OPPO recently released three different models for their midrange selfie smartphone lineup: the OPPO F5, OPPO F5 Youth, and OPPO F5 6GB. Let’s see which matches your needs best.
Despite the saying, “the more, the merrier,” three versions of the same phone were enough to confuse yours truly. In this article, I attempt to dissect the differences between the F5 models. You know what that means — a camera shootout!
First thing’s first: How are the devices different from each other?
Well, not by looks, that’s for sure. The three have almost identical bodies. Button and port placements are all the same: volume rockers on the upper-left side, power button and SIM card tray on the right, plus micro-USB port, speaker grilles, and audio jack at the bottom.
All three phones sport a near-borderless display and they’ve done away with the capacitive buttons up front. The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back. One noticeable difference, however, would be the OPPO F5 Youth’s lack of the antenna band design found on the two other phones.
Now on to the real differences:
The F5 is the middle model. It’s powered by a MediaTek MT6763T processor running on Android 7.1 with ColorOS 3.2. It’s equipped with 4GB of memory and 32GB of storage with a 3200mAh battery capacity.
Never mind those specs! As mentioned in the hands-on review, it simply means a midrange chipset powers the phone — just right for everyday social media use and standard mobile gaming.
A 16-megapixel rear cam and 20-megapixel front shooter plus artificial intelligence integration on its beauty mode make this phone a selfie powerhouse.
The handset comes in black or gold. It retails for PhP 15,990 in the Philippines and INR 18,300 in India.
OPPO F5 Youth
The Youth version is OPPO’s more affordable F5 option.
It’s powered by the same processor, as well as the same battery capacity and OS. Phone memory, however, has been reduced to 3GB. The cameras have also been downgraded: a 13-megapixel rear shooter with an aperture that’s narrower at f/2.2 (compared to the other two devices’ f/1.8), plus a 16-megapixel selfie camera.
Fret not, these cameras are still equipped with the same features including AI beauty mode (which I find most important).
The F5 Youth seems perfect for students who do less multitasking with lighter app needs. It also comes in black or gold and retails for PhP 13,990 in the Philippines and INR 16,990 in India.
OPPO F5 6GB
The top-tier model, the F5 6GB, has a beautiful red option. It’s powered by the same processor and OS as the previous two phones, but it has a larger 6GB of memory and 64GB of storage for those who demand more of their phone.
The phone’s shooters remain the same, with AI beauty mode options and camera features from two other versions all available on this device. For some reason, though, our test unit had a dimmer screen, even on full brightness, compared to the F5 and F5 Youth — a small thing considering the powerhouse specs this phone is supposed to have.
This all comes with a price — a higher price, that is. It retails for INR 24,990 in India and PhP 21,990 in the Philippines.
We took the three phones out for some real-world photo comparisons and below are the results.
Depending on lighting and scenario, each phone’s color treatment vary very slightly — although not enough to really notice any difference.
Of course, the F5 and F5 6GB versions have almost identical photos as both are equipped with similar cameras.
In ideal lighting scenarios, however, you almost can’t tell the difference between the three.
This changes for some photos. The below samples were taken with 2x zoom and the F5 Youth’s shot has a noticeably different outcome.
As for the front-facing cameras, the AI beauty mode performs well on all three phones. Photos below were taken during a hike and I still ended up looking pretty fresh. ?? Color temperature slightly varies between selfies but nothing too drastic.
Software bokeh also performs similarly on all three phones. They do pretty well with confusing backgrounds. Although not perfect, OPPO’s bokeh mode has come a long way.
Group selfies also do good in terms of bokeh cutouts and beauty mode.
The F5 Youth sample above has a warmer, more saturated outcome as opposed to the two other phones’ images. This was something we observed with most selfies we took for this shootout.
As expected, there was almost no difference between the F5 and F5 6GB samples. And even then, the color difference between these two photos compared to the F5 Youth’s shot was pretty subtle — subtle enough for me not to mind it.
So, there you have it. Three different devices designed for three different groups of people: The F5 Youth for the student type, the F5 for the midrange user, and the F5 6GB for those with heavier smartphone needs. It all boils down to your everyday phone needs.
Which OPPO F5 version is for you? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro: Camera shootout
Wide, regular, and zoom!
We’ve come to a point wherein three rear cameras on a smartphone are becoming the norm and all three must serve an individual purpose.
That’s the case with the Galaxy S10+ and Mate 20 Pro, which are Samsung and Huawei’s most versatile camera phones to date. They both have the ability to go wide and zoomed in, on top of their regular high-resolution shooters.
As always, we’re turning this into a blind shootout so you can play along. The order of each round is random, and everything has been shot using auto settings to give both phones a fair chance to shine. The results are found at the end of this article.
#1 — Flower
#2 — Building
#3 — Graffiti
#4 — Ultra-wide
#5 — Regular
#6 — Zoom
#7 — Background blur
#8 — Backlit
#9 — Bright sky
#10 — Moving subject
#11 — Macro
#12 — Landscape
#13 — Dynamic range
#14 — Portrait
#15 — Sunset
#16 — Artwork
#17 — Twilight
#18 — Food
#19 — Vegetation
#20 — Nighttime
#21 — Total darkness
Galaxy S10+: 1B, 2B, 3A, 4B, 5A, 6A, 7B, 8A, 9A, 10A, 11B, 12B, 13A, 14A, 15B, 16B, 17A, 18A, 19B, 20A, 21B
Mate 20 Pro: 1A, 2A, 3B, 4A, 5B, 6B, 7A, 8B, 9B, 10B, 11A, 12A, 13B, 14B, 15A, 16A, 17B, 18B, 19A, 20B, 21A
How do you feel about the results?
Truth be told, it’s as close as you’d expect from the two top mobile camera performers on DxOMark (for now, of course). Each round could go either way, and it ultimately comes down to personal preference — like if you prefer warmer tones or greater contrast in your photos.
Let us know which smartphone you think won in the comments section below.
Mate 20 Pro vs iPhone XS vs Galaxy Note 9: Camera shootout
The top three brands collide!
Huawei, Apple, and Samsung have released their top phones recently, which brings us to what you’ve all been waiting for: a camera shootout!
Not only are these among the fastest handsets in the market, they own some of the best cameras, as well. But because you have to pay a pretty penny to own one, it’s imperative that you make the right choice.
Brand loyalty aside, each one has its own specialty, but which flagship can we consider to be the overall best? While it’s highly subjective, they’re fun to compare nonetheless.
Even more enjoyable: Placing their photos in side-by-side comparisons for you to gander at. We compiled 14 of them in a blind test, all shot in Auto mode with AI applied when needed. Once you’re done pixel peeping at each photo, find out which phone took which picture by checking the answer sheet at the bottom.
Are you done choosing for each round? Here are the answers:
Portrait: iPhone XS, Mate 20 Pro, Galaxy Note 9
Indoor 1: Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS, Mate 20 Pro
Indoor 2: Mate 20 Pro, iPhone XS, Galaxy Note 9
Daylight 1: Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS, Mate 20 Pro
Daylight 2: iPhone XS, Galaxy Note 9, Mate 20 Pro
Macro 1: Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS, Mate 20 Pro
Macro 2: Mate 20 Pro, Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS
HDR 1: iPhone XS, Mate 20 Pro, Galaxy Note 9
HDR 2: Mate 20 Pro, iPhone XS, Galaxy Note 9
Food 1: Mate 20 Pro, Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS
Food 2: iPhone XS, Galaxy Note 9, Mate 20 Pro
Selfie: Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS, Mate 20 Pro
Nighttime: Mate 20 Pro, Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS
Bokeh: iPhone XS, Mate 20 Pro, Galaxy Note 9
Clearly, they all did great and are definitely top-notchers in the premium segment. Were there any surprises for you? Do you see a clear-cut winner? Let us know in the comments section below.
This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.
Honor 10 Lite vs OPPO F9 vs Vivo V11: Selfie Shootout
Which phone takes the best selfies?
Most of the newly released phones lately don’t just have great rear shooters; they are also equipped with quality front cameras. This only means one thing: They can take good selfies. However, which phone is the best selfie taker?
In this comparison, we’re pitting the new Honor 10 Lite against the OPPO F9 and the Vivo V11.
The Honor 10 Lite is equipped with a 24-megapixel front camera with beautification features and AI scene detection. Both the OPPO F9 and Vivo V11, on the other hand, have 25-megapixel selfie snappers with AI beauty mode.
Without further ado, let’s begin the comparison:
Let’s start with the first set of photos. These were taken without any smoothening or bokeh processing. These are as natural as their selfies can get. Taken inside a well-lit room, the phones had enough light to take a clear photo.
For the second set, we went to the balcony to check how the phones would fare in low-light. The flash setting was on auto to let the phones decide how they should take a low-light selfie. Unsurprisingly, the phones fired up their screen to act as the flash.
All three phones can take portrait-like selfies by applying artificial blur to the background. This set of photos was taken indoors with plenty of light coming in and bokeh mode turned on.
For the final set of selfies, we had bokeh and beauty mode turned on. Both the OPPO F9 and Vivo V11 were set to use AI to determine the level of beauty effect necessary. Meanwhile, the Honor 10 Lite was set to Level 3 (out of 10) to match the smoothening effect of the other two phones. To make it trickier, the photos were taken inside a busy cafe.
That ends our selfie comparison using the Honor 10 Lite, OPPO F9, and Vivo V11. Each phone delivers different results in every scenario. Which of the selfies do you like most?
The Honor 10 Lite is officially arriving in the Philippines on January 22. Starting January 26, the phone will be available in all Honor authorized shops and dealers. Also, you may catch the Honor roadshow happening on January 26 in SM North EDSA where the Honor 10 Lite will be on sale and bundled with exciting freebies! For more information about the Honor 10 Lite, visit www.hihonor.com/ph or follow Honor Philippines Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HonorPhilippines.
This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Honor Philippines.
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