Oppo has formally introduced the very first F-series smartphone, the F1. The F-series was teased by the company earlier this month as a new line of mid-range smartphone focused on photography.
The Oppo F1 packs a 5” 720 x 1280 HD IPS display and features a very premium-looking aluminum unibody design. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which is a surprise as we don’t see most manufacturers use GG4 on their mid-range devices. Powering the F1 is Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 616 octa-core SoC clocked at 1.7GHz, with Adreno 405 GPU and 3GB of RAM.
The rear camera offers 13MP resolution and is paired with an f/2.2 aperture lens and a single-LED flash. Not very remarkable, especially given Oppo’s claims of “photography focus” with the new F-series. On the front, the F1 is equipped with an 8MP unit with a bright f/2.0 aperture lens and a 1/4″ type sensor. Like quite a few other smartphones, the F1 allows you to use the screen backlight as flash when clicking selfies in low-light.
The handset also includes 16GB of onboard memory, microSD card slot for memory expansion, 4G LTE connectivity with dual-SIM support, and a 2,500mAh capacity battery. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with Oppo’s Color 2.1 custom skin.
Currently, the handset is only available for pre-order in Vietnam, where it will be going on sale January 21 onwards for a price tag of around $290. It is expected to go on sale in other markets such as India by the end of this month.