A couple of years ago, companies like Oppo and Vivo were known for just the selfie-centric smartphones with not so good specifications. But in recent years, we have seen these companies launching some innovative phones. We see the most phones launching in India at the sub Rs 20,000 price, and that’s because it is a price segment that every company wants to conquer with its phones.
From Xiaomi to even Samsung, we have seen great phones in this segment and here comes the Oppo K1, the latest mid-ranger from Oppo with the main USP being the in-screen fingerprint scanner. But wait, we have seen the in-screen fingerprint scanner on a lot of phones, right? So, what’s unique about the Oppo K1? Well, this is the cheapest smartphone featuring this technology and comes for Rs 16,990!
The K1 has a premium design and build, thanks to the 3D Glass back the gradient color, gold accent around the dual cameras, the edge-to-edge display with a waterdrop notch and more. It is a shame that it’s 2019 and the phone still has a micro USB port. But except that, there is nothing much to complain about the design of the Oppo K1.
It is a 6.4-inch AMOLED display which means it is much better than the IPS LCDs that we see on almost every phone in this price segment. Thanks to the minimal bezels, the screen-to-body ratio is around 91%, and the display also has the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top. It is worth mentioning that the Gorilla Glass 5 is there on the front only and not on the rear.
The Oppo K1 is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 660 processor, and it is an underclocked 1.95GHz Snapdragon 660 like the Realme 2 Pro and Zenfone Max Pro M2. There is 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM along with the option to expand the storage up to 256GB.
As mentioned in the tile, the Oppo K1 has an in-display fingerprint scanner, and it is the cheapest phone to have one. Talking about the cameras, the dual camera setup on the rear includes a primary 16MP f/1.75 camera and a secondary 5MP f/2.4 depth sensor. On the front, the K1 has a 25MP single camera with f/2.0 aperture.
The Android 8.1.0 Oreo runs out of the box with the Color OS 5.2 on top. There is a 3,500mAh battery underneath, and it charges via the micro USB port. Also, there is no fast charging.
So yes, the Oppo K1 is not the phone with best specs at the price of Rs 16,990, but things like the in-display fingerprint scanner and an AMOLED panel surely make it unique one out there in the sub Rs 20,000 price segment. The K1 is a Flipkart exclusive phone in India and will be available on sale starting February 12. The color options are Astral Blue and Piano Black.
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