OPPO revealed that it will be unveiling the OPPO F1 camera-centric smartphone sometime this month. Now, it looks like Vietnam will be the first market to get the device as the phone will go on sale in the country on January 21. However, don’t worry if you are not in Vietnam, as the smartphone will soon be available in other international markets.
The OPPO F1 comes with Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor under its hood clocked at 1.7GHz. There’s 3GB of RAM on board which should be more than enough for your everyday multi-tasking. Also, you get 16GB of internal storage along with a MicroSD card slot, in case you want to expand it further. As for the display, there’s a decent 5-inch IPS panel up front with Gorilla Glass 4 protection.
At the back, you will find a 13MP camera with f/2.2 aperture and single LED flash. While we don’t know the real-life performance of this sensor, you can expect to take pretty good pictures since the focus of the F series is going to be its camera. Up front, you have an 8MP camera with f/2.0 aperture lens ideal for selfies. You get some software additions as well, like Beautify 3.0, 8 live color filters etc.
Battery is a bit of a disappointment since the phone comes with just a 2500mAh capacity one. But then, you have a pretty thin body measuring just 7.25mm in thickness. There’s 4G LTE connectivity and dual SIM dual standby support. As for software, you get Color OS 2.1 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop version.
Pricing has never been the selling point of OPPO devices, and with the OPPO F1 too, there has been no exception. The phone will go on sale in Vietnam for approximately $289. For this price, we would have wanted at least a larger battery. Also, given that there are options like the Redmi 3 that features the Snapdragon 616 chipset, it would really be interesting to see how OPPO F1 performs in different markets in the coming weeks. [source]