In the pursuit of bezel-less smartphones, we have seen manufacturers take three different approaches to accommodate front-facing cameras — the notch, the hole-punch display, and the pop-up module. While there has been wide adoption of notches from every phone manufacturer, it seems as though hole-punch and pop-up designs are slowly gaining steam. The Oppo F11 Pro is the newest smartphone to sport a pop-up selfie camera, and it is priced considerably lower than some previous examples such as the Vivo Nex (Review) and the Oppo Find X (Review). Should that be the only reason for you to consider buying this smartphone or is there more to it? We review the Oppo F11 Pro to find out.
The new camera is equipped with large image sensor, large aperture, and AI algorithm for performance in all conditions. The selfie function is enhanced with additional settings that compete with professional portrait photography.
Oppo F11 Pro design
Oppo has released some well-designed phones and has recently been using gradient finishes for most of its models. The Oppo F11 Pro ₹ 22,200 isn’t an exception and is available in Thunder Black and Aurora Green. Our unit was the Thunder Black variant. The rear panel is dark blue on one side and purple on the other, fading to black in the center. It reminds us of the Oppo Find X₹ 59,990, which had a similar finish. When you look at the device, the front is nearly all display with thin bezels at the top and the sides, though the bottom chin is relatively thicker.
The display of the Oppo F11 Pro measures 6.5 inches and this phone claims to have a 90.9 percent screen-to-body ratio. It does not have any kind of notch. Instead, the selfie camera has been moved to a motorized pop-up module at the top. This module only houses the selfie camera and pops up every time you launch it or use face recognition. Since this is a motorized module, we aren’t sure how reliable it will be in the long term. A couple of drops could damage the mechanism. This phone also sports a secondary microphone and has its ambient light sensor on the top.
Oppo F11 Pro specifications, software, and features
The Oppo F11 Pro stands out from other smartphones in the sub-Rs. 25,000 market thanks to its pop-up selfie camera. The hardware that it has is acceptable, but not extraordinary. Powering the smartphone is an octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 SoC with four Cortex-A73 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores. This processor is paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Strangely, the Oppo F11 which was launched alongside the Pro model gets 128GB of storage, but not the Oppo F11 Pro. You do have the option to expand storage using a microSD card instead of a second SIM.
Oppo has opted for a 6.5-inch LCD screen with full-HD+ resolution (1080×2340 pixels). It is crisp and has good viewing angles. You also get the option to tweak the color output of the display as per your liking. Connectivity on the Oppo F11 Pro includes dual 4G as well as VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS/A-GPS.
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