Oppo F19 Plus 5G: The F17 Pro continues to be a shining example of lightness and slimness.
Indian 5G smartphones are available in a variety of price points, including the value segment.
The OnePlus Nord can in many ways be credited for paving the way to affordable 5G smartphones here in India.
Manufacturers continue to introduce 5G models into their portfolios. Oppo’s F-series received its first 5G offering, the Oppo F19 PRO+ 5G, a few months back.
The F19 Pro+ 5G is priced at Rs. The F19 Pro+ 5G is priced at Rs. 25,990. It can be considered a direct competitor for the OnePlus Nord.
However, it also faces competition from cheaper offerings like the Realme X7 5G and Xiaomi Mi 10i.
Oppo F19 Pro+ 5G’s main selling points are its lightweight, fast charging, and AI camera features. These features are enough to make the Oppo F19 Pro+ 5G a compelling product. We are about to find out.
Oppo F19 Plus 5G design
Oppo really has nailed the F19 Pro+5G’s slim design and lightweight. It’s difficult to believe that this phone has a battery or other components.
The phone weighs in at just 173g and is 7.8mm thick. It has a nice finish. The plastic frame is glossy in chrome, and the back is frosted matte.
Although the silver unit I used for this review did attract fingerprints, they weren’t obvious.
Oppo even managed to include a headphone jack in the F19 Pro+5G. You can use two Nano-SIMs or a microSD card with a triple-slot tray.
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is used to protect the display’s 6.4-inch size. The display is sharp and vibrant.
The fingerprint sensor in the display is reliable. Unfortunately, the display only supports a 60Hz refresh speed and does not support any higher. This would have been a great feature at this price.
The usual contents of a box include a case, charger, USB cable, and headset. Although the charger supports Oppo’s 65W SuperVOOC charging standard, it can only charge the Oppo F19+ 5G at 50W.
The 65W charger can’t be used to fast-charge phones or other devices that don’t support SuperVOOC charging.
Software and specifications for Oppo F19 Plus 5G
Oppo has chosen the Density 800U, a popular budget 5G SoC by MediaTek. Oppo claims that the F19 Pro+5G supports four 5G bands.
This isn’t much, but it is better than other expensive Android phones. India only has one variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.
Oppo F19 Pro+5G supports all the standard sensors and satellite navigation systems. It also supports dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.1.1, and FM radio.
ColorOS 11.1, which is based on Android 11, runs the Oppo F19 Pro+ 5.G. The latest software update to my Oppo F19 Pro+ 5G was released.
It claimed to have improved the system’s stability and performance, as well as adding the April Android security patch.
ColorOS is extremely feature-rich, but the phone also has a lot of bloatware that did an amazing job of blocking unwanted notifications.
This is a problem that the Browser and Theme Store are well-known for. These alerts can be reduced by changing the settings, but you cannot uninstall these apps.
Oppo F19 Plus 5G performance and battery lifetime
During the review period, the Oppo F19 Pro+ 5G performed well. We’ve seen this Dimensity SoC in many phones before and it performs well for its price.
The F19 Pro+ 5G scored 3,431,176 points in AnTuTu, which was not bad considering the benchmark scores.
The phone was fast and responsive when multitasking, but it lacked the fluidity and smoothness that you’d get with a high refresh rate display.
Oppo should have made it available, at least on the ‘plus’ model.
Heating was not an issue for me. The Oppo F19 Pro+ 5G was cool and barely warmed up while gaming. This phone runs very well with games.
The bright, vivid colors of the OLED screen made for great visuals. Also, the speaker at the bottom was loud enough to provide a pleasant experience.
You can use the Game Space app to make shortcuts and other tweaks while you play.
My experience with battery life was excellent. The Oppo F19 Pro+5G’s 4,310mAh battery can last 19 hours and 42 mins in HD video loop testing, which is quite impressive for such a large capacity.
A single charge lasted me about a day and a half with regular gaming, camera, and social app use. It charges quickly, too. I was able to top up my battery from 0 to 100 percent in just 50 minutes.
Oppo F19 Pro+ 5G camera
The cameras of the Oppo F17 Pro’s predecessor were disappointing. The Oppo F19 Pro+ 5G does not seem to have made significant improvements in this area.
There is a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, two token 2-megapixel cameras that can be used for macros, and a black and white filter. A 16-megapixel camera is available in the hole-punch cutout of the display for selfies.
Video is a major selling point of this phone. Let’s start with that. Oppo F19 Pro+ 5G features an AI Highlight Video toggle button in its viewfinder.
This button will turn on the camera app to automatically simulate HDR in video and increase exposure for night shots. It is indicated by a change to the AI icon. These features work, but the result is very average video quality even in daylight.
Standard videos can be recorded at 4K 30fps by the Oppo F19 Pro+ 5,G, with no stabilization.
Night video is grainy and very poor. Dual-view allows you to record a combined stream from both the rear and selfie cameras. You can also use subject tracking, provided that your subject does not move out of the frame during shooting.
Even though daytime landscape photos are clear and detailed, they can be blurred if the camera applies HDR aggressively. This is common when shooting in sunny conditions.
Although the ultra-wide camera has weaker detail than the main one it can capture more scenes in one shot.
The macro camera isn’t great but it was to be expected considering the sensor size. If there is enough light, close-up shots can look great.
Landscape stills at night suffer from poor textures and lack of details. Night mode does make things slightly better, but not much.
The default settings can make selfies look artificially processed. The beauty filter’s ‘Natural” option will make your skin look more natural.
HDR is not well handled and the background can get blurred if you use Portrait mode to take a selfie in a backlit frame.
While indoors and in good lighting, noise is well handled. However, skin tones are not always great.
Overall, I was disappointed with the Oppo F19 Pro+ 5G’s camera performance. This is not what I expected for a phone that costs nearly Rs. 26,000.
Oppo F19 Pro+5G isn’t the upgrade I expected from the F17 Pro. The Oppo F19 Pro+ 5G has some improvements, including faster charging and better battery life.
But that’s it. Its predecessor’s slim design, lightweight, AMOLED display, and cameras remain the same.
The quality of the cameras has dropped a few notches, which I find disappointing. Oppo seems more focused on its Reno series and, in the bargain, hasn’t done enough with F19 Pro+5G to justify its cost.
The OnePlus Nord is the better option between them both, and I would recommend it to the F19 Pro+ 5G.
Smartphones like the Xiaomi Mi 10i are a great option if you’re looking to save some money.
They offer superior performance and more features for a fraction of the price. Realme’s X75G offers similar features, dimensions, and specifications to the F19 Pro+5G but has better cameras and a lower price.
Also read: Oppo F19 5G Review