Oppo F1 is a camera centric phone launched by Oppo. More so – it is more focused on the front camera, hence the name Selfie Expert.
Here we go with the details of the device.
Design and display
The Oppo F1 is the classiest in terms of design. The volume rocker and power buttons are ergonomically placed and offer good tactile feedback. The device is 7.25 mm thick. It weighs a comfortable 134 grams. The capacitative buttons under the display are not backlit. The phone has metal alloy chassis with chamfered edges. There are no sharp edges.
F1 has a 5 inch HD display. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The display uses IPS LCD technology. You get a 294 ppi pixel density. Though the current trend focuses on full HD displays, the display is quite decent at the price point. The display looks good indoors, but there are visibility issues under sunlight.
Hardware and performance
The Oppo F1 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octacore processor. Four of the cores run at 1.7 GHz and the other four cores at 1.0 GHz. You get 3 GB of RAM which is quite good by today's standards. The graphics are handled by Adreno 405 GPU.
The internal memory of the Oppo F1 is 16 GB out of which 5.59 GB is used by the system. The phone does have expandable memory option. You can expand the memory by another 128 GB.
Oppo F1 performs quite effectively. The benchmarks reported by review sites is quite impressive. Resource hungry games like Asphalt 8 can be played without issues under medium settings. There is not much heat issues, though during continuous video playback the phone heats up a bit.
The smartphone has a rear camera of 13 MP resolution. There is a 8 MP front snapper as well. Unlike the host of the smartphones available out there, the front camera is the Unique selling point of Oppo F1. The front camera has a f/2.0 aperture ensure better well lit selfies. There is a Screen Flash feature which uses the screen as flash while shooting selfies. The front camera has filters like Beauty shot and Palm Shutter.
The rear camera clicks certain good snaps under well lit atmosphere. The low light snaps have a little noise. The camera app features some really good and awesome modes like GIF, UltraHD and Double Exposure. Apart from the preloaded modes, you can download a host of them.
As for video playback, they look grainy. The quality seems good for sharing.
Oppo F1 runs on ColorsOS version 2.1 – a proprietary operating system from Oppo. The ColorsOS is based on Android Lollipop 5.1. Unlike stock Android, there is no app drawer. The interface is quite good and user friendly. There are certain proprietary apps like O-Cloud, Lock Now, Security Center and Theme Store. The software provides some built in apps like KingSoft Office and security center.
Battery and other features
The Oppo F1 comes with a 2500 mAh battery. It lasts around a day with regular usage. Video loop test gives you a 8 hours and 53 minutes of backup. Heavy gaming will reduce the backup a little. However, the battery does not support fast charging.
The phone operates on a single SIM. It does support 4G. Regular connectivity features like WiFi, Bluetooth (version 4.0), GPS and micro USB. The phone also supports the much in demand feature USB OTG. There is no NFC support though.
The phone is priced at Rs. 15990. Though it may appear to be a good price, the problem is there are many competing phones are available at this price. Unless you are too much concentrated about the selfie feature, there are many good options in this price range. You may consider devices like Lenovo Vibe S1, OnePlus X, Moto X Play, Huawei Honor 5X and Redmi Note 3
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