The Oppo R11 is a flawlessly a good phone of the midrange section. You will be amazed to see that it has sufficient skills and attraction to put stress on the high-priced ranges of smartphones. You get class with-in the pocket to rock with some awesome feature.
Oppo R11 shapes on the heritage of the R9 and R9s with a 5.5″ AMOLED screen enfolded in an aluminum unibody. You get breathtaking enhancements in the performance and camera subdivisions. Initially, the R11 is the earliest phone ever to originate with the Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm’s latest superior mid-range chipset. In addition to the speed boost, the S660 is supposed to completely improve the low-light and portrait imaging abilities.
The R11 has a dual-camera system with wide-angle and telephoto lens. It is also packed with a high-resolution selfie camera. Portrait mode is open on both cams, and Oppo presents bokeh special effects to rock your world. You similarly get zoom, depth of field, high-resolution panorama feature, along with a 4K video option. You also get a jam-packed phone with extra-solid camera specs.
Oppo R11 key features:
Body: All-metal unibody, Gorilla Glass 5 screen protection.
Display: 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED, 401 ppi.
Rear cameras: Main camera: Sony IMX398 sensor, 16MP, 1.12µ pixel size, f/1.7 aperture, PDAF, LED flash, portrait mode with bokeh effects, 4K at 30fps video recording. Tele camera: Sony IMX350 sensor, 20MP, 1.0µ pixel size, f/2.6 aperture.
Front camera: 20MP, f/2.0, portrait mode with bokeh effects, 1080p video
OS/Software: Android 7.1.1 Nougat; Color OS 3.1 custom edge.
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660: octa-core Kryo 260 processor (4x 2.2GHz + 4x 1.8GHz), Adreno 512 GPU.
Memory: 4GB RAM; 64GB storage; microSD slot (uses SIM2).
Battery: 3,000mAh Li-Po (vacuum-packed); VOOC Flash charging (5V/4A).
Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac,
Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/GLONASS, micro USB, 3.5mm headphone jack.
Misc: Fingerprint reader; single bottom-firing speaker
No water protection
Hybrid SIM slot
No 1080p@60fps recording
Opening the Oppo R11 Box:
The Oppo R11 comes in a two-dimensional box. There is a 20W VOOC charger, a VOOC-compatible micro USB cable, a set of headphones with a joined mic, and silicone case.
There is a pre- installed screen protector, and it’s up to you to choose if you want to have it or rely exclusively on the Gorilla Glass 5.
Oppo R11 Design and Measurements
The Oppo R11 measures approximately 154.5 x 74.8 x 6.8mm. The weight is around 150g.
The Oppo R11 is exclusively metal-made. The phone looks extra sharp at just 6.8mm slim body. The highlights of the new design are the four-string antenna lines carved out of the shell by customized tungsten blades. The antennas flow with the top and bottom edge, and they don’t interfere with the unibody part at all. Oppo is obviously trying to impress us with the latest trend competence. And, yes we are impressed – no doubts there!
The body has a matte finish, including the antennas, which gives a secure grip. The somewhat familiar camera hump is accented by a subtle metal frame, polished for a mirror-like effect. There is a similar polished chamfer as a border between the screen glass and the metal rear.
Finally, the fingerprint scanner is integrated in the Home key and is the always-on kind. It also has a polished metal rim. To divide the front from the back, Oppo has a subtly curved edge for a seamless and smooth transition.
The 5.5″ AMOLED screen’s front has an earpiece and the 20MP selfie camera on top of it. You also get Task Switcher and Back keys, on either side of a more noticeable Home key, which is also of the capacitive category. The Task and Back keys are noticeable with small white icons and shine well in the dark. The volume keys are on the left, while the power/lock key and the hybrid SIM slots are on the right. The top is slightly clean with a too small to see secondary mic, while the end features the 3.5mm audio jack, mouthpiece, and the worthy old micro USB port. It also has a VOOC quick charging, in which case the deal is great. In conclusion, Oppo R11’s 16+20MP dual-camera arrangement is to some extent bulging on the back. You will also get a single LED flash on the back of the phone.
It’s a 5.5″ AMOLED screen with 1080p resolution. You will also get a customary Diamond Pixel composition. The AMOLED on the Oppo R11 is capable of 410 nits of maximum brightness. The color precision on the Oppo R11 is with a regular deviation, called the Delta E of 6.1 and a limit of 12.4 in the whites. Oppo chose to tone up the main RGB colors and they ended-up oversaturated.
The Oppo R11 is power-driven by a 3,000mAh battery. It is vacuum-packed in its metal frame. The phone supports the fast VOOC charging standard and is bundled with the proper charger for it, a 5V unit at 4A for a total output of 20W. It can charge up to 65% in half an hour and full charge in simply one hour.
It is a dual-SIM phone motorized by a Qualcomm chipset. This obviously means excellent support for mobile wireless connectivity. This includes ten LTE, four GSM, CDMA, and five 3G bands. VoLTE is supported additionally for improved audio quality.
The R11 supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n over 2.4GHz and 802.11 a/n/ac on 5GHz (dual-band Wi-Fi). Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, and GLONASS are also enabled. The micro USB 2.0 port on the phone offers On-The-Go for connecting accessories.
Nougat and Color OS 3.1:
The Oppo R11 runs Color OS 3.1, based on the Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The new v3.1 launcher introduces WeChat payments via fingerprints, a dedicated night mode, and more refined interface. Naturally, the level of customization runs deep within the ROM, making it far-off from the standard Google-developed mobile feel. Units sold outside of China still come with the full Google suite, which has resulted in having a few apps with similar functionality – one by Oppo, and another one by Google.
The Lock screen features a constantly changing slideshow of images. You can subscribe to several different channels (e.g. photos of nature or cars or others) or provide your own imagery. The set of photos will be updated periodically, but only over a Wi-Fi connection, so it doesn’t eat into your mobile data plan.
Once you set-up the fingerprint reader – and you’ll want to do that as otherwise, the Home button can’t open the phone. You could open the phone with the Home button when the fingerprint reader is not set up, but that requires a few consecutive taps and you might as well double tap the screen.
The toggles, brightness bar, music controls, Oppo Quick Share, and various app shortcuts are all placed in a Control Center-like second shade, which you pull-up from the bottom.
Finally, there is a Phone Manager; it handles memory cleaner functions, app permissions and encryption, and virus scan, in the middle of other things.
The new chip by Qualcomm offers a powerful octa-core processor housing the company’s custom Kryo 260 cores – four of those cores are ticking at 2.2GHz, and the other four are at 1.8GHz. It has 4 gigabytes of RAM. Oppo R11 revealed a noticeable performance increase when processor tasks are concerned, both multicore and single core. It is a dual-SIM phone with VoLTE support.
The Phone Manager allows Virus scans, Permission management along with memory cleanup. You can just hit the Quick scan button to see if the app thinks your phone needs a tune-up.
The Weather app pulls data from AccuWeather and fits plenty of information on a single screen. It has pre-installed the free version of WPS Office. It can create Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. The file manager organizes files into categories and natively supports ZIPs. The File safe option allows you to lock certain files with a fingerprint/pattern for safe keeping. There’s an option to move files without a cable – the phone creates a Wi-Fi hotspot, and you connect to it over the FTP.
The Gallery app is available by default. On the other hand, you can browse images by folder, with a special “Recently deleted” folder. This one will save accidentally deleted photographs. You can encrypt files, but not directly from the gallery.
The app also presents a feature to quickly build a collage out of quite a few chosen photos. You can edit individual photos with the customary crop and filter tools, in addition to the doodle free-hand too. One more forward-thinking feature is that you can blur part of the image, or you can pixelate certain zones.
Music player with Dirac Real HD Sound:
The Color OS music player has a clear iOS aesthetic and is rather simple in procedure. You can browse the music library by track, artiste or album. You can favorite songs to make them stress-free to find. Lyrics can be exhibited, but they must be rooted into the file itself. The player will not bring them from the Internet. One more, major advanced setting is Dirac’s Real HD Sound. It’s an equalizer with numerous presets and three sliders for manual tuning – Bass, Baritone and Treble. This works with earpieces only, as Dirac Power Sound powers the loudspeaker.
Oppo R11 dual-camera Analysis:
The Oppo R11 features a dual camera on the back. There is one 16MP IMX398 systematic sensor with f/1.7 lens. The camera also has a 20MP IMX376 sensor with f/2.6 telephoto lens. Those two are set-up to provide 2x optical zoom with image handling controlled by the Qualcomm Spectra ISP. Maximum settings are on the left, whereas diverse modes can be selected on the right, next to the shutter key.
There are a small number of settings, with location tagging and guidelines. These are parted in their own menu in the phone’s settings. Expert mode is open for those seeking more manual controls. It comes with a convenient horizon level and can modify most settings on the primary camera excluding the selfie cam. The shutter speed control shortages fine adjustment.
In addition to zoom, the dual camera presents Portrait mode where you can blur the background. The camera outputs 16MP regular stills, 16MP telephoto testers, and 8MP Portrait photographs.
The phone has a solid 20MP selfie camera on the front, which is also talented of the similar virtual bokeh effect. The R11 has one of the record leading, skilled, and remarkable selfie cameras all over the place. Unexpectedly, at this point the bokeh effect turned out even better than what we got from the back dual camera. Particularly, when it came to the edge detection of hair, shades, and outfits. Bokeh, or not, the 20MP selfies are quite impressive with plenty of detail, high contrast, wide dynamic range, and lively colors.
The Oppo R11 is capable of capturing 4K, 1080p, and 720p videos at 30 fps. The standard 2160p/30fps mode is encoded at about 42Mbps, on par with the flagship crop. Audio is recorded in stereo at 96Kbps – far from impressive. Elegance and simplicity define the R11’s exterior, with no fancy finish but an extra-solid build. The R11 has Gorilla Glass 5 protecting the screen and more than enough grip because of the matte aluminum rear.
The R11 is a selfie pro and its 20MP selfies, bokeh or not, have excellent quality and resolution to spare. The main camera is among the best we’ve seen in both broad daylight and at night in the city. The telephoto lens does a terrific job at portrait shots and 2x optical zoom. Oppo R11 allows manual mode on both cameras.
Oppo R11 key test findings & Wrap-up:
- The aluminum body looks and finishes great, flagship-worthy, the matte finish provides a reliable grip.
- The display is bright, but the colors are somewhat oversaturated. Sunlight legibility is of top score. Gorilla Glass 5 is welcome and you’ll scarcely need the pre-installed screen protector.
- Audio quality is great with external equalizers, only mediocre with headphones.
- The tele cam is awesome in daylight. Portrait mode works well enough and is very good at splitting the subject and background.
- The Oppo R11 is a decent choice to buy, we’re sure you would not want to miss it! Stay tuned for more reviews.