OPPO F5 YOUTH
At the top of OPPO’s popular selfie expert F5 smartphone, the company needed to flex its muscle to come up with a lighter, affordable version, designed for youth, oh millennials! The OPPO F5 YOUTH, though just 2,000 pesos cheaper from the flagship OPPO F5, may be considered as the next best pick for users who are after a budget option and still want a real deal of a topnotch selfie camera.
Let’s have a look at some interesting things to take on-board about OPPO F5 YOUTH.
When I first got the phone, I was amazed on how the so-called artificial intelligence beauty technology pitched everything on a single selfie shot. OPPO says it uses AI to scan over 200 recognition spots on your face, taragis, this scan determines your skin’s tone and type, gender, and age then matches them against its database and subsequently makes beautification enhancements to produce a flawless personalized selfie; malupet diba?. I asked random people to try the OPPO F5 YOUTH and it’s pretty rewarding hearing their reactions.
It’s also noticeable that there’s a depth effect feature in the front camera which gives you an option to blur the background, giving focus on the subject image instead, others call it bokeh effect. I appreciate well this effect as it gives glow to my selfies, it’s a feature that’s previously available on high-end phones and DSLRs.
F5 YOUTH is also equipped with 13-megapixel rear camera. The camera module is adept of producing high quality and exceptional photos with the built-in expert and ultra-HD features albeit night shoots squirms in quality and has degradation due to low or unnatural light situation.
DESIGN AND FEATURES
Moving on with other premium features, the phone doesn’t just focus on selfie qualities, it could as well go head to head competition with other phones in terms of design trends, computing power, and display types particularly the 18:9 aspect ratio. OPPO F5 YOUTH boasts the same design built as the original F5, the 6-inch full-HD+ display is enclosed in a sleek unibody with a rear fingerprint sensor. The almost bezel-less display is a turn-on factor as it gives more immersive experiences for viewing movies and playing games.
I used the built-in facial unlock as a default security and I must say authentication speed is very impressive even in low-light condition.
It’s fast and efficient, efficient that I locked out myself when I shaved my beard, haha ‘di ako nakilala taragis! And though it’s a well working security, I’m still wary that with this technology alone, privacy intruders could easily open your phone just like with the finger print sensor when you’re unaware or while sleeping, I tried it, and it does, kahit nakapikit mag unlock s’ya. Nevertheless, the swiftness of this technology is commendable.
The F5 YOUTH is powered by 2.5 GHz octa-core processor, and without going into much technical detail, the phone is capable of running sophisticated and demanding applications available in the Google Play Store. Gaming apps for instance, is at its core with presence of special graphics acceleration setting that optimizes gaming experience, turning it on will shift the phone into gaming mode which will fully harness the potentials of its hardware resources.
Additionally, the phone comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage. And if you opt to put in more space, it has a dedicated microSD slot that’s capable of loading additional storage up to 256GB capacity – that’s equitably remarkable, considering other phones give you no choice but removing the second SIM if you want to give way with the microSD card.
As for the battery, the phone is packed with 3,200 milli-Ampere-hours. For a single charge amid normal use and with mobile data constantly on, receiving around 2-3 calls that lasted about 2-3 minutes, occasional Facebook messaging, some selfie shots and with other apps running in the background, I was able to complete a day without having a need to plugin to power outlet or use powerbank.
The phone still uses the standard microUSB cable and is not equipped with fast charging technology which per my observation takes around two hours to have it fully charged.
I think if there’s one thing OPPO needs to improve with this device is the charging port, it takes an extra effort plugging-in and detaching the cable, mahirap syang iplug and i-unplug. And of course, down side of the microUSB cable?, the polarity, I almost broke the charging port as I tried to push in the cable, only to find out baligtad pala. Nonetheless, it’s a matter of getting used to it.
OPERATING SYSTEM INTERFACE
The phone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat topped with ColorOS 3.2 interface. And if you’re an iPhone user, you’ll see some familiar looks and feels, the user interface design is somehow iOS-inspired. And to stay being distinctive with other Android phones, there’s no app drawer on the default launcher, every app you install piled in onto the home screen.
There are lots of customization features with the ColorOS, from lock in slide shows, clone up features, to numbers of notification options. I haven’t much time navigating the stuff but it’s good to know that with the options provided, you can do a lot of things when needs arise.
|Display||6.0-inch FHD+ LTPS TFT LCD Display, |
18:9 Aspect Ratio
1080 x 2160 pixels (~402 ppi density)
|Processor||Mediatek MT6763T Helio P23|
2.5 GHz octa-core CPU
|Memory||3 GB RAM|
32 GB Internal Storage with dedicated slot for up to 256GB microSD card
|Rear Camera||13 MP, f/2.2, phase detection autofocus, LED flash|
|Front Camera||16 MP (f/2.0, 2.0 µm)|
|Communication||WLAN - Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
Bluetooth - 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS - Yes, with A-GPS
Radio - No
USB - microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
|Security Features||Fingerprint (rear-mounted)|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery|
|Available Colors||Gold, Black|
|Operating System||Android 7.1 Nougat with ColorOS 3.2|
NOW, SHOULD YOU BUY ONE?
If you’re in a search for a good camera phone because you’re into selfies, this one is definitely yours. As I am reviewing the phone and constantly post selfies on my Instagram and Facebook, a lot of people asked me if the phone is really worth it at kung maganda ba talaga. At Php 13,990, I think considering not just the camera alone, but the over-all design and its computing capabilities, it’s worth it. Happy Holidays!