Oppo F21 Pro hands-on

A few days ago Oppo launched the F21 Pro series, which also includes 4G and 5G compatible versions. Both phones are available in Cosmic Black, but you can buy the 4G version in Sunset Orange and the 5G version in Rainbow Spectrum.

Oppo F21 Pro hands-on

We had a chance to spend some time with the Oppo F21 Pro 4G Sunset Orange, so here are our first impressions.

Oppo F21 Pro comes in a blue box with protective case, SIM ejector, USB-C cable, 33W power adapter and standard documentation.

NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCH Announced 2022, April 12
Status Available. Released 2022, April 15
BODY Dimensions 159.9 x 73.2 x 7.5 mm (6.30 x 2.88 x 0.30 in)
Weight 175 g (6.17 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
IPX4 water resistant
RGB ring light around the camera (notifications, charging progress)
DISPLAY Type AMOLED, 90Hz, 430 nits (typ), 600 nits (HBM), 800 nits (peak)
Size 6.43 inches, 99.8 cm2 (~85.3% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
PLATFORM OS Android 12, ColorOS 12.1
Chipset Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G (6 nm)
CPU Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Kryo 265 Gold & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo 265 Silver)
GPU Adreno 610
MEMORY Card slot microSDXC
Internal 128GB 8GB RAM
UFS 2.2
MAIN CAMERA Triple 64 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.7µm, PDAF
2 MP, f/3.3, (microscope)
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video [email protected], gyro-EIS
SELFIE CAMERA Single 32 MP, f/2.4, 24mm (wide), 1/2.74″, 0.8µm
Features Panorama, HDR
Video [email protected], gyro-EIS
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
NFC No
Radio No
USB USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BATTERY Type Li-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable
Charging Fast charging 33W, 100% in 60 min (advertised)
Reverse charging
MISC Colors Cosmic Black, Sunset Orange
Models CPH2363
Price About 280 EUR

Oppo F21 Pro hands-on

The OPPO F21 Pro’s 6.4-inch FullHD+ AMOLED display has a 90Hz refresh rate, 180Hz sampling rate and 600nit maximum brightness. It’s protected by Gorilla Glass 5, and below that is the fingerprint scanner we found. It was fast and accurate in the short time I spent with my smartphone.

There is also a hole for the selfie camera in the upper left corner of the panel. It uses a 32-megapixel Sony IMX709 RGBW sensor, which is one of the highlights of the smartphone. And it’s the same sensor found in the more expensive Reno7 Pro 5G.

Oppo F21 Pro hands-on

The F21 Pro is Widevine L1 certified, meaning it can stream 1080p video on OTT apps, including Amazon Prime Video. The smartphone also supports HDR10 and HLG codecs, but it cannot play HDR YouTube videos. Oppo’s screen refresh for the F21 Pro is a bit weird.

Oppo F21 Pro hands-on

Your smartphone has two refresh rates and Settings > Screen Refresh Rate – High and Normal. The former will increase the refresh rate to 90Hz when you interact with the screen. and reverts to 60Hz after a few seconds of inactivity (except for the YouTube app, which is always at 90Hz), saving battery power when reading or watching videos.

However, normal mode, which should be at 60Hz in all cases, also increases the screen refresh rate to 90Hz and works exactly the same as High mode. We contacted Oppo for clarification. but have not received a reply. Hopefully this will be fixed in future updates.

Oppo F21 Pro hands-on

It’s also worth noting that none of our benchmark test games support high refresh rate gaming at 90fps on the Oppo F21 Pro. This should come as no surprise given the more expensive Reno7 Pro 5G, which doesn’t play at that rate. high refresh

Oppo F21 Pro's buttons and portsOppo F21 Pro's buttons and portsOppo F21 Pro's buttons and ports

The screen is enough if you turn the Oppo F21 Pro to the other side. We have three in-camera island flash: 64 MP main, 2 MP depth and 2 MP microscope. You can take photos or videos with 15x or 30x zoom and surrounded by Orbit Light that illuminates the area evenly.

But that’s not the only purpose Orbit Light serves, a background light for incoming calls and app notifications, and when the F21 Pro is loaded, it flashes even at the start of a game. But we don’t know why everyone needs it. You can customize the features of Orbit Light in F21 Pro Settings > Personalization > Breathing Light.

Oppo F21 Pro hands-on

The back of the Oppo F21 Pro Cosmic Black uses Oppo Glow technology, while the Sunset Orange is made from fiber-free leather.

Oppo says it uses lychee leather as its raw material because it’s waterproof and scratch resistant. In this design, the F21 Pro Sunset Orange gives not only a premium look but also a premium look. but also provides super manual controls This enhances the overall experience even further. not to mention No protective case is needed to prevent scratches and fingerprints.

Oppo F21 Pro hands-on

We like the overall design and construction of the Oppo F21 Pro Sunset Orange model. It’s quite thin and sturdy. And at 175g, it’s comfortable for extended use. But flat polycarbonate frames aren’t for everyone. The power button and volume rocker provide adequate response.

Oppo F21 Pro uses a Snapdragon 680 processor with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. There is no other storage in India, but a MicroSD card can expand storage up to 1TB and RAM up to almost 5GB, which in our experience sets the bar. little difference in the real world.

Oppo F21 Pro hands-on

The smartphone runs ColorOS 12.1 with Android 12 out of the box and Android security patches for March 2022. Oppo promised two Android version updates and up to four years of security updates for the F21 Pro. But the frequency of the latter has not yet been disclosed.

The Oppo F21 Pro software is no different from other smartphones running ColorOS 12.1.

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