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Oppo F19 Pro+ 5G First Impressions: Slick Looks and Low Weight

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The avalanche of budget and mid-range 5G smartphones continues, and this time, the feature marks a first for Oppo’s F series. The new Oppo F19 Pro+ 5G is a successor to the F17 Pro (Review) which we got last year, and the main attraction is MediaTek’s 5G-capable Dimensity 800U SoC. This has proven to be a very popular chip for smartphones priced under Rs. 30,000, offering good gaming performance and power efficiency.

The Oppo F19 Pro+ 5G, available for Rs. 25,990, is one of two models that Oppo has launched, the other being the F19 Pro, priced at Rs. 21,490. Today, we’ll be taking our first look at the F19 Pro+ 5G, after having spent a few hours with it.

As a successor to the Oppo F17 Pro, the new Oppo F19 Pro+ 5G has retained two features that I quite liked from the previous model — the slimness and low weight. The F19 Pro+ 5G measures just 7.8mm thick and weighs only 173g. This makes it incredibly light and easy to carry around, which I really appreciate. Oppo has gone with more subtle colours this time around, with silver and black as the two options. The rear panel does pick up fingerprints but these aren’t very apparent thanks to its matte finish. There’s a little 5G logo in the camera module to emphasise its support.

The chrome-plated frame is glossy but the rounded design offers good grip. Oppo says it has used a total of eight antennas placed all around frame in order to maximise signal strength no matter which way you hold the phone. The build quality so far seems sturdy. All the buttons are ergonomically placed and have good tactile feedback. Oppo has kept the headphone jack too. The Oppo F19 Pro+ 5G has a triple-slot tray for two Nano-SIMs and a microSD card.

The Oppo F19 Pro+ 5G features a 4,310mAh battery and supports 50W fast charging

 

The display looks great, delivering sharp visuals and a healthy maximum brightness. The 6.4-inch AMOLED panel has a full-HD+ resolution and an in-display fingerprint sensor, and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. What would have made this display perfect though, would have been a high refresh rate, which sadly isn’t present. Still, Oppo’s custom Color OS UI feels fairly fluid. It’s also the latest version that’s based on Android 11. The functionality is familiar as we recently saw it in action on the Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G too.

Oppo is launching the F19 Pro+ 5G in a single configuration, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The phone has a 4,310mAh battery and support for 50W fast charging. Oppo says the battery can be fully charged from empty in about 48 minutes, which is a claim I’ll be sure to verify in the full review.

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The Oppo F19 Pro+ 5G introduces a macro camera, which was missing in the F17 Pro

 

Last but not least, we have five camera sensors on the phone. On paper at least, these don’t seem to be too different from what the F17 Pro came with. At the back, there’s still a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 2-megapixel monochrome camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. In the front, there’s a 16-megapixel selfie camera. One big (or rather, small) difference is the inclusion of a macro camera, which was absent in the previous model. Oppo is talking up some new AI video features, such as better low-light recordings and better quality when shooting backlit subjects. I’ll have to test these capabilities to know if they’re worth the hype, and I’m hoping for the best since the cameras on the F17 Pro failed to really impress me.

Oppo has moved away from its “selfie-expert” marketing for the F series, and with the F19 Pro+ 5G, the focus has shifted towards providing a better video experience. So far, the Oppo F19 Pro+ 5G looks like a good enough upgrade over the Oppo F17 Pro, with 5G being the main driving force. Stay tuned for the full review coming soon.


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Samsung Galaxy A72, Samsung Galaxy A52 Launch Event Tipped for March 17

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Samsung Galaxy A72 and Galaxy A52 launch date could be March 17, as per screenshots shared by a tipster. A livestream link that is said to have gone live briefly suggests that Samsung is gearing up for another Galaxy Unpacked March 2021 event scheduled for March 17. The Samsung Galaxy A72 and Galaxy A52 specifications have leaked on multiple occasions. The Galaxy A52 is expected to get a 5G variant, and the Galaxy A72 is tipped to be powered by the Snapdragon 720G SoC and pack a 5,000mAh battery.

Tipster @FronTron has shared screenshots from a Samsung livestream link on YouTube that could have gone live briefly and removed later. These screenshots reveal that Samsung may host another Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event this month, precisely on March 17. The event may see the unveiling of two rumoured Samsung Galaxy A series phones — Samsung Galaxy A72 and Samsung Galaxy A52. Samsung is expected to roll out invitations for the event sometime this week.

The launch of the two phones is imminent as support pages of the Samsung Galaxy A72 and Galaxy A52 5G have already gone live in the UAE. The phones are expected to have an Infinity-O Display.

Samsung Galaxy A72 specifications (expected)

Past leaks suggest the Samsung Galaxy A72 may feature a 6.7-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, and have a quad rear camera setup with a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter, a 5-megapixel macro shooter, and an 8-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens. Samsung could also offer a 32-megapixel selfie camera sensor on the Galaxy A72. Further, there would be a 5,000mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging.

Samsung Galaxy A52 specifications (expected)

The Samsung Galaxy A52 is expected to have a quad camera setup as well with a 64-megapixel primary camera along with optical image stabilisation (OIS), as per past leaks. At the front, there could be a 32-megapixel camera sensor for selfies and video calls. It is said to sport a IP67 certification for dust- and water-resistance. It may support Dolby Atmos and have 30x Space Zoom as well. Samsung Galaxy A52 4G is expected to be priced starting at EUR 369 (roughly Rs. 32,700).


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