Spot an advert for the Oppo F5 and you’ll probably see it called the “selfie expert”. Few phone-makers are as selfie-obsessed as Oppo.

However, it’s more than just that. The Oppo F5 is one of the more affordable phones to feature the ultra-thin screen surround design now commonplace among top-end mobiles. Judging by its price in India, the Oppo F5 is likely to cost around £250, with its closest rival the Moto G5S Plus.

While it isn’t better than the G5S Plus all-round, this is a solid alternative for those looking for something a little different.

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OPPO F5 did not discredit OPPO “selfie experts” by enhancing self-portraits with artificial intelligence. It also closely follows the trend of the industry's "slim" display. Configure the display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. In 2017, the "thin & slim" display became the mainstream, and even low-price mobile phones have begun to configure such displays.

Compared with its price, OPPO F5's specifications are not the best, but it is intended to use its advanced camera technology to attract customers.
So, does OPPO F5 do "the whole is more than the sum of parts"? The technical columnist Abhishek Baxi used OPPO F5 for two weeks. Here is his detailed review of it.

The OPPO F5 is equipped with 4GB of running memory and 32GB of body memory. The high-profile version has 6GB of running memory and 64GB of body memory.
From a distance, the backplane surface makes the OPPO F5 looks like a smart phone with a one-piece metal technology. However, when looking closely, it will find that the body is made of plastic. This makes it light enough, only 152 grams, the body thickness of 7.5 mm, although the display is high, but the use and operation is quite convenient. The curved edge also makes the OPPO F5 ideal for one-handed use.

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The rear camera slightly protrudes from the camera body, but the effect is not great. When the phone is placed on the plane with the screen facing up, the mobile phone will not be shaken.
The front of the fuselage is not so tall. The display is mounted on a plastic frame, and the fusion with the fuselage is not smooth enough, which undoubtedly reduces the design points. In addition. Although OPPO claims that the phone is equipped with a borderless display, the top and bottom of the fuselage are quite wide, with a black border around the display.

The F5 has a plastic screen protector, which is good enough for most users who are concerned about the damage to the display screen, but once he takes the phone out of the box, Bucks immediately removes it. The edge of the screen protection shell will form a line on the display screen, which not only disperses the user's attention, but also wears the display screen and hides the dirt.

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The blue color OPPO F5 is obviously more daring, looks more beautiful, it is recommended that users buy blue, rather than black and gold color. The OPPO F5 also has a red color model, but only a 6GB + 64GB configuration.

The OPPO F5 is equipped with a 6-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and Full Hd+ resolution. The higher display is ergonomically designed to give the user an immersive experience, especially when watching videos or playing games.

The display is clear and the colors have impact. The high-brightness display is highly readable even in direct sunlight and its viewing angle is excellent.

OPPO F5 is equipped with MediaTek MT6763T eight-core processor and 4GB of running memory. This configuration is not suitable for users who have high requirements for smartphone performance. In this price range, F5's configuration will not impress users, and the configuration is never the style of OPPO.

When the OPPO F5 was just released, it had only 4GB of memory to run - configuring 32GB of body memory. Now, it adds a version with 6GB of running memory and 64GB of body memory. Although there is no harm in the larger capacity storage space, considering the processor it is configured to use, it would not make much sense to spend more money on running a slightly larger version of the memory.

F5 performed quite well in completing its daily tasks. Multitasking is quite smooth, and even if you open multiple applications in the background, the user interface will not feel slow. As expected, it is set in a high-graphical setting and feels struggling when running games that require high graphics processing capabilities. Overall, the OPPO F5 performed well, provided that it did not complete its tasks beyond its capabilities.

The OPPO F5 has a battery capacity of 3200 mAh. It can be used for 1 working day even under heavy use. This is a good enough performance for a mobile phone equipped with a 6-inch display. Not supporting fast charging is a little disappointing, and it takes about 2 hours to charge it from zero to 100%.

OPPO F5 has no USB Type-C .

The shape of the fingerprint sensor on the back of the camera is a rounded rectangle, and the position is very good. Authentication is very fast, and authentication is done seamlessly almost every time.

The camera is an important feature of the OPPO F5 and is a core part of the B&K evaluation. OPPO is one of the first smartphone brands to be aware of the growing popularity of self-portraits. It has been providing smart phones with self-portraits a variety of functions, including enhancements from beauty to artificial intelligence blessing.

The OPPO F5 front camera is 20 million pixels with an aperture of f/2.0. The highlight of the front camera is artificial intelligence based face recognition technology. OPPO claims that its face recognition technology scans about 200 points on a person's face and then highlights features of the face, such as the well-defined cheekbones. It can also automatically determine the background light, so the user's selfie will appear moderate brightness.

In addition to technical details, the F5's front camera does take some great selfies. Under good lighting conditions, the taking of the selfie is clear, the color reproduction is accurate, and the details are rich. When the lighting is not good, the quality of photo images is degraded. However, the image quality is sufficient for sharing on Facebook, Instagram or other social platforms. However, in some of the photos taken, the objects in the background were not well restored, and they looked strange.

The front camera also tries to simulate bokeh effects with some software tricks, similar to Google Pixel 2. In the course of testing at Bacchus, several photos were blurred, but they were still good enough for sharing on social media. The artificial depth effect is a gimmick, but many users will readily accept it.

Although people are concerned about front-facing cameras, the 16-megapixel rear camera with a f/1.8 aperture is not that bad. In bright conditions, the photo looks great, with rich details and vibrant colors. In low light conditions, the quality of photo imaging has declined and noise has increased. However, the photo still retains quite a bit of detail, and the quality of the image is justified.

One of the biggest problems with rear-facing cameras is that focusing takes some time, and autofocusing is a mess when taking pictures quickly.


Software

OPPO F5 pre-installed Android 7.1 Nougat and ColorOS - OPPO's proprietary Android skin. ColorOS is a very sophisticated Android skin that draws on iOS in many ways.
Android Nougat pre-installed is disappointing because OPPO did not disclose information about upgrading to Android Oreo.

F5 is pre-installed with some OPPO applications, such as photo albums, music, videos, etc., as well as some third-party applications, such as WPS Office, Amazon, etc. In addition, it is pre-installed with OPPO's app store, as well as an application that selects themes and wallpapers.

OPPO F5 also supports the use of face recognition technology to unlock the phone, but the setting process is really painful, face recognition is also a lot of problems. It often fails to identify the user under different lighting conditions (rather than just dark lighting) and at different locations. Even if it can be identified, the speed is slower than that of fingerprint recognition. Therefore, even though Buck has not used F5 for a long time, he still chooses to use a fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone, which is faster and more natural.