Oppo prides itself in selling smartphones that have some of the best selfie cameras around hence the self-proclaimed Selfie Expert title.
With the obsession for selfies at a record high in the Kenyan smartphone market, the release of the Oppo F3 selfie expert couldn’t have been timed any better. Already launched in India and set to start shipping this Saturday, the Oppo F3 will be coming in Kenya on May 15, which is actually Monday next week. Just before this day is here or rather before you make a decision on whether to buy the phone or not, here are 5 essential things you should know about the upcoming selfie expert, the Oppo F3.
Design and display
The Oppo F3, like any other phone, has a gorgeous design that features a metallic unibody with beautifully rounded edges. The screen has square corners and slim bezels on the sides, but the top and bottom bezels are a bit large. The F3 has a 5.5-inch display screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, promising crystal clear views that are also very sharp. This screen is protected by the best there is in the market – Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5. With this, you are sure the F3 won’t easily catch scratches or cracks in case of accidental falls. Just for reference purposes, this is the same protection you find on the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships.
Just below the screen is a fingerprint scanner, which also doubles as the home button.
Dual lens selfie camera
The only smartphone in Kenya with a dual-lens camera is the Infinix S2 Pro. This is a budget phone that brings you one of the best selfie experiences thanks to its 135-degree wide angle dual 13MP+8MP selfie camera. Despite the great reception the phone has had since it was released a few weeks ago, the upcoming Oppo F3 will be hard to beat with its dual 16MP+8MP selfie shooter.
Of course, you should know that the performance of a camera is not determined by the number of megapixel count, but the record Oppo has already set in the selfie business gives the Chinese OEM an upper hand when compared to Infinix Mobility. Like many other dual-lens setups, the 16MP lens with f/2.0 aperture on the Oppo F3 will work as the main sensor while the 8MP lens with f/2.4 aperture will work as a wide-angle sensor with a view of 120 degrees, smaller than the S2 Pro. Oppo has also included Beautify 4.0 mode that works perfect when bokeh effects come into play.
Although not a dual-lens setup, the main camera of the Oppo F3 is also great. It houses a 13MP lens that is supported by features such as phase detection autofocus (PDAF), LED flash and 1080p video recording. The lens also ships with an f/2.2 aperture that promises great performance in low-light, but the selfie shooter beats this easily with the larger f/2.0 aperture on the primary sensor.
Not the best midrange processor
At the moment, there are a number of good midrange processors from MediaTek and Qualcomm, including the Helio P10 and Helio P20 as well as Snapdragon 625 and Snapdragon 650, however, the Oppo F3 went for the revised MediaTek MT6750T. Although not the best out there, you still get flashy performance from this processor. If you are a heavy gamer or you do a lot of streaming, this might not be the phone for you.
Still, Oppo makes up for the poor processor by coming in with a massive 4GB RAM that should help keep things working smoothly. With the great selfie camera on the phone, you’ll definitely be taking lots of photos. Well, the Oppo F3 has an impressive 64GB of internal storage for you to save all of your moments. If this isn’t enough, you can also insert a microSD card of up to 128GB and keep on saving more stuff.
Like the processor, Oppo is also taking smartphone fans a year back as far as the software part is concerned. Other OEMs are releasing devices with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, but the Oppo F3 brings you the 2015 Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Given the company’s poor record when it comes to software updates, this phone might never get the Nougat treat, or if it does, it could take ages before it happens.
Battery life and price
The Oppo F3 has a 3200mAh battery unit that is not removable and supports VOOC fast charging technology, promising a decent battery life thanks to the battery-saving 1080p resolution. You still get the aging microUSB port, 4G LTE and dual-SIM support as well as Bluetooth 4.1 for connectivity.
As for the Kenyan price, it’ll be revealed when then phone goes live on May 15. However, in India, the Oppo F3 is priced at Rs 19,990, which is about Ksh 32K. Whether this will also be the pricing in Kenya is still a mystery, but don’t expect huge variations when the phone is released.
So, what do you think about the Oppo F3? Will you buy it when it hits Kenyan stores? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.