OPPO R11 Test

Positives
  • Great cameras
  • AMOLED Display is nice
  • Premium, all-metal design
  • Quick fingerprint reader
  • Good battery life
  • VOOC fast charging
  • MicroSD Card slot for expansion or Dual SIM
Negatives
  • Average software user experience
  • Ok performance
  • Display lacks oleophobic coating
  • Maximum brightness is not enough for full sunlight
  • No Always on display
  • MicroUSB is outdated
  • No NFC

Design

  • Uni body metal design
  • stylized antenna lines
  • Overall, the R11’s design is really just a refinement of the R9s’. You’re getting the same premium metal unibody and, perhaps most importantly, the same great build quality.

Pro

  • Beautiful
  • 6.8mm 150g
  • As premium in build as it looks
  • Looks like an iPhone (depends on who you ask, this can be a good or bad thing)

Con

  • Not original – Looks similar to an iPhone and is virtually identical to the OnePlus 5
  • Not water resistance
  • Capacitive buttons are a little dim (back and multitask keys are also reversed compared to previous models & they cannot be remapped, so you’re stuck with this configuration)
  • Home button/finger print reader does not press down

Display

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 401 ppi
  • Gorilla Glass 5

Pro

  • Beautiful AMOLED
  • Good quality panel HD is good enough

Con

  • Max brightness is a little dim outdoors
  • No Always on display
  • Oleophobic coating is bad, the display constantly looks dirty

Hardware

The OPPO R11 is a solid mid range smartphone which means that it’s missing just enough premium features for you to notice and has enough high-end offerings that you just might over look the gap.

OPPO R11 Specifications

  • 5.5 inch FullHD AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-Core-SoC
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of internal memory
  • ColorOS 3.1, based on Android 7.1.1
  • Dual-Tone-LED-Flash, PDAF, f / 1.7-Aperture, plus 20 MP with the second cam with f / 2.6-aperture (Sony IMX350) Dual-Cam on the back: 16 MP with the main camera (Sony IMX398)
  • 20 MP front camera with f / 2.0 aperture
  • 3.000 mAh battery with VOOC flash charge technology
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS
  • 154.5 x 74.8 x 6.8 mm
  • Weight: 150 grams

Pro

  • Snapdragon 660 platform also includes the 14-bit Spectra 160 ISP, which is a first for Qualcomm’s 600 series and is important for processing images taken with the high-resolution camera
  • Daul SIM
  • MicroSD card
  • 4G LTE

Con

  • No NFC
  • Micro USB is outdated
  • Not water resistant

Performance

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-Core-SoC with 4GB RAM

Pro

  • 4GB of RAM, software does a good job of managing it and maximizing its usage

Con

  • can be sluggish
  • Not winning any benchmark battles
  • Midrange Specs, in this case, do feel mid range

Battery Life

  • 3,000mAh battery – Non-Removable
  • VOOC Quick Charge 0-70% in 30min and to 100% in 65 min

Pro

  • All Day battery life, can be 2 days if you’re a light user

Con

We always find OPPO devices annoying to review when it comes to battery life, we used to use a 3rd party app to figure out our screen on time, but it looks like the system is blocking 3rd party apps from tracking this stat. The mid range processor, FHD display, and limited screen brightness mean killer battery life. With very light use, 2.5 hours a day we made it through two full days, the stand by time is very good. I also never worried about making it through the day, even with aggressive use I still had a few percentage left if I got home in the wee hours of the morning.

Camera

  • The primary camera is a 16 MP Sony IMX398 sensor with an f/1.7 aperture. On the other hand, the secondary camera is a 20 MP Sony IMX376 sensor with an f/2.6 aperture. The phone combines the images from both lenses in order to produce the zoomed in image
  • Rear camera sports a 16 MP Sony IMX 398 sensor, ƒ/1.7 aperture
  • Telephoto lens is a 20 MP Sony IMX 376 sensor, ƒ/2.6 aperture
  • Front: 20 MP, ƒ/2.0 aperture

Pro

  • Images produced in good lighting were sharp, had accurate colors, and exhibited excellent dynamic range. Even when we took an image with the sun in the background, the R11 was still able to capture a good amount of detail in the shadows.
  • Images taken at 2x zoom were of about equal quality.

Con

  • Processing of photos can be quite slow, it can take up to 3 or 4 seconds, which is an eternity and does really made the phone seem mid range
  • No OIS
  • Average low light performance

 

2X Zoom

 

Beauty Mode is too strong at level 6, while level 3 provides somewhat more realistic results.

Software

  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • ColorOS 3.1
  • The new Color OS 3.1 is built based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and comes with support for WeChat fingerprint payment but missing NFC you won’t be using Android Pay.
  • Night mode feature which automatically controlled screen brightness to be more comfortable in the dark.
  • Beefed up security with features like secure WiFi detection, AliPay safety testing, fraudulent SMS detection and other safety testing methods.

Pro

  • As iOS as you can get on Android. Lot in common with iOS so if you’re switching the learning curve is lower
  • Strong Security Features

Con

  • notifications aren’t very intuitive, can’t close in one swipe or double tap to open
  • As iOS as you can get on Android, if you’re an Android user you’ll probably be missing some of the flexibility of Android.

 

Rating
Design / 8
Camera / 7.5
Sound / 7
Performance / 7
Battery Life / 8
Software / 7
Price / 7
Editor's Choice / 7
Hardware / 7
Display / 7
OPPO R11

The OPPO R11 is a great smartphone that you won't regret buying, as long as the OnePlus 5 isn't available in your country. Since the two phones are virtually identical in looks and in cost it's hard not to see the compromises.

The R11 has a great premium build, great battery life, quick charge and good cameras but the average software and no NFC do make me feel as though I'm missing out. The OS is easy enough to get used to so if you do decide to go with the R11 you won't be disappointed the cameras really are fantastic even if the low light performance is decidedly average.

7.3
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