Aug 082016

Review of OPPO F1s – The Latest Selfie Expert

There is a new SelfieExpert in town and desi Traveler gets to review it again.  Déjà vu!!!  So if you are wondering why I am going so much gaga or a gadget let me share the same with you without any delay. OPPO Mobiles , the global major in mobile phones market has upped the game in India by introducing the latest SelfieExpert in the country and it is called  OPPO F1s. The OPPO F1s is the latest offering from OPPO with a positioning as SelfieExpert targeted at the selfie-loving younger folks around the world.

Before I get into the technical details and review of the phone let me take you on a jaunt to Aamchi Mumbai where I attended the launch of OPPO F1s in a star-studded ceremony and JW Marriott Sahar.

The  OPPO F1s was launched in the presence of celebrities like Sonam Kapoor, Dabboo Ratnani, and Yuvraj Singh.  But before the phone was officially launched I want to highlight 2 official announcements by OPPO.



OPPO is a Chinese company with a global presence, they have decided to manufacture OPPO mobiles in India in a new plant in Greater Noida and are investing around 100 Crore Rupees in the manufacturing facilities. Indeed a proud moment for all those who support “Make In India “, I am sure Alisha Chinai who longed for “Made in India” long before Make in India became the buzzword will approve.

Sky Li OPPO Managing Director of International Mobile Business

Mr. Sky Li MD of International Mobile Business of OPPO sharing OPPO’s vision for India

The second announcement was even better. OPPO has tied up with YOUWECAN a charity foundation formed by ace cricketer Yuvraj Singh. The YOUWECAN foundation run by Yuvraj Singh works with underprivileged children who are struggling with cancer and helps them financially. Yuvraj who himself is a cancer survivor has started this initiative as a personal project but now it has spread its wings, and as a support to their brand ambassador’s initiative OPPO gifted the foundation Rs 40 Lakhs ( 4 million INR ). I am sure this money will help many a kid whose parents cannot afford the costly treatment of cancer.

Yuvraj Singh YOUWECAN Foundation

Oppo India Brand Director Mr.Will Yang – giving a check of Rs. 40 Lakh to Mr. Yuvraj Singh ace cricketer for YOUWECAN foundation

The reason I am highlighting these two points here are simple the investment by OPPO in India in a brand new manufacturing unit tells me that they are here for the long run and are looking at India as not just a market to sell but also as a key manufacturing hub. OPPOs support for the YOUWECAN foundation is a positive gesture that highlights that they want to be part of the community in India and not just a seller


Hoping for the best let me move forward and take you to my  testing and review of the OPPO F1s. Just like last time I decided to compare the OPPO F1s with the iPhone 6s and invited my fellow blogger Tarun Gaur to test the phone. There are many reasons I invited Tarun to do the testing rather than me doing the same.

While taking a selfie is a simple process and takes only a second or so, comparing selfies from two phones without any bias in different light conditions and clicking images in different light  scenarios requires a more robust process that follows same steps without any bias towards any of the phone.

The other reason was Tarun owns and uses an iPhone 6s so he was happy to participate in the test. But as I was enlisting Tarun for the testing of images by OPPO F1s, his wife, and budding Instagrammer Pinky Sharma Gaur  also joined us and helped us in testing and clicking the images. This made the project more fun and interesting as now it was a complete entourage for selfie testing. Soon we were moving around and clicking selfies in different light conditions.

So below is the process we followed  for comparing on selfies and other images from OPPO F1s and iPhone 6s

  1. Single Selfie inside the room
  2. Couple Selfie inside the room
  3. Couple Selfie with bright background in the background
  4. Couple selfies in garden in natural light
  5. Single Selfie inside a restaurant

I  picked these scenarios to consider various light conditions for both the front and rear camera and as we will see in the pictures clicked the images speak for themselves.

OPPO F1s Selfie expert review

If looks could kill – The OPPO F1s Selfie Expert on a bed of roses 🙂

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The new Selfie Expert – OPPO F1s – A Star is unboxed by desi Traveler

Though OPPO F1s is primarily positioned as a SelfieExpert the users may use it for other things also so we clicked a few other images both by OPPO F1s and iPhone 6s.

Each image was clicked in quick succession by both the phones so that the light conditions remain the same. The images you see in this post are all directly from the phone with ZERO processing except resizing the images to 1024 px on the long edge for fast loading on the blog. I have not even added a watermark to these images to keep them as close to out of the camera as possible.

OPPO F1s has many filters, including a beautify filter, that I have not used to enhance images at all as I wanted to present the images as it is. If you want to see what the beautify feature of OPPO F1s can do you can here .

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The first indoor Selfie by OPPO F1s Selfie Expert Pinky Sharma Gaur and a star is born 🙂 

Selfie by iPhone 6s

Indoor Selfie with iPhone 6s

iPhone 6s Selfie

Indoor Couple Selfie with iPhone 6s

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Tarun and Pinky click their selfie with the first couple of Indian love stories Radha and Krishna

The above 2 selfies clicked with a colorful painting of Radha & Krishna in the background against a white wall showcases a few things if you notice. The image clicked by iPhone renders the white wall with an orange / yellow warm tone while the image clicked by OPPO F1s leaves the wall behind as it is without impacting the color of the background.

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Selfie with OPPO F1s with bright background behind the subject

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Selfie with iPhone 6s – Clicked with bright background behind subject

OPPO F1s Selfie Expert review

Selfie with OPPO F1s in garden with natural light only

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iPhone 6s selfie in garden with natural light

OPPO F1s Selfie Expert

Selfie by OPPO F1s Selfie Expert inside a restaurant- note the bright lights above subject aka Tarun

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Selfie by iPhone 6s inside the brightly lit restaurant

Besides selfies, we clicked more pictures from both iPhone 6s and OPPO F1s and I am giving them below starting with some snacks that were served with Tea by Wife Jee for the selfie researchers. By  the way, after the selfie research, this phone goes to Wife jee as she has also developed a new found love to click selfies thanks to the OPPO F1s.

OPPO Food image

Snacks clicked by OPPO F1s

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Snacks clicked by iPhone 6s

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 OPPO F1s image of some yummy snacks 

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Food photography by iPhone 6s

We also clicked some other images using both the phones to test the main camera and compare the images

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Outdoors by OPPO F1s – Zero Processing

iphone day time

Outdoors by iPhone 6s- Zero processing

iphone clicked from restaurant

Inside of restaurant clicked by iPhone 6s

OPPO F1s inside the restaurant

Inside of restaurant clicked by OPPO F1s

OPPO F1s. outdoors evening

An evening in Gurgaon captured by OPPO F1s

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An evening in Gurgaon clicked by iPhone 6s

In the evening pictures above you will notice that the blues appear saturated in iPhone images but the oranges appear dull, on the other hand with OPPO the blues appear dull but the orange and yellow hues of the sunset are more pleasing.

Overall, in my opinion, it is a  close call with both the phones though the outdoor nonselife images appear better by iPhone 6s. But it is the selfies where I am unable to decide which one is better.  But then also look at the price. The OPPO F1s is available for preorder for Rs – 17999/- and will be avaialble all over India in retail stores as well as online.

Here are some key features and specs for OPPO F1s , available in Gold and  Grey colors

Basic Parameters
Color Gold, Grey
Operating System ColorOS 3.0, based on Android 5.1
GPU Mali-T860 MP2
Storage 32GB (Expandable up to 128GB)
Battery Typical Capacity: 3075 mAh (Non-removable)
Processor MT6750 Octa-core 64-bit
Size 5.5 inches
Resolution HD (1280 by 720 pixels)
Colors 16 million colors
Touchscreen Multi-touch, Capacitive Screen, Gorilla Glass 4
Support for Gloved and Wet Touch Input


Rear Sensor 13-megapixel
Front Sensor 16-megapixel
Flash LED Flash
Aperture Rear: f/2.2
Front: f/2.0

Overall if you are in the market for a good Selfie Camera Phone then OPPO F1s is a must consider before you buy. With a 16-megapixel front camera and a 13 MP rear camera and loads of other features like 2 sims and  one SD card slot, filters that let you take wonderful images you should look at OPPO F1s Selfie Expert.

Note to readers: I was invited by OPPO for the OPPO F1s launch in India and received a brand new phone to review and keep. 

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  18 Responses to “OPPO F1s Selfie Expert Launch & Review”

Comments (18)
  1. An interesting take Prasad! I need to look at the pictures again!

  2. An eye Opener Post for me even in the wildest of my dreams I couldn’t think OPPO can click and beat Iphone 6s !! Loved the pics except the Food ones.

  3. I am sure this phone will do well with the selfie-obsessed smartphone users. I just remember the Oppo ads with Sonam and Hrithik. They were quite dumb. 🙂

  4. Great review of OPPO F1s, Thanks for sharing both iPhone 6s and OPPO F1s clicks.

  5. Move over, cameras! Selfiephones are here! 🙂

  6. Snack selfies! It’s always nice to hear about companies considered the community as well as making profit!

  7. The selfies look great, also the fact that the company has tied up with Yuvi’s charity is really heartening. Nice to see companies shouldering social responsibilities.

  8. Excellent review done. Lots to learn from you Prasad!

  9. Good to see both of them. 🙂 I wanted to comment on Tarun’s appearance but that I’ll do in person. 🙂

    Yeah, it’s a close call but then as you mentioned price is also a factor to decide.

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