The much awaited Oppo F3 Plus launched on 24 March in an unveiling ceremony attended by CEO Oppo Pakistan, PR Director (South Asian Region) Oppo and a host of celebrities from fashion and media.
The Oppo F3 Plus promises to revolutionize by a first ever dual front camera. We got a chance to take a closer look at the phone and had a hands-on experience. Here’s all you need to know:
Body & Display
The phone has a large 6-inch IPS LCD screen with an HD 1080 X 1920 pixel resolution. The screen is protected by the latest 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 while the build is not premium but gives a good feel as it is a metal unibody.
The body has six antenna lines on the back for better WiFi and signal reception. The bezels are 1.78mm wide and the screen to body ratio is 80.6%.
There is front mounted fingerprint sensor which has Solid State Fingerprint technology and had a nano-second response to touch when we tested it. The phone is branded to be water resistant as well and can be used with wet hands without the water sneaking inside the body.
The camera has always been the main feature of Oppo phones and this phone is no different. The camera capabilities of the phone are state of the art and tipped to revolutionize the camera industry.
The rear camera is a 16MP camera, similar to the earlier Oppo F1s, with a f/1.7 wide aperture meaning it will perform better than your average phone with an aperture above f/2.0. Furthermore, has an Optical Image Stabilization feature which is becoming a norm in all flagship phone and helps in reducing blurriness. The phone has a dual-LED flash and record videos of 2160p@30fps.
Both Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro and Huawei Honor 8 have lower camera capabilities than the F3 plus with slower apertures and no OIS leaving the cameras prone to noisy photos especially in low light. Moreover, their cameras can record videos at an HD 1080p@30fps rate which is becoming unacceptable in the above-400$ price range these days.
The front camera is what the phone is all about. The selfie expert Oppo F3 Plus has a Dual 16MP + 8MP camera with an impressive f/2.0 aperture. The selfie camera has two modes, while one is standard, the other lets you switch to group selfie mode which can easily accommodate people and even up to 8 people if the phone is horizontally held.
The cameras are powered by a 6P lens which reduces distortion levels to almost null and while normal cameras with their selfie modes on have an 80 degrees field of view, the F3 Plus has a 120-degree field of view which is 105% better than other smartphones.
If the camera detects 3 or more people in the camera it automatically notifies you to turn on the group selfie mode which is cool. Moreover, the camera has seven intelligent modes including the Beautify 4.0 which lets you take photos with a ‘natural look.’
The Bokeh effect which is now becoming a norm with dual camera phones was included in the Huawei Honor 6X because it seemed Huawei had emphasized so much on this feature that it had forgotten other very basic details. The F3 Plus is the first phone ever to have added the Bokeh effect to its selfie camera which has an outstanding detail, better than Honor 6X’s rear camera!
Oppo revealed the secret to its brilliant camera during the launch event when the company announced it has once again partnered with Sony to come up with a new camera sensor, the IX398. Another feature of the cameras on F3 Plus, not present in many Samsung and Huawei’s similarly priced phones, is the dual PDAF enabling 40 times better focus resulting in sharper photos that don’t pixelate easily when zoomed in.
Performance & Battery
When you open the ‘About Phone’ Section the first thing you notice is that the Oppo F3 Plus is unfortunately not running on the latest Android OS. This is disappointing for at this price almost every phone is offering the Android N, and with the next Android version coming soon, the older OS is bound to make users think twice.
The older OS means the user will miss on handy features such as the AppDrawer, AppTwin, and multitasking in one window.
Moreover, its is not running on anything closer to the new Snapdragon 835 and has a midrange Qualcomm chipset and a similar GPU Adreno 510 to support it.
On the other hand, a 4Gb RAM paired with this version of the Snapdragon will provide excellent support ranging from your everyday activities to heavy gaming. Also supporting all your needs is a non-removable 4000mAh making sure you never run out juice.
The Oppo F3 Plus has a 64Gb internal storage expandable by the SD card. Oppo F3 Plus is a bit on the heavier side but that’s understandable considering the huge battery and display size.
Just like other downgrades such as an older OS and chipset the F3 Plus does not come with a USB Type-C connectivity which fails to impress in this premium price tag. The phone has been released with just the gold color model available and the black one to be released soon.
The Oppo F3 Plus is the best phone out there if you like to call yourself a habitual photographer or a selfie enthusiast. The huge RAM and battery provide excellent all around support promising unmatched performance for long hours. However, the OS downgrade will surely become a point where users will start comparing the F3 Plus with other phones.
The Oppo F3 Plus becomes available for sale on 1st April with a price of Rs. 49,849.
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