Oppo to bring N3, R5 smartphones to PH in December

by Shiela Reyes, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Nov 03 2014 12:21 PM | Updated as of Nov 04 2014 04:51 PM

SINGAPORE – Chinese technology manufacturer Oppo last Wednesday said it will be bringing to the Philippines its two newest products that the company believes will be cutting-edge in the smartphone industry.

Oppo will introduce the N3 and R5 to the Philippine market in December, amid competition from Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4.

Asked how they plan to compete against these two technology giants, Oppo Philippines Operations Manager Garrick Hung said it was never their company’s main goal to go against other brands.

“We try not to compete with other products. We just want to deliver the best to the customers. We want our consumers to experience Oppo as Oppo and not just in comparison with others,” he said.

Hung said the company has yet to get in touch with telecommunications companies which will carry either phone.

“As of the moment, we still haven’t initiated any talks with any network but that’s something we plan in 2015,” he said.

For now, Hung said they are just looking forward for their Filipino customers “to experience the best.”

The two smartphones were unveiled at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, which brought together close to 1,300 people who saw first-hand the newest features of the N3 and R5.

Its new flagship device, the N3, features a 16-megapixel automated swivel camera which the company claims to be the first of its kind.

“Oppo’s N3 was built and designed with our users in mind. We took what our users loved about the N1 and made it even better,” said Sky Li, General Manager of Oppo’s overseas mobile phone business.

Li said “the N3 is a perfect demonstration of our commitment to design and innovation.”

N3’s automatic swivel camera allows its user to take panoramic shots in both landscape and portrait orientations. The camera can be controlled just by touching its screen in the front, by using a remote control, or through its sensor at the back of the phone making it easier for its user to take “selfies.”

Furthermore, N3’s camera features the “target-tracking focus shift function” wherein its user only needs to identify its subject in focus and the phone will automatically follow the moving target and capture a clear picture.

These camera features of the N3 is powered by Oppo’s PI 2.0 plus which completes the white balance settings, brightness adjustnebtm auto focus, face recognition among others even before its user could click the shutter.

If N3’s selling point is the automated swivel camera, Oppo, on the other hand, boasts of R5 as the thinnest smartphone today.

Measuring just 4.85mm in width, the R5 is built with first-grade steel and designed with a micro-arc frame to fit its user’s hand.

“The R5, like the rest of the R series, delivers a truly stylish, exquisite and distinctive design and will continue to delight our customers with its innovative yet practical functions,” said Li.

Shrugging off the possibility of overheating, the R5 also features the patented heat dissipation technology “Cool Element” which protects its octa-core CPU, which in effect prolongs the life of the phone.

Both the N3 and R5 include Oppo’s VOOC mini rapid charging system, where a 30-minute charge will provide 75% battery life and a give-minute charge will allow its user to make a two-hour call.

The SRP of the Oppo N3 is P29,000 while the Oppo R5 is P22,990.