OPPO F1s Unboxing and Initial Impressions

Finally, I am having the opportunity to experience the latest "Selfie Expert" smartphone from the Chinese electronics company, OPPO. The device I am talking about is the OPPO F1s. I just got the unit a couple of days ago, thanks to our friends over at OPPO Philippines for letting me try one of these units so that I can share to you my experience with it. So today, I am sharing to you guys my experience unboxing this OPPO F1s.

 Box and Packaging

The OPPO F1s comes in a simple yet premium looking packaging with the outer most cover showing the device itself with the model's name F1s right below it and of course the Selfie Expert tag line and the OPPO branding right at the top right corner.

Turning the box around will show some key specs of the F1s phone such as the Fingerprint Scanner, 3GB RAM & 32GB memory configuration, the metal body built, and of course the highlight of the device which is the 16MP front facing camera.

Removing the jacket cover and lifting the outer cardboard, we are greeted with the F1s unit itself upfront. As you can see in the image below, the front panel of the device is very simple with all the bezels in white sporting the single physical home button, speaker and camera at the top.

The one I got is in gold color, which looks pretty nice. I think this is a perfect color option for a smartphone with metal casing like this OPPO F1s. And yes, the metal sides and backplate of this smartphone feels really solid and sturdy, sometimes though it just feels slippery in the hand and whenever I feel that way I worry that the phone may slide out of my hand and hit the floor, but so far has not happened yet. The chamfered edges made the device even more premium and thinner both in looks and feel.

What's in the box

Right out of the box, as shown in the image above, users will get the standard earphones, USB cable for data transfer and charging, a SIM ejecting tool, paperworks, a free silicon case, and a free screen protector which is already and perfectly attached on the screen of the F1s unit. And for some reason I forgot to include the wall charger in this photo, but you can see it below for a closer inspection.

Unfortunately the OPPO F1s is not equipped with VOOC Fast Charge technology, which would be much awesome if it exists here. But it definite does not make you wait almost forever to fully charge its massive 3075mAh from zero to 100%. It's quite fast actually.

The earphones that come in the box looks very familiar and sports a pretty standard design, it's not the same in-ear type of headset like the one we see with Zenfone smartphones. I have to be honest that I thought it would not sound good like many of the default earphones out there especially in the mid-range category. But then again, I was quite surprised when the first time I used these earphones watching the latest series I have been watching from Netflix, Stranger Things. The audio quality is surprisingly good, crisp and detailed. I guess this also has to do with the components inside the F1s smartphone, because when I used the same earphones on another smartphone I have, the experience is not the same.

The OPPO F1s Smartphone

And now back to the main star of this post, the OPPO F1s smartphone. See below the specs.

Oppo F1s specs:
  • 5.5 -inch HD IPS Display
  • 1280  x 720 resolution 
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • 1.5GHz Octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor
  • Mali T860MP2  GPU
  • 3GB RAM 
  • 32GB internal storage
  • Supports microSD card up to 128GB
  • 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture lens
  • 16MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture lens
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop with Color OS 3.0
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G
  • LTE 
  • Fingerprint Scanner 
  • Gold, Rose Gold, and Gray
  • 3075mAh battery
  • Php12,990
Dominating the front panel is a 5.5-inch HD IPS Display sporting 1280 x 720 resolution and protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 4. I think OPPO should have made this Full HD for a much upgraded viewing experience. In today's Full HD and Quad HD trend in mobile phones, sometimes 720p is not that attracting anymore. But when I first laid my eyes on the display, I was actually happy to realize that the quality of display is not that bad, I can barely notice pixels anywhere on the screen.

The display is also bright enough to be used outdoor directly under the Sun. Brightness, like many other devices, can also be adjusted on this phone, and when set to the lowest point I think it's darker than most phones I have used so far which is not a bad one actually. The lowest setting of brightness is perfectly used in doors or in very dark rooms especially when the lights are off, no problem with that, however I highly advise that before you go outside in broad daylight with this phone, that you make sure you adjust the brightness beforehand. Why? because I find the screen display very hard to see while at the lowest point outdoor. Really, almost black screen.

To adjust brightness, you can easily access it from the quick access and notification panel by just pulling it down on the screen just like on most Android devices out there.

 Flipping the phone around we see the beautiful metal-clad back panel in gold. Apart from that, nothing is too much going on here just the OPPO branding while at the top are the single-LED flash and 13MP main camera with f/2.2 aperture lens.

Its front panel counterpart is pegged at a higher 16MP configuration. Together with this super selfie-centric shooter is the f/2.0 aperture. Yes you read that right, rear camera is at 13MP and front camera at 16MP, hence the moniker Selfie Expert.

The 16MP front camera alone is already good for taking selfie photos, but OPPO does not want to stop there as they also included it with their own beautifcation feature called Beauty 4.0. This is a separate mode in its camera department in addition to the default Photo mode, and what's more interesting about this Beauty 4.0 is that it gives users the option to how strong or light the Beauty quality they want it to be. Both front and rear cameras have this Beauty 4.0 feature.

Below is an example of photos I took (while riding a tricycle to work) using the front camera. On the right side I used the default Photo mode and on the left the Beauty mode with middle setting like the one above (number 4 and the dot just in the middle between Fair and Rosy). And you can definitely see the difference between the two, which I really think most selfie takers will definitely love.

Apart from the Photo and Beauty modes, the OPPO F1s also offers its camera functionalities in different modes like Ultra HD, Live Filters, Double Exposure and Expert Mode which offers freedom to customize photos even more before capturing them.

Going to the lower part of the device, there we can see the single physical home button of the OPPO F1s smartphone which also at the same time houses the Fingerprint Scanner feature, and it works really snappy. Alongside it are the not-visible-when-unlit Multitask and Back capacitive buttons.

Go even lower down at the bottom is where you can find a quite busy place of the device.

There is still the 3.5mm audio jack, speaker grille, microphone, and the microUSB port.  The speakers work really loud and clear especially when used in a room.

And oh before I forget, the rear panel is not removable and so is the battery. So how do you access the SIM and microSD card slots for this smartphone? It is located on the right side of the handset right above the power key. You can eject the SIM tray using the ejecting tool that comes in the package. Two nano SIM and a microSD card slot are available.

 On the other side of the edge is where the volume rocker is located. These buttons are placed right where I want them to be and this makes it easier for me to access them whenever I am operating the device single-handedly.

The OPPO F1s is no doubt a nicely built smartphone for its category and price range. This is something you would really like carrying around in your hand uncovered by any casing. It comes with a free silicon clear casing which is you can use in case you are not comfortable using the phone naked or without a protecting casing at all.

I am not a fan of casings and I really like using my phone as they are out of the box, I don't even use screen protector when a device I use is already protected with Gorilla Glass 4. That being said, I really enjoy using the OPPO F1s in terms of its outside appearance. What about on this inside or software wise? Well, I am half-happy to report that it runs on now-getting-older Android 5.1 Lollipop OS. But apart from that, the navigation experience on the OPPO F1s is pretty fast, snappy and satisfying thanks to OPPO's Color OS 3.0 that sits on top the Google-owned OS. Android Lollipop here is heavily tweaked with this Color OS 3.0, and that makes me feel like I am using a rival OS than an Android platform.

That's it for now and I will definitely share more to you guys when my full review comes out. If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact me through my social media accounts or through the comments section below.
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