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OPPO F11 Pro: The stylish midranger
Posted by Ram Ronquillo on May 15, 2019

The OPPO F-series has established itself as a good midrange smartphone that takes good photos and even better selfies. But the most recent F-series phone, the OPPO F11 Pro aimed to elevate the series to new heights by delivering even better rear photos.

Having used the phone for a couple of weeks, we can take a more in-depth look at the OPPO F11 Pro. If you want to check out our first impressions of the smartphone, check it out here.

Without further ado, let’s get to our review of the OPPO F11 Pro.

Build and design

The look and design of the OPPO F11 Pro is a big improvement from its predecessor, the F9. Its full-screen display and pop-up camera are a pleasant surprise for a midrange phone.

Having a full-screen display, the front of the phone just had its screen and a thin slit on the top part for its earpiece. This simple approach to the display gave way to the rear of the phone, which is a beautiful redesign to the previous phones from the company.

The unit we got was the Thunder Black color of the F11 Pro which is a three-color gradient with black running through the top left corner to the bottom left corner, separating the purple and blue.

The biggest change from the previous phones lies in the orientation of the OPPO logo on the phone. It was normally seen running horizontal and this was seen even in the Find X. The F11 Pro has the logo of the company running vertical starting from the bottom of the middle phone followed by ‘designed by OPPO’. The vertical orientation gives it a more sleek look and also just looks symmetrical with its vertical dual-camera set-up and the fingerprint scanner on the top side. Who doesn’t appreciate symmetry?

Despite its plastic back, the finish can be mistaken as glass and just looks clean as they come. One thing that we enjoyed about this is that it wasn’t as slippery as a phone with a glass back. It still was a fingerprint magnet because of the shiny finish but felt good in the hands.

The F11 Pro is bigger than your average modern smartphone but didn’t feel like it because the power button and volume rockers were placed mid-way to the phone. There wasn’t much need for reaching a bit further just to get to these buttons. While we would’ve preferred these buttons to be on one side of the phone but the compromise worked.

On the bottom of the phone are a 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB slot, and the speaker. Yes… sadly, microUSB.

 

The media consumption and gaming experience

 

While one would think that the 6.5-inch Full HD+ Panoramic display would be perfect for watching videos and gaming, it was actually the speakers that really stood out for us. Despite just have the one speaker, it performed better than expected. We hardly found ourselves listening to music, watching videos, or playing games on maximum volume. At most, we used it at one or two notches below max.

The full-screen display on a tall phone offered so much real estate when browsing social media or reading. It also was pleasing to not see a notch. However, because of the rounded edges, some of the text on the edges of the screen in some games were lost. While it really doesn’t hinder actual gameplay and easily fixed with rounded edge support, like that of PUBG Mobile, it was just something that bothered us.

We did appreciate the brightness of the screen LCD display. It was bright enough and even in sunlight, its display was bright enough. We hardly, possibly never, went past 50% brightness.

 

Camera

The ‘Selfie Expert’ family continues with the F11 Pro with its 16MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture. This, of course, is hidden away on the top of the phone. It pops ups only when the selfie camera is used or when facial recognition is enabled. The latter of which can be set to be trigger by being picked up or when the power button is pressed.

The F11 Pro doesn’t forget the rear camera though with a 48MP main rear camera with f/1.79 aperture and a secondary 5MP camera with f/2.4. Both of which deliver beautiful photos in well-lit settings and good photos in lower lit environments through Ultra Night Mode. Ultra Night Mode helps out a lot especially in shooting in the metro in the evening. It helped keep the signs of establishments at bay which, of course, improves the quality of the photos.

Ultra Night Mode off (less blurring but brighter lights)

Ultra Night Mode on (blurring from moving things like cars and people but less light)

The phone also features Dazzle Color Mode alongside Ultra Night Mode but we found the Dazzle Color Mode very unreliable thus found ourselves using the camera without more often. Dazzle Color Mode did work well though, it delivered even punchier colors, which at times looked unnatural.

Dazzle Color Mode off 

Dazzle Color Mode on

Its front camera, as one can expect from the F-series, delivers well. It also brings back the AI beauty mode which gives the freedom of adjusting selfies, from having a thinner face, retouching, bigger eyes, etc. While we hardly used it because it gave a bit more unnatural look, it is there for those that want to use it.

Beautification settings maxed out

All natural

While we’re on the topic of the front camera, its mechanical pop-up selfie camera has given us mini heart-attacks at times, it seemed to hold up. The real question is for how long though. With facial recognition on and the power button to trigger it, accidental presses, especially while placing the phone in the pocket, are bound to happen and did happen. We couldn’t help but be worried each time this happened. (This, of course, could be avoided by just straight up turning off the facial recognition feature.)

 

General performance and battery

The F11 Pro runs on ColorOS 6.0 which is based on Android Pie, which is one of the better looking reskins of Android.

We immediately switched out of the three buttons on the bottom of the screen and switched to the gesture-based alternative which gave us even more real estate on the screen. While the gesture navigation is introduced in Android Pie, one of the implementations of this on ColorOS 6 is similar to Samsung’s where swiping from the bottom right of the screen is back and middle bottom is home. Which was less prone to accidental swiping which led to the closing of apps.

Despite the F11 Pro having a microUSB as a charger, with VOOC 3.0 charging is very quick. We were able to charge the phone from 0% to full in less than an hour an a half. This also works well when you just need that little extra oomph to get you through a day. The fast charging and its 4000mAh battery made for a good partnership. We found ourselves charging the phone only at the end of a day of heavy use. It could last more than a day without charging with less heavy usage.

The phone’s combination of the MediaTek Helio P70 chipset and 6GB RAM delivered smooth performance. Even with maxed out PUBG Mobile, there weren’t hiccups in its performance. Even with hours on end on Mobile Legends, PUBG Mobile or Auto Chess, it never heated up even while plugged.

 

Verdict

While we aren’t quite trusting of the pop-up selfie camera mechanism, the look of the phone and the overall experience was for us to keep from worrying about the mechanism.

From the look alone, it exceeds expectations from the current midrange phone market. Add in good cameras, a powerful battery, and a smooth experience overall. The OPPO F11 Pro is worth looking into. Although, with its looks, we expected to see USB Type-C at the bottom.

 

Full Specifications:

  • MediaTek Helio P70
  • ARM Mali-G72 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 6.5-inch Full HD+ (2340×1080) Panoramic display TFT-LTPS; 90.9% screen-to-body ratio
  • 48MP main camera with f/1.79 aperture + 5MP secondary camera with f/2.4 aperture
  • 16MP front camera with f/2.0
  • 4000mAh battery with VOOC Flash Charge 3.0
  • Dual Nano-SIM cards
  • Facial Recognition
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • ColorOS 6, based on Android 9

The OPPO F11 Pro is available for PHP 18,990 in Aurora Green or Thunder Black.

 

Phone photos courtesy of Rianne Ronquillo

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