Oppo has launched a new Smartphone called the Oppo F3 Plus in the Indian market. The highlight of the device is Dual Front camera set up. One is a 16MP camera that comes with 1/3 inch sensor and aperture f/2.0. The other is 8MP that supports120-degree wide-angle lens with a 6P lens.
Oppo F3 Plus Review
1. Front Camera
Oppo’s surveys say people like to take selfies with friends and families. Hence, the Oppo F3 plus smartphone not only gets a 16MP camera for solo shots but an 8MP wide angle camera for group photos or “group files”, as they are called. However, having two cameras allows the F3 Plus android mobile to shoot “bokeh” selfies in the beauty mode. This essentially lets users takes selfies with a blur effect in the background.
In fact, Oppo’s sister concern, Vivo did the same with the V5 Plus, but on that phone, you couldn’t use any one camera at a time. Whereas on the Oppo F3 Plus, the secondary 8MP wide angle front camera can be used separately for taking group photos, while also adding a Bokeh feature when needed.
Images taken by the 16MP front camera are quite good and definitely amongst the best in the market. It captures most of the details without introducing a lot of noise. Color saturation is decent and reasonably consistent across varied light situations, but images lose details steadily as you move to low light situations. Yet, they images remain usable enough to be shared on social media.
2. Rear Camera
Oppo might be touting this phone as the selfie expert, but its photography strengths extend to the rear camera as well. The 16MP Sony IMX398 sensor at the back has the capability to shoot some really nice images in almost all lighting conditions. Images taken by the rear camera look sharp, with well-balanced colors and some visible noise. However, image quality deteriorates in low light situations drastically losing details due to heavy noise. Still, low light capabilities come close to the OnePlus 3 and surpass that of the similarly priced Apple iPhone SE, which is quite an achievement.
The large all metal phone, with its “six string” antenna lines, reminds me of the Oppo R9s Plus, which unfortunately never came to India. The Oppo F3 Plus has the same design, form factor, thickness (7.4mm) and weight as the R9s Plus. Even the SoC remains the same, but I’ll come to that later. It all looks good but isn’t a new design. In fact, there’s nothing majorly new about this design and it looks like a majority of devices currently available in the market. The larger screen size makes it different, but that is pretty much it.
Aesthetics aside, the phone feels premium and well put together. The slightly rounded edges merge into the 2.5D curved glass display, creating a seamless exterior. The build quality is on par with similarly priced devices like the OnePlus 3T and Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro.
The large 6-inch display is a delight to watch videos on. It has 1080p resolution which does the job well, but with a large screen and a 30K price tag, we expected the phone to offer a 2K resolution. Anyway, color saturation is really good and the display is adequately bright to be used outside under direct sunlight. Touch response is smooth and thinner bezels means it is easier to reach the extreme corners of the display with little effort. We recorded max luminescence of 827 lux at the center of the display, which is amongst the brightest today.
Oppo has changed most of the paint scheme, menu systems and added a few gestures. All in all, ColorOS remains fairly smooth and functional, although we are a little disappointed to see a two-year-old operating system (Android 6.0 Marshmallow) still being used on a phone
We have encountered many phones in recent times that offer good selfie cameras, but don’t have the performance to really be categorized as good phones. The F3 Plus, however, does not have any of these constraints. In fact, it is one of the fastest selfie-centric phones we have used. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 SoC, that we recently used on the Samsung C9 Pro as well. This amply powered octa-core SoC is clubbed with 4GB of RAM which keeps things humming without any issues.
Heavier tasks push the temperatures to 40-degree Celcius very easily, but it doesn’t go beyond that. Moreover, heat dissipation through the metal back is efficient and the device cools down quickly once you switch to less processor intensive tasks.
While the Gionee A1 came with the promise of a better selfie camera and dependable battery life, the Oppo F3 plus is actually the one that stays true to that promise. The phone holds a 4000mAh battery that can provide 24 hours of usage and then some, presumably because of a well-optimized system.
We tested the phone with 40 minutes of calling, one hour playing Pokemon GO, 30 minutes of navigation, almost two hours of music playback and a lot of browsing on Facebook and Instagram in a single day.
Oppo F3 Plus Specification
|SIM||Dual SIM(Nano SIM)|
|Operating System||Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)|
|Display Features||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size (in inches)||6.0 inch|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 653|
|Card Slot||microSD, up to 256 GB(uses SIM 2 slot)|
|internal||64 GB, 4 GB RAM|
|Primary||16MP, autofocus, OIS, Dual LED|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Secondary||Dual 16 MP+8 MP|
|Alert Type||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.1, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Type||Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery (18 Wh)|
|Battery backup||Up to 10 h (multimedia)|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, fingerprint|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
Price in India: 30999