The Oppo F1s is a mid-level phone but with features of high-end devices, brand marketing manager Stephen Cheng said during a media preview Tuesday night in Cebu.

Cheng said the F1s “has high-end specs and high-end feel for a good price.”

What sets the Oppo F1s apart is the exceptional quality of its front camera for selfies – 16 megapixels with a large 1/3.1-inch sensor and f/2.0 aperture. It is because of the high-quality front camera that Oppo markets the F1s as the “selfie expert.”

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Oppo regional director of sales Hardy Yan (left) and brand marketing manager Stephen Cheng show off the F1s during a media preview in Cebu.

Oppo F1s features, specs

Apart from the formidable camera, the Oppo F1s ships with a Beautify app, built-in photo filters, screen flash and palm shutter and voice shot. The Beautify app “uses facial data from millions of users to capture their very best looks. Blemish reduction has been refined to ensure beautiful, natural-looking shots that are eye-catching for all the right reasons.”

The phone also has the ability to take a selfie panorama just by rotating the device from side to side.

The phone’s rear camera is 13 megapixels with a 1/3.06-inch sensor “that allows the F1s to maximize light sensitivity, making for wonderful nighttime performance.”

Oppo said there was such a robust demand for the unit that two days after it was made available in August in Philippine stores, 19,000 units were sold all over the country. The phone retails for P12,990.

The F1s has an octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in memory with an expansion slot for a memory card of up to 128GB. It is a dual-SIM phone with both slots having LTE capability. The F1s comes with a 3075 mAH non-removable battery to power the device for an entire day of use. The 5.5-inch phone comes with a Corning Glass display in a sleek design.

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POWER SELFIE. With a 16-megapixel front camera that has a large 1/3.1-inch sensor and f/2.0 aperture, the F1s is a “selfie expert.”

Fingerprint scanner

The F1s runs ColorOS, which is based on Android.

A key feature of the phone is its fingerprint scanner, which is “snappy and accurate.” The sensor unlocks the device in 0.22 seconds, which the company said is the fastest in the market. You can also assign each of your 5 fingers to quickly launch different apps or contacts.

Cheng credits the quality of their devices like the F1s for making them the no. 2 smartphone brand in the Philippines just two years after they started selling in the country.

“Market research company GfK’s latest survey showed that OPPO increased its market share from 3.2 percent in July 2015 to 8.6 percent in July 2016, more than double its share from last year. The smartphone brand also rose from third spot in June 2016 at 8.5 percent, to second last July,” the company said in a statement.

Oppo F1s Cebu
POWERFUL DEVICE. The Oppo F1s has an octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in memory with an expansion slot for a memory card of up to 128GB.

Max Limpag is a journalist, blogger, and developer based in Cebu. He started as a reporter covering Cebu City Hall in 1996. He has written on technology for various print and digital publications since...

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