An Android Smartphone Displays Google Website
An Android smartphone displays the Google website in this picture illustration in Seoul September 7, 2011. Reuters/Truth Leem

Oppo has been quite busy from the beginning of 2015 and the first notable announcement is the Oppo U3, which is touted to be world's thinnest 4X optical zoom smartphone. But now, the company has officially announced the new R1C smartphone in China. Speaking of price, the Oppo R1C will reportedly set the buyers back by 2,499 RMB that roughly translates to $403. And the release date of the handset is set for Jan. 20 in China.

As far as the Oppo R1C specifications go, the device comes with an ultra-thin body that measures only 6.85 mm. Also, the handset features a sapphire crystal glass back panel. The R1C sports a 5.0-inch display and 720p screen resolution. Under the hood, the smartphone is reportedly powered by a 64-bit (Qualcomm Snapdragon 615) processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz and backed by a good 2 GB of RAM. On the software end, the handset runs Android v4.4 KitKat with Color OS v2.0.1 on top of it, according to GSM Arena.

When it comes to the memory configuration, the handset comes equipped with 16 GB of internal storage capacity and microSD card slot for further expansion. Furthermore, there is a solid 13 MP rear-facing camera unit and a 5 MP front-facing shooter for selfies. The primary camera unit is Sony IMX214 with an f/2.0 aperture. Lastly, the Oppo R1C comes housed with a good 2,420 mAh battery unit.

As Gizmo China puts it, the most significant factor about the R1C is its back panel. The same site says, "You can see your reflection at every angle." Apart from the sapphire glass variant, Oppo will also reportedly release a white version of the handset. In addition to all the standard connectivity options, the Oppo R1C also supports 4G LTE and the device is capable of employing dual-SIM cards.

Nonetheless, there is no information available at this point to ascertain the release date outside China. In case, readers from China would like to purchase the device on Jan. 20, here is the link to the Oppo's Official Website. Interested readers can check out the killer images of the Oppo R1C from the aforementioned link, as well as from GSM Arena and Gizmo China.

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