Here’s how the monsoon-ready OPPO F27+ Pro 5G redefines the standards of durability in smartphone industry

Seeing the newly launched OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G makes you feel that all other smartphones claiming the “rugged” tag should just step aside. This glittering mid-ranger has taken the durability standards of smartphones to a whole new level, while also claiming to be the first monsoon-ready handset available out there. Apart from being India’s first IP69-rated waterproof phone, it also boasts a solid build that protects it from rough daily use. So before giving it the review treatment, we’ve decided to put it through a series of everyday scenarios to really test its ruggedness. Let’s get going then.

Robust resistance to falls

For the clumsy ones out there, using a phone case is an absolute necessity but even that isn’t enough sometimes. Scratches on the screen and scrapes on the body just somehow end up making their presence felt in a few days of usage. That’s the problem the OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G wants to solve with its 360° Armour Body. It has been built in such a way that all the corners connect to the back plate and minimise the risk of separation and distortion during drops. It’s hence no surprise that it has received the MIL-STD-810H Method 516.8 certification for its environmental engineering considerations.

Firstly, we tested the strength of the handset by putting it through a bend test. Some serious pressure was applied using both hands but the OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G refused to budge. Having this kind of strength despite its slim 7.89mm profile speaks volumes about the robustness that the 360° Armour Body gives it. The phone even showed tremendous impact resistance upon being dropped down a staircase. It took the 15-step drop like an absolute champ, showing no visible scratches on the screen or the body. Moreover, OPPO’s use of cushioning materials on the inside ensured that the internals were completely unharmed despite the hard fall.

This proves that the OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G will easily be able to handle everyday rigours like slipping out of your hands, falling off the bed, etc. This durability makes it perfect for those who spend a lot of time outdoors, whether they are into bike-riding or camping. It’s no wonder that the phone has earned the prestigious Premium Performance 5 Stars Drop Resistance certification from the renowned Swiss company, SGS. In its evaluation, the OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G successfully passed 150 stringent reliability tests, enduring drops, impacts, and pressure applications. To ensure even greater durability, the device also underwent additional rigorous assessments, including 20,000 plug/unplug cycles and 42,000 micro-drop tests.

Supreme water resistance

OPPO has timed the launch of the F27 Pro+ 5G perfectly. It has arrived just as the monsoon rains have started showing up, making its waterproof nature all the more relevant. It comes with IP66, IP68, and IP69 certifications that grant it extraordinary protection against dust and water ingress. The IP68 rating makes the device dust-tight and helps it withstand immersions under 1.5 metres of water for up to 30 minutes. The IP66 and the first-in-India IP69 ratings enable the phone to stay water-tight even when high-pressure water jets are directed at it. No doubt then, using the OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G when it’s raining or when someone sprays you with a water gun will be of no bother at all. Its Splash Touch function will be of great help here as it allows the display to work flawlessly even when the screen is wet or your hands are damp.

When we wanted to test the waterproofing strength of the phone, we decided that instead of dunking it in a bucket or a sink, we’d make things a bit more interesting by leaving it in muddy water for a while. Sure enough, we found a small puddle and placed the OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G in it for a good 10 minutes before pulling it out and giving it a good wash. That the phone was working flawlessly wasn’t as big a surprise as the fact that there were absolutely no traces of mud on it thanks to its incredibly seal-tight build. This also means that the once-in-a-while ritual of wiping your phone clean can be easily replaced by giving it a simple wash under the faucet.

Extra-durable display

The overall design of the F27 Pro+ 5G is praiseworthy. Apart from using OPPO’s famed Cosmos Ring Design cluster on the back, it adopts a 3D curved display that enhances the immersion levels of its visuals. Protecting this panel is Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus 2, the strongest, most durable armour a display can have. As we’ve already mentioned above, the phone was dropped across a flight of 15 stairs and no scratch was noticed on its display. We even gave this glass an additional drubbing with the help of a pocket knife and not even a blemish was inflicted on it. Next, it was time for a good sandpaper rub and sure enough, the Gorilla Glass Victus 2 was able to easily resist any kind of abrasions it might have caused to its surface.

The 6.7 inch 3D Curved AMOLED display of this phone has plenty of other properties that are worth mentioning. Not only does it offer a 120Hz refresh rate for super-smooth visual flow but it also supports 2,160Hz PWM dimming, which protects your eyes if the display is too bright or too dark. The phone even gets hardware-level blue light reduction for negating retinal damage, apart from the Nature Tone technology that effectively reduces visual fatigue caused by screen light. Melatonin Protection is also present on this display for improving sleep quality, and so is AI Smart Backlight, which reduces the disturbance that’s caused by the inconsistency between the screen and ambient lighting. These five eye protection technologies make the OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G an absolute delight for those who use their phones for hours on the trot.

Dependable battery

The durability aspects of the phone aren’t limited to just its exteriors. The handset packs four years of durable 5,000mAh battery inside. This robust battery will be running at over 80% of its original capacity after as many as 1,600 charge cycles. To put things in perspective, that’s double the current industry average, ensuring that the battery of the OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G doesn’t degrade for up to four years after purchase. That’s pretty incredible in itself, considering that the phone grabs a massive 5,000mAh battery that can easily provide all-day power to its users. In fact, moderate usage can even allow you to keep using the device for two days on a single charge.

And when it does run out of power, OPPO’s 67W SUPERVOOCTM Flash Charge technology is super-quick to replenish its juice. It can take the battery of the phone from 0 to 56 percent in just 20 minutes. Moreover, a full charge can be achieved in just 44 minutes. For all the busy people out there, this kind of charging time is a massive boon, for in crunch situations, merely 5-minute or 10-minute bursts of charge will be enough to step out of the house sans any worries of the battery running out in the middle of the day.

Fluency Protection along with top-notch performance

The OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G has the beastly MediaTek Dimensity 7050 chipset doing its bidding. Its 6nm brilliance enables it to deliver blazing-fast speeds while keeping optimal battery efficiency. The 2.6GHz octa-core CPU onboard this chip is ideal for handling all kinds of heavy workloads, whether they include 4K video editing or playing high-end games. And those who worry about the performance taking a dip as the years pass by should not fret at all.

The F27 Pro+ 5G has passed  50-Month Fluency Protection test. This means the hardware and software will work in synergy to provide smooth performance over the long term, ensuring that the same swiftness remains unchanged even after four years of regular usage.

Stunning photography chops

On the back of the OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G rests a 64MP Ultra-Clear Main Camera that can easily be dubbed a novice photographer’s dream. That’s because its uncomplicated point-and-shoot nature lets you easily capture crystal-clear shots that feature great dynamic range. An additional portrait camera enhances its abilities furthermore, offering 1x and 2x portrait choices that are ideal for upping your social media game. And of course, there’s a Night Portrait mode to ensure that the brilliance of the phone’s cameras is not stunted one bit by low light.

Before using AI eraser
After using AI eraser

The extraordinary nature of this phone’s camera is also visible in the Flash Snapshot feature, which lets you freeze motion-heavy shots more effectively by increasing the shutter speed and cancelling noise. This way, action shots like those of someone dancing their heart out or playing an exquisite cover drive are frozen as professional-grade photographs. The OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G also comes with the AI Portrait Retouching feature, which ensures that the selfies clicked using its 8MP front camera are natural-looking and radiant. And then there are OPPO’s much-loved AI Eraser and AI Smart Image Matting features. While the former allows the removal of unwanted people or objects from photographs, the latter lets you extract subjects out of images to create stickers or use them in other images.

ColorOS 14 brilliance

ColorOS has always been about its excellent user experience and that’s demonstrated further by the new additions to ColorOS 14. The File Dock also makes its way into this release with its versatile smarts. It’s a dock that can be summoned anytime and be used to store files, images, or text that are needed in multiple apps. This way, you can effortlessly drag and drop the files across apps to make the most of the File Dock, which by the way, syncs across other OPPO devices as well. ColorOS 14 also updates the user interface with its Aqua Dynamics design.

It turns your regular notification panels into bubbles that represent the fluidity and cohesiveness of liquids. This visual change makes a huge difference to the overall user experience. With a simplistic user experience and integration of extremely useful features, ColorOS provides a platform that empowers the users to make the most of their smartphone. Whether it is multitasking, ease of accessing important files, or visually appealing aesthetics, the ColorOS on  OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G shines on all fronts.

Offers galore

The OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G is already up on sale starting  20th of June and is available across Flipkart, Amazon, mainline retail outlets and OPPO Store. Midnight Navy and Dusk Pink are the two exquisite colour options available, while the storage can be chosen between 8GB+128GB and 256GB, with their prices set at Rs 27,999 and Rs 29,999, respectively.  Here are some amazing offers:

  • Consumers can avail one-time screen replacement worth Rs 999 for up to 180 days after purchase
  • No-cost EMI is available for up to 6 months, and consumer loans for up to 9 months with leading partners like Bajaj Finance, TVS Credit Finance, IDFC First Bank, and HDB Financial Services without any down payment.
  • Upgrade to the OPPO F27 Pro+ and receive an exchange bonus of Rs 1,000. Existing OPPO customers will get an additional loyalty bonus worth Rs 1000.
  • Get a flat 10% instant cashback on credit and debit cards from HDFC Bank, SBI cards, and ICICI Bank.

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