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My New Travel Buddy: The Oppo F5 Youth

It’s a New year! And for 2018, I have promised myself to finally do more of the things I love such as traveling. December 2017 was hectic and my travels kinda took a backseat as I was busy with festivities, end-of-year get togethers and what not, however this year I decided it would be a fresh start for me and my travel goals.

“Selfie with the London Tower bridge”

For the month of January, I was blessed enough to finally have destinations on my roster (for those of you who doesn’t know, I currently work for a local airline) which allows me to finally be out and about overseas. I was lucky to be back in London, United Kingdom and to have a first time visit to Beijing, China. This month’s travels were extra special too because I was accompanied by a new travel buddy… travel buddy… WAIT what!? a new travel buddy? Is this a budding love life!?.. Well.. I hear you guys but It’s definitely not. So who is this new “travel buddy”?

Well it’s the new OPPO F5 Youth.

Just launched last November 2017, I was lucky enough to be able to take this phone out for a stroll (like a test drive) through the different places I visited and see how it would perform.

READ ON below to know more about this phone and see my new travel buddy’s performance!


OPPO Electronics Corp. is an electronics manufacturer based in Guangdong, China. Small world since I’ve visited Beijing, China just recently! They are known for smartphones but the company also makes MP3 players, portable media players, LCD-TVs, and DVD/Blu-ray players. It was founded in 2004 and has launched a whole range of Android powered smartphones.

The Oppo F5 Youth is one of the newest handsets from Oppo and is generally complete by itself. It costs around 12,500 – 13,500php in the market today and would include the following when you purchase it:

1. Handset
2. Earphones
3. Handy Charger
4. Sim Pin
5. Instruction Manual

The Oppo F5 Youth is powered by octa-core MediaTek MT6763T processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Oppo F5 Youth packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 16-megapixel front shooter for selfies. It has a higher megapixel front camera as the phone’s “selfie” power is its strongest attribute.

The Oppo F5 Youth runs on an Android 7.1 and is powered by a 3200mAh non removable battery. It measures 156.50 x 76.00 x 7.50 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 152.00 grams. It is also a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, 3G and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Face recognition, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer and Ambient light sensor.

Overall, the phone boasts an all-around sophistication and a smooth accelerated performance. With it’s promise to deliver and “Capture the Real You”, Oppo F5 youth is the perfect companion for travels as it takes the perfect selfies/groufies and vibrant photos. The OPPO F5 Youth elevates camera phones to a new generation by applying A.I. technology to beautify images giving us the most natural and awesome selfies #SELFIEEXPERT.


Take note that I didn’t put any filter on the photos that was taken using my Oppo F5 Youth for you to see how the photos really turned out.


“Selfie using the Oppo F5 youth’s 16 Megapixels front camera”

First up on my travel itinerary was the beautiful London. I’ve been here quite a few times now but this place never gets old. Everywhere you look is just scenic and breathtaking. During this visit, I was able to go around the London Tower Bridge and Camden Market. I also strolled around Feltham district where we were housed. Check out my day below.


“Feltham district is where we are housed. This is a bit far from the main city but is more laid back. This is a strategic spot that is close to the airport. The area is also filled with quite a number of local shops and stores so it’s not a bad place to be in. There is also a Primark (shopping mall) nearby and a walking distance Pound Land ($1 dollar store) which is my favorite pasalubongs shop”


“We took a train first from Feltham Station towards the city proper”


“Me and my officemate Wiji at the Feltham train station”



“Our first stop that day was the Covent Garden (pictured above) where my colleagues bought items from The Ordinary store. The price here is way cheaper compared to Philippine prices so my colleagues hoarded.”


“Time for a Selfie with Wiji and Jude”



“Afterwards, we rode the train again towards our next stop: The London tower bridge”




“The London Tower bridge through the lens of the Oppo F5 youth”

“Selfie game strong together with the London Tower Bridge”

“16 megapixel Groufie: Steff, Jude and Dindi. The London tour crew”


“My Beautiful colleague Dindi at the London tower bridge shot using my Oppo F5 youth”


“The London Tower castle where the crown jewels are housed”


“Our last stop was at Camden Town. It is a district wherein markets are abundant. We took our time to window shop for souvenirs and even tried out some of their street foods. This was my first time here and was definitely worth the visit”


“Camden town street food: streetcakes”


“London day Complete”


The second destination where I brought my Oppo F5 Youth was in Beijing, China. I was really ecstatic when I found out that I got a layover Beijing in my roster as this particular flight scheme is very difficult to get. This is actually new and is just an additional flight scheme for this Winter Season. 

The flight coming in and out of Beijing was full but being able to go around the area and visit wonderful places was definitely worth it. I got to visit the UNESCO world heritage site, The Great Wall of China. As well as the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace.


“Our first stop for the day was visiting The great wall of China. We booked a tour package at our hotel so getting here was hassle free. It is a bit far though so the tour package was expensive. We spent around 420 yuan or 3,300php just to see this place. It was worth it though, especially as it was my first time. We also took an open cable car ride towards the direction of the Great wall of China which was a bit scary.”


“Me and our tour guide Joanna”


“The Great Wall of China. A UNESCO world heritage site and one of the New seven wonders of the world”




“Negative 6 degrees and i’m here taking a selfie”


“The Great wall of China is the most recognizable symbol of China. This “Long Wall” has a long history — more than 2,300 years. It was built in different areas by different states/dynasties to protect different territorial borders.”


“The majestic Great Wall was built with wisdom, dedication, blood, sweat, and tears. Families were separated, and many workers died and were interred as part of the Great Wall itself.”


“The Great Wall was not just a wall. It was an integrated military defensive system with watchtowers for surveillance, fortresses for command posts and logistics, beacon towers for communications, etc.”


“Groufie with these travel crew. Meet Sam, Jess and Pao.”


There are different areas and sides of the great wall but where we went to was the Mutianyu.This is the most magnificent fully restored part of the great wall. There were also only a few tourists here so the spot was perfect.”



“Me and my colleague Sammie”


“Another spot we visited was the Forbidden city. It is a palace complex in central Beijing, China. The former seat of Imperial Chinese Dragon Throne from Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty—the years 1420 to 1912 is located here.”


“It was first built throughout 14 years during the reign of Emperor Chengzu in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)”


“The Forbidden City is divided into two parts. The southern section, or the Outer Court was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. The northern section, or the Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family.”




“We are smiling but definitely freezing inside”


“Construction of the palace complex began in 1407, the 5th year of the Yongle reign of the third emperor (Emperor Chengzu, Zhu Di) of the Ming dynasty. It was completed fourteen years later in 1420, and then the capital city was moved from Nanjing to Beijing the next year.”



“Selfie using a 16 Megapixel camera is not bad at all”


“Another spot we visited was the Summer Palace. This is the largest royal park in China”


“Oppo allows a full screen portrait shot too. Here’s one of the Summer palace grounds”


“This frozen lake inside the summer palace is a majestic view”



“The construction of Summer Palace started in 1750 as a luxurious royal garden for royal families to rest and entertain. It later became the main residence of royal members in the end of the Qing Dynasty.”


“A full screen groufie using the Oppo Phone’s full screen feature”

My travel buddy’s verdict

I have now brought the Oppo F5 youth to two international destinations and overall, I am truly impressed. Performance-wise it exceeded my expectations as it really has a long battery life. The cold weather in said countries didn’t even affect the functionality of the phone and its performance. Feedback and interface was fast, responsive and easy to use. It’s strongest point and definitely it’s ace over other android phones is the 16mp front camera. It truly makes a difference and takes remarkable selfies #selfieexpert #capturetherealyou.

I have only just touched the surface of this phone as I haven’t discovered all it’s features but overall, I really believe that this phone really provides your money’s worth and more. I checked out its speakers and video capabilities and I’d say they are decent. If you are looking for a phone that is around this price range that offers performance and up-to-date features, this one is definitely a tough contender. 

If you liked how my pictures turned out and are planning to get this phone for yourself, the Oppo F5 youth is available in all digital and mobile stores nationwide.

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