The Oppo F3 Plus builds on the Oppo F1 plus and offers a noticeable improvement in all areas. The display is still stuck at FHD (1920 x 1080 pixels) but the screen size has grown to a massive 6-inches of real estate. Inside, buyers will get a Qualcomm MSM8976 Pro (Snapdragon 653) clocked at 1.95GHz and paired with an Adreno 510 GPU and 4GB RAM. Internal storage is 64GB but can be expanded using a microSD card slot which Oppo calls a Triple card slot but is basically no different from a hybrid SIM slot that allows for only two cards (SIM+SIM or SIM+micro SDCard) at a time.
Coming to the cameras a lot has changed in terms of the layout. You get a Sony IMX398 16MP camera with Dual PDAF mechanism with an f/1.7 aperture. On the front, Oppo has gone in for a 16MP camera and an 8MP 120 degrees wide angle unit. The technology however is quite different from what is available on the Vivo V5 plus, but similar to the system on the LG G5.
Communications options include, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth V4.1, dual nano SIM with 4G bands and support for VoLTE. The features a micro USB port at the bottom with OTG support.
All of the above is powered by a 4,000mAh battery that supports Oppo’s VOOC fast charging technology. A fingerprint reader sits on front and claims to unlock the device in 0.2 milliseconds.
The display on offer is similar to the great one I used last time on the F1 Plus. It is a JDI In Cell LCD 16 million colour touchscreen display that offers a 1920 x 1080 pixel array with a pixel density of 367 PPI. Last time around with the smaller screen size, we got 401PPI which was amazingly sharp. This time however things are not too bad either even with slightly lower pixel density.
The display features a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 screen on the front and comes with an oleophobic coating. But it is really prone to smudges, even though those grease marks can be wiped off easily.
In day to day usage the display fared really well. It was sharp, and even the finest font available could be read clearly and without any noticeable pixelation. The display is also bright enough to tackle a sunny afternoon (in direct sunlight) and dim enough to read books in a dark room. The colours displayed were slightly oversaturated to my eye. Viewing angles were spot on, however. This made the smartphone a brilliant media player and the accompanying battery proved really useful while watching movies or clicking photos. There’s no colour shifting like the last time around either, which was due to the AMOLED unit. So it’s really hard to complain about anything out here.
Oppo has included Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with ColourOS 3.0.01 . There’s nothing new in here that’s not there on the F1 Plus, so indeed there is little to be excited about. At the same time, Oppo has maintained the smoothness of the OS and it doesn’t feel heavy or seem to bog down the hardware in any way. Apps opened and closed instantly, multitasking was a breeze. And more importantly, I liked how everything felt consistent across the OS, with its well-designed sub menus that kind of mimicked Apple’s iOS. So it is basically an app drawer-less version of Android with an iOS like skinning. But Oppo has done a good job by optimising it well to the display and the processor.
Customisation is supported as well, with Lockscreen magazine and themes gallery. And yes, I could even change the font. The software also has a security app which allows for boosting performance by clearing up app cache and also a virus scanner supported by Avast, which is pretty handy.
It seems like the complete and perfect software package until you factor in that this is March 2017 and the Android smartphone’s software version is still stuck at 6.0 Marshmallow. Adding Nougat here would have been a great way for Oppo to stand out from the crowd, so let’s hope that Oppo at least delivers on the update front. What I did not like was that there was literally no battery statistics available. After some deep digging I managed to find a toggle to at least show how much battery life was left in percentage instead of the standard battery bar logo. I missed this feature on the F1 Plus and it seems like Oppo hasn’t looked into the matter yet.
Publish date: March 23, 2017 5:10 pm| Modified date: March 24, 2017 2:16 pm
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