Oppo F3 Plus Review: OPPO took the selfie craze up a notch the last yr when the corporate launched its F1 Plus selfie-centered smartphone. It packed in common specs that one would discover in a budget smartphone, at a not-so-budget price tag. While Oppo retained the great things from the F1 Plus in its successor, the Oppo F3 Plus, it also managed to deliver in some enhancements, together with a larger battery, a highly capable processor and let’s not neglect the highlight, which is a dual-camera on the front. The new Oppo F3 Plus has also grown bigger and heavier because of the larger display and a bigger battery, and the price has increased with it. So how does it evaluate with what you get on the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro, the Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra, the Xiaomi Mi Max Prime, and the OnePlus 3T? You will find all your answers in our article on Oppo F3 Plus Review.
Oppo F3 Plus Review – Specification
|Display Size:||6.0 inches 1080p|
|OS:||Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)|
|Internal Storage:||64 GB|
|Front Camera:||Dual 16 MP + 8 MP|
|Battery Life:||Non-removable 4000 mAh battery|
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|Sales Package||Mobile, Micro USB Cable, VOOC Flash Charger Mini, Earphones, SIM Ejector Tool, Documentation, Case|
|Model Name||F3 Plus|
|SIM Type||Dual Sim|
|Hybrid Sim Slot||Yes|
|Display Size||6 inch|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Resolution Type||Full HD|
|Other Display Features||Screen Off Gestures, 2.5D Glass, In-cell Display|
|OS & Processor Features|
|Operating System||Android Marshmallow 6.0|
|Processor Type||Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8976 Pro|
|Processor Core||Octa Core|
|Processor Clock Speed||1.95 GHz|
|Operating Frequency||GSM - 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz; WCDMA - 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz; 4G LTE - Band 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 20 / 28; 4G LTE (TD) - Band 38 / 39 / 40 / 41|
|Memory & Storage Features|
|Internal Storage||64 GB|
|Expandable Storage||256 GB|
|Supported Memory Card Type||microSD|
|Memory Card Slot Type||Hybrid Slot|
|Call Log Memory||Yes|
|Primary Camera Available||Yes|
|Primary Camera||16 megapixel|
|Primary Camera Features||Auto Focus, f/1.7, CMOS Sensor, Size 1/2.8 inch, Sony IMX398, Support Dual PDAF, Slow Motion|
|Secondary Camera Available||Yes|
|Secondary Camera||16 megapixel|
|Secondary Camera Features||f/2.0, 5P Lens CMOS, Size 1/3 inch, Front Secondary Camera: 8 MP 6P Lens 120Degree Wide Angel, Time-lapse, GIF, Live Filters, Beauty|
|Full HD Recording||Yes|
|Video Recording Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Video Call Support||No|
|Network Type||4G VOLTE, 3G, 2G|
|Supported Networks||4G LTE, 4G LTE|
|Internet Connectivity||4G, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE|
|Pre-installed Browser||Android, Google Chrome|
|Micro USB Port||Yes|
|Wi-Fi Version||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Map Support||Google Maps|
|SIM Size||Nano SIM and Nano SIM|
|User Interface||ColorOS 3.0|
|Graphics PPI||368 PPI|
|Internal Memory||64 GB|
|Sensors||Fingerprint Sensor, Distance Sensor, Light Sensor, G-sensor, E-compass, Gyro-Sensor|
|Other Features||eMMC v5.1|
|Audio Formats||MP3 / APE / AMR / WAV / MID / OGG / FLAC / WMA|
|Battery & Power Features|
|Battery Capacity||4000 mAh|
|Warranty Summary||1 Year for Mobile & 6 Months for Accessories|
Oppo F3 Plus Review – Design
At first look, particularly from the front, the Oppo F3 Plus will look familiar. And by “familiar” we imply not only does it appear to be its speedy predecessor, the Oppo F1 line, but also like a fruit-named company’s latest smartphones. You will have a white facade, with large bezels on the top and bottom. The side edges have the same old 2.5D “Arc” glass curve to avoid sharp corners cutting into your palm.
For the edges, Oppo decided to go with the classic flat, chamfered edges of old. Considerably. The difference may be very delicate, and also you most likely won’t notice it until you look carefully. And the best way that light performs on the surface of these edges makes them look more curved than they are. That said, the back continues to be a bit curved, particularly at the sides, similar to an iPhone. However, even here, Oppo is throwing in some delicate modifications to distinguish its smartphone.
As an alternative to the much derided iPhone antenna lines, the Oppo F3 Plus has six extremely thin lines, three on the top and three on the bottom. Every line in that “six-string” design measures only 0.3 mm thick. Though the change is usually aesthetic, it’s also symbolic, hinting on the smartphone’s support for six frequency ranges.back to menu ↑
Oppo F3 Plus Review – Display
The display on providing is just like the great one I used last time on the F1 Plus. It’s a JDI In Cell LCD 16 million color touchscreen display that provides a Full-HD 1080p resolution with a pixel density of 367 PPI. Last time around with the smaller screen size, we received 401PPI which was amazingly sharp. This time however issues aren’t too bad either even with slightly decrease pixel density.
The display features a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 screen on the front and comes with an oleophobic coating. However, it’s vulnerable to smudges, despite the fact that these grease marks could be wiped off easily. In daily usage, the display fared rather well. It was sharp, and even the best font available may very well be read clearly and without any noticeable pixelation. The display is also vibrant enough to sort out a sunny afternoon and dim enough to read in a dark room. The colors displayed were slightly oversaturated to my eye. Viewing angles were spot on, however.back to menu ↑
Oppo F3 Plus Review – Software
Oppo has included Android Marshmallow OS on F3 Plus with ColourOS 3.0.01. There’s nothing new in right here that’s not there on the F1 Plus, so certainly there may be little to be enthusiastic about. On the same time, Oppo has maintained the smoothness of the OS, and it doesn’t feel heavy or seem to bog down the in any way. Apps opened and closed immediately; multitasking was a breeze. And more importantly, I appreciated how all the things felt consistent throughout the OS, with its well-designed sub menus that sort of mimicked Apple’s iOS. So it’s mainly an app drawer-less model of Android with an iOS-like skinning.
So it’s mainly an app drawer-less model of Android with an iOS-like skinning. However, Oppo has achieved an excellent job by optimizing it properly to the display and the processor. Customization is supported as accurately, with Lockscreen magazine and themes gallery. And sure, I could change the font. The software does also have a security app which permits for enhancing performance by clearing up the cache and also a virus scanner, which is pretty handy.
It seems like the complete and excellent software package until you issue that in March 2017. Adding Nougat here would have been a good way for Oppo to be better in class, so let’s hope that Oppo at least delivers on the update front. What I didn’t like was that there was actually no battery statistics obtainable.back to menu ↑
Oppo F3 Plus Review – Hardware and Performance
The Oppo F3 Plus is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor clocked at 1.95GHz and 4GB RAM. The smartphone also has Adreno 510 GPU. Internal storage is 64 GB and can be expanded using a micro-SD card slot. Oppo calls it a Triple card slot but is basically no different from a hybrid SIM slot that permits for only two cards (SIM+SIM or SIM+micro SDCard) at a time.
Games like Real Racing 3, Dead Trigger 2 and Asphalt Xtreme labored properly on the highest settings and without dropping or skipping any frames. This smartphone certainly makes for an excellent gaming smartphone as well and that 4000mAh battery ensures that you could keep playing for quite a while before the juice runs out.
However, as with each performance oriented smartphone, the device will get a bit warm. After half an hour or RR3 which is pretty graphic intensive, the phone became warm however not too hot or hot enough for me to shut the app. The 4,000mAh battery left me gaming longer without the need to worry about making it through the day.
Call quality was pretty good. The audio was pretty loud through the earpiece, and I usually discovered myself turning down the volume by a few notches to keep my ears intact. Output through the headphones while listening to music was a pleasant experience because of Dirac, and the built-in equalizer was a bonus too. Audio output through the speakers was both loud and clear. Oppo has carried out a fantastic job at maintaining sound clear even when you max out the volume. The speaker is top notch.back to menu ↑
Oppo F3 Plus Review – Camera
The primary camera on the Oppo F3 Plus is a 16MP Sony IMX398 sensor. It’s a good one and with a f/1.7 aperture delivers excellent photos in daylight with noise being under management. The sharpness ranges were spot on. However, the details in the pictures don’t hold up when zooming into a picture beyond 40 %. The textures look a bit flat even in broad daylight. However, the colors stay well saturated. My finest guess is that the F3 Plus’s noise elimination works extra time and kills the most important points. The digicam has a tendency to overexpose, and it does so very incessantly. Even HDR photographs can’t save the day at occasions.
There’s no OIS, and this turns into the biggest problem after the sun sets. Pictures shot have nearly no detail, look flat and showcase plenty of luminance noise. In short, this isn’t a good smartphone for low light capturing in Auto mode. Switching to the front-facing camera, I expected better. However, frankly speaking, that was not exactly what I got. Perhaps I expected a bit too much after the impressive F1 Plus. However, the results of the selfies weren’t that exciting.
The front facing dual camera setup makes use of a 16MP unit through a standard lens whereas an 8MP unit is used with a 120-degree wide-angle lens. There’s a toggle in the camera interface to switch between the two just like on the LG G6, only in this case it’s on the front of the device instead of the back. The cameras produced good photographs in daylight with the standard over exposure problem. The metering system seemed not to work right as I usually discovered myself in the dark when there was a light source behind me. This was not the case with the F1 Plus.
Transfer to low light and the cameras keep the noise in control, however, kill the details along with it. The outcomes are not that spectacular, and the images can get blurry with little movement as the focusing system struggles to lock on shortly, which isn’t the case with the primary camera. The lack of OIS was clearly felt and would have improved the state of affairs by a large margin.back to menu ↑
Oppo F3 Plus Review – Battery Life
The battery inside the Oppo F3 Plus has grown together with the larger display. And Oppo certainly seems to have squeezed the 4,000mah battery in tight considering how slim the device is a phablet. Using our standard PCMark Work battery life test, we received an about 8 and half hours of continuous screen usage until the test halted on the usual 20 % mark.
Whereas it seems to empty quickly when totally charged. That drop in battery life stops dropping quickly after the 90 %. Post that, it goes on and on just like the Duracell bunny. I managed to get over 2 hours of calling with just 5 % of battery life. Which is pretty spectacular as to how much you can squeeze out of this device. Turn the Low power Mode on, and you can simply get at least 3-4 hours or even more.
And that’s not the best part. Oppo’s VOOC quick charging means that you could get 2 hours of talk time with just a 5-minute charge. The phone speeds up while charging from 0-70 after which slows down a bit as it nears the 100 % mark in a little over an hour which is nice for a 4,000mAh battery.back to menu ↑
Oppo F3 Plus Review – Connectivity Options
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth: v4.0, A2DP, LE
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS
USB: microUSB v2.0
Sensors: Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compassback to menu ↑
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With my experience of the Oppo F1 Plus in mind, I wanted to love the Oppo F3 Plus, regardless of its bigger than standard size. The design was spot on, the is powerful, and the battery life is great. However, its imaging chops are a let down when you’ve used the F1 Plus and see how much more it delivered the last yr, one thing that’s evident from its success in sales for Oppo as well.
Last yr’s all-rounder has turned out to be a brute with less finesse. Oppo does get loads right, and at a Rs 30,990 asking price, it seems like a good deal. However, with the OnePlus 3T around in the identical price range, it doesn’t come near the 3T’s raw performance numbers and also in the camera department. In case you have a lower budget, you can consider the Xiaomi Mi Max Prime, which also has a large display, however, is priced almost Rs 10,000 lower. Oppo F3 Plus does provide better construction quality and slightly better camera performance than the Mi Max Prime though, hence the price premium.back to menu ↑