Oppo R11s

PREMIUM HAND­SET WITH FEW CON­CES­SIONS

TechLife Australia - - CONTENTS - [ STEPHEN LAMBRECHTS ]

THE OPPO R11S MAY HAVE MORE SCREEN REAL ES­TATE AVAIL­ABLE THAN ITS PRE­DE­CES­SOR, BUT ITS RES­O­LU­TION RE­MAINS IN THE 1080P REALM (2,160 X 1,080). THANK­FULLY, IT HAS A GOR­GEOUS AMOLED SCREEN WITH A PIXEL DEN­SITY OF 401PPI, OF­FER­ING INKY BLACKS, VI­BRANT COLOURS AND EX­CEP­TIONAL BRIGHT­NESS.

EVER COM­MIT­TED TO giv­ing con­sumers a flag­ship feel at a re­duced cost, Chi­nese smart­phone maker Oppo de­liv­ers a premium ex­pe­ri­ence in al­most ev­ery as­pect of its de­sign with its lat­est 6-inch hand­set. Those who pre­fer their hand­sets even more ph­ablet-sized also have the choice of the Oppo R11s Plus, which has a 6.43-inch dis­play. In both in­stances, the phones are less than half the price of an iPhone X or Sam­sung Galaxy Note 8, which is an im­pres­sive feat. Sweet­en­ing the deal is Oppo's prom­ise that it will fix bro­ken screens for free for the first six months of own­er­ship.

That said, de­spite sport­ing some high-end fea­tures, the R11s is un­de­ni­ably a mid-range phone, as it lacks a few of the key as­pects we’ve come to ex­pect from flag­ship hand­sets, such as NFC and a USB-C port.

A dras­ti­cally-re­duced bezel gives the phone a sim­i­larly-mod­ern look to the Sam­sung Galaxy S8 and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. Those smaller top and bot­tom bezels mean the Oppo uses an on-screen nav­i­ga­tion bar, and the supremely-fast fin­ger­print sen­sor’s now at the rear of the phone. But you might not use it, as face un­lock is seem­ingly per­fected here. We can’t say for cer­tain whether it’s more or less se­cure than Sam­sung’s own fa­cial recog­ni­tion tech, though.

A com­bi­na­tion dual SIM and mi­croSD slot lives on the right side of its all-metal uni­body chas­sis. When its case is off (Oppo con­tin­ues its much-ap­pre­ci­ated tra­di­tion of in­clud­ing a clear gel phone case in the box), it also has a sig­nif­i­cant cam­era bump, made all the more no­tice­able by its wide, dual-cam­era na­ture.

Mu­sic lovers will be happy to know that a 3.5mm head­phone jack has been in­cluded, and as is cus­tom with Oppo’s phones, a built-in equaliser of­fers 10 dif­fer­ent pre­sets, with room for you to cre­ate cus­tom set­tings.

The Oppo R11s may have more screen real es­tate avail­able than its pre­de­ces­sor (the phone’s dis­play now takes up 85% of its front), but runs a 2,160 x 1,080 res­o­lu­tion. Thank­fully, it has a gor­geous AMOLED screen with a pixel den­sity of 401ppi, of­fer­ing inky blacks, vi­brant colours and ex­cep­tional bright­ness.

With its large 3,205mAh bat­tery, the Oppo R11s lasted 8 hours and 4 min­utes of heavy use in our PCMark bat­tery bench­marks. That’s a great re­sult for a mid-range phone, last­ing just as long as the Sam­sung Galaxy S8 did, and Oppo prom­ises that a 30-minute charge will bring the phone to at least 75% ca­pac­ity.

A mag­nif­i­cent 20MP front-fac­ing cam­era im­ple­ments ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and ma­chine learn­ing in its quest to pro­vide users with the most flat­ter­ing selfies imag­in­able. On the back of the hand­set, the R11s packs a 20MP + 16MP dual cam­era setup that au­to­mat­i­cally switches be­tween the two lenses to max­imise the qual­ity of low-light pho­tog­ra­phy. That dual cam­era setup can also be used to cre­ate im­pres­sive depth-of-field ef­fects via a ded­i­cated Por­trait mode. For the most part, this fea­ture works well, keep­ing im­ages in the fore­ground sharp and clear while blur­ring the back­ground nicely. Video cap­ture is not one of Oppo’s strengths, as 1080p record­ing is lim­ited to 30fps. 4K cap­ture is also avail­able, though like on the Oppo R9s Plus, our video at this res­o­lu­tion was al­ways in­con­sis­tent, and ap­peared choppy dur­ing move­ment.

Oppo’s ColorOS in­ter­face still pro­vides an iPhone-like user ex­pe­ri­ence — mean­ing no op­tion to quickly sort them in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der — de­spite its op­er­at­ing sys­tem be­ing based on An­droid 7 (aka Nougat). Once you’re over that quirk, in day-to-day use, the phone feels fast, chal­leng­ing the high-end LG G6.

With the R11s, Oppo has once again pro­duced a sur­pris­ingly premium hand­set, and one that’s an af­ford­able al­ter­na­tive to high-end com­peti­tors like the iPhone X and Sam­sung Galaxy S8.

OPPO R11S $779 www.oppo.com/au CRIT­I­CAL SPECS 6.01-inch, 18:9 AMOLED dis­play; Snap­dragon 660 chipset; Adreno 512 GPU; 3,205mAh bat­tery; 4GB RAM; 64GB stor­age (ex­pand­able to 256GB via mi­croSD); 20MP + 16MP rear, 20MP front cams; 2.4/5GHz 802.11 a /b/g/n/ac; face un­lock, fin­ger­print scan­ner; mi­cro USB; 15.5 x 7.6 x 0.7cm; 153g

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