This phone has been a while now since it was leaked almost a month from now. How far it can go for a midrange Full-Screen display smartphone priced at P15,999.
For the past years, they made their phones appealing to millennials because they made their phones a selfie-centric, to dub them as “Selfie Expert”. Let’s explore other stuff here in our full review.
Build and Display
Unibody design, narrow bezels, full-screen front and curved edges contribute the OPPO F5 to stands out the overall aesthetics of the phone. The phone is made of all plastic, the matte-paint finished back also contributes to the feeling of more premium on its ergonomics.
Even the OPPO F5 has its own protector installed out of the box, you don’t have also to worry about accidental scratch because it comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
With OPPO F5’s 6-inch display with almost near bezel-less, the phone looks beautiful when it looks. The Full HD+ 2160 x 1080 resolution in 18:9 Ratio at 403 pixels per inch allows you to view more on the screen. Browsing, reading is excellent. The contrasts, brightness and sunlight readability of its display is excellent as well.
Taking advantage of it’s 18:9 Display is something new for all of us, especially when using some apps. Since most of the videos available right now are created using a 16:9 videos, some videos played inside third-party apps leave us a letterbox. It is a thick black border on each side of its videos.
On its default video app, you can eliminate those letterbox by double tapping the screen while playing some of your videos on your phone. You can also download some third-party apps on PlayStore to maximize those letterbox.
Software and UI
Color OS 3.2
Another notable highlight of OPPO F5 is its software. The phone runs OPPO owned skin ‘Color OS’, now on version 3.2. This is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. October 5, 2017, Google Security Patch update is installed on the phone as of this writing.
Overall look and feel of Color OS 3.2 remind me of Apple’s iOS 10. This also makes some users of iPhone adapt to Android ecosystem easier if they’ve decided to make a switch.
Oh, by the way. I mentioned ‘switch’. If you are an Apple iPhone user or have an old Android phone, you can back up and restore your existing data to your new OPPO F5 easily by using the Backup and Restore app installed on the phone.
From the previous version of Color OS based on Marshmallow, the Quick Setting has moved to the bottom of the phone by swiping up from the bottom edge of the phone. The Quick setting has two rows offers different switches. Upper switches include the first 5 basic switches like Wi-Fi, Cellular Data, Quiet Time, Bluetooth and Location. Below also is the other switches to quick launch some system apps include Flashlight, Calculator, Booster, Clock, and Camera. You can further customize by swiping right to switches.
The default launcher has no app drawer, rather, it directly accesses apps on its home screen and groups according to your choice. You can ‘Pinch In’ to its home screen to customize widgets and change the transition of the phone. Hold the icon to wiggle them to customize the apps.
Improved and Speedy Face Unlock
Since we are already accustomed to PIN, Password and Fingerprint unlocking. OPPO F5 did a good job on the Face Unlock.
Look how fast the Face unlock of Oppo F5!
Posted by JR Grate on Wednesday, 8 November 2017
Though the Face Unlock is there since the time of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, OPPO F5’s Face Unlock is now even better. Faster and more secure. It is so interesting to see how fast the OPPO F5’s Speedy Unlock. With the help of the AI built in on the front camera, it helps the Face Unlocking to make it fast. (Well discuss more the benefits of AI Beautify later). Whether you are wearing a prescription glasses, facing your face aside, it can still recognize you and unlock your phone.
Essential apps for your productivity are Contacts, Recorder, Compass, Calculator, Backup and Restore app, Radio. Some Google apps like Google Calendar, Google App, GMail, Maps, YouTube, Drive, Play Music, Google Duo, Google Keep, and Photos are also present as well. They also added the O-share File sharing app, the OPPO-to-OPPO file sharing app.
Like other skinned proprietary OS, the OPPO’s Color OS has theme options to let you customize the appearance of the lock screen, icons, themes, and some user interface elements of the phone of your choice.
Since it doesn’t have capacitive buttons, it uses on-screen navigation icons that can be customized in settings. You can also choose between virtual navigation keys or navigation gestures, where you can: Return to upper page by swiping up left bottom of the screen; Open control center by swiping up from right bottom of the screen; Return to home screen by swiping up from the bottom of the screen; and Return to the recent task by swiping up and hold it for 1 second from middle bottom of the screen. When in landscape mode, you can also do the same thing.
There are some built-in apps that are so useful, for instance, the Phone Manager app. You can Clean up & Accelerate your phone by cleaning unnecessary cache and files that you might don’t need anymore. You can set the App Lock, Permission where you can have an option to use Face unlock, PIN, Password or Fingerprint. Manage start-up apps and manage floating windows with Privacy permissions, works beyond the default permissions manager of Android Nougat. The anti-virus software that is powered by Avast helps you to scan and remove some potential malicious files and apps/APKs. Payment Protection is there to protect your payment transactions.
Faster App Launch
App start times is noticeably fast when launching an app. I might say that the 23.9% App Start is faster than the previous iteration of Color OS 3.2 is true. There’s a no trick. When I checked the Developer Options Menu on Settings, the Window, Transition and Animator scale is set to 1x only, which is the default. Some of the phones I’ve seen set this to setting .5x to look the phone faster. But with OPPO F5, it is faster. With no trick.
Performance and Audio
With the 64-bit MediaTek MT6763T, Helio P23 octa-core chipset clocked at 2.5Ghz, paired with Mali-G71 GPU are good for casual browsing, social media. and casual gaming. I haven’t experienced any app freeze or crashing an app.It delivers snappy performance very well. The 16nm processing speed of this chipset helps to cut down energy consumption. After a month of daily use, I haven’t experienced excessive heat while using this phone.
BENCHMARK SCORES and SENSORS:
Multitasking is smooth and fast. They also added some multitasking customization on the phone, that you can not just clear all the recently open apps, but to show you some available RAM used on your phone.
The speakers are loud. Listening to music with your favorite headphones is not a problem. Thanks to it’s Real Sound Technology. I’m not an audiophile, but in an average user’s perspective, this equalizing technology corrects and enhances the sound quality.
We are thankful enough that most of the brands nowadays, that includes OPPO, did not remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on its phone.
The OPPO F5’s Camera UI features different mode, like Timelapse Mode, Video (with Beautify Mode also!). Standard Photo (features HDR mode; Timer that can be adjusted from 3 seconds to 10 seconds or tap to capture; Aspect Ratio Size – Standard, Square, and Full-Screen mode); and Filters. Beauty Mode, Panorama, and Expert Mode or Manual Mode that allows you to adjust the controls of White Balance, Exposure Value (from -3 to +3), ISO (100 to 3200), Shutter Speed (1/8000 to 16 seconds), and Focus.
Even the OPPO F5 have no Dual Camera Set-up, it is OPPO F5 is great for a midrange smartphone!
Front-facing Camera with AI Beautify
OPPO F5 steps up their beautification feature on its front camera as they added AI (Artificial Intelligence) to beautify natural selfies and to understand your face accurately. It sounds gimmicky, but as what I have tested, this ‘AI beautify’ feature truly improves the selfies I took. (Forgive me if I didn’t take the selfies very well because of my face haha). For the sake of testing, here I can show you the difference of its 6 different levels of beauty mode as shown below:
I am not into selfies, but the OPPO F5 impressed me! I tried some phones, apps in the past that enhances your selfies, and some of them may end up looking a bit too plastic. But with OPPO F5, the selfies is natural, its just right. Thanks to it’s AI Beautify. Selfies are not over filtered.
More sample photos below:
Both rear and front camera can record 1080p videos @ 30fps in back camera, and @ 23fps in front.
Both two sim card slots are supported by LTE-FDD B1/2/3/5/7/8/20/28, it is also interesting that this phone supports 700MHz LTE Frequency (Band 28) that is the newer band opened by major telco providers in the Philippines. This phone also supports other bands, specifically TDD B38/39/40/41(2555-2655MHz), WCDMA B1/2/5/8 for 3G, and GSM 850/900/1800/1900 for 2G bands. The Wi-Fi has a 2.4/5GHz frequency with 802.11 a/b/g/n standard. It supports Bluetooth 4.2, GPS receiver and FM Radio for listening music.
In our test, the battery can stand up to 10 hours. The 3,200 mAh can last long for almost half a day with my regular daily usage from a single charge. I can enjoy watching online videos, web browsing, do social media more. You can maximize and enjoy the OPPO F5 little longer. However, OPPO F5 charging longer than expected. It can charge almost 2 hours and a half on its 2A charger.
OPPO did a great job with their OPPO F5. They retain their design language on their phone with revamped display, and of course, the specs and features of this phone. It’s AI Beautify, cameras, longer battery life, fast operating system and it’s performance is worthy of your money for its price. This phone can also stand out from other phones with 18:9 displays because of its features.
- Updated Android 7.1 Nougat Operating System
- Not hybrid slots
- 18:9 Full HD resolution
- Fast Fingerprint Unlock
- Face Unlock is truly ‘Speedy’ and fast.
- Long Battery Life
- Fast 4G LTE connectivity, 700MHz supported
- 4GB RAM
- Camera with ‘AI Beautify’ feature
- Loud Speakers
- No fast charging and USB Type C for today’s standards
- Plastic build
OPPO F5 Specs
- 6-inch IPS LCD panel, FHD+ 2160 x 1080 resolution, 18:9 Ratio 403 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
- Android OS v7.1 “Nougat”, Color OS 3.2
- 2.5Ghz 64-bit MediaTek MT6763T Helio P23 octa-core chipset
- Mali-G71 GPU
- 32GB internal storage (Expandable memory card slot up to 128GB)
- 4GB RAM
- 16-megapixel f/1.8 rear camera
- 20-megapixel f/2.0 front camera, Al Beautify
- Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
- Bluetooth v4.2
- GPS, A-GPS
- microUSB 2.0 connector
- Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
- 3,200 mAh non-removable battery, 5V-2A charger
- Audio Quality4.7
- Battery Life4.6