‘Capture the Real You’, a tagline synonymous with the brand. Oppo is a brand that prides itself on its cameras and markets them heavily.
Oppo recently launched the F5 which is their brand new device keeping in line with the ideology of their previous devices.
Design and Display
Well to start, the Oppo F5 and the Vivo V7+ share identical body designs. They both have metal bodies and a big screen which incidentally happen of the same size more or less.
The Oppo F5 also comes with a 5.99 inch LTPS-LCD display with a 1080p+ resolution which basically is 1080×2160 pixels. It dictates to about 402ppi which is really sharp and is considerably higher than Vivo V7+’s screen which has a low resolution of just 720p on its panel.
Now, this is one area where both the Oppo F5 and the Vivo V7 Plus undercut heavily. We can’t really tell why but both of these manufacturers seem reluctant to use better chips on their devices.
It also has 4GB of included RAM which is quite standard for all devices across this price bracket.
On the Software front, the Oppo F5 runs a heavily skinned version of Android called the Colour OS. It has Android 7.1.1 as its base, and the UI tries to mimic the UX of the iOS. This is a trend that really needs to stop because it’s just blatant copyright theft and points towards an inability to create a better UI on the company’s side.
Camera and Storage
Now, this is the area which should, in theory, be the ultimate selling point for the F5 but I’ll argue otherwise, and this goes for the Vivo V7+ as well.
The Oppo comes with a 16MP primary camera with a CMOS sensor and an f/1.8 aperture. It is accompanied by a single tone LED flash. The camera is fairly okay but cannot come near the performance of the Honor 9i.
Coming to the front, we have a 20MP shooter with an f/2.0 aperture and a large 1/2.8 sensor to accommodate for the loss for the dual camera setup with the F3. The Front camera is also good and takes good pictures across a range of lighting conditions.
However, the device has some glaring and serious flaws like no Image stabilization of any sort, no 4K video recording (courtesy of the Helio P23) and no dual tonne LED flash.
Storage wise, the device comes with 32 and 64 GB variants with the ability to expand it further to 256GB via an SD card.
Battery and Connectivity
The Oppo F5 gets a 3200mAh battery which is almost similar to the Vivo V7 plus. There is no fast charging support so charging up that battery might prove to be a lengthy process.
Connectivity wise, the Oppo F5 has already launched in India, and so it supports Indian network bands including 4G VOLTE. It also features Wi-Fi a/b/g/n 5GHz, Bluetooth v4.2, micro USB 2.0 (no USB type-C) and GPS with A-GPS.
It’s hard, to sum up, the Oppo F5. The biggest problem with this and the Vivo V5 plus is that both of them don’t feel special in any regard. Also, advertising the camera to cover up the Phone’s apparent lack of proper hardware is simply misleading.