Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:24

OPPO R11 – dual camera at $649 (first look)

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OPPO has brought a dual camera to a mid-range phone at half the price of many competitors. If first looks and image quality are anything to judge by it blitzes the competitors.

iTWire has covered OPPO since its launch in Australia in 2014 and has seen it grow to the #2 brand in China. It has done that on the back of three things – unbeatable value, amazing camera specifications and sheer force of will.

The formula works and while may accuse it of “iPhone” looks it is about giving people what they want. The R9 series was the worlds largest selling smartphone by unit volume.

The R11 is the successor to R9 series and no doubt that we will see the R11s and Plus versions soon. It has kept all the good bits like AMOLED screen but thrown in a dual lens, dual sensor, 20 MP (f/2.6, AF Sony IMX398) + 16 MP (f/1.7, PDAF, Sony IMX350), phase detection autofocus, HRD, LED flash rear camera that blows most smartphone camera’s out of the water with amazing low light capability and flexibility.

Privately, Michael Tran, executive firector at OPPO Australia, told iTWire, “This is the best 'friggin' camera and smartphone we have ever built and it’s the beginning of a new era at OPPO where we are going to call ourselves a 'camera phone' first.”

Publicly he said, “Today, the smartphone is our camera of choice and of utmost importance for Aussie consumers. We want to share our favourite places, people and activities at a moment's notice in stunning detail. The R11 has been designed solely with this in mind, receiving significant upgrades to both its hardware and software.

“At OPPO, we want to continue to lead and bring premium quality features to our camera phones. The new Portrait Mode does just that, offering users beautiful shots at a click of a button. Only OPPO can deliver these flagship innovations at such an attractive price.”

OPPO R11It is still a mid-range phone using the latest Qualcomm 660, an eight core 1.9 and 2.2GHz processor that frankly outperforms last year’s Qualcomm 820 flagship.

OPPO is the first to use the chip and it allows it to offer LTE Cat 13/12 (600/150 Mbps) speeds, 3CA (3 carrier aggregation), 2 x 2 MU-MIMO, VoLTE, VoWiFi, HD voice, Wi-Fi AC Wave 2 (867MHz), Bluetooth 5.0, and the two separate image processors to handle dual lenses. It rates about 12% below the Snapdragon 835 flagship so it is fast.

The screen is a 5.5”, 1920 x 1080, Samsung sourced, diamond pentile, 401ppi, AMOLED with Gorilla Glass five. Initial tests reflect the Samsung quality – 410cd/m2 brightness and an infinity contrast ratio as only AMOLED screens can provide. 

The battery is 3000mAh for all day use – let’s not forget the proprietary VOOC fast charge as well that gives 65% charge in 30 minutes. It is rated for 81 hours in the endurance test.

It has a Dirac Real Sound HD DAC and EQ – making for clean, clear and reasonably loud sound. Frequency response is even from 10Hz to 20kHz and total harmonic distortion is .0008% – less than half current flagships.

In daylight shots from the 36th floor of the Sydney Shangrila Hotel I got good detail, contrast, and true colours. A review will test low light shots.

We had some fun with the 20MP selfie camera – this is a huge jump from the 5-8MP in many cameras. The R11 has one of the most powerful and impressive selfie cameras around.

The R11 has gained a substantial edge on its mid-range competitors, but it also nips at the heels of a few of the recent flagships.

It will be in JB H-Fi, Good Guys, Officeworks, Virgin and Vodaphone from 7 August. Singapore web site here.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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