Introduction - What Makes it Plus?
OPPO’s second launch this year and the first F-series smartphone to pack in 5G support, the F19 Pro+ 5G is a ‘Plus’ variant and brings on-board MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC with an exciting design, a large battery, and a mixed bag of pros and cons that you will have to deal with.
OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G like any other device sports a few things you’ll love and a few you won’t so here’s a detailed review on the device after we tested it extensively for a week testing out all of its moving parts to draw a verdict. This would help you ascertain your decision on whether to buy it or not.
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Prices in India, Variants, Availability
OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G is available in India for Rs 25,990/- for its 8+128GB variant. It is the only variant available on OPPO India and Amazon India. There are plenty of offers to redeem such as Rs.2,000/- instant discount on Credit/Debit card on EMI from HDFC Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank. You also get No Cost EMI for up to 9 months while prime members can avail up to 12 months. F19 Pro+ 5G is also provided up to 70 per cent assured buyback via OPPO Upgrade.
OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G comes in a blu-ish box packaging with a white box inside which carries the contents. All that you get inside the box includes:
- OPPO F19 Pro+ device
- A transparent case
- 50W Flash Charger
- USB Type-C Cable
- 3.5mm jack earphone
Specs at a glance
Before we talk in detail about the OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G let’s see what the on-paper specs look like?
- Display: 6.43-inch (16.3cm) FHD+ Super AMOLED Punch-hole Display
- Processor: Mediatek Dimensity 800U 5G
- Storage: 8GB/128GB
- Software: ColorOS 11.1 based on Android 11
- Rear cameras: 48MP Main + 8MP wide angle macro + 2MP portrait mono lens + 2MP Macro mono lens
- Battery: 4310 mAH, 50W Flash Charging
- Weight: 175g
- Dimensions: 160.10 x 73.40 x 7.80 mm
Design and Build - Interesting and Light on Pockets
OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G doesn’t break any walls when it comes to design but its Silver colour variant looks damn premium. There’s a Black variant as well. The front has a giant edge-to-edge display with thin bezels and a considerable chin. The back panel has a frosted back panel with a matte finish that interestingly reflects light making it look too premium for its price. Yet, the back panel is plastic and at least it doesn’t catch smudges and fingerprint marks more than a glass back panel.
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A metal frame adds the required sturdiness to the unit allowing for a little flexing here and there without breaking into pieces when subjected to forces.
The camera bump protrudes just a tad bit above the back panel and there’s a tiny OPPO branding on the side. This relieves you from the giant branding on Reno devices that oppo sells as premium mid-range devices. Moving on, the best thing is the addition of an under-the-display fingerprint sensor. This is because many OEMs have moved to side-mounted FPS at this price segment but luckily, the F19 Pro+ 5G remains put with a UD FPS.
The bottom houses a 3.5mm headphone jack, a primary microphone, a USB Type-C port, and a bottom-firing loudspeaker. You get a power button on the side, a volume rocker on the left along with a triple card slot with a dedicated memory card slot built-in. Pair the device with a TPU or use a mobile cover and you are good to go relieving the device from any smudges.
Vibrant Display But Ditched High Refresh Rate
OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G packs in a giant-sized 6.43-inch Super AMOLED panel with a 1080×2400 pixels resolution. It has an 84.9 per cent screen-to-body ratio and a 409 PPI density. You get a whopping 800 nits of peak and 430 nits of typical brightness with the display. Plus, there’s a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top of it for safety and protection against falls.
Talking about the display size, it is 6.4-inch which is considered a sweet spot by many techies giving you abundant screen real estate while not being too big. The colours are punchy and vibrant although you will notice that it has issues with bluish colour ranges although it is not that apparent and you will have to be very attentive to notice these minute inaccuracies.
The display is packed at 60Hz which is a regular or now a below standard refresh rate. Apart from showing jerky scrolling on Instagram and other apps/portals, the display is good. Note that users who have used 60Hz and above refresh rates will gauge the difference in refresh rate onboard OPPO F19 Pro+ given the fact that 60Hz is a standard refresh rate across the majority of devices.
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Talking about the brightness, the 430 nits of typical brightness is enough for viewing throughout day and night although you would feel a bit awkward viewing the display during broad daylight. But hey, you can tune it to auto-brightness that offers 60 per cent higher brightness at 800 nits which is great for viewing even under broad daylight.
Overall, the display is vibrant, punchy, has L1 Widevine support, has slight inaccuracies with respect to the bluish hue, and has an overall ideal size of a display.
Expect a Mid-Range Performance
The powertrain of OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G consists of a uber-powerful MediaTek Dimensity 800U octa-core processor manufactured on a 7nm node. It has two 2.4GHz Cortex-A76 plus six 2.0GHz Cortex-A55 cores with it. The GPU is a Mali-G57 MC3. Further, you’ll get 8GB RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage with a dedicated microSD card slot for further expansion.
Dimensity 800U is among the latest chipsets from MediaTek under Dimensity branding. The chipset is often compared to Snapdragon 750/765 series where the latter was seen on OnePlus Nord as well. As it suggests, the chipset is a mid-range one and the phone will have performance based on the same so don’t expect it to outperform Snapdragon 800-series chipsets at least newer ones. If you have used Realme X7 or Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G, the performance exhibited by F19 Pro+ 5G is almost identical.
When subjected to gaming, the mid-range chip does provide the optimum performance although you will have to resort to medium settings rather than yanking the graphics to the highest settings. The heating is minimal on mixed usage and gaming as well although the more you subject the chipset to perform, the more it will heat and that’s pretty much the same logic with any and every chipset out there. Frame rates might drop when playing graphics-intensive games for some time straight.
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There’s 5G on-board that allows users to put two 5G SIM cards at once or they can use a 4G and a 5G SIM card plus the third slot for a memory card. Having 5G makes the device future-proof although I assume that it will still take a few years for 5G to roll out in India as a mainstream network type and till then, you are stuck with 4G on a 5G-powered phone.
OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G runs on the latest Android 11-powered ColorOS 11.1 which has a bunch of features. But unfortunately, you will have to face a few bloatware as well but luckily, you can remove most of them.
Cameras - Packed With Features
OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G sports a quad-camera setup housed in a giant-sized camera bump. The device packs in a 48MP primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture, PDAF, 0.8micrometer pixel size; an 8MP secondary ultrawide sensor with a 119-degrees FOV with 1.12micrometer pixel size; and two 2MP sensors with a macro and depth sensor with an aperture of f/2.4. There’s a 16MP snapper at the front housed in a punch-hole cut-out.
First up is the primary snapper which is fast and with quick autofocus that stays put in both good and low light conditions, unlike others. The shots are almost instantaneous and you wouldn’t notice any lag when you tap the shutter button and the device capturing a photo. Daytime photography is obviously at its best with F19 Pro+ 5G providing a perfect blend of sharpness, detail retention, and quality. Adding HDR on the shots makes the photo stand out in the crowd.
The photos have decent dynamic range, portrait shots using F19 Pro+ 5G are good-looking because of the edge detection which can be a hit or miss at times. Turn on night mode and you will have three filters to choose from such as Dazzle, Astral, and Cosmopolitan. Changing them manipulates the colours on the warmer side. Check out the Neon Portria mode to see neon lights in the background or check out AI Color Portrait to see a monochrome shot.
Next up, it’s the ultra-wide snapper that clicks photos with a broad-angle allowing more people, more scenes, more objects to squeeze in. But hey, you will see some distortion around the edges which would otherwise require an underlying software to rectify it but OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G still shows it. The night shots are just decent so don’t expect any aggressive AI working under the hood changing images pixel-by-pixel for good.
OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G can shoot videos at up to 4K resolution at 30fps. It uses an Ultra Steady mode that restricts the video output at 1080p/30fps for ultra steady video footage. The dual video feature can capture video feed from both front and rear cameras set up together.
Battery - Charge it Rapidly
About the powerhouse, OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G gets its power from a giant 4,310 mAh Li-Po non-removable battery supplied with a 50W fast charging technology capable of juicing up the battery to 100 per cent in 48 minutes. But that’s on paper, we conducted some tests to see how it actually fares.
At 4,310 mAh, the battery is huge although we would have loved it if OPPO shipped it with a 5,000 mAh battery. Anyways, the battery lasts a day and a half with mixed usage while a day of battery life feels adequate if you are using it for intensive tasks. The device does have a faster 50W fast charging tech which fills any loophole allowing users to get enough charge to last a few hours in just a few minutes of charge. Overall, the battery took just under 55 minutes to fully charge which isn’t that far from the advertised duration.
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Audio, Connectivity, Biometrics
There’s a mono bottom-firing loudspeaker on-board OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G so that’s a bit of disappointment for those who would want a stereo setup. It is loud and clear although you would feel it is a bit blocked when gaming since the phone’s orientation is in landscape and it usually causes the fingers to block the speakers. Anyways, the speaker setup isn’t the best but more than average. It goes the same way for the earpiece speaker as well which is loud, clear, and more than average.
The device comes pre-loaded with support to Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, and thus, there’s no Wi-Fi 6 support. There’s Bluetooth 5.1 with LE, A2DP, and aptX HD as well as GPS support including navigation systems such as BDS, Galileo, Glonass, and A-GPS. Luckily, Oppo has retained the 3.5mm headphone jack which is a major relief. There’s no NFC here and the device gets a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer.
OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G does arrive with an under-the-display fingerprint scanner which is a boon given the fact that many OEMs are now integrating side-mounted FPS. The scanner is efficient although not that quick. But it will handle your authentication without a glitch. There’s a Face Unlock mechanism too along with PIN and pattern locking mechanisms.
Pros & Cons
- 6.4-inch AMOLED display
- 48MP Quad-rear camera setup
- MediaTek Dimensity 800U chipset
- Android 11 out of the box
- 50W fast charging
- Aesthetical design
- Display with a normal refresh rate
- No dust and water resistance
OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G patches up some of the compromises that the OPPO F17 Pro made when it was launched. The device does offer a longer battery life, a dedicated memory card slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a decent companion for everyday usage, it does have some backlogs as well.
The device doesn’t offer much on the table when compared to its sister company’s Realme Narzo 30 Pro. In fact, there are plenty of recommendations at this price tag (which is higher than usual) such as Realme 8 Pro and Xiaomi Redmi K40 among others. Overall, the design and improved camera experience are all it offers on top of the Dimensity 800U chipset upgrade. Let us know what you think about it.