PRETTY AS A PIC­TURE

OPPO F1

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - UNLOCKED - By Peter Chu

128GB via mi­croSD), and a 2,500mAh bat­tery that re­gret­tably isn't com­pat­i­ble with OPPO's fa­mous VOOC quick charg­ing sys­tem. Mod­est hard­ware, but def­i­nitely com­pe­tent enough to en­sure that apps are quick to load and close, and that games ran smoothly with­out any no­tice­able hic­cups.

As far as bench­marks are con­cerned, the F1 man­aged to ob­tain a score of 3,530 on PCMark, and 9,116 on 3DMark's Ice Storm Un­lim­ited test, which is pretty re­spectable, con­sid­er­ing the midrange hard­ware that it's equipped with. Next up, Quad­rant and AnTuTu, which the F1 man­aged to zoom through with a score of 26,691 and 34,564, re­spec­tively. You shouldn't have any prob­lems run­ning mo­bile games on the F1, as it man­aged to run the Epic Ci­tadel bench­mark on Ul­tra High Qual­ity at an av­er­age frame rate of 53.1 fps.

But let's be hon­est, you re­ally wouldn't be buy­ing a phone that bears the slo­gan ‘Selfie Ex­pert' for its per­for­mance now, would you? Since we've al­ready es­tab­lished that the F1 of­fers de­cently pow­er­ful hard­ware to keep the ma­jor­ity of its users sat­is­fied, it's only fit­ting that we ad­dressed the re­main­ing ele­phant in the room: whether the F1 is in­deed an ex­pert at self­ies.

As­signed to cap­ture all your weird (and won­der­ful) self­ies is the F1's 8MP front-fac­ing cam­era, which has a rel­a­tively wide aper­ture of f/2.0, and a de­cent 1/4-inch im­age sen­sor. It's ca­pa­ble of cap­tur­ing bright and sharp pho­tos even un­der less-than-stel­lar light­ing con­di­tions, which iron­i­cally might not be some­thing you'd want if you're not graced with spot­less skin com­plex­ion.

And that's ex­actly where the F1's trump card, its ‘Beau­tify 3.0' beau­ti­fi­ca­tion mode, comes into play. It has three pre­set lev­els for you to choose from: weak, medium and strong. From our ob­ser­va­tion, the medium set­ting is ad­e­quate enough to rid your face of most mi­nor fa­cial im­per­fec­tions (e.g. blem­ishes and acne spots), while opt­ing for strong would ren­der your skin un­nat­u­rally smooth and ra­di­ant – al­most as though it was made out of porce­lain, even.

When you're done cap­tur­ing van­ity shots of your­self, you can use the 13MP rear cam­era of the F1 to cap­ture the world around you – though its im­age qual­ity isn't any­thing to write home about. Don't get us wrong, the 13MP shooter is per­fectly ca­pa­ble of tak­ing pho­tos that are wor­thy enough to ap­pease your le­gion of so­cial me­dia fol­low­ers; it's just that when you start scru­ti­niz­ing them, you'll no­tice that its finer de­tails tend to be shrouded by im­age noise.

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