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Friday, August 26, 2016

OPPO F1S launch at Pico de Loro Batangas

OPPO's F1s knocks the selfie game out of the park without leaving the mid-end price point.

This one took so long but I really have to write it because OPPO F1S is one nice phone to begin with. If I have to replace my phone right now, I will pick up an OPPO unit anytime over any other mobile phones available in the market today.

I had a privilege of attending the OPPO F1S launch last August 11-13 at Pico de Loro Batangas. It was my first time to Pico de Loro Batangas  and the place was simply breath taking with all the greens, trees and terrains that surrounded the resort. It was communing with nature at its best. Perfect for a photo walk plus the beach scene was great too. But unfortunately, we didnt get to enjoy the sea because of the weather. It was raining  the whole duration of the event. I was just glad that the view from my room was great and calming. I had some snaps outdoor around Pico de Loro though using the OPPO F1s.

The view from my room

Sharing this room with Ria of Sugarsmile
My roommate Ria 

My awesome view

Our meet up was at Edsa Shangri la Mall, we took the bus together with media friends and went straight to Pico de Loro. After 2 hours of long drive we arrived at Pico de Loro and had our sumptuous lunch. First day was our free time so we explored the whole of Pico. I had snaps of our room and the view from my terrace which was awesome.

Oppo was launched on its first day after dinner. Ms Sam Oh hosted the event together with OPPO executives , celebrity endorsers and media.

Our second day was fun because we had to play games with OPPO F1S celebrity endorsers Mikael Daez and Kylie Padilla.  OPPO distributed OPPO F1s to media to take some pictures along the duration of the contest, we had our selfies taken, for individual and group. We submitted we thought our best selfies, although we didnt win the contest, we still had fun with the group.

I have yet to take bowling lessons 

Competition in the smartphone industry has never been this intense, with high-spec offerings entering the market left and right, often with costs to match. The first iteration of the OPPO F1 came straight out of the company's mid-end bracket with an impressive feature set that drew attention to its great camera software and its equally powerful front-facing camera.

Following the release of the F1 and F1 Plus, rising mobile tech giant OPPO is back with the F1s—a new model that packs stronger firepower than its predecessors without the premium pricing.

Visually, the F1s continues along the line of previous OPPO units, with the use of thin, nicely rounded bezels and the prominent white colorway of its predecessors. That's where the similarities end, though.

Art, smarts, and looks to die for

For a phone with a 5.5-inch form factor, the F1s doesn't skimp out on its feature set. The first notable feature is its 16-megapixel front-facing camera, which is predictably amazing for selfies, group photos, and video calls. The rear camera is no slouch either, boasting a powerful 13-megapixel sensor.

The phone runs on an MT6750 octa-core processor with up to three gigabytes of RAM. It also carries a fair amount of juice with a 3075 mAh internal battery. This should be more than enough for casual gaming and browsing social media accounts throughout the day.

"It’s amazing how the F1s lets you capture selfies the way you want them to look," said OPPO Brand Marketing Manager for the Philippines Stephen Cheng during the F1s launch at Pico de Loro, Batangas last August 11. "We wanted to offer a phone that gives selfie lovers a satisfying photo experience, and I think the new model does just that."

Adding to its sheer power, the F1s runs on the latest version of OPPO's ColorOS, a proprietary Android skin. While the camera itself is an impressive piece of hardware, OPPO's built-in Beautify 4.0 software allows users to readily tweak their photos on the fly.

It's hard to stand out in the saturated selfie smartphone market, but OPPO is really coming into their own as a company that allows its hardware to step back and let the users be the stars. "With how personal phones are, it's important for us to produce models that bring out the best in people," Cheng said.

International finance company Home Credit offers the F1s at an affordable six-month installment plan for as low as P2,165 at zero percent interest. “Home Credit aims to bring smiles to many Filipino customers as we offer the newest OPPO F1S at very affordable installments,” said Home Credit Philippines’ Head of Sales, Adam Bernasek. "We are thrilled to be partnering with OPPO once again, and we look forward to helping even more Filipinos avail of the best selfie phone in the market."

OPPO partnered with Home Credit earlier this year to offer the F1 at zero percent installments.

More photos from OPPO F1 launch

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