Just a couple of weeks after announcing the latest R-series phones, Oppo has followed up with the new F1 Plus for African, Southeast Asian and European markets. Like most competitive Android smartphones these days, it has a flat iPhone-like all-metal rear case with rounded edges, and is practically identical to the R9 and R9 Plus revealed last month.

Like its design, the spec-list reads like the average, competitive, mid-tier phablet. The 5.5-inch AMOLED panel up front is coated in Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and boasts a resolution of 1920 x 1080, giving it a pixel density of 401ppi. Inside, you’ll find a generous 4GB of RAM and an octa-core Helio P10 processor made by Mediatek, clocked to 2.0GHz. This sits alongside 64GB of storage, and a fast-charging 2,850mAh battery.

Again, very much like most phones on the market these days, you’ll find a dual SIM card tray, where the second slot doubles as a MicroSD card bay. Storage is expandable to 128GB.

If there’s one feature that stands out, it’s the front-facing camera. Oppo calls this phone the ‘selfie expert’, and it’s easy to see why. The front-facing snapper boasts a 16MP sensor and a f/2.0 aperture. Because of this fast aperture, Oppo claims it pulls in four times more light than other smartphones, and it uses ISOCELL technology to ensure there’s no interference between pixels.

KEY SPECIFICATIONS

  • 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display
  • MediaTek Helio P10 octa-core 2.0GHz processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB storage (expandable to 128GB – uses SIM 2 slot)
  • 13MP rear camera, f/2.3 with PDAF and LED flash
  • 16MP f/2.0 front camera
  • 2,850mAh battery
  • VOOC Flash Charge (0-75% charge in 30 minutes)
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop with ColorOS 3.0 UI
  • Measures 151.8 x 74.3 x 6.6mm
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4

The Oppo F1 is available now in India, in gold or rose gold and costs 26,990 rupees ($407 USD). Other countries in Africa and Southeast Asia will get the phone shortly, while European consumers will be able to purchase the F1 Plus from next month.

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