Updated on 2019-03-26 by Sylvester Avijit Gomes
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Oppo is no stranger to the Indian market as it has quite the reputation especially when it comes to mobile phone photography. Oppo has been trying to bring great flagship grade photography into its upper midrange phones for quite some time now. Finally, with its latest upper-midrange phone Oppo the F11 pro it looks seriously into changing mobile photography in a budget. Read on to find out how does the F11 Pro fair in the vision of photography that Oppo plans on changing.
To start things off we begin with the internals and the performance of the phone. At the heart of the phone lies the decently powerful MediaTek Helio P70. The Helio P70 packs a pretty good punch. This is because P70 is an 8-core chip based on 12nm manufacturing technology. This caries a combination of 4 low power efficient A-53 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz. and 4 high powered A-73 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz. Helio P70 on F11 Pro is a bit disappointing because phones like Realme 3 which are priced under 10000 have the same chipset and phones like Note 7 Pro comes with Snapdragon 675 and are priced much lower than F11 Pro.
Apart from the processor, the phone comes in only one variant which is the 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. There is support for memory card expansion up to 256GB however it's shared with the secondary SIM slot as it’s a Hybrid slot.
When it comes to design, Gorgeous is the word that defines F11 pro. The phone is available in 2 colors and Oppo refers to them, as Thunder black and Aurora Green. The back of the phone is made out of glass and is basically a gradient finish. The glass curves at the back of the phone which results in great ergonomics.
The dual 48MP + 5MP cameras sit at the back of the phone right above the fingerprint sensor in this tiny strip which basically houses the 2-camera sensor and an LED. The front of the phone is completely clean with an extremely thin chin and earpiece tucked right up on the tiny upper bezel of the phone. The only let down is the inclusion of a micro-USB port at the bottom. This is a disappointment as a Type C port would bring this phone to 2019 standards. However, the overall build of the phone is top notch. Which reminds us of notches as the F11 pro has none, thus bringing us to display.
The front panel is a beautiful 6.5-inch FHD+ 2340X1080 pixels notchless LCD display. The quality of the display is great as it packs vibrant and accurate colors with great clarity. The display at a peak brightness of 480 nits is not the best in class in terms of brightness is definitely best in class when it comes to screen to body ratio. This is because the display features a massive 90.90% screen to body ratio. This is the highest screen to body ratio seen on any smartphone in this price range. Such a high screen to body ratio is achieved due to the absence of any sort of notch on the display. So does that also mean that there is no front-facing camera on the front of the phone?
The answer to that is both Yes and No. This is because the F11 Pro does pack a selfie camera however it’s not on the display of the phone but in a camera slider mechanism which is mainly seen on many expensive phones. This results in giving the phone that beautiful almost all screen display. Oppo has simply knocked the display out of the competition with the popup front camera mechanism. The use of the pop-up camera not only gives a higher screen to body ratio but a premium experience that is received using only high-end smartphones.
Staying on the camera front. The F11 pro has a total of 3 cameras. The rear cameras are a combination of a 48MP F1.79 shooter which is assisted by a 5MP F2.4 depth sensor. The pop-up selfie camera is a 16MP F2.0 shooter.
The main focus of the rear camera is the ability to shoot “Brilliant portrait in low light”. These are the exact marketing terms used by Oppo. Successfully the F11 pro proves it too. The 48MP primary shooter's large pixels help click pictures as it captures lots of light coming in. The great sensor is assisted by an AI algorithm for optimal photo experience.
Now as we know that in low light the ISO of the camera tends to shoot high to let in wore light and this results in blurry photos due to lack of stabilization. However, the F11 pro comes with a closed loop VCM ball bearing to smoothen out any shaky hands while shooting pictures in low light. Think of it as a kind of image stabilizing mechanism. This combined with the 5MP depth sensor results in great portrait in low light just like Oppo promises. The 48MP sensor is also able to capture Super Night Scene which is similar if not of the same level of what Google has to offer in its night mode.
The 16MP Pop-camera or Rising Camera as Oppo brands it is no slouch either. Oppo is extremely proud of the center placement of the camera for giving you a natural symmetric selfie. All in all, the choice of cameras on the F11 pro and their tuning is done right and we are quite happy about it.
Coming to the software side of this, the good news is this that the F11 pro runs on the latest version of Android which is Android 9 Pie. However, this is Android 9 Pie running Color OS 6 on top of it. While the prior versions of the color OS were IOS rip-off the present color OS 6 is much more streamlined with a borderless design. The OS provides with features like hyper boost which accelerates the performance when needed both in apps and games. It also has its own version of gaming mode called Game Assist which basically features streamlined notifications management, the game assist also allows for other features like screen record and message reply too.
It also features riding mode which mutes all notification and automatically texts back to decline calls. Color OS also features smart assistant which is similar to what is seen on one plus’s shelf on Oxygen OS. The smart assistant brings features like an on-screen overview of the user’s favorite apps and gives an overall fitness track glance too. All in all, this is definitely not the best custom skin atop android but it is definitely the most refined version of Color OS.
The good news with the battery is this that the F11 pro comes with a huge 4000mAh battery. Which basically converts to all-day battery life. Not only this but the F11 pro comes equipped with Oppo’s VOOC Flash Charge 3.0. The VOOC charger comes inside the box and is rated at 5V and 4A outputting 20W in total. VOOC charge is basically a combination of FFC algorithm and fast charging allows the F11 Pro 20 minutes lesser charge time than VOOC charge 1.0. All in all, again the battery charging time and it's capacity are the best in class when compared with other phones in its category.
Now we finally arrive at one of the most important aspects of the phone. This is the price of the phone. The Oppo F11 Pro was launched at Rs. 24990 and comes in at the earlier mentioned colors which are Thunder black and Aurora Green. There is only one model available which is the 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage variant which can further be increased to 256GB via the Hybrid SIM card slot.
If all you want is a great camera, battery life, and an immersive display and if you don't mind the lack of a Type C port or a powerful processor then go for the F11 Pro. Else, there are better options like Samsung A50 at a lower price.
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Oppo F11 Pro is a gorgeous looking device with good performance, great cameras and excellent battery backup & charging as well. The only disappointing thing is the chipset which is not a deal breaker though. If you need a beautiful phone with latest features under 25000 then F11 Pro is a good option.