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The upgraded OPPO F1s vs the vivo V5: battle of the selfie masters

|November 21, 2016 |Oppo, Comparisons, Vivo

"We pit two of the most promising selfie-centric smartphones against each other"

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Despite being labelled as a sign of narcissism and regarded as a kind of mental disorder, capturing selfies is something that only seem to be growing more popular. Since demand creates supply, the smartphone market now has a fair number of selfie-centric devices up for grabs. Recently, vivo launched the world's first smartphone with a 20MP front facing camera, dubbed the vivo V5 (first impressions). However, it's not the only smartphone armed to shoot great selfies out there, for OPPO has just upgraded its "Selfie Expert", the F1s (review), which houses a 16MP front camera. The prices and specifications for both these smartphones make the brawl between the two inevitable. Here's how the two stack up against each other.

Design And Display

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Both the upgraded OPPO F1s (hereafter mentioned as just the OPPO F1s) and the vivo V5 sport the generic Apple iPhone 6s like design, which does look pleasing to the eyes. You'll find full metal bodies in matte finish, tapered edges and rounded corners. Up front, both devices get 2.5D curved displays.

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Due to their slim forms, both the OPPO F1s and the vivo V5 offers comfortable one hand usage, and overall, you won't be able to differentiate between the in hand feel. Given that the OPPO F1s now comes in a grey variant as well, you probably won't be able to differentiate between the two visually, either.

Both the phones sport 5.5-inch HD displays. While you will not find any pixelation on both the screens, the one on the vivo V5 is relatively more reflective than that on the OPPO F1s. While both the phones seem at par with each other in this department, brightness and sunlight legibility should be better on the F1s.

Performance, Storage, And Software

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Under the hood, the OPPO F1s gets an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 chip clocked at 1.5GHz, working in tandem with 4GB of RAM. The 3GB RAM variant performed well in day-to-day use during our review and we only expect better from the upgraded model of the phone. The vivo V5 boasts the exact same processor configuration.

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In terms of storage, the OPPO F1s offers 64 gigs of built-in storage, which is expandable up to 128GB using a microSD card. the vivo V5, on the other hand, settles with 32GB of built-in memory with the same expansion support.

The OPPO F1s runs Android Lollipop with ColorOS v3.0 on top. The OS is dated when compared to other phones available in the market. The vivo V5 runs FunTouch OS v2.6 which is based on Android Marshmallow. In terms of software features, both the phones offer functionalities like screen-off gesture support and theme stores. The vivo V5 comes with multi-window support for some specific apps as well.

Camera, Battery, And Connectivity

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The OPPO F1s is touted as the "Selfie Expert" by the company. With its 16MP front camera, Beautify 4.0 tech, and the screen flash feature, the phone manages to click rather good selfies. The 13-meg primary camera does its job well too. The vivo V5, however, rocks a 20MP front camera, which is the biggest megapixel count you can find on any smartphone's front camera currently. The V5 gets a front-facing LED flash as well, which the F1s lacks. The V5 too sports a 13-megapixel rear camera. The default camera app on the OPPO F1s offers a significantly greater number of shooting modes, filters and features than the one on the vivo V5.

The OPPO F1s comes backed by a 3,075mAh battery. The 3GB variant of the phone gave above average results during our review and the upgraded variant should deliver similar usage. The vivo V5 gets a 3,000mAh battery, which puts it in close vicinity of the F1s.

Connectivity-wise, both the phones get usual features like support for 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB OTG. The vivo V5 comes with GPS with GLONASS while the OPPO F1s gets A-GPS. Moreover, the vivo V5 offers a nano-SIM along along with a hybrid slot, while the OPPO F1s gets two SIM slots along with a dedicated microSD card slot.

It's a close call between the two smartphones. Numbers and the presence of an LED flash on the front indicates that the vivo V5 is a better choice if you're looking for a phone to click great selfies. However, we can't deny the fact that the default camera app on the OPPO F1s is more loaded. Additionally, we can't overlook the 32GB of built-in storage on the vivo V5 and a hybrid slot against the OPPO's 64 gigs with a dedicated memory card slot. If you're going to be clicking selfies, which means at least 50 in one go, more storage won't hurt.

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