OPPO launched last month its selfie-centric smartphone, the OPPO F1. It boasts a 5-inch display, Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 8MP front camera, Android Lollipop, and a price tag under Php12K. But are these enough to consider the F1 as your next smartphone? Find out in our full review.
Design and Construction
The first time you hold the OPPO F1, you can immediately tell that the company wants it to exude premium quality. The body, especially the rear part, is made of metal alloy which OPPO says was “treated with zircon sand surface coating applied in a low-pressure, low-speed spraying process.” The result is a finish that is slightly textured but smooth and cool to the touch.
The sides, on the other hand, sports the same look but feel is closer to glossy than very fine sand. It’s curved with polished beveled edges that blend well with the 2.5D Gorilla Glass on the front. OPPO calls this the Light Band Edge design.
Looking at its facade, you will see the 5-inch display along with the earpiece, 8-megapixel camera, light sensor, and LED indicator. Down below are three unlit capacitive buttons for navigation.
On the left are the volume buttons while on the right is the power / lock. These buttons have a metallic to it as well with tiny chamfers.
Also located on the right side is the hybrid SIM tray which can accommodate two SIM cards (micro + nano) with support for a microSD card in the SIM 2 slot.
Up top, we have the headset jack.
While down at the bottom are the micro-USB port and microphone.
Flip it on its back and you will see the 13-megapixel camera, LED flash, OPPO branding, and the loudspeaker down below.
On the hand, the OPPO F1 feels really slim (7.3mm thick) with decent heft (134g). It is also relatively narrow, allowing you to grip it properly. Combined with the curves and finishes, the phone is a joy to hold. Overall, it is one of the prettiest looking smartphones in its class.