Oppo has just officially announced two new midrange smartphones, the Neo 5 (2015) and the Neo 5s, which offers the style of the more premium Oppo R1x in a more affordable package. The key difference between the two new devices is the processor, with the Neo 5 (2015) powered by a MediaTek chipset and the Neo 5s powered by a Qualcomm chipset.
The Neo 5 (2015) is not to be mistaken with its sibling from last year as it brings updated specs. The handset is powered by a MediaTek MT6582 chipset with a quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 processor and daul-core Mali-400MP2 GPU. The Neo 5S meanwhile uses a 64-bit Snapdragon S410 processor paired with a quad-core 1.2Ghz Cortex-A53 processor and Adreno 306 GPU and comes with a few additional features to the Neo 5 (see below). The main reason for the different chipsets is that the Neo 5s comes with support for regional LTE bands while the Neo 5 (2015) comes without LTE support.
Other than the processor, both models are near identical and feature a 4.5-inch IPS display of 854 x 480 pixels resolution, which offers a lowly density of just 218 pixels per inch. Under the hood, they come with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage, which can be expanded by up to 32GB or 128GB depending on the model you buy. On the back, the handsets have an 8MP primary camera with an f/2.2 aperture lens and a single LED flash, while the front has a 2MP snapper and f/2.8 aperture lens. Other notable specs include a 2000 mAh battery, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.1 and the usual array of sensors.
Both handsets come with support for gestures, with Oppo adding a feature that allows you to take a screenshot at any time with a three finger on screen swipe. On top of this, gestures will allow you to perform commands or launch applications – such as wake up the screen or access the camera – using gestures even when the screen is off.
On the Neo 5s, Oppo have added a few extra features thanks to the 64-bit Snapdragon processor. As covered above, the microSD card slot supports cards up to 128GB in size (versus up to 32GB on the Neo 5) and Oppo have also developed their own eye protection system. Built into Color OS, the system filters out harmful blue light to create a screen display that is easy to look at for long periods of time and offers enhanced health benefits. The last feature Oppo added to the 5s is the “Colorful Night Shot” which combines multiple frames with smart algorithms to produce an image that’s brighter with more clarity and less noise.
Both smartphones run Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Oppo’s ColorOS v2.0.1 on top and we may see them updated to Android Lollipop in the future. We’re yet to hear more about exact pricing or availability but we will of course, let you know when we have more info.