Teased yesterday, the Oppo Neo is now a reality. As hinted at previously, the device brings a 4.5-inch screen, which can be used with gloves, and offers Oppo’s Quick Reach functionality. Aside from a suspect screen resolution, the specs don’t disappoint for a mid-range offering. The price — $215 — is easily one of the more compelling reasons to get excited about this one, though.
Aimed at the Indonesian markets for now, the Oppo Neo is not the monster-specced device some were hoping for. To be quite honest, it fails at being an adequate mid-range offering as well. The screen resolution is 854 x 480, which is a mere 217ppi, and well below the “naked eye” threshold of 250ppi. Though it has a few of Oppo’s gesture-based tweaks, something with such a diminished resolution is suspect to us.
The 1.3 GHz dual-core processor is adequate, and a 5MP rear camera doesn’t disappoint, either. A 2MP front shooter is good, and at 130 grams, it’s one of the lighter phones we’ve seen. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is well behind the curve, but it is offered in both single and dual SIM models, so it’s got a healthy amount of give and take.
For a mid-range phone, the screen is simply lacking. The rest of the spec sheet is good enough, but at $215, it doesn’t hold up to the reigning mid range champion, the Moto G. We’re not sure if this will hit markets outside of Indonesia just yet, but it’s likely to avoid several markets altogether with what it brings to the table.