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 is back in news with a brand new smartphone dubbed the U3. In November 2014, the U3 made a silent visit to AnTuTu benchmark testing site. Following the visit, the news surrounding the handset cooled off. However now, the latest report says that, the Oppo U3 has cleared China's TENAA certification, which is the FCC-equivalent in Oppo's home country. In the process, the specifications pertaining to the Oppo U3 have also been leaked.

According to TENAA, the Oppo U3 is the slimmest smartphone to house a 4X Optical Zoom camera feature. To be specific, the upcoming U3 will reportedly be only 9 mm thick. The other handset to sport the said feature is ASUS ZenFone Zoom, which is 11.95 mm thick, according to Phone Arena.

Moving on to other Oppo U3 features, the handset will reportedly come with a humongous 5.9-inch display, complemented by 1,080 x 1,920 pixels screen resolution. On the contrary, the AnTuTu site showcased a much smaller 4.6-inch display for the U3. Under the hood, the U3 will be powered by an octa-core Mediatek processor, clocked at 1.7 GHz. Plus, the handset will be backed by 2 GB of RAM. As far as the memory goes, the device will come equipped with 16 GB of internal storage capacity and microSD card support for further expansion. When it comes to the camera configuration, the Oppo U3 will apparently sport a solid 13 MP rear-facing unit and a 5 MP front-facing shooter for selfies. Moreover, according to Android Headlines, the device will weigh 180 g. Nonetheless, there is no official information available to ascertain the pricing or release date of this Oppo handset.

Looking back at 2014, Oppo released two impressive smartphones towards the end of last year, the Oppo N3 and the Oppo R5. The N3 is the company's current-generation flagship device and it comes with a unique automatically rotating/swivelling electric camera on top of the handset, which can be used as a primary and a selfie camera. Meanwhile, when the R5 was released, it was the thinnest of all the smartphones released at that point in time. However, it is not anymore. Notably, the R5 is 0.10 mm thick, while the currently position holder for the thinnest smartphone is the Vivo X5 Max, notes Android Headlines.

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