They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and seems like OPPO’s designers have taken that to the heart. When OPPO launched the F1 Plus in India earlier this month, many remarked just how similar it looked to the iPhone 6s Plus. To see just how similar the two devices looked, we put them under the lens in our design comparison.
At first glance you will be hard pressed to tell the two devices apart. There is hardly any difference up front with the display turned off, and only the shape of the home button/fingerprint scanner tells which one is the iPhone and which is the Android device. But look closely and you will see the subtle differences.
With dimensions of 151.8×74.3×6.6mm, the F1 Plus is smaller and slimmer than the iPhone 6s Plus (158.2×77.9×7.3mm). The bezels on OPPO’s phone is also extremely thin. Up top, the placement of the selfie camera and the ambient and proximity sensor too differs. Both devices have a physical button surrounded by a metal ring, and an embedded fingerprint sensor. But where one is shaped like a pill, the other is circular.
The similarities are at the back as well, and if you were to hide the logos, it would make it difficult for a layman to tell the iPhone apart from the OPPO. That said, the differences at the back are much easier to detect. Both devices have a protruding camera at the top-left corner, plastic antenna bands, and the logo at the center.
The plastic bands on the iPhone though are much broader, and the LED flash is placed adjacent to the camera. There is a mic on the right of the camera. On the F1 Plus, the flash is placed below the camera lens, and the mic has been pushed to the top of the phone, leaving the back panel Spartan.
The similarities are again carried over to the sides and the bottom of the phones as well. Both devices have the power button and the SIM card tray on the right edge, and while both look similar the placement is different. On the left edge, the iPhone 6s has the volume rocker and the slider button, while the OPPO smartphone only has the volume rocker. At the bottom, both devices have the same combination of speaker grille, charging port, 3.5mm audio jack and a mic. Again only the placement differs. In fact, both even have two screws on either side of the charging port.
There’s little differentiating the OPPO F1 Plus from the Apple iPhone 6s Plus on the design front, and one is clearly a carbon copy of the other (we are looking at you OPPO). Though we don’t mind companies taking inspiration from each other from time to time, there is a limit to how much you can borrow. We wonder what Apple feels about this.
That said, another way of looking at it is that you can own a device that looks and feels as good as the iPhone at nearly half the price. Which camp do you fall in? Let us know in the comments section below.