Sometimes, I feel great being an Android fanboy. With Android, it’s like every day is Christmas, there are lots of phones to choose from each year.
Unlike others that just have phones coming out once a year. Who’s with me on this?
Yeah, sure once a year somewhat keeps you from spending a lot of money and being indecisive since you don’t have a lot of options. But with Android, there’s that “go for what you want”.
Well, I don’t want to get too carried away, so let’s just talk about the phone of the day.
So a few weeks back, I talked about the phone with the popup Selfie camera, the Vivo V15 Pro. Well, it seems we’re getting another phone with a similar feature.
The Oppo F11 Pro, seems to have that significant feature as the Vivo V15 Pro. The only difference here is, its popup camera isn’t on the side but in the middle.
This is Shaibu from Shu’s Techs, and today, I will be reviewing the Oppo F11 Pro.
Before I begin, I’d like all my readers to know that this review is based on research. But with your support, in the future I will be able to get my hands on devices before reviewing them.
With that being said, let’s get to it.
- Android 9.0 (Pie), ColorOS 6
- 6.53 inch 1080 x 2340 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Octa-core (4×2.1 GHz Cortex-A73 and 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU
- Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
- 4GB / 6GB RAM
- 64GB / 128GB Internal Storage
- 16MP Front Camera
- 48MP + 5MP Rear Camera
- 4000mAh non-removable battery
- Dual Nano SIM
Yes, this is a midrange device, but at that, the Oppo F11 Pro still has a really nice design. You can get the phone in two colors. The Thunder Black model and the Aurora Green.
The Thunder Black model is a gradient combination of three colors, you get Purple, Black and Blue.
Although the back of the phone is made out of plastic, you kind of feel the phone looks premium. The plastic build is very shiny and can be used as a mirror to check that stuff that’s stuck between your teeth.
It is quite of a fingerprint magnet so better watch out for that.
Okay, the front of the phone is completely made out of glass, you don’t notice any notch cut out for a selfie camera. And that’s great, because lately, what all phone manufacturers are trying to do is maximize screen size.
We used to have a lot of really huge bezels on phones but now, we don’t see them a lot anymore. It’s amazing when we look back to see the phones we were excited about compared to the phones that we get now.
Anyway, so for placements, at the back of the phone, you get the Dual Camera with an LED flash and a Fingerprint scanner right below.
The Fingerprint scanner is really fast and accurate.
Now, what’s special about this phone here at the back is everything is placed in the middle, this gives the phone a symmetrical finish.
For those of you who like using phones on flat surfaces, yeah the Oppo F11 Pro won’t be much of a problem.
Wobbling isn’t that noticeable, but you can still put on the case that comes with the phone to ensure it is completely balanced on those flat surfaces.
Moving on, at the top of the phone is the popup selfie camera, it is also in the middle and also quite responsive, but it isn’t as fast as the Vivo V15 Pro’s popup camera.
So yes, the popup camera is fancy, but with any motorized object, well, you just have to be careful. Breaking is almost inevitable. But if you can handle it, the selfie camera is something you can impress your friends with.
Coming over to the sides, on the left side of the phone, you get the Volume Rockers. The right side of the phone has the Power Button and a SIM Tray.
The bottom of the phone has the 3.5mm Headphone Jack, Speaker Grilles and a microUSB port. Well, first of all, the fact that we get a Headphone Jack is great, lately it’s what we first look for on new phones.
Sadly, we’re getting a microUSB port instead of USB Type-C. Kinda feels like you have a phone for the future made in the past.
Well, you can’t have it all sometimes.
Overall design of the Oppo F11 Pro is quite okay, being a midrange device puts it in a position to not have a lot of “great” features like being waterproof and being completely made out of glass.
But even with the plastic build, it almost looks like glass and that popup camera is definitely something to consider that makes you know that you now have a lot of room on the screen.
The Oppo F11 Pro comes with an impressive 6.53 inch screen. It’s not surprising, that popup camera has already given room for maximizing the screen size.
There’s no Notch and the bezels are really slim. It’s almost without bezels. It also is an IPS LCD panel with a Resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.
As you would expect, content comes out sharp and clear with an all display experience. So for those of you who just love watching movies, the Oppo F11 Pro is one of those phones you will have a great time with.
Not forgetting gamers as well, there’s lots of room on the screen for all your gaming activities.
Outdoor usage is also quite good, the phone gets as bright as 400+ nits. Not the best brightness on a phone but still not bad at all for those sunny days.
Well, being that this phone has its screen really just for viewing content and interacting with it means that there’s not a lot to talk about here.
I can’t tell you if “the Notch can be hidden” because there’s no notch, but just to sum it up, the screen is really good for all your displays and for an overall experience.
The cameras on the F11 Pro should be fun to talk about. At the back you get a 48 Megapixel Main Camera and a 5 Megapixel Depth Sensor.
By default, the 48 Megapixel lens takes pictures in 12 Megapixels, the results however are great. The pictures look sharp and detailed with almost no noise.
Shooting in 48 Megapixels is possible, but it doesn’t necessarily improve the quality of the picture. It’s best to stick to the 12 Megapixel output.
You can activate “Dazzle Color” mode to improve your pictures, this will make the pictures look lively and the colors should get warmer. But you may end up losing some details.
For low light shots, even without the dedicated “Ultra Night” mode on, the phone does really well. Images come out really good with a lot of detail and good colors.
With Ultra Night mode on, the phone takes some time to take multiple images, capturing light from each shot. However, the outcome is impressively brighter pictures with really good colors and good dynamic range.
Portrait shots taken with the Main Camera and Depth Sensor are really impressive, the subject separation and background blur is really good. Almost as good as a flagship device. There’s a lot of detail and colors are very accurate.
For videos, well the F11 Pro can only shoot up to 1080p videos at 30 frames per second. You do get Electronic Image Stabilization though. For the outcome, you get really good videos with nice detail, colors and you don’t get a lot of noise.
So the selfie camera is 16 Megapixels, with it you can take really nice selfies with nice detail and natural colors. Just like the Vivo V15 Pro, there’s the beauty mode as well here. You can adjust a whole lot of stuff to make your face look the way you want.
Just don’t get lost in it.
With the selfie camera, you can record up to 1080p videos at 30 frames per second as well. Still not the best we’ve seen on modern day devices, but since it’s a midrange phone, well, we can let that pass.
The F11 Pro’s selfie camera also gives you that Face Recognition feature to unlock the phone. It is quite fast, you won’t even notice the lock screen when you try to unlock the phone.
Keep in mind that it isn’t going to be the best when it comes to security. You don’t get all that 3D scanning capability on this device. It’s best to stick with the Fingerprint Scanner at the back.
Although one of the most looked at aspect of this phone is the cameras, in my opinion, I don’t think they are the best. Sure you can do the fancy slide up and down with the selfie camera, but that’s almost as great as it gets.
You sure do have to be careful with the camera anyway, moving parts always have that tendency to break. I’m not saying this phone’s cameras are horrible, I’m just saying you’d have to go for something else if you want to record videos in say 4k or slow motion.
Performance and Features
On to something more interesting to talk about is the performance of the phone, the Oppo F11 Pro comes with a MediaTek Helio P70 Chipset. It has an Octa-core (4×2.1 GHz Cortex-A73 and 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU and a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU.
As expected, the performance is quite good. So for you gamer guys, the phone comes with Game Space. With it, you will be able to tweak the phone so you can get enough power to run all kinds of intensive games.
If gaming isn’t in your list of things to do on phones, well, the F11 Pro should be able to handle if not all, then most tasks fine.
Now the Operating System you get on the phone is ColorOS 6 on top Android 9.0 (Pie). ColorOS gives the phone some nice features like having bar for shortcuts at the right side of the screen.
It is customizable, so you can add all your favorite apps there for easy access.
Swiping to the left on the home screen will take you to Smart Assistant. With it, you will be able to handle all your day to day activities like managing Events using the Calendar.
You also get some quick shortcuts, an option to manage your Favorite Contacts, Photos etc.
Gesture Navigation is also supported by the F11 Pro, to go “Home” just swipe up from the middle of the screen, swiping up from either the left or right side of the screen will take you “Back” and swiping up and holding will show you your “Recent Apps”.
The speaker at the bottom is quite good, with rich, loud and accurate sounds. However, using a pair of headphones only gives you average loudness.
The performance aspect of this phone is good enough, I personally don’t think it is going to wow you but I don’t think you will be bothered or frustrated about it either. So far though, I don’t see anything wrong with it.
RAM and Internal Storage
So for RAM options, you either get the phone in 4GB of RAM or in 6GB of RAM. Currently, 4GB of RAM is fine, but if you’re planning to use this phone for a while then go for the 6GB of RAM model.
Most phones that have 3GB of RAM are already starting to lag. It wouldn’t be long before phones with 4GB of RAM start doing the same.
With 6GB of RAM, you will have enough room to run all your apps without the phone slowing down or lagging. Apps aren’t going to get terminated in the background as well.
Every day, games and apps get improved on, and most of the time, the improvements require more RAM to work well, with 6GB of RAM, sure you don’t have anything to worry about.
Yes, 4GB of RAM is still okay, but it will definitely get frustrating in the future when a phone gets a major update and you can’t even do basic things like start up your Facebook app without restarting your phone just to clear up the RAM.
Anyway, so, for internal storage options, you get 64GB or 128GB. Both models are supported by 6GB of RAM. If you go for a 4GB of RAM model, it can only take 64GB of internal storage.
I can’t promise you that 64GB is good enough to handle all your files, but if you have somewhere else to save files and just keep the most important things on the phone then fine 64GB should be enough for you.
With 128GB, yes, you do get enough room for most media files like music, movies, games etc. The good part is you can expand storage space with a microSD card of up to 256GB, but you’d have to use the slot for your second SIM card to do that.
Depending on what you go for, you could be comfortable with the amount of space you’ve got or you might always look back and wish you’d gone for higher storage.
You’re pretty much getting a really good battery on this phone. At 4,000mAh, heavy users are going to be able to use this phone for at least a day. If you decide to go light on the phone, maybe 2 to 3 days.
Only problem with this phone is that you don’t get all that really fast charging capability. 30 minutes of charging will get the phone to around 40%.
This isn’t really bad if you’re going to be charging the phone before bed. Just wake up to a fully charged phone that’s ready to take on the world with you.
If you’re the forgetful type, well, 40% of battery life should be good enough as long as you don’t overuse the phone. But anyways, the Oppo F11 Pro has a really impressive battery that will satisfy all your basic needs.
For internet, you get 4G, 3G, 2G and WiFi.
You also get an FM Radio, Bluetooth V4.2, GPS, microUSB 2.0 etc.
The Oppo F11 Pro costs around $450.
*Please note that prices vary from time to time.
For the most part, the Oppo F11 Pro is a fun and pretty decent device, but when you go a little deeper, you will find out that it doesn’t offer a lot of features.
It all comes down to personal preference anyway, all I can do is give you all the information I can find about the device, it’s up to you to choose if you want a device based on what you’ve researched about it or not.
Okay guys, that’s it for now, make sure you share, comment and like if you enjoyed the review.
Until next time, stay awesome.