OPPO has been know for a while as a consumer electronics brand mainly in the home theatre segment but recently has been flexing its muscles in the smartphone market.
The company seems to target the Android mid-market with handsets that are well designed and manufactured, with incremental features being added all the time.
The new OPPO R11s is one such example. This time the company put some effort into photography by bringing an updated camera experience with a dual f/1.7 sensor (20 megapixel + 16 megapixel) for the rear camera and a f/2.0 20 megapixel front camera. This results in really good photos at practically any light conditions but mostly in portraits, which is what the company is going for.
The device itself has a nice, polished finish with red, black and champagne colour options and at only 7.1 mm thickness it feels really nice in your hand. The 6 inch AMOLED display (18 x 9 FHD+ 2160 x 1080 pixels) is crisp and reproduce colours with accuracy, being the perfect size for current smartphone taste.
Fitted with a fingerprint scanner, you have the option of using face recognition for unlocking the device - and it does it a very fast speeds, with almost no perceptible lag at all. Turn on the phone, look at it and it is ready for use.
For those who want flexibility both at home or when travelling, the OPPO R11s comes with dual nano SIM card slot - supporting a list of 3G and 4G bands that will make it work pretty much anywhere in the world. It also supports 2.4/5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac which is pretty good for a mid-range priced smartphone. Unfortunately it doesn't have NFC support so you can't use it with Google Pay for contactless payments.
Based on a Qualcomm SDM660 SOC, plus an Adreno 512 GPU, the 4GB RAM device is snappy and responds well to switching apps. Base storage is 64GB but can be expanded with microSD cards to up to 256GB.
The ColorOS 3.2 is what you'd expect from Android 7.1 and up until the date of this review I didn't see an update to the latest or newer Android security level. This is certainly something to be improved. The OS has built-in themes, which I have to admit were fun to play with - meaning I've downloaded lots of those and spent some time switching between them just to admire the creative prowess of other people. Actually amazing stuff there.
The OPPO R11s comes with a 3200mAh battery so you can expect a good day worth of usage and with VOOC technology it actually can quickly provide a couple of hours worth of talk time from a quick five minute charge - enough to keep you going in an emergency.
Overall, OPPO continues to excel on the mid-range market - perhaps not a competitor if you are looking for a vanilla Android OS but certainly a pretty good option for the features it offers at this price point.