Oppo F19 Pro Review: A Strange Mix Of Conservative And Cool

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Oppo F19 Pro review summary:

Expert Rating: 2.8/5

Design and Display: 3/5

Performance and Battery: 2.5/5

Cameras: 3/5

Pros

  • Handsome and Handy Design
  • FHD+ AMOLED display
  • Feature-rich ColorOS 11
  • Fast Charging
  • Pleasing photos with fun camera tricks

Cons

  • Low-refresh rate display
  • Tinny Speakers
  • Not for power users

A while back, Oppo launched three new phones from its F19 series. All of them share few similarities, understandably so as they fall under the same banner. At the same time, they also differ and offer quite a few reasons to pick one over the other depending on your budget and requirements. Now, I have already reviewed the standard Oppo F19 (review) and the top-rung Oppo F19 Pro+ (review). That leaves us with the F19 Pro, which probably fits your bill better than the above two, and which is why you are here. (Oppo F19 Pro Review हिंदी में पढ़िए)

So here in this Smartprix review of the Oppo F19 Pro, we will make heads and tails of the device and see whether it’s worth the ₹20,480 sticker price.


Oppo F19 Pro price and specs

Screen: 6.43-inch (2400 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ AMOLED screen with up to 800 nits brightness, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
Thickness and weight: 7.8 mm thick; 172 grams
CPU:
 MediaTek Helio P95
GPU: IMG PowerVR GM 9446
RAM: 8GB LPDDR4x
Storage: 128GB/256GB UFS 2.1
Rear cameras: 48MP, 8MP, 2MP, 2MP
Front camera: 16MP
Battery: 4,310 mAh, 30W
OS: Android 11, ColorOS 11.1
5G: No
Price: 8GB + 128GB – ₹20,480; 8GB + 256GB: Rs. 23,489


Oppo F19 Pro Review: Design and Display

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Although much of the device crossovers with the F19 Pro+, you’d find most of the similarities here in this section.

It comes in the same Fluid Black, Fantastic Purple, and Crystal Silver colors. Ours is the latter and here, by the back, Oppo has used a textured matte finish. This offers a nice in-hand feel and is also less smudge-prone. Also, it’s all praises for how slim and lightweight this thing is.

The peripheral buttons are easily accessible and tactile. Rest, there is a triple card slot, a 3.5mm jack, a USB-C port, dual-mics, and a mediocre-sounding speaker.

Coming to the display though, you will have a good media consumption experience. The 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel gets plenty bright, colorful, and features DRM L1 certification for HD streaming on OTT platforms. The lack of a high-refresh-rate is the only disappointing thing.

The face unlock and under-display fingerprint reader works alright. So, let’s unlock and see what’s inside.

Oppo F19 Pro Review: Performance and Battery

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Oppo F19 Pro ships with MediaTek Helio P95, the same chip that’s found inside the previous year’s Oppo F17 Pro (review). It is an octa-core system with a 12nm architecture. The silicon also houses a PowerVR GM9446 GPU, 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and up to 256GB UFS 2.1 storage. On top of this, there is ColorOS 11.1 based on Android 11. This confers a ton of features – both cosmetic and core-level. Some of the highly useful ones are – granular Dark Mode settings, App Lock, Private Safe, Kid Space, various gestures, sidebar, Floating Window, Google Discover Feed on the homescreen, Icon Styles, etc.

And if you ignore or remove the pre-installed nagware, you’ll have an even sweeter software experience.

In the time I used the device, I didn’t come across any languishing issues. That said, the processor used here leaves a lot to be desired, for the price that is. This is evident in the synthetic tests too —

Oppo F19 Pro Benchmark TestsScores
Androbench Sequential Read | Write (Storage)509.93 MB/s | 202.42 MB/s
Androbench Random Read | Write (Storage)96.05 MB/s | 102.59 MB/s
Geekbench 5 Single-core | Multi-core (CPU)394 | 1578
PCMark Work7877
3DMark Slingshot Extreme | Slingshot1280 | 2440

As far as games are concerned, this isn’t billed as a gaming device. Still, in my testing, Call of Duty Mobile was running at High Graphics and High FPS, and Asphalt 9 was maxing at 30FPS.

Rest, internally, you’ve got a 4310mAh battery bolstered by a 30W fast charger. The F19 Pro clocked about 7 hours 40 mins (at full brightness). So, you may have to plug it in before the end of the day. However, whence you do, the supplied VOOC charger should refill the tank full in less than an hour. Further, you can also make use of various software settings to improve your battery health such as Super Power Saving Mode, Sleep Standby Optimization and Optimized Night Charging.

Finally, before moving to the next section, know that the phones perform well in general phone functions like calling and connectivity. It comes with VoLTE, Dual Band WiFi, WiFi Calling, and Bluetooth 5.1 (w/ aptX HD audio codec).

Oppo F19 Pro Review: Cameras

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The camera setup is pretty identical to that of the Oppo F19 Pro+. It has got a 48MP main sensor, an 8MP ultrawide shooter, a 2MP macro unit, and a 2MP depth module. The video recording maxes up to 4K30fps at the back and 1080p30fps at the front.

Here is how the samples came out —

Unless you pixel-peep and get into the nitty-gritty, you should get reasonable shots for your social stories and statuses. What I mean is that if provided with sufficient light, the photos come out good-looking. You can always turn on the AI enhancement mode, and the contrast and saturation levels shall spike up. However, I felt the AI overdoes at times. Also, the exposure handling and white balance can be a tad tricky for the camera.

Ultrawide shots stick to the main sensor in terms of colors. However, the distortion by the edges is something you have to live with.

A 2MP macro sensor and 2MP depth module is here to fill the slot on the spec sheet. The close-up results don’t really inspire. Or for them to be good, better efforts and lighting conditions are required.

Ensure you toggle off the beautification on selfies if you don’t want smoothened plasticky faces. Even the white balance was crooked for some reason. However, human portraits from the back are one of the strengths of Oppo F19 Pro. While it does the usual edge detection and background blur pleasingly, the additional filters are too fun to try.

Night Mode can meter the light well for more sharper and clear images. I wish the Night Mode on ultrawide worked like this.

The Night Filters are again, cool tricks to have. Oppo has stuffed the camera app with stuff like Extra HD, Pro Mode, Dual-View Video, Text Scanner, Slo-Mo, Panorama, and Time-Lapse. These are arranged within the ‘More’ tab.

And finally, it’s time for the —

Review Verdict: Should you buy the Oppo F19 Pro?

Editor’s rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The F19 Pro has many cool things going for it. But, strangely enough, it stays conservative in other areas. Even calling the F19 Pro a new device feels strange as it is more or less the same device as the F17 Pro with few changes here and there. As such, it shines where the predecessor shone. It is still one of the handsome and handy handsets out there. It brings an FHD+ AMOLED display on which visuals pop, a not-so-huge 4310mAh battery but backed by a fast 30W charger, a 48MP quad-camera setup capable of presentable pictures, and a feature-rich Color OS. The software has gotten upgraded to Android 11, which is new. But again, the underlying silicon is still Helio P95. Not that the chip is bad by any means, but in 2021, at around the 20-21 price range, Oppo could’ve employed a better one. Also, other snags such as a low-refresh-rate panel, a weak-sounding speaker, and the lack of 5G-promise make it less enticing.

Now for a power user, all these corners cut wouldn’t cut it. If you are one, look at the alternatives. But, if you only want a cool-looking phone that can ably handle casual everyday tasks, you could check out the F19 Pro at Amazon and the shops near you.

Reasons to buy

  • Handsome and Handy Design
  • FHD+ AMOLED display
  • Feature-rich ColorOS 11
  • Fast Charging
  • Pleasing photos with fun camera tricks

Reasons to not buy

  • Low-refresh rate display
  • Tinny Speakers
  • Not for power users

Oppo F19 Pro FAQ

Q. What is the screen refresh rate of the Moto G60?

A. Oppo F19 Pro’s screen refresh rate is 60Hz.

Q. What are the SAR values of Moto G60?

A. Oppo F19 Pro’s SAR values are: 1.18 W/kg @ 1gm (Head) & 0.71 W/kg @ 1gm (Body).

Q. Does Oppo F19 Pro support dual-band WiFi?

A, Yes, Oppo F19 Pro supports dual-band WiFi (2.4GHz + 5GHz).

Q. Does Oppo F19 Pro support VoWiFi?

A. Yes, Oppo F19 Pro features Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi).

Q. Does Oppo F19 Pro support HD stream on Netflix and Amazon Prime?

A. First of all Oppo F19 Pro has L1 DRM certification. In my testing, Prime Video was running HD content.

Vasan G.S.Vasan G.S.
An inquisitive mind who spends a big chunk of the day keenly tracking every emerging detail and is responsible for quickly passing on important developments to Smartprix followers. He loves to stay in his bubble scripting his destiny involving amazing technology and people with good character, passion, and brilliance.

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Rabin Ghosh
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10 months ago

Have been using this phone for a month now. It’s disastrous. I wonder how did it ever pass the QC test, and I am not even talking about the machine performance. My comments are all on user interface and features. 1. You can’t record a conference call! Seriously! In this day and age, you can’t record a conf call? Had I known this, I would have stayed away from this device. 2. You have no idea where the call record file is saved in. I searched high and low for a very critical call recording and couldn’t find anywhere. My previous phone (Mi 9pro) neatly saved all calls, properly titled with the name of the person called and date in the recording tab. Here recording tab will only show you what you recorded using the tab only. Finally google came to my rescue and I following its instructions I traced the location of the file. And no it is not easy to find or remember. It’s quite a complicated path and needs to be done with each separate recording. At one place you won’t find all calls saved. 3. When searching for names in your phone book, the list will show all names matching even 3-4 characters even when you have keyed in the full name. Imagine the situation when you are searching for Amit Gupta on your phone. Say there are 5 Amits and 30 Guptas on your phone. All 35 will show even when you have keyed in his full name! So now you will have to manually select the correct one. 4. Even in locked screen more, the OTPs and text notifications are visible! Can anything be more idiotic? This is a serious security flaw and should be a deal-breaker when considering this purchase. 5. No concept of daily alarm. You need to activate it everyday 6. No built-in QR code scanner .You need to download a 3rd part app. 7. No screen video recorder feature. 3 finger swipe for screen recorder also not efficient. Takes a second or 2 to activate and doesn’t work 100pc of time. 8. You have call waiting feature activated and are talking to someone using your handsfree and you get a 2nd call. What’s expected? You get a silent notification that you have a call waiting right? No. Here you will hear the full ring till the other person hangs up while talking on you existing call. And if you are recording the call, the ring will get recorded as well. 9. You begin recording a call and you get a loud ‘this call is being recorded’ message. I dunno if that sound is made available to the other party too, but is highly irritating. This is a genuine user review and I am surprised how some of the professional reviewers have given this phone high ranking. I will probably get this changed in the next few months (I usually use a phone for min 2 years) after my EMI runs over. Overall I am quite disappointed with the phone and wouldn’t recommend this to anybody.

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