2019 has been a year of competition in the mid-budget range. The Oppo K1 is just another of those very elite looking mid budget phones which is definitely going to take over the market. As we all know, Oppo and Vivo has created a stir in the Indian market like no other brands. These phones always get mixed reactions which means some of them say that the brands are good but some of them say they are not. Coming back to the device, the Oppo K1 is not actually brand new because the phone was launched around October in China and the people who have used it have called it a perfect all rounder.
If you just look at the design of the Oppo K1, you would definitely fall in love with it because it is not only unique, but also elegant at the same time. The phone is priced at Rs 16990 which is an affordable price.
This phone is the first device of the Oppo K series and it offers an in-screen fingerprint sensor at such low price. The unique edge that it gets over the other competitions when it comes to this range of price, is the in-display fingerprint sensor itself. It is the cheapest phone which has this feature, in the Indian market.
Design And Build
The Oppo K1 is designed keeping in mind, the nature of people showing off their phones. The back of the phone is a plastic body but the colour is the main highlight. It is basically a gradient with two different colours on either ends (vertically) and a mixture of both in between. It gives the very cool effects on its back when held against light. The plastic body also allows the phone to not have very many fingerprints on its back, unlike the other glass-back phones. The plastic is very well put together and the aesthetics look awesome. The very small notch in the front adds up to the whole look. It is a water drop notch and the screen to body ratio hence, is really high.
Apart from the look however, the phone has also got good protection for its 6.41-inch full-HD+ display. It has the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which is strong enough to manage a number of 6-foot-drops. The screen also has the AMOLED panel which a very few phones in this price range offers.
One drawback which is not very major is the fact that due to a very small area around the selfie camera, we do not get any notification LED whatsoever. In my honest opinion, this is not a very big turn off for anyone because what can you expect more, out of one phone. Plus, it is not that necessary of a thing.
Out of the box, the Oppo K1 comes with a screen guard, of course. Coming to the back, it has a dual camera module which is similar to the other Oppo phones such as the Oppo F9 Pro. It is placed perfectly and it does not ruin the look of the back panel at all. Along with the phone and the screen guard, one would receive a silicone case, a SIM ejector tool, a micro USB cable, a 10W power adapter and a headset which is a good thing. I personally like the fact that if you buy any Oppo phone, it is very likely to give you all the basic necessities that every other phones should give, inside the box.
The phone is definitely one of the cheapest phones to have an AMOLED display and also the cheapest phone to have an in-display fingerprint sensor. However, Oppo did not compromise on the specifications, trying to focus on these two key factors.
The processor of the phone happens to be Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-Core SoC which is also what the RealMe 2 Pro has. The performance of this processor is really good and reliable.
In India, only one variant of the Oppo K1 have been launched which is the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant. The 4 GB RAM adds up to the whole performance of the Oppo K1, helping it not lag even when a lot of games are installed.
The user interface of the phone is Color OS 5.2 which many other Oppo phones have. Possibly, the next phone in this series will have the ColorOS 6 but we cannot give any guarantee about that whatsoever. This interface actually looks clean and there are not very many pre installed apps in the phone, out of the box, thus opening doors for customisation.
Games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 are something that plays absolutely smooth on this device and you would not face any hassle whatsoever when it comes to your gaming experience.
The Oppo K1 Final Review
Anybody can guarantee the fact that this phone has been produced, keeping in mind the other competitions in that price range. There are phones which look very good but are not that well when it comes to performing. On the other hand, there are phones which perform very good but are not very elegant looking. This phone is a perfect mixture of both.
The 6.41 inch Full-HD+ screen is absolutely ideal for watching videos/movies or playing games. Daily usage such as browsing the internet, using the camera and much more have no issues. It is a matter of surprise that the phone is not even slippery, even though it has this very glossy look. Moreover, you also get the silicone case.
Using the phone in sunlight is definitely not a problem because of the AMOLED display. The colours are saturated, bright and the viewing angles in sunlight are also commendable. The operating system runs smooth because of the 4GB RAM and the Snapdragon 660 processor.
The fingerprint sensor on the display is accurate but it definitely takes a little more time than the capacitive fingerprint sensor which other phones have, on their back. One has to hold his finger for 1 full second before the phone can authenticate you and let you access. The face unlock, on the other hand, is really convenient and relatively faster. If you are in a dark room, the phone automatically brightens up in order to see your face and recognise it, before the phone unlocks.
The speaker grill is at the bottom of the phone and it is not loud enough for you to have a good video-watching experience outdoors on YouTube and so on. There is only one speaker and that justifies the whole point.
Handling high-graphics games like Asphalt 9 and PUBG for a long time, also did not trouble the phone. At medium graphics, you can play games like this for much long without even worrying about the phone getting heated.
There is one 16 megapixel camera and a depth sensor at the rear which takes good photos in good lighting conditions. In low lighting conditions, it is not as good, which is acceptable. The noise was handled well but the textures lacked definition. In good lighting however, the edges are well defined and the colours are not even exaggerated which allows the phone to take very real pictures. The HDR mode in the camera settings also helps in balancing the exposure to a huge extent.
The one problem with the camera that the Oppo K1 has is the fact that you cannot take multiple photos instantaneously one after the other. This is because, after one photo is taken, the phone takes some time to process it (somewhere around 1 or 2 seconds) before you can take another photo. Many of the smartphone users are a custom to taking multiple photos back to back and that is the reason why this might just get a little annoying. Other than that, absolutely everything is fine with the back camera and it delivers what a 16 megapixel camera promises.
Coming to the selfie camera, it is a lot more natural if you turn off the AI beautification in the 25-megapixel unit. Of course the AI beautification works amazingly but the texture becomes a little more exaggerated. The background blur effect is also available but the edge detection is not as accurate as the edge detection in the rear camera. If you basically turn off the AI beautification along with the background blur effect, and click a normal selfie, you can definitely see that the quality of the photos are good. The camera also offers Auto HDR which adjusts the exposure if you are clicking a photo in very bright light.
The Oppo K1 can shoot a 4K video and the quality of that has also been noted as “good”. Just that, the white balance is a little off. The usage of electronic stabilization while recording a 4K video is also not something that it allows.
The battery gives a good performance as well, which was quite unexpected. The phone has a large display and has a good processor but even keeping all of those things in mind and then judging the battery life, it really comes out well. The 3600 mAh battery lasted for a decent 12 hours 36 minutes when random videos were played on loop and it is definitely something that should be appreciated.
The phone does not come with fast charging facility and it takes around two and half hours to fully charge. There were chances of this phone having a USB Type-C port but unfortunately, that is not the reality and you have to deal with the slow charging.
The final verdict for the phone is that it is definitely a budget friendly phone with a lot of good features, but you might have to compromise on the camera quality a little bit. If that is not your concern at all, you can definitely go for this phone without having second thoughts.
The design and the unique features at this price would definitely catch many eyeballs, making it worth considering. Value for money is what this phone is.