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The Oppo K1 may not draw your attention in the market that easily. It comes with a few pros and cons:
- The Oppo K1 comes with a beautiful display producing vibrant colors due to the presence of AMOLED display.
- It has an in-display fingerprint scanner which works with speed.
- The Oppo K1 carries a massive battery under its hood that can keep the phone active for a day with moderate use.
- The AI-beautification of the Selfie camera works wonderfully and removes all blemishes from the selfies.
- Oppo K1 comes with a dated Oppo-like design without bringing any innovation.
- There is no LED notification present.
- Oppo K1 arrives with a dated processor which deliver sluggish performance.
- The audio of Oppo K1 is inferior.
- The cameras on the phone are just passable producing grainy pictures both in daylight as well as low-light conditions.
The Oppo K1 is an accomplished mid-range phone, though there are better phones present in the mid-range market. If you are a selfie enthusiast and can deal with capable but not over-the-top performance, then this phone will meet your demands efficiently.
Oppo K1 does not bring much change in it from the previous Oppo models. Priced at Rs. 16,990, the phone fails to deliver any unique selling point that could set it apart from the other phones in the mid-range market.
Oppo K1 tries to attract its customer with the AMOLED display and its marvelous selfie camera. But it goes down on performance quality and the quality of the photographs clicked on its rear cameras, making the phone a consistent performer, but lagging in comparison with the competition.
Oppo K1 looks similar to many Oppo phones like Oppo A7 and Oppo F9 Pro. It is a plastic build but appears quite rigid. The phone arrives with a gradient design which makes it look premium and provide cool effects when placed against the light.
Despite being the gradient back, the phone does not acquire scratches that easily and fingerprint smudges do not affect it. However, the phone is not for one-handed operation, being a bit large.
The glossy surface is not slippery either. The button placement is quite ergonomic, but there is no LED notification. It comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor which is quite snappy.
Oppo K1 comes with a large 6.41-inch display with little bezels and a water-drop notch allowing a lot of screen space for the user. The AMOLED display gives you the deep black and amazing contrast along with the beautiful popping colors.
Sunlight legibility is quite good since the AMOLED display provides saturated colors for you. The screen is quite touch sensitive too as it gets all the keys correctly when typing.
Oppo K1 arrives with a mid-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core chipset which runs apps and games smoothly. High-end games like Asphalt 9 run at High settings without a problem. PUBG, however, needs to be cranked down to medium to get a playable frame-rate.
In general, the phone does not get too warm even after playing for 30 minutes. Benchmark in AnTuTu receives a score of 1,28,852 points which is quite surprising and shows a high potential of the phone.
Oppo K1 comes with a 16MP camera with an f/1.7 aperture in the rear with depth sensing activated. The aperture indicates that it can gather more light and produce quality low-light shots.
While that is partially true, the texture does get muddled and distant object in low light turns out to be ill-defined. Macros did a better job in low-light, through a lack of a texture definition is still noticeable.
In daylight, the Oppo K1 performs well and there is no lack of definition around the edges. Landscapes also have a bit of detail too.
A 25MP camera with an f/2 aperture is the key highlight of Oppo K1. It has AI beautification system which allows the user to choose the level of beautification, though it might smoothen out the skin texture. In daylight, the skin appears natural even with beautification on, but the edge detection is not quite accurate. In low-light, the Bokeh becomes too exaggerated.
The Oppo K1 can capture 4K resolution, and the autofocus works well. The white balance seems off sometimes, and the daylight videos look a bit too warm and oversaturated. Lack of stabilization produces jerky videos. With 1080p, the image quality provides accurate white balance and good contrast.
The Oppo K1 has a 3,600 mAh battery which is quite massive and can last the phone for an entire day. An HD video loop test saw that the phone was able to last for about 12 hours and 36 minutes, which is quite decent. The phone also arrives with a VOOC fast charging of Oppo and can get from 0% to 100% within two and a half hours with a 10W power charger.
The Oppo K1 has a lot of things going in its way – the phone has an in-display fingerprint scanner which is rare at this price range, excellent gaming performance, and a decent battery. However, the phone could have offered the modern USB Type-C port and come with a better build. The low-light camera performance of Oppo K1 was also passable.
In general, the phone is accomplished enough and is recommended for the mid-range public and selfie fanatics because of its reliable performance and fantastic selfie camera. However, there are other competitors that one could consider like Realme 2 Pro and Vivo V9 Pro.