With a growing demand for high quality and affordable camera phones, Oppo is trying to position itself as a selfie-focussed phone manufacturer. The company has added yet another smartphone to its selfie-focussed F1 series – the Oppo F1s, which sits right in the middle of previously launched Oppo F1 and Oppo F1 Plus smartphones.

The highlight of the Oppo F1s is the 16MP front-facing shooter, a phone the company dubs as the ‘Selfie Expert.’ Besides, the front camera unit also has a 1/3.1-inch sensor with f/2.0 aperture. Currently available at around Rs. 18,000 in India, let’s find out if Oppo’s latest offering lives up to its claims.

Oppo F1s: Selfie Expert

Design

The phone looks very similar to its plus sized counterpart the F1 Plus, but still slightly thicker at 7.4, compared to the F1 Plus which is 6.6mm in thickness. That said, it easily manageable and fits comfortably in the hand. At 160 grams, it feels light and easy to carry around. And thanks to the metal unibody and impressively curved edges, the phone has a premium look and feel to it.

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Performance

Under the hood, the phone packs a MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor bundled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. Even multitasking was rather seamless, with smooth transitions as apps opened without a twitch. The hardware onboard is more than enough to handle any routine task, and everything from web browsing to video games and movies run smoothly.

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And just like the Oppo F1 Plus, the home button on the F1s also doubles as a fingerprint scanner. Just a light press on the home button instantly unlocks the phone, with no lags or delayed responses.

Besides, you get 32GB of onboard which should be good enough to store plenty of selfies and videos. And in case you’re falling short, there’s an expandable storage option at your disposal.

Battery

Juicing up the smartphone is a 3075mAh battery, which can easily last a day of moderate usage. You can manage easily to get through a day of using emails, web browsing, gaming, watching videos on YouTube, and of course, takings selfies, before the battery dies out. Besides, it can manage to rack up about three and half hours of on screen time with Oppo F1s, which in my opinion is pretty impressive for a mid-range phone. Even the standby time on the phone is pretty impressive.

That said, when you do run out of juice it takes an awfully long time to get it fully recharged. There’s no support for fast charging, and bundled 10W charger takes about 4 hours to top up.

Software

The smartphone runs Android 5.1, which is quite a bummer considering we are in 2016 and even Google doesn’t offer cutting edge Android 5.1 updates anymore. And we are not even sure if the company plans to roll out Android Marshmallow update for the device, leaving the Oppo F1s feeling a bit behind the times.

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Camera

Touted as a selfie expert, the Oppo F1s rocks a whopping 16MP front-facing shooter with f/2.0 aperture. And to put it as simply as I can – it does not disappoint. Selfies captured turn out to be crisp and full of details. It pretty much demolishes any other mid-range smartphone in terms of sheer quality of selfies, as they turn out vibrant, eye-popping with fairly accurate color reproduction. Even the 13MP primary camera on the back takes good images in bright outdoor settings and well-lit conditions.

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The Oppo F1s lives up to its hype of being a selfie expert. And if you love taking selfies, the Oppo F1s should be your go-to device.

Verdict

The Oppo F1s certainly exceeded the expectations, be it the phone’s camera quality or general performance across the board. Sure, it runs an outdated version of Android and Oppo certainly needs to get this part right. But software aside, it’s a solid performer when it comes to everyday usage.

Priced at around Rs 18,000 in India, you’ll certainly find other mid-range smartphones with better specs. But those of you who loving taking selfies, the Oppo F1s is probably the best camera phone you can find in this price range.