Oppo has kicked off the brand new yr with the launch of the Oppo F15 — its successor to the Oppo F11. Whether or not or not we’ll get an F15 Professional is but to be seen, however for now, the F15 affords some vital updates resembling an in-display fingerprint sensor, quad rear cameras, a slim profile, and a brand new gradient end for the again.
Priced at Rs. 19,990 for the only 8GB RAM configuration, the Oppo F15 goes up towards telephones such because the Realme X2 (Review) and Redmi K20 (Review), each of that are power-packed units and superb all-rounders for what they value. Does the Oppo F15 pack sufficient options to be price contemplating at this worth? Let’s take a look.
Oppo F15 design
The brand new packaging for the Oppo F15 seems to be good, and within the field you will discover a silicone case, SIM eject software, Kind-C cable, 20W energy adapter and a headset. Now we have the ‘Unicorn White’ color trim of the F15, which seems to be eye-catching. The gradient end on the again transitions from white on the prime to hints of aqua blue and lilac in direction of the underside. This can be a nonetheless a laminated again panel although, not glass, however this color ought to assist cover fingerprints a lot better than the ‘Lightning Black’ trim. What instantly grabbed our consideration once we picked up this cellphone was how slim and lightweight it’s. At 7.9mm in thickness and weighing 172g, it is fairly snug to hold round.
The Oppo F15 is a tall cellphone although, because of the 20:9 side ratio of the 6.4-inch show. You get an AMOLED panel with a full-HD+ (2400×1080) decision and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5. The show will get adequately vibrant and is legible even beneath daylight. The colors are good and so is the sharpness of icons and textual content. There is a outstanding notch on the highest for the selfie digicam, and a visual chin on the backside.
The shiny sides make the Oppo F15 just a little slippery. The ability and quantity buttons are positioned conveniently on the perimeters. On the backside, there’s a headphone socket, a USB Kind-C port, and a speaker grille. This cellphone has a triple card slot for 2 Nano-SIMs and a microSD card. The again panel curves a bit on the perimeters for higher ergonomics. The quad digicam module on the rear protrudes barely however not as a lot as on different telephones such because the Realme X2. We even have the Oppo brand, positioned vertically within the backside left nook.
General, the Oppo F15 manages to look premium, not less than on this color. We’d have preferred extra premium supplies at this worth although, resembling a glass again. It is also pretty slim and lightweight for a cellphone with such a big show, which is one thing we do not see too typically.
Oppo F15 specs and software program
Oppo’s alternative of the SoC within the F15 is a little bit of a letdown. The MediaTek Helio P70 SoC was additionally used within the F11 collection final yr. Whereas the chip itself affords first rate efficiency, it is on the degree we’d now usually count on of telephones nearer to the Rs. 10,000 mark (such because the Realme 3). The Oppo F15 positively feels underpowered, contemplating that the Realme X2 and Redmi Okay20 provide Qualcomm’s superior Snapdragon 730 collection SoCs on the similar worth.
The Oppo F15 is just accessible in a single configuration, which is 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The latter makes use of the us2.1 commonplace, which is sweet. Different options embody twin 4G with VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, Widevine L1 certification, GPS, and the standard suite of sensors. There is not any FM radio on this cellphone. You additionally get a 4,000mAh battery with Oppo’s VOOC 3.zero Flash Cost expertise.
Oppo solely just lately started trial runs of ColorOS 7 for a few of its telephones, so for now, we’ve to make do with ColorOS 6.1.2 on the Oppo F15, which remains to be primarily based on Android 9 Pie. The appear and feel of the interface is just like what we have seen on current Realme choices, since they share the identical OS. There are some minor variations, such because the absence of a system-wide darkish mode.
Our unit had the January 2020 safety patch, together with options resembling Google’s Digital Wellbeing, loads of shortcuts and gestures, and several other preinstalled apps. A lot of the third-party apps will be uninstalled in case you like. There’s not rather a lot that is new to speak about right here, and you may learn all about ColorOS in our current evaluations of the Oppo A9 (2020) (Review) or the Realme 5i (Review).
Oppo F15 efficiency and battery life
We used the Oppo F15 as our major machine for a number of days, and the expertise was fairly good. It is not the best cellphone to suit right into a pants pocket, however aside from that, we preferred its lightness which made it easy to make use of. You possibly can allow one-handed mode via a toggle swap within the notification shade, however sadly, there is no gesture to set off it. The cellphone did not overheat when utilizing the cameras extensively and even taking part in video games, which is sweet.
Video games ran pretty nicely too. PUBG Cellular defaulted to the ‘Medium’ graphics preset and gameplay was easy. There’s additionally Oppo’s Sport Assistant, which will be accessed inside a sport and affords choices to dam notifications, and so forth. Different anxious titles resembling Asphalt 9: Legends additionally ran nicely, albeit at barely decreased graphics high quality.
The Oppo F15 placed on a great present in benchmarks too. AnTuTu returned 194,983 factors, whereas GFXbench’s T-Rex check gave us 36fps. Whereas these numbers are first rate, this cellphone is nicely behind extra highly effective fashions powered by the Snapdragon 730 or 730G, such because the Redmi Okay20 and Realme X2 respectively.
The Oppo F15’s fingerprint and face recognition programs work very nicely too. Authentication is fast and face unlock even works nicely in dimly lit locations. The cellphone holds up nicely for media playback as nicely. Full-HD movies look sharp, with punchy colors, and the viewing angles are fairly vast. The mono speaker will get pretty loud however is missing in bass.
Battery life is fairly stable. The Oppo F15 ran for 14 hours and 48 minutes in our HD video battery loop check, which is an efficient time. With common use, we at all times managed to make use of this cellphone for over a full day, even with numerous gaming and digicam utilization. The F15 expenses fairly shortly too. We have been capable of get the battery as much as 47 p.c in half an hour, and about 88 p.c in an hour. It took about 20 minutes extra after that to completely cost it.
Oppo F15 cameras
In comparison with the Oppo F11, the F15 will get a much-needed digicam improve. There is a 48-megapixel major sensor with an f/1.7 aperture; an 8-megapixel wide-angle digicam that doubles up because the macro digicam; a 2-megapixel depth sensor; and eventually a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor. Within the entrance, we’ve a 16-megapixel selfie digicam with an f/2.zero aperture.
The digicam app is just like what we have seen on current Oppo and Realme units, albeit with a number of lacking options. The first digicam shoots oversampled 12-megapixel stills by default however there is no choice to shoot on the full 48-megapixel decision. Different options resembling super-steady video and the flexibility to make use of Night time mode for the selfie digicam are additionally absent.
In daylight, the principle sensor captures pretty detailed panorama photographs. Colors are vivid, element is sweet, and there is little to no noise in darker areas. The HDR impact may have been higher in some situations however total, it is not unhealthy. The wide-angle digicam has autofocus, so stills taken with this sensor have good element — simply inferior to what’s doable with the principle sensor. Shut-ups are sharp and detailed too, and in case you get actually near your topic with the wide-angle digicam, you’ll get good macros. We like this implementation higher than having a devoted digicam for macro pictures.
Portrait mode labored decently nicely with human topics and you may modify the extent of blur earlier than taking the shot. Edge detection was first rate and picture high quality was good, when taking pictures beneath good gentle.
In low gentle, we discovered picture high quality in panorama photographs to be just a little missing. Particulars have been weaker and there was seen noise within the darker areas. The ‘Night time’ mode helps brighten up scenes however the particulars did not enhance a lot. Capturing with the wide-angle digicam at evening, we obtained comparatively darker photographs with poorer particulars and hues. Shut-ups fared a bit higher, with first rate element and never an excessive amount of seen noise.
The selfie digicam manages some fairly handsome stills in daylight. Pores and skin textures are smoothened a bit however HDR works nicely and hues are nicely represented. With good quantities of synthetic gentle round, we managed to get pleasing sufficient selfies even at evening. Portrait mode does not work too nicely with the entrance digicam, sadly, whether or not it is day or evening.
The Oppo F15 can solely shoot at as much as 1080p decision and never 4K, which most of its rivals help. Video high quality is barely above common and there’s stabilisation when taking pictures utilizing the first digicam. With the wide-angle digicam, movies aren’t stabilised. In low-light, video high quality was noticeably worse with poor particulars and a persistent shimmer within the footage even with slight motion. You possibly can shoot at as much as 1080p utilizing the selfie digicam too, however with none stabilisation.
The digicam app feels acquainted, and within the viewfinder, you will discover shortcuts for 2x and 5x digital zoom. The app additionally has Oppo’s ‘Dazzle Colour’ toggle which boosts the saturation degree of pictures. Different taking pictures modes embody Timelapse, Panorama, Sluggish-motion, AR stickers, and Skilled. There is a shortcut to activate Google Lens too.
The brand new Oppo F15 is a handsome smartphone, and a reasonably first rate improve over the Oppo F11. Nevertheless, the sub-Rs. 20,000 phase has modified fairly a bit in comparison with a yr in the past, which is why the F15 feels underpowered in comparison with its major rivals — the Realme X2 (Review) and the Redmi K20 (Review). The brand new digicam setup is a pleasant improve, however total picture and video high quality will not be fairly on top of things.
What this cellphone does have going for it are its slimness, low weight, and good show. Nevertheless, priced at Rs. 19,990, we expect you would be higher off with both the Realme X2 or the Redmi Okay20 —each of which provide a lot better efficiency, extra premium construct high quality, and extra fashionable designs.