Review of the New OPPO F1s Selfie Phone - Hi- Tech meets Lifestyle

Life is too short to have boring Selfies
Haute Kutir 

We are toh the "Selfie crazy" People

I am known to do a lot of mystery shopping. For me, it has always been a good source of understanding the consumer behavior at ground level. Last week, when I was at this digital store checking out some devices, I heard two girls sighing over a probable smartphone and its feature. After the store guy explained them all [exhaustive] features of the 2 smartphones they probably were interested in, they sighed over the too much of specifications and asked- What is megapixel you told of the selfie camera?

The guy confused and asked which brand they were asking for and was embarrassed to know it is the front camera megapixels instead. He smiled and said- "5 Megapixel but the rear camera is 13 megapixels, madam. See, have a try."

The girls almost fainted when they heard the price that was way above Rs 30,000 but the seller almost convinced them that it is the best in their favor to buy that expensive phone with 5 MP with xyz features that can make their face look smaller and eyes bigger with easy settings. The girls were confused

Take 2: Rhea, my younger cousin is very popular among her friends for her pictures, swag and more. She loved taking selfies and apparently someone told her that the X brand that cost more than half a lakh is the best phone to have in the world. It is not just the "brand value" that will make her equal with some of her high-end peers and celebs, but also a lifestyle investment. She was so convinced that she let go of all her savings that she has saved for buying the new spring collection outfit to buy that expensive phone. A decision she regretted later.

Well, it is not just about Rhea and the other girls. It is about the "Consumer demand" and "matching supplies".

The smartphone that was once known for its sheer mobility advantage, has now found many "use cases" to entice its owners/buyers. Our smartphone is not just a device to make/receive calls/message. It has replaced our diary, calendar, fitness bands, pedometer, notebooks and above all camera.

Talking about Camera, do you know which is the most popular social app these days? 

It is Instagram, and if you know a bit about this popular app, you will know of the most leading category is #Selfie.

Selfie is such a craze that Oxford Dictionary declared it as "Word of the Year" in 2013 and added it to their dictionary. The generation today is #Selfie crazy and very demanding. We want best of technology with ease of operations and higher cosmetic value.

And #Selfie is one popular feature that is riding the smartphone market, and will continue to ride till next best technology does not make an entry.

That is why, smart brands like OPPO are slowly moving from just a "rear quality camera" to also, "Selfie cam" focussed demand. One such example was OPPO F1 that we discussed earlier here and here. Another example is the newly launched OPPO F1s smartphone. What does it have in store? read more-

The New OPPO F1s and why it is No1 Selfie Phone
I found OPPO as a brand that likes to reach out to their audience and tell them what they have up their R&D sleeves. One such interaction was this massive launch in Mumbai last week, wherein OPPO invited different community including bloggers to come experience and learn about their new phone OPPO F1s. You can find more details on my Twitter and Snapchat.

If you think that I just went to a launch, saw the feel presentations, checked the demo devices and came back to form an opinion, then you are not right. I am a tough cookie to crack and to maintain that notoriety I thoroughly checked my review device especially its most talked about feature- The "Selfie" Cam. Do you know that OPPO F1s has 16 Megapixel front camera, with 5.5 inch display?

About OPPO F1: The phone is a reiteration of the previously launched OPPO F1. [I have not reviewed the OPPO F1 plus, so I could barely comment on that].The other features include- 3GB RAM, mediaTek M6750 Octa Core processor [talk about high processing speed and ease of usage], 13 MP rear camera, Android Lollipop 5.1 with color OS 3.0 customization on top [untill you cannot wait for Android 7.0 Nougat launch for Nexus phones], fingerprint sensor, Beautify 4.0 for selfie enhancement at pre-processing stage, 3075 mAh Lithium polymer battery [non removable, so you friend/spouse cannot emotionally blackmail to swap w/o return], 4G VoLTE compatibility, Bluetooth 4.0.

The phone slot has dual sim capacity [Nano Sims Only] and a slot for expandable memory up to 256 GB against the in-built of 32 GB internal storage. The display is 5.5 inch and has corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Look wise the phone has a premium form factor, akin to iPhone and is 7.4mm thick and weighs 160 grams. The phone is priced at rs 17,990/-

I have done a device first preview and form tour on my snapchat. Hope you follow me [@ektakhetan] and have seen :)

To make my understanding even stronger, I took Samsung A710 that the store guy was promoting and did an apple to apple oops phone to phone comparison, focussed on camera especially the "Selfie" part of it.

Samsung A710 v/s OPPO F1s Handset

Both have the sleek design but that silver lining on OPPO F1s adds further to the suave and cool quotient. The phone has a metal body with subtle round corners. The back side of OPPO F1s is quite neat and clean. If you can see those two panels at the top and bottom of the device back, Let me tell you that they are made of plastic so a sto inculcate better reception capability.

The fingerprint button is at the bottom right side of the screen. Oh yes, the fingerprint sensor is not a duh but lives up in terms of accuracy and blazing speed.

See it for yourself-

Let us talk more about the personal experience here with the help of these real pictures -

Disclaimer: All these pictures are shot simultaneously at the Haute Kutir war room with same setting and time. Pictures are original without any iota of editing.

Rear Camera Shots

The Selfie Camera Comparison

OPPO F1s has a "Beautify 4.0" features that can change the light and add rosy effect to your picture on the scale of 1-7. The pictures come smooth, flawless and well illuminated.

Same day and a little liner, lip color and well-manned hair, and Lo behold,m we clicked the selfie with both the phones. So which one did more justice to pictures by choosing their best setting?

Hello, did someone said iPhone has the best camera? Well, let's see which one looked better? There may not be a drastic change in the quality of both the phones but when you get same/better quality at a lesser price, what stops you from going for it?

Low Light Shot: Another striking feature for all you night lovers. Woohoo...Samsung A7/iPhone selfie cam does not work in dark wherein OPPO F1s does.

Other Camera Features

The rear camera of the OPPOF1s phone comes loaded with striking features including the diverse filters [same as OPPO F1] and Patterns to add that extra touch to your pictures shot by the rear camera. Fear not, even the selfie camera comes pre-loaded with filters that you may want to chose.

Isn't that cool? You have more options to click your pictures with and that saves you a lot of editing time and installation of multiple picture editing software to bring that additional touch to your work. Well, I am a blogger who does not like carrying her DSLR all the times yet want my pictures to have that personalized touch without photoshopping. Hence, these features come handy to me.

Good news for photo frenzy who love shooting in the manual mode as the manual controls has more than the basics like - ISO, Shutter speed, exposure compensation, Manual focus and even RAW support

The Night Mode does not work for Front Camera

Accessibility at Fingertips

OPPO F1s has some amazing gesture control that makes you run your literally at your finger tips, off screen. For eg- you can draw "O" to start the camera, draw "V" to turn on flashlight, and if you are a music lover, you can control your music by drawing  "||" to pause/play a track or simple "<" ">" to switch between the tracks.

Also, the Internal Memory of 32 GB means that you do not have to worry about the storage and click good, click happy. How much the Internal memory for Samsung A710 is? Hold your heart, it is mere 10 GB on a clean phone [devoid of non-factory apps installed]

What OPPO F1s lacks but Samsung A7 has?
Clearly the Auto-focus feature that is quite strong in samsung Camera.

Haute Kutir Verdict
In the race of OPPO F1s v/s Samsung A7 and iPhone, want to know who is the winner? Well, the winner is-


It wins hands down cause of-

Superior Selfie Quality | Robust inbuilt Camera features | Pricing | Form factor | Storage | Customization Opportunity

If you are thinking it as a feminine phone, hold your horses, it is completely unisexual and comes in two colors- Rose Gold and Grey.

Here's me at the event, my Instagram update, just in case you want to #FollowMe

I have shot some more pictures that I will soon update once the sorting and watermark is done. Plagiarism is scary you see ;) Stay Tuned and do follow me on my social media channels

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