After the success of the Oppo F1S last year, the Chinese smartphone brand continues to impress us with its unique approach in the way of making us Filipinos love their product, How? because when most brands tend to show-off the specs and other technical features, Oppo focused on just one thing, ‘Selfies’ which was just the right spot on delighting the Filipino consumers. And right now, we finally reviewed its first Dual Selfie Camera smartphone, the F3 Plus. Read on below for our full review:
The Oppo F3 Plus has a 6-inch Full HD screen display with thinner bezels on both sides which makes it an ideal device for multimedia entertainment and mobile gaming. It features an all-metal aluminum build which resembles the iPhone 6. Holding it with one hand is not a problem despite of its huge display due to its rounded corners, not to mention its texture does NOT get fingerprint smudges easily.
At the top of the device is its ‘Dual Selfie Cam’ that is capable of giving you ‘bokeh’ selfies. Next to it is the earpiece and at the bottom are the capacitive buttons that does light up. They placed the fingerprint scanner on the home button that unlocks your phone even while in sleep mode. at the back you can see its rear camera with flash and 6-antenna lines for better signal reception, making it an ideal device for getaways.
On each sides is where you can locate its sim card tray that supports dual NANO sim cards and the volume rockers that can also be used as a shutter and power button. You can use the sim 2 tray as a micro SD card slot that can support up to 128GB. The only drawback that I noticed is that it still uses the old micro USB port where most recent devices comes with a USB Type-C already.
Ideal Multimedia Phablet
One of my personal favorite feature of the F3 Plus is its screen, the 6-inch IPS LCD Full HD display allows me to watch my favorite movies in a more vibrant and crisper quality. On top of the screen is the Gorilla Glass 5 which makes it one of the most durable phones out there. The 367ppi is just enough for balanced display resolution and for playing games in high settings. I had no issues with it while playing mobile games and not to mention the audio that it produces from the bottom part of the device is an absolute delight, to be honest I didn’t expect the kind of bass quality that it produces, I got used of not using my bluetooth speaker because the Oppo F3 Plus alone can suffice all my music needs.
Inside this gorgeous phablet is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor with Adreno 510 GPU. I was able to play games in high settings without any lags or stutter. Oppo did a great job of getting this SoC instead of the 625 because this CPU is already 1 year old and the performance is slowly fading with each update from Google.
This is where the Oppo F3 Plus shines too, it can get through a day and half with its huge 4,000 mAh Li-Ion battery which is pretty impressive considering that it has a 6-inch 1080p display. It also comes with a fast charging adapter with VOOC technology, it can fully charge the device from zero percent after 1 hour and 45 minutes. However, this type of technology is exclusive to certain Oppo devices only. Overall I have zero complaints with it.
On top of Android 7.0.1 is Oppo’s in-house ColorOS theme which resembles the iOS. There are some parts of the UI that find distracting, like the drag down screen requires you an extra step to swipe right to check for notifications which is a little annoying, I hope Oppo will be able to change that after an update. Aside from that, everything runs smoothly and it has minimal bloatware installed. Other features such as double tap to wake and gestures to open certain application is also available.
You can expect great image quality from Oppo F3 Plus’ rear and front cameras. For the rear shooter it has a large aperture of f/1.7 and 16-megapixel sensor. Pictures taken are good especially in well-lit areas.
For selfie-lovers, this might be the device for you, the dual camera has 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel for wide angle “groufies”, it really does takes great selfies. I brought it to Singapore and surprisingly I didn’t have to use my main camera as the F3 Plus does all the job of taking pictures.
Truly, the Oppo F3 Plus is the phone to beat in the mid-range market with its top-of-line selfie dual camera and gorgeous display. The P23,990 price tag is really worth it because of the build quality, performance and battery life.
- One of the best selfie-centric mobile device
- Battery life is great
- Audio quality is superb for its pricepoint
- Huge display with thinner screen bezels
- Still uses a micro USB cable
- The drag down menu screen needs to be changed