Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo is set to launch the Oppo F5 today. The smartphone that succeeds Oppo F3 and is expected to come with a redesigned fingerprint sensor, ‘AI Beauty‘ mode and a ‘Facial Unlock‘ feature that unlocks the smartphone by recognising the face of the user. The device has already been launched in Philippines.
The Oppo F5 was first spotted on posters in a mall in Philippines, with a slogan “Selfie expert”. A Philippine actor Julia Barreto unboxed the Oppo F5 in a video on her Instagram account with hashtags #CaptureTheRealYou and #SelfieExpert. The smartphone was later revealed in a promotional video launched by the company. The video showcased a 18:9 bezel less display and unibody design of the phone.
The company sent invites in mid October for a launch on 2 November with a tagline of ‘Capture the real you’. The phone was released on 26 October in Philippines.
The Oppo F5 Philippines variant comes with Full HD+ 6-inch 18:9 display and an octa-core MediaTek processor with 16 nm chipset. It comes in two RAM variants of 4 GB and 6 GB and with a 20 MP selfie camera. The smartphone is powered by a 3,200 mAh battery, runs on Android 7.1 and is available in two color variants including Gold and Black. Oppo F5 features a 16 MP rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture lens and has a plastic body instead of an expected metal uni-body design.
The device comes with 32/64 GB internal storage options and can be expanded upto 256 GB by inserting an external memory card. It features 3 card slots that include two SIM card slots and the third one an external memory card.
There is a “Facial Unlock” feature that allows users to authenticate access to the device with their faces. According to the company the “Face recognition is less secure than fingerprint, pattern code, and digital passcode” and might not be the best option to securely lock the smartphone.
The smartphone takes selfies and processes the images using artificial intelligence for better presentation. According to the company the AI software uses 200 positioning spots, that “accentuates your facial landmarks and contours to enhance the symmetry between features like your eyes, nose, cheekbones and jawline to create the perfectly refined and natural selfie. Its beauty-iris tool ensures that your eyes will shine brighter in any photo.”. The 20 MP front camera also supports a bokeh effect.Connectivity options include support for 4G LTE bands, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 2.4/5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n and a USB port at the bottom.
Oppo F5 will compete with the recently launched Vivo V7+ and other upcoming 18:9 bezel less smartphones. The smartphone was launched with a price tag of PHP 15,990 in Philippines and expected to be price around Rs 20,000 in India.