Oppo F3: An Affordable Oppo F3 Plus in a Smaller Package
Chinese smartphone maker Oppo recently announced the Oppo F3, its latest smartphone in India. The F3 is the successor to the F1 and is geared at bringing all the great features that made the F3 Plus a good deal for the consumer at a lower price point. This should help Oppo gain a much wider reach in the market with a lower price tag.
The company announced the smartphone on 4 May and it is set to go on sale on 13 May. I tested the F3 over a period of 8 days to see if Oppo has managed to keep the good bits of the F3 Plus, while reducing the price tag on this slightly lower-powered sibling.
We noted in our first impressions of the Oppo F3 that the device has the potential to be another winner for the company after the success of the Oppo F1 Plus. But will it hold up to the competition in the same price range? Let’s find out!!
Oppo F3 is a good-looking device with a metal back and 2.5D glass front with a plastic frame running along the sides of the device. The back plate featuring the typical Oppo logo is made of metal, but there are plastic caps at the top and bottom. Despite the metal and plastic mix, the F3 is well-built and feels sturdy without any squeaking parts. It feels really good to hold in hand and does not feel slippery in hand despite the metal back.
The 5.5-inch screen size of F3 makes it ideal for one-handed usage, unlike its predecessor F3 Plus. However, you may find it a problem if you are trying to reach something on the opposite diagonally extreme with your thumb.
The F3 comes with the volume buttons on the top left side corner and the power button on the top right side of the smartphone along with the SIM tray. The top left side of the smartphone houses the dual Nano-SIM slot along with a third slot dedicated for expandable storage using a microSD card. It is good news for people who want to use two SIM cards and a memory card, all at once.
You will find the speaker grill, mic and the microUSB v2.0 port along with the 3.5 mm headphone jack on the bottom of the smartphone.
The design of F3 is nothing new and it seems identical to other smartphones in the company’s range. The front of the device features the proximity sensor, a dual-camera setup and a receiver on the top end, while the home button with that impressive fingerprint reader dominates the bottom half, flanked by two touch sensitive buttons on each side. The company has got most of the things right in the build and design department by decreasing the screen size and not moving to an all plastic body which is common with its competitors.
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