any other regions in the near future.

Thoughts on the Oppo R3 — is thinner, better? Sound off in the comments!

 
There are 36 comments

NickLippert says:

Thinner components are great, that way you can squeeze a bigger battery in. Once you get too thin the phone has a higher likelihood of being too breakable.

tecsourcer says:

But the thinner devices will get, the lighter they will also get...
(illusion: http://goo.gl/qaEZ45)

someguy01234 says:

Which is also a bad thing, I don't like light phones.

Thin:
Less battery life
Uncomfortable to hold
Light (a bad thing)
Less durable

People still care about thinnest phone?
No, people care about battery life.

intrepid359 says:

The Snapdragon 400 is an A7-based power-sipping SoC, so with the battery size on this phone, the hardware will provide plenty of battery runtime. The only question is how well OPPO has optimized the software to extend battery life. Traditionally, they don't tweak things to allow for better battery life until a few months after release.

NoNexus says:

Traditionally OPPO cannot do software... At all

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jakeuten says:

and have you used an Oppo smartphone?

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jimbo says:

Although very few believe him, he conducts himself as 'the authority' on everything.

NoNexus says:

A quick read through the colorui forum says it all...

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s2weden2000 says:

Well go back and read this time...

... ( 0ppo F5) ...

intrepid359 says:

OPPO makes amazing software. The Find 7 has fantastic software features.

Blacklac says:

That's funny, cause they own the Bluray/DVD player market for features + software + price.

And as expected, there is the Menu button! :-P

Clak says:

Why do some companies insist on putting the back button on the right?

Well, most people are right handed.

Clak says:

But that doesn't matter when you've got three buttons anyway. Put the back button on the left, the other on the left.

jmack549 says:

I've got a G2 so I can change my configuration, and I have found I greatly prefer the back button on the right side. I hold my phone in my right hand 95% of the time, and it's a bit of a stretch to reach the left button. Because I use the back button much more often than a menu/multitasking button, it makes sense for me to have it on the right side.

kcerica says:

Me too on the same phone. It makes sense to put the most used buttons closest to your right thumb for easy one handed browsing.

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mattopotamus says:

It doesn't make sense to be either.

mkhilario says:

The back button on the right is a hold over from when Google had a 4 button standard. It was decided later that left is more intuitive for Western folk to go back (like a book or browser). Samsung Korea disagreed. However, in their defense they had already established their 3 button standard before the Google 3 button. Chinese would also find it more intuitive to have a back button on the right.

What I want to know is why are they still releasing new phones with jellybean?
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bergeronjc says:

Battery life is probably ridiculously horrible.

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Halid says:

Ram should be double

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Kolten Nay says:

Or at least 1.5

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hmmm says:

So a phone being thin or the thinnest is still something that will sell? I am surprised. I have never cared about how thin a smartphone is. I think the last time I cared was when the Razr flip phone was released. Make this 2mm fatter and give me 10 hours more battery life or something meaningful.

"Thinnest phone" became a checkbox to chase after Apple started touting the thinness of each successive iPhone. Ever since, some companies have started holding it up as some great metric, as if thinness equaled quality or some such. Lately it seems to be only the Chinese manufacturers who are obsessed with it; the Korean, Taiwanese, and American companies treat it as any other spec on the sheet.

thatguy97 says:

Why don't you show us a picture AC of how thin it is since you're talking about how thin it is? lol

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JahKooZee says:

Once you go back you always go black

Shawheim says:

Blue Vivo IV is 5.5mm but lacks LTE. This phone is the thinnest LTE phone.
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travaz says:

Who the Hell is Oppo?

NoNexus says:

A fly by night company that makes Blu Ray players pretty well, but suck at phones. They also have a shady off shoot named oneplus

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jimbo says:

As an attempt to help inform the arrogant smug American centric myopic 'know it all' types ..... OPPO is the second most profitable mobile phone company in China.

http://oppomobile.in/index.php?open=details&id=79

http://en.oppo.com/about/

mkhilario says:

Haha! They also make excellent mid-high end audio video components.

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Suntan says:

I'm at the point now where any marketing claims of being the thinnest device are complete turn offs to me.

-Suntan

tokuzumi says:

Yay! Less durable phones! Let's have a ticker tape parade! Thanks for giving us what no one wants!

21plays says:

capacitive buttons? Back button on the right? And a menu button?? =FAIL! In my book anyways, of course i don't speak for all.

DaleReeck#AC says:

Phones are getting so thin that they are becoming difficult to hold.

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