Oppo F1 review : A brilliant phone with all you need

Oppo F1 detailed specifications
Release date January 2016
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 143.50 x 71.00 x 7.25
Weight (g) 134.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 2500
Removable battery No
Colours Gold, Rose Gold
SAR value 0.15999999642372
Screen size (inches) 5.00
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 720×1280 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 294
Processor 1.2 GHz Octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 616
Internal storage 16GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128
Rear camera 13-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 8-megapixel
Operating System Android 5.1
Skin ColorOS 2.1
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.00
Infrared No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM Type Micro-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

After Asus , Oppo had launched a new series of smartphone centered at camera named “F series”  launched in January. They also tried to give this series a premium look in budget. Recently launched its camera centric smartphone called the F1 ‘selfie expert’ in India at Rs 15,999 (246$). Our editor was very exited about this phone so  we spent a lot  time with the smartphone to find out if it just looks and feels premium or does it offer something more. Here is our detailed review.
Look and Design
Oppo had completed their goal by  giving F1 a premium looking design that comes with an aluminium body along with plastic frame. The back panel of the smartphone, which is non-removable, packs the 13MP primary camera along with the LED flash, speaker and very big  Oppo logo. Looking at its design it can be said that Oppo had tried to give it a classic old look. The Oppo F1 has various colour  choice as it available in Gold and Rose Gold, however the choice is only with back ,front face will be white in both cases. The Dual-SIM tray is placed on the right . The most ridiculous thing is that it is  hybrid type, so you’ll have to choose between a second SIM and a microSD card.
We love the fact that, the company had managed to maintain its weight with  around 134g, it’s very lightweight. The phone fits very well in your palm, with a comfortable. The overall classic design design comes after very long time in any smartphone. But this design looks great give it premium look.
Coming to the display, the phone has 720p IPS LCD display but we expected 1080 p display but it does a good job. While the colour reproduction for the price is good, phone perform well in night but in day light it has slightly low brigtness. Also, the viewing angles could have been better. Apart from this the touch was fairly responsive and the images appeared fairly sharp.
Oppo F1 one of the few smartphone available in the market which comes with  new octa-core SoC from Qualcomm which is very similar  to the now-common Snapdragon 615 processor, but runs at a slightly greater speed. It’s the lower-power Cortex-A53 cores that run at 1.2GHz. Other specifications involves  3GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, support for up to 128GB microSD cards, and 4G VoLTE on band 1, 3 and 40. In terms of connectivity, it packs Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB OTG, FM radio, and GPS but there is a lack of NFC.
The Oppo F1 runs an Android Lollipop and runs on one of the best custom functional fork called Color OS (2.1). We are not happy with lollipop as we expected marshmallow.
 It’s a single-layered interface that can be customised with different effects and themes. Oppo also packs  some useful apps such as O-Cloud, which lets you back up your contacts and messages ;Security Center for monitoring data usage, freeing up memory etc.; Kingsoft Office for working on documents and spreadsheets; and Theme Store for customising the phone.
Coming to main attraction of phone . The phone has a 13MP primary camera that is capable of taking some very nice shots. Front camera give crisp detailed image in day light but in low light it gives a little shakey image with lack of little details but overall low light performance is better than phones like  Lenovo Vibe K4 note. The quality of  low light image increase by HDDR mode.
Coming to main highlight of this smartphone that is 8 megapixel front camera for which company said it the salfie expert. The company had showed that they are mainly concentrated at front camera by making its aperture wider than rear. It manages to capture fairly detailed selfies under natural and artificial light while the quality dips a bit in low light.
Company had added some new features like palm shutter which help you to take pics by looking at tour palm and “Beautify” filter to take care of those skin blemishes. Apart from the usual modes, the camera app in Oppo F1 is capable of shooting GIFs, slow motion videos, audio photos, double exposure photos etc.
General performance of Oppo F1 us brilliant. The best part which is very rare in smartphone is smooth multitasking. There is no heating problem with phone while using 4g and general apps but during continues video play it become slightly warm. We don’t want to take this problem seriously.
As expected the there is huge jump in AnTuTu bencmark as it gave us a score of 35,530. On hand performance , as we had told earlier , is brilliant. We did not face any problem in playing heavy games  like Asfalt. We slightly disappointed that company had given 2GB RAM instead of 3 GB. We did not write much about performance because it is solid performing phone .
This phone packs a battery of 2500mAh which ends up to 8 hr 40 min in our video loop test. During general use battery works good even 4G and it totally lasts in about 2 days . Sadly there is no quick charging feature so you have wait a long time specially in last few percentage.
General performance is good including camera, and both the front and rear cameras deliver good quality in most lighting conditions. Battery life is also solid, given the moderate capacity. So its price is good talking all this feature.
RATINGS (out of 5)
Design -4.    Display-3.5.   Software-3.5.  Performance-4
Battery life-4. Camera- 4.

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ROM is short for Read-Only Memory. It has many versions just like Windows OS does; no matter it is stock ROMs from companies, or custom ROM from third party. This new custom ROM can bring you the latest version of Android before your manufacturer. Anyhow, flashing a new ROM means installing a new operating system to your Android.

The new Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow comes with many new features :

  • Mobile payments (Android Pay) feature.
  • Better RAM Management.
  • Fingerprint support.- A battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins.
  • It has a faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience.
  • Support for 64-bit SoCs using ARM, x86, and MIPS-based cores.
  • OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android extension pack brings Android to the forefront of mobile graphics putting it on par with desktop and console class performance.
  • Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device.
  • More intelligent ranking of notifications based on who they’re from and the type of communication.
  • See all your notifications in one place by tapping the top of the screen.
  • New devices come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices.
  • SELinux enforcing for all applications means even better protection against vulnerabilities and malware.
  • State of the art video technology with support for HEVC main profile to allow for UHD 4K 10-bit video playback, tunneled hardware video decoding to save power and improved HLS support for streaming.
  • and other cool features.
If you want to install using your PC, you need the ADB tools installed on your computer. Download the ADB tools via Google’s developers website and download the Android SDK. Downloading the SDK and making sure ADB is correctly set up.

Note: If there is more than one download option, that likely means that you need to download and install the Bug Fix Update for your smartphone or tablet device before you can actually update to 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

Step 1:

Before you go trying to update your device, you should check which version of Android you are running. You might already be on the latest version. It's easy to check so follow this guide up to step four. This screen will have a section called 'Android version'. If it doesn't, click 'Software information' to find out.


Step 2:

Scroll down the Settings menu and click on 'About Phone' or 'About Tablet'. If you have a tabbed settings menu then this will appear in the 'general' section.



Refer to Android developer page to choose which version of Android your phone or tablet is running. I.e, 4.0.4 corresponds to Ice Cream Sandwich, an old version of Android that was released in 2013.

Step 3:

Note: Your phone or tablet may require a Wi-Fi connection to search for an update. We suggest you to download the software Droid Over Wi-Fi because the file size can be large.


Choose and click the "Software Update" option. Next it will search available update for your phone or tablet. If update is available, you will be asked if you want to install it. Select "yes" and it will install the new operating system in your device. If you want to install it later, you can download the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow file first. Download Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.zip




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