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OPPO F1 Plus Review

OPPO F1 Plus Review

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The OPPO F1 Plus is the second phone released under OPPO’s photography-centric F Series. The 5.5-inch smartphone comes with two very capable cameras, an octa-core processor, and 4GB of RAM. Our first impressions on the device were mostly positive (you can read about it here). This time, we go the distance with our review.

OPPO F1 Plus Specs

Before we start, lets have a quick review of the OPPO F1 Plus’ specs. The smartphone features a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Under the hood is an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. This being another “selfie expert,” the device packs a 16MP front facing camera and a 13MP main shooter.

OPPO F1 Plus key specs:

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED Display (1920 x 1080; 401 ppi) with Gorilla Glass 4
  • 2.0 GHz Octa-core MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10
  • Mali-T860MP2 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB Storage +microSD
  • 13MP Main Camera f/2.2, LED flash
  • 16MP Front Camera f/2.0
  • Dual SIM (Nano)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Color OS 3.0 based on Android 5.1
  • 2,850 mAh Non-removable Battery with VOOC Flash Charge
  • Dimensions: 5.98 x 2.93 x 0.26 in; 145 g
  • P21,990 P19,990

The OPPO F1 Plus has an impressive retail package. Aside from the usual set of accessories – USB cable, VOOC Flash charger, earbuds – OPPO included a clear soft case and a pre-installed screen protector.

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Also Read: OPPO F1 Plus Unboxing and First Impressions

The soft case and the screen protector are nice touches by OPPO. The case fits perfectly, provides ample protection from bumps. It protects the camera too. While the pre-installed screen protector (which scratches easily) saves you from scratches on your actual screen.

Design

The OPPO F1 Plus is a beautiful phone. It has a smooth and minimalist design. And yes, it still looks like an iPhone. That aside, the phone’s metal body gives it a very premium touch normally reserved for more expensive flagships. In the hand, it feels great. The build quality is really good and very solid, giving you this feeling that what you’re holding is a lot more expensive than its actual price.

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With measurements of 5.98 x 2.93 x 0.26 in, the OPPO F1 Plus is relatively compact compared to devices with the same screen size. It is comfortable to hold thanks to its super thin bezels and 6.8 mm thickness. And it is light at 145 g.

Looking around the phone, the power button is found on the right, located on the upper half; with the volume rocker on the left. It has a physical home button that also houses a fingerprint scanner. The USB port, speaker grill and the audio port are on the bottom, along with the mic and two screws. The back panel has two antenna lines and the camera at the top left. Take note that the camera is not flushed and slightly protrudes outward.

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Display

The OPPO F1 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED display with a 1920 by 1080 resolution and a pixel density of 401 ppi. It comes with Gorilla Glass 4 (which by the way, didn’t stop OPPO from putting a screen protector on it).

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Like most AMOLEDs, the display looked great. It is bright and vibrant with good saturated colors and deep blacks. Images and text are crisp and clear. Viewing angles are good too, with impressive visibility under direct sunlight.

Benchmarks and Performance

The OPPO F1 Plus is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor. It has 4GB of RAM and ample storage at 64GB, expandable through a microSD slot via SIM slot 2.

Using Geek Bench 3 to test the phone’s CPU performance, the OPPO F1 Plus got 886 points on the single core test, and 3391 points on the multicore.

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On AnTuTu Benchmark v6.1.4, the F1 Plus got a score of 52,641 points. It is enough for rank 13 on their list right below the Snapdragon 808 equipped LG G4 and Helio X10 powered LeTV Le 1s.

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Benchmark scores aside, the smartphone is very fast and very responsive. The UI is snappy, and scrolling and animations are butter smooth. The fingerprint scanner is one of the fastest I’ve tried. App load times are fast as well. All in all, the phone is very pleasant to use, and lags are few and far between.

Color OS

The OPPO F1 Plus uses Color OS which is based on Android Lollipop 5.1. For those not familiar, the UI looks like a mix of both Android and iOS. The default launcher has no app drawer and the stock apps have rounded square icons.

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Gaming

Gaming is where the phone falls back a bit. The OPPO F1 Plus’ Helio P10 processor comes with a Mali-T860MP2 graphics chip. The phone easily handles casual games, but I experienced performance issues on graphics-heavy ones like Asphalt 8 and Marvel’s Contest of Champions. There were frame drops and some mild stuttering during game play.

Camera

The OPPO F1 Plus comes with a 13MP main camera. Image quality is good. Photos are generally pleasant and tend to be warm. There is also good sharpness and color saturation. File size ranges from 2.5MB to 4.5MB, sometimes higher when more details are captured.

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For selfie enthusiasts, the OPPO F1 Plus has a 16MP front camera. Image quality is good with nice color reproduction, but details come out a bit soft. It’s not as sharp as I expected it to be, but its good enough for social media (which is where most selfies go anyway).

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Battery Life

The OPPO F1 Plus has a 2,850 mAh battery. I thought it was small in today’s standards, but surprisingly, battery life was pretty good. I was able to go a full work day with medium usage that included web browsing, casual games and social media. The VOOC Flash Charger is especially impressive. It charges very fast. I was able to get a full charge in less than an hour.

Conclusion

The OPPO F1 Plus is a very compelling smartphone inside and out. It may look like an iPhone — but on its own, it has a lot of things going for it. The phone has a beautiful design and a metal body that give it a premium feel. It has a bright and colorful 5.5-inch AMOLED display, and the 4GB of RAM, and an octa-core processor guarantees impressive performance. The fingerprint scanner is quick. And the main camera is very capable.

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It’s not a perfect phone, mind you, because there are some slight annoyances. First, the front camera produces good results, but details come out soft. Second, there’s the gaming performance. And third, depending on your preferences, it looks like an iPhone. But if you don’t mind the minor setbacks then this is definitely one of the better smartphones at this price point.

The OPPO F1 Plus is available in retail stores. It recently got a price drop and now has an SRP of P19,990.

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