Oppo F1s: A selfie specialist

Launch SRP: RM1198

Overview, Design, and Features

Overview

All smartphones these days claim to be able to take great selfies, but how many of them are actually equipped with a high quality – instead of a token – front-facing camera that would enable them to do so? The answer is, unfortunately, not many.

But there are exceptions, like the Oppo F1s, which not only has a 16MP f/2.0 front-facing camera that has a 1/3.1-inch image sensor, but also a built-in beautification mode that has seven different intensity levels, and two skin tones for you to doll yourself up with. But the question is, will it be good enough to live up to its own proclamation of being the ‘Selfie Expert’? Let’s find out.

Design and Features

Flash the F1s to someone who isn’t well-versed with the latest crop of smartphones, and there’s a very good possibility that they would ask if you were holding the iPhone 6. Okay, maybe it isn’t that obvious from the front, but flip the device over and you’ll immediately notice the similarities, like the placement of the camera and flash modules, and the two silver strips that runs across the top and bottom of the device. As a matter of fact, F1s even has app icons that are eerily similar to that of iOS devices – just take a look at its Settings and Calendar icons.

The user interface of the Oppo F1s on the left, versus the iPad Mini 2 running on iOS 9.3.4. Notice the similarities between the Settings and Calendar icons?

Apart from its impressive front-facing camera, the F1s is also endowed with a 5.5-inch HD (1,280 x 720) IPS Gorilla Glass 4 display, a 64-bit 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (expandable up to 128GB via microSD), and a 3,075mAh battery. Software wise, the F1s runs on Oppo’s own ColorUI 3.0 interface on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop.

The volume rocker on the left side of the Oppo F1s.

Over to the right, you'll find a lock button, and a triple-slot SIM card tray.

The triple-slot SIM card tray can accommodate two Nano-SIM cards and one microSD card simultaneously.

As a whole, the F1s has pretty decent specifications for a mid-range device, though we can’t help but wonder why Oppo decided not to opt for a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) panel instead, considering that there are more affordably priced devices out there – like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 – that have one.

Nonetheless, the 720p display of the F1s is still very pleasant to look at, thanks to its bright and vibrant colors. Surprisingly, it’s also plenty sharp as well – so much so that you’d probably believe us if we told you that it was a Full HD display.

It might look but the Oppo F1s has dual speakers judging from the two grills located on its bottom, but unfortunately that isn't the case -- audio only comes out from the grill on the right.

As with most smartphones these days, the F1s too has a fingerprint sensor integrated into its home button, which works flawlessly and instantaneously. But what we particularly liked about it, its ability to associate different fingerprints with different applications. For example, you can have the fingerprint of your index finger assigned to open up WhatsApp immediately upon unlocking the device, or maybe your ring finger to load up Facebook. You can add up to five fingerprints, which should be sufficient enough to cover all of your favorite apps.

You really can’t downplay how much of a smooth operator the F1s is, thanks to the 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM that’s powering it. Swiping through its ColorOS 3.0 user interface was nothing short of a breeze, apps were quick to load and close, we had no trouble scrolling through image-heavy websites on Google Chrome, while graphically intensive games such as Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade ran effortlessly without a hitch.

8.0
Design
8
Features
8.5
User-Friendliness
8
Performance
8
Value
8
The Good
Brilliant front-facing camera
Fuss-free performance
Handy fingerprint shortcuts
Exceptional battery life
The Bad
720p display
Rear camera could be sharper