There are about a dozen 5G smartphones in India today, even in the value segment. In many ways, OnePlus Nord can be credited by paving the way for affordable 5G smartphones in India. Manufacturers are constantly presenting 5G models in their product range, and a few months ago the Oppo F-Series received its first 5G offer Oppo F19 Pro + 5G.
Priced at Rs. 25 990, F19 Pro + 5G can be seen as a direct competitor OnePlus Nord, but it also has competition for cheaper deals such as Realme X7 5G, Xiaomi Mi 10i, and Moto G 5G. The big selling points of the Oppo F19 Pro + 5G are its light weight, very fast charging and AI camera features. Are they enough to make it a compelling product? It’s time to find out.
Oppo F19 Pro + 5G design
Oppo has really nailed the slim shape and weight of the F19 Pro + 5G. At just 173 g and 7.8 mm thick, it’s hard to believe that the phone really has a battery and other components. The paint is also quite nice. The plastic frame has a glossy chrome finish, while the plastic frame has a matte matte finish. The silver unit I had in this review attracted fingerprints, but they were not easy to see.
The layout of the ports and buttons feels ergonomic, and Oppo has even managed to adapt the headphone jack to the F19 Pro + 5G. The three card slots allow you to use two Nano-SIM cards and a microSD card. The screen is a large 6.4-inch AMOLED panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection from scratches. The screen looks sharp, the colors are piercing, and the screen’s fingerprint sensor is reliable. Unfortunately, it only supports a refresh rate of 60 Hz and nothing bigger, which would have been nice to get at this price.
In the box you will find typical contents such as a case, a USB cable, a headset and a charger. The charger supports Oppo’s 65 W SuperVOOC standard, but the Oppo F19 Pro + 5G charges up to 50 W. This 65W charger cannot be used to quickly charge phones that do not support SuperVOOC charging, or even devices such as laptops.
Specifications and software for Oppo F19 Pro + 5G
Oppo has received a fairly popular 5G SoC from MediaTek, Dimensity 800U. According to Oppo’s website, the F19 Pro + 5G supports four 5G bands, which isn’t much, but is still better than some other more expensive Android phones. Only one configuration is available in India with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Oppo F19 Pro + 5G also supports standard sensors and satellite navigation systems, as well as dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.1 and FM radio.
Oppo F19 Pro + 5G runs on ColorOS 11.1 based on Android 11 device. My unit recently received a software update that was claimed to have improved system performance and stability, and also added an April Android security patch. ColorOS is incredibly versatile, but this phone also has a lot of bloatware programs that did a great job of making sure I had unwanted notifications. The theme store and browser are known for this. You can restrict these notifications by honing the settings, but these applications cannot be removed.
Oppo F19 Pro + 5G performance and battery life
The performance of the Oppo F19 Pro + 5G was predictably good during the review period. This Dimensity SoC is something we’ve seen before on several phones, and its performance is pretty stable for the price. The benchmarks were not too shabby, and the F19 Pro + 5G scored 3443176 points in AnTuTu. Multitasking was usually fast, but the phone lacked the smoothness and smoothness you would experience on a high-refresh rate display. I think Oppo should have included it at least in this “plus” model.
I also did not encounter any issues related to heating. For the most part, the Oppo F19 Pro + 5G ran quite cool and warmed up a bit during gameplay. Speaking of which, the games ran very well on this phone. The visuals looked good thanks to the bright and transparent colors of the OLED display, and the subwoofer got a decent hard enjoyable experience. There are a lot of shortcuts and adjustments when playing through Game Space.
In my experience, the battery life was more than satisfactory. The Oppo F19 Pro + 5G has a 4310 mAh battery and lasted 19 hours 42 minutes in our HD video loop test, which is surprisingly good for such capacity. Thanks to regular gaming, camera and social app use, I was on average about a day and a half on a single charge. The battery also charges very quickly and fills from zero to 100 percent in less than 50 minutes.
Oppo F19 Pro + 5G cameras
I knew the cameras Oppo F17 Pro, the predecessor of this phone, was a bit confusing, and no F19 Pro + 5G seems to have made significant updates in this area. We have a 48 megapixel main camera, an 8 megapixel ultra wide camera and two 2 megapixel brand cameras for macros and a black and white filter. For selfie, the screen has a 16-megapixel camera in the punch hole.
Since video is one of the biggest selling points of this phone, let’s deal with it first. The Oppo F19 Pro + 5G has an AI Highlight Video toggle button in the viewfinder. When this is on, the camera app automatically simulates HDR video or increases the exposure when shooting at night, which appears as a change in the AI icon. Both of these features work, but the resulting video quality is strictly Medium even when shooting in daylight.
For normal videos, the Oppo F19 Pro + 5G can record up to 4K 30 frames per second, but without stabilization. The video taken during the day is almost valid, but it turns grainy and pretty bad at night. Other video modes include dual view to record combined stream from rear and selfie cameras. Subject tracking is also available, which works well if the subject does not fall out of the frame during shooting.
During the day, landscapes lack clarity and detail, especially if the camera has to use HDR aggressively, such as when shooting on a sunny day. The ultra-wide camera captures weaker details in its head, but is useful if you want to get more of any scene in a single shot. The macro camera is not great, but it was expected based on the size of the sensor. Regular close-ups look really good considering the right amount of light. At night, the landscape suffers from weak textures and poor detail. Things get a little better in the nightlife, but not much.
Selfies usually look unnatural when handled with default settings. Skin tones and textures are slightly improved when you select the ‘natural’ option in the beauty filter. HDR is handled pretty poorly, and if you happen to use portrait mode for self-service in a backlit frame, the background tends to burn. Noise is handled well when shooting selfie indoors and in good light, but skin tones don’t always look good.
Overall, the performance of the Oppo F19 Pro + 5G camera is very poor, and I didn’t expect this from a phone that cost almost Rs. 26000.
Oppo F19 Pro + 5G there is no update to the F17 Proon I was expecting. Its improvements include better battery life, faster charging and faster 5G SoC, but that’s about its scope. The slim design, light weight, AMOLED screen and cameras are almost the same as what their predecessor offered. In fact, I would argue that the cameras have dropped two or two qualities, which is a shame. Oppo now seems to be focusing more on its Reno series, and the deal really hasn’t done enough with the F19 Pro + 5G to justify its price.
I would say OnePlus Nord is still a stronger competitor between the two, and I recommend it over the F19 Pro + 5G. If you want to save a little, then phones like Xiaomi Mi 10i offer better performance and features for much less. There is also Realmen X7 5G which offers very similar features, physical dimensions and specifications to the F19 Pro + 5G, but with better cameras and a more attractive price tag.