The selfie expert.
Oppo’s been in the smartphone market for a while from what we have learned, is that the company often focuses on consumer experience that wouldn’t punch a hole in their wallet. Costing just 899 AED, the Oppo F1 was marketed as the ‘selfie expert’ since it emphasizes its ability to take better well, selfies. Let’s have a look.
At 143.5 x 71 x 7.3 mm and weighing only 134 grams, the Oppo F1 is one of the lightest smartphones I’ve handled. That can be both a good and bad thing – good since it’s lightweight and bad since in the weeks that I have been using it, I always get this mini-heart attack thinking that I’ve dropped the phone since I couldn’t feel its weight in my pocket.
The body is covered in a sleek metal finish, giving it a more premium look considering this is a midrange smartphone. Speakers and the camera are located at the back, with the volume rocker and power button located on the right side.
Aside from the navigation keys and the camera at the top, most of the front of the Oppo F1 is occupied by the 5-inch 720p display. It’s an IPS LCD panel, meaning that colors should be equally vibrant no matter what angle you look at it.
From the inside the Oppo F1 is powered by a Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor along with 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory. The device supports dual SIM, one of which you can swap to use a microSD card.
The Oppo F1 runs on ColorOS 2.1, which is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. Performance is generally okay, albeit with a few hiccups. It’s heavily skinned, but doesn’t impact the performance in a big way. Games and other applications ran without any problems.
One of the highlights of the Oppo F1 is the camera, which includes a 13 megapixel sensor at the back that supports phase detection autofocus along with the 8 megapixel camera at the front.
Daylight shots is where the Oppo F1 shines – that includes accurate colors and good detail. Images taken in low light tend to be too noisy at times, but nothing that would make it a deal breaker.
The front facing camera includes a wider aperture that should make those selfies look even better. It supports beauty mode that removes blemishes on selfies, and even has a screen flash that should illuminate shots in darker environments.
The 2500 mAh battery of the Oppo F1 matches most smartphones currently in the market, but I was surprised that it managed to last an entire day on normal usage.
Great design, decent camera and an excellent battery. It may not be a flagship device, but the Oppo F1 manages to surpass our expectations in every aspect. Highly recommended.