Like it promised earlier, BBK Electronics-owned company, Oppo today launched an affordable smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner. Dubbed as the Oppo K1, it's the first smartphone under the company's new K series which is aimed at youth. In 2018, Oppo and Vivo have been the frontrunners in design aspect and it continues with the Oppo K1 as it comes gradient finish on the rear side. The Oppo K1 also comes with a decent set of specifications such as Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE processor, up to 6GB of RAM, dual rear cameras and a generous 3600mAh battery. At the moment, the availability of the Oppo K1 is limited to the Chinese market, but given how aggressive Oppo is becoming in India, we might see the phone making its way to the sub-continent as well.
Oppo K1: Specifications and Features
Diving into the specifications of the Oppo K1, the phone sports 6.4-inch display on the front with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and waterdrop notch which is the reason why it achieved a screen-to-body ratio of 91%. Furthermore, Oppo has integrated the fingerprint scanner into the display, same as the upcoming OnePlus 6T and Vivo V11 Pro. Underneath, the Oppo K1 comes powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, clubbed with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone also ships with a microSD card slot for storage expansion.
As for the optics, the Oppo K1 has a 16MP primary shooter on the rear side which works in tandem with a 2MP depth sensor. The camera comes integrated with a lot of AI features. On the front, Oppo has added a 25MP shooter that's present on the waterdrop notch.
The Oppo K1 comes armed with a 3600mAh battery and it lacks fast charging support. Connectivity options on the handset include Dual 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and a USB Type-C port resides on the bottom. The phone runs on ColorOS 5.1 built on Android 8.1 Oreo.
Oppo K1: Pricing and Availability
As mentioned above, the Oppo K1 is the cheapest smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner. Until now, we didn't see a smartphone with the futuristic technology under Rs 20,000 or 2000 Yuan, but Oppo has priced at 4GB+64GB variant of Oppo K1 at 1599 Yuan (approx. Rs 17,000). The 6GB RAM variant with 64GB of internal storage will retail for 1799 Yuan (approx. Rs 19,200). The Oppo K1 comes in two colour options- Van Gogh Blue and Mocha Red.
Aforesaid, the Oppo K1 will be exclusive to China at the moment, and the pre-orders for the smartphone begin today. The phone will be available via open sale on October 19.
Oppo K1: Competitors
Speaking about the competitors of Oppo K1, it goes against the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE in China. The Mi 8 SE packs the newer Snapdragon 710 chipset, clubbed with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. However, it has a physical fingerprint scanner while the Oppo K1 has an in-display scanner, which makes it an appealing option under 2000 Yuan in China.