It is indeed a great year for OPPO especially in the Philippines. According to market research firm GfK, OPPO is currently No. 2 smartphone brand in terms of sales in the country. They are also No. 2 brand in Southeast Asia next to Samsung which remains the No. 1 brand in the region. So what caused OPPO’s quick rise? We see three things – design, camera and aggressive marketing.
With the release of OPPO F1s, we are pretty sure number of sales will definitely increase. The OPPO F1s was reported to be sold out in three days after it came in stores last month. So why people are clamoring for it? You have to read this review.
- 1.5GHz Octa Core Mediatek MT6750 processor
- Mali T860 MP2 graphics
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB
- 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, f/2.0 aperture
- 16 megapixel front facing camera, f/2.0 aperture
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- 3,075 mAh battery
- Android 5.1 Lollipop with ColorOS 3.0
- Price: P12,990
- Status: Available in OPPO stores and kiosks
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
We believe that the design of current OPPO smartphones is the reason why people are drawn on buying them. Yes it is Apple-inspired but the Chinese company managed to sell it less than half the price of a regular iPhone. In this case, the OPPO F1s costs only P12,990. The phone is noticeably thicker than the F1 Plus and that’s because it carries a bigger battery. Overall feel of the F1s is still very sleek and slippery. Good thing OPPO included a clear case on the package.
Audio quality from the bottom firing speakers is surprisingly loud with little to none distortions when at max volume. Using Bluetooth earphones or traditional wired ones, audio quality is also good.
The OPPO F1s gets a lower 720p resolution as compared with 1080p resolution of the F1 Plus. Despite the lower pixel density, the 5.5 inch screen screams clarity and vibrancy. It is also decent when using outdoors or under the sun. A lower screen resolutions sips less battery which we will discuss later.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
A Mediatek octa core chipset is the one powering the device. The MT6750 processor is known to be a decent performer and top preference for smartphones with this price range. On our everyday use we never encountered any lags of any sorts even while playing Dead Trigger and Pokemon Go.
Normally, the culprit of lags on an Android smartphone is the custom UI on top of it. Many Chinese smartphone makers do this to their products including OPPO. The company has Color OS on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop. Yes, it running on a dated version but with OPPO’s heavy skin, you’ll even think it is running iOS because it is indeed looks a lot like Apple’s mobile OS. The UI is simple and very clean. Adjusting to the software won’t be a problem.
OPPO has been bragging about the cameras on their current offerings. Going by the title “Selfie Expert”, OPPO wants you to take selfies a lot with is 16 megapixel front facing camera. The front camera has a bigger sensor than at the back which has a 13 megapixel one. Both cameras take very good photos. 🙂
LTE, WiFi and Bluetooth comes in standard. Internet speeds are within normal range while network calls are clear with no issues. The fingerprint scanner is snappy and unlocks the phone in less than a second.
One minor complaint we had on the F1 Plus is the small battery. But in fairness, battery performance was not bad on that phone. OPPO managed to fit in a 3,000 mAh battery here. It may be small for some especially when compared to Zenfone 3 Max but OPPO did cut some corners to attain good battery life. The combination of a low resolution display and a power efficient chipset is the key to a longer battery endurance. This holds true on our battery tests. On heavy to moderate use, we managed to get 12 hours of battery. Our battery drain test includes You Tube, IWant TV, Pokemon Go, Dead Trigger 2, social media, Viber calls and texts, regular network calls and texts.
Now you know why selfie-loving Pinoys are in love with the OPPO F1s. It takes the best selfies, good hardware, lag free software and most importantly, it is affordable. Some Pinoys may find it a bit pricey especially those with 10k soft spot budget. But the additional P3,000 is all worth it and it will last you for more than a year and half. 🙂