Chinese smartphone giant Oppo, earlier today, announced the launch Of its new mid-range Android smartphone in India. The new device called the Oppo K1 is part of an entirely new K-Series lineup from the company. This device was first launched a few months ago in China. In India Oppo has been teasing the imminent arrival of the Oppo K1 on a dedicated landing page on Flipkart. The Oppo K1, as you might have guessed by now is a Flipkart exclusive. We have been talking about the Oppo K1 here on MySmartPrice for quite some time now starting with an article on January 29 which was when we spotted the handset for the first time. In a subsequent article, we reported that the device is set to be officially released in India on February 6.
Let us now check out the Oppo K1 in detail.
Oppo K1: Specifications, features
As mentioned earlier, the Oppo K1 is a mid-range smartphone from Oppo. The device features a large notched 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels in the 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The notch on this panel is of the dewdrop type. The USP of the Oppo K1 is the fact that at launch, it is the most affordable device in the country to sport an in-screen fingerprint scanner. The display also gets Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for durability.
The Oppo K1 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC which is among Qualcomm’s most powerful mid-range CPU offerings. This SoC gets an octa-core CPU for number crunching and uses the Adreno 512 GPU for graphics. In India, the Oppo K1 is offered in a single 4GB RAM + 64GB version. The phone gets a dedicated microSD card slot for additional memory expansion. As far as the battery is concerned, the Oppo K1 features a large 3,600 battery and supports 4G VoLTE networks in India. And lest I forget, the device also happens to feature dual SIM capability.
As far as the imaging capabilities of the Oppo K1 goes, the handset uses a dual camera setup at the rear consisting of a 16-megapixel primary camera that is mated to a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies and video calls, the Oppo K1 gets a 25-megapixel front-facing camera. Thanks to the Snapdragon 660 SoC’s AI capabilities, the camera app on the Oppo K1 also features several AI assist features. The front facing camera is also used for the face-unlock feature.
Moving on to the software features of the Oppo K1, from what we currently know, the Oppo K1 will run Oppo’s proprietary Color OS 5.2 Android skin atop an Android 8.1 core at launch. There is a good chance that the phone will eventually see an update to Color OS 6 and Android 9 Pie soon.
Oppo K1: Price in India, variants and launch offers
The Oppo K1 is offered in a single 4GB + 64GB variant in India and has been priced at INR 16,990. It is available two color options; Piano Black and Astral Blue. The device is set to go on sale on Flipkart starting February 12, 2019. There are a couple of initial launch offers as well. These include the option of buying the handset with 3 or 6month no cost EMI. Citibank card users also get an instant 10% discount on the price on the launch day. There is also a buyback guarantee program that buyers can opt-in for by paying just INR 1.