Review | Oppo F5 Youth smartphone

Chinese smartphone giant Oppo has gained its identity by producing handsets that highlight its selfie-capturing skills and mid-range pricing. To prove the latter, it follows up the Oppo F5 flagship with the slightly-identical F5 Youth.

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When we said “slightly,” we meant a hair-thin difference that it’s hard to identify which is which. Let us help you with that hump.

Design

The F5 and F5 Youth twins have the exact same measurement in height (6.16 in), width (2.99 in), thickness (0.30 in), and even weight (152 g). Holding it side by side exhibits a deja vu, which gave us a hard time picking up the right phone we’re reviewing. Having said that, selecting between the two with “Which phone looks better?” question in mind won’t ever happen.

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The Oppo F5 Youth sports a 6-inch 1080 x 2160 display in an 18:9 screen ratio. It also has narrow bezels, curved edges, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 building up the unibody design of the unit.

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Just like its flagship brother, the F5 Youth holds three slots for two SIM cards and a microSD expansion card. They are plopped at the right edge of the phone along with the power/lock key.

On the other side are the volume keys alone. Down the stretch are the 3.5mm jack for your external audio output, a micro-USB slot, and the loudspeakers.

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At the back, we can see the enlarged camera hole beside the LED flash, Oppo’s etched logo, and a fingerprint pad. The fingerprint pad solves the case of being far from short fingers with its oblong shape. In addition to the minimalistic design, Oppo also painted F5 Youth’s back surface with a convenient texture

Fronting the users will be the front camera and the screen only, as the navigation keys have been placed on screen, extending the screen farther south.

Performance

Before we get into our scrutiny, let us show you first the specs of this handset as defined by Antutu Benchmark app:

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First of all, we were impressed with how F5 Youth’s battery worked out. With just 3,200mAh battery, the handset longer than we expected. This attribute would have been a perfect pair for a quick-charging feature that this smartphone doesn’t have.

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As you can see above, we got the 32GB-3GB (internal memory-RAM) bundle instead of its 32GB-4GB variation. This marks as one of the biggest difference between the F5 Youth and the F5, which has 64GB-6GB and 32GB-4GB variations. Digging deeper, these two handsets have the same chips, speed, and core numbers.

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Running the system is an updated ColorOS 3.2 based on Android 7.1 Nougat operating system. The icons and user interface are arguably cleaner than its former version, which is a point for the phone’s “classy” image.

Another good thing to point out is F5 Youth’s security features. This smartphone had been blocking our attempt to change the default SMS app as Oppo sees this move to be “risky.”

Moving on, the F5 Youth managed to score the following points in our benchmarking software:

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Camera

As mentioned earlier, Oppo has gained its reputation by mastering the selfie and photography department, and it lived up to what was expected. Carrying a “Capture the Real You” banner, the F5 Youth aims to beautify your selfies without altering your facial feature much.

Bearing 13-megapixel, f/2.2 primary camera and a 16-megapixel, f/2.0 camera, the Oppo F5 Youth captured these amazing photos:

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Conclusion

The F5 Youth is obviously a move for the series’ marketability. With the F5 priced at P15,990, the F5 Youth comes with a cheaper tag at P13,990. The 2,000-peso difference might not be a huge difference to some consumers, but at least we get to have a less expensive option.

The Good

  • Good battery life
  • Majestic display and structure
  • Inexpensive price tag

The Bad

  • Micro-USB
  • No quick-charging feature

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