Oppo is among the top Chinese smartphone brands we’re expecting to finally grow bolder about its US prospects this year following Huawei’s recent expansion, but alas, the company’s latest press release hails from Shenzhen rather than Las Vegas.
There’s obviously still a chance our team on the ground at CES will get to spend some one-on-one time with the Oppo F1, though it’s best to remain skeptical. Right now, the mid-range, photography-centric F series is completely covered in secrecy, bringing devices with “impressive specs, eye-catching style and amazing prices” starting later this month in a “wide range of Oppo’s global markets.”
Translation – Asia and Europe, sub-flagship hardware, and hopefully, sub-$400 pricing. Sounds intriguing, we’ll give Oppo that, especially as the OEM already slapped a more than respectable 13MP rear-facing snapper with Schneider-Kreuznach optics on the non-camera-focused R7 and R7 Plus.
16 or even 20 megapixels seem possible for the upcoming F1, alongside improved laser autofocus, dual or perhaps tri-LED flash, a lens with wider than f/2 aperture, and a bunch of Color OS software tricks meant to enrich the stock Android Marshmallow experience.