We’re going to pit another requested Phone-Off; this time between the Huawei P9 Lite vs the Oppo F1s.
The P9 Lite is clad is plastic all around with some texturing to emulate a metal look and feel specially from afar. Button placements are comfortably situated at the right side with the volume rocker above the power button. It’s a rear facing fingerprint scanner below the left-flushed camera setup.
Also positioned at the left will be the front facing camera beside the ambient light sensor. Below that will be the 5.2 inch IPS LCD display.
Nothing much else can be seen up front apart from the Huawei logo which means on screen navigation for this mid-ranger.
The contender, also from China, sports a similar design aspect taking cues from an iPhone with a metal meets plastic build for caps to make way for signal reception.
The camera at the back is also flushed to left. Nothing much else is present apart from the Oppo logo centered near the top half of the body.
The selfie camera is positioned to the right of the ear piece. Below that will be the 5.5 inch IPS LCD display. Further below will be the home button embedded with the fingerprint sensor flanked by capacitive navigation keys.
Both our contenders are nearly at par with one another and will come down to user preference but the metal build on the Oppo F1s though only partially feels cooler in the hands.
The Oppo F1s wins this round.
It will be a battle of IPS LCD display for both these devices with the Huawei P9 Lite sporting a 1080p version over just 720p for the F1s and being stretched to .3 more inches, we’re looking at 267 pixels per inch compared to 424ppi for the P9 Lite.
Both are bright and will be capable at providing good viewing angles even in broad daylight but the difference will be obvious in terms of sharpness and clarity specially when both units are placed side to side displaying the same image.
The P9 Lite wins this one for us.
It will be 13MP set at f2.2 for the F1s for its main shooter compared to the f2.0 for the P9 Lite with a larger sensor to take in more details.
And it shows seen here with the same outdoor shot taken in broad daylight where the P9 Lite produced the most color accurate of the two. The F1s was paler overall with a dash of over exposure resulting in a yellowish tone seen here.
It’s the same story for subjects in close proximity with one another seen here where back lighting is made more apparent on the F1s compared to a cooler version for the P9 Lite with a good amount of color accuracy.
Indoor close-up shots are clearer on the F1s compared to some trouble in focusing for the P9 Lite seen here.
The P9 Lite took in more details in lowlight indoor shooting over the F1s with white balance confusion and some overexposure issues resulting in a whitewash on the lightbulbs seen here.
Filling the image with flash are brighter on the F1s over the softer version of the same image by the built-in flash for the P9 Lite.
Night shooting will be a struggle for both devices with the P9 Light gaining more ground in capturing more details over the cooler version of the same shot for the F1s.
Selfies is a different story however where the F1s claiming to be the selfie expert will outshine its mid-ranged competition. Shots are warmer, more natural and color accurate with the right amount of white balance and sharpness compared to the cooler version of the same face seen here taken outdoors. The same story can be said for those taken indoors with proper lighting.
Overall performance goes to the P9 Lite but there’s no denying the F1s outshines in the front facing camera category.
Antutu Benchmark scores reveal the Huawei P9 Lite will have about 9000 points more over the Oppo F1s at 41,479 points.
Sure, both can handle casual usage with ease. But heavy users will have some problems with the F1s where pushing the limits in playing graphic intensive apps and games resulted in some lag and frame drops or slower to boot compared to the P9 Lite.
A good example will be Nova 3 that had good performance on both devices but playing Real Racing 3 faired better on the P9 Lite over the F1s that needed to set games to about mid graphic-settings at a lower frame rate but still playable
We’ll have to give this one to the Huawei P9 Lite
Both our contenders will be packing 3000mAh of juice. The F1s took the lead on this at 31.3 hours of endurance compared to a slightly shorter 29.5 hours of standby time for the P9 Lite. Mainly due to the less demanding display of the selfie expert.
We got about the same screen-on-time for either units at 4.5 hours.
Charging time went in favor of the F1s at 2 hours and 20 minutes which is an hour and 19 minutes faster than the P9 Lite that averaged at 3 hours and 39 minutes.
F1s will take this one.
The P9 Lite will easily get this one since support for Hi-res audio playback via audio accessories is still hard to find in mid-range category.
Pricing and verdict
For a price of P11,990 ($250), the Huawei P9 Lite comes out on top with better performance and reliable main shooter making it a good buy for this comparison, but if you are more of a selfie-centric user, no doubt that Oppo F1s will deliver for a price of P12,990 ($260).
What do you think of our contenders this round?
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Oppo F1s vs Huawei P9 Lite Comparison + Video Review
Huawei P9 Lite
|Display||5.5-inch 720p HD display IPS LCD, 267ppi||5.2-inch Full HD 1080p IPS LCD, 424ppi|
|Design||Metal + plastic, gorilla glass 4||Unibody metal, scratch-resistant|
|Chipset||mediatek 7650||HiSilicon Kirin 650 (2016 mid-range chip)|
|CPU||Octa-core Cortex A53 @ 1.5GHz speed||Octa-core Cortex A53 @ 2.0GHz speed|
|Chipset||MT860MP2 graphics||Mali T830 MP2 graphics|
|Memory||3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, dedicated microSD card slot||3GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, hybrid microSD card slot|
|Camera||13MP f2.2, dual tone LED flash, 1080p video||13MP f2.0, dual tone LED flash, 1080p video|
|Selfie||16MP f2.0||8MP f2.0|
|Connectivity||Dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, NFC||Dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, NFC|
|Security||Fingerprint scanner||Fingerprint scanner|
|OS||Android 5.1 Lollipop, ColorOS UI 3.0||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Emotion UI 4.1|
|Battery||3000mAh battery capacity||3000mAh battery capacity|
|Ports and charging||microUSB 2.0, USB OTG, 3.55mm headphone jack||microUSB 2.0, USB OTG, 3.55mm headphone jack|
|Audio||Mono speaker, standard||Mono speaker, high-res 24bit|
|Release Date||August 2016 availability in the Philippines||June 2016 availability in the Philippines|
|Official price||P12,990 SRP for 32GB model (US$280) in online stores||P11,990 ($250US) pesos|