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Driven by value: Oppo’s $299 metal 4G phone reviewed
4.2Overall Score

Price (RRP): $299
Manufacturer: Oppo

Budget phones are usually made for just that — a budget — but Oppo’s F1 bucks the trend, bringing a premium look and feel to a price point that doesn’t normally scream any of those things.

Specs

How much phone can $299 get you?

That’s the question Oppo is asking with its latest handset, a smartphone that goes for broke with a practical copy of some of Oppo’s other smartphones, and yet also a reduction in some elements that allows the company get to a smaller price point.

First up, we need to note that the F1 is very, very similar to what Oppo has released in its R7 series of phones, so if it feels like we’re just writing about that phone — especially if you have read the R7 or R7s review — it’s because Oppo is more or less borrowing a template.

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As such, you’ll find the same processor and much of the internal spec as the original R7, complete with a Qualcomm eight-core Snapdragon 616 processor paired with 3GB RAM.

Storage on this phone is set to 16GB, and this can be upgraded with a microSD card if need be, provided you use a microSIM.

Just like the other Oppo phones, you’ll find support for two SIM cards in the Oppo F1, providing spaces for both a microSIM and a nanoSIM. Out of these slots, only one of them serves dual purposes, with the nanoSIM either working as a nanoSIM slot or a microSD expandable storage slot.

That means if you use a microSIM, you can either upgrade the storage with microSD or use a second SIM with the nanoSIM slot. Otherwise, if you use a nanoSIM — say you’re switching from an iPhone 5 or something else — you can’t use the microSD slot at all.

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Connections for the Oppo F1 are pretty standard, with support for 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, as well as 4G LTE, but there is no support for Near-Field Communication (NFC).

You’ll find your regular collection of ports that most phones support, with a microUSB port at the very bottom and a 3.5mm headset jack up top.

There are also two cameras here, with a 13 megapixel rear shooter and an 8 megapixel camera up front.

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All of this sits under a 5 inch high-definition screen, displaying a resolution of 1280×720 with a layer of Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 4 to protect everything, while a metal body handles every thing else.