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One of the biggest new trends in smartphone cameras is the dual-front camera system, allowing for better selfies with more depth. Playing on its strengths, OPPO has today launched the F3 Plus which comes with a dual front camera system. I spent some time with the phone and here are my first impressions.
At first glance, the OPPO F3 Plus does not stand out in terms of design. With a similar design philosophy as seen on its previous F1s smartphone, the phone sports the same metal unibody design. There are small changes, including the antenna line, with three lines placed at the top and three at the bottom on the rear of the phone. The 6-inch screen has 2.5D Gorilla Glass protection on top, and is fairly bright. The narrow 1.78mm bezels also help it retain a compact form factor, despite the large screen size.
The Oppo F3 Plus in its gold color variant doesn’t look very different from competing smartphones, but the black variant does seem more appealing, with a more premium and glossy look.
The pill-shaped home button also plays the role of the fingerprint sensor which OPPO says can unlock the smartphone in 0.2 seconds. The fingerprint sensor is also equipped to detect wet fingers as per OPPO’s claims. Sitting alongside the home button are the capacitive Android keys.
The OPPO F3 Plus runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ColorOS 3.0 layered on top. Considering the price, the lack of Android Nougat out-of-the-box is a bit disappointing, although the interface is decent enough. Under the hood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 SoC, along with 4GB of RAM. This is a strange choice of SoC, considering that the more affordable OnePlus 3T runs the higher-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC. Even the Vivo V5 Plus, which is in direct competition with the OPPO F3 Plus, runs the newer and more capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, which is fabricated using the 14nm process. ALSO READ: Vivo V5 Plus Review
The main highlight of the OPPO F3 Plus is the dual-camera set up at the front, with a 16-megapixel main sensor and 8-megapixel support sensor. The 16-megapixel sensor, as described by OPPO, is for individual selfies, while the 8-megapixel sensor comes with a 120-degree wide angle lens which helps take better group selfies. During my time with the phone, the front camera produced great results. The front camera set can also use depth-of-field sensing capabilities to produce bokeh effects.
You also have access to different filters and watermark options, along with different shooting modes. The rear camera has a 16-megapixel Sony IMX398 sensor with f/1.7 aperture and the same filter modes as well as HDR mode. While the appeal of a selfie-focused camera is appealing, the price tag makes this a hard phone to justify on the whole. However, we’ll reserve judgement until we’ve had a chance to review the phone.
Even though it is difficult to judge the OPPO F3 Plus in so little time, the high price tag is likely to be a bother for this device. Smartphones such as the OnePlus 3T and the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro are both priced similarly, and come with 6GB of RAM and a promise of better performance. Stay tuned for our full review of the OPPO F3 Plus. ALSO READ: OPPO F1s hands-on and first impressions: One for the selfie lovers