Oppo F1 Plus
Oppo calls the F1 Plus a selfie expert phone – it has a 16MP front camera with a f2.0 aperture. This is the first time we’ve seen a front camera with a higher megapixel count than the rear camera (which is 13MP). Shows how important selfies have become! The front camera is impressive – it captures excellent detail, rich color and minimal noise. This is rear for a front camera. The rear 13MP camera is equally good in daylight and indoors, but the lack of image stabilization becomes apparent in close up shots and video recording. Low light images are good enough to view onscreen but if you zoom in on the image there is visible noise. Video recording is limited to either 720p or 1080p – we wished there was option of 4k video recording. All-in-all the F1 Plus has impressive cameras and selfie enthusiasts will love the image equality & performance.
The design language of the oppo F1 Plus is similar to the F1 with a few changes here and there. Much to our surprise, the F1 Plus is slimmer than the F1 (6.6mm vs 7.3mm) even through it has a larger display and a bigger battery. It has an all-metal unibody design with metal buttons for power and volume on the sides. Edges are curved, quite similar to the iPhone 6 Plus actually. On the front is a home button which has an integrated fingerprint scanner plus back and recent keys on the sides. While we loved the premium look and feel of the device although it is fairly slippery to hold. We came close to dropping it on several occasions. You will have to use it with a case of added protection.
The 5.5-inch display is quite impressive. It has resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels which keeps everything on the screen sharp. It also offers excellent brightness and wide viewing angles. Finally, it has supper slim bezels and uses amoled panel which adds to the overall look of the phone. Oppo has built in an eye protection function which is essentially blue light filter – you can switch it off or choose between low, medium and high levels according to your preference. The only complaint with the screen – sunlight legibility should have been better.
For the price you get an octa core Mediatek Helio P10 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage (expandable via hybrid SIM slot). As expected from such hardware, the phone blazes through any app , game and 4k video playback. Switching between apps is seamless and we did not notice any slowdown or sluggishness anywhere. The 2,850mAh battery manages to last from 9am to 5pm which is as expected.
It runs Oppo’s updated color OS 3.0 based on Android 5.1. The is no app drawer and all icons and widgets are placed on various home panels. We found the user interface to be smooth and zippy and love the fact that there was minimal bloat ware preloaded. You get various settings to play with for the notification bar, lock screen wallpaper, a long screenshot function, themes, balckscreen gestures (gestures when screen is off), security center(whitelist, permission monitor, built in antivirous) and a simple mode. However there are few bugs. The main one we noticed was that there is no auto WiFi connectivity for saved networks – the phone did not connect to pre-configured WiFi networks automatically and they have to selected manually from settings every time. Also, if you switch to low power mode, it does not get automatically disabled when you start charging the phone. The camera app in expert mode has shutter lag which is not present in auto mode. All these issues can be fixed with software updates and we hope Oppo fixes them soon.
Special mention is deserved by the fingerprint scanner on the device – it is one of the fastest we’ve seen on a smartphone so far. In fact, the wake-up and unlock function was so fast that we thought that the security lock was not enabled at all. Kudos to Oppo for such a fantastic execution of hardware and software functionality with the fingerprint scanner on the F1 Plus. Another feature that impressed us was the Vooc charger technology that is built in the phone. With the Vooc charger, we were able to go from 10% to 80% battery in just 30 minutes of charging – very handy for road warriors who don’t want to lug around a portable charger. However, you will have to carry the Vooc charger and the charging cable along with you to get the benefit.
At Rs.26,990, the Oppo F1 Plus is a phone that is sensibly priced from the company considering the increased competition from other Chinese players. The only other selfie focused phone is the Asus Zenfone Selfie that is available for Rs.17,000 (3GBRAM/32GB storage). It has 13MP front camera with dual tone LED flash that is onpar with the in terms of performance. If the selfies are not the main criteria, you can also consider the OnePlus 2 64GB variant (Rs.22,990) that offer better rear camera with OIS, a larger battery, USB type-C charger for quick charging, a 5.5-inch full HD display and 4GB RAM.
- 5.5-inch amoled (1920 x 1080 pixels),
- Octa core Mediatek Helio P10 processor,
- 4GB RAM,64GB storage (expandable, hybrid dual SIM),
- 13MP rear camera, 16MP front camera,
- 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB host,
- Android 5.1,
- 2,850mAh battery,
- 145 grams,
- Price:- Rs. 26,990 ,
- Review Point:- Four Star out of five
- Slim metal unibody design,
- hardware and performance,
- super-fast fingerprint scanner,
- a fantastic front camera,
- Vooc fast charging
- No 4k video recording, noOIS, Slippery to hold,
- UI has a few bugs, sub-par battery life