Oppo K1 Review: Cheapest Smartphone with In-Display Fingerprint Sensor


As you all are aware that there are tons of brands launched their smartphones in 2019 with some futuristic technology like in-display fingerprint sensor, slim bezels, punch hole camera and many more. Looking forward to continuing this tradition, Oppo has launched its first smartphone with an In-display fingerprint sensor in India. Oppo K1 is remarked as the cheapest smartphone with an In-display fingerprint Sensor.

As you know, many other brands had already pushed their flagships in India in 2019 with some great features so, it will be a tough task for Oppo to survive in this competition. However, Oppo K1 is considered as the cheapest smartphone with an In-Display fingerprint sensor which might help them to gather the crowd. But what about other features that Oppo K1 has? Is it worth buy? Let’s review it to find out!

Build Quality and Design

You might have seen this Oppo K1 smartphone as this Oppo has launched this smartphone back in October 2018 in China. And now, they launched this smartphone in India starting from Rs. 16,990. Oppo K1 has a plastic body with good build quality. Its design is somehow similar to its predecessors like Oppo A7 and Oppo F9 Pro. It has a gradient design with a glossy finish at the back panel. Like its predecessors, it has a mixed tone of colors finish at the back to give it a cool look. This smartphone comes in three color variants, Astral Blue, Red and Silver Green.

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Function buttons are placed at the right side of the device while the sim tray is placed at the left the device which supports two Nano Sim Cards with a MicroSD card up to 256GB. At the bottom, there is a speaker grill, a Micro-USB port, primary microphone, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There’s a secondary microphone placed at the top of the body.

Now coming to its Display, Oppo K1 comes with a  6.41-Inch FullHD+ display with an In-Display Fingerprint sensor. The best thing about this smartphone that Oppo K1 uses an AMOLED display which is quite rare in this price range. In addition, it comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for screen protection. It has a waterdrop notch where the front-facing camera is placed. It has a slim bezel around the screen which give this flagship an immersive look.

Specification and Software

Even it is one of the cheapest smartphones with an In-display fingerprint sensor, Oppo hasn’t compromised with the main specifications of this smartphone. Oppo K1 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 655 SoC to deliver high-end performance. This is the same processor which we find in smartphones like Realme 2 Pro and Xiaomi Mi A2.

Although Oppo K1 comes in two variants 4GB/64GB and 6GB/128GB, the only 4GB/64GB variant is launched in India. In addition to this, you get a dual 4G VoLTE support with dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, USB OTG, GPS, and a couple of sensors such as a compass, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and gyroscope.

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The new Oppo K1 still works on ColorOS 5.2 which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo. However, there are some improvements rolled out in the UI of this phone. You can find a smart Sidebar which lets you to launch some of your most frequently used apps just from a single place. Oppo K1 comes with limited pre-installed apps including Oppo Store, Facebook, Browser and few more.

Performance, Camera, and Battery Life

Since this phone comes with Snapdragon 655 Processor and has a 4GB RAM, it delivers good performance. We have tried playing some high-end games like PUBG, Asphalt 9 and a few more on this device and got a good performance. We have played PUBG for about half an hour at HD Graphics with a balanced setting and got negligible lag. In addition, the In-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock gives a fast response. So, overall it delivers good performance.

Now, coming on its Camera Quality. The new Oppo K1 has a dual camera set up at the back with 16-Megapixels primary camera a secondary depth sensor. At the front, it has a 25-megapixel camera with f/2 aperture. So, starting from the primary camera, it captures good shots with great picture quality. The shots taken from Oppo K1 has great details with amazing quality. However, at low-light, its quality gets reduced a bit and the noise reduction doesn’t work very well. If we talk about the selfie camera, the 25-megapixel camera captures amazing shots with detailed picture quality. It comes with AI Beauty modification for smoothing your face tone and some modifications. However, the Portrait mode delivers an average performance.

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As far its Battery backup is concerned, Oppo K1 features a 3,600mAh battery, which gives a battery backup of around 13 of heavy usage. However, on average usage, it lasts for a whole day. The downside of this phone is, Oppo K1 doesn’t comes with VOOC charge technology for fast charging. However, you get a 10W adapter which hardly takes around 2.5 hours to fully charge your phone from zero levels.

Final Call

As per our view, Oppo K1 is a great smartphone with a great display which comes with an In-display fingerprint sensor at this price range of Rs. 16,990. In addition, you get a great performance in this smartphone with an amazing battery backup. However, it has a decent camera quality, but overall, its worth buy at this range.

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Oppo K1

If you are looking for a device with an In-display fingerprint sensor but also concerned about the budget, then you must go for it. This phone delivers great performance and has an amazing AMOLED display and a great Camera set up under 20K.

  • Design
  • Display
  • Performance
  • Battery
  • Camera

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