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Oppo is finally here with its flagship F11 Pro to take on competitors like Poco F1 and Asus ZenFone 5Z. If you have been waiting for the Oppo F11 Pro and what to know what it has to offer, this detailed review will provide you with an insight of under the hood specifications.
Lately, we are seeing the Indian Smartphone market getting populated with phones that are accommodating front-facing cameras either in the notch, hole-punch display or the pop-up module. The F11 Pro is in the latter category as the pop-up front-facing camera are slowly gaining popularity. There are Smartphones like Vivo Nex and Oppo Find X that already have the pop-up camera module, but they are priced on the higher side while Oppo F11 Pro is a budget premium Smartphone. But the pop-up front camera is not the only reason you should be interested in this device, there’s a lot more on the offer.
Let’s take a look.
Oppo F11 Pro Design & Display
Oppo Smartphones are some of the first to introduce gradient finish alongside well-designed form factor. The Oppo F11 Pro continues the same trend and is made available in two colour variants of Thunder Black and Aurora Green. If you have seen the Oppo Find X, then you will be able to draw the striking similarity between designs of these two Oppo devices. On the rear, you have a smooth gradient finish panel and, on the front, you get nearly all display with thin top and bottom bezels (bottom bezel is thicker than the top).
Oppo F11 Pro comes with a 6.5-inch LCD full HD+ display that offers a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels offering good viewing angles and crisp images. You can adjust the colour output of the F11 Pro display as per your liking. What will impress you is how Oppo manages to offer a 90.9 percent screen-to-body ratio in the F11 Pro which is better than Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1. You get an interference-free display in Oppo F11 Pro as there is no notch. To accommodate the front camera, a motorized pop-up module is brought in use that pops up every time you want to take a selfie or want to use face recognition. But we are skeptical about the long-term reliability of motorized pop-up camera module as a single drop of water can damage the mechanism. Moving on, you also get an ambient light sensor and a secondary microphone on the top.
We liked what Oppo has done the earpiece at the top which is sandwiched between the frame and the display. The long and narrow earpiece suits the Oppo F11 Pro’s overall design. The proximity sensor is hidden neatly to the left of the earpiece. You do not have to worry about screen protection as Oppo ships F11 Pro with pre-applied screen protector avoiding the need of using third-party protectors that often hinder the functioning of the light sensor. In the box, you will also get a protective case that Oppo has designed specifically to work with the pop-up selfie camera.
The frame of F11 Pro is made out of plastic but does not feel flimsy as with other budget Smartphones. At the bottom of the frame, you will find Micro USB port which is kind of disappointing as even the latest budget phones like Nokia 6.1 Plus and Samsung Galaxy M20 have adopted modern USB Type-C ports. The power button is located at the right side of the frame while the volume buttons are located to the left. You will have no problem reaching any three of the buttons even if you have small hands. We were glad to see that Oppo F11 Pro has retained the 3.5mm audio jack which is located alongside Micro USB port besides loudspeaker grille and microphone. There is a hybrid dual-SIM tray which is placed over the power button.
On the back, you have easily recognizable dual camera setup sitting on top of a capacitive fingerprint scanner. There is nothing new in terms of design here.
Altogether, the gradient finish along with curved sides and 90.9 screen-to-body ratio makes Oppo F11 Pro look premium.
Oppo F11 Pro Performance
In the sub-25,000 segment, Oppo F11 Pro stands out because of its pop-up camera module but when we dig deeper into the hardware, we find nothing extraordinary. That being said at this price range the F11 Pro has acceptable hardware.
Powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 SoC with four Cortex-A73 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores which is capable enough to keep you going through an average day’s use without performance glitches. However, do not expect any extraordinary performance when playing games. Strangely, for storage, Oppo F11 Pro comes with a 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage but no 128GB variant which is available in Oppo F11 which was launched alongside F11 Pro. But you can expand the memory via microSD up to 256GB.
As compared to its competitors Realme U1 and Realme 3, Oppo F11 Pro is priced almost double but the difference between the performance is not huge. The Helio P70 processors work fine while scrolling through the menus or multitasking, you will not notice any stutter or lag. The 6GB RAM provided enough memory to keep background apps running which makes switching between apps swift.
During the benchmark tests, Oppo F11 Pro was less than impressive when we compared the results with Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro. In the AnTuTu benchmark, the Oppo F11 Pro managed to clock 1,47,303 While in Geekbench 4’s single-core and multi-core tests it scored 1,544 and 5,937 respectively. In GFXBench’s T-Rex graphics test, Oppo F11 Pro scored 37fps and managed 7.4fps in the Car Chase test.
Face recognition performance is impressive as the front camera pops-up, scans your face and slide back in within little over a second. You can choose between two modes for Face Unlock to work. You can either use the power button to activate Face Recognition or you can swipe up from the swipe screen. For better face scan in dark surroundings, Oppo F11 Pro bumps up the screen brightness. The fingerprint sensor is also fast.
If you play PUBG Mobile with medium frame rate set and balanced graphics settings, you will be able to play without any noticeable lag or stutter. During Asphalt 9 pay at default settings, you can notice occasional stutter.
Oppo F11 Pro Software
The Oppo F11 Pro runs the Android 9 Pie that has a top layer of the ColorOS 6 which is a significant improvement over the older versions of ColorOS in terms of design with its minimalistic and clean look. When using the notification area, you will see a similarity between ColorOS and Xiaomi’s MIUI 10. There are similar oversized toggle buttons when you pull down the notifications shade. The screen brightness slider is at the bottom. When pressing volume buttons an oversized slider appears next to them on display.
You will also find improvements made to UI navigation. Now you have the option to choose between the traditional three-button navigation layout or a Google Pixel 3 inspired two-button navigation system. If you use the two-button navigation layout you will have to swipe up to switch between the recently used apps.
Out of the box, there’s a lot of bloatware installed on the Oppo F11 Pro that includes apps such as Oppo’s own AppStore, Theme Store, ORoaming, Music Party and known third-party apps like UC Browser, Facebook, Webnovel, Amazon Shopping, PayTM and Wynk Music. Google Apps is also preinstalled but we think Oppo must not have been so generous while installing bloatware. However, you can uninstall most of these apps and declutter your device.
You get gestures that help you launch an app by drawing alphabets on the screen while it is off. The Smart Driving Mode is made available in Oppo F11 Pro as well and like other Oppo devices, it gets activated automatically when you pair it with your car’s head unit. But, you get a new functionality called the Riding Mode with F11 Pro.
For saving battery life Oppo has provided F11 Pro with different power saving modes that can be accessed through the Settings app. Most of these modes work by disabling the apps from running in the background. There is also a Super High Power Efficiency mode that ensures the device is using as little power as possible by disabling the vibration, lowering screen brightness, turning off automatic updates and data syncing and killing background apps. The Sleeping Mode saves energy when the device is idle.
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Improvements For Gamers
If you are a gamer who buys phones based on their gaming performance, you will like Oppo’s Game Space app which claims to optimize games’ performance by clearing RAM. There is an option to block banner notifications as well as calls when you are playing games. While playing games you can choose how much power is dedicated to games by choosing one of the three modes-High Performance, Balanced, and Low Power Consumption.
You can also run two instances of supported apps like Facebook and WhatsApp using the Clone Apps.
Oppo F11 Pro Camera
In advertisements, Oppo created hype by flaunting the 48MP primary camera on the F11 Pro. The rear camera comes with a 5MP secondary sensor and an f/1.7 aperture. However, by default, the camera captures 12-megapixel shots and you have to manually switch to the higher resolution.
You get a minimalistic camera app to operate the camera which lists modes at the bottom of the screen and you can switch between Photo, Video and Portrait with a single tap. To access more advanced features like Expert, Expert, Slo-Mo, Time-Lapse, and Nightscape modes you have to visit the sub-menu. Among others, you have the AI Scene Recognition and Beautification features in the camera app. However, when you are using Oppo F11 Pro’s primary camera at full resolution, the features like AI Scene Recognition, Chroma Boost, HDR, beautification and continuous shooting are not available.
The camera is fast at evaluating the light conditions and locking the focus during daylight. Images taken with Oppo F11 Pro during the day come out to be crisp and full of details. The AI Scene Recognition does work and automatically adjusts the camera to take the best pictures.
Here are some samples of images taken with Oppo F11 Pro:
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Pictures taken during the night have very low noise and images are not grainy. However, at night Oppo F11 Pro takes longer to lock the target. For better pictures at night, you can use the Nightscape Mode. In this mode, images are captured with longer exposure that gives brighter results but you lose details.
On the front, you have a 16MP pop-up camera which captures selfies with accurate colours and lots of details. You can record videos up to 1080p using both rear and front cameras. This is disappointing as most phones with the same price tag are offering 4K video recording.
Oppo F11 Pro Battery
Oppo F11 Pro is provided with a 4000mAh battery which serves the purpose well. On average use, you can expect to get up to 20 hours of backup which is outright impressive. If you use Oppo F11 Pro for playing games, surfing the Internet and taking pictures all day long, you still will have enough charging to use the phone the next day as well. Better use the power saving modes made available by Oppo and you will appreciate the power efficiency of the F11 Pro.
Oppo has done a thoughtful gesture by providing 20W VOCC fast charger in the box that charges large 4000mAh battery fast. You can expect the phone to full charge within 1 hour and 45 minutes from zero. You will not face a slowdown in charging when the battery reaches 80% mark.
Should you buy Oppo F11 Pro?
Oppo F11 Pro is selling itself on the pop-up front camera module that gets rid of any notch in the display. Other than that, you get a 4000mAh battery in this Smartphone that offers impressive backup can be charged fast using the VOOC charger.
Other than these features, the Oppo F11 Pro is offering nothing distinguishing and given the fact that phones like Realme U1 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro are offering almost same performance and hardware for a substantially lower price.