I am not a huge football fan but certainly recognise the fascination some fans have over their teams. The coulours, the noise, the skills. And OPPO is taking advantage of this with its new smartphone.
OPPO has recently released the Limited Edition FCB R11, highlighting the company's partnership with the world famous Futbol Club Barcelona, announced back in 2015.
The Limited Edition FCB R11 is a branded reimagination of the company's flagship R11 Android-based smartphone. It does have small differences in hardware (mainly the octa-core Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB RAM and 64 GB storage) but its main feature is the tribute to the Barcelona.
It starts on the striking red, blue and gold finish, which I personally think looks really good. You will also notice the badge is actually a 18K gold-plated insert, not only a sticker. The golden-colour trim around the edges and the thin golden line separating the red and blue colours complete the striking visual.
Inside the box you will also find a blue protective case that adds a bit of bulk to the phone but will sure keep it protected - engraved in the inside of the case you will find signatures from some of the players.
With dual 20-megapixel and 16-megapixel cameras on the back, photos look really sharp and the camera app has quite a few tricks in terms of smart settings - most of the times you just have to compose the image and shoot. You can also record videos in 4K resolution - It also also sports a 20-megapixel front camera with advanced panorama function.
The branding continues inside the Limited Edition FCB R11 once you start it. The startup sound (a crowd chant) and notifications are all related to football and the Barcelona. Visually the default theme has been designed around the blue colour with the FCB logo as the main point of the background image.
The Android-based ColorOS 3.1 continues to be developed but the device is still running on Android 7.1. Somethings are a strange - for example you can't change the default SMS or phone application, as a design decision was made to prevent this. The OS has built-in functionality to clear storage, manage power usage and scan for malware.
With a 5.5" AMOLED screen and very thin (1.66mm) bezel the phone looks and feels good.
The 3000mAh can be charged very quickly thanks to the quick charger and special USB cable in the box - it will charge with other cables too but at a slower rate.
In terms of speed the Limited Edition FCB R11 is impressive too - not too bad for a mid-range price smartphone. Although it has 4G, Bluetooth, WiFi 2.4/5 GHz you will notice it doesn't have NFC (so no Android Pay contactless payments).
The company only recently launched the Limited Edition FCB R11 in New Zealand, making a limited number of these available in the local market - onyl about 100 of these will be in circulation here, making it a rare item.