“The F5 is the world’s first smartphone to ship with AI-enabled Beauty Recognition technology”

Once just a buzzword, Artificial Intelligence is now steadily making its way into our lifestyle. Manufacturers all over are investing heavily in AI and machine learning R&D to deliver more practical use cases. The aim is to stand out in a market that faces stiff competition due to almost identical processing capabilities and hardware, and thus boost their sales. 

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The fact that even established brands are entering into the selfie-centric smartphone segment clearly highlights the demand for devices with capable front-facing cameras, a segment that has been OPPO’s forte. And instead of sitting on its laurels, the brand is taking the selfies to the next level by bringing the power of artificial intelligence to self-portraits. In fact, with the launch of its latest smartphone, the OPPO F5, the company has also rebranded its slogan to The Selfie Expert and Leader, as the phone offers an A.I. Beauty Recognition technology for the first time in India. But what does it exactly mean, and can the F5 really ‘Capture the Real You‘? Well, answers to all that and more are in this post, so read on. 

The specs

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Before we start with the AI-enabled beauty mode, let’s discuss what the OPPO F5 selfie camera brings to the table on the specs front. The smartphone flaunts a 20-megapixel shooter at its fascia, which is among the highest resolution available on mobile devices. With an aperture of f/2.0, the large 1/2.8-inch sensor ensures that it can accept more light even in dim environments. 

What is A.I. beauty recognition technology? 

The selfie AI feature has been designed to self-learn and enhance each shot, as one captures more and more selfies with the F5. OPPO claims that the technology uses artificial intelligence from a massive global photo database to beautify a selfie shot, allowing the camera to produce better images with less noise, even in low-light conditions. 

The front camera can also shoot in Portrait mode, and applies a Bokeh effect to the background for added aesthetics. This allows you to get the focus on your face itself, with the background being blurred. 

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How does the A.I. beauty recognition technology works? 

The company is said to use more than 200 facial recognition spots in its algorithm to reference the clicked image against a global database of human faces to learn about the facial features, shapes and structures. Thanks to this, the OPPO F5 can distinguish each person’s facial features from skin tone and type, gender, age and more. Even though the tech uses AI, it ensures that the output is natural, and there’s a perfect symmetry between features like your eyes, nose, cheekbones and jawline. With the beauty-iris tool, the handset makes sure that one’s eyes shine brighter in the selfies. 

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After facial recognition, the A.I. beauty recognition technology offers a personalised beautification effect based on one’s features from skin, eyes, lips, to face shape. Additionally, the tech is smart enough to not apply feminine enhancements to male subjects, and will also demarcate between children and adults while applying the effects. 

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The technology also works as per the ambient conditions, so that it can enhance your selfies accordingly. So whether you’re capturing them in a romantic setting or while partying with friends in a poorly-lit environment, the result would be impressive. 

According to OPPO, this AI Beauty technology is a result of years of R&D and numerous consultations from professional photographers and make-up artists, and thereby is more accurate than the competition in emulating professional skills that make selfies more stunning. The best part is that you don’t need to enable anything, as the technology works behind the scenes resulting in splendid selfies and you just need to press the shutter button. 

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Of course, the OPPO F5 is more than just its selfies. The smartphone brings a bezel-less design with a large 6-inch display bearing a full HD+ resolution. Under the hood, the device comes powered by an octa-core chipset which is coupled with 4gigs of RAM. The dual-SIM phone features a 32GB expandable memory. The F5 is fuelled by a 3,200mAh battery, which should last a day of use with ease. Priced at INR 19,990 the F5 (Gold and Black Edition) will go on sale starting November 9th and will be available across online and offline stores. 

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