It has been more than six months since the launch of Oppo F1. And the company needed to introduce an upgraded phone like Oppo F1s to compete in design and features. However, like the previous smartphone, this phone also has a focus on the front camera. Today, in the review of this smartphone, we will know all the advantages and disadvantages of this smartphone.
design and look
If we put the F1S and F1 Plus together, it will be very difficult to differentiate as both the phones look a lot alike. The curved edges of the display give a nice feel when holding the F1S in hand and its slim bezels make it a stylish smartphone. The phone comes pre-installed with a screen guard, which gets scratched very quickly. We think this could have been removed by providing Gorilla Glass 4 for protection.
The 5.5-inch IPS display on the Oppo F1s produces rich colors. And the screen is much better than the Oppo F1 at the maximum brightness level. We did not see any problem with the display even in direct sunlight. Though the display panel is good but we are not happy with the HD resolution which is quite less for this screen size.
A fingerprint sensor has been given in the F1S whereas it was not present in the F1. The fingerprint sensor works very well in the F1S. The screen is unlocked instantly, just like the F1 Plus. There are two backlit capacitive buttons on either side of the sensor. Oppo has also given a notification LED on the top. Made of metal body, this smartphone looks great and the glossy gold trim makes this device look quite premium.
The buttons are ergonomically placed, though it would have been easier to spot them if there was a little more space between the volume buttons. The headphone socket along with the Micro-USB port and mono speaker is placed at the bottom. But it would have been better if the headphone socket was on the top as the cable came in the middle while typing.
On the rear is a 13-megapixel camera with LED flash. The battery is non-removable. The SIM tray on the right supports dual SIM. Apart from two nano-SIM slots, there is a separate card slot for microSD card up to 128 GB.
The Oppo F1s comes with a 10W charger, data cable, silicone case, a SIM ejector tool, headset and some manual instructions in the box. Overall, the F1S is a needy upgrade phone that can give a tough competition to other smartphones now. The precise and sharp fingerprint sensor and separate microSD card are just a bonus in the phone. This phone with 7.3 mm thickness is 160 grams heavy.
Specifications and features
Oppo has given 15 GHz MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor in this smartphone with eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores. This is the entry-level chip from MediaTek launched this year in which LTE is integrated.
Apart from this, the F1S has 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage, dual band Wi-Fi b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB OTG, GPS and FM radio. Oppo has not given NFC or Wi-Fi AC in the phone. The F1S supports VoLTE along with 4G LTE on the Indian band.
Like the F1 Plus, the Oppo F1s runs on Color OS 3.0, which looks a bit like Android and a bit like iOS. But we did not like the company giving Android Lollipop in the phone because now it is two generations old. We might get to see the Marshmallow update in the phone later but it is always good to have the latest version at the time of launch.
We found a few vulnerabilities in the software which need to be pointed out here. Notifications received from some third party apps like Telegram will show you in the notification shade but you will not be able to see them from there. Apart from this, the interface is quite smooth and runs without any problems most of the time.
Oppo has made some changes in the Settings app. There’s a blue light filter in the display’s submenu. Lockscreen Wallpaper can be changed every time you unlock the phone with Lockscreen Magazine. Apart from this, gestures like one-handed mode are also present in the phone. However, this feature did not support us when we tried it.
Theme store, Kingsoft Office, Security Center, File Manager and a video player are pre-installed in the phone along with many Google apps. With O-Cloud, you can back up your SMS and contacts on Oppo’s cloud service.
The Oppo F1s is a very good smartphone and we did not see any major problems while using it for almost a week. We could easily do everything on the phone. These include 3D games too and it doesn’t get too hot while playing the game. However, sometimes the smartphone gets a little too hot but not so much that it is a problem to operate. There is no problem on 4G network in the phone and the earpiece makes a good sound even in noisy noise. The phone only comes with TouchPus keyboard installed which works well.
HD media files play well in the phone. Oppo has given its Dirac software enhancements for speakers and headphones, which work well at low frequencies.
One very easy reason to buy this smartphone is its camera performance. First of all, the front camera which is also the most special feature of this phone. This phone has a 16 megapixel front camera with aperture F / 2.0, which brings very good quality pictures with detailing. With Beautify 4.0 software, you can get rid of any kind of ‘scars’.
Like the previous F-series smartphones, you can take selfies using just the palm or voice commands. Screen flash makes a big impact due to the brighter display. However, it is still a bit weak. The front camera can record video up to 1080 pixels and there are other shooting modes like gif, filter and double exposure.
All these shooting modes are also present in the 13-megapixel rear camera. Apart from this, an expert mode has also been given in the rear camera. For this, you have to choose between one second to 16 seconds. The image quality of landscape and macro shots is quite good. The rear camera comes with Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) which makes it easy to lock the subject. We really liked the simple interface of the camera app and the easy way to switch from one option to another.
Talking about battery life, we got 10 hours 11 minutes in the video loop test with the 3075 mAh battery given in Oppo F1S. At the same time, its battery lasts a little more than a day during normal use. However, the F1S does not feature VOOC fast charging technology like the previous phones. And with a 10W charger, it takes a long time to fully charge the phone.
Oppo has introduced another good product in the form of F1S. But we feel that the company could have made it a much better smartphone by paying more attention to some small things. We are talking about fast charging, Wi-Fi AC and NFC which may not be very important but we expect these features from a smartphone coming in this price.
The F1S is an attractive phone with its own merits. Its classy design, look and texture is very good and it also has some new features. The display of the phone is good and the cameras are also claimed to be good.
The biggest problem with the phone is its price. The F1 smartphone has no place in the market anymore, so it would have been better if the company would have launched the F1S at the same price as the F1. But it is very difficult to succeed in Rs 17,990 because smartphones with more powerful and good features are already available in the market for less than Rs 15,000.