[embedded content] Pros The front camera supported by AI works well High quality screen Good battery life Cons Average construction…
The OPPO F5 continues with the launch of the company’s ‘Selfie Expert’ with artificial intelligence to improve its selfies. It also keeps up with the latest trend of high screens with aspect ratio of 18: 9, a trend that became the mainstream in 2017, reaching even low-budget smartphones.
The OPPO F5 does not include the best specifications for the price at which it arrives, but it aims to impress customers with its camera prowess wrapped in an attractive chassis.
From a distant look, the finish on the back makes the OPPO F5 look like a monocoque metal smartphone, but in fact, it’s all plastic when viewed from up close. That makes it light, and, at 152 grams with only 7.5 mm in thickness, it is quite manageable to use and handle despite the high screen. The rounded edges also make the OPPO F5 quite ergonomic for one-handed use.
The rear camera protrudes a bit, but it’s not surprising, since the phone does not wobble when it leans on the back.
On the front, there’s not much Hunky-Dory. The screen rests on a plastic edge and does not fuse perfectly with the body, which obfuscates the design. Also, while OPPO claims that the phone has an edge-to-edge screen, there are still enough frames at the top and bottom and an annoying black border around the screen.
The F5 comes with a plastic screen protector attached, which is good enough for most people who prefer screen protection, but I removed it as soon as I pulled the smartphone out of the box. The edge of the screen protector forms another line on the screen, which distracts and also picks up marks and spots.
The blue variant of the OPPO F5 clearly dazzles and looks very polished, and I really recommend that you choose this over the black or gold. There is also an elegant edition in red, but it is only available for the 6GB + 64GB memory variant.
The OPPO F5 has a brilliant 6-inch Full HD + screen with an aspect ratio of 18: 9. The higher screen works well with the phone’s ergonomics and offers an immersive experience, especially while watching videos or playing games.
The screen is sharp and has striking colors. The bright screen makes the readability of sunlight very good and the viewing angles are also great.
Continuing our review of OPPO F5, the phone is powered by the MediaTek MT6763T octa-core processor paired with 4 GB of RAM. This configuration is definitely not for those who want unprocessed performance. In its price segment, the F5 would not impress with its specification sheet, and anyway that is not what OPPO intended.
The F5 was launched with the 4 GB variant that includes 32 GB of storage, but now there is another variant with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. While the extra storage never hurts, the premium that pays for that little bit of RAM does not make much sense, considering the modest processor.
In general, the OPPO F5 is a capable actor if you do not stretch it too much.
The F5 works quite well for daily tasks. Multitasking is smooth and the user interface does not feel slow at any time, even with several applications open in the background. Having said that, as expected, you have problems with intensive graphics games in more advanced graphic environments. In general, the OPPO F5 is a capable actor if you do not stretch it too much.
OPPO F5 comes with a 3,200 mAh battery that lasts a full day of work with intensive use, which is good enough for a phone with a 6-inch screen. However, the lack of fast charging is disappointing, and it takes approximately two hours to charge the phone from zero to 100%.
For a smartphone at this price, the microUSB port you get in the OPPO F5 is disappointing. I would have preferred the USB type C along with the support for fast charging.
The fingerprint sensor on the back is slightly elongated and fits well. Authentication is fast and uninterrupted almost all the time.
That brings us to the phone’s marquee feature and a fundamental part of our OPPO F5 review. OPPO was one of the first brands to validate the growing trend of selfies and has offered multiple capabilities in their smartphones focused on selfies, from beautification functions to improvements supported by AI.
The OPPO F5 has a 20MP front camera with an aperture f / 2.0. The highlight of the front camera is facial recognition technology based on artificial intelligence. OPPO claims that the technology scans around 200 positioning points on its face and then accentuates the facial milestones. The crunchier jaw and well-defined cheekbones, for example. It also automatically judges the background lighting conditions, so that its portraits have the proper luminance.
Leaving aside technical details, the front camera of the F5 has some great selfies. The portraits taken in good lighting conditions are sharp, the color reproduction is excellent and the captured shots are rich in details. In low light conditions, there is a definite decrease in the quality of the image, but most of the selfies appear good enough to share on Facebook or Instagram and get “I like it”. However, in some planes, the objects in the background do not reproduce quite well, which seems strange.
The front camera also tries to emulate the bokeh effect through some software sorcery, similar to Google Pixel 2. In my experience, several shots had blurry edges, but they were still good enough to share the usual social networks. The artificial depth effect is a trick, but many people would lick it.
While the front camera captures all the attention, the 16MP rear camera with f / 1.8 sensor is not far behind. In good daylight conditions, the photos come out great, with a good amount of details and bright colors. However, in low light, he struggles a lot and considerable noise occurs. However, there is a sufficient amount of detail and the photos in low light are passable.
One of the biggest problems with the rear camera is that it takes a while to focus on the subject or the autofocus breaks down when taking a quick picture.
OPPO F5 runs ColorOS, the company’s patented user interface layer on Android 7.1 Nougat. ColorOS is a very themed skin, but quite polished that takes liberal inspiration from iOS. It’s unpleasant for someone who comes from Android stock, but, like most Android customizations, it grows on you.
Android Nougat is disappointing, even more so because there is no clear information about a Android Oreo update .
The F5 comes pre-loaded with major OPPO application versions such as Photos, Music, Videos, et al, and a handful of third-party applications such as Facebook WPS Office, Amazon and Prime Video. There is also an OPPO application store and an application to choose themes and wallpapers.
OPPO F5 also allows you to unlock your phone by facial recognition, but it is difficult to set it up and facial recognition is fragmentary. It often fails in various lighting conditions (and not only in low light conditions) in different locations. Even when it works, it’s slower than fingerprint authentication, so in a few days I went back to the fastest and most natural way to use the fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone.
|OS||ColorOS 3.2, based on Android 7.1|
|screen||LTPS TFT of 15.24 cm (6 inches) |
Aspect ratio Full HD + (2160 x 1080) 18: 9
|Processor||MT6763T octa-core |
Mali G71 MP2 GPU
|RAM||4GB / 6GB|
|Storage||32 GB / 64 GB |
Expandable up to 256 GB with microSD card
|Frontal camera||20MP |
opening f / 2.0
1 / 2.8 “sensor
|Rear camera||16MP |
f / 1.8 opening
|Dimensions||156.5 x 76 x 7.5mm|
To finalize our review of OPPO F5, the phone does not fail in its claim to be a “Selfie expert”. Most people would buy an OPPO smartphone for the quality of the camera, and in most cases, the F5 does not disappoint. Honestly, a power user looking for performance would not bet on an OPPO anyway, and apart from that, the F5 should serve most people pretty well in terms of performance. There is also a wonderful screen to boot.
But, as our OPPO F5 review shows, there is a bit of commitment, such as plastic construction, design oddities and the use of Android Nougat instead of Oreo.
OPPO F5 is for those who do not mind paying a premium for some fantastic selfies, even if there are more complete options at a lower price in the market.