OPPO’s midrange smartphone releases were always a hit in the local market. The OPPO F7 was hailed by MemoXpress as their best-selling device for the first month of May — which clearly shows the company’s appeal to the consumers.
Now, the company will attempt to get the same achievement as they introduce a follow-up to that device with the OPPO F7 Youth. This phone came from the same mold as its bigger brother, but with a toned-down hardware to accommodate the cheaper price tag.
Just like most of Xiaomi’s releases, the Redmi Note 5 is equipped with all the right specs to completely dominate its competition — a reputation that Xiaomi has held for the past several years.
Does the OPPO F7 Youth have what it takes to dethrone the Redmi Note 5? Or will Xiaomi’s offering continue to be the top choice for those who are looking for an all-around good smartphone? Go ahead and check out our OPPO F7 Youth versus Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 specifications and features comparison below to answer that question.
|OPPO F7 Youth||Xiaomi Redmi Note 5|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|Android 8.1 Oreo
|Display||6-inch FHD+ IPS|
2160 x 1080 resolution
18:9 aspect ratio
|5.99-inch FHD+ IPS
2160 x 1080 resolution
18:9 aspect ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass
|Processor||2.0GHz MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core||1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core|
|GPU||Mali-G72 MP3||Adreno 509|
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
expandable via microSD card up to 256GB
|Security||Facial unlock||Fingerprint scanner|
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
|Dimensions||156.5 x 75.2 x 7.8mm||158.6 x 75.4 x 8.1mm|
It looks like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 will remain seated on its throne. However, that doesn’t mean that the OPPO F7 Youth was a lousy competitor. As you can see in the table above, OPPO’s offering tried its best to match the features of Xiaomi’s bet. But still, the Redmi Note 5 overtakes the F7 Youth in some key areas.
Let’s start with the most obvious similarities — the display. Both devices have a large 6-inch screen with a sharp Full HD+ resolution. They may not have a QHD panel, but for this price, this is the best that we can get.
On the processor side, the two tapped different companies to power their devices. The Redmi Note 5 uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 while the F7 Youth sports a MediaTek Helio P60 processor. Both chipsets are currently the best midrange processors that each respective manufacturers have ever made. So in this regard, performance won’t be a problem.
The two also has the same 4GB memory and 64GB of expandable storage setup. They also come with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and uses their manufacturer’s latest custom interface. There’s the ColorOS 5.0 from OPPO and the MIUI 9.5 from Xiaomi.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 starts to pull away in the camera department. It sports a 13-megapixel selfie camera, while the F7 Youth only has 8-megapixel. It kind of stings that OPPO was beaten in their own territory. But to their credit, OPPO’s camera app is one of the best in handling selfies, so we expect it to produce better results in that segment.
The same story goes for the rear cameras. The Redmi Note 5 has a 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual cameras at the back, while the former only has a single 13-megapixel shooter.
Xiaomi was also able to add a fingerprint scanner on the Redmi Note 5, while the F7 Youth only has Face Unlock. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 also has a larger 4,000mAh battery — which is one of the biggest capacity in almost any price category right now. On the other hand, the OPPO F7 Youth only has a 3,410mAh battery.
In conclusion, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is the obvious winner here. The device’s better cameras and really large battery capacity make it easy to recommend to anyone. However, it’s kinda hard to come by when it’s out of stock. But in case you’re buying right now, there’s stock available in Lazada.
OPPO F7 Youth is pretty much available in any malls or shopping centers that you have access to in the Philippines. But that ease of access means that you’d be paying Php2,000 more for it as the F7 Youth retails for a price of Php13,990. On the other hand, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is cheaper at Php11,990.
In the end, whichever smartphone you end up picking, both devices are actually some of the best value-oriented smartphones that you can get for the price.