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REVIEW

F1s – Another Selfie Expert!


Issue Date 17 Sept - 23 Sept, 2016 at 2:00 PM

F1s – Another Selfie Expert!

The F1s by OPPO is a mid-range phone that boasts a metallic built, most of its design has been inspired by its predecessor; however, there is more to this phone than just being a selfie-centred phone, read on to find out!

Design
The phone’s design looks pretty familiar to a popular brand’s smartphone. It will leave you shocked as it has a striking resemblance to this market-leading phone. Contrastingly, the phone appears quite strong and the quality of its built is good. Its aluminium body adds some weight to it that enhances the experience further. The buttons are clicky and nice, and for a mid-range category, the phone is somewhat excellent. The phone has a 720p 5.5-inch display and a 2.5D screen. The home button under the screen doubles as fingerprint reader.

Display
The phone has a 5.5-inch screen and a resolution of 720x1280 pixels. This is quite low for a mid-range phone at present. Amazingly, its display is very sharp. There has to be a certain kind of optimisation needed by the brand, since the display does not appear HD; in fact it is much better. The colours on the phone are quite vibrant and its viewing angles are excellent as well. Even though it does not seem to be the best display in the company’s mid-range phones, it is however, not the worst too.

Performance
The phone utilises a Mediatek processor, which are considered an underdog in the market and conventionally deemed as an inexpensive substitute to Qualcomm. Nevertheless, being an underdog processor does not impact on the phone’s good performance. The phone features an MT6750 – an octa-core processor regulated at 1.5GHz. It utilises Mali-T860, on the GPU end, and all of it is supported using a considerable 3GB RAM.

Software
The gadget runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 added with the brand’s custom ColorOS v3.0. The UI of the phone is vibrant, flat and absolutely functional. Its home screen is rather simple and one gets a maximum of four items on the dock below. In order to get a preview of all the pages, you will have to tap and hold an icon present on the home screen.

Fingerprint Scanner
The brand claims that the phone will unlock in 0.22 seconds, but it unlocks even faster. The fingerprint scanner is lightning fast and the phone unlocks as soon as one places their thumb on the scanner. It is fast and extremely accurate. To activate this feature, all you need to do is tap on the fingerprint scanner a few times and you are good to go.

Camera
The phone is deemed as “Selfie Expert”. Its front camera is not slouchy at all. You get some good-looking and crisp selfies. Pictures are detailed and bright, and there is also a front-facing flash feature that turns the screen white, once the shutter opens. Its rear camera is a 13MP shooter with an f/2.2 aperture and an LED flash. The camera takes pretty decent photos. Its shutter is fast enough and there is hardly any lag in the shutter. Pictures come out detailed, but once it is dark there will be some distortion in the photos and lesser detail.

Battery
The phone is great at managing power and its good battery life is aided by its display resolution and low performance processor. However, the charging time of the phone is painful, as it takes a lot of time to reach a 100% mark. Nevertheless, the battery life makes up for this drawback.

Verdict
You can easily recommend this phone to people. It has everything you want at this price point, especially the significant things like the camera and its performance. The gadget ticks all the right boxes and can easily compete in the market. If you are thinking of getting a hands-on experience, the phone will certainly not disappoint you.





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