OPPO F1s Review: Introduction
The third member of the F1 series of OPPO, the OPPO F1s, is the latest midrange device from the Chinese brand with 16MP front-camera.
The same device to become immediately sold out three days after its public launch is what we have been using for the past two weeks now.
What’s inside the box
The OPPO F1s carries the same style in terms of packaging and what’s inside the box. Parading in all-white colors, the quick wall charger, micro USB cable, in-ear headset, an extra transparent jelly case (not in picture), and the SIM ejector tool.
Design and build
If you own OPPO F1 or F1 Plus, the F1s has the same build and design. It is, however, a little bit bulkier compared to the F1 Plus. That is probably because of the bigger battery in the F1s.
It is housed in a metal body with a beautiful finish making it look like a premium device.
The placements of buttons are ergonomic. The power button on the right side and individual volume rocker on the opposite side.
At the bottom part are the micro USB 2.0 port, the 3.5mm audio jack, and the speaker grille. But only the grille on the right has the speakers while on the opposite is for aesthetics purpose only.
And even with a bigger megapixel camera in the front, the size remains like a simple pinhole, unlike the one in the Asus Zenfone Selfie.
The home button which doubles as the fingerprint scanner is flanked by two capacitive buttons. These buttons are backlighted which is an advantage.
Display and UI
The HD and IPS display provided me with bright and clear colors. We did not observe any viewing angle issues with the OPPO F1s.
ColorOS, the custom UI by OPPO is what runs the front-end of the device. If you are familiar with iPhone UI, it looks like the same.
You have to personally gather your favorite apps into a folder, this is because of the absence of the app drawer.
To uninstall apps, you have to long press its icon and then followed by pressing the X button on the top-left of the icon.
OPPO F1s also uses magazine cover as a pre-installed theme. Cover photos change everytime you wake up the phone. You can configure this from the settings menu. The magazine cover inclusion eliminates the usual static on-screen image when the phone is locked or in sleep mode.
We don’t normally rely on apps to determine the performance of the phone. Mostly, we share our real-life experience about it. The OPPO F1s is the best midrange phone as of today. Given the affordable price tag, the device performed very well. The 1.5Ghz octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor in partnership with the 3Gb of RAM and the Mali-T860MP2 GPU gave us smooth experience. We can run simultaneous apps and it will never choke.
Camera: Best selfie?
The highlight of the OPPO F1s is the front camera. They bumped it to 16MP so that it becomes the best selfie expert.
Here are the samples we got. Photos of models posted are with verbal permission from them.
Here are the sample photos that were taken by the rear camera.
Battery Life, Connectivity and Audio Quality
The OPPO F1s has a built-in 3,000mAH battery. Given that the device has HD display only, it helps that it doesn’t drain the battery faster. In our regular usage, the device gave us an average of eight (8) hours of life.
On the connectivity side, the 4G/LTE is consistent. WiFi and Bluetooth connectivities are very well and no issues whatsoever.
Audio calls are crisp and clear too. Audio playback is loud and clear. We’d like to mention that only the speaker grille on the right is the one with audio. The one on the left is for aesthetics purpose only. There is nothing there.
Others: OTG, LED Notifications, etc
OTG is a very nice feature when enabled in a smartphone. In the case of the OPPO F1s, it is disabled by a default. You need to goto Settings and enable it.
The presence of the LED notifications is quite helpful especially when you mute your device in the evening. LED Notification of OPPO F1s has a default color of green. You can’t customize this.
The backlighting of the capacitive buttons are non-configurable too. You can’t dim it or turn it off altogether.
I have nothing more to say. Unless the other brands come up with the same specs and pricing before the end of the year, the OPPO F1s could be the best midrange phone at Tech Patrol News.