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OPPO Reno11F 5G Review: Worth The Price


OPPO Reno11F 5G Review: OPPO has recently introduced the Reno11F 5G to the Kenyan market. This phone is an addition to the phones in the Reno11 series which were unveiled back in January this year. For just Ksh.50,000, the Reno11F 5G is the most affordable option in this lineup boasting the same chipset as the vanilla Reno11 5G but of course with toned-down specs.

We have spent a few weeks with the Reno11F 5G and well, there are so many things to like about it. We are not sure what the ‘’F’’ really stands for but, we had some FUN throughout our experience with the phone. 

The colour option we had for OPPO Reno11F 5G review is the shimmery Palm Green that gives the phone a nice finish. It’s smooth yet grippy and also very comfortable to hold in your hands.

We already did our unboxing video but in case you missed it you can watch it below.

OPPO Reno11F 5G Design, Build and Display

As mentioned, the unit we have is Palm Green in colour but you can also buy the phone in Ocean Blue. The back panel is glossy and made of plastic although it’s very hard for you to notice.  

On the upper-left corner is where you have the camera island housing a triple camera setup. The standard Reno11 5G and pro variant all have an oval camera island design, the Reno11F 5G however features a rectangular layout which doesn’t look big and is also not small. 

We also like the boxy, flat-sided design, which makes it feel very comfortable to hold in your hands. 

The OPPO Reno11F is incredibly slim measuring just 7.54 mm in depth and it’s also super light at 177 grams.

For inputs and ports, the microphone, USB-C port, and a single speaker grill are all located at the bottom while the power button and volume rocker are on the right side. The hybrid SIM card tray is located on the left and another while the noise-cancelling microphone is up top. There is no 3.5mm audio jack.  The phone is also IP65-certified for protection against dust and water. 

The display is quite impressive. It’s a large 6.7-inch AMOLED with support for 120Hz  refresh rate and 1100 nits peak brightness. There’s a punch-hole notch at the top housing a 32-megapixel selfie camera. On the refresh rate, OPPO actually provides you with three options to choose from – 60Hz, 90Hz, and 120Hz. The auto-select option automatically uses the optimal refresh rate for your device, the Standard mode locks the display to 60Hz while the High option allows the display to refresh to the higher 120Hza for an even more smooth experience. 

OPPO Reno11F 5G Review

Important to also mention is that the OPPO Reno11F 5G display is HDR10+ certified for broader contrast and colour range. This makes watching content more immersive and enjoyable, especially if you watch Netflix which supports HDR10+ content.

The OPPO Reno11F 5G comes with only one single speaker which is one of the major downsides of this phone. The bass department does disappoint but the speaker can get insanely loud. The volume rocker can boost up to a crazy “300%”, which of course is not recommended as it may hurt your ears. 

OPPO Reno11F 5G Software and Performance

OPPO Reno11F 5G boasts the same MediaTek chipset as the Reno10, and vanilla Reno11 5G as well as the Realme 11 Pro. It’s a MediaTek Dimensity 7050 which is a mid-range chip made with a 6-nanometer process that includes an octa-core CPU with two powerful Cortex-A78 cores running at 2.6 GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores running at 2.0 GHz, along with a Mali-G68 MC4 graphics unit. 

It’s not quite MediaTek’s most powerful chipset but it gets things done. It handles regular tasks like web browsing, taking lots of photos, and switching between apps quite easily without experiencing any lags or hesitations. OPPO couples it with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage.

OPPO Reno 11F 5G runs ColorOS 14, built on top of Android 14, and throughout our experience with the phone, we really enjoyed using it.  ColorOS has grown to be one of my favourite operating systems. Over the years, OPPO has done a good job of making it user-friendly. My favourite update to the ColorOS 14 has to be the Always On Display animations. OPPO has introduced a new GO Green AOD which is designed to help you live in a more eco-friendly and healthier way.

This new AOD carbon footprint theme includes 3 sets of Environment Vision pages. Each set includes 5 environment-related animations that change based on how many steps you’ve taken each day. You’ll see clearly and intuitively how walking instead of taking other forms of transport can lead to less CO2 emissions. Okay, this is cool. 

The live wallpapers that feature subtle animations as you navigate the home page also look pretty cool. Another feature I liked is the Smart Image Matting feature. How this works is when you long press a subject in the image gallery, the phone will cut it out and you can use it as a sticker in messaging apps like lets say WhatsApp. 

A lot of things to like about the software and OPPO is also promising users two years of major Android OS updates and three years of security patches for the Reno11 F 5G.

OPPO Reno11F 5G Cameras

When it comes to the camera department, the OPPO Reno11F 5G  features this stylish Sunshine Ring camera that reflects light with an eye-catching flair. The main camera is 64MP 

Ultra-Clear Main Camera that captures pin-sharp photos is also accompanied with OPPO’s intelligent Night mode and a versatile 25mm wide angle, making it an all-purpose camera you can use in any lighting setup. For expansive landscapes, Reno11F 5G’s ultra-wide 8MP camera covers an all-seeing 112º field of view.  There is also a 2-megapixel macro.

The main camera is pretty good and captures vibrant images with plenty of sharp detail, especially in good daylight conditions. The downside is that it lacks optical image stabilisation (OIS) meaning you will really struggle shooting motion subjects. The ultrawide provides a useful focal length,so let’s just say it does a fair job. 

The 32Mp selfie camera also captures lots of detailed images. The colour accuracy is also pretty decent and the camera has a bunch of beautification modes you can play around with.

Reno11F 5G  captures 4K Videos from both the main camera and the selfie camera.

OPPO Reno11F 5G Battery

OPPO has added a large 5000mAh battery to the OPPO Reno11F 5G which when fully charged confidently gets you through a full, connected day. There is a 67W  SUPERVOO wall adapter in the box, which can charge the phone from 0% to 31% in just 10 minutes and reach 100% in only 47 minutes. 

You can also enable “smart charging” in settings. This option adjusts the charging pattern based on your habits to slow down battery ageing.

OPPO Reno11F 5G Review: Conclusion and Availability

OPPO Reno11F 5G Review
OPPO Reno11F 5G

The Reno11F 5G is now available across OPPO stores country-wide, the OPPO Kenya Website and on e-commerce partners Jumia, Kilimall at a recommended retail price of Ksh49,999. 

It’s a device we would recommend any time especially if you’re in the market for a phone with a good battery life and solid cameras. The phone is a good performer for the casual user as it handles the usual tasks with ease.

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I track and report on tech and African startups. Founder and Editor of TechTrends Media. Nixon is also the East African tech editor for Africa Business Communities. Send tips to nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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