Oppo F5 launches in Malaysia with very competitive pricing

UPDATE: It's retailing for just under RM1300

Oppo's revealed it's bringing another phone to Malaysia soon: the Oppo F5.

UPDATE 2/11/2017: The Oppo F5 is retailing for RM1298 and is available for preorder on the Oppo official webstore as well as official Oppo stores from 2 November to 10 November 2017. It will start selling from 11 November onwards at licensed distributors such as Senheng as well as Celcom.

Only the black and gold models with 4GB of RAM are available right now. Those who put in preorders (first come, first serve) stand to get free Barca backpacks, screen protectors, phone cases and power banks.

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UPDATE 26/10/2017: Yoga Lin and Fattah Amin will be the ambassadors for the Malaysian launch event. Fans of the singer and actor can look forward to seeing them 2 Nov, 3.15pm. The launch will be livestreamed via Facebook and YouTube.

UPDATE 23/10/2017: A video about the phone leaked recently, with the slogan “Capture the real you”. The metal build of the phone seems pretty much confirmed. As for the specs, the latest rumour is that the phone will come in three editions - a standard with 4GB RAM, a 6GB version and an F5 Youth edition with a 16MP front camera.

The standard F5 will apparently have a 20MP front camera, with 16MP in the back. As for the display, the phones will all have a 6in Full HD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. They will launch in Malaysia on 2 Nov. (The earliest launch, however, will take place in the Philippines on 26 Oct. We'll know by then just what to expect from Oppo's latest selfie-optimised phone.)

In the media teaser sent out, Oppo would only reveal that the phone would have an edge-to-edge screen and come with the "latest Selfie technology". Resolution-wise, we're talking 2160 x 1080 pixels.

In other promos on Facebook, the company did hint at AI-assistance for selfie taking, which will be interesting. Seems AI is fast finding new applications in smartphones and not necessarily for high-end flagships, either.

Besides Malaysia, the phone will be making its way to India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and, as mentioned earlier, the Philippines. 

Pricing-wise, it'll most likely cost around the RM1500-sub 2k mark, though it'll have tough competition from the likes of Vivo and Huawei.