- Analysis by KJ David
The Oppo F5 Youth is a selfie-oriented 2017 phablet that has a lot to learn from its older base model, the Oppo F5 , since it comes with a downgraded main camera (13-megapixel cam, instead of the F5's 16-megapixel shooter) and only half the RAM -- it has only 3GB of RAM this time, while the original F5 boasted up to 6GB on that front. Adding to its list of cons is the F5 Youth's deal-breaking lack of NFC (Near Field Communication) support , which, considering the fact that NFC was all but a standard smartphone pro when it came out, does not make it sound very young to us.
As for its strengths, this Youth edition rocks a 16-megapixel selfie camera that may catch the eyes of those strolling down the top-ranking selfie smartphone aisle, despite being a tad lackluster compared to the ambitious 20-megapixel frontal camera sported by its mother model. It also helps that its selfie shooter is aided by Oppo's AI beautifying technology . Additionally, its performance specs are lifted directly from the original F5's playbook -- barring the huge reduction in RAM. These include the flagship-tier MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763T) 2.5GHz octa-core processor and the 770MHz ARM Mali G71 MP2 graphics engine . Sadly, though, its battery capacity is still pinned at 3200mAh , while a few models that rival its CPU speed have power caps peaking at 4000mAh or higher.
Heading over to its facade, the F5 Youth passes up on a QHD-1440p resolution for its 6-inch screen (It has a 2160 x 1080 FHD+ definition instead) in exchange for the trendy (among high-end phablets, as of December 2017) 18:9 aspect ratio . Its 32GB native memory is not very competitive as well, but it does come with support for up to 256GB of memory expansion , which, as of this review of its pros and cons, sounds passable for an imaging-focused model. Also joining in is a combination of fingerprint and facial recognition for both device and application security.
So, when it comes down to pros and cons, this F5 spinoff cuts corners in terms of RAM and memory, though as a consequence, it serves as a slightly-cheaper alternative for users who seek that F5's high-tier engine and imaging capabilities.
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