First Glimpse Oppo F1S: S as in Selfie

Today’s camera-wielding audience is much more likely to take a selfie than use the back camera to take a picture of, say, a landscape. Most mobile brands have capitulated; their features make sure that their phone has the perfect shooter on the front.

The LED flash on the front or ‘Beauty Mode’ is therefore a no-brainer. In order to better their own stakes, the Oppo F1S has bitten the bait with their latest selfie-taker.

Fingerprint scanner on the front.

The Oppo F1S seems to have been made purely for the purpose of taking selfies. If you need proof, refer the 16 megapixel camera in the front, capable of on-screen flash. In catering to its selfie-happy customers, Oppo has compromised on the back camera. As a result, the back camera is only 13 megapixels. To meet demands, priorities have changed.

Oppo F1S selfie camera.

The phone, priced at around $270, offers the standard octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB expandable storage. It’s nice to see that Oppo has preferred to offer three card slots, which lets the user have 2 SIM cards and the memory card on the phone simultaneously.

We find it hard to fathom why Oppo is offering Android 5.1 Lollipop in 2016. Hopefully, Oppo will roll out the Marshmallow update pretty soon. The 5.5-inch display on the phone has a HD 1280×720 pixels resolution, which isn’t cool at this price.

Only Android 5.1 Lollipop on the F1S. (Photo: The Quint)

The phone’s big display has been packed with a 3075mAh battery unit, which the company claims will be good enough to coast through a day’s use. We’re not too keen on testing it ourselves.

The main selling point for the Oppo F1S is obviously the front camera. There are multiple options for selfie freaks, including Beauty Mode that promises to make anyone look their best for a shot.

13-megapixel back camera on the Oppo F1S.

There’s a Panaroma selfie mode, wide-angle selfie option and a full-screen mode as well. 

Big in size, but still not as heavy as one would think. (Photo: The Quint)

But would you be happy to spend so much on a phone that’s really just a glorified selfie camera? So far, we’re not saying much to recommend it.