With its 48 megapixel camera and its pop-up camera, the OPPO F11 Pro is a mid-range smartphone that offers some functions normally reserved for the high-end segment. Although it is a great device for the price it has and has scored many points in its favor, there is still something that does not convince …
- ✓Frameless display
- ✓Pop-up camera
- ✓Audiovisual experience
- ✓Quick Charge (VOOC 3.0)
- ✓Good autonomous
- ✕Micro-USB port
- ✕Photographic quality
- ✕Without IP certification
A competitive price
Presented on March 5, the OPPO F11 Pro is the worthy successor of the F9 Pro and remains in the same price range, that is, just over 300 euros. Unfortunately it is not available in Europe and at the moment there is no release date in the Old Continent. On the other hand, if you want to buy it at any price, it is available in Southeast Asia, the Middle East or North Africa. For example, for 24,999 rupees, the equivalent of about 320 euros, can be imported from India.
A beautiful evolution
In terms of design, there have been many changes since the OPPO F9 Pro.
The element that struck me immediately was this almost frameless screen, which got rid of the notch to accommodate a retractable camera. The different colors of the smartphone, in addition, definitely attract attention.
It is available in two colors: Thunder Black, with black and purple highlights, and Aurora Green, a blue / green with attractive highlights.
Another change with respect to the previous model is the position of the photographic module on the back of the smartphone. The two cameras were in the upper left corner in the OPPO F9 Pro. In this case, everything is concentrated in the central part of the device: you start observing from the upper back and you find the photographic module, with the flash followed by the two objectives, just below is the fingerprint reader, followed by a phrase (always vertically) "Designed by OPPO", which gives way to Brand logo at the bottom. This creates a line that divides the phone in two, giving the image of a kind of boundary between the blue reflections on the left and the green ones on the right.
Overall, I will say that the design of the OPPO F11 Pro is great for the price. The finish is very good, but I still criticize the Chinese manufacturer who has opted for a material that is a bit too slippery, which means that when you didn't use the protective case, the phone regularly slipped from my hands. Another aspect that I did not like very much is the screen raised slightly by the frame that gives the phone a more "plump" appearance.
A screen with almost no frame
This is one of the great strengths of this smartphone: the borderless screen.
When removing the notch, OPPO offers in its F11 Pro a screen / front surface ratio of 90.9%, which is fantastic for a mid-range product, especially because
The IPS screen is large, very large: 6.5 inches. This makes it an ideal companion to watch your series on Netflix or play.
Its resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels (397 dpi) is excellent. The colors are quite surprising, the intense blacks, the bright reds and the deep blues, so the video view is very pleasant on this smartphone and the AI adjusts the brightness relatively well. I am sorry that it is a little difficult to read when I am on the street, in these bright days.
Unfortunately I have to pull OPPO's ears for lack of an oleophobic treatment (or poor quality of it) on this screen. Fingerprints are easily trapped and make it harder to see the contents in the sun.
ColorOS is part of the menu
On board the OPPO F11 Pro, we find the usual skin customized by the Chinese brand: ColorOS 6. This interface, presented in 2018 on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of OPPO, was designed for smartphones with small screens and, therefore, adapts perfectly to this device.
Based on Android 9, ColorOS 6 offers its own navigation gestures, which are very easy to learn and quick to use. For example, you can take a screenshot by sliding three fingers down on the activated screen or directly access the camera by tracing an "O" on the deactivated screen.
On the graphic side, the interface is very well maintained.
OPPO wanted to focus on a very colorful user experience, hence the name. Despite the immaculate white base, there are touches of color in all preinstalled applications.
Performance: we expected more
With a good design, a decent battery and cutting-edge photographic features, there has to be a hidden commitment somewhere in this F11 Pro. Of course, it's about performance.
I'm not saying they are catastrophic, let's just say they are suitable for a mid-range phone. Neither more nor less.
Under the cap, we find a Helio P70 processor. Far from being the best on the market today, it is enough for a typical user who does not care much about performance and just wants to take decent photos and have a good battery life. When it comes to keeping all the photos taken wasted, the average user will be happy because the OPPO F11 Pro has 128GB of memory and the possibility of adding an SD card.
I haven't had many opportunities to play with this P11 Pro, but it has a way dedicated to players! With its borderless display and colorful display, the OPPO smartphone promises a gaming experience with exclusive features. The player can switch to "Game Mode" and concentrate, for example! However, the lack of power of the device limits it for the most complex and demanding games.
OPPO F11 Pro: benchmarks
|OPPO F11 Pro||1283||1263||1721||22188||1564/5853||11531||47678|
|Samsung Galaxy A50||1288||1394||1235||15487||1718/5642||14035||59202|
Great promises, honest results
In the photographic sector, OPPO plays its best resource trying to seduce the public in general, who loves smartphones with an image quality worthy of professional cameras.
In this case the data sheet is very interesting for a phone of 300 euros: double rear camera with 48 and 5 megapixels, aperture with a focal length of 1.79 and that with the help of artificial intelligence can recognize more than 20 different scenes .
Among the 23 scenes we find Macro, Interior, Blue Sky, Green Plants (not to be confused with grass), Text, Landscape, Portrait, Backlight …. I have to admit that artificial intelligence has proven to be very effective! Even after zooming into one of my flower pants, I recognized the Green Plants mode.
Two other features are quite surprising: the Ultra Night mode and the Dazzle Color mode. The first is a night mode that we now also know about smartphones from other brands, the second is composed of color mapping algorithms that improve the representation of color in images.
Here is an example of an image taken with the Dazzle color mode:
After having focused on the quality of the dual camera with a 48MP sensor and a 5MP sensor, but also in its artificial intelligence software, I have the impression that the Chinese company has not taken the necessary time to work on the software Image processing In fact, if we look at the image above in more detail, we notice a certain veil and a kind of grain that distorts the image.
It should be noted, however, that the image above is not as simple as the image below. The camera is almost perfect before shooting (with its AI software), but image processing software cannot keep up. Sometimes it is slow, especially when the use of a complex mode (such as Dazzle Color Mode) is required and rendering is not always up to my expectations. But we must not forget that the smartphone is a mid-range device, which can be purchased for 300 euros, and that its result is, therefore, appropriate to the price.
To conclude the speech on the photographic part, he will say that OPPO has focused a lot on a main objective of 48 megapixels, however, the results are not up to the technical data sheet. However, we must be honest and put things in perspective: for a mid-range smartphone, it is much more than satisfying!
Infinite battery that recharges in the blink of an eye
Autonomy is one of the aspects that has surprised me most about this device.
The 4000mAh battery, with which the OPPO promises 15.5 hours of call time, 12 hours of video viewing and 5.5 hours of playback time, has been extensively tested and approved.
I can confirm that using my F11 Pro in a moderate way, I could easily get two days of autonomy. By moderate use I mean some messages sent through Messenger and WhatsApp, an hour of listening on SoundCloud a day, a video call of more than an hour, a moderate consultation of social networks such as Instagram and Facebook that does not reach an hour at gives …. With intensive use, that is, videoconferencing, almost continuous message delivery, two and a half hours of video calls, three hours of listening to SoundCloud on a Bluetooth device, at the end of the day I always arrive with a 10% battery .
In summary, with the F11 Pro, there is no reason to think about taking a charger or an energy bank with you. Even when a notification warns you that you have less than 20% of the battery power (which rarely happens), you still have enough energy to finish the day without problems.
Another miracle of technology, which we find in the OPPO F11 Pro, is of course the fast VOOC 3.0 load. OPPO here guarantees that its new technology allows the smartphone to reach full charge 20 minutes faster than the previous version. This is a Micro USB socket, it seems that OPPO has refused to switch to USB Type-C for this technology.
Oppo F11 Pro – Technical Specifications
|161.3 x 76.1 x 8.8 mm|
|2340 x 1080 pixels (0 ppi)|
|9 – Foot|
|4 GB6 GB|
|64 GB128 GB|
|MediaTek Helio P70|
|HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM, Bluetooth 4.2|
The OPPO F11 Pro is, therefore, a worthy successor to the F9 Pro. With a design close to high-end devices, with the pop-up camera and a 48-megapixel camera, OPPO has pointed high.
We can only be satisfied with the capabilities of this smartphone, given its price of 320 euros located in the mid-range phones, while the battery for daily use is impressive and the fast recharge is very efficient. In spite of everything, I am a bit perplexed about the quality of the OPPO F11 Pro photographic representation, especially when the specifications seem to promise such a good quality photographic sector. Of course, the quality / price ratio is still very interesting.
To conclude, this beautiful phone has a very elegant design and stands out in its price range. However, competition in the sector is fierce and it is necessary to go through customs to buy it …
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