Unlike most smartphones, Oppo’s latest device has a better front camera than the back.
For smartphones, rear cameras with high-end sensors are a common sight but the same is not true for selfie shooters.
Bucking the trend is Oppo’s F1s which has a 16-megapixel front camera but only a 13-megapixel rear camera.
Thanks to the higher megapixel count, the front camera shoots excellent selfies.
Not surprisingly, it comes with an improved beautification mode – images can be tweaked to look fairer or rosier with seven levels of adjustment. This mode is also available for the rear camera.
Sadly, the rear camera is not as good. The 13-megapixel camera produced decent pictures but not great ones, especially in low light situations.
The rear camera also has a couple of interesting modes, namely Ultra HD and Double Exposure.
Ultra HD captures 10 images consecutively, selects four and combines them into a 51-megapixel image. Unfortunately, the 51-megapixel image was only slightly better than a normal shot.
The Double Exposure mode is fun as you can take two separate shots and merge them into one for a funky looking photo.
The 5.5in screen only has a 720p resolution which is rather unusual for a phone in this price range.
While there is no issue with the colour or brightness, looking at a 720p screen is no fun when you are used to full HD or QHD displays, especially when playing games.
The F1s also stumbles when handling graphically intensive games such as Banner Saga, Need For Speed: Most Wanted and This War Of Mine. The gameplay is often laggy although still playable.
It fares better in the audio department – thanks to Dirac HD Sound tech, the audio is clearer and the bass is deeper when using headphones.
Similar to the other phones in the segment, the F1s features a fingerprint sensor on the home button.
It is easily one of the fastest sensors on the market and unlocks the smartphone almost instantaneously.
The sensor can also be customised to launch your favourite apps such as Facebook or Twitter after the device is unlocked.
Sadly there is no NFC support so if Android Pay ever becomes available here, you won’t be able to take advantage of it.
The other thing unusual about the F1s is that it is running on last gen operating system – Android 5.1 or Lollipop.
Luckily, the company’s ColorOS user interface brings the phone up to date with new features. It even has a File Safe for you to keep your photos and videos in a password protected locker.
In terms of battery life, the phone had no trouble lasting till the end of the day when used mainly for social media, occasional photo shooting and music streaming.
Whether you get the F1s or not really depends on how important selfies are to you – if you are really into it then this is one of the best phones to get.
Overall, it’s a decent phone but is mainly let down by a display that’s only 720p. If you can look past that then the F1s is worth checking out.
Pros: Superb selfie camera; interesting camera modes; nice metal design; good audio quality; fast fingerprint sensor.
Cons: Average display; a little pricey; no NFC.
Network: 4G LTE
Operating System: Android 5.1 Lollipop with ColorOS 3.0
Display: 5in IPS display (720 x 1,280 pixels)
Camera: 13-megapixel rear camera, 16-megapixel front camera
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi a/b/g/n
Processor: Mediatek MT6750 octa-core 1.5GHz Cortex A53
Memory: 32GB internal memory
Expansion Slot: MicroSD card (up to 128GB supported)
Dimensions (W x D x H): 76 x 7.38 x 154.5mm
Rating: 3.5 stars
Review unit courtesy of Oppo Electronics Sdn Bhd, (03) 2110-3448
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