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Oppo K1 quick review: A promising sub-Rs 20,000 phone with AMOLED display and in-display fingerprint sensor

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiFebruary 6, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 08:19 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Oppo K1 has been launched in India at Rs 16,990It is the most affordable phone with an in-display fingerprint sensorThe Oppo K1 also touts a waterdrop AMOLED display and a powerful Snapdragon 660 chipsetOppo has managed to hold a strong position in the offline segment in India, and the company does sell some of its smartphones online as well. But Oppo is looking to expand its online presence even further, and it hopes to do that with the new Oppo K-series. The company announced the new series in India on Wednesday with the launch of the Oppo K1. The Oppo K1 is pretty unique phone in the sub-Rs 20,000 as it not only brings an in-display fingerprint sensor but also an AMOLED display.The Oppo K1 has been launched at a pretty competitive price point of Rs 16,990. This is close to its China price, which is great to see. At this price, the Oppo K1 touts a number of striking features as the phone looks to take on the likes of the Realme 2 Pro and Mi A2 in the online sphere. I spent a brief amount of time with the Oppo K1 during the launch, and here’s what I found.The Oppo K1 has a familiar look if you are accustomed to past Oppo phones like the Oppo F9 Pro and Oppo A7. Like these phones, the K1 also brings a waterdrop display and a glossy rear panel with horizontal dual cameras and gold accent around. Yet, the K1 feels more premium, even though it’s priced cheaper than the F9 Pro and similar to the A7. This is largely due to a combination of a gorgeous AMOLED display on the front and a glass-like 3D curved back panel. That’s right, the K1 brings an AMOLED display at a price of Rs 16,990, which is pretty exciting to see in this segment.advertisement The Oppo K1 sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) Super AMOLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, over 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio and Gorilla Glass 5 on top. The display looks stunning with punchy and saturated colours and good viewing angles. You are still greeted with a typical ColorOS UI with chunky app icons that makes the UI look a little date, but the display manages to bring some life into it. I will have more to say on the quality of the screen, the viewing experience and brightness under different lighting conditions in an in-depth review.The back of he Oppo K1 is not made up of glass, but it looks premium enough thanks to a 3D injection molding process that makes the K1 glisten and shine as light hits the surface. I checked out the Astral Blue colour during the launch event which offers hues of blue that takes up the top half, gradually shifting towards purple on the bottom. The phone is also offered in a solid colour Piano Black, but I couldn’t check that out. The K1 comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom along with a single spearker grille and a microUSB port. This is a dual SIM smartphone with support for dual standby.The Oppo K1’s USP is that it brings an in-display fingerprint sensor at an affordable price. This is currently the only phone under Rs 20,000 to offer an in-display fingerprint sensor, which makes it pretty unique. The fingerprint sensor is pretty standard to what other phones have to offer. Registering your fingerprint takes a bit of time, and unlocking is slower than a physical fingerprint sensor. I reckon the speed is comparable to what the OnePlus 6T offers. Based on a few tries, I found the sensor to be mostly accurate. The K1 also offers a face unlock feature which is much faster.Powering the Oppo K1 is a capable octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. Oppo did not bring the 6GB RAM variant to India, which is kind of a bummer. But the base model with 4GB of RAM still offers a pretty solid configuration for power users, In my brief interaction with the device, I found the K1 to work effortlessly while browsing through apps and generally working with the UI. Of course, I will need more time with the device to really push it to its limit, but the chipset has proven to be a performance beast in the past, so that leaves me optimistic about the K1. It’s also quite nice to see Oppo go with a SD660 chip after launching the Oppo A7 for the same price with a Snapdragon 450 processor.Like most Oppo phones, the Oppo K1 is also a selfie-centric smartphone with a 25MP AI camera housed inside the droplet notch. The sensor is offered with a f/2.0 aperture and typical beautifying modes to make selfies look smooth and bright. I was able to capture a few selfies indoors under average lighting. The selfies had good brightness with pretty accurate skin tones.advertisementThe dual camera system on the back includes a 16MP primary camera with a wide f/1.7 aperture and a 2MP secondary camera for depth sensing. As you would expect, there’s a lot of AI backing for the primary camera as well. Thanks to an AI-powered chipset, the camera is able to detect a number of scenes and will automatically adjust the setting according. The primary camera supports portrait shots, but the front camera does not.The Oppo K1 houses a 3,600mAh battery with support for 10W charging over micro-USB port. It is a little disappointing to see a microUSB port in this segment in 2019, but I hope to see Oppo make the transition to Type-C port for its affordable phones by the end of the year. In my brief time with the K1, I could not test the battery life, but Oppo feels it’s enough to keep users happy. It will be interesting to see how the battery holds up inside a phone that packs an AMOLED display and a power hungry Snapdragon 660 chipset.My initial impressions of the Oppo K1 is quite positive as I feel the company has priced the K1 competitively. At Rs 16,990, the phone offers an in-display fingerprint sensor, but even if that doesn’t impress you, the K1 also comes with an AMOLED display and a powerful chipset under the hood, making quite a promising contender to take on the competition. I will reserve my judgement until the review, so do stay tuned for that.ALSO READ | Oppo K1 launched: Key specs, features, India price and everything you need to knowGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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Ban urges implementation of peace agreement to resolve instability in Mali

At today’s meeting, which was co-chaired by the Governments of Mali and Algeria, the Secretary-General highlighted that both the “historic” Peace Agreement as well as the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) – currently in its third year – have helped to drive progress. In addition, he said, the parties have agreed on a way forward to establish interim administrations, and there are foundations for the cantonment of combatants and the redeployment of security institutions. “The stage is set to strengthen the rule of law and basic services,” Mr. Ban said, “but progress is tenuous.” Noting that confrontations and violations of the ceasefire were being seen in Mali, the Secretary-General recalled that just last month, he condemned armed clashes between signatory parties in Kidal. In addition, there were new confrontations this past week. The Secretary-General said that the High Representative of Mali’s President is working together with the UN Special Representative for Mali and Algeria to defuse tensions. Calling on the armed groups to cease confrontations, and on all parties to set aside short-term interests and carry out the Peace Agreement, Mr. Ban emphasized that such actions are “essential” for Mali’s partners, including MINUSMA, to achieve lasting stability and peace dividends for communities in Kidal, Gao, Timbuktu and beyond. “Insecurity affects access to people; among them, the nearly half a million needing immediate food assistance, and 180,000 children facing severe acute malnutrition,” the Secretary-General said. Mr. Ban said he is also deeply worried about new sources of instability in Mali, the impact of terrorism on civilian life, and the many instances of serious human rights violations. Along those lines, he called on all sides to fully comply with their human rights obligations, including during counter-terrorism operations. “Violations play right into the hands of the terrorists. Any feelings of marginalization and disillusionment with the peace process can breed resentment and create fertile ground for spoilers,” the UN chief said. He also called for inclusiveness of the dialogues that will shape Mali’s institutions, stressing that all segments of society should participate, including women, youth, opposition groups and religious and community leaders. In that regard, he expressed hope that the “National Conference of Understanding,” to be held in December, will reflect a “spirit of inclusiveness of constituencies and interests.” Mr. Ban added that he counts on the statesmanship of Mali’s President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, to generate new momentum and propose clear benchmarks and timelines for the Peace Agreement’s accelerated and inclusive implementation. A view of the Chinook (foreground right) and Apache helicopters of the Dutch contingent serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in the the town of Menaka in the northern part of the country. UN Photo/Marco Dormino “Mali needs our continued support,” the UN chief said at a ministerial meeting at UN Headquarters in New York this morning on the implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali. “The Peace Agreement remains the framework that will give all Malians a chance for a better and safer life,” he added. The Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali was signed in June 2015 by the Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad armed group, following its signature in May 2015 by the Government and a third party, the Plateforme coalition of armed groups. The Malian Government has been seeking to restore stability and rebuild following a series of setbacks since early 2012, including a military coup d’état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical extremists. The country has also been wracked by a series of humanitarian crises. Ministerial Meeting on the Implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, President of Mali. UN Photo/Kim Haughton “Mali needs the unwavering and coherent support of its international partners,” Mr. Ban said, recalling that the Security Council has strengthened MINUSMA to ensure it can support the implementation of the Peace Agreement and the restoration of State institutions, and protect civilians. “MINUSMA is doing everything possible to help stabilize areas where terrorist and criminal networks operate and where our troops face the threat of explosive hazards,” the Secretary-General said, calling on Member States to urgently help strengthen the Mission. Countries in West Africa and the Sahel must also do their part to tackle instability in the region, and boost cross-border cooperation through initiatives spearheaded by the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the G-5 Sahel and others. The Secretary-General also highlighted that yesterday was the National Day of Mali. “There can be no better way to celebrate than to boost the peace process in formulating clear goals set and give the MINUSMA ways to achieve our common mission,” he concluded. Hear more about the peace efforts in Mali from the head of MINUSMA, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, who sat down with the UN News Centre for a conversation about MINUSMA’s work. read more