Oppo Kenya launched the Oppo F11 and Oppo F11 Pro earlier this week. Undoubtedly, these are two nicely-dressed smartphones that pack some punch with major emphasis on photography.
Both have the same cameras, boasting a massive 48MP lens on the back, something that’s becoming quite common these days. They also have the same 16MP selfie camera that Oppo says can recognize up to 137 facial data points for better selfies.
Heck, these two even have the same body language, internal specs, and basically every other thing, but for some reason, there is a price gap of Kshs 10,000 between them. Like you, I’ve been craving to know what sets these two apart to warrant such a significant price gap and I have some answers.
The rising camera is the feature that easily sets these two apart. Instead of having a notch on the display screen for housing the selfie camera, Oppo went for a mechanism that pops up the camera when needed for the Pro variant.
The standard Oppo F11 (above) has a waterdrop-style notch to house the selfie camera.
The Oppo F11 Pro (above) has a rising (pop-up) selfie camera.
The Oppo F11 and F11 Pro have the same 6GB RAM, but the standard model comes with 64GB of internal storage while the Pro model has 128GB. Both have room to expand via a microSD card of up to 256GB, but at the expense of the second SIM card.
Physical size and weight
It might not be noticeable outright, but the Oppo F11 is slightly taller than the F11 Pro while the latter, perhaps due to the room needed to house the mechanism for the rising camera, is a little thicker.
I’m not sure whether the rising camera contributes the extra 2g of weight to the Pro variant, but it’s hard to see what else.
The standard Oppo F11 has a waterdrop-style notch on the display screen, which is missing on the F11 Pro. The latter has a full-screen design with no cutout whatsoever. Other than that, everything else about the screen used on both phones is the same.
Oppo says the F11 has a 4020mAh battery while the Pro has a 4000mAh unit. I don’t know what difference Oppo thinks the extra 20mAh makes, but technically, these two have the same battery capacity.
There are two color options to pick from for the Oppo F11 Pro (Thunder Black and Aurora Green) and three for the F11 (Fluorite Purple, Marble Green, and Jewelry White). But these shouldn’t affect the price in any way no?
Is the Oppo F11 Pro worth the extra Kshs 10,000?
So, with the above differences now clear enough, do you still think the Oppo F11 Pro is worth the extra Kshs 10,000 compared to what the standard F11 has to offer?
Honestly, from where I’m seated, I don’t see much here to warrant this huge price difference. What essentially sets the duo apart is the rising camera and internal storage, but considering the devices have room to expand storage, one would be inclined to think Oppo is charging Kshs 10,000 just for the rising camera and nothing else.
If you consider the implications that come with having a motorized part in a smartphone, including repair and all, you’d be better off going for the cheaper F11, but if trends are your kinda thing, the Pro variant is a definite pick.
Below is a head-to-head comparison of their specifications:
|Oppo F11||Oppo F11 Pro|
|Dimensions and weight||162 x 76.1 x 8.3mm,|
|161.3 x 76.1 x 8.8mm,
|Display||6.5-inch FHD+ (2340x1080) LCD display||Same|
|Camera||Main camera: Dual lens 48MP (f/1.79, PDAF, AI Ultra-clear Engine, Ultra Night Mode, Dazzle Color Mode) + 5MP (f/2.4, depth sensor)|
Front camera: 16MP (f/2.0, Beautification)
|Chipset||Octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 (MT6771V)||Same|
|Memory||6GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage (expandable via microSD)||6GB RAM, 128GB onboard storage (expandable via microSD)|
|Operating System||Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6.0 on top||Same|
|Network||3G, 4G LTE||Same|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, microUSB, 3.5mm headphone jack||Same|
|Other||Dual-SIM, GPS, Wi-Fi Direct, Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, Face unlock, VOOC 3.0 fast charging (0% to 100% in under 80 minutes)||Same|
|Color options||Fluorite Purple, Jewelry White, Marble Green||Aurora Green, Thunder Black|