Chinese manufacturer Oppo officially announced the U3 after rumors regarding the phablet have been swirling since November of 2014. A lot of what we previously heard turned out to be true it seems, although we weren’t completely sure about the device’s release date until now. The company says that the Oppo U3 will launch this Wednesday, January 14th in China. The price has not been revealed just yet and availability may end up being limited to China. As for the technical details, Oppo confirmed that the U3 is a 5.9-inch phablet with 1080 x 1920 resolution and powerful hardware. Moreover, the device also comes equipped with a very impressive camera on the back, which actually looks to be the main selling point here.
Oppo is already infamous for manufacturing great smartphones with innovative cameras such as the N3 and its rotating 16 MP sensor. While the U3 doesn’t sport the staple rotating camera, it does feature an impressive 13 MP sensor with 4x optical zoom and 4K video recording capabilities. Elsewhere under the hood, we can find an MT6752 chipset with Cortex A-53 octa-core processor clocked at 1.7 GHz, Mali-T760MP2 GPU, and 2 GB of RAM. Some other specs for the Oppo U3 include a 5MP secondary front-facing camera with LED flash, 16 GB of internal storage memory, and LTE connectivity.
Although the Oppo U3 only comes with 16 GB of storage straight out of the box, users can further expand it via the integrated microSD card slot. Color options will only include black and white at launch. Most of the major details regarding this phone have already been revealed, but we hope that Oppo will soon announce an international release date as well. Interestingly, the Oppo U3 will be made available just a day before rival Xiaomi is expected to launch the Redmi Note 2 phablet. The rivalry between the two Chinese manufacturers is well known, so this is unlikely to be just a coincidence.