Chinese smartphone maker Oppo’s latest smartphone features a 5 inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core 64-bit processor, and a 13MP Sony IMX214 camera.

But the Oppo R1C‘s most unusual feature is its design: the smartphone has a sapphire glass panel on the back.

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At a time when many Chinese phone makers are offering products that stand out due to their low prices, the Oppo R1C is actually a somewhat pricey option, at 2,499 RMB (about $400). But it’s a pretty snazzy looking device with decent specs.

The phone has a 1280 x 720 pixel display, Android 4.4 software with Oppo’s Color OS 2.0.1 user interface, and a 5MP front-facing camera. I

The Oppo R1C measures 6,85mm (0.27 inches) thick, and it’s powered by a 2420 mAh battery.

Oppo is taking pre-orders for the phone, which should begin shipping in China on January 20th.

via GizmoChina

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4 replies on “Oppo R1C smartphone launches in China, has a Sapphire glass back”

  1. Just like Oppo audio products, I hope the audio of this phone is good.

  2. Yay indestructable part that is the least important part of the phone.
    And the front?
    You know, the business end, what of THAT?

    1. Not sure why the myth that sapphire glass is unbreakable keeps perpetuating. Seems like people bought into it due to the reports that Apple was considering them instead of Gorilla Glass.

      Sapphire do resist scratches better than other (man-made) crystals. However, by themselves, sapphire crystals actually shatter very easily.

      Watch makers have known this for decades.

      I expect even Apple would have been planning some type of extra protective layer or changing the chemical composition (but didn’t perfect it in time for the iPhone 6).

      Still, unless it’s clear how this was modified from the regular sapphire crystalline structure, I’d expect the worst.

      1. Well… Maybe ‘shatter easily’ is not the correct way to put it… But ‘shatter much easier than the alternatives’.

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