In Kenya, the trending smartphone as far as selfies are concerned is the Infinix S2 Pro, but the upcoming Oppo F3 is set to take this battle to the next level with a massive dual 16MP+8MP selfie camera, beating the 13MP+8MP combination of the S2 Pro.
The Oppo F3 has already been unveiled in India and it will start selling in the Asian country as from May 13. However, according to Oppo Kenya, this same phone will hit the local stores in a little over a week’s time. Don’t expect any changes to the specs of the phone that was unveiled in India when the F3 finally hits the Kenyan market, but you can expect changes when it comes to the pricing.
In India, the Oppo F3 will be selling at Rs 19,990, which translates to about Ksh 32,000 or approximately $310. When compared to the selfie-centric Infinix S2 Pro, this is twice the price of the S2 Pro, but the Oppo phone is definitely ahead of its Infinix counterpart in other areas, hence the hefty price.
In March, Oppo launched the F3 Plus and if you’ve had the chance to see this phone, you’ll notice that the new Oppo F3 has the same all-metal unibody build as its counterpart. The major physical difference between the two is the size, where the F3 has a 5.5-inch Full HD display screen as opposed to the massive 6-inch Full HD panel on the F3 Plus. As for protection, both have Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 on top to ensure that the glass panels don’t easily catch scratches or break in case of accidental drops.
Why get just the bits and pieces when you can get the whole picture?
— OPPO Kenya (@OPPO_Kenya) May 6, 2017
Under the hood, the Oppo F3 has some underwhelming specs, but as noted earlier, this shortcoming is absorbed by the impressive cameras of the phone. The dual-lens 16MP+8MP setup has a huge 120-degree wide angle view, but this is bettered by the 135-degree dual 13MP+8MP camera used on the cheaper Infinix S2 Pro. For the main camera, you get a 13MP shooter, same as the S2 Pro, however, you get much better features on the Oppo F3, among them PDAF and LED flash as well as a bunch of software-based tweaks.
The processor running the show is a letdown, a MediaTek MT6750T octa-core clocked at 1.5GHz, but it’s paired with an impressive 4GB of RAM. There’s even better 64GB of expandable storage and support for the latest connectivity standards that include 4G LTE, A-GPS and dual-SIM support. The battery keeping the Oppo F3 alive is a 3200mAh unit, but you still get to deal with the aging Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a ColorOS 3.0 skin on top.
We still don’t know the Kenyan pricing for the selfie expert Oppo F3, but don’t expect anything below Ksh 30K, something that could turn away some potential buyers of the phone, especially due to the presence of the Infinix S2 Pro, which has similarly midrange performance specs that include a MediaTek MT6753 chipset, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.
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