Hello, Guys! Today, I’m going to take a look at Oppo R11 review. It’s not an accident that the Oppo R11 looks a lot like the iPhone 7 Plus. The R11 is catered towards mainland Chinese customers who view the inspired by Apple design philosophy positively. So, let’s find out-
It’s pretty much just a refined version of the R9s. It has the premium all-metal body that also thin and light. The most distinctive feature of the R11 is, it’s curved back that makes the phone easier to hold. It’s also got a pair of antenna bands that echo the corners of the phone’s top and bottom. The power button is on the right and right on top of that a hybrid SIM card slot that takes two Nano SIM cards and one Nano SIM and one microSD card. On the left, volume buttons and on its bottom, good news for you guys, there’s a headphone jack, micro USB port, and speaker.
The center home key on the R11 may look tactile but it’s capacitive so it doesn’t press down. The R11 fingerprint reader is embedded within this key so you can simply tap it to authenticate. The reader is super quick to easily the quickest scanner I’ve ever used. You may guess that Oppo placed the back button to the right of the home key. Well, this layout is non-standard some including myself prefer it. The side keys are illuminated but the illumination is pretty dim but it’s nothing you won’t be able to get used to.
It has a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display. The display looks great with punchy colors. There are still some drawbacks though, the maximum brightness is high enough for most cloudy days but you’ll have some trouble on sunny days. Weirdly, the R11 lacks a proper Oleophobic coating so it’s essentially a fingerprint magnet. The r9s had the same exact issue so I’m disappointed that Oppo is making the same mistake twice. If you’re coming from pretty much any other device expects some difficult to remove fingerprints with the R11.
It has Dual Camera setup. The Dual cameras are the unmistakable highlight of the R11. The high-resolution pair works together to provide up to 2 times optical zoom. In order to match the camera hardware capability, Oppo works directly with Qualcomm to customize the Spectra 160 image signal processor and the effort appears to have paid off. You’ll notice that daytime images are sharp. It has accurate color reproduction and excellent dynamic range when using the 2 times optical zoom.
The image processing is quite slow at 3-4 seconds with this amount of zoom though, so it’s not best for scenes with a lot of action. There’s also a hardware, software hybrid depth effect as part of the portrait mode. The edges can be a tad off especially in non-ideal lighting. The images can still come out as fairly convincing.
As we anticipated images taken in low-light are softer and noisier with a good amount of lens flare especially with a secondary camera color reproduction is still decent though. And the images are pretty bright for the amount of light actually available optical image stabilization would help a lot here though. OIS would also help with the video capture.
The phone records up to 4K video with the rear cameras but the footage can be pretty shaky. Oppo states that the 20-megapixel f/2.0 front-facing camera was treated as important as the rear cameras and it does a really nice job. The camera app is pretty standard easy to use.
Under the hood, the R11 has an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, nice upgrade from te 625 found in the R9s. To be frank, everyday performance is really is really just mediocre. It’s a mid-range chip so you just can’t expect Snapdragon 835 affordable flagship level speed. With that said, the minor sluggishness is easy to get used to and is difficult to really notice unless you’ve used some of the higher-end chips. There are 4 gigs of RAM and 64 gigs of storage which is enough to do some basic multitasking.
It runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Oppo’s colorOS 3.1 skin makes the software experience feel more like iOS. The notification panel toggles have been replaced with a control center and the system apps use many design elements from iOS. For example- unlike some other Chinese Android skins colorOS doesn’t positively take inspiration from iOS. It feels as if the focus was placed on cloning rather than developing a good user experience. There’s also a bunch of minor annoyances as an example you can only adjust one audio profile at once.
In addition to being an unlocked dual SIM smartphone, the Oppo R11 partially supports US 4G LTE networks, bands 12 and 17 are missing so you’ll only have partial coverage. Carrier aggregation will also be limited so you might notice some slower data speeds. This partial supports was likely intended to help travelers more so than US citizens.
The R11 even includes the All-roaming app which lets you obtain affordable cell phone service in over 50 different countries without needing a local SIM card. If you’d like you can instead use the second SIM card slot in order to expand with a microSD card up to 256GB. Something to keep in mind, the R11 lacks NFC so you, unfortunately, won’t be able to use mobile payment apps like Android pay.
The side firing speaker is actually pretty good, moderately loud with minimal distortion. It’s not on par with front-facing speakers but it’s still better than we expected.
We don’t have any numbers to share in regard to battery life since the software prevented us from collecting data. But the 3000 mAh battery seems to provide pretty good battery life. We never had trouble getting through a full day with moderate to heavy use. The built in VOOC fast charging allows you to charge from 0-70% in just 30 minutes or to 100% in just 65 minutes. The Oppo r11 was a legacy microUSB port for charging and data transfer.
Overall, the Oppo R11 has a great camera, premium all-metal design, and a good battery life. However, a large number of compromises, the software user experiences poor performances only mediocre and there are many small issues. The R11 has a good value but we cannot recommend it over competing options. You can spend just a little bit more, we suggest you go with the OnePlus 5 instead as it’s very similar to the R11 with the same great cameras, a nearly identical design much better software, and better performance.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Oppo R11||Rs. NA|
|Oppo R11||$ 518.88|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano)|
|BODY||Dimensions||154.5 x 74.8 x 6.8mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||AMOLED, 1080 x 1920p (401 PPI)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5
|CAMERA||Rear||Dual 20-MP (F/2.6 AF) + 16-MP (F/1.7 PDAF), LED Flash|
|Front||20-MP F/2.0, 1080p|
|Features||1/2.8″ sensor size, 1.0 μm pixel size, & 1/2.8″ sensor size, 1.12 μm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660|
|MEMORY||Internal||64GB, 4GB RAM|
|External||up to 256GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyro, Compass, Proximity|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, Hotspot|
|Others||Bluetooth v4.2, & GPS (with A-GPS & GLONASS)|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm jack available|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Po 3000 mAh|