OPPO’s budget-friendly “selfie expert” was first teased early last week, just as CES debuted in Las Vegas, then a number of key features were revealed on the down low, and a few days back, pre-orders opened with little to no fanfare in Vietnam.
Well, the fanfare is here now, as the OPPO F1 can be purchased from OPPOStyle.com in “about 20 countries around the world”, plus Amazon’s local British, French, and German divisions. Unfortunately, there’s no word on delivery dates yet, but if you hurry, you can get the photography-centric phone bundled with a free selfie stick from the manufacturer, or complimentary flip cover case on Amazon.
The MSRP falls more or less in line with rumors and that premature Vietnamese listing, at €229 ($250) in most European markets, and £169 ($243) in the UK. The US is so far not part of the world tour plans, with Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa instead targeted alongside the old continent.
The OPPO F1 clearly goes after a young demographic, not only by offering a slew of front-facing camera enhancements, but also with snazzy gold and rose gold paint jobs, and a “metal silk” texture, obtained after scouring three countries in search of the finest aluminum alloy.
The robust 5-incher somehow manages to keep bulk in check too, tipping the scales at 134 grams and measuring 7.25mm thin, and it’s “extra scratch-resistant”, thanks to 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
Once again, the 8MP selfie snapper is the key selling point here, with a wide f/2.0 aperture lens, 1/4-inch sensor and Beautify 3.0 features on deck, while the 13 megapixel main photographic beast delivers a focus time of 0.1 seconds, and reduces pixel noise with a top-of-the-line ISOCELL sensor.
Other pretty remarkable specs for the $250 or so price point include an octa-core Snapdragon 616 processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB expandable storage, Android 5.1 software, and Dirac HD Sound.