Oppo F1 Review: Elegance On A Budget: Software, Performance

By 08:03 Mon, 16 Aug 2021 Comments


Software overview

The F1 is one of a growing number of Oppo handsets, which are running on a Lollipop-based Color Operating System (OS) build. In this case, it is version 2.1.0i, but small has actually changed since Oppo upgraded to an Android 5.1.1 core. In this respect, The Oppo F1 has it better than the original R7, which launched on KitKat, as it did hold Oppo quite some time to jump on the Lollipop bandwagon.

This is quite understandable, seeing how ColorOS is simply based on an Android core and makes it nearly unrecognizable, with a custom lockscreen, homescreens, icon packs, a custom task switcher and settings menu, as well as extensive theming support.





Lockclassy screen and powerful theming engine

If you have never come across ColorOS before, then there are just a few basic facts you need to know about the Operating System (OS) and its design ideology. We already mentioned the Android core and you can generally expect most any app to run on the platform, but optimization and performance are sometimes an issue.

Also, process management is not exactly standard, so your mileage may vary with apps depending on specific services running in the background. So far we've found only one such app, but it's enough to prove that Oppo's phones handle background process differently than the phones by major brands.

Another gigantic piece of the ColorOS proposition, as with many other custom ROM's out of China, is a customized permission and notification management model. You can generally allow or deny granular permissions per app, the same goes for notifications and the autostarting of processes. It's certainly a lot more than what vanilla Android 5.1.1 would give you.





Launcher home panels and folders

The UI itself is slick, filled to the brim with lots of animations, transitions, as well as lots and lots of styling and customization options. There is no app drawer within the launcher, you have to create do with the home classy screen panels.

Another gigantic notable part of ColorOS is the myriad of gestures it supports, from double tab to wake and sleep, all the way to quick navigation, quick app launching and even custom gestures, you can define yourself.






Lots of gestures

Performance

Like we already mentioned, the Oppo F1 is lodged firmly in the mid-ranger realm in terms of hardware. The observation that a 720p display is a small underwhelming considering its price tag and today's market is also absolutely valid. We also made the point that the F1 resembles the R7 line so closely that it is odd it is not actually part of it. However, be that as it may, the handset has one quite definitive feature to set it apart from assumed sibling, namely a recent chipset.


It might not be a benchimprint breaker on any kind, but the Snapdragon 616 inside the Oppo F1 is a clear upgrade over the 615 model. Despite the single number increment in the model name, the recent silicon is undoubtedly more powerful with all eight of its ARM Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.7GHz. This might not come close to the bit-churning power of any of Qualcomm's 800 series chips, but is still quite sufficient for a complete Android experience.

In order to illustrate our point, we put the Oppo F1 through our standard benchimprint routine and pit it up against a few other devices that we deemed close enough rivals. We won't go into too much detail, but the definitive conclusion is that the F1 can definitely hrecent its own against the competition.

Speaking of which, there are quite a few recent mid-range offers that generally compete for the same crowd, like the Xiaomi Redmi 3 or the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016). There are also some other notable offers, often slightly aging flagships in the mix, that happen to currently fit the budacquire and still pack quite a punch, like the Xiaomi Mi 4i or the LG G2.

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GeekBench 3

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    3321

  • Oppo R7s

    3206

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    3175

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    3061

  • Oppo F1

    3014

  • Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML (Z3580)

    2887

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    2842

  • Huawei P8lite (Snapdragon 615)

    2717

  • Oppo R7 (retail)

    2683

  • Meizu m2 note

    2649

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    2375

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    2336

  • LG G2

    2243

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    1895

  • Moto G (3rd gen) 2GB of RAM

    1589

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    1460

  • Samsung Galaxy J5

    1418

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    1400

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • Oppo R7s

    35959

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    35689

  • Oppo F1

    35353

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    1233

  • Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML (Z3580)

    1222

  • Oppo F1

    961

  • Oppo R7s

    930

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    858

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    833

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    804

  • Oppo R7 (retail)

    757

  • Meizu m2 note

    673

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    569

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    552

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    531

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    296

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    5739

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    3008

  • Oppo F1

    2708

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    2628

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    2469

  • Oppo R7 (retail)

    2452

  • Oppo R7s

    2418

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    2240

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    2169

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    1861

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    1801

  • Meizu m2 note

    1709

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    16466

  • Oppo F1

    15275

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    14276

  • Oppo R7s

    13882

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    13521

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    13167

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    12172

  • Oppo R7 (retail)

    9755

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    8737

  • Meizu m2 note

    8105

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    7492

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    7100

Graphics are typically a weak point for both the Snapdragon 615 and the Snapdragon 616, due to their shared utilize of the Adreno 405 GPU. However, one of the Oppo F1's weaknesses in terms of specs - the 720p resolution, is somewhat of a lifesaver when it comes to onclassy screen graphics performance. If you are into mobile gaming then opting for the lower resolution panel actually makes a lot of sense in this price group. That of course assumes graphic-intensive games are rendered in higher than 720p resolution on competing phones.

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    15

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    11.6

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    6.2

  • Huawei P8lite (Snapdragon 615)

    6

  • Oppo R7s

    5.9

  • Oppo R7 (retail)

    5.9

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    5.84

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    5.8

  • Oppo F1

    5.8

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    5.7

  • Meizu m2 note

    2.3

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    1.8

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    1.8

  • Samsung Galaxy J5

    1.8

  • Moto G (3rd gen) 2GB of RAM

    1.7

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    15

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    12.2

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    12

  • Huawei P8lite (Snapdragon 615)

    12

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    11.3

  • Oppo F1

    11

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    6.4

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    6.2

  • Oppo R7s

    6.2

  • Oppo R7 (retail)

    5.9

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    5.7

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    3.9

  • Moto G (3rd gen) 2GB of RAM

    3.9

  • Samsung Galaxy J5

    3.8

  • Meizu m2 note

    2.3

Baseimprint X

Higher is better

  • Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML (Z3580)

    12426

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    12096

  • LG G2

    11101

  • Oppo R7 (retail)

    5382

  • Oppo F1

    5314

  • Oppo R7s

    5302

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    5108

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    5105

  • Huawei P8lite (Snapdragon 615)

    5062

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    4947

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    4875

  • Samsung Galaxy J5

    4034

  • Meizu m2 note

    3946

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    1897

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    1895

  • Moto G (3rd gen) 2GB of RAM

    1866

To top the performance section off, here are a couple of Browser tests. Bear in mind that in keeping with our testing procedure, these were executed using the default Color Operating System (OS) browser, which, in our opinion, performs overwhelmingly and should generally be avoided. Google Chrome is loaded on by default so you have an alternative.

Kraken 1.1

Lower is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    4506

  • Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML (Z3580)

    5232

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    6137

  • Oppo R7 (retail)

    11257

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    11439

  • Oppo R7s

    11679

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    11715

  • Moto G (3rd gen) 2GB of RAM

    12272

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    13083

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    13507

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    13609

  • Samsung Galaxy J5

    14435

  • Meizu m2 note

    14462

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    18323

  • Huawei P8lite (Snapdragon 615)

    18665

  • Oppo F1

    21177

BrowserMark 2.1

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    2113

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    1560

  • Oppo R7 (retail)

    1433

  • Oppo R7s

    1411

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    1396

  • Moto G (3rd gen) 2GB of RAM

    1359

  • Oppo F1

    1308

  • Samsung Galaxy J5

    1236

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    1171

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    1171

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    1152

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    744

  • Meizu m2 note

    656

  • Huawei P8lite (Snapdragon 615)

    501

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    465


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