Oppo is not a smartphone brand that too many people outside of China will be familiar with, unless they’re regular readers of tech blogs on the net. The company is generally known for its ‘Find’ sub-brand, which has served the company very well for a number of years now, but its appeal has mostly been restricted to Oppo’s home market of China. The company, of course, is also in a way behind the much talked-about OnePlus brand that is slowly but surely carving out a niche for itself in a furiously competitive smartphone market, and is one of the go to brands for people wanting to get themselves a high-spec’d smartphone at half the price of flagships from established teir-1 manufacturers like Samsung, LG or Sony.
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Now, however, the company is fixing to launch a whole new range of smartphones as part of its F-series of handsets that will focus on aesthetics more than raw specs. The first model to grace the lineup, the Oppo F1, is now up for pre-order in Vietnam, where the device will be available from the 21st of this month. While there’s nothing officially forthcoming from Oppo regarding the F1’s international launch plans, the company is expected to launch the handset in more markets soon enough. According to the listing on the Vietnamese shopping site that’s accepting pre-orders for the Oppo F1, the smartphone features a 5-inch display with a 720p resolution and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 technology. The handset sports an aluminum unibody design and is only 7.25 mm thick, according to the information provided by the company.
Coming to the rest of the hardware specs of the Oppo F1, the device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 chipset that comes with an integrated octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU clocked at a maximum of 1.7 GHz, along with an Adreno 405 GPU. The handset will have as much as 3 GB of RAM but only 16 GB of internal storage, which, however, will be expandable by way of a microSD card. As for the cameras, the primary camera on the handset is a 13-megapixel unit with f/2.2 lens and a single-LED flash, while the front-facing selfie-cam will sport an 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 lens that has a 1/4-inch sensor.
The one interesting aspect about the default camera app on the F1 is that it can use the screen as a flash in low-light conditions. The smartphone also comes with a 2,500 mAh battery, and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, with Oppo’s proprietary Color OS 2.1 running on top. The phone has been listed at 6.49 million Vietnamese Dong ($290), and the first 1,500 people to pre-order the gadget will receive an iLike Bluetooth headset for free.