Oppo's just released its Mirror 5s and Neo 5s in Singapore, two affordable smartphones that you can afford even without a subsidy from a two-year contract.
Case in point - the Mirror 5s is priced at S$369 while the Neo 5s is only S$229 without contract. The former's main selling point seems to be its exterior - a diamond-like mirrored surface. The phone's back has individual cut-glass, reflective sections though the phone isn't exactly fragile. It has a bi-metallic frame with cross beams for more durability.
As for specs, the Mirror 5s has a Qualcomm 1.2Ghz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable with a microSD card up to 128GB) and runs Oppo's own ColorOS 2.1 operating system. The back camera is an 8MP snapper, with an f/2.2 aperture. The front camera gets a 5MP sensor, with what Oppo calls its Beautify 3.0 technology - fancy name for what is essentially software to tweak your photos.
Watching movies with the Mirror 5s isn't a full HD affair though, since it comes with a 5in display at a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Still, that's sufficient for your bout of video watching on Facebook, Instagram or even those incredibly cute cat videos on YouTube.
The Neo 5s is crazy affordable, but it doesn't scrimp on the hardware and design. It's an 8mm-thin phone and weighs merely 135g. Screen-wise, the Neo 5s is equipped with a 4.5in 854x480 display. And like we said, it's no slouch either, with a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor powering the phone.
It is slightly lesser in the memory department, having 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal flash storage compared to the Mirror 5s' 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. On the bright side, the Neo 5s' storage space is also expandable to another 128GB with a micro SD card. That, and dual 4G SIM-card slots for frequent travlers and an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera round up the impressive spec list.
Affordable as they are, the Mirror 5s and Neo 5s are also available with a two-year contract via Singtel or M1. If you're on a high-tier plan, we figure you can probably get this phone absolutely free.
Additional text by Erna Mahyuni