In 2017, Oppo wants to reach more of its customers with the new F3 series. The company aims to attract selfie lovers through F3 Plus. Oppo F3 Plus is the first smartphone to have a dual front camera. Like the Vivo V5 Plus (Review), the second camera is not used for depth of field. Instead, the Oppo F3 Plus sports a wide-angle lens for group selfies.
Oppo has generally been encouraging people to buy in the Rs 20,000 segment. So looking to buy F3 Plus under Rs 30,000 might be a bit difficult? But does it justify its high price? let’s find out
oppo f3 plus design and build
Oppo has always done a great job in terms of design and so is the case with the F3 Plus. The metal unibody feels sturdy and the rounded edge makes the phone easy to hold. Despite the soft-touch finish, we never felt the phone slipping during use. Soft gold color attracts. The 6-inch display occupies the front of the phone. Just like the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro, it’s impossible to use it with one hand without the risk of the phone falling. The company has tried to do something different by giving antenna bands on the rear. Perhaps the reason for this is to stand out from the rivals. With a weight of 185 grams, this phone feels a bit heavy and it is not easy to carry it in the pocket due to the 6-inch display. The good thing is that Oppo has managed to keep its phone slim.
The fingerprint sensor works fast to unlock the device. And just like before, you can also unlock apps and files with it. The phone has backlit capacitive buttons for navigation. There are dual front cameras and sensors on the top. The buttons on the side are a bit difficult to reach. Headphone socket, speaker and Micro-USB port are given at the bottom. There is a SIM tray on the top side of the power button. This phone comes with a hybrid sim slot.
Due to the full HD resolution, pictures and text look sharp and the viewing angle is also good. However, the colors are over saturated and sometimes look too bright. Touch response is also good and there is Gorilla Glass 5 to protect the display. But the absence of a Type-C connector in the phone is a bit disappointing.
Overall, we have no complaints about the design and finish of the phone. Due to its size, this phone is not the easiest to use. The absence of USB Type-C on the phone is disappointing, especially considering that this is an upper mid-range 2017 smartphone. In the box you get a headset, ear tips, a silicone case, instructions, a SIM ejector, a USB cable and a power adapter, which is OPPO’s VOCC Flash Charge Mini standard. The phone comes pre-installed with a screen protector.
Oppo F3 Plus Specifications and Features
The F3 Plus is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor and 4GB of RAM. Inbuilt storage is 64 GB. The storage can be expanded (up to 256 GB) via microSD card. This specification is awesome. Benchmark numbers may not be as good as that of phones powered by the Snapdragon 821 processor, such as those from the similarly priced OnePlus 3T.
The F3 Plus got great numbers in benchmarks. Talking about other specifications, common sensors like dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, USB-OTG and gyroscope will be available. The phone has features like FM radio and NFC.
The phone has features like F radio and NFC which some people may like very much. The Android Marshmallow based Color OS 3.0 instead of Nougat on the phone disappoints. However, the phone has Google Assistant and the custom skin also looks polished and new. The phone also has Google Assistant and it works well in the phone. Apart from this, not much has changed in ColorOS compared to the previous phone. We also saw this OS during the review in Oppo A57. The interface and icons give an iOS-like feel but they are not a complete imitation like other phones by Chinese manufacturers. Most system apps like Gallery and Camera can be accessed by going to the main Settings app.
Google Suite, Facebook, Instagram and WPS Office come pre-installed in the phone. Oppo has also provided its own App Store for those who do not want to sign in to the Play Store.
Oppo F3 Plus Performance
ColorOS has been optimized well, the general performance and specifications of the phone are very good. Apps load fast. There are also additional features like Theme Store and Motion Gestures. Due to the one-handed mode, the F3 Plus can be used with one hand. The performance is very good and there was no problem while multitasking and playing 3D games in the phone. The RAM is always empty and the phone never hangs. For us 4G network always worked well and VoLTE support also works fine. During our review, there was no problem with the call quality in the phone. The top and sides of the phone get hot while charging and downloading apps or files. The phone gets hot during regular use.
The advantage of a bigger screen in the F3 Plus is visible when it comes to video playback. The audio quality from the speaker is also not bad. The accompanying handsets are a bit small but Direk Audio helps.
The secondary front camera has been given for practical use and it works well. Unlike the depth-of-field trick in the Vivo V5 Plus, the F3 Plus packs an 8-megapixel sensor for a wider field of view. With this, a group selfie can be taken with many people in a single frame. Photos taken in good light come with detailing but have a fish-eye effect. The secondary front camera aperture is f/2.4, which is not enough to take noise-free shots.
On the other hand, the 16-megapixel front camera delivers good pictures even in low light and thanks to the aperture F/2.0. One can easily switch between the two cameras with an icon next to the shutter button. The screen flash comes in handy during night time and we loved its automatic adjustment.
Apart from doing well with both the front cameras, Oppo has also done a good job with the rear camera. The phone has a 16-megapixel sensor but it comes with dual PDAF and aperture F / 1.7. The rest of the camera specifications are similar to those of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Moto G5 Plus, with the wide aperture helping to reduce noise and deliver bright shots in low light. But the performance is far from the Samsung Galaxy S7.
Macro shots taken in low light are good. But the texture is not very sharp. Photos look good without zooming. Video recording up to 4K is possible and the quality is also good. However, we had problems with focus. However, stabilization can also be used.
The features in the camera app are few but all the apps that are needed are available. There is Expert Mode, Filters, Panorama and Tilelapse Video for manual controls. Focus speed is good and we didn’t have a problem with it getting slow even in low light.
The 4000 mAh battery lasts a full day under normal use. The battery lasted us for 17 hours and 12 minutes in our HD video loop test. This phone comes with VOCC Flash Charge Mini technology for faster battery charging.
With a price tag of Rs 30,990, Oppo has been able to offer a more premium device than its usual offering. The F3 Plus gets a tough competition from the OnePlus 3T and Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017). Apart from this, it also competes with the LG G5 of Rs 32,000.
You will get a lot for the price in the F3 Plus. This is a device that comes with a nice build and stylish look. The phone has a sharp display, great battery life, a powerful processor and good cameras.
The lack of NFC and FM radio in the phone disappoints. Apart from this, the oversaturated colors of the display also disappoint a bit. But, we found the biggest drawback of the phone not coming with Android Nougat. Because now Android O has also been announced.
However, with this price, we believe that the user should continue to receive proper support for the software for at least two years. The Oppo F3 Plus is a great option for those looking for a high-performance phone that can take good selfies as well. The price of the phone may leave some disappointed, but the F3 Plus isn’t a bad option if Oppo starts offering software updates on time.