OPPO has launched its latest camera-centric mid-range device called the F15 in India today. The smartphone comes in as a rebranded OPPO A91, which was launched in China last month. This is a typical OPPO mobile, which scores high in the camera department but falls short when it comes to specifications. We have had the smartphone for a short while, and here's what we think about it.
The OPPO F15 comes in typical OPPO packaging with a white cardboard box featuring the phone's visuals on top and branding all around. Upon lifting the lid, you will find a white cardboard sheath containing a clear protective case and documentation. Below that, the OPPO F15 is lying atop the wall charger and USB-C cable. Props to OPPO for providing a pair earphones with the smartphone.
Design-wise, the OPPO F15 is a stunner with a glossy polycarbonate back and a slim profile. The 48MP quad-camera module is located in the top left corner and OPPO branding on the bottom left. There's no fingerprint scanner on the back as it's now embedded in the display. OPPO claims that the third-generation sensor can unlock in just 0.32 seconds and it sure does feels fast. Other elements include a power button on right, volume keys with the SIM tray on left, a single noise-cancelling mic on top and a 3.5mm audio jack, microphone, USB-C port, along with speaker grill on the bottom.
The OPPO F15 ships with a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel offering FHD+ screen resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 5 layer. The display is pretty sharp and vivid with decent viewing angles to it. We found the brightness to be on the lower side, which means it's a task to use the phone outdoors. OPPO has loaded the smartphone with standard display features like automatic brightness, colour temperature adjustment, night shield and low-brightness flicker-free eye care.
For the core specifications, F15 features the dated MediaTek Helio P70 chipset, which is a 12nm octa-core processor. The processor is backed by 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage, which can be further expanded up to 512GB. Software-wise, the phone boots ColorOS 6.1.2 with Android 9 Pie as the base. You get the usual set of bloatware including the Hot Apps and Hot Games folders, which are basically ads for apps and games. The phone handled multitasking and basic gaming with ease during our brief time with it.
Powering the smartphone is a 4,000mAh battery, which supports VOOC Flash Charge 3.0. OPPO claims that the phone can charge up to 10 percent in just 5 minutes, and 50 percent in 30 minutes.
Now coming to the highlight of the device, the OPPO F15 packs a quad-camera setup on the back with a 48MP f/1.7 primary sensor, 8MP f/2.25 ultra-wide-angle lens, 2MP f/2.4 monochromatic lens and 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor. For selfies, there's a 16MP snapper on the front in the waterdrop notch. The camera is loaded with the usual OPPO features like Night mode, expert mode, Dazzle Colour, HDR, etc. Pictures taken from both the front and rear cameras were good in daylight but passable when it gets dark.
OPPO has launched the smartphone in India for Rs 19,990, which makes it yet another mid-range offering sporting a 48MP quad-camera module. However, the market is already flooded with 48MP phones under Rs 15,000, and we now have an influx of 64MP camera phones from the likes of Realme and Xiaomi at the same price as the F15. The OPPO F15 is available on Amazon India for pre-booking already and will go on sale starting January 24th. The device will also be available on Flipkart and OPPO's online store.