After remaining tight-lipped about Oppo’s successor to this year’s Mirror 3 smartphone, the company officially introduced the Mirror 5, which introduces stand-out design in a midrange package.
As previously alluded to, what separate the Mirror 5 from the rest of the herd is its strangely designed rear panel. According to Oppo, the back was designed with individual cut-glass sections, as well as different reflective tendencies, giving it the appearance of a diamond pattern. Not to be forgotten, the phone is kept together by a bimetallic frame. It’s pure aesthetics, sure, but in a world where most Android smartphones aren’t that different from each other when it comes to looks, it’s refreshing to see Oppo’s take on things.
Unfortunately, the rest of the package doesn’t seem to stand out that much, with the Mirror 5 powered by a 64-bit quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. The 5-inch, 960 x 540 TFT display should prove to be adequate, nothing more or less, while the 16GB of internal storage can be expanded through the inclusion of a MicroSD card slot.
Around back is an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture, while a 5-megapixel camera will fulfill your selfie needs. The 2,420mAh battery should keep the lights on all day, and you’ll be interacting with ColorOS 2.1, Oppo’s own flavor of Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Oppo didn’t reveal pricing information for the Mirror 5, though the phone will launch in White and Blue in 15 international markets, including Mexico, the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia. As such, if you’re interested in the Mirror 5, your best bet is to import one.
Having just released the decidedly midrange Mirror 3 back in January, one would think Oppo wouldn’t announce its successor for a while. Fast forward to today, a mere five months later, and Oppo has already started work on the Mirror 5, reports GSMArena.
The Mirror 5 separates itself from the pack with a mirrored back cover, resulting in a finish that looks classy without being ostentatious. The back panel does look reminiscent of the R1C‘s, since they both feature a diamond pattern on the back.
It might not deliver as beefy specifications as the R7 and R7 Plus, which were announced in May, but the Mirror 5 does feature a rear camera with Oppo’s Pure Image 2.0+ algorithm. According to Oppo, Pure Image 2.0+ introduces a variety of camera features, such as auto panorama, double exposure, and “after focus,” which will likely let you focus on other subjects after taking a picture.
In addition to the camera software, the Mirror 5 will also reportedly feature a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Powering the smartphone is an unknown processor paired with 2GB of RAM. The Mirror 3 didn’t include very powerful hardware, either, so we’re expecting the same of the Mirror 5. The phone will also include 16GB of internal storage, but because it seems like paltry storage for a smartphone that will seemingly emphasize its camera features, the Mirror 5 could include a MicroSD card slot for memory expansion. Finally, the Mirror 5 will run Android Lollipop out of the box.
According to the report, Oppo will launch the Mirror 5 in 20 markets by the end of June or beginning of July. There will be 3G and LTE versions of the phone, and Taiwan will be the first to receive the Mirror 5. The report didn’t mention whether the phone will make its way to the West, though much like previous Oppo phones, that’s an unlikely scenario.