Oppo, a Chinese smartphone company, may not be as popular as known to produce good looking devices throughout. Nevertheless, the brand has started gaining limelight thanks to its latest offering, the Oppo F1, which is being touted as the “Selfie expert”. Here in this article, we compare it with the brand’s previous flagship and much popular smartphone, the Oppo R7.
Oppo F1 Vs Oppo R7: What’s the difference?
The Oppo F1 sports a polished aluminum body with a magnificent finish. It resembles the back of an iPhone 6s to a great extent despite costing so less. The edges are properly cut to give it a clean and premium look.
The Oppo R7, which was launched previously, shares quite a similar appearance. It also comes with a beautiful metallic unibody and has almost zero lateral bezels which makes it look slightly larger than the F1.
The Oppo R7 is quite thin at just 7.2mm, which makes it easier to pocket but loses the slim and trim competition to its predecessor which measures 6.2mm only.
Both the devices exhibit 5-inch 2.5D IPS LCD displays but differs in terms of screen resolution. While the Oppo F1 flaunts an HD resolution, the Oppo R7 comes with an AMOLED FHD display that enhances your viewing experience. Both the phones are protected by Gorilla Glass for avoiding accidental scratches. While the Oppo F1 has soft touch buttons below the screen, the R7 does not have any physical buttons to access the app drawer which can take some time getting used to.
Configuration and OS
Under the hood, the Oppo F1 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 chipset which has one quad-core Cortex A53 cluster clocked at 1.7GHz and the other quad-core Cortex A53 cluster clocked at 1.0GHz. The Oppo R7 runs with the help of a true octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset that whirs at the pace of 1.5GHz. Both the devices are endowed with Adreno 405 GPUs and 3GB of RAM. The phones offers internal storage spaces of 16GB with support for microSD card of up to 128 GB. While the F1 runs on Android 5.1 with Oppo’s proprietary ColorOS 2.1 skinning, the R7 has to carry on with Android Lollipop v5.0 with ColorOS 2.1 alongside it as well.
The rear camera of the Oppo F1 has 13-megapixels ISOCELL sensor and comes with an LED flash and a long term shutter mode. If put on a tripod, the F1 will definitely produce some great photos. The phones does struggle to focus a little but once it finds the object, the results will not disappoint you. It also features an Ultra HD mode which supposedly combines several images to come up with a single 50-megapixel photo.
The Oppo F1 has been heavily endorsed with the tagline of a “selfie expert”. The f/2.0 aperture and an 8MP sensor are surprisingly effective. In daylight conditions, the camera produces amazing results while indoor selfies are more than average. The smartphone comes with several beauty modes that enhances your selfie camera.
The phone also supports selfie gesture control which produces lifelike images with its several beauty modes. It comes with a screen flash which converts the F1’s entire display into a camera flash for low-light photography.
The primary camera of the Oppo R7 is also a 13-megapixel Samsung 3M2 sensor with ISOCELL technology and f/2.2 aperture. The selfie camera is an 8 megapixel OmniVision OV8858 sensor with f/2.4 aperture. It comes bundles with a bevy of shooting modes like Normal, Ultra HD, Colorful night, Colorful filters, Beautify, Expert mode, HDR, Panorama Audio photo, GIF, Double exposure, Slow shutter, Super Macro, Raw, Time-lapse, Slow-mo, and both cameras are capable of 1080p video. But the primary camera disappoints even during low light photography by producing just average photos. In the HDR mode though it performs fine but again struggles in low light conditions. The selfie camera comes with many beauty modes, but does not seem to be at par with the Oppo F1 as the beautified images turn out to be very phony. Without the beauty mode it does fine.
Both the devices are quite similar in terms of connectivity options. They come with dual SIM slots, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, OTG support, microUSB etc. The Oppo F1 also sports an HDMI port.
The Oppo F1 smartphone is fuelled by A 2,500mAh battery fuels the Oppo F1 which is quite small. But if you consider how thin the device is, this flaw can be accepted. The battery makes the phone last for a day with moderate usage. The Oppo R7 with its 2,300mAh battery manages an unimpressive 5 hours and 39 minutes of ongoing on-screen usage. But luckily it comes equipped with the manufacturer’s mighty VOOC fast charging technology, which lets users charge the smartphone to 50 percent in just about 30 minutes on the plug. Topping off the smartphone to 100 percent takes just 80 minutes, which is very impressive.
Both the Oppo devices impresses with their premium looks and design at first glance. However the Oppo R7 seems like a more powerful device thanks to its processor. The Oppo F1 is clearly a camera centric phone meant for those of you who thrive on taking selfies anywhere and everywhere. It also comes with a larger battery than the R7 but clearly lacks the R7’s fast charging potential.