If you are a fan of Indian cricket you will be flooded with the ads and logo of Chinese smartphone maker Oppo, after the company signed up to be the sponsor of the Indian cricket team. Perhaps to cash in on this, the company is commencing the sale of its latest version of Oppo F3 Plus from 1st April in the country. The USP of this phone is that it has a dual selfie front camera. The company has been pre-booking orders and will do so until the 31st March and has priced the phone at Rs.30,990.
The bare facts of the phone
For the record, the Oppo F3 Plus comes with a huge 6-inch display offering a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, which is quite decent by any standard. Oppo has gone in for the 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla 5 Glass adding to the looks and safety of the phone. The phone comes with a metal body, has a thickness of 7.35mm and weighs 185 grams.
The processor fails to impress
For a phone being launched in Q2 of 2017, the Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor clocking 1.95GHz is not so â€˜up to dateâ€™, but coupled with the Adreno 510GPU and a RAM of 4GB, the overall performance may not lag and can give the user a great experience. In terms of the phoneâ€™s memory, it comes with 64GB and the provision for microSD card that can expand it to 256GB.
But whatâ€™s the USP?
More and more Chinese phone makers keen to capitalise on the Indian smartphone usersâ€™ craze for selfies, though one has to concede it is a universal phenomenon. The rear camera is a 16 MP Sony IMX398 model with an aperture of f/1.7 and it also sports a dual LED flash. There is also an instant focus feature.
But the F3 Plus will be talked about in the days to come for its front selfie camera(s). Yes, there are 2 of them. One is again 16MP and the other an 8MP one. But the sense in having this dual camera structure is explained by the two lenses. One sports a 76.4-degree wide angled lens, while the other comes with a much higher 120-degree angle lens meant for group selfies. So if you have always felt a little uncomfortable accommodating all your friends or the extended family into the selfie shot, the Oppo F3 Plus could now be the answer.
Battery and the OS
The new Oppo F3 Plus will come with a sufficiently powerful 4000mAh battery. The company claims that with just 5 minutes of charge the phone can deliver up to two hours of talk time. Even otherwise, Oppo has a proprietary charging technology called VOOC Flash Charging Technology which is incorporated in the F3 Plus as well.
The phone comes with Android Marshmallow (6.0), but it is not pure-play Android as it also has Oppoâ€™s in-house ColorOS 3.0 riding on it. The phone comes with a fingerprint sensor on the front for easier access to security.
If the features excite you, you can pre-order the phone till March 31, 2017.