Oppo F5 is the latest in a (fast) growing line of affordable smartphones offering taller, borderless screens, a trend that has broken the design monotony the smartphone industry has been stuck with for the past few years. In fact, Oppo F5 makes use of the new design trend to squeeze a 6-inch screen with FHD+ resolution. And courtesy the 18:9 aspect ratio, the Oppo phone is almost the same size as regular 5.5-inch phones, being taller but not wider. We got to spend some time with this new model prior to its official launch, and here are our Oppo F5 first impressions.As per usual, Oppo opted for sensible packaging on the F5. The phone comes in a plain white, yet sturdy two-piece box. It does feature Oppo logos on a couple of places, but is standard enough to be re-used for various models, keeping costs down. We’ve always been fans of such measures, since, overpaying for presentation does not really make that much sense.The actual phone art and specs overview are printed out on a sleeve that slides on to the box. Inside, we find a standard layered layout. The F5 is seated securely in its own plastic tray, so no complaints there. All of the accessories are underneath and Oppo is pretty generous in this department.
First, the basics – a wall charger and USB cable. The microUSB remains the standard of choice. More disappointingly, though, the Oppo F5 lacks support for the company’s excellent VOOC fast charging technology. Hence, you only get a basic [email protected] wall charger in the box.It is hard not to notice the change in materials in the F5, Oppo opted for plastic, instead of the solid metal construction of the F3 pair might have been a necessary cost-saving measure. We can only imagine a new ultra-wide panel costs noticeably more, especially a sharp FullHD one.Frankly, if this is the trade-off Oppo had to make, we won’t complain too much. Even in the absence of metal, the F5 manages to impress with a nicely-curved unibody design and a smooth mat finish – great to the touch and pretty fingerprint-repellent. Plus, like we’ve always said, even in the age of glass and metal, there are still certain benefits to molding a phone from plastic. Dents, for one, are a non-issue. Polycarbonate also keeps the chassis light and accommodates wireless radio transmission nicely.Even with its significantly taller display, the F5 manages to tip the scale at just 152 grams, which is almost exactly what the Oppo F3 weighs. We have to hand it to Oppo for slimming down the bezels and chins of the new design quite a bit. It’s a really impressive look for a mid-ranger and one that results in a very compact 156.5 x 76 x 7.5 mm body on the F5.This makes the additional height of the panel a bonus on top of what is essentially a 5.5-inch, 16:9 device footprint.Since edge-to-edge displays at an aspect ratio of 18:9 seems to be the thing in smartphones these days, we aren’t surprised that OPPO has followed suit by adapting to the trend. As we mentioned above, the LPTS IPS LCD display measures at 6-inches and has a resolution of 1080 x 2160 or Full HD+. This gives the display great pixel density at 402 pixels per inch. All of those numbers translate into clear, crisp images and is comfortable for prolonged use like if you were going on a Netflix binger with just the right amount of color saturation and contrast as well.
Hardware overviewOppo really did put a lot of effort into crafting an impressive face for the new F5. We can only assume the company’s engineers had plenty of experience refining the design, while also working on the Vivo V7+ and OnePlus 5T. Oppo didn’t skimp on the panel resolution either, going for a fullHD one. But, more on that in the display section. Performance-wise, it has excellent contrast, thanks to really deep backs and trumping most everything else in its price bracket, shy of the Super AMOLED Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro. It scores top marks in brightness as well.There is not much else around the front of the Oppo, besides display. The bottom chin is absolutely empty. Not even a notification LED, hidden away somewhere. On top, there is a single speaker, light and proximity sensors, as well as the now single selfie shooter.Since there wasn’t really any space for Oppo’s typical home button/fingerprint reader combo, the F5 relies entirely on on-screen navigation. As for the biometric reader, it is moved to the back of the phone. Center-mounted and slightly elongated.The reader is blazing-fast and very accurate. It is a perfectly reliable backup option if the trendy face recognition should fail for some reason.