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OPPO F1s Unboxing, Initial Review: The Selfie Cam, Perfected?

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OPPO’s F series of smartphones, initially touted to be the camera-centric range, has been known as the selfie addict’s phone. The original F1 performed quite well, at least well enough for OPPO to release a more premium version dubbed the F1 Plus. With the arrival of the F1s, it seems like the company is looking to marry the affordability of the F1 and the premium features of the F1 Plus in one device.

Oppo F1s Specifications

  • 1.5 GHz Mediatek MT6750 Octa-core Processor
  • Mali-T860MP2 GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD Display, 720×1280 resolution
  • 32 GB of expandable storage (Up to 256GB)
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, phase detection AF, LED flash, f/2.2
  • 16-megapixel front camera, f/2.0
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, A-GPS, Fingerprint Scanner
  • 3075mAh Battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop, Color OS 3.0

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Packaging and contents:

The OPPO F1s came to us clad in a very premium looking box, which has always been the norm for their products. Once you tear open the seal and take a peek inside, you’ll see the phone, a pair of nice looking headphones, charger, user manual and USB cable.

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Nothing extraordinary here, just OPPO’s premium execution in product presentation.

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Initial impressions: The affordability of the F1 with the features of the F1 Plus

We’ve come to expect a certain level of premium-ness whenever OPPO unveils a new model, and the F1s is no exception. The phone feels extremely premium, thanks to the metal frame and body of the device. The gold color of the F1s is lovely, and overall the phone feels extremely well built – no gaps or flex anywhere in the phone’s metal body. That was the case with the F1 and the F1 Plus when we reviewed them as well, and that consistent level of quality isn’t always easy to achieve – we’re happy that the Chinese brand is maintaining that level of quality even on lower-priced models like the F1s.

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The volume rocker is on the left side, while the power button on the right, along with the SIM tray. The 3.5mm jack and USB port is located on the bottom, along with the speaker grille. The frame of the phone is beveled and looks quite lovely, and the corners of the device are rounded  for easier handling.

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The front of the device is dominated by the 5.5-inch IPS HD display with Gorilla Glass 4 protection, and the 16-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture. It’s no surprising that the front camera of the F1s has a higher megapixel count compared to the rear camera that only has a 13-megapixel shooter – that pretty much has been the trademark for OPPO’s F series of smartphones from the original F1 all the way to the newest model.

While we’re a little disappointed at the lower pixels per inch delivered by the HD resolution display, the upside is that that it’s very, very bright, has excellent viewing angles and color reproduction. Side bezels are surprisingly thin as well.

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Below the display you’ll see the home button that’s flanked by physical Android navigation keys. That home button hides a fingerprint scanner that’s incredibly responsive and unlocks the phone in less than half a second.

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You can also map certain apps to open depending on what finger you use to unlock the phone. The fingerprint scanner is present on the more expensive F1 Plus, and we’re happy to see it show up in the lower-priced F1s.

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Inside the F1s beats MediaTek’s new 1.5GHz MT6750 octa-core processor, paired with a Mali-T860MP2 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It’s not the fastest processor on the block, but it’s a definite improvement over the Snapdragon 616 that was present on the F1. Navigating through Android 5.1 Lollipop with OPPO’s Color OS UI felt fast and fluid, though we’re a little annoyed to still Lollipop in a phone – come on guys, it’s already 2016. The phone also has a 3075mAh battery, which is considerably more than the battery in the F1 or the F1 Plus.

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In the Philippines, OPPO is pricing the F1s at Php 12,990, and will be available for pre orders by next week.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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5 Comments

  1. In this age of AR and VR, it would be nice if tech blogs would include in the specs if the smartphone has gyroscope or none.

  2. Pre-ordered mine SM North City (Unique Cellular 5th Flr Annex). Anyway i havent tried myself using the phone but the 720p HD display is so crisp and bright. Although still in Lollipop not sure if its ok or not im hoping its fast enough to my liking (im not into games anyway).
    Big phone, bright, camera/video, large internal storage is just what i need, Hope OPPO F1S will suffice and
    I hope i did a good choice i hope my money is worth it.
    Anyway just like cars, phones too are not made perfect even if its a high-end one.

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