A visual treat but there are a few flaws
Oppo is increasingly appearing in the mid-range smartphone segment, offering some attractive and eye-catching phones this year alone. We’ve reviewed the Oppo F19 Pro + 5G this year and for those looking for an aesthetically pleasing 5G smartphone with a capable camera and long battery life, this seems like a pretty good option. At the moment, we have the Oppo F19, the third device launched on the company’s F19 series smartphones. The Oppo F19 comes with some really cool features like a big battery, an AMOLED display, an in-display fingerprint sensor, 33W fast charging support, and more, at a pretty aggressive price point. However, the competition in the sub 20K price range is fierce, so it will be interesting to see if the Oppo F19 can stand out despite the excellent offers from companies like Xiaomi, Samsung and Realme. Let’s take a closer look at the review to find out.
Oppo F19 Review: Design and Display
The Oppo F19 certainly borrows design elements from its more expensive siblings in the F19 series phones. The phone is available in three colors – Space Silver, Midnight Blue and Prism Black. We got the Midnight Blue variant for review and although the color looks great, the glossy glass back panel is an absolute fingerprint magnet. Nonetheless, the light-reflected finish on the back panel will definitely turn a few heads. The phone is extremely light and slim, making it feel more premium than its price tag when viewed alone.
The back also has a small Oppo logo, pasted in the lower left corner of the device, and a vertically placed back camera module that protrudes slightly. For ports and buttons, the Oppo F19 phone has a speaker and a 3.5mm audio jack, as well as a USB Type-C port at the bottom. On the right, you have the power button, while the volume buttons are on the left side of the SIM tray. This is quite unusual because most phones nowadays have both the power and volume buttons on one side, usually on the right, and to be honest, we prefer it to the design of the F19. Yet the buttons are quite clicky and touchy. The SIM tray contains two SIM cards and a microSD card The phone also has an in-display optical fingerprint sensor, which we don’t often see at this price. We would also like to mention that the company has put a pair of earphones in the box, which is rare nowadays.
Now coming to the display, the Oppo F19 has a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with full HD + resolution, but no fast refresh rate support. This is disappointing because the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, despite being priced the same, comes with an AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate support. So, compared to Oppo F19, Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is definitely a good offer in this regard. The device’s touch response is mostly slow, but ramped up to 180Hz while in game mode.
The display has a small punch-hole cut-out for the selfie camera that is neatly attached to the top-right of the phone. The display is bright and vibrant which makes it enjoyable to view the content. We recorded a maximum of 591 net brightness and a minimum of 2 net brightness. Thus, it is safe to say that in most lighting conditions the display is quite bright, except for the intense sunlight, where it is somewhat difficult to read. In our opinion, the colors are not the most accurate and a little more saturated. Overall, the display content is a bit difficult to use, but if you’re looking for elegance, you might want to go with the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max or the Realme 8 Pro that comes with fast refresh rate support.
Oppo F19 Review: Performance
While the Oppo F19 has an impressive design and a good display, the same cannot be said for the hardware under the hood. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC, which is quite dated at the moment and is usually used on phones below 15K, so it doesn’t build much confidence in its capabilities. The phone has 6GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage. We have run a lot of benchmarks on the phone and some results compared to the phone’s strong competitors can be seen in the graph below.
The Oppo F19 scored 180,360 on the AnTuTu 8.0, and rival devices such as the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max and Realme 8 Pro blew it by a wide margin. Even the cheap Realme Narzo 30 Pro almost doubled the Oppo F19’s AnTuTu score. On GeekBench 5, the Oppo F19 scored 312 in single-core and 1319 in multi-core, another poor performance compared to the Note 10 Pro Max which scored 560 in single-core and 1761 in multi-core; And Realme 8 Pro which scored 568 in single-core and 1677 in multi-core. The Oppo F19 also got a very low score of 5942 in PCMark Work 3.0.
Moving forward to the GPU test, the performance flaws of the Oppo F19 continue to be highlighted in the 3D Mark Wild Life with the phone scoring just 383. In contrast, in the same test, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max scored a huge 1109 and the Realme 8 Pro scored an impressive 1047! We’ve also seen it on the GFX bench, the Oppo F19’s score here is much lower than the competing devices mentioned above.
Now, we’ve also played Call of Duty: Mobile and Asphalt 9 Legends on the device and used the gamebench to score the device’s gaming performance. In Call of Duty Mobile, the Oppo F19 manages to hit a medium FPS of 43 with 77 percent stability in high graphics, while on the Asphalt 9, the phone manages a medium FPS of 29 with 80 percent stability. These are quite a bad number compared to the Note 10 Pro Max, Realme 8 Pro, and even the cheaper Realme Narzo 30 Pro. However, if you set the graphics to Auto in Medium in Call of Duty or Asphalt 9, the game makes visibility smoother with minimal heating. The phone works well for light everyday tasks such as texting and making calls, but it is definitely slower for multitasking and app opening. Overall, the performance of the phone is not up to the mark compared to what its competitors are offering and we would not recommend this phone for interested mobile gamers.
Moving on to the software, the Oppo F19 runs on ColorOS 11.1 based on Android 11. The UI is simple and clean to look at, but unfortunately, it’s full of tons of blotware You can remove some of this bloatware, but most Oppo apps, including Hot Apps, Hottap Cloud, Tips, and others, cannot be removed.
Oppo F19 Review: Camera
The Oppo F19 comes with a 2MP macro shooter with a triple camera setup and an initial 48MP camera with a 2MP depth sensor. The phone misses an ultraviolet lens, which is disappointing in this price range. The primary lens makes decent images in daylight with good color and an acceptable dynamic range. Although in most photos the shadows are crushed and the dark areas of the photo are lost in detail. In low light conditions, the camera produces granular, word-filled images that are not something we would at least consider social media-worthy.
Night mode certainly makes low light shots bright enough but the sound is still present. Low light selfies are also grainy and less detailed. However, in daylight, selfies usually look pretty good, if you turn off all the beauty filters applied by default. The macro lens is capable of doing some semi-decent shots, but the colors don’t look great in this mode.
Night mode off (left) vs. night mode on (right)
Portrait photography on the Oppo F19 is mostly decent with acceptable edge detection. The 48MP lens also has some nice natural background blur in addition to portrait mode which allows you to take some nice close-up shots. Videos taken in broad daylight are decent, but at night, the videos are stuttering and noisy. Overall, the Oppo F19’s cameras are medium, optimal for the sub-20K price segment.
Oppo F19 Review: Battery Life
Despite being a smooth and light weight phone, the Oppo F19 actually has a nice 5,000mAh battery. The phone will easily last all day for most users. However, the Snapdragon 662 chipset isn’t the most power-efficient, so you’ll find that the phone’s battery is depleting faster than competitors with more power-efficient chipsets and the same battery power. If you are a heavy gamer, your phone should last up to 7 hours. In our battery test, the phone’s battery is reduced by 7% with one hour of GPS navigation and Call of Duty: Mobile is reduced by 5% with 15 minutes of play. In our video loop test, the phone was 100 percent empty in about 16 hours.
The Oppo F19 is bundled with a 33W fast charger that can help users power the device in a pinch. The phone goes from zero to full in just over an hour.
Oppo F19 Review: Judgment
At Rs 17,990 at the time of writing, there are definitely some things for the Oppo F19. You get a sleek, aesthetically pleasing design with an AMOLED display, an in-display fingerprint sensor and 33W fast charging support. However, in terms of performance and camera, the device falls short compared to its competitors, arguably, the two most important aspects to consider when buying a new phone. We can only sincerely recommend this device to users who use their phone for basic tasks like calling, texting and social media browsing. If you are a light user and want a handsome smartphone with good battery life, then Oppo F19 might be a suitable option for you. If not here’s a new product just for you!