The Oppo F5 is pretty slim and compact for this screen size. Its polycarbonate build is light and somewhat grippy but it’s clearly a downgrade from the F3’s solid-metal build and seems like a necessary cost-saving course of action. The unibody design stays fingerprint-free and has a smooth, premium-ey feel. The plastic build is not as bad as you might imagine – polycarbonate aids radio transmission and does not get dented if dropped. The slightly-elongated fingerprint scanner is rapidly accurate and looks great with the minimalistic design.
The main highlight – the display – is FullHD and looks reasonably sharp. The contrast is excellent and brightness is top quality and for an IPS, the blacks are dark enough to give an immersive experience paired with the bezel-less setup. The F5 features a “max auto mode” which basically makes the brightness higher than usual in direct sunlight which is why its easier to use outdoors. Overall, the display has a moderately balanced color configuration.
The Oppo F5 comes with the iOS-inspired ColorOS 3.2 which is feature-packed with several proprietary customizations on top of Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Though we prefer stock – untampered Android experience, the ColorOS comes with a well-refined user interface and many handy features. The chipset is strong enough to easily manage basic day-to-day operations and gaming performance is satisfactory as well. The ColorOS is well-bloated but the Oppo F5’s hardware is capable of running it smoothly with no noticeable hindrance.
The primary camera is good enough for a midrange smartphone – details are sharp enough, colors are reasonably natural, and noise-cancellation is effective. Expectedly, it does face some issues due to the missing OIS feature and you’ll need a still hand to take motion blur-free pictures. Autofocus is sub-par and inaccurately slow. Some other issues are also present, such as inaccurate Exposure metering and the inability to use fixed-focus. If you’re into manual photography, the Oppo F5 does have a good manual-mode which can be used to compensate the aforementioned issues. The shutter speed can be extended up to 16 seconds so it can shoot good, noise-free low-light photos. The “selfie-expert” front shooter is great and pairs up quite well with the built-in AI. The AI-powered background-blur is really accurate and high-quality – much better than some of the dual-cams.
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