OPPO is not new to India and is celebrating its 2nd anniversary here in Mumbai. They’ve been fairly aggressive in terms of setting up stores in many cities and towns that have also been a hub for their post-sales servicing in many instances. While they’ve been known to concentrate more on premium/ luxury phones, OPPO is now sensitive to the fact that folks especially the younger generation are crazy about selfies. With this in mind, OPPO has officially launched the selfie-centric F1, as a part of its new “F” series in India for 15,990 INR. This was earlier launched in CES 2016 and now makes its way to the Indian market. Let’s look at what the phone offers:
OPPO F1 Key Specifications
Display: 5″ IPS LCD with 720 x 1280 pixels (~294 PPI) coming with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
Processor: Qualcomm MSM8939v2 Snapdragon 616 Octacore clocked at 1.7 GHz with Adreno 405 GPU
Memory: 16GB, expandable up to 128 GB
OS: Color OS 2.1 running on Android Lollipop 5.1
Camera: 13 MP primary shooter with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus and LED flash plus a front 8 MP shooter with f/2.0, 1/4″ sensor size, 1080p support
Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 2500 mAh battery
Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, BT v4.0, A-GPS, OTG
Sensors: Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope
Colors: Golden and Rose Gold
OPPO F1 seems to be a very interesting offering with a good build and a decent spec sheet for a selfie-centric customer. What is interesting to see is the fact that 8MP front camera is becoming slightly more prevalent in the phones that are coming around the same price range. The front camera is equipped with a Beauty 3.0 feature that makes it possible to get rid of blemishes and produce a more appealing picture. We have seen similar things being done by other OEMs too. The camera is also capable of delivering some stunning results even in low light conditions, something that other phones lack at times.
F1 also has a gorgeous build with 2.5D glass in its design and has a very appealing look to it. The special metal alloy treated with zircon sand makes the surface of the phone very soft to touch, something similar to the ones we’ve seen on the iPhones. Color OS is very vibrant and feature and will only add to it. Though the OS is very heavy, OPPO states that it has 252 Optimized Scenes and app launches shortened to 311 ms and a 30% faster boot time as compared to before.
F1 weighs just 143 gms and is 7.25 mm thick which makes it a very handy phone with a 5″ screen and 2.5 arc edges. All of this makes the F1 a pretty good offering at the price of Rs. 15,990. Like OPPO has always maintained, they make well-designed phones and never look at cutting too many corners. One phone that comes into our mind is the HTC A9 which was to cater to a specific crowd rather than the masses. How the F1 will do in India, only time will tell as it will take on OnePlus X, Lenovo Vibe S1 and so on which are again stylish phones with brilliant cameras.
Availability – OPPO F1 will be available in all of their exclusive retail stores from the first week of February. Oppo also has expansion plans for India, the company is targeting 35,000 sales outlets and over 180 official service centers.
Oppo also announced a higher variant of F1, “F1 Plus” featuring a 5.5″ FHD display, 4GB RAM, more advanced camera functions, and front camera experience. The F1 Plus will be available at a price of Rs. 26,990 later in April.