Chinese smartphone vendor, Oppo has launched its latest smartphone, the Oppo F3 in India. Essentially, the Oppo F3 is a stripped down variant of the Oppo F3 Plus, which was launched on March 27.
Update – 15/May/2017 – The Oppo F3 has gone on sale today in India.
As teased earlier, the Oppo F3’s highlight feature is the dual front-facing camera, which is the same setup seen on F3 Plus and with the F3, Oppo is bringing the dual camera setup to sub Rs. 20,000 price bracket.
With this phone, the battle for the best selfie smartphone will be intensified with other smartphones such as Vivo V5s and Gionee A1 donning just a single camera setup at the front.
Being a smaller variant of the Oppo F3 Plus, the Oppo F3 flaunts a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1080*1920 pixels. The display is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 technology.
The newly announced device is powered by a 64-bit Octa-core MediaTek MT6750T chipset with all the eight cores clocked at 1.5 GHz. It is not the fastest chipset and scores around 38,000 on the Antutu benchmark, very similar performance compared to MTK 6753 processor which is used in phones like Lenovo K4 Note.
We recently tested the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 powered by Snapdragon 625, scores around 64,000 on Antutu Benchmark. Gionee also launched the Gionee A1 for Rs. 19,999 recently which competes with the Oppo F3 and comes with Helio P10 scores around 49,000 on Antutu. We recently did a review of the Gionee A1 which competes with the Oppo F3.
The processor is not the best for playing games on Full HD at very high settings and compared to rivals offers slower performance. Though for non gamers it will be able to handle all the basic tasks with ease.
Accompanying the chipset is 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. The Mali-T860 GPU handles the graphics performance on the phone.
Coming to the unique selling phone, it has two cameras at the front of 16 MP and 8 MP. The 8 MP sensor captures shots wide-angle images of 120-degrees, which Oppo is touting as ‘Group Selfies.’ The other 16 MP sensor has support for f/2.0 aperture and captures wide-angle pictures of 76.4-degrees.
There’s a 13 MP rear-facing camera with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, and LED flash at the back. The camera app also has features such as Beautify 4.0 app, Selfie Panorama.
The Oppo F3 runs on latest version of Color OS, which is the 3.0 version. It has features such as double tap to light up the screen and various other gestures.
As far as battery is concerned, the F3 has a 3200 mAh battery unit with support for Oppo’s VOOC charging technology.
Oppo has already started taking pre-orders for the phone and will continue taking until May 12. The first sale of the phone is scheduled to happen on May 13. The phone will be sold across all the offline channels of the country as the Chinese firm is looking to strengthen its position in the offline market.
Oppo has been growing the selfie smartphone portfolio and there are lot of people who want to buy selfie smartphones and are not really concerned with the processor, for them it is a better offering than the Oppo F1s which came with an HD display for almost similar price.