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OPPO F3 Unboxing And First Impressions

Undoubtedly, OPPO F3 Plus with dual front cameras is a HUGE hit! However, not everyone has can afford its PHP 23,990 price tag, enter the new OPPO F3.
OPPO F3 Unboxing And First Impressions
Meet OPPO F3, the newest #SelfieExpert

The OPPO F3 is the company's viable solution to the growing crowd of selfie lovers who wanted to experience the power of dual selfie camera with a more affordable price tag. This smaller variant of the F3 Plus comes with toned down specs, but retained the exciting 16 MP + 8 MP dual selfie camera setup in front.

Like the F3 Plus, the smaller F3 has the ability to take regular selfies, beautified selfies, selfie with background blur, and wide angle selfie or groufie shots for less.
Interesting right?

So without any further ado, let's check it out!

OPPO F3 Specs

Display: 5.5 Inch FHD IPS In Cell 1920 x 1080 resolution at w/ 2.5D curved glass and Gorilla Glass 5 protection 401 ppi
CPU: 1.5 GHz 64 Bit MT6750T octa core processor
GPU: Mali T860
ROM: 64 GB expandable via micro SD card slot up to 128 GB (dedicated)
Back Camera: 13 MP f/2.2 w/ PDAF and dual tone LED flash
Selfie Camera: 16 MP f/2.0 w/ AF + 8 MP 120 degrees wide angle lens and screen flash
Battery: 3,200 mAh
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow w/ ColorOS 3.0
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, A GPS, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: Fingerprint sensor
Dimensions: 153 x 72.5 x 7.3 mm
Weight: 153 g
Price: PHP 16,990 (PHP 15,990 sale price)

Disclaimer: This unit borrowed from OPPO Philippines for our honest review and opinion.

Unboxing / Accessories

The F3 shares the similar OPPO packaging we normally see from the company. It's loaded with nearly everything you'll need.
The OPPO F3 box
The OPPO F3 box

It includes the likes of a 2A USB wall charger, USB to micro USB data charging cable, earbuds with microphone, pre-installed screen protector, FREE TPU silicon case, and SIM ejector tool.
All the essentials inside
All the essentials inside

What more can you ask for?

Build Quality / Design

Solid familiar build
Solid familiar build

OPPO retained the type of good construction we love. The handset is housed in an all aluminum metal unibody frame with good curves behind and slight chamfered edges.

Solid as expected!

In front, the 5.5 inch FHD display w/ 2.5D curved glass is protected with Gorilla Glass to prevent cracks from mild drops and light scratches. The best part, OPPO even added a layer of thick screen protector and a FREE case in the package to protect your phone from damages.
Mic on top
Mic on top
Headphone jack slot, another mic, micro USB port, and single speaker below
Headphone jack slot, another mic, micro USB port, and single speaker below
Volume rocker at left
Volume rocker at left
Dual SIM / dedicated micro SD card slot and power button at right
Dual SIM / dedicated micro SD card slot and power button at right

Interestingly, OPPO used the ageing design of the F1s / F1s Upgrade instead of the new design of F3 Plus. While that fusion of Samsung x iPhone design is still sleek and slim, we would have liked it better if the company used the design of F3 Plus with six string antennas for better signal reception. The black border bezels on the screen is now slimmer though.

Familiar design!

The handset also has all the familiar buttons and ports placement. Yes, they're all easy locate and the headphone jack is still there.

Initial findings

1. The design and construction is very similar with the F1s except that is has a higher grade of glass protection. The screen was upgraded from HD to full HD as well. It is a great type of screen.
2. There's a slight upgrade in the processor. From MT6750 to MT6750T. If we're correct, OPPO used the turbo variant of MT6750 here to support the dual camera configuration of the OPPO F3. It also 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB storage, and 3,200 mAh of battery. It's not the most powerful on paper, but should perform decently in real life.
3. Coming from the dated Android Lollipop, the OPPO F3 boots with the newer Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS w/ ColorOS 3.0. However, it is still not on Nougat OS.
4. On paper, this device is still using the same 13 MP f/2.2 main camera. In front, there's the 16 MP f/2.0 w/ AF + 8 MP 120 degrees wide angle lens and screen flash for your great selfies or groufies.
5. OTG for USB devices works, LED notification feature is hidden in the settings. The fingerprint scanner in front is very quick. Real dual SIM + micro SD card slot is present. 

See also: OPPO F3: First Camera Samples

As of the moment

On paper, there isn't really much of an upgrade performance coming from the older OPPO F1s Upgrade. Why? This phone still has the same build, chipset (identical), RAM, and storage.

Fortuantely, there's a slight upgrade in battery capacity and software. The screen is much sharper now at full HD coming from just HD. Plus, for its sole purpose of being the affordable #SelfieExpert with dual front facing cameras, this could be the new selfie / groufie phone to beat in its class.

For our review: OPPO F3 Review: Legit Groufie Experience For Less
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