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Oppo is planning to launch two new smartphones on Wednesday

Oppo R1C could be presented alongside the Oppo U3 this week
Oppo R1C could be presented alongside the Oppo U3 this week
64-bit SoCs from Mediatek and Qualcomm will be used as well as 13-megapixel cameras.

The Chinese company Oppo is expected to unveil a new phablet on Wednesday. The Oppo U3 will feature a 64-bit capable octa-core SoC from Mediatek (MT6572), 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB internal storage with microSD expansion, LTE support, a 5.9-inch Full HD display, a 5 MP webcam and a 13 MP main camera rumored to have 4x optical zoom and Ultra HD (4K) video recording support. The device has already passed the Chinese regulation tests, but it wasn't alone: according to Chinese sources citing information from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), there's a second smartphone from Oppo scheduled for release.

Listed as R8207 in the MIIT database, the Oppo R1C will be a smaller device than the U3, content with a 5-inch 720p screen, 6.85 mm (0.27 inch) thin and weighing about 130 g (4.58 oz). Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 SoC will be installed, providing the smartphone with 64-bit support. Other specs are essentially the same as U3's, apart from optical zoom, which R1C's camera is not claimed to have. One of the main selling points is the sleek-looking saphire glass back panel (pictured below), offering a more premium feel than the U3 with its regular textured plastic back.

The exact specifications will be confirmed once Oppo officially launches both devices in China - just a day before Xiaomi presents their new Redmi Note 2, which may cost Oppo quite a bit of media attention drawn instead to the much larger competitor's announcement. Rest assured, we will provide officially confirmed information on both Oppo's and Xiaomi's new smartphones as soon as it becomes available.

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Andrey Konstantinov, 2015-01-12 (Update: 2015-01-12)