While traditionally not a hotspot for the latest and greatest in mobile gear (despite the fact that most of the world's electronics are made there) options for Chinese smartphone buyers are improving as of late. Chinese manufacturer OPPO is continuing that trend with its brand new flagship, the Find 3. The 4-inch dual-core Android phone should be on sale sometime in the next few months. China's CNMO broke with the first photos of the device.
Under the hood you get a 1.5Ghz Qualcomm dual-core processor, a full gig of RAM and 16GB of storage space. The screen uses a somewhat disappointing 800x480 resolution, but the IPS panel should help mitigate that. OPPO says that the 8-megapixel camera on the back of the phone is made by Sony, and therefore should be as the iPhone 4S - a lofty goal, indeed. The camera gets dual LED flashed and is paired to a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. All this is wrapped in a brushed aluminum/plastic shell, with squared-off styling that's admittedly pretty fetching. Gingerbread and a custom UI skin will have to do s far as software goes.
There's still no official price or availability details for the Find 3, but expect it to be in line with competitors from Xiaomi and Meizu. That would put it in the $450 (unlocked) range in local currency. The odds of this one leaving China are pretty low, but other OEMs like ZTE and Huawei are making big pushes in North America and Europe - we can hope to see OPPO's ware get a wider release in the next couple of years.