“Capture Your Life Clearly as Clearly as It Happens.” This is what Oppo has to say about their new smartphone, the Oppo F3 Plus. Obviously, the camera is the headline feature here, or should we say cameras! This smartphone is a part of Oppo’s ‘Selfie Expert’ series of camera-phones. Oppo is playing it smartly here by targeting the selfie-loving youth of today.
It is no more accident then, that these are the best-selling phones from Oppo’s line-up. In the over-crowded world of smartphones, it is quite difficult to stand out. But the ‘Selfie Expert’ range of smartphones has caught the fancy of the biggest segment of smartphone buyers, the young people and that has helped drive the sales so far. Let us then take a look at the newest entrant in this series and see how it stacks up to the expectations of the selfie-loving crowd with its performance.
· Aluminium Unibody, Gorilla Glass 5 on the front.
· Dimensions of 163.6 mm x 80.8 mm x 7.4 mm, weighing 185 Gms.
· 6.0 inch IPS LCD with Full HD Resolution (1080 x 1920 pixels), 367 PPI.
· Qualcomm MSM8976 Pro Snapdragon 653 octa-core CPU (4 x 1.95 GHz Cortex-A72 and 4 x 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53). Adreno 510 GPU.
· 4GB RAM + 64GB storage; Hybrid Micro SD card slot (expandable up to 256 GB).
· Dual SIM, Dual Standby (Nano SIMs).
· 16 MP, f/1.7 Primary camera with PDAF, OIS and dual-LED (dual tone) flash.
· Dual 16 MP + 8 MP 120 degree, f/2.0 Selfie camera setup.
· ColorOS 3.0, running on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
ü 4000 mAh. Li-Ion Battery (Non-Removable); VOOC Flash Charge.
ü Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, LE.
ü Dual Camera selfie setup.
ü 6.0 inch IPS LCD display.
ü Front-mounted fingerprint reader.
û No FM radio.
û USB 2.0 interface and no USB-C.
û NFC missing.
û High Price.
INSIDE THE BOX:
· Oppo F3 Plus Handset
· Micro USB Cable
· VOOC Flash Charger Mini (Rated 5V@2A and 5V@4A)
· SIM Ejector Tool
· Complimentary Case
The Oppo F3 Plus is a solidly built hunk of unibody metal design. The handset has a matte finish with rounded corners and rounded edges. The design is not particularly new or inspiring and it looks like many of the handsets out in the market. But by no means does the handset feel cheap or fragile. The matte finish helps in gripping the phone, important here as the handset gets really big with the 6.0-inch display. Thanks to the metal build and the matte finish, it is a pleasure to hold the device and it feels premium in hand.
The back of Oppo F3 Plus is very flat with the ubiquitous camera bump breaking the flat surface. Designers at Oppo have split up the antenna lines into two groups of three lines (one on top and one at the bottom) in a bid to differentiate it from the crowd. Oppo calls this the ‘Six-String’ design.The glass in the front has a curve of 2.5D at the edges which enables it to flow into the design seamlessly and lends a more premium look to the phone. There is a pill-shaped home button below the display which doubles up as a fingerprint reader.
This button is not clickable and is touch-sensitive. The phone boasts of a screen-to-body ratio of around 75.1% which has been achieved by 1.78 mm narrow bezels around the sides of the display. The phone is available in Black and Gold color variants. All-in-all the Oppo F3 Plus has a pleasant but unremarkable design which cannot boast of originality, but manages to feel and look premium. For some people that are all that matters.
The Oppo F3 Plus carries a 6.0 inch full HD display with a screen density of 367 ppi. This is a generous amount of real estate for most of the productivity tasks which are achievable on a mobile device as well as playing games and consuming media. Six inches is a sweet spot between the 7.0 inch tablet displays and the more common 5.5 inch smartphone displays.
It is a perfect solution for people who want big displays but don’t want to lug around a tablet.The display has a maximum brightness of 509 nits which though sufficient, is on the average side. Contrast and viewing angles are also good as expected from an IPS LCD panel.
This is the real selling point of the Oppo F3 Plus as it is marketed as a ‘Selfie Expert’. The F3 Plus uses a Sony IMX398 sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus which has a bright f1.7 aperture. This combined with OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer) and EIS (Electronic Image Stabilizer) enables the F3 Plus to click good low-light photographs. There is also a dual-LED flash to help things along in near darkness.
At the front is the two-camera setup which gives a simple choice between higher-res 16MP shot with a standard field of view, or an ultra-wide 120-degree, 8MP one. The camera app is basic and the features ‘Beautify 4.0’ engine which beautifies selfies by reducing blemishes and deliver natural-looking photographs. This is an ideal phone for selfie lovers!
The Oppo F3 Plus is driven by the Snapdragon 653 octa-core CPU paired with the Adreno 510 GPU. While it is not a class leading combination, it keeps the phone ticking along smoothly. There are occasional lags here and there while swiping between home screens but that can be attributed to the OS optimization rather than the chipset.
The phone enjoys an ample 64 GB of storage space supported by 4 GB of RAM. Real-world usage is smooth and will satisfy anyone except the heaviest of users. The ‘Six String’ antenna design ensures improved Wi-Fi performance as per Oppo’s claim. But users will be hard-pressed to notice it in fay-to-day usage. Call quality is good and the call is clear at both the ends. It is a solid mid-range performer with no complaints regarding performance.
Also See:Oppo F1 Mobile Review
The Oppo F3 Plus is targeted towards a certain group of users and it manages to satisfy all of their requirements in one device. It is a great performing mid-ranger with mid-range specifications, especially the processor and the screen. But at its price point there are many other options with better specifications and brand-image, namely the OnePlus 3T. With even a small reduction in price, Oppo may have a winner in their line-up.