The Oppo F1, the first device in the new F Series, was announced today and it’s definitely one for the selfie fans. Priced at 229 EUR, those that pre-order the Oppo F1 will score themselves a free selfie stick which is, I guess, important for selfie fans. Sigh.
In all fairness though, the F1 is a nice-looking device. With a gold-colored metal build, 7.25 mm thick construction and 134 gram weight, it’s a stylish little thing. But its 5-inch HD LCD and Snapdragon 616 SoC clocked at 1.7 GHz won’t entice the specs hounds out there.
No, the Oppo F1 is clearly targeted at the same audience as the OnePlus X, Honor 7, Xperia C4 and C5 Ultra crowd: those more interesting in looking good – or taking photos of themselves looking good – than in raw performance.
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The Oppo F1 features an 8 MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture, front-facing flash and quarter-inch sensor to bump the available light by an impressive 44% (compared with an f/2.4 aperture). On the back, there’s a 13 MP ISOCELL sensor with an f/2.2 aperture. As always though, sensors and lenses don’t mean much if the software isn’t right, so we’ll just have to wait and see how good the results are.
The Oppo F1 runs ColorOS 2.1 on Android 5.1 Lollipop and comes with 16 GB of internal storage with microSD expansion and 3 GB of RAM. There’s also a non-removable 2,500 mAh battery, 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 and “velvety metallic feel” – which we hope doesn’t mean “slippery as all hell”.
The Oppo F1 is already available for pre-order on oppostyle.com and customers in the UK, France and Germany can also book one on Amazon, with the device shipping February 29. But you’d better act fast if you want to secure yourself one of those coveted selfie sticks.
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Shenzhen, Jan. 15, 2016 – The OPPO F1, the first product of the newly announced F series, is gearing up to launch in about 20 countries around the world, including markets in Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, with 4G and 3G versions available. Online preorders for the device open today on OPPOStyle.com, while customers in England, France or Germany can also preorder on Amazon.