Oppo F19 Pro + 5G Review: A Famous Winning Formula
Meet Oppo’s second smartphone launch of the year, the F19 Pro + 5G. The company’s first launch of the year, the Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G was pretty good in our testing, so we’re pretty excited to see how this unit rents. It is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC, a chipset that Oppo and Realme seem to have invested heavily in backing. The Oppo F19Pro + 5G is similar to the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G in many ways, but we’re going to see the Oppo F19 Pro + 5G as its own device. Let’s see if it really does enough to stand out from the competition, not even from its own brethren.
Oppo F19 Pro + 5G performance
We put the Oppo F19 Pro + 5G through our standard test process and the results were exactly what we expected. Powered by Oppo F19 Pro + MediaTek Dimensity 800U chipset, 6GB RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage. This is the same hardware that we tested in the Realme Narzo 30 Pro and therefore, the numbers of results are almost the same. See the benchmark charts below to see the point I’m trying to make. Also throwing numbers for the recently launched Samsung Galaxy F62, as it comes at a lower price.
When it comes to real-world performance, the gamebench differs very little in terms of gaming performance between the Oppo F19 Pro + 5G and the Realme Narzo 30 Pro. We got a median frame rate of 59fps with 98 percent stability on the Oppo while on the Realme device, the media frame rate was 58fps with 84 percent stability. Although the frame rate and durability numbers are within the expected range, the phone also shakes while gaming, an experience that is again consistent with what we experienced on the Realme Narzo 30 Pro.
Suffice it to say, when it comes to performance, the Oppo F19 Pro + 5G Narzo 30 Pro offers nothing more than what it offers.
Oppo F19 Pro + 5G camera
Where Oppo F19 Pro + 5G distinguishes itself in terms of camera. On paper, the specs are almost identical to the Narzo 30 Pro; Oppo has an additional depth sensor with 48MP primary camera, 8MP ultra-wide camera and 2MP macro camera. You will also find Oppo’s Full Dimension Fusion Portrait System that we tested on the Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G. In our experiments with this feature, we found that shooting in low light was greatly aided by this feature, the shadow fields being well articulated. The footage still suffers from noise in low light compared to other smartphones, you get a frame so you can see something, instead of something that is just black. For other photography-related features, read on.
When using the primary camera on the Oppo F19 Pro + 5G, the relatively fast and reliable autofocusing that distinguishes it in both good and low light situations. Another difference from the Narzo device is that the shutter response on the Oppo F19 Pro + 5G was close to instantaneous and the time between shots was also quite short. When it comes to output, the Oppo F19 Pro + 5G produces some great pictures that can certainly be considered worthy of social media. Shots can also be printed during the day if you wish, thanks to good detail capture and overall sharpness. The colors come out just fine, though sometimes you can see some halal around the object with strong backlighting. This is perfectly normal when an image is given HDR treatment, so don’t worry too much about it
On the other hand, like every other ultra-wide camera in the ultra-wide camera segment. You get no autofocus and half decent optics. This means you will notice significant distortion around the edges of your frame. Lack of autofocus limits what you can shoot and how you can frame it. It’s sad to see that smartphone OEMs have been stuck in this barebones ultraviolet setup for years, with the exception of the OnePlus 8 Pro, which used a 48MP sensor for the UWA lens, allowing it to be delivered at all. Stunning results.
We have a macro camera here which is very difficult to use. Again, without autofocus, it’s hard to know when your subject is in focus, and when you’re only 4cm away, every bit of movement is registered. It takes a lot of effort and trial and error to get usable results from a macro lens and even then it will not be as impressive as an image.
Oppo F19 Pro + 5G display
The AMOLED display on the Oppo F19 Pro + 5G presents a rather attractive case for displays on smartphones. We conducted the display through Calman analysis and concluded that in the default setting, the white dot of the display has a much higher blue bias, resulting in massive color reproduction errors. As you can see in the chart below, at each brightness level, the RGB balance is strongly diagonal towards the blue. This is reflected across color reproduction as well as luminance, chromaticity and hue.
Callman analysis of Oppo F19 Pro + 5G’s display is set to default color profile
Callman analysis of Oppo F19 Pro + 5G’s display is set to warm color profile
Changing the warm color profile from the default corrects a lot of color errors, brings RGB balance to a better quality, and as a result, color accuracy is significantly improved. Despite this, however, there are shades of blue that are still being misrepresented across the range of brightness.
Oppo F19 Pro + 5G Battery Life
The Oppo F19 Pro + 5G packs a 4310mAh battery that supports 50W fast charging. This charging speed should ideally be made for your battery life, as the phone is 0 to 100 percent charged in 55 minutes. The presence of an AMOLED display gives good battery numbers, but we think that if the Oppo is stuck on a 5000mAh battery, we’ll see a day and a half of battery life instead of the one-day battery life we’ve got so far. Battery life is decently accepted and many fast charging methods are available, there is not much to complain about. One hour of watching Netflix reduces battery life by only 14 percent, with brightness set at about 80 percent.
Oppo F19 Pro + 5G build and design
The Oppo F19 Pro + 5G doesn’t break any mold in design, but it can still be a beautiful phone. We have a silver variant with a pearl / satin finish on the back. The whole thing shows matte and fingerprints, but unlike glass-backed smartphones, visibility is low. In fact, when you spot the phone, they only reflect light in an “attractive” way. If you just keep the phone in its supplied TPU case, you don’t have to worry about smudges at all.
Another interesting thing about the Oppo Oppo F19 Pro + 5G is that it comes with an under-display fingerprint sensor. Many phones in this segment are starting to move to side-mounted fingerprint sensors, so it’s a bit surprising to see an under-display fingerprint sensor here. While the scanner works effectively in a variety of situations, its functionality is still reliable. The only time it didn’t work reliably with wet fingers, but it was expected.
In terms of construction, the phone really looks like a well-made device, using a metal frame to hold the front and back together. Overall, the device looks a lot better than an average mid-range smartphone.
The Oppo F19 Pro + 5G is more about design and slightly improved camera experience than performance. In fact, its performance is so similar to other phones playing the MediaTek Dimension 800U chipset that you can easily choose the Narzo 30 Pro and not feel the difference.