Ask anyone abreast with the developments in the telecommunications industry or search online what the top 5 Android smartphones of 2013 are and chances are, you will see handsets by renowned manufacturers such as HTC, Samsung, Sony, Asus and LG. In my opinion, one smartphone that cannot be overlooked is OPPO Find 5, a high end 5-inch smartphone made by a Chinese company. My point is, we know that Google has adopted a new strategy of ‘adopting’ high end smartphones already outed by manufacturers as they did with Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition and more recently HTC One Google Edition to provide ‘a Nexus experience’ with stock Android OS without having to manufacture hardware like they have done in the past.
Today, we learn that Google may be unveiling a Google Edition of OPPO Find 5 smartphone that was released in April this year. As we have witnessed with the S4 and HTC One, a Google Edition smartphone comes with the same hardware specifications but what is different is the software environment. A stock Android system means that users will not need to deal with bloatware from carriers and device manufacturers and will get quicker OS upgrades. While OPPO has teased a Google Edition phone, we can only speculate how this move will be received by the Android community.
OPPO Find 5 Specs
OPPO Find 5 is currently the company’s flagship smartphone but there are already rumors of a better high end OPPO Find 7 coming later this year (read about it here). The details of the Google Edition Find 5 were posted on OPPO forums but there isn’t an official word from either Google or OPPO as of now. There was a question posted on OPPO’s Facebook page teasing fans if they wanted to ‘see a Google Edition Find 5 become a reality’ according to Android Community.
OPPO Find 5 is one of the most powerful and uniquely designed Android Smartphones of 2013. It features a 5 inch 1080 x 1920 full HD screen with pixel density of 441, which is quite impressive, a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2 GB RAM, a 13 megapixels rear and 1.9 megapixels front cameras and comes in a choice of 16 and 32 GB onboard memory. For a device that was released in February, this truly was the phone that set the precedence for such high end specs in a phone before HTC One, Sony Xperia Z and Samsung Galaxy S4 followed suit.
True fans of OPPO would definitely love to see a Google Edition of their favorite phone, but it would make more sense for them to have a Google Edition of the soon-to-come OPPO Find 7. Most Chinese companies have had problems penetrating the US market largely because of the perception that phones made by Chinese companies are substandard or lack support but getting a Google Edition phone may just open up the market for companies such as OPPO. At the moment, OPPO Find 5 is Available in Asia and Europe.
The question is, would you give Find OPPO 5 (or 7) Google Edition a try if it comes to the US market?