OPPO F7 Youth ColorOS 6 (Android Pie 9.0) update trial version (soak test) goes live

Besides calling them ‘Lite’ or ‘Mini’, Asian smartphones makers have a cute naming convention for the trimmed down flagships. Given the fact that the youths are the primary target market for these phones, then tag them as ‘Y’ or ‘Youth’ edition.

Honor 9 Lite: Also known as Honor 9 Youth Edition

Mi 8 Lite aka Mi 8 Youth, Lenovo Z6 Youth – well, you should get the vibe. OPPO is another OEM to embrace the trend, as they released a slightly altered variation of OPPO F7 as OPPO F7 Youth back in 2018.

While both phones are powered by the same MediaTek MT6771 aka Helio P60 chipset, F7 Youth does not sport a notch. Moreover, the rear camera (13 MP) and selfie camera (8 MP) in the Youth edition is significantly inferior than the regular F7 (16 MP/25 MP).

OPPO F7 Youth

Looks familiar? The internal codename of F7 Youth is CPH1859, which is also shared by Realme 1. Matter of fact, the debutant phone of Realme was modeled after OPPO F7 Youth.

However, OPPO failed to provide stable Android Pie update for this phone despite Realme already released ColorOS 6 based Pie OTA for Realme 1 during the last week of June. F7 Youth owners are stuck with April security patch coupled with Oreo flavored ColorOS 5.2, but things are gradually changing.


OPPO Indian shared the above roadmap a few days ago. Among other phones, OPPO F7 Youth is also scheduled to get the trial version of ColorOS 6 by September.

Well well well, someone pushed the red button earlier than expected! F7 Youth owners can now enroll themselves in the official soak test of Pie update by navigating through Settings => Software update => Gear icon on top left => Select Trial version.


Due to limited intake capacity, you may get errors like ‘quota full’ while signing up for the trial. In that case, retry after a while.


ColorOS 6 will bring plethora of new features, namely Game Space, Driving mode, redesigned UI elements etc. on top of regular goodies of Android Pie. The complete changelog is as follows:

· Redesigned the UI to fit the screen without the bezel. Empty spaces and color gradations are carefully controlled to interpret aesthetics, elegance and youth.

“Hyper Boost”
· Add Game Boost 2.0 (which combines Frame Boost and Touch Boost), thereby reducing game slowness.
· Adding System Boost: Optimizes the entire system through enhanced compatibility between lower layer hardware platforms.
· Adds App Boost: Optimizes platform-level heavyweight apps.

· Adding a button to hide notifications is not important with just one tap
· Adds swipe gestures on both sides for backward, allowing easier navigation
· Adds a special “Don’t Disturb” scenario. Various timescales can be set according to the scenario.

“Game Space”
· Game Space: New visuals, game console avatars, landscape and portrait screen orientations.
· My Game Moments: Game photos and screen recordings can be collected here and displayed independently.
· You can reduce image quality to save power in Low Power Mode.

Game Space in ColorOS 6

“Home screen”
· Add a default wallpaper with modern aesthetics and taste.
· Add a drawer mode to the Home screen.
· Add live wallpapers to satisfy various users.
· Add batch management icons on the Home screen.

· Calculator: Results for each step are displayed immediately.

· Optimize Portrait mode.
· Optimizing UI.

· Optimizing UI.
· Adding Favorite functions: Photos and albums can be added to Favorites.

· Add blocking rules: Block calls and messages from numbers with certain prefixes.
· Add flash for calls: The flash blinks when there is an incoming call when the screen is locked or turned off.

· Add Driving Mode (only supports some regions).

Interested users should visit the official announcement thread for further discussions.

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I came from a mixed background of Statistics and Computer Science. My research domains included embedded computer systems, mobile computing and delay tolerant networks in post-disaster scenarios. Apart from tinkering with gadgets or building hackintosh, I like to hop on various subreddits and forums like MyDigitalLife and XDA.