In today’s techno age, if your smartphone doesn’t have defining special feature or selling point, it’s going to be forgotten amidst a sea of smartphones whose designs and specs are starting to all look alike. And it isn’t enough anymore to have a wallet-friendly price only. Some boast screens with almost no bezels. Others flaunt dual cameras. The OPPO F3 Plus sort of mixes all those, but with a different twist. Yes, it has dual cameras, but it puts those on the front, making sure you get the perfect selfie, whether by yourself or with others.
So, let’s talk about Oppo’s much hyped launch – Oppo F3 plus, successor to the F1 plus. The OPPO F3 Plus is a stylish device geared towards the selfie-taker and social media aficionado. While its dual-front camera is a novel, useful idea, the device is itself average.
|What’s cool?||What’s not-so-cool?|
|Good front facing camera with 120-degree wide angle|| Blur Effect looks unpolished and too artificial
A joy to look at
F3 plus is an all-metal affair with new six-String antenna lines which makes it a joy to look at!
The F3 Plus doesn’t really veer away from the design language of the F1s. It still has the soft curves, the lines at the back, the usual OPPO branding, and the white face, though now with two front-facing cameras, and a bigger form factor. The F3 Plus is an all-metal affair, which, for some, might be a welcome break from all the glass rears and fingerprint smudges we’re seeing this year. Glass is pretty and, depending on the type, is more scratch proof, but it also feels more flimsy and fragile.
The 6-inch Full HD AMOLED display is a joy to look at. It’s more vibrant, and Colors pop out as if you’re in legoland. Brightness is excellent as well, which makes the phone usable even in direct sunlight.
Also, what OPPO developed on this device is something that they call “Six-String antenna lines”. It not only made the smartphone looked better, but it also improved signal quality.
The screen uses Gorilla Glass 5 and comes in at 6 inches. Though gorilla glass often leads to fewer smudges, the pre-applied screen protector has a poor oleophobic coating which leads to a very smudge-laden screen. The device has a 6-inch Full HD IPS TFT display, which has a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and a total of 367 pixels-per-inch. The display can also register touch even if your hands are wet or under a glove. Quality wise, the display delivers good performance. The colors are punchy and not exaggerated, blacks are deep, and sharpness is unquestionable.
Taking a tour, we have the said 6-inch Full HD display in front, earpiece, proximity and ambient light sensors, capacitive buttons, and the redesigned home button/fingerprint scanner. The highlight of this device is placed on top – the dual front-facing cameras. Volume rocker on the left, and power button + SIM Card Slot on the right. They also stuck with a standard MicroUSB port at the bottom, along with a single speaker, the microphone, and the headphone jack.
It has some serious power packed inside
Inside that beautiful casing is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653, which has an octa-core processor consisting of two sets of quad-core processors: 1.95GHz and 1.44GHz. There’s also a large 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 510 GPU. This chipset is part of the new range of mobile processors from Qualcomm that are targeted for mid-range devices.
As such, the upgrade to a X9 modem means better voice clarity and data speeds/drop-rates. The processor is capable of 4k Ultra HD capture and playback while display is at 2k.
The Snapdragon 653 performs well in streaming audio and video, and multitasking is of no concern. The huge 4GB of RAM is also great. You can easily switch between different applications in a jiffy. Applications also load fast. You can watch an hour’s length YouTube video and scrub through the timeline without causing the video to reload. So, the phone is not a benchmark beast, but great daily task performer.
The Snapdragon 653 is also capable of fast charging, which OPPO takes advantage of by including their VOOC Flash Charge technology (though utilizing microUSB).
ColorOS 3.0 adds extra colors to the software
A combination of Marshmallow & ColorOS 3.0 makes for a smoother navigation
The OPPO F3 Plus runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the company’s own ColorOS 3.0 on top. The F3 Plus looks a bit Apple-ish because of the ColorOS 3.0. A number of useful features not included in Google Android are packed into ColorOS. The OPPO has the usual stock apps—photos, music, video, calendar, weather, Email, and camera—but they never feel intrusive, are easy on the battery, and these are minimalist, functional, and useful. The newest version of ColorOS basically looks the same, though the icons are a bit too big. There’s still no app drawer, and no double-tap to sleep (but there’s double-tap to wake). Overall though, navigation is noticeably smoother and more fluid, and it still offers ample room to personalize the device.
A selfie machine
The highlight of the phone i.e. the camera – makes it a selfie expert
The OPPO F3 Plus is a selfie machine and at the end of the day, the phone will be judged by its camera. The camera interface is quite simple, with a set of filters, and a few modes to work with including Pro mode for in-depth tweaking.
Instead of featuring a dual-lense camera on the back, the front of the F3 Plus features a dual-camera setup that is a first for smartphones: a 16MP lens complimented by an 8MP, 120-degree wide-angle lens.
The main front camera has a 16 megapixel 1/3-inch sensor with an f/2.0 aperture for taking in your regular selfie or two-fie. The other camera has a lower 8 megapixel count but a wider 120-degree angle lens which is better for packing in a larger crowd. Unsure which one to use for a given occasion? Let the F3 Plus decide for you. When it detects more than three faces in a shot, it will recommend switching to the wide-angle camera to make sure no one gets left out and no feelings get hurt.
The main rear camera isn’t as exciting but is also not disappointing. OPPO claims it worked closely with Sony to develop an exclusive IMX398 sensor for it. That’s a 1.28-inch 16 megapixel sensor with a rather impressive f/1.7 aperture. This makes it definitely larger than most smartphone cameras. Plus, it offers Dual Pixel PDAF for faster autofocus. All in all, the OPPO F3 Plus’ cameras are fast, ensuring you won’t miss those fleeting moments.
Talking about the ‘hero’ camera app, the OPPO F3 Plus is also come equipped with what the company is calling the Beautify 4.0. The feature has a bunch of built-in filters that helps your skin appear smoother. The app also lets you enable the Bokeh effect, which utilizes the two cameras to isolate the subject from the background by completely blurring.
Impressive battery run
Large phone + massive battery = impressive battery run
One of the benefits of having a large smartphone is that it gives the manufacturer the ability to fit in a huge capacity battery. And that is also the case with OPPO F3 Plus. The massive 4,000 mAh battery is, well massive. It’s definitely more than your average flagship smartphone, though it is on par with the OPPO F3 Plus’ equally massive size. Partnered with its VOOC fast charging, this thing is all geared up in the power department. Battery life isn’t exactly going to be a problem, especially considering the specs. With continued active use that included a mix of gaming, browsing, and Netflix binging, we got an average of impressive 11 hours of up time in a single charge.
|RAM size||4 GB|
|Max Supported Size||64 GB, expandable up to 256 GB|
|Resolution||6.0-inch FHD Display|
|Pixel Density||1920×1080 367 ppi|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||163.63 x 80.8 x 7.35 mm|
|Main Camera Resolution (megapixels)||16 megapixel, 1.28-inch, f/1.7, Dual PDAF|
|Secondary Camera Resolution (megapixels)||16 megapixel + 8 megapixel 120-degree wide angle|
|Type||Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core|
|Battery Configuration||4,000mAh non-removable battery, VOOC Flash Charge mini|
|Mobile Software||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, ColorOS 3.0|
|microSD||up to 256GB (via SIM 2)|
|Dual-SIM (Nano, Hybrid), ColorOS 3.0, Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
The F3 Plus is certainly a worthy successor to the F1s. In terms of design, OPPO has chosen to stick with the current formula, and focused on the more important things such as performance and imaging. The display quality is excellent, the processing package is capable of handling almost everything, whether it be daily tasks, multi-tasking, or heavy games, and the software runs buttery smooth.
So, if you don’t mind carrying a phablet, and media consumption, gaming, and taking selfies are your top priorities, then the F3 Plus is a great choice.