The year 2016 was more than awesome for Oppo. The company enjoyed one of the most successful periods in China’s smartphone market with a series of Oppo phones, but it was even better when talking about its subsidiary, OnePlus.
In case you didn’t know, OnePlus is owned by Oppo. Over time, OnePlus has grown into a major force in the smartphone industry, with the latest flagship killer being the OnePlus 3T. This phone took the smartphone market by storm not just because of its mind-blowing hardware specs, features, and premium design, but also because of the impressive pricing it comes with compared to other devices that carry the same or even less-powerful hardware specs.
One area that Oppo has perfected as far as its smartphones are concerned is the selfie camera. Even though Oppo phones basically ship with midrange and budget hardware specs, the cameras are always up there. The latest Oppo F3 Plus is just one perfect example. As the name suggests, the device is huge in terms of size, even bigger than the aforementioned OnePlus 3T. In fact, if phablets are your thing, this is one phone that is worth looking at.
The Oppo F3 Plus ships with a 6-inch 2.5D curved display screen with a Full HD resolution and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 on top. Under the hood, the phablet packs a speedy, but midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 SoC that has a clock speed of 1.95GHz and is paired with an impressive 4GB RAM. The storage stops at 64GB, but you can expand it via a microSD card slot that houses up to 256GB.
The major selling point of the Oppo F3 Plus is the camera. The back has a 16MP shooter that ships with an impressive f/1.7 aperture, supports dual focus PDAF and 4K video recording, has OIS, as well as dual-tone LED flash. As for the front panel, you’ll come across an even better dual-lens setup that houses one 16MP sensor that has a 74-degree wide-angle view and f/2.0 aperture and a second 8MP lens, which is basically a wide-angle lens with an impressive view of 120 degrees.
The Oppo F3 Plus also comes with features such as fingerprint scanner, 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1 and a huge 4000mAh battery unit that is supported by VOOC Flash Charge technology for fast charging. As impressive as these specs seem, they are nowhere near the OnePlus 3T, which comes in with a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen with the same full HD resolution, but the real power is under the hood. Here, you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC that is paired with 6GB RAM. In terms of storage, you get either 64GB or 128GB, but be warned that there’s no microSD card slot.
The OnePlus 3T cameras are an improvement over the standard OnePlus 3, where both ends have a 16MP shooter, although the rear camera gets more features such as OIS, PDAF and dual-tone LED flash, among others. As noted earlier, Oppo has found huge success in the camera department, which is why the new Oppo F3 Plus is easily the better option here. But if raw power is your thing – alongside the desire to run the latest software on your phone – there’s no thinking twice about the OnePlus 3T.
It gets even better when it comes to the prices of the two phones. Even though the OnePlus 3T is the flagship offering, it gets a slightly cheaper price tag when compared to the midrange Oppo F3 Plus. Where the latter is valued at Rs 30,990 or about $480, the former has a price tag of Rs 29,999 or approximately $460.
So, if you want a bigger display and a much better selfie camera, the Oppo F3 Plus is your thing here. But if you are after a premium design, better hardware performance, the latest software and a slightly cheaper price tag, you can’t go past the OnePlus 3T.
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