Since Oppo forgot to specify what the F in F1 stands for when teasing the mid-end camera-centric phone, our thoughts instantly flew to abstract concepts and pompous marketing terms like forward-thinking, fashionable or fantastic performance.
But it turns out the Oppo F1’s key selling point is its front-facing snapper, endowed with a wide-aperture F/2.0 lens, a quarter of an inch sensor, and capable of using the handheld’s bright screen as a flash in need in order to improve low-light operation.
Your selfies should also be augmented by a number of proprietary software tweaks and add-ons, including a special interface called Beautify 3.0 and 8 live color filters. Color 2.1 spruces up Android 5.1 Lollipop in a few other ways, aiming to squeeze the most out of the LED flash, F/2.2-equipped 13MP rear camera as well.
At the same time, it’s important to note the Oppo F1 isn’t just a respectable, budget-friendly cameraphone, catering to fashionistas with a 7.25mm slim aluminum unibody construction, plus heavy multitaskers with 3GB RAM.
The rest of the features aren’t stellar… or very lousy, including a 5-inch 720p IPS display, octa-core Snapdragon 616 processor, 16GB expandable storage, dual SIM and 4G LTE support, and a 2,500 mAh battery.
Expected out in markets like India towards the end of the month, the F1 will first ship to early adopters in Vietnam, willing to pay the rough equivalent of $260 (VND 649,000) already on thegiodidong.com. What’s odd is Oppo hasn’t technically announced or detailed the device yet.