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Oppo Mirror 5 | review

China-headquartered company Oppo launched the Mirror 5 smartphone in India to win-over the budget smartphone category. The phone is available in white and blue colour options at Rs 15,990.
All things aside, the USP of the smartphone is its crystal-patterned back. The cut-glass design has been part of other Oppo smartphones such as OPPO R1x.

Build and design

As part of the mirror series smartphones from Oppo, the smartphone comes with crystal-patterned back. The back is prominently visible in sunlight however you need to tilt it around to spot the design in indoor light.
Apart from this, the Oppo Mirror 5 smartphone — with round cornered metal frame and glass back — offers nothing new when it comes to looks.
The front is dominated by a 5-inch display. It also houses an earpiece, sensor array and the front camera. There are no physical buttons at the front.
The glass back sports the Oppo logo in the centre, camera (with dual LED flash) at the top left corner and speaker grille at the bottom left corner. The back is easily prone to smudging making the phone a little slippery and susceptible to drops.

Display

Oppo Mirror 5 features a 5-inch (540×960 pixels) qHD TFT display. The display has decent colour saturation offers good viewing angles and sunlight legibility.
In today’s competitive smartphone market, smartphones – such as Yu Yureka Plus and Lenevo K3 Note — that are cheaper than the Mirror 5, offer full-HD displays, making it one of the major weaknesses of the smartphone.Text and images looked decent enough but not as sharp as how these look on HD or full-HD displays.
Touch response was excellent and made the phone more responsive.

Software


In terms of software experience, the Mirror 5 runs Color OS 2.0.1i which is based on Android 5.1.1 (Lolliop). The OS is essentially a heavily customized version of Android that offers support for themes and lock screen widgets.Oppo’s Color OS doesn’t feature a separate app launcher. The company has replaced the stock apps with its own and has skinned menus and notifications panel.

Based on the latest Android version, the phone lets you set up themes and customize them further as per your liking.
Oppo has also incorporated support for gestures arranged into screen off, screen on and smart call gestures. This includes ‘double tap to unlock,’ three finger swipe for screenshots, and pinch-to-launch camera app. Also, it also comes with an option for single-handed operation.

The phone comes with a number of features that are worth mentioning. Firstly, there is an eye protection display that filters out harmful visible spectrum to protect the vision. The phone also comes with an option that lets you see the network speed of data on the top left corner.
The Oppo Mirror 5 comes with a smart remote control that is compatible with common household appliances such as TV, air conditioner, DVD player, etc. In our experience, this feature worked without any issues.

Camera


Oppo Mirror 5 sports an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 5MP front-facing camera.
The phone’s camera app offers settings for all optical attributes, HDR and Panorama among others. Other software features of the smartphone’s camera app include Face Beauty for better selfies.
Most of the photos we took using the rear camera of the smartphone under direct sunlight came out pretty nice with decent level of detail, accurate colour reproduction and good contrast. The camera app also comes with an option to create GIFs.

The front camera also shoots good quality selfies and the phone offers all the tools to make you look good.
The phone is capable of recording 1080p videos and we found the videos shot with the phone to be decent.

Hardware & Performance
Oppo Mirror 5 is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) processor, Adreno 306 GPU and 2GB RAM. The phone comes with 16GB internal storage and a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 128GB.
In our experience, we did not notice any stutter or lag while launching and switching between apps, editing photos, browsing the web, clicking pictures, watching high definition videos or playing graphics-heavy games.
We were able to play videos of popular file formats without any hiccups. Additional file formats can be played through third party video player apps.

The sound output through the phone’s speaker grill was pretty good. However, the sound gets muffled when the phone lies on its back, which is a problem with all such designs that place speakers at the back.
It offers good call quality and signal reception and we did not encounter issues while making calls even in areas where cell signal is relatively weaker. It also offers FM radio.
The phone comes with GPS and A-GPS for navigation and maps and was easily able to lock a signal. It does not support 4G which is another bummer considering you’re paying more than Rs 15,000 for it.

Verdict
The Oppo Mirror 5 smartphone’s USP is its ‘unique design’. However, it falls short in departments such as camera and display. Lack of 4G support is also a major downer.
At Rs 15,990, it’s hard to recommend this phone over the likes of Micromax Kanvas Knight 2, Huawei Honor 6, 16GB variant of OnePlus One and Asus Zenfone 2, which are better performers in all departments.

 

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