It’s literally raining 48-megapixel camera phones these days. In the last couple of weeks itself, three different smartphone makers have launched three 48MP camera phones. The latest one to join the fray is the Oppo F11 Pro and F11. (Oppo F11 Pro Review हिंदी में पढ़िए)
Oppo presented the F11 duo in India last evening, of which the F11 is priced at Rs 19,990, while the F11 Pro goes for Rs 24,990. At the launch event, we got the chance to get a hands-on feel of the devices, based on which here’s our Oppo F11 Pro first impressions.
Oppo F11 Pro design and Build Quality
Last year Oppo came up with the diamond cut design that was initially reserved for in its F-series stars. In 2019, Oppo takes a new “from trend to art” approach with the F11 Pro. The phone does look lavishly elegant in the Thunder Black avatar, more so than in the Aurora Green variant. The gradient shades of violet, black and blue further perk up the look and feel. In fact, when you watch the Oppo F11 Pro’s back from a certain angle you can see One Plus 6’s signature S-line which we also saw in the Oppo R17 Pro. Having said that, the F11 Pro is made predominantly of polycarbonate and attracts way too many smudges for you to be able to savor the finish without a case cover.
The phone, on the right side, features power key, while the volume rocker and sim tray find a place on the left edge. We’d have preferred some sort of texture on the power buttons, but that’s perhaps nitpicking.
Just as on Vivo V15 Pro (review), you will find a pop-up camera. While the motorized selfie camera is placed on the left-hand side on the V15 Pro, its challenger flaunts it in the middle. In fact, the module aligns in line with rear camera setup which is the vertically stacked along with a fingerprint sensor.
Even the Oppo branding and “Designed by Oppo” caption run along the middle. As for build quality, the polycarbonate body of the Oppo F11 pro felt solid enough, but don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t really give you a feel of a premium phone.
Oppo F11 Pro: Display
One of the advantages of a pop-up camera is that you won’t have to endure the notch. The Oppo F11 Pro display measures 6.5-inches diagonally with about ninety percent screen-to-body ratio. The phone has slim bezels on the side of the display, though it has a healthy chin at the bottom. The display seemed pretty vibrant. The Oppo F11 Pro ships with an IPS LCD screen, which does appear to be decently calibrated. Though, it just lacks the deep black and vibrancy of an AMOLED panel. Oppo mentions that this full HD screen is protected by Gorilla Glass on top.
Oppo F11 Pro: Hardware and Software
Oppo’s love affair with MediaTek is still intact. The F11 Pro is a testimony to that. The phone is driven by MediaTek Helio P70 chipset that also featured in the recently launched Realme 3. It ships with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage which has become pretty much a standard norm these days.
The F11 Pro runs Oppo’s latest Color OS 6.0. The biggest change here is it comes with an app drawer option which is turned on by default. The new version of its custom OS is based on Android Pie. Oppo has also included Pie gestures. Biggest turn off in the Oppo F11 Pro was the amount of bloatware that is present on the phone. I presume Oppo lets users decide which one to keep and which one to uninstall.
AI is also an integral part of the new OS and helps in improving power efficiency while improving the overall performance of the phone. The newly added Hyper boost claims to further cut out apps and games loading screen and multitasking.
Oppo F11 Pro Camera
Oppo during that launch presentation said that its camera expertise is not limited to selfies anymore and Oppo F11 Pro rear camera got due consideration. Well, those claims are yet to be tested. However, the Oppo F11 Pro does opt for seasonal favorite a 48-megapixel rear camera coupled with a 5-megapixel depth sensor.
Between Samsung GM1 and Sony IMX586 sensors, Oppo has opted for the later. The company employs pixel binning technology to take advantage of its 48-megapixel sensor in low light. The secondary 5-megapixel sensor can zoom in up to 2x. It is worth pointing out here that, like all other 48MP cameras, the Oppo F11 Pro camera shoot in 12MP resolution by default. The 48MP option is only available in Pro mode.
Moving ahead, the motorized selfie camera captures selfie portraits in 16-megapixel resolution. Oppo is known for aggressively beautifying selfies and that continues to be the case. At times, photos look unrealistic.
OPPO F11 Pro Battery
The Oppo F11 Pro packs a massive 4000mAh battery. With the F11 Pro, the Chinese manufacturer has passed on its latest proprietary VOOC 3.0 fast charging which it claims to be 20 percent faster than VOOC. The company further claims that its VOOC 3.0 technology will ensure that users get up to 4 hours of talktime with 5 minutes of charging. The bundled charger is rated to deliver 20W power.
Oppo F11 Pro Quick Review and Initial Thoughts
The F11 Pro is an interesting offering by Oppo. The new design, pop-up module, 48-megapixel rear camera, and agile selfie shooter are things to look forward to. Having said that, the Helio P70 chipset doesn’t quite fit. We will be spending more time with the phone and will reserve our verdict till we are done with our review.