OPPO introduced its F series earlier this year in India, with the launch of the F1 and the F1 Plus. As OPPO puts it, smartphones in this series are aimed at the young generation that likes to click selfies every hour. Today, the company has added a new smartphone to this range, called the F1s. Priced at Rs 17,990, the OPPO F1s too is targeted at the selfie-crazy people, boasting a 16-megapixel front-facing camera. We spent some time with the new smartphone at the launch event today, and here our first impressions. Also Read - The first smartphone with a hidden under-display camera is finally ready, and it's by ZTEAlso Read - Oppo patents phone with support for Li-Fi technology
OPPO has stuck with the design language seen on the F1 and F1 Plus, which includes a metal body covered in 2.5D curved glass and rounded edges with chamfers. In fact, if you were to place the F1 Plus and the new F1s side by side, you will be hard-pressed to find many differences. The white colored front panel is dominated by the 5.5-inch display, with a home button below it and a fingerprint scanner embedded. The edges are curved and almost seem like they are blending with the back panel. Also Read - Oppo R17 update rolling out with July security patch and more
The form factor ensures that the OPPO F1s fits well in one’s palms, but the metal body and rounded corners do not offer the best of grips. In the short time we spent with the device, there was this constant fear of dropping the device. That said, the overall design feels premium and dare we say it is among the good looking smartphones in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment.
Let’s start off with the OPPO F1s’ highlight — the selfie camera. Unlike most smartphones in its price range, the F1s boasts a 16-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and 1/3.1-image sensor that the company says helps in clicking good photos in low light. The camera also comes with features like Beautify 4.0, selfie panorama, photo filters, screen flash, voice command and gesture shot among others. As advertised by OPPO, the F1s was able to click some great selfies despite the ambient lighting conditions at the launch event. It also comes with panorama selfie, which could come handy for group photos.
At the back, the F1s comes with a 13-megapixel primary camera with f/2.2 aperture and PDAF support. The rear camera too was able to capture detailed shots under ambient lighting conditions. But as is the norm, we will reserve our judgments till we have put both cameras through further tests in our review.
The OPPO F1s flaunts a 5.5-inch IPS TFT display, but disappointingly the resolution is only HD (1280×720 pixels). Though it’s difficult to tell the difference between an HD and full HD resolution display during day-to-day usage, there is a notable lack of sharpness in the F1s’ display. For a smartphone that is priced closed to Rs 20,000 and focused on photography, an HD display seems like a compromise on OPPO’s part.
Under the hood is MediaTek’s MT6750 octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM. In the short time we spent using the device, there was barely any lag visible and the overall performance was smooth. However it remains to be seen how the chipset is able to handle graphic-intensive games and multiple apps running in the background. On the software front, the device runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 wrapped under ColorOS 3.0. The UI is relatively light (albeit a bit cartoonish with bright colors) that helps in getting smooth performance.
There is a fingerprint scanner embedded into the home button up front, which OPPO says can unlock the smartphone in just 0.22 seconds. The scanner can also be programmed to fire up an app on the touch of the button. Unlike the hybrid setup on the F1, the F1s features a SIM tray with three slots, for two SIM cards and a microSD card. The smartphone is also backed by a 3,750mAh battery that the company claims is good enough to survive the entire day on a single charge. We will put the claim to test in our review.
Though the OPPO F1s is able to stand out in the crowded segment with its 16-megapixel selfie camera, there seems to be little else that can justify the Rs 17,990 price tag. At this range, one can choose from feature-packed devices like the Lenovo Vibe X3, and Asus Zenfone 2 to name a few. While things may not seem too promising, it’s too early to discard a smartphone before putting it through a review. So stay tuned.