OPPO has been making mid-range smartphones for years now. The OPPO F1s from years ago paved the way for this cheap-yet-great price range of smartphones, and it ws my favorite smartphone at that time. Now, we have the new OPPO F11 Pro on our hands – and OPPO is redefining themselves in the mid-range market into the premium segment.
It comes with a lot of premium features and specs to match – but how premium can a mid-ranger get? Let’s find out in this in-depth review of the OPPO F11 Pro.
Also check out our highlight on the OPPO F11 Pro’s camera. We brought it to Taipei and took lots of fantastic night shots.
Looking at the box itself, the packaging seems to be a little more of the usual. OPPO logo at the front together with an image of the phone itself.
At the back, there is a list of specs together with a sticker that describes the color of the unit that you have.
Digging everything out, we can find the OPPO F11 Pro, a very interesting protective case, a fast charger, a proprietary micro USB cable to support OPPO’s fast charging standard, earphones, and also some documentation.
We have the Thunder Black color variant of the OPPO F11 Pro, and from here we can see that the colors are baked into the back of the phone itself. It has a total of 3 colors are are laid out diagonally – violet, black, and purple. It surely is rather simple yet has an eye-catching color.
Of course, we need to talk more about the included protective case that comes with the OPPO F11 Pro. It is actually made out of two materials – the back is a hard shell plastic, whereas the sides are made out of soft TPU material. These two materials blend together nicely and grips to the phone fantastically well.
You might ask – why did OPPO create such an intricate case for the OPPO F11 Pro? The answer is simple – it has a popup camera at the top. Instead of having a TPU case with weak grip because of cutouts on the case itself, OPPO created something new by combining the best of two worlds.
Also, the OPPO F11 Pro comes with a film screen protector out of the box too – so your phone can be protected the moment it is out of the box.
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As a premium mid-range smartphone, it also comes with 5GHz frequency – and it supports AC-WiFi as well. With AC-WiFi, you can utilize your Unifi Turbo speeds even further. This is actually a rare feature in the mid-range smartphone market.
Looking at the left side is where we can find two dedicated buttons for volume Again, this is quite rare since most other phones are using a volume rocker instead of two separate buttons for volumes up and down.
On the right side is where we can find the power button that has a green color highlight and an indentation. And that is where we can find the card slot as well.
The OPPO F11 Pro comes with a dedicated nano SIM card and another hybrid slot.
At the bottom of the phone is where we can find a 3.5mm audio jack, a microphone, the micro USB port, and also the loudspeaker grill.
The top is where we will find the ambient light sensor and a secondary microphone, together with the popup camera. As for the proximity sensor, it is hidden somewhere behind the far left end of the earpiece grill.
You can unlock the phone via the fingerprint scanner at the back of the phone, or via face unlock with the popup camera – and I love the choice that OPPO offers.
Upon booting up, the display on the OPPO F11 Pro looks fantastic out of the box. It is high in contrast and with a warmer hue. Thankfully, OPPO has included an option to adjust the white balance of the screen in ColorOS 6.0 too – so you can tune it to be a little bluer if you choose to do so.
The display – as you may have known – is a true full view display. No notch, no cutouts – just pure screen. It has a beautifully designed popup camera at the top, which is tiny yet effective in doing its job.
The massive 6.53-inch LTPS IPS LCD display with 2340×1080 pixels in resolution with a massive 90.9% screen-to-body ratio is a true feat for a mid-range smartphone as well. I cannot describe how great it felt at first because it is a big display with narrow bezels.
Honestly, watching movies and videos on the OPPO F11 Pro is a boon as the display is huge – and it does not have any cutouts or notches.
Of course, the main highlight of the OPPO F11 Pro is the camera. It comes with a 48MP camera at the back, and also a popup camera for selfies. This is a true premium experience brought to a mid-range smartphone – and yet the pictures that it takes are also jaw-dropping.
But first, let’s take a look at the camera specs of the OPPO F11 Pro:
- Dual rear-facing cameras
- 48MP f/1.8 with PDAF
- 5MP depth sensor
- Motorized popup selfie camera
- 16MP f/2.0
Like any of our smartphone review, click here to take a look at the full image on our Shutterfly album alongside with all its metadata.
Throughout my experience with the camera, I found otu that the white balance is pretty good on the F11 Pro. The exposure on the other hand, is a little aggressive depending on the situation. I took 3 shots of these spider lookalike decors and the last one turned out the way I wanted it. The other ones were too dark.
There’s also Dazzle Color, which adds vibrancy and contrast to the picture. Good for colorful shots or with subjects which are color-coded.
Then comes the night photography, obviously. I first started off by taking these two pictures as a comparison to see how the night mode really performs.
Damn. I was surprised. Then, we took the OPPO F11 Pro to Taipei, Taiwan and started shooting pictures around at night. We have talked about the photography capability of the OPPO F11 Pro quite extensively here. Honestly, it is good. We have even more pictures here to show you too.
You can even combine Dazzle Colors with night mode to create a much punchier night shot too. We have the perfect example here as well.
Just wow. Once again, the OPPO F11 Pro has proven that hardware with proper software is able to do magic.
The selfie obviously means there’s a popup camera. It takes about half a second for the camera to rise, which is about as long as other phones take to switch between cameras.
As for the image quality, I’m satisfied. White balance is good and details are surprisingly decent too.
Once again, the camera UI is the same as the one found in the Realme 3 since they both are using ColorOS 6.0 as well. The new camera UI is clean – and they did a good job here.
As for how to take 48MP pictures, you have to enter the camera settings and change it to 48MP there. If you are taking 48MP pictures, then you cannot turn on HDR, AI or Dazzle color.
I still like the fact that the OPPO F11 Pro can indeed mix different modes together. I still like using Dazzle color with night mode to create punchy night shots.
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Once again, ColorOS 6.0 has a tremendous amount of improvement over the previous iteration, and with it comes a bunch of new rearrangements of items in the settings menu. It also added a lot of useful features here and there.
One of them is the new granularity in how you want the face unlock to be. Since it is indeed a popup camera, you can choose face unlock to be the secondary method to unlock the phone after enrolling your face. That means the selfie camera can hide in the phone as long as you want.
The display white balance shift is here once again, whereby you can shift make it a little colder or warmer depending on your personal preference. For me, I like the warmer look that came by default.
Still, I really need a system-wide dark mode here, OPPO. ColorOS 6.0 is great and we have a huge gold mine of untapped potential here.
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The OPPO F11 Pro is the first ever smartphone with the Helio P60 chipset to land on our hands – and we tested it with everything we have, of course. Taking a look at the specs sheet, we have:
- 6.53-inch LTPS IPS LCD with 2340×1080 pixels in resolution
- Notchless display
- MediaTek Helip P70 chipset
- 4x Cortex-A73 @ 2.1GHz + 4x Cortex-A53 @ 2.0GHz
- Mali-G72 MP3 graphics with 3x 900MHz cores
- 6GB RAM
- 64GB internal storage (expandable with microSD)
- 4,000mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 support
Now with that said, let’s take a look at the benchmarks.
It actually performed quite well, showing major difference from the MediaTek Helio P60 that is found on the Realme 3 that we reviewed here. The performance is surprisingly similar to the Snapdragon 660 chipset too, which is once again – surprising.
Smartphone gaming is important – and with a beautiful true full view display on the OPPO F11 Pro, the gaming experience is important. We once again hit it with the 3 usual titles that we use for game tests here.
First off, Honkai Impact 3. It is no surprise that the Helio P70 chipset can keep up at the highest possible graphical settings – most of the time. It can run at 60FPS most of the time, but frames are dropping here and there – so I suggest to go on the highest graphical settings but with “high quality” turned off for a smoother experience as the frame drops happens less frequently.
Secondly, Asphalt 9. For such a graphically-intensive game, the OPPO F11 Pro cannot run the game smoothly in the lowest graphical settings. Unfortunately, the GPU of the Helio P70 is showing its limitations here.
Thirdly, PUBG Mobile. It can only run at HD graphics with “high” frame rate, but overall – the game runs really smoothly here.
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Let’s start off with the battery life test. The OPPO F11 Pro can last for nearly 12 hours in our test – which is a tad low when compared to other smartphones that has a 4,000mAh battery. Still, it can last through a full day’s use.
The OPPO F11 Pro comes with their signature VOOC 3.0, with a total of 20W charging speed. This is magnificent since it is indeed still a mid-range smartphone.
With OPPO’s magnificent pioneering technology in fast charging, the OPPO F11 Pro can reach 50% battery charge in just 22 minutes and 75% battery charge in 40 minutes.
When compared to the usual 5V 2A charger, the OPPO F11 Pro can only reach 50% battery in 40 minutes and 75% battery charge in 70 minutes. That is a stark difference!
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Like what we’ve said at the beginning of this review – the OPPO F11 Pro is a premium mid-ranger. I have an unexpectedly great user experience in and out. Though the price might shock you.
It’s priced at RM1,299 right now. Hold on – before clicking away, read the next sentence.
This is a premium mid-range smartphone that gives you 20W fast charging with a relatively long battery life, a notchless display with a popup selfie camera, takes great night shots, and comes with 3.5mm audio jack too.