Oppo with its F1and photography-centric F1 Plus launches had a decent start almost, but these smartphones were a tad overpriced especially the F1 Plus was capable of shooting some impressive selfies. Today’s smartphone makers are focusing on the creation of selfie smartphones, but it appears that onlyOppowill stick to it. It has just launched the F1s that yet again gets the ‘Selfie Expert’ Moniker. However, F1s is an updated version of the F1, like an update to the F1 Plus. Go through our in-depth review of the smartphone.
BUILD AND DESIGN
As mentioned earlier, the new F1s apparently similar to an update for the F1 Plus. In terms of looks, minor differences are noted in the overall design. There is a metal back and frame with a glass finish on the front. The metal finish at the back has a matte finish adding a premium touch to the design. As far as the design is concerned, there isn’t anything new but it should be said that the handset has been crafted well with a build quality found quite substantial.
There is a specific reason for why it is mostly considered an update to the F1 Plus,and that might be its 5.5-inch display dominating the front and above that you can find the earpiece, the front-facing camera and the proximity and light sensors. In addition, there is the fingerprint embedded in the home button along with a capacitive back and recent buttons just below the display.These seem a bit fabricated on the front expecting smudges and fingerprints to creep up.
You will see the camera on the top left corner at the back, which is extended out a bit but hardly visible.A LED flash also added more to it while the antenna bands seem that it is just thin looking chrome stripes.
The slightly raised metal edges house the power button and the SIM card/microSD card tray on the right. At the top, there sits a secondary microphone and on the left, the volume rocker buttons, while on the bottom edge, you can find all, the 3.5mm audio jack, the primary microphone, microUSB port and the speaker. The 5.5-inch smartphone doesn’t slip out easily either but thanks to the brushed metal finish.
- The smartphone as being regarded a mid-range device features a 5.5-inch LCD display with a 1280×720 HD resolution, which means a pixel density of 267ppi.
- The device being powered by a MediaTek MT6750 processor, using the 28nm process, is an octa-core SoC consisting of four Cortex-A53 cores with a clock rate of 1.5GHz and the rest four Cortex-A53 cores with a clock rate of 1.0GHz.
- The smartphone has 3GB of RAM.
- The device handled the graphics by a Mali-T860 GPU.
- The internal storage is 32GB which can be enlarged by using a microSD card.
- It has a 13MP rear camera with PDAF and a LED flash sits at the front along with a 16MP camera for making impressive selfies.
- For the connectivity package, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, microUSB, GPS/A-GPS, 4G LTE along with VoLTE support are included.
- The handset has an Android 5.1 Marshmallow with Oppo’s Color OS 3.0 on top.
- The device packs in a 3,075mAh battery that fills the juice of the smartphone.
ABOUT DISPLAY FEATURE
- The smartphone features a 5.5-inch LCD display with a 1280×720 resolution which translates to 267ppi and it is protected by Gorilla Glass 4. Despite all ‘buts’, the HD resolution looks suitable.
- Under sunlight it does struggle a bit, however, offering adequate brightness.
- It has spotted colour saturation with the viewing angles even wide as any colour shift couldn’t be seen.
- The smartphone offers an option for changing the fonts and its size.
- A blue light filter is also there to help in reducing eye strain when you use the smartphone, especially at night.
FEATURES OF OS
- The F1s runs on Oppo’sColorOS 3.0 UI layer on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop.
- The icons, menus, and even the notification shade are similar to Apple’s mobile platform.
- The OS offers some customisation options via a themes store and a feature that can automatically change the lock screen wallpaper from a selection of online pictures.
- A system optimising app, a backup app, and an office app can also be noticed.
ISSUES AND CONFUSION
Now, as we’ve seen lots of Chinese UIs that mimic iOS but you will find this one amazingly smooth. Any signs of slowing down or frame drops haven’t seen yet. This approach seems nice as it provides a sense of minimalism on an Android device, but it can be confusing especially if you are addicted to a more traditional stock-like Android UI.
All that can impress you are the ColorOS 3.0 that makes everything smooth looking on the smartphone. There are some points to consider such as Oppo is still using Android 5.1 and Android 7.0 Nougat will be officially released soon. So, where have gone the Marshmallow
The second issue is that the UI takes up a lot of space. The third is, out of the 32GB of inbuilt memory, 25GB is user accessible but it is noticed that an additional 4.5GB is used by the system under the ‘Other’ section. However, offering a 32GB smartphone with only 20GB of free space is a bit misleading and an option to add a microSD card is also not a deal breaker at all. So long, it had been noticed on the F1 Plus that the battery indicator didn’t provide any info as to how much charge was left until the smartphone is actually plugged into a charger. And same is the issue with the F1s.
IN TERMS OF PERFORMANCE???
The smartphone is a great day to day performance. Apps open quickly and even multitasking is handled well all because of the 3GB of RAM. Gaming proved to be excellent with minor frame drops in games like Asphalt 8 and Dead Trigger 2. The overall performance is almost similar to the premium device and the processor has also proved to be quite good. The smartphone doesn’t heat up that much, and these are probably built and designed in a way to improve battery performance on the smartphone.
However, the synthetic benchmarks indicated that the hardware is in fact made affordable or for a budget device. The results appeared less attractive even lower than handsets like the XiaomiRedmi Note 3 and the iPhone 5s.
The loudspeaker is pretty decent and call quality and network connectivity are also flawless on the device. One thing that is really impressive is the fingerprint scanner. It is one of the fastest on the market today.
HOW CRITICAL STANDS THE CAMERA?
The F1s comes with a 13MP rear camera with PDAF and a LED flash while a 16MP snapper takes care of the selfies. Photography has been focused and that’s the reason thatOppo’sF1 and the F1 Plus proved above average shooters and the new F1s has comparatively seen with a slight improvement too.
The camera app offers the five common modes including time-lapse, videos, photo, beauty and panorama that work for the front in addition to the rear camera. Other features like filters, a double exposure mode and even a GIF mode for the front camera are also included. To the rear camera, the same features with an Ultra HD mode also added which enable you to shoot 25MP photos in an expert mode which is basically manual.Noticeable thing is that its resolution cannot be set and it should be left either in full screen, rectangle or square.
Both the front and rear cameras are equally good at taking pictures. The focus is fast, colours look very natural and sharpness is well maintained. The front camera also has a lower focal length suitable for closer subjects as far away objected can’t easily be focused.
However, it would quite impress you with the capabilities of the front camera as you can get crispy selfies.
In low light both the cameras struggle not to fail in keeping up the visible noise and getting details.
A RELIABLE BATTERY, CAN IT BE RELIED ON?
The thing which further adding bulk to the overall design is thatOppo F1s packs a 3,075mAh battery. You can easily get a full day backup with a 720p display, including incoming and sending of emails, Whatsapp, and other messenger services, watching a few videos, placing a few calls and browsing through the Facebook timeline. However, it was found slightly lower than the F1 Plus when the benchmark was tested.
ITS UPTO YOU, WHAT WILL YOU DECIDED?
The prices of Oppo smartphones stands a bit high, as the mentioned smartphone priced atRs 17,990 while a similar performing smartphone can be grabbed at about Rs 10,000-Rs 15,000 with almost a similar premium design. The cost,Rs17,990 shouldn’t be justified just with the superior camera and display specifications.
But if you are a selfie lover, go for the F1s and if not, then a bunch of smartphones is showcased in the market that provides a 16MP front camera that can take selfies much better than this smartphone.With overall performance perspective, the smartphone is pretty good in terms of battery life and daily tasks. Though in terms of design, it is very impressive but the super fast fingerprint scanner and the smooth and stable ColorOS UI imitate Apple’s iOS. While in terms of benchmark performance, it might not excel other smartphones as well.However, with respect to overall performance, the device deserves great support.