OPPO F1 Philippines Price is Php 11,990 : Selfie Expert Camera Specs, Actual Unit Photos

Yesterday - February 17, 2016, I graced OPPO Mobile Technology Inc. Philippines' warm invitation for the official launch of their latest selfie-centric smartphone - the midrange powerhouse OPPO F1 - held at the Activity Center of Trinoma Mall in Quezon City.

OPPO F1 Philippines, Mark Milan Macanas
My traditional TechPinas pose with the Selfie Expert, OPPO F1. Still doing it after all these years.

OPPO F1 Philippines
The event commenced at 6:30 PM with Mr Garrick Hung, Operations Manager of OPPO Philippines, welcoming bloggers, members of the media, and the crowd.

OPPO F1 Philippines

Donning an official suggested retail price of Php 11,990, OPPO F1 is a mid-level release that's crafted for consumers who want a great-looking smartphone with stellar selfie-capture capabilities that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

OPPO F1 Philippines

As I've shared earlier, the handset flaunts a CNC-prepared anodized aluminum shell that gives it an air of both durability and elegance.

OPPO F1 Philippines
And frankly, in some angles, it looks like the Apple iPhone 6s -- which is certainly not a bad-looking handset, right?

OPPO F1 Philippines

Let's talk about technical specifications. OPPO F1 sports a 5-inch IPS HD display that's protected by scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 4 touchscreen, a 13 MegaPixel f/2.2 autofocus camera at the back, Full HD video recorder, and non-removable 2,500 mAh battery pack. The highlight of this model, of course, is its 8 MegaPixel front selfie cam that comes with a slew of beautification features for users who love to take such shots.

OPPO F1 Philippines

At its heart, OPPO F1 runs its Color OS 2.0 flavored Android 5.1 Lollipop OS with the new Octa Core Qualcomm MSM8939v2 Snapdragon 616 chipset that incorporates four 1.7 GHz ARM Cortex A53 CPUs, four 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex A53 cores and an Adreno 405 GPU, has 3GB of RAM (which is a treat at this price point), and comes with 16GB of ROM that you can easily augment using the secondary nanoSIM slot that also supports microSD card memory expansion.

OPPO F1 Philippines

OPPO F1 will be officially up for purchase at all OPPO Concept Stores, kiosks, and authorized retail partners - especially those located in SM CyberZone branches across the country starting this week.

OPPO F1 Philippines

The 'Selfie Expert' Android smartphone is currently available in just two luxurious colors: Gold and Rose Gold.

OPPO F1 Philippines
At the event, Ms. Alora Uy Guerrero - Digital Marketing Manager of OPPO PH - gave a keynote presentation on the key specs of the handset as well as the capabilities of its 13 MegaPixel rear camera, including HDR Mode, Super Macro, Super GIF, and Slow Shutter.

OPPO F1 Philippines
On the other hand, Mr. Stephen Bryan Cheng - Brand Marketing Manager of OPPO PH - talked about the great selfie capture features of the 8 MegaPixel front cam including Real Time Beautification and something similar to Apple's Virtual Front Flash, where the screen lights up to illuminate the face of the user when snapping self-portraits.

Oppo F1 Selfie
There are three levels of instant beautifications: Weak, Medium, and Strong, which describe the intensity of evening out or clearing of skin imperfections and facial contouring.

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The models and Stephen taking selfies on stage. Oh, and shown on the screen, Kapamilya Star Miss Sarah Geronimo is the official celebrity endorser of OPPO smartphones in the Philippines.

OPPO F1 Philippines
OPPO F1 is the first device by the Chinese electronics company to be offered by the Philippines biggest network, Smart Communications, as a bundled handset with Smart Postpaid Plans. You can get OPPO F1 for free when you sign up for Smart Plan 1200. Sweet!

Mark Milan Macanas

Is OPPO F1 the right handset for you? To be honest, there are many incredible handsets by various device manufacturers - local and international - in this price point that you can choose from. But if you want one from a multinational brand that's fairy affordable yet already has a very high-end look and feel in the hand as well as amazing selfie-capture enhancements, you'd do well to include this model in your list of gadgets to check out this year.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Oppo F1 Philippines
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions143.5 x 71 x 7.3 mm
Weight 134 grams
Available Colors Gold, Rose Gold
Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop with Color OS 2.1 UI
Display 5.0 inches (~67.6% screen-to-body ratio), 720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density), IPS, capacitive touchscreen, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Gorilla Glass 4
Processor Octa Core = Quad Core 1.7 GHz ARM Cortex A53 + Quad Core 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex A53, Adreno 405 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8939v2 Snapdragon 616 chipset
Internal Storage 16 GB, expandable via hybrid microSD card slot (secondary nanoSIM) supporting up to 128GB
Camera Main: 13 MegaPixels, 4128 x 3096 pixels, f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Front: 8 MegaPixels, f/2.0, 1/4" sensor size,
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for main camera, Full HD for front camera
Audio and Video Playback MP4, WMV, H.264, MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLAC
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE, 4G LTE Cat4 (150/50Mbps), 3G HSPA+, LTE Cat4, NFC
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
FM Radio Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity
Network 2G Network GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100, 4G LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
SIM Card Type Dual SIM = microSIM + hybrid nanoSIM
Battery Non-removable 2,500 mAh Li-Po battery
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features Metal Frame, Selfie-Centric features, Color OS Interface
Announcement Philippines: February 17, 2016
Availability February 2016
Price Official SRP: Php 11,990
FREE with Smart Postpaid Plan 1200