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!


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Oppo R3 introduced as the world's thinnest LTE smartphone


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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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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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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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.

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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Blue Vivo IV is 5.5mm but lacks LTE. This phone is the thinnest LTE phone.
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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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I'm at the point now where any marketing claims of being the thinnest device are complete turn offs to me.


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