Oppo has been doing great this year. They break in to the top 5 smartphone makers on the first half of the year and followed by the announcement of two new camera-centric smartphones – the Oppo F1 and the F1 Plus. We reviewed the Oppo F1 Plus a few weeks back and our camera experience has been amazing! And now we have the Oppo F1 Plus. It may be the pricier among the two but there are reasons why it is worth your look especially if you are certified selfielord. Check out our review.
Oppo F1 Plus
- 2.0GHz octa core Mediatek Helio P10 processor
- Mali T860 MP2 graphics
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB (use SIM 2 slot)
- 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, f/2.2 aperture
- 16 megapixel front facing f/2.0 aperture camera with wide angle lens, phase detection autofocus and LED flash
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner
- GPS, A-GPS
- 2,850 mAh battery with VOOC Fast Charge
- Android 5.1 Lollipop with ColorOS 3.0
- Price: P19,990
- Status: Available at Oppo stores and retailers
Related article: Oppo F1 Plus Unboxing and First Impressions
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
The Oppo F1 Plus has a very familiar design. Looking and holding it feels like holding the Apple iPhone 6s. Everything from the design, the metal frame, the plastic band stip, the machine drilled holes for the speaker, everything has been inspired by Apple’s current iPhone. Flaunt it and it will be mistaken for an iPhone. Is it a good thing? Yes and no. Yes because this design is just gorgeous – its thin, lightweight, elegant looking for half the price of the mentioned Apple product. No because of the same reason. We hope Oppo could find its own identity on its next smartphone.
Audio coming out from the rear firing speakers is quite on the soft side even when it is on full volume. Using our third party earphones, audio is still on the soft side but better.
We admire Oppo for making stunning IPS displays on the smaller F1 but the screen on the F1 Plus is far better. It is on Full HD and colors do pop. Viewing angles are great and it is very usable outdoors and under direct sunlight. Auto brightness adjusts quickly on sudden shift of lighting conditions.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Oppo’s ColorOS, the heavily skinned UI on top of Android is also another iPhone inspired interface. From the icons, to the look of the settings and wallpapers – it just resembles iOS. If you ask us, we don’t mind it being iOS insipired. ColorOS is simple, clean and easy to use. It is one of our favorite UI after Huawei’s EMUI.
Performance-wise, the octa core Helio P10 from Mediatek gets the job done of everyday normal tasks. We downloaded two games – Clash Royale and Sky Force Reloaded. The latter is the more graphic intense among the two and we are happy to report that it ran smoothly on the Oppo F1 Plus. You have lots of memory to fill up of your open apps thanks to its generous 4GB of RAM.
This is the first time we encountered this configuration – the front camera has bigger megapixels than its rear counterpart. Well, since Oppo has been placing the Oppo F1 Plus as the “Selfie Expert”, it did live up to the standard. Both cameras take good photos. The front camera takes good selfies too even on dark areas. Oppo also borrowed Apple’s concept of making the display as a flash when taking selfies.
All necessary connecitivity comes in standard – LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth. The fingerprint scanner is very reliable at is unlocks the phone very quickly. But instead of just placing your finger, you have to press the button to wake the phone and at the same time, reads your fingerprint and unlocks the phone in a just second.
LTE connectivity is within the standards when using both Globe and Smart networks. Calls are clear with no issues.
We did underestimate again. We first thought the small-ish 2,850 mAh battery wont last a day on our heavy use. To our surprise, the Oppo F1 Plus lasted about 10 hours of mixed heavy to moderate use which includes watching movies, playing games, watching You Tube, social media, camera and calls. We got about 3 hours and 50 minutes of screen on time which is not bad.
Oppo has just lowered the price of the Oppo F1 Plus from its original P21,990 price tag to P19,990. We think this is a good deal considering what this phone can do. Looking back at our review we never had complains on this phone. Our only gripe is it is still running Android 5.1 Lolipop. Oppo has not released a smartphone running Android 6.0 Marshmallow as of this writing. Aside from that the Oppo F1 Plus is truly for camera junkies and selfielords. Keep it up Oppo! 🙂