Oppo F5 vs Oppo F5 Youth vs Mi Max: Price in India, Specifications and Features Comparison

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Until not too long ago, most manufacturers focussed heavily on the mid-range segment, i.e Rs. 10,000 to 20,000 owing to the introduction of 4G services in urban areas. The focus has now shifted to sub Rs. 10,000 devices, owing to widespread wireless penetration in rural areas and smaller towns.

Let’s take a look at three solid mid-range devices and determine which one is the best value for money. The three devices in question today are the Oppo F5, the Oppo F5 Youth (not sure who came up with that) and the Xiaomi Mi Max. Do bear in mind that the Mi Max is almost a year old, while both the Oppo devices were released fairly recently.

Oppo F5 vs Oppo F5 Youth vs Mi Max: Design and Build Quality

All three devices employ a more or less identical design principle, which uses a metal-plastic hybrid for the body. This segment goes to the Oppo F5, as the Mi Max is heavy and feels awkward to use, owing to its size. Also worth noting is the fact that the display is fragile and will not survive a drop on a hard surface, even from pocket height despite being protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 4 (I speak from personal experience).

Oppo F5 vs Oppo F5 Youth vs Mi Max: Display

Both the Oppo F5 and Oppo F5 Youth go for a nearly bezel-less design with their 6-inch IPS LCD panel (1080×2160 resolution, 402ppi pixel density). The Mi Max has a much larger 6.4-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1920×1080. Once again, the Oppo F5 takes this segment, owing to its narrow bezels and better aesthetics.

Oppo F5 vs Oppo F5 Youth vs Mi Max: Performance

Here’s where the Mi Max begins to shine. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 clocked at 1.8GHZ on the Mi Max absolutely blows the MediaTek MT6737 Helio P23 clocked at 2.5GHz out of the water across all synthetic benchmarks and real-world performance. Also, the Adreno 501 GPU on the Mi Max is way better at handling graphical load than the Mali-G71 MP2 on the Oppo F5 and F5 Youth.

Oppo F5 vs Oppo F5 Youth vs Mi Max: Camera

Oppo’s marketing campaign is all about the secondary camera, as you may have noticed. The secondary camera on the Oppo F5 is 20-megapixels with a f/2.0 lens, while the one on the F5 Youth is a 16-megapixel shooter also with a f/2.0 lens. The Mi Max lags behind and it’s 5-megapixel secondary camera is no match for the self-proclaimed selfie experts. However, the primary camera on the Mi Max is neck-to-neck with the Oppo F5, with both devices using a 16-megapixel module. The differences between the two are minor and can be considered on par with each other, for the most part. The Oppo F5 Youth has a 13-megapixel camera with the same features as the Oppo F5. I’d give this segment to the Mi Max 2 as MIUI is better at utilizing the camera prowess and due to the fact that the Mi Max can record 4K videos at 30 fps, something the Oppo F5 cannot.

Oppo F5 vs Oppo F5 Youth vs Mi Max: Hardware

The Oppo F5 and the Oppo F5 Youth’s 3,200mAh battery is no match for the Mi Max’s 4,850mAh Li-ion unit. The Mi Max is an absolute beast and can easily last well over a day on a single charge. All three devices feature a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Oppo F5 vs Oppo F5 Youth vs Mi Max: Verdict

The Xiaomi Mi Max, albeit a year old, is still an excellent mid-range device and is capable of taking on several similarly priced Oppo devices head-on. Priced at Rs. 15,999 it is good value for money, especially for people who need their phone by them for extended periods of time.

The Oppo F5 (priced at Rs. 19,990) and the Oppo F5 Youth (priced at Rs. 16,990) is recommended for heavy Snapchat/Instagram, as they have an outstanding secondary camera and little else to go with it.