“The OPPO K1 comes across as a stripped-down variant of the R17”

OPPO has just unveiled its all-new K series as it took covers off the debut offering in the range, the OPPO K1. The mid-budget device comes with powerful hardware along with features like the in-display fingerprint sensor. While we are not sure if and when the OPPO K1 will be launched in India, it does come with some interesting features that make it an attractive proposition. Wondering why we think so? Read on to find out. 

A stunning design with a waterdrop notch 

Oppo K1

The K1 features a 6.4-inch with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 91 percent. The teardrop notch looks less distracting then the cut-outs we’re seeing in phones these days, and ensures an immersive viewing experience. Combined with the full HD+ resolution, the panel offers sharp text and crisp visuals. 

OPPO has also meted out the gradient treatment to its latest smartphone. Combined with the glass back, the handset offers a premium appeal. The phone will be offered in two colour schemes of Van Gogh Blue and Mocha Red. 

An invisible fingerprint sensor


OPPO seems to know how to keep up with the trend. The OPPO K1 features an in-display fingerprint reader that allows users to unlock the handset by simply tapping on the display. Since the fingerprint scanner is now coupled with the display, the rear of the device looks rather neat. 

It is also worth noting that the in-screen fingerprint sensor has mostly been restricted to the premium devices and perhaps this is the first time a mid-range smartphone will get this feature.

Loaded internals


OPPO has fitted the K1 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 clocked at 2.2GHz, and paired with Adreno 512 GPU. The buyers can choose between a 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM variant. The SD660 is considered as one of the best chipsets in the mid-tier segment and offers powerful performance along with AI capabilities. As far as storage is concerned, the handset ships with 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, that’s further expandable up to 256GB via the microSD card slot. 

Powerful cameras 

Oppo K1 colours

On the imaging front, the OPPO K1 comes equipped with dual rear cameras, comprising a 16-megapixel shooter, which is accompanied by a 2-megapixel depth sensor. At the front sits a high-res 25-megapixel snapper. The smartphone offers the usual features, including exposure compensation, Face Detection, ISO toggle, HDR mode, and Burst shot mode. The selfie camera comes loaded with AI Portrait and AI Beatification features.

A long-lasting battery 


The OPPO K1 is backed by a generous 3,600mAh battery, which should be able to make sure that you don’t require the charger before the end of the day. On the downside, however, the device doesn’t support fast charging. 

The Android 8.1 Oreo-based OPPO K1 will be going on sale later this month in China. As far as pricing is concerned, the base model has been priced at RMB 1,599 (~ 17,000), whereas the 6GB RAM version will set you back by RMB (~Rs 19,000). This makes the K1 the most affordable smartphone with an under-display fingerprint reader.