Oppo F5 Youth Review, better than the F5?

Oppo F5 Youth Review, better than the F5?

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The F5 was released earlier this November and following its release is its cheaper variant, the F5 youth. Let’s see if the F5 youth is a better choice than its more expensive variant.

SPECS Oppo F5
Display 6″ 1080 x 2160 IPS LCD (~402 ppi)
Size 156.5 x 76 x 7.5 mm, 152g
Design Combination of Plastic back and Metal frame
Colors Black, Red, Gold
Chipset Mediatek MT6763V/CT
Processor Octa-core 2.5 GHz Cortex-A53
Graphics Mali-G71 MP2
Rear Camera 13MP with f/2.0 aperture with LED flash
Front Camera 16MP with AI Beauty Mode
Memory 4 GB RAM, 32 GB of expandable up to 256 GB
Connectivity GSM/HSPA/LTE
WiFi ac, Bt 4.2, A2DP, LE, A-GPS,
OS Android 7.1
Software ColorOS 3.2
Battery Non-removable 3200 mAh Li-Ion battery
Official Price PhP 13,990/$280
Availability date November 4, 2017

Design

When it comes to design, there’s not much difference for every other design elements are exactly the same from button placements, screen size and even at the back portion of the phone.

The F5 youth still has that 18:9 display protected by a corning gorilla glass confined in a plastic with a metal frame.

The F5 youth also lets you have a dual SIM with a Micro SD card altogether with its dedicated sim trays and at the bottom bunk of the phone are the speaker, micro USB port, microphone and headphone jack.

One thing we noticed on the F5 youth is its lack of antennae lines, or maybe the black variant we have makes it hard to find.

Display

The F5 youth has a 6″ 1080 x 2160 IPS LCD colors may have a darker tint which is noticeable through home screen icons, videos and even through games. It may not be the most dynamic color range but still does well on color representation.

User Experience

The Oppo F5 youth is also running on ColorOS 3.2 based on Nougat. Like the F5, it doesn’t have the app drawer and you can either use the virtual navigation keys or the Navigation Gestures.

Swiping up below the phone’s display will lead you to the control center while swiping down from above the phone will lead you to the notification bar. The F5 youth also has the “screen-off” gesture which can open the camera or the torchlight in quick swipes, off screen gestures are also customizable to your liking.

Holding the multitask button lets you use the split-screen function which you can turn on in the setting menu.

Camera

The 13 MP rear camera on the F5 youth is probably the best feature of the smartphone. And if you take photography seriously you can activate the expert mode which lets you change several camera elements. You can also switch to an 18:9 ratio to maximize the full-screen feature of the phone.

Daylit shots on the F5 youth has a detailed output even on a closer inspection not overexposing a photo even on a strong lighting source. Colors are also vibrant specially through greens and reds not straying far from the original color of the subject. Although some lighting sources can be overblown on some shots but nothing the Expert mode can’t fix.

Distant night time shots on the F5 youth might result on some overblown light sources and overall a noisy photo quality. However, close-up shots have a rather opposite effect which may result a photo which is pretty to look at.

The rear camera doesn’t have the depth effect but the front camera has what you’re looking for. Although the portrait mode is not as impressive as the F5, it’s still profile picture worthy.

Selfies are also pretty detailed without losing much facial details, all tough the beauty filter might have the opposite effect. The F5 youth can also pick up lighting well through low-lit and night time shots, enough to bring luminance to the subject resulting in pretty decent photos.

Video Recording can also go up to 1080p at 30fps with decent stabilization and overall quality.

Performance

The F5 runs on a Mediatek Helio P23 with 4 GB RAM. With bench mark results? Check it out here:

Benchmarks Oppo F5
Antutu 64807
Geekbench (single-core) TBD
Geekbench (multi-core) TBD
PCMark Work 3186

 

Gaming on the F5 youth may not give you the smoothest framerate but is has pretty decent performance even through high demanding games. Fingerprint scanners are also one of the fastest we tried, instantly bringing you to the home screen of the phone.

Battery

Although the F5 youth does not support fast charging, battery is still enough to last a day of usage. Check out our Manila Shaker battery rating here:

Battery Oppo F5
Battery 3200mAh
ManilaShaker Battery Rating 32h 37m
Charging Time (0-100%) 2h 12m

Audio

Loudspeakers are also with good quality and is pretty loud in our side. In terms of quality? Refer to the video below and hear for yourselves.

Verdict

The F5 youth may have a slightly lower specification than the F5 but the differences are barely noticeable. Performance and Camera quality are also almost the same which makes you think twice whether to get the F5 or the F5 youth. The Oppo F5 is available in local and online stores retailing $280 or at PhP 13,990. Comment down below what you think.