The Indian smartphone majorly revolves around the sub-20K price bracket. There’s a high demand for feature-packed sub-20K smartphones in tier 1 and tier 2 cities. Since the price-conscious Indian buyers don’t want to compromise on features and performance, the smartphone brands have to be very aggressive with the pricing and features.
Among various smartphones we have tested in the sub-20K price-point, the OPPO F19 has to be one of the most versatile of the lot. Priced at Rs. 18,990, the handset brings features usually seen in premium smartphones that cost almost double the price of the all new OPPO F19.
Let’s find out why the OPPO F19 is one of the best buys under 20K.
33W Flash-Charge For Best-In-Class Fast-Charging Speeds
For someone like me who is always on the move, the F19’s 33W fast-charging feature comes across as a true savior. I could plug the phone on charging for just 15-minute while grabbing my breakfast or taking short halts during my travel adventures and the charger refuels the battery to 30%. It is simply incredible and comes extremely handy in my busy routine. A 5 minute of charge gives 5.5 hours of talk time or almost 2 hours of YouTube streaming. Furthermore, a 30-minute charge time gives me up to 54% battery, which is more than enough to last a day with my usage pattern.
The 33W fast-charger is a boon for someone who likes to charge their phone to 100% before leaving home for the day. It recharges the massive 5,000mAh battery from absolute flat to 100% in just 72-minutes. It is a crazy charging speed for a sub-20K smartphone and makes lives simpler at many levels.
Thinnest And Lightest Smartphone With A Long-Lasting 5,000mAh Battery
Fast charging alone isn’t much of a use if the battery cell cannot make good use of the charge. Thankfully, the OPPO F19 aces both the departments. It is one of the thinnest and the lightest smartphone to come equipped with a beefier 5,000 mAh battery. The massive battery cell goes on for at least two days on one full charge, even with heavy usage.
The ColorOS also plays a crucial role in improving the battery life on the F19. The phone’s intelligent software reduces and minimizes battery drainage wherever possible to make it last even longer. The ultra power saving optimization at night ensures longer standby times without putting important apps to sleep mode.
Additionally, the OPPO F19 also comes with the industry-leading battery technology- AI Night Charge that intelligently charges the 5,000mAh battery in intervals that stops the device from continuous charging if plugged for longer hours, especially while you are asleep at night. The AI Night Charge intelligently customizes the charging cycle based upon your sleeping and charging habits to decrease battery overheating and other risks being associated with phone’s batteries. The feature increases the battery life in the longer run thus adding more charge cycles per charging.
Full HD+ AMOLED Punch Hole Display
The OPPO F19 has become my favorite gadget to consume multimedia content. The 6.4-inch hole-punch AMOLED FHD+ display offers the most immersive viewing experience, thanks to the impressive 90.8% Screen-to-Body ratio and best-in-class 600 nits peak brightness. The higher screen-to-body ratio is due to one of the tiniest waterdrop camera (3.688 mm) and minimal bezels (1.60 mm) surrounding the screen for long hours of uninterrupted display usage.
The waterdrop notch also features the innovative Hole-punch light ring, which lights up when you fire up the selfie camera and even when you receive a call. The cool light ring effect makes up for an interesting notification feature to inform you about the incoming calls.
Immersive Video Playback & Gaming Experience
Whether it’s your favorite movie or series on the popular OTT apps or the most graphics-intensive games, the AMOLED FHD+ panel’s deep blacks, and vivid color reproduction will results in the most immersive video playback and gaming experience. Unlocking the phone is a pure joy as the In-Display Fingerprint 3.0 scanner unlocks the phone in less than 0.5 seconds. It’s super snappy and very accurate.
Importantly, the OPPO F19’s display also has the customized smart backlight feature that reduces the strain on the eyes. I don’t have to manually adjust the brightness as the intelligent display learns and adapts to my usage pattern with time. I could watch an entire series on the F19 without feeling any eye fatigue. The smart brightness algorithms reduce screen flickering that causes unwanted eye strain while watching videos, reading e-books, and playing games.
In a nutshell, the F19 brings a premium display user experience at the sub-20K price-point.
Premium Design That Also Ensures Great Ergonomics
OPPO is well-known for its premium craftsmanship. Smartphones designed by OPPO always manage to create a style statement among the consumers without compromising ergonomics and basics. The F19 has also undergone the most technologically advanced processes to bring a distinctive and functional design. To make it look sleeker and weigh light, OPPO engineers and designers have used die-casting aluminum alloy technology so that the thickness of the thinnest part of the motherboard cover is only 0.21 mm.
The materials on both sides of the battery are much stronger enabling to further narrow the sides giving it a stunning look and feel. The phone just weighs 175gms and is 7.95mm in thickness. The smartphone is beautiful to look at and easier to grip, thanks to its 3D curved body that feels exceptionally comfortable in hands. Despite featuring a big Full HD display, the F19 is perfect for one-hand use.
Available in two striking colors- Prism Black and Midnight Blue, the F19 leverages a unique vacuum plating process that makes the reflection sharper, longer and straighter, with a more metallic feel. The back panel of the device beautifully reflects light rays as they fall on it at different angles.
Further, the rectangular triple AI camera module looks distinctive. The different camera sensors arranged in a premium style, look visually aesthetic and intelligently placed to deliver excellent pictures and video results. The icing on the cake is the lens decoration ring that uses the external etching process and adds a sense of character to the back panel of the F19. Moreover, the unique and premium design is complemented by basics such as a microSD card, futuristic in-screen fingerprint scanner, and the beloved 3.5mm headphone jack.
Overall, the F19’s stunning design will truly mesmerize you with its looks, functionality, and form factor.
Versatile 48MP AI Triple Cameras
I am an avid photographer, and I simply love the versatile AI triple-lens camera on the F19. The triple-lens camera comprises a 48MP primary sensor, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro lens. The triple-lens camera uses sophisticated machine learning algorithms to accurately identify dozens of scenarios and recommend suitable filters to help you capture stunning pictures. For instance, the F19’s AI can recognize a portrait scenario and recommend beautification effects to enhance skin texture and facial features. The camera then employs the 2MP depth-sensor to capture natural-looking portraits with well-defined edges and pleasing bokeh.
Similarly, if you are trying to capture the tiniest objects, the camera enables the macro sensor and allows for stunning close-up shots of flowers, petals, and everyday objects. Further, you can use the phone’s 48MP primary sensor to capture crisp daylight shots with plenty of details and a wide dynamic range.
The camera interface offers 15 intuitive filters that can be applied in real-time to give you an artistic look to your images. Accessible with just one tap, the filters add beautiful color graded layers over the images. You can choose from the following 15 filters to experiment with the pictures you click- Fresh, Clear, Warm, Mist, Country, Travel, Food, Cool, Forest, City, Vintage, Autumn, Gray, Fade and Black & White.
The F19 also ensures crisp and high-resolutions selfies with its 16MP front-facing camera that comes equipped with AI Beautification 2.0. The selfie camera captures professional-grade portraits by analyzing the subject’s face to apply necessary light effects and touch-ups.
Cutting Edge Hardware & Latest Software
The F19 draws power from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chipset. The octa-core SoC improves the device’s performance by 30%-40% as compared to its predecessor. The chipset is paired with three different RAM+ROM configurations (LPDDR4X memory & UFS 2.1 storage) to let you choose the right device for your usage needs. OPPO F19 is available in 6GB + 128GB variant in India.
The powerful SoC and ample RAM + ROM combination allow for seamless computing and multitasking experience throughout the day. Moreover, the phone also features OPPO’s in-house ‘Hyper Boost’ technology that vastly improves tapping and swiping responsiveness and the gaming experience for a smooth overall performance.
The F19 also aces the network communications. The smartphone comes equipped with dual-channel acceleration that lets both the Wi-Fi and mobile network work simultaneously. It offers a more stable and smoother internet experience. The phone is smart enough to sense poor Wi-Fi connectivity and enable the network boost to let the device use the SIM card’s data services for an uninterrupted connectivity performance.
As far as the software is concerned, the F19 is among the very few smartphones to run the latest ColorOS 11 based on Android 11 out-of-the-box. The custom UI is visually pleasing and is full of features and customizations to let you make the most out of the Android ecosystem.
OPPO F19 Pricing, Availability & First Sale
The OPPO F19 6GB+128GB is priced at Rs. 18,990 and is already on sale across mainline retailers, Amazon.in, Flipkart.com and other online retailers. Offline customers can enjoy a range of attractive discounts and offline cashback offers on the purchase of the OPPO F19.
To make the deal more lucrative for offline customers, OPPO is offering a bundled discount under which the, Enco W11 will be available at an exclusive price of Rs 1299 (MRP 3,999) and OPPO Enco W31 at Rs 2499 (MRP 5,900). Furthermore, smartphone enthusiasts can enjoy a range of attractive discounts and offline cashback for OPPO F19 with the leading banks and digital wallets. A flat 7.5% cashback on EMI Transactions from HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Bank; Standard Chartered Bank. Customers can also avail 11 %instant cashback via Paytm, Triple Zero Scheme with Bajaj Finserv, ICICI Bank, and IDFC First Bank. Users can also avail Zero Down Payment with Home Credit, HDB Financial Service, HDFC Bank and Kotak Bank. OPPO ‘s existing loyal users can also avail an additional one-time screen replacement offer (valid for 365 days), extended warranty for 180 days on the newly purchased and activated F19 Series.
Not only this there are many attractive offers for the online customers too. Amazon and Flipkart customers will get an Instant Discount of upto Rs 1500 on HDFC Debit/Credit Cards and Credit Cards EMI. Users can also get Complete Mobile Protection on Amazon and at Rs 1 on Flipkart. Existing OPPO users can upgrade their OPPO Phone and get Rs 1000 extra on exchange. There are also offers on OPPO Enco W11 and OPPO Enco W31 which will be available for Rs 1,299 (current MOP Rs 1,999) and Rs 2,499 (current MOP Rs 3,499), respectively if purchased with the F19. Apart from the aforementioned, there is also a bundled offer on OPPO Band Style exclusively on Amazon which can be purchased for Rs 2,499 (current MOP Rs 2,799) with the OPPO F19.
Overall, OPPO has yet again set the ball rolling with the latest F-series smartphone. The F19 is far ahead of the other available smartphones on the market in terms of features and performance. It is the most desirable sub-20K smartphone that delivers on every front be it the massive battery to superfast charging, sleek design, camera and many more features which only premium smartphones are known for. If you have been looking for a premium-grade smartphone, the F19 is the ultimate choice.
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