Oppo F1, analysis: an exercise of outstanding design to rival the economic range

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For some time now the most manufacturers, especially from China, had pushed hard nuts midrange , making competition to win a place in the Android market, almost a war that must be the best weapons possible.

Oppo knows that a device is not only hardware, or software, or finished, but a combination of all of them that gets to keep the price at a level as attractive as possible, especially for lesser known manufacturers like them. With this premise was born the Oppo F1 thoroughly analyze today in Engadget Android

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Highlight today on the Android catalog is very complicated, even more so if we try to do in the middle range, where the battle is fought and platforms highly compensated hardware and finishes before destined to terminals noblest ranges.

However, the guys at Oppo have always surprised us for their good work when making smartphones, and although they are not yet too familiar in our borders, the truth is still working at a very good level with terminals like this Oppo F1 next competing looking for the younger audience.

it is not easy highlight in the middle range without a reputable brand, but Oppo is one of those companies that always surprises for their good work when making smartphones. Obviously, the Oppo F1 is no exception

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As one of the first Chinese manufacturers dare to sell officially in Spain , surely Oppo growth is slower than the which could have a hypothetical landing Xiaomi, better known, although the strategy out is before never negative for the already walked path you take when you get your main rivals.

with the Oppo F1, the Chinese manufacturer has dear placed well among the middle and economic ranges with smartphone compensated specifications but not high, price content and quality finishes in the purest Oppo style with a full metal housing over plastic frames and an impressive touch in hand.

As you all will wait, in a terminal low-cut there will be many gaps , especially if we look for an outstanding multimedia section, security with biometric sensors, payments via mobile or other Similar aspects, although the price at which sells Oppo this little F1 can ask the Chinese manufacturer

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solvent for day to day

hardware’s attack first hardware possibilities, because the list of specifications is usually the most basic differentiation between one or the other devices, and from here we shelling best all possibilities.

What us Oppo F1 offers regarding components ? hardware

Oppo F1, specifications
physical Dimensions 143.5 x 71 x 7.3 mm
134 grams
Display 5 inches
Resolution 1,280 x 720 pixels, 294 dpi
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 616
Octa-core (4x Cortex-A53 1.5 GHz & 4x Cortex-A53 1.2 GHz)
graphics Processor Adreno 405
RAM 3 GB
Memory 16GB + microSD up to 256 GB
version Android 5.1 Lollipop
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Connectivity LTE dual active SIM (nano-SIM + micro-SIM / micro-SD)
Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
aGPS + GLONASS
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
FM Radio
microUSB v2.0, USB Host
Cameras Rear: 13MP with f / 2.2 and autofocus, LED flash, HDR and video FullHD
Front: 8 MP with f / 2.0 and video FullHD
Battery 2500 mAh (non-removable)
access to Google Play Yes, standard
Other information metal construction
Gorilla Glass 4
Starting price 229 euros (in Oppostyle)

As you see, the Oppo F1 has a cast of pretty decent hardware for its price , and considering the minimal differences that exist today between each other platforms, truth is that the comparison with its direct competition is very complicated.

with the advancement of technology and unstoppable hardware we live years ago, it is easy now to make any device works perfectly fluid without the need mounting an electronic heart of art, and in this case Oppo F1 works swimmingly for everyday use .

We have major flaws for 2016 in the mobile payments and other functions are beginning to standardize because the Oppo F1 will not see or fingerprint reader or other security system biometric and not see a chip NFC that Chinese manufacturers have difficulty putting on their devices.

in a device of economic court there are always failures, as in this case biometric security or NFC, but on the other hand we have all kinds of sensors and a hardware platform highly compensated to prioritize the most of the user experience

what is not lacking is the usual compendium of sensors that we all take for granted and that in some cases – Moto G4 for example not surprising to find, with the accelerometer, digital compass,

light sensor and proximity to the screen, etc. Nor need the full connectivity to LTE dual SIM active , which shares the port with the second SIM memory expansion, so we have to choose between a second microSIM or a microSD card according to your needs. In addition, we will have the usual WiFi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, aGPS with support GLONASS and FM radio that Chinese manufacturers still usually placed in the specification.

Turning now to more important matters, we speak of a smartphone with IPS screen of 5 inches and resolution HD 720p , a panel which will be discussed later and are encouraged through a Snadpragon 616 chipset Qualcomm that supports 64-bit natively thanks to its eight-core processor configuration in big.LITTLE four Cortex-A53 1.5 GHz and four Cortex-A53 1.2 GHz, accompanied by a GPU Adreno 405.

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memory will not be a problem thanks to the 3 GB of RAM that Oppo has arranged, accompanied by another chip with 16GB more memory for internal storage, expandable thanks to its memory expansion up to 256GB shared with slot for secondary SIM.

for the multimedia section, Oppo it safe is going to keep costs with a main 13 megapixel camera with f / 2.2 and autofocus capable of recording video in full HD and with a LED flash next to him. On the front we find another sensor that will try to justify that smartphone designed for ‘selfies’ , 8 megapixel camera with f / 2.0 and also capable of recording in full HD.

the size of the terminal is very content with 143.5 x 71 x 7.3 mm and weighing only 134 grams, but still very comfortable in hand have the disadvantage that, in this volume, just enter a battery 2500 mAh that will stay low if we use intensively the device.

Obviously, this is a smartphone well managed in terms of hardware, will be content to all users not too demanding, but your target audience is among younger , for their finishes, of which we now, and its improved front camera for ‘selfies’ .

we can say that the Oppo F1 it is a very balanced terminal, but it is so obvious that best summarize the section hardware talking about the intention of Oppo place this F1 among younger audiences for his improved for ‘selfies’ front camera and its attractive metal finish gold

Betting all the design …

If we look at Oppo F1 and we take it, there is no doubt that the Chinese manufacturer has here all the meat on the grill, you getting a smartphone aspect care and finishing robust that can not draw virtually no hits in design .

This is a phone very fine , only 7.3 millimeters thick, with a well optimized for 5-inch panel, 143.5 x 71 mm size, and that hand is very comfortable and light -134 grams – becoming a pleasure everyday use

on the front we find a Gorilla glass high protection and curved edges 2.5D , which dominates the terminal crimped on a chassis frame. plastic leaves center stage to the back, finished with a sheet metal sandblasted that gives a velvety feel very interesting.

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No gaps in the hardware buttons for power and volume, without crunches torsion, nothing we can say is misplaced, the fact is that his major unresolved issue is the rear speaker, the extremely sound worsens when placed on flat surfaces.

As extra points, frame bottom has a capacitive keypad that uses the space for our joy, and slots are protected by a removable tray of good quality which is accessed through the right side frame, just above the power button.

plastic frames are clean fully polished keeping the golden hue of the back, leaving only hollow for microUSB 2.0 connector on the bottom, the audio jack-standard under superior sound and button panel on the left side frame.

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No doubt the good job of Oppo with the construction of the terminal , which is robust and very thin, comfortable and surprising in hand, especially if we say that it is of Chinese origin and that it has cost us around 200 euros

a section of remarkably high that can appraise better thanks to the complete gallery of photos that you have made to the device.

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No risk to the

Today, few risk and on the screen of their smartphones, with the maturity of the IPS technology and HD resolutions and democratized even the most inexpensive devices.

Oppo not leave dear mother, placing a panel of 5 inches and resolution HD 720p that gives good sharpness thanks to its 294 pixels per inch density. It is not above the barrier of 300 ppi many consider the minimum required mark, but not far and the response is more than good, also leaving the values ​​of energy consumption acceptable.

technology is IPS , and here we obviously have mixed feelings between the flashiness of AMOLED and quality of this liquid crystal technology that achieves a reproduction of more natural color and more comfortable to prolonged use.

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the text sharpness is very good, white stunning, and very acceptable overall response, with good contrast and saturation, as well as a level of high brightness for improved viewing outdoors , which still losing their effectiveness leaves the device in a usable level in any situation.

the brightness sensor for auto-configure the brightness level works fast and perfect, and the panel is well calibrated to the effect washed screen usual IPS is not a huge problem, although it is perceptible.

in general, it is a good panel, solvent and more than proven , and we have seen pass the test with flying devices from many manufacturers. It is easy not to risk when you know what works.

Good performance level for day to day

The Oppo F1 is a smartphone that meet the demands of almost any user , and although it is obvious that the most demanding noblest ranges and higher prices will go, is difficult today to get you offer this Oppo in its price range.

the manufacturer Chinese has designed this smartphone looking for the best possible user experience without the price up too, and targeting a young audience the smartphone has been compensated for its use is not pale even playing or using applications in multitasking as listening to music while surfing the Internet.

Very little more can we ask in these price ranges if we look at the SoC , Snapdragon 616 Qualcomm that a step below star Qualcomm for midrange Snapdragon 617, is left alone and has processor eight-core and GPU Adreno 405 to solve smoothly all situations.

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the RAM up to 3 GB so we can not ask for anything more, overcoming the barrier of 2 GB that is marked standard of the less well-off devices, and we already seem enough.

the terminal works perfect in normal use and in more demanding applications , and shows solvent both consuming multimedia content such as videos, surfing the net and even playing heavy games like FIFA 16 or Modern Combat.

we did not see lags or delays, although in this case do not want to categorize and this also depends largely software. And have not noticed overheating on any task, perhaps because aluminum dissipates heat well at the back.

Just do not we just leave you with our experience, but also complement words with objective data that can be obtained from battery performance testing as usual we did in Engadget. The tests are not completely reliable when talking about user experience, but they do give us an idea of ​​the possibilities of the hardware of a smartphone:

Benchmarks Oppo F1
(Qualcomm Snapdragon 616)
PCMark Work perfomance: 3,768 points
Work battery life: 8h 33min
3DMark Sling Shot 3.1: – points
Sling Shot 3.0: 474 points
Geekbench 3 Single-Core: 686 points
Multi-Core: 2,827 points
AnTuTu V6.2.0 37,217 points
Epic Citadel Ultra High Quality: 52.5 FPS
Quadrant 24,187 points
Vellamo Chrome Browser: 2,466 points
Metal: 1,185 points
Multicore: 1,862 points

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the performance Oppo F1 is in the middle of its range , as you may have already noticed, and the smartphone is prepared certainly to meet the needs of most users who do not require the best hardware on the market for an enjoyable experience with a terminal.

as for performance tests, scores are slightly higher than those of similar devices like the Xiaomi Redmi 3 , and if Xiaomi smartphone and left us feeling good, this Oppo F1 is obviously more solvent in this section.

In the Oppo smartphone use as F1 is a convenient phone, with good volume of speakers and responsive to connectivity , and although it is true that neither enjoys a high-end sound does have the technology Dirac Power sound to improve capacity when playing music.

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the coverage is not a problem and neither is positioning through GPS, and we have not noticed any obvious fault when using WiFi or even Bluetooth with our wireless headsets.

The FM radio works well also, but in this case always will specify our headphones as an antenna , unable to start it without them connected.

No more dressings, or the IR port or biometric or health sensors, nor is it that we miss a smartphone that offers everything we could ask an economic smartphone and well finished.

Autonomy in the middle … but fine for thickness

One of the most important sections of any smartphone is undoubtedly its autonomy, and the fact is that in the case of this Oppo F1 sensations are quite bittersweet .

on the one hand, we have an ultra-thin smartphone with only 7.3 mm thick but where it fits battery 2500 mAh we can not draw, but that seems enough for a hardware platform this level with HD 720p and Snapdragon 616 panel.

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on the other hand, it might have been better to sacrifice part of the design and thickness to accommodate greater power capacity in your battery, but the fact is that Oppo has compensated well device performance to reach the standard autonomy without resorting to boot.

While it is true that every day we need to plug the device , we must also recognize that with normal use arrived at night with a capacity around 40 or 45 percent, a fairly good figure considering the battery capacity.

evidence of continued use , you see we have been able to reach until 8 hours and 33 minutes in normal use (web browsing, photo editing, content consumption, etc.) thanks to PCMark, while our experience is that we can get up to 6 hours of screen on performing common functions with the Smartphone.

Playing with Oppo F1 autonomy suffers, and we have reached the 3 hours and even up to 4 hours without major problems, although in this case and see that the terminal is in a position very average over the competition.

without being the best smartphone in the world in terms of battery capacity, the truth is that Oppo itself has been able to maintain autonomy in appropriate values ​​with a stunning design and a very thin thickness. In this case touches praise the good work of Oppo, but we do not have fast loading VOOC other company devices

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Do not noted for their cameras … but neither pales

the cameras are the new horse market battle, although it is true that cheaper devices should be more lenient when it comes to assessing this section that can climb too the price of the device if we choose art sensors.

in this case, Oppo chooses the safety of a sensor 13 megapixel camera with f / 2.2 for the back , which has autofocus camera, LED flash, HDR mode and the ability to record video FullHD. The quality of the sensor is in the middle, without highlighting, leaving center stage to the front camera specifically designed for ‘selfies’ that Oppo has mounted, with 8 megapixel sensor and f / 2.0 and ability to also record in FullHD.

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as you see, the result of the shots with the device is satisfactory in most situations , getting compensate well even in complex images like this in which lighting is high and there are shaded areas.

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also works fine HDR greatly improving so many scenes, although in this case will specify a split second to keep the device for correct capture. As you see in the picture above, the image on the left with HDR is able to show the sky without burning the image, which does make the automatic mode without HDR. Also, it is capable of playing much better soil color and other elements of the composition.

extending one hundred percent shows an appropriate level of detail, without much fanfare but with good result considering the possibilities and prices device.

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for indoor or poorly lit scenes terminal worsens their results, although the flash can be saved some shots like you see right here, with Andy in a completely dark room. The device introduces noise in these images, but do not over-achieving an acceptable result.

However, we want you valoréis directly as important as this section, so here we leave a good gallery of shots unretouched and actual size

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Bad news software

As you know, we’re not friends on Android customizations on especially if they are loaded completely user experience of the operating system.

Obviously it is not necessary that all smartphones have an interface Pure Google so we’re happy, but like us that customization does not completely change the usability of Android . As an example, in fact, we very glad work Lightened a giant like Samsung on TouchWiz, who wanted to maintain the personality of its interface without adding a hundred different options or being too intrusive.

for Oppo, Color OS still more interfaces Chinese style as MIUI , which are more like iOS to Android experience we all hope, without application launcher and look more colorful and perhaps child.

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also, Oppo keeps F1 with Android 5.1 Lollipop , without upgrading to Android 6.0 Mashmallow to date and obviously no news on the horizon on the new version Android that just landed.

working with the software is well, actually device operation is very fluid and experience is continuous through applications that have a good fit to the color palettes and graphics Color OS.

specific software is also included as the manager of the FM radio or a customizable Launcher with specific desks for music, but the fact is that we we have used in most of the test with Nova Launcher to bring the Android experience to the terminal. At least we can choose.

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Oppo F1, analysis: an exercise of outstanding design to rival the economic range
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August 29, 2016


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