- Analysis by KJ David
The 2017 Oppo F5 closely follows the footsteps of its imaging-focused ancestors in Oppo's F-series, putting a lot of its eggs in the imaging basket. For instance, it boasts a whopping 20-megapixel camera for selfies (f/2.0 aperture), which is decked out with features like an AI imaging algorithm for optimizing selfies or portrait shots and Bokeh Effect that plays with out-of-focus points of light in pictures. Though marginally overshadowed by the aforementioned selfie cam, its 16-megapixel f/1.8-aperture rear-facing camera is still of a high-end caliber. With its cameras in mind, however, the F5's lack of a 4K-2160p video capture mode is questionable, but it still has a good chance of making our list of the best camera phones of 2017 .
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Looking into its other its pros and cons, the F5 features a large 6-inch display that oddly settles for an not-so-premium FHD+ (2160 x 1080) resolution , instead of shooting for a full-blown 2K/QHD (2560 x 1440) definition. This con puts it on a lower level versus some of the highest-specked phablets on the market. As for power, we are not impressed with its mere 3200mAh battery capacity , especially since a good number of high-ranking 6-inchers with roughly similar specs pack at least 4000mAh in the tank. Its moderate battery power sounds even more problematic when we take its hardware components, which we'll get to in a bit, into consideration.
Under the hood, the Oppo F5 boasts the MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763T) processor, which is an eight-core, dual-cluster 64-bit chip clocked at 2.3GHz + 1.6GHz . For RAM, it comes in two versions: the Red model, equipped with a mammoth 6GB RAM , and the Black and Gold variants with only 4GB. Also among its pros and cons is 64GB (Red model) or 32GB of inbuilt memory (Black and Gold) , which, either way, fails to level with some of its rivals' 128GB internal storage caps. It does support up to 256GB of external memory , though, so storage is not that big of a problem. Tying everything together is the F5's combination of fingerprint and facial recognition for phone security as well as the ColorOS v3.2, based on the Android 7.1 Nougat ecosystem.
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Ultimately, the Oppo F5 is a 6-incher for upscale shoppers who are in the market for a high-performance wide-screen camera smartphone.
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