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Oppo launches Find 5 in China with U.S. market next in line

Oppo launched its 5-inch Oppo Find 5 in Beijing recently, and will launch the device in the U.S. soon as an unlocked smartphone.  But does it have what it takes to compete with the Nexus 4?

Oppo’s past products seem to have been geared more toward the Chinese consumers, but the latest phone from Oppo—the Find 5—will be deployed for consumption in the U.S as well.  The Find 5 was recently launched in China, and will soon make its way to global markets sometime next month.

The Oppo Find 5 sports a 5-inch screen with a 1920×1080 resolution.  It comes with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and, unfortunately, there’s no microSD expandability option—so you’re stuck with 16GB.  Connectivity-wise, the Oppo Find 5 has the standard Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC is always nice if you’ve adopted the functionalities that comes with it.  At the center of it all is a Qualcomm APQ8064 Quad-Core humming at 1.5GHz, and Android Jelly Bean 4.1 to boot.

According to Oppo’s USA website, the Find 5 will be available to consumers for $499, and comes unlocked so that it’ll be compatible with major GSM carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T.  On another unfortunate note, however, it seems like the Find 5 will only be capable of handling 3G.

The Find 5, despite its hefty screen size, is actually not that ‘fat’ as it’s purported to have a thickness of just 8.8mm.  Not too long ago, Oppo launched the Finder claiming that it’s the world’s thinnest smartphone coming in at a mere 6.65mm in thickness.  Soon after, ZTE dropped an empty bomb on Oppo’s parade claiming that it will release a 6.20mm thick smartphone—the rumored ZTE Athena.

Regardless of its specs, the Find 5 will have to face some tough competition once it becomes available to U.S. consumers.  Google’s recently launched Nexus 4 has been flying off the warehouse shelves due to its impressive specs as well as its outrageously low price tag for an unlocked ‘high-end’ Android device.  The Nexus 4 has slightly less screen real estate compared to the Finder 5, but a 4.7-inch 1280×768 display is nothing to jeer at.  The 8GB Nexus 4 is priced at $299, while the 16GB is just $50 more ($349).  Hence, any unlocked Android device in the U.S. will have a hard time competing with the LG rebranded Nexus 4.

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