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OPPO F15 first impressions: a stylish mid-ranger

OPPO launched the A91 smartphone last month in China, which comes in as a mid-range smartphone offering a 48MP quad-camera setup on the back. The smartphone was quite compelling thanks to the camera module on the back, immersive display and in-display fingerprint scanner. Today, the brand launched the rebranded model of the handset called the OPPO F15 in India. Priced at Rs 19,990, the OPPO F15 comes in as yet another mid-range smartphone to offer a 48MP quad-camera module at a good price. I had an opportunity to take the smartphone for a test drive ahead of the launch, and here’s how I feel about the device.

Coming to the design and form factor, the OPPO F15 comes with a plastic and metal chassis, which feels extremely light-weight thanks to the even weight distribution. The polycarbonate back panel is quite glossy and gets smudged easily. OPPO is offering a good quality transparent case with the phone and I recommend slapping it on. As for the design, the OPPO F15 is identical to the A91, which means you get the quad-camera module in the top left corner on the back and OPPO branding in the bottom left. The power button is located on the right edge, whereas the volume keys and dual nano-SIM tray with a dedicated microSD card slot are on the left. The top edge is bare except for a single noise-cancelling, and the bottom edge houses the 3.5mm audio jack, microphone, USB-C port, and speaker grill.

There’s no capacitive fingerprint scanner on the smartphone as it comes with an in-display module, which was pretty fast and accurate during my time with it. There’s a selfie camera-based face unlock feature as well, which is equally fast in good lighting.

On the display front, the OPPO F15 comes with a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel offering FHD+ screen resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 5 layer for protection against scratches. There are features like automatic brightness, colour temperature adjustment, night shield and low-brightness flicker-free eye care. The screen features punchy colours and sharp text. I didn’t find any issue with brightness and viewing angles either. Additionally, there’s Widevine L1 certification, which means it’s possible to stream videos in high resolution on OTT platforms.

Ticking at the core of the OPPO F15 is a dated MediaTek Helio P70 SoC, which is a 12nm octa-core processor backed by 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The storage can be expanded up to 256GB using a microSD card. Out of the box, the OPPO F15 offers close to 106GB to the user. Most of the onboard storage is taken up by third-party apps, which can be easily uninstalled, except for the Hot Apps and Hot Games folders. Despite this, I didn’t find the phone lagging or slowing down during my brief time with it and this was with heavy multitasking.

On the software front, the smartphone boots ColorOS 6.1.2, which is based on the Android 9 Pie. The OPPO F15 is powered by a 4,000mAh battery, which comes with support for VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 that claims to provide a 10 percent charge in just 5 minutes, and 50 percent in 30 minutes.

In the imaging department, the OPPO F15 comes 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 on the back panel. The quad-camera setup is backed by a dual-LED flash for low light imaging. The waterdrop notch on the front is housing a 16MP f/2.0 shooter for selfies and video calling. The camera app is loaded with features like Night mode, expert mode, Dazzle Colour, HDR, Portrait and more. The initial pictures I shot using the OPPO F15 turned out to be great outdoors, but were a little on the darker and noisier side when used indoors. Selfies were pretty good as well.

OPPO has priced the F15 at Rs 19,990, which is quite a sticky spot in the Indian smartphone market. You get the Redmi K20 with a stunning design, powerful cameras and Snapdragon 730 SoC in the same price range. And then there is the Realme X2 (review) offering much better cameras and a more powerful Snapdragon 730G chipset. With contenders like these, it seems like an uphill task for OPPO F15 to gain favour in the Indian market.

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