OPPO F3 Plus: Selfie supreme

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OPPO F3 Plus

OPPO has found its identity in the smartphone market with the release of its F Series, targeting the selfie-loving and budget-conscious crowd. The brand continues to focus on mobile photography, especially self-portraits, on its next generation of devices as evidenced by the launch of the OPPO F3 Plus, which touts a dual front camera setup.

THE NUMBERS

Display
6-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS TFT
OS
ColorOS 3.0 (based on Android 6.0)
Processor
1.95GHz octa-core Qualcomm MSM8976 Pro Snapdragon 653; Adreno 510 GPU
Memory
64GB internal storage, microSD up to 256GB; 4GB
Camera
16MP rear; 16MP + 8MP Dual front; 4K video recording
Connectivity
2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.1, LTE, OTG, microUSB 2.0, dual nanoSIM
Dimensions
80.8 x 163.63 x 7.35mm, 185g
Price
P23,990

Except for having a much bigger display, the F3 Plus bears the same design language as its predecessors in the F Series. It feels and looks sturdy. However, its huge size makes one-handed use difficult; you may need both hands to comfortably navigate the screen.

OPPO subscribes to the trending dual camera technology with the F3 Plus. But instead of the usual dual lens setup at the rear, the F3 Plus makes use of this new camera system on its front snapper. The standard 16MP camera is enhanced by the additional 8MP 120-degree wide angle lens, which only activates when taking photos in group selfie mode (there’s a button on the camera app for this mode).

The dual front camera setup on the F3 Plus is one of the best I’ve tried so far. Its 16MP lens is capable of reproducing colors closely and the images are detailed when taken in bright conditions. Selfies can be enhanced by OPPO’s Beauty mode, Blur mode, and several photo filters.

The rear camera with PDAF and f/1.7 aperture handles colors quite well. The images are detailed in well-lit environments, and they don’t look too grainy in low-lit settings. Macro shots also look good.

It’s a bit disappointing to find Android 6.0 in a 2017 device, especially now that most 2016 phones are getting a Nougat upgrade and Google has just announced the Android O.

The 4000mAh battery is huge enough to power your phone for a day or so, even when you regularly browse the internet and social media, play games, and stream videos. Thanks to its VOOC technology, charging from 20 to 90 percent takes only a little over an hour.

You’d dig the F3 Plus’ display if you love to play games and watch videos. It’s bright, even when outdoors, and has good viewing angles. The colors are vibrant and the texts are sharp, so reading on this device is not a struggle.

While on paper the F3 Plus appears to be a midrange device, its real-world performance is comparable to other brands’ higher-end devices. This OPPO phone handles multi-tasking, switching between multiple tabs, and graphics-intensive apps without any hitch.

Speed says

With the F3 Plus, OPPO continues to hold its ground as one of the top smartphone picks for selfie lovers. It also lures practical consumers with its bang-for-the-buck features that are comparable to what higher-end devices have.

Review by Pat Calica
First published in Speed May 2017
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