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OPPO R11 Review: playing with the big boys

OPPO R11 Review: playing with the big boys

While Xiaomi has the lion's share of the Chinese market and fellow Chinese OEM OnePlus making waves in the international scene, OPPO remains undoubted and produces a steady stream of smartphones every year. A stream that, in all honesty, has accumulated into a rushing river that threatens to flood the smartphone market with nearly indistinguishable devices. Save for a few standouts, like the recently launched F3 and F3 Plus, OPPO's smartphone nearly look identical not just with each other but with other brands as well. With the OPPO R11, however, the company seems to be ready to break out of that mold. While still not exactly premium smartphone material, the OPPO R11 takes a step forward in joining the big leagues.

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OPPO F3 breaks cover with dual selfie cameras

OPPO F3 breaks cover with dual selfie cameras

No, you aren't experiencing deja vu. Some Chinese OEMs seem to have a rather strange pattern these days. ZTE launched its nubia Z17 mini and has yet to launch the nubia Z17. Now OPPO is launching the F3, just weeks after it launched the OPPO F3 Plus. You can't fault OPPO for wanting to saturate the market with its self-proclaimed selfie experts. You can, however, fault it for launching something that has very little to offer over the F3 Plus.

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OPPO F3 Plus Review

OPPO F3 Plus Review

These days, if your smartphone doesn't have defining special feature or selling point, it's going to be forgotten amidst a sea of smartphones whose designs and specs are starting to all look alike. And it isn't enough anymore to have a wallet-friendly price only. OEMs need to offer more. Some boast screens with almost no bezels. Others flaunt dual cameras. The OPPO F3 Plus, which was just announced last week, sort of mixes all those, but with a different twist. Yes, it has dual cameras, but it puts those on the front, making sure you get the perfect selfie, whether by yourself or with others. But how does that promise measure up in practice? We take a long hard look to find out.

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OPPO F3 Plus tries to be twice the selfie expert

OPPO F3 Plus tries to be twice the selfie expert

OPPO has apparently found its calling in the sometimes hated, sometimes loved market of selfies. Each major smartphone it releases is touted as a "selfie expert" and, to some extent, that does end up being true. The OPPO F3 Plus is no different, at least not in trying to claim the title. It is, however, different in that it has twice as much selfie expertise. And by that, we mean that it does have two front-facing cameras. But not all cameras are created equal, and neither are the OPPO F3 Plus'.

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OPPO just made the ultimate Snapchat phone

OPPO just made the ultimate Snapchat phone

This morning the smartphone company OPPO introduced a smartphone that's perfect for Snapchat. Not that other phones can't do something similar, but with the OPPO F3 Plus, users have two front-facing cameras instead of one. Just for those times when they're thinking "hmm, you know what? I need another camera to make certain my face looks perfect for this particular Snap."

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OPPO F3 Plus leaked specs show a two front cameras

OPPO F3 Plus leaked specs show a two front cameras

OPPO has always prided itself as a selfie expert, or at least its OPPO F1s was advertised as such. Following that tradition, rumors have its next flagship models, the OPPO F3 and F3 Plus, bearing dual front cameras for better selfies and all other awesome effects. While we’re left to wonder where the OPPO F2 went, a new leak appeared detailing most of the specs of the OPPO F3 Plus, revealing not just two front cameras but an almost familiar mix of specs as well.

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OPPO’s 5x optical zoom smartphone camera officially revealed

OPPO’s 5x optical zoom smartphone camera officially revealed

Shortly before MWC 2017 kicked off, OPPO said that it would be showing off new camera technology at the show. More specifically, this new tech would center around brining 5x optical zoom to smartphones, which is a pretty big deal. Sure enough, OPPO's MWC 2017 reveal has come and gone, and we now have promises of a 5x optical zoom smartphone camera to look forward to.

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OPPO’s MWC 2017 show to focus on 5x optical zoom for phones

OPPO’s MWC 2017 show to focus on 5x optical zoom for phones

There’s still a lot that can be done for cameras on smartphones. You can make them smaller to get rid of that dastardly bump. You can improve their low-light performance. And you can improve their overall quality. At MWC 2017, OPPO will reveal one more area of improvement: zooming. It may not have a smartphone to show off next week. Instead, it will be revealing a smartphone camera technology that will allow these mobile devices to achieve 5x optical zoom.

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Smartphone shipments top 1.5b in 2016 with Apple leading in Q4

Smartphone shipments top 1.5b in 2016 with Apple leading in Q4

It appears that 2016 was a pretty good year for the smartphone industry, at least according to new data from Strategy Analytics. The analytics firm announced that smartphone shipments managed to hit an impressive 1.49 billion last year. That's a new record for the industry, and it represents a 3% year-over-year rise in total smartphone shipments from 2015.

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Best mid-range Android phones for the 2nd half of 2016

Best mid-range Android phones for the 2nd half of 2016

Unlike flagship smartphones, those on the mid-range are a dime a dozen. In fact, some manufacturers have more than two in that category at any given time. It results in an irony of choice, which, while giving you dozens of options to fit your budget and style, can also paralyze you with indecision. To help you in that crucial decision-making process this shopping season, we present you some of the best wallet-friendly smartphones that have landed this second half of the year, offering you the best bang for your buck when you don’t have much bucks to spend in the first place.

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OPPO R9s official: here’s what’s changing

OPPO R9s official: here’s what’s changing

OPPO has announced the follow up to its R9 smartphone, today revealing the R9s. There are a few different improvements to cover, but the most important may be the addition of a new Sony sensor. The OPPO R9s will be outfitted with a Sony IMX398 sensor, which OPPO says will be exclusive to its device.

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OPPO F1s Review

OPPO F1s Review

Just as a book is easy to judge by its cover, it's only too easy to judge smartphones by their design and their price. A device that looks like an iPhone with an almost dirt-cheap price tag? Gotta be a cheap knock-off coming from China. That is the stereotype that Chinese OEMs like OPPO face, especially when their smartphones, like the OPPO F1s, do really look like an Apple or even a Samsung flagship. But just like in real life, some things deserve a second, sometimes even third, look. Which is why we gave the OPPO F1s, the new, self-proclaimed "Selfie Expert", a thorough inspection, and we're glad we did. Read on to find out why.

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