OPPO F19 Pro+ review: good looks, fast charging, and future-ready

Can the OPPO F19 Pro+ hold its own against the OnePlus Nord in this price segment?

Review Summary

Expert Rating3.5/5

Design
★★★★★
★★★★★
Display
★★★★★
★★★★★
Software
★★★★★
★★★★★
Camera
★★★★★
★★★★★
Performance
★★★★★
★★★★★
Battery
★★★★★
★★★★★

Pros

  • Looks attractive
  • 50W fast charging support
  • Decent cameras

Cons

  • Lacks high refresh rate screen
  • No stereo speakers
  • Price-performance ratio isn’t great

Priced at Rs 25,990, the OPPO F19 Pro+ is pricier than its sibling, the F19 Pro, but comes with better features, including 5G support. The OPPO F19 Pro+ looks a lot like the F19 Pro in many ways, but the hardware has been upgraded, giving you a more capable chipset, support for faster charging, among other things. However, the OPPO F19 Pro+ still faces stiff competition in this segment. So, how well does the phone really perform?

Verdict

The OPPO F19 Pro+ is definitely the better of the two phones in the series. The device comes with a lightweight build and an attractive display. Additionally, the phone gets 50W fast charging support and 5G connectivity, making it an impressive offering in this segment. However, you can find a similar combination of specifications on phones that are cheaper.

The lowdown

The OPPO F19 Pro+ looks identical to the F19 Pro. The dimensions are similar as well as the weight. At 173 grams, the phone is comfortable to use for prolonged periods. Like the OPPO F19 Pro, the F19 Pro+ comes with a curved rear panel with a matte finish. However, instead of a rough feel, the rear panel has a smooth finish that makes it feel just a touch more premium. The phone comes in Fluid Black and Space Silver and I got the latter for review. Due to the matte finish, the phone will not attract any fingerprints or smudges.

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There’s a large rectangular camera module that sticks out on the top left corner of the rear. The buttons on either side of the frame have a nice tactile feel and the device gets a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom. You also get a bottom-firing speaker but that’s it. Like the OPPO F19 Pro, the F19 Pro+ also does not come with stereo speakers, which is disappointing.

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Coming to the front, you get a 6.4-inch FHD+ (2,400 x 1,080) AMOLED display with up to 800 nits peak brightness. Unfortunately, the display maxes out at a standard 60Hz refresh rate. With phones like the OnePlus Nord in this segment offering a 90Hz AMOLED screen, the OPPO F19 Pro+ could have used a higher refresh rate screen. That said, the AMOLED display on the phone is quite attractive. I loved the punchy colours, accurate white balance, and inky blacks that the screen offered. It’s a great display to consume content and play games on, with ample brightness for outdoor viewing.

OPPO F19 Pro Plus review

The OPPO F19 Pro+ comes with an identical camera setup as the F19 Pro. There’s a 48MP primary camera that is accompanied by an 8MP wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP mono camera. In daylight, the phone can capture crisp and bright photos with good details and colour accuracy. I managed to capture some sharp close-up photos of objects and things without needing to use the macro lens. If you do decide to use the macro lens, you can expect to see some washed-out colours, but with a decent amount of clarity.

OPPO F19 Pro Plus review

The primary camera offers fast autofocus and quick shutter speed, which means you will be able to capture crisp stills without any haziness. While daylight photos look extremely good, the camera does an average job in low light. With night mode enabled, the camera is able to remove noise and correct the exposure, but photos could look brighter.

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The 16MP front camera does a good job at capture selfies with bright and true-to-life colours. The camera does tend to make facial features look softer even without beauty mode enabled. Selfies will not look extremely sharp when zooming in, but they do look attractive overall. You can also play around with the AI Color Portrait feature that turns the background black and white while leaving the subject in colour.

Powering the OPPO F19 Pro+ is the MediaTek Dimensity 800U chipset paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. This is a far more capable chipset than the MediaTek Helio P95 that powers the vanilla F19 Pro. Benchmark scores reveal a significant bump in performance and the chipset also enables 5G connectivity. With 5G services expected to start rolling out later this year, the OPPO F19 Pro+ is a future-proof device.

The smartphone feels faster and more fluid when it comes to opening apps and scrolling through the UI. I was able to switch between basic apps without any issues. Unfortunately, the phone does not come with a 90Hz or 120Hz refresh rate, so you won’t find that buttery-smooth scrolling experience that the likes of the OnePlus Nord can offer. However, the OPPO phone does offer a fast touch response, which is good for gaming. The low latency touch made playing games like Call of Duty enjoyable. Moreover, the phone did not heat up as much as the OPPO F19 Pro did during a 30-minute gaming session. That said, the OPPO F19 Pro+ does slow down a bit under intensive workloads and while switching between heavier apps.

OPPO F19 Pro+ review

The OPPO F19 Pro+ ships with Android 11 with ColorOS 11.1 on top. As I mentioned in my OPPO F19 Pro review, ColorOS 11 feels fast and fluid to use. The UI is quite responsive and there are tons of customisation options that can help make the device feel more personal. You also get some attractive wallpapers, Always-on Display options, various themes to choose from, among other stuff. ColorOS 11 does bring a bunch of pre-loaded apps, some of which can be uninstalled.

Like the OPPO F19 Pro, the OPPO F19 Pro+ gets a 4,310mAh battery. It can’t really deliver a two-day battery life, as I frequently found myself reaching for the charger by the end of the day or the next day morning. The standby time on the phone is about average, so you can expect the battery to drop about 5-7 percent overnight. Luckily, the OPPO F19 Pro+ supports 50W fast charging and you get a 50W charging brick in the box. It takes roughly 56 minutes to juice up the phone from zero to 100 percent.

Final verdict

The OPPO F19 Pro+ makes a lot more sense than the OPPO F19 Pro as far as siblings go. The Pro+ comes with a better chipset, faster-charging support, and 5G connectivity. However, the Rs 25,990 price tag makes it an expensive proposition considering you can buy a phone like the Realme X7 (review) for under Rs 20,000. The Realme X7 offers the same MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC, 50W fast charging support, and Super AMOLED display as the OPPO phone. Then there is the OnePlus Nord (review) that the OPPO F19 Pro+ has to deal with. While the OPPO F19 Pro+ trumps the OnePlus phone in the fast-charging department, the OnePlus Nord offers more fluid performance thanks to a combination of 90Hz display, Snapdragon 765G chipset, and OxygenOS platform.

Editor’s rating: 3.5 / 5

Pros

  • Looks attractive
  • 50W fast charging support
  • Decent cameras

Cons

  • Lacks high refresh rate screen
  • No stereo speakers
  • Price-performance ratio isn’t great
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