Oppo has done something similar with its latest smartphone Oppo F5. The design of this phone has also dominated the feature of the company’s F-series special front camera.
Perhaps there is nothing surprising in this, because this change is clearly visible. Most of the people will be attracted to the phone at first glance because of this feature. Whether you like any feature of this phone. But we will test it on every scale.
Oppo F5 Design
Companies that have started offering large displays with 18: 9 aspect ratios, they somewhere completely miss out on making phones with almost no borders. Oppo F5 is also one of them. There is negligible material on the edges. But due to the white color of the review unit, the remaining material is clearly visible. The top and bottom of the display are still reminiscent of older phones. Especially the front camera part which is next to the earpiece.
We absolutely do not like this strategy of companies that already provide plastic screen protectors with the phone. This is good for the customers, as they get a break from buying screen protectors that fit them. But according to us, it spoils the look of the phone. The “borderless” effect is lost somewhere due to the extra line of plastic. Something similar happens with the Oppo F5.
The rear is in gold colour, that too with a matte metallic texture. Sometimes it looks pinkish, which is dependent on the light itself. A bright chrome ring is on the edge of the phone, where the metal back and white-coloured front panel meet. The phone also has an antenna line in the style of the iPhone 7. Generally this phone is very good looking, but according to us this phone will look better in black color.
On the right side you will find dual SIM tray with power button. At the same time, the volume buttons are present on the left side. There is nothing but a mic pinhole at the top. At the same time, the lower part is full. Here 3.5mm audio socket, micro-USB port, mic and speaker grill will be found. The fingerprint sensor on the back is easy to reach. Sadly, the rear camera is bumpy and the metal edges are a bit rough.
At 7.5mm thick, the Oppo F5 feels slim and weighs 152 grams. Due to the texture of the rear part, there is no problem in holding the phone in the hands. Due to the screen size, you won’t be able to reach every corner of the display with your thumb. The screen of the phone is huge. But the use experience is good.
Specifications and software of Oppo F5
The distance from one edge to the other in the screen is 6 inches. But there is no doubt that it is very compact compared to the phablet of the old days. Its resolution is 1080×2160 pixels. This is due to fit the full-HD resolution into the 18:9 aspect ratio.
MediaTek MT6763T processor has been used in the phone which was launched recently. The maximum clock speed of the processor is 2.3 GHz. Mali G71 MP2 GPU is integrated for graphics. In Oppo F5, users will be able to use 4G network from only one SIM at a time. Apart from this, if you change the position of the SIM then the phone reboots frequently which is annoying.
Oppo F5 has just been launched with 4 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. The company has said that 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variants will also be launched in the month of December. It is worth noting that the 6 GB RAM variant will be available in Black and Red colors.
Other specifications include 3200mAh battery, 16MP rear camera, 20MP front camera, and a separate microSD card slot. For connectivity, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.2 and GPS are available. We were disappointed to see the Micro-USB port. Apart from this, the phone does not support fast charging.
Oppo’s custom skin is known as ColorOS. This phone runs on version 3.2 which is based on Android 7.1. It has one of the very detailed custom user interfaces and very polished ones as well. Many things seem to be inspired by iOS. All app icons are part of the home screen. Photos, Music, Videos, Browser, Clock and other apps are all in custom avatars. You’ll get the Facebook, WPS Office and Amazon Shopping and Prime Video apps pre-installed. By the way, the phone is Flipkart exclusive.
The Settings app is quite different from stock Android. In such a situation, you will have to do some investigation before taking any action. You will also get a glimpse of many ColorOS exclusive features. One of these is Clone Apps. With the help of this feature, you will be able to use multiple apps with two IDs.
Oppo has also given face recognition security feature in this phone. We were very excited at first, as this feature has been the talk of the town since the iPhone X. During the review, we found that the registration process failed several times. There was a slight delay in unlocking the phone even after setting it up. In general use, the fingerprint sensor is faster and more natural.
Oppo F5 performance
It takes a while to get used to its big screen. Sometimes the apps didn’t even scale completely. For example, in landscape mode, YouTube videos looked like they were being played in a black box.
Apart from this the display is very good. It is crisp and bright. Colors are punchy and viewing angles are excellent. Be it writing something or watching a video, we had a wonderful experience. We got lost in it. We believe that this experience will be even more amazing in the Black variant. The main drawback is the already provided screen protector. It gets scratched and easily peels off on fingerprints.
The built in speaker is strong. Clear and clear sound when playing games and watching videos. The accompanying headset is also fine. But the bass is completely missing. After a few minutes it starts to feel a bit awkward.
The Oppo F5 scored better in benchmarks than rivals such as the Honor 9i (Review) and Vivo V7 Plus (Review).
The 16-megapixel rear camera takes good pictures in daylight as well as at night. There is no dearth of details. Colors are decent and the camera focuses fast. Even at night, if there is a little light, then the pictures come out good. Videos are also recorded very sharply and remain smooth under different conditions.
Oppo F5 has a front camera of 20 megapixels. The company has told about having AI powered beautification mode in it. Faces are good in selfies but the same cannot be said about the objects in the background. You will be able to capture good pictures for social media. According to us, this is also the main reason for taking selfie cameras. Despite being a selfie-centric phone, the absence of flash seems shocking. But the screen flash works to some extent. AI powered beautification mode will identify facial features. And Oppo has said that it has trained the algorithm on different types of people. So that different beautification techniques are used for different subjects. According to us, there was no significant difference between the pictures taken at different levels. Perhaps this technology does not bring any major change, which is its important feature. It is expected that its AI feature will improve with time.
Battery life also doesn’t disappoint. We could use the phone for about a day and a half. During this also played some games and did web browsing. Sadly, the phone does not have quick charge support. The battery lasted for 11 hours and 24 minutes in our HD video loop test. Looking at the screen, it will be considered good. The disappointment is about the lack of quick charge support. It took about an hour to charge the battery from 10 percent to 65 percent, which is fine.
Oppo has launched a winner phone in the form of F5. The screen is big and immersive too. The look is tempting. Battery life is superb. The performance is also good for most of the tasks. The drawback is facial recognition which seems more pretentious. Apart from this, the storage of Oppo F5 is also less compared to other phones in this price range. It should have 64 GB storage. Oppo will bring its 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variants, but the price will increase by Rs 5,000.
Oppo F5 will compete directly with Vivo V7 Plus and Honor 9i. But you have options like Xiaomi Mi Max 2, Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro and Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017).