We've seen Oppo push design limits in the past year. Whether it was the beautiful Oppo Find X or R17 Pro they have continuously impressed on innovative designs and impressive use of color gradients. But the budget segment is not really Oppo's stronghold and Oppo K1 is far from making the similarities with Xiaomi, Honor and Samsung note.
Now Oppo K1 is not a new smartphone. The phone was launched in China in October, but what makes it unique here is that it unpacks a fingerprint scanner – a feature so far stuck in flagship phones at a price of Rs 16,990. The phone also has a 25 MP AI front camera for those who love selfies.
The question that remains is whether shelling out about Rs 17,000 for this phone is really meaningful when you have an admiration of options to choose from? Yes, it definitely does. Even more, if flash sales and waiting in line to buy a smartphone are not your thing.
Oppo surely knows how to make a phone look attractive
Oppo K1 will surely wow you when you download it. Actually, it will be noticed when you watch it. The Astral Blue variant is what we got for review and it immediately had everyone around and tried to take a look at which phone this was.
It depends on the glossy hue you have on the back. Although I personally like black and gray phones more, I really love how peppy this phone looks. The front also looks almost identical with OnePlus 6T with its water drop and the frames here are as minimal as they could be.
The phone is made of polycarbonate plastic, but feels sturdy and comfortable to hold. The plastic makes the phone less slippery and if you are someone who releases the phone from time to time it would surely be better to choose over a phone with glass on both sides. Fingerprints and stains are something you have to deal with and Oppo throws in a clear case in the box if you want to keep the shiny back over time.
The phone is also quite light at 156 grams and I had no problem with the uninterrupted use of the phone.
Definitely one of the best screens in the segment
Budget phones generally pack LCD screens because they are quite cheaper but Oppo does not cut corners here. The K1 gets a 6.4-inch AMOLED display that is very sharp and vibrant.
Watching video content on the phone is a joy, and although colors are generally a bit overpowered, it's certainly something you don't complain about given the price. The panel also becomes quite bright and displaying the monitor under bright conditions is really a non-problem.
Even when playing, textures look and there are a number of options under the monitor settings to further customize the screen to your liking .
The score is also discreet and did not really do I don't care much when I watch videos in full screen mode.
Manages everything good but not for heavy players
Oppo K1 has the 14 nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset clocked at a slightly lower 2.0 GHz instead of the full 2.2 GHz kernels can. That means you will see smooth, smooth performance for almost everything you do.
Apps are loading fast and the user interface handles multitasking pretty well. Our unit packs 4 GB of RAM and in addition to keeping heavy online games in memory, Oppo K1 does a good job of managing RAM.
Coupled with an Adreno 512 GPU, the playing surface is also quite good on Oppo K1. The phone stayed cool even during long game sessions and only struggled a bit with games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends . K1 runs PUBG Mobile on medium graphics as standard and sometimes stops. Asphalt 9 ran pretty well even at the highest graphical settings with frame drops only when it happened a lot.
If you are looking for something better for games, POCO F1 is still your best bet, provided you are willing to pay Rs 2,000 more.
The fingerprint scanner also works well. It's pretty fast and when it comes to accuracy, you record your fingerprint 9/10. Coming from a capacitive fingerprint scanner, you will also get used to the placement of the scanner on the front rather quickly.
Function pack ColosOS 5.2 works well but it sticks to Android Oreo
Oppo K1 runs on ColosOS 5.2 built on Android Oreo 8.1 and while the software is a bit dated I hardly had any problems with the user interface during my time with the phone. What is also interesting is that ColosOS 5.2 already has a number of Android Pie design signals like the rounded corners for the latest app cards.
ColosOS pushes a lot of apps into the throat to begin with but over time I have learned how to ignore them.
There are some well thought-out features, as well as the dedicated game mode and a quick access widget that can be accessed with a left swipe. The general animations are a bit lengthy but even when you switch between apps quickly, they do not stomp or freeze the phone for a few seconds.
Oppo has recently launched F11 Pro with ColosOS 6 but unfortunately it has not T has nevertheless taken to Oppo K1. This means that you still have to wait for Android Pie to arrive and there is no news when it comes either.
A decent overall camera package with focus on selfie takers
Oppo K1 has a dual rear camera setting with a 16 MP f / 1.8 primary sensor and a 2 MP depth sensor. If you've used an Oppo phone (or even an iPhone) before, you'll find the camera relatively easy to get used to. You have all the usual shooting modes such as panorama, portrait, sticker, time delay, and an expert mode for manual controls.
Images shot in daylight will be good with good light. I found myself leaving the Auto HDR because of the dramatic effect it creates but you can choose to turn it off for more natural images.
The colors are generally slightly saturated than natural but sharp levels and exposure are on the point. Tap to focus also worked flawlessly, so that I get the exposure levels just right for each shot.
Portrait mode works well with good edge detection and a very natural breakdown of the background from the subject. The background screen looks a bit unnatural because of how aggressive blurring is done. This may not be something you like but it is worth mentioning.
In low light, the camera works well when you have a light source that illuminates the subject, but when you move to darker situations you will notice a lot of noise creeping in. Oppo could have thrown in one night mode here, which I think would have made the shots in dim light more useful.
You can check out the pictures in the Flickr album to measure the night
For selfies make 25 MP f / 2.0 a very good job with details and colors. This is not a wide-angle lens if you are wondering.
The portraits also show good with good edge detection and the studio lighting effects allow you to experiment with shot a fair bit.
You can shoot 4K 30 fps video using the rear camera, but the EIS does not work at that resolution. At 1080p 60 fps, K1 makes it great to handle shaking and also does it well when you switch focus when you are not using the crane to focus. Stability is not a problem when playing video with the front camera as well.
3,600 mAh battery lasting one and a half minutes
Now, phones under Rs 20,000 usually have large batteries and the Oppo K1 certainly does not "T stands out on specifications with its 3,600 mAh battery. Now I get I'm not wrong, it's still a big battery type, but I really didn't expect as well as it did.
With moderate to great use (binge-watching and playing PUBG Mobile included), it was Easy to finish my day with 30-35 percent juice left, even if you forget to charge it overnight, it will have enough juice to go through the next day with less use.
Charging takes about 2 hours and 10 minutes because of the lack of fast charging but I really do not complain here.
Oppo K1 Price and judgment in India
Oppo K1 is an excellent all-round shine that shines through because of its display and introduction of a finger print on the display scanner. With good battery life and decent performance, it's really a try.
For Rs 16,990, Oppo K1 falls directly into the Redmi Note 7 Pro territory but considering that the phone will be difficult to care for, Oppo K1 comes in as an attractive replacement. Certainly, it does not offer the pure value of its competitors, but if you just want to go into a store and buy a good phone for the price, Oppo K1 will certainly not disappoint with what it brings to the table.
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