Price: Rs 16,990 (6/64), Rs 19,990 (8/128)
Specifications: 6.5-inch amoled, 2340 x 1080 pixels, in-screen fingerprint scanner, octa-core Snapdragon 710 processor, 6/8GB RAM, 64/128GB storage, dual rear camera (16MP f1.7 + 2MP f2.4), 16MP pop-up front camera, dual SIM, 4G, VoLTE, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, 3,765mAh battery, Android 9.0. 191 grams
Oppo has been amongst the few brands that deliver the latest trends and features at a competitive price in India. Their latest offering, the Oppo K3 is now the second device in India (first was Realme X) to offer a no-notch full-screen display in the sub-Rs 20k price segment.
Oppo has always given attention to the design of the phone and the Oppo K3 is no different. It looks stunning with the glossy gradient finish on the back – it almost looks like a glass body but its polycarbonate actually. The trouble with the glossy finish is that it picks up smudges quickly and even picked up scratches with a week’s usage – a case is provided in the box and it is recommended that you start using it from day one.
The K3 features a 6.5-inch AMOLED screen without any notch – Oppo calls it a panoramic screen and it just adds to the overall premium appearance of the phone. The screen has slim bezels on three sides with a thin chin at the bottom to give you an immersive experience. It shows deep blacks, has excellent brightness and rich colours. You can tune its colour temperature as per preference and it even offers a low brightness flicker-free eye care mode to reduce eye fatigue. Oppo has opted for an in-display fingerprint scanner on the phone and it works surprisingly well. There were a few failed attempts on the first day but after that, the recognition improved – we barely got one failed attempt in the day after 2-3 days of usage.
Performance from the Oppo K3 is great. Our review unit came with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage and combined with the Snapdragon 710 processor, it worked great for day to day tasks as well as gaming. PUBG ran on high graphic settings smoothly and we faced no sluggishness or slowdown while switching between multiple apps. Battery life is average – with average usage it works from 9 am to 9 pm but with heavy usage, we had to plug the phone for charging by 5 pm. Thankfully, it has VOOC 3.0 support and we got 50% battery in just 30 minutes of charging. The other limitation on the phone is that it lacks storage expansion – there is no microSD slot and while 64GB might be enough for most users, it might feel limiting for gamers.
Since the phone has no bezels to place a front camera, Oppo has opted for a motorized pop-up camera. The K3 has a 16MP pop-up camera that captures good details with vibrant colours – we did notice that it tends to overexpose the background on some occasions though. Low light selfies turned out well-lit but low on details. Its Portrait mode adds a good amount of blur but the edge detection leaves a lot to be desired. The front camera also pops up for face unlock and works well. However, there is a bug we noticed – if you enable the setting of swipe-up for face unlock, then accidental touches lead to camera raising up and staying out till you press back or the screen shuts off. This makes the camera module prone to damages. Also, the motorized camera picks up dirt quickly and need to be cleaned regularly – you don’t want dirt to get stuck in the motor and become a problem in the long run.
On the rear is a dual-camera setup with 16MP f1.7 primary lens and a 2MP depth sensor. It delivers excellent details with natural colours as long as there is a good amount of lighting. In low light also the camera is capable of taking good photos – the details aren’t as good as daylight photos, but they aren’t completely lost as well. You get a dedicated night mode which requires you to hold the phone steady for a few seconds and the resulting photos are good enough to view on the phone. However, the portrait mode on the rear camera is a hit or miss – edge detection is not the best we have seen in this price range and in low-light, the portrait mode fails to detect a face at times. Video recording is supported in up to 4k resolution but the lack of EIS is a disappointment as it leads to a lot of visible shake in the videos.
On the software front, the phone runs ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9.0. As with all Oppo phones in the past, this one also comes with a bunch of preloaded bloatware apps and thankfully they can be uninstalled. Oppo has added a number of useful features on the device like Music Party (sync multiple phones to play the same song), Theme store, Smart Driving, Smart Assistant and a pull-out shortcut bar. There is also a dedicated Game Space feature. Game Space optimizes system resources for gaming performance as well as limits network usage of background apps and blocks notification and sound alert for an improved gaming experience.
At its asking price, the Oppo K3 falls just short of being a winner. It offers a great screen, premium design, good performance and above-average cameras but there are a few issues as well. The big problem is that at the same price you have the option of Realme X. Realme X offers almost the same features but a 48MP rear camera and 128GB of storage at the same price but with 4GB RAM.
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