We were playing Chinese Whispers with the Oppo U3 last week, and there seemed to be some confusion in the west that the phone would launch around the same time as the Oppo R1C with its sapphire glass rear.
Obviously that didn’t happen, but fast-forward a week (and a bit) and the Oppo U3 is officially here, in all its Chinese dual SIM phablet glory.
This latest guy takes on the role of phablet; Oppo U3 specs start off with a 5.9in 1080p display, making the U3 even bigger than the likes of the 5.7in Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus. It’s big.
Further Oppo U3 specs include an 8-core 64-bit MediaTek processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear Sony camera, 5MP front “selfie” camera, 16GB expandable storage, dual 4G SIM slots, and KitKat Android 4.4 with a dash of Oppo’s Color OS.
In a frankly astounding move, Oppo also unveiled the U3 “rabbit’s tail” case (pictured above), which is intended to make the phone easier to handle. Wow. Similarly, Oppo includes several software features for one-handed U3 use.
Another standout Oppo U3 feature is VOOC fast charge, which takes the 3,000mAh battery to 75% in just 30 minutes. Impressive shi'.
Unsurprisingly, the Oppo U3 is set for release in China exclusively at the moment, where it’ll sell for roughly the equivalent of £300.