OPPO F5 Youth Review: Great Value for Less

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As a primer, you can check out first our unboxing and quick look of the OPPO F5 Youth in the video below.

OPPO F5 Youth Specs:

  • 6″ FHD+ LTPS IPS LCD 18:9 display @ 2160 x 1080 resolution ~403ppi
  • MediaTek MT6763T 2.50GHz Octa-Core CPU
  • Mali G71 MP2 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • Dual Nano-SIM
  • Dedicated microSD card slot up to 256GB
  • 13MP f/2.2 AF rear camera w/ LED flash
  • 16MP f/2.0 A.I. Beauty front camera
  • 4G LTE
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • OTG support
  • ColorOS 3.2 (Android 7.1.1 Nougat)
  • 3200mAh Li-Po Battery

Design & Build Quality

The F5 Youth has a 6-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and an 78.1% screen-to-body ratio. It has a unibody design with curved edges and narrow bezels which makes it nice to look at. Its polycarbonate back panel has a matte-finish that could be easily mistaken for a metal body. Moreover, you can mistake the F5 Youth for the F5 since both designs are almost identical. The only difference is that the F5 Youth does not have any silver-coated lines located near the top edges.


Starting at the front panel, we see the 16MP f/2.0 front camera with the call speaker on top portion and covering the whole screen is Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

At the back, we see the 13MP f/2.2 rear camera and LED flash. The dedicated fingerprint scanner is also located just below the camera.


The right side is where the power button, dual nano-SIM card slots and dedicated microSD card tray are located. We’re glad that they have provided a dedicated SD card slot since many users want to expand their storage for their various needs.
On the left is where the volume buttons are located. Up at the top, there are no ports nor buttons at the top of the device.
Finally, at the bottom, you have the loudspeaker on the left, the micro-USB port in the middle, and the 3.5mm earphone port at the right. The microphone sits in-between the earphone and micro-USB port.

The OPPO F5 Youth may be big but it is easy to hold. It doesn’t feel like you’re holding a 6-inch smartphone thanks to its generous screen-to-body ratio. It’s quite comfortable holding it, which is a good thing.

Display and Multimedia

The F5 Youth has a 6-inch LTPS IPS LCD display with an 18:9 screen aspect ratio and a 2160 x 1080 resolution, which makes for a pixel density of 402ppi. An 78.1% screen-to-body ratio has been achieved thanks to the thin bezels and screen aspect ratio. The front panel has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, and on top of that, an additional pre-installed screen protection.


Looking at the display, the default screen aspect ratio is at 18:9 but can be changed to 16:9 under the display options. It is vibrant, crisp, and color accurate. Viewing angles are also good and when put under direct sunlight.

Playing videos with 1080p resolution is smooth and we did not experience any frame drops. As for the audio quality, the highs and mids are loud and crisp, and the bass is present. At full volume, you could still hear some tinny noises. Overall, the audio is pretty good for listening to music, videos, and calls.

OS and Apps

The F5 youth runs on Android 7.1 Nougat with ColorOS 3.2 as the skin on top. The UI is simple and clean. There is no app drawer by default, and all applications are already seen in the main display. The icons are simple yet pleasant to the eyes. The style of ColorOS 3.2 has a significant visual similarity to iOS.

Pre-installed applications include the Phone Manager that optimizes the phone by clearing cache and excess files, standard Google applications, Facebook, and WPS Office, which is an open-source app for opening documents, spreadsheets, and PDF files. Out of the 32GB of internal storage, there is 22.1GB initial storage available on the device.


Now, let’s look at one of the main features of this device. For the rear camera, it is equipped with a 13MP f/2.2 Auto-focus rear camera with LED flash. It has features like time-lapse, video, photo, beauty, panorama, and expert mode. Under the photo mode, users can enable HDR, filters, and watermarks. In expert mode, there is a button that enables Ultra HD mode. The rear camera’s resolution may be lower than the F5, but it definitely delivers.

The image quality is sharp and the color reproduction is true-to-life, which is very good for people who take smartphone photography seriously. It also has good dynamic range. Under low-light conditions, the results are surprisingly good and detailed. Auto-focusing subjects is easy and accurate, which is very convenient.

The front camera sports a 16MP f/2.0 sensors with AI Beautification technology. This technology does not use the standard facial recognition for beautifying the subject. It can detect up to more than 200 facial points in the subject such as the eyes, nose, ears, lips, etc.

As for the front cam’s features, it has modes like time-lapse, video, photo, beauty, and panorama. The beauty mode has 6 levels of effect, in which users can choose if they want to have a slightly smooth face, or if they want to have an almost silky smooth one when taking a selfie. It also has a depth effect where it creates an artificial bokeh effect on your selfie shots.

The images that we took have very good quality, especially in low light. They are vibrant and color accurate. We also didn’t have focus problems when shooting against the light as it adjusts to the right focus, even without tapping the screen.

As for the video, the F5 Youth can shoot up to 1080p resolution at 30fps. The video quality is definitely good and very similar to the quality of the stills. There is however a white balance issue that is quite common to budget phones that slightly appears in this phone from time to time. The color shifts a bit when there is a change of subject or scene but this is a very minor flaw that is worth mentioning.


The device has 3GB RAM and is powered by a MediaTek MT6763T octa-core processor, or more commonly known as the Helio P23, paired with an ARM Mali-G71 MP2 GPU. Navigation on the smartphone is both smooth and responsive. The fingerprint scanner and facial ID features are snappy and responsive. Unlike the former, we still have to press the power button first before the smartphone can use the face ID feature to unlock the device.

Here are the benchmark scores we got.

  • Antutu – 68,772
  • PC Mark – 3,201 (Work 2.0)
  • 3D Mark – 67 (Slingshot Extreme 1.0)

Playing light to heavy graphics games did not cause any problems on the device. From simple games like Candy Crush Saga to slightly heavier ones like Arena of Valor, the performance was smooth even at high settings. As for games like Asphalt 8, the device can run them even at the highest settings, but it cannot attain a full 60 fps. Longer playing time in one session could lead to heating but it is still tolerable in the hands.

Call Quality and Connectivity

The basic connectivity features such as WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, LTE are all present. The Dual-SIM and dedicated microSD tray is a big thumbs up for many users since smartphones nowadays use hybrid SIM setups. SIM 1 supports 4G connections while SIM 2 only supports up to 3G. One thing to note is that the F5 Youth does not have NFC, but it is not really that much of a disadvantage. For sensors, only Temperature and Pressure sensors are missing in the device.

Call quality is loud and clear due to its noise-canceling microphone. We did not have any troubles with using mobile data as it provided fast and uninterrupted connection. Also, navigation in GPS is quite accurate, having tested it on Waze, Uber, and Google Maps.

Battery Life

The F5 Youth has a 3,200mAh battery which is a decent capacity for most hi-res smartphones.

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In the PCMark battery test, the device lasted for 9 hours and 42 minutes with 18% battery left to spare, which could last for roughly 2 hours more. In real-world usage, the device can easily last for a day in one single charge. From 0-100 percent, the charging time of the device is under 3 hours.


The OPPO F5 Youth is basically a more affordable version of the F5. It has almost the same specifications except for the display screen type, RAM capacity, rear camera resolution, front camera resolution, and a little difference in physical appearance.


OPPO has done a great job in implementing their AI beautification technology and integrating a face unlock feature in the device. Aside from that, both rear and front cameras are very good, especially in low light. The overall performance is good, and the battery life is excellent. The OPPO F5 Youth is definitely a new contender for other mid-rangers out there in the market.

The OPPO F5 Youth is priced at Php13,990. It’s Php2k cheaper than the F5. It is now available in OPPO stores nationwide.

The Pros:

  • 18:9 screen aspect ratio
  • Great gaming performance
  • Great camera low-light performance
  • Dual-SIM card slot with dedicated SD card slot
  • Face Unlock feature
  • Excellent battery life

The Cons:

  • Only 32GB of internal storage
  • Warms up easily when playing games

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