Oppo has been doing pretty well in the front camera department and now they are here with another smartphone, the Oppo F3 with Dual Selfie Camera. The phone was launched on May 4th 2017 and they were kind enough to invite me for the launch event. The Device is priced at Rs. 19990 and is available on Flipkart. So here is my first impressions and the review of the device.
Starting off with the Design of the device, the phone is made up of Sleek Metal Body and feels premium. Although it feels premium, the company fails to bring something new in the design as the phone looks exactly same as its predecessors.
The OPPO F3 looks similar to that of F3 Plus with metal unibody design and plastic rims on the sides. While the back panel is made up of metal, the top and bottom part which is separated with thin Chrome line is made up of plastic.
The phone comes with 5.5 inch Full HD IPS 1920*1080 display with a fingerprint sensor at the bottom.It is bright, vivid and delivers a great multimedia experience on a large 5.5-inch display. I tried watching videos and movies on it and the colour that came out were really amazing. Due to its glossy display, it tends to reflect a bit when you come in contact with the sunlight. One bad thing about the display is that it attracts finger prints and you may have to clean the screen frequently in order to get rid of it.
Out of the box, The Oppo F3 is powered by a MediaTek MT6750T 64-bit processor which is clocked at 1.5GHz with Mali T860 GPU which handles the graphics of the device. It Performance would have been better if Oppo had used the Snapdragon Chipset rather than the MediaTek. Performance is good without any lag during casual usage, but it may not be able to handle high end games such as Asphalt 8, Modern Combat,etc. I also tried several games including Clash of Clans, Subway Surfers, and the graphics were good, but I experienced some frame drops at certain points, but not very often. Multitasking was also smooth, thanks to the 4GB RAM.
Android 7.0 Nougat is already out and the Oppo F3 runs on ColorOS 3.0, based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow which is not a good decision by Oppo and further there is no update from Oppo that, are they going to give an update to Oppo F3 or no. The user interface is smooth and apps don’t waste time in loading, however like its predecessor OPPO F3 Plus, there’s no Google Assistant in the package. The OPPO’s custom UI is quite rich in software features. You have the gesture controls, eye-protection mode, a dedicated theme store, etc. Users can arrange their apps on the home screen as per their preference and further group them into folders. This shouldn’t be a problem as it offers butter smooth performance without any lag or hangs. Users can launch camera app right from the lock screen . The drop-down notification bar has many toggles and lets you adjust the brightness using the slider. When you swipe right on the notification panel, it takes you to the page where you can access all the notifications.
And now moving on to the main focus of the smartphone, it comes with a 16 MP front facing camera with 76.4-degree wide-angle lens, 1/3.1-inch sensor, f/2.0 aperture and secondary 8MP front camera with 120-degree wide-angle lens. On the rear it is taken care by 13 MP rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, PDAF, 1/3-inch sensor, 1.12um pixel size, f/2.2 aperture.However, the colours seem to be bit dull or somewhat washed out. I believe camera is not at fault for the same, as the full HD screen is the reason behind the colour shift.
Talking about the low-light conditions, the 13MP sensor fails to impress its users. It utilizes an f/2.2 aperture, which is not that good at managing light, and therefore results in darker pictures.
The device performs on a 3200 mAh Battery with fast charging support which will easily last for a day on a moderate usage. If you game alot, I doubt if it’ll last long for you. Whereas, if you are a moderate users, it’ll atleast last for around 8-10 hrs.OPPO F3 does not really stand out as a smartphone that lasts very long on a single charge. For connectivity, the smartphone has 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi.
And now lets talk about the final verdict. If you are a gamer who keeps interest in heavy games, then this device is strictly not for you. Whereas, if camera is your highest priority, and you click a lot of selfies, and have a moderate usage, then this may be a good purchase for you. Just make sure you consider other devices in the same price point as well.
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