Weekly poll: Oppo F21 Pro and F21 Pro 5G want to be your next phone, right?
Oppo announced the launch of two phones in India this week: the F21 Pro is already available from this Friday, the F21 Pro 5G will join on Thursday (April 21). The duo’s initial reception seems positive, but let’s dig deeper.
First, it’s not new hardware: the F21 Pro is the Reno7 (4G), the F21 Pro 5G is the Reno7 Z 5G. While some Reno7 phones are available in India, these two weren’t, making them a welcome addition to the lineup in the country.
Either way, the Oppo F21 Pro 5G will launch at ₹27,000 (15% off MSRP of ₹32,000). It features a 6.43-inch (60Hz) AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 695, 128GB of expandable storage, a 64MP camera (without TV or ultrawide), and a 4,500mAh battery with 33W fast charging (100 % in 63 minutes).
Oppo F21 Pro 5G Highlights
The Oppo F21 Pro drops to ₹23,000 by cutting out the 5G-enabled chipset and replacing it with a Snapdragon 680. However, its 6.43-inch AMOLED screen has a 90Hz refresh rate and you get a fingerprint reader on the front panel. unit (instead of a lateral one). fingerprint reader). ). Also, although the rear camera is the same, the selfie camera has a higher resolution 32 MP IMX709 sensor (instead of 16 MP). The battery is also the same, 4,500mAh with 33W charging. Note that neither phone is capable of recording 4K video, not even 1080p at 60fps.
Oppo F21 Pro Highlights
Is the 4G model the better deal or would you prefer to pay more for the superior performance of the 695 chipset? We probably don’t need to tell you that India doesn’t have an active 5G network yet, but that should change soon (maybe even before the end of the year).
While we wait for that, let’s take a look at what other phones you can get for your money.
The Xiaomi 11i, for example, has a larger 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a Dimensity 920 that should outperform the Snapdragon. There’s also a 108MP main camera on the back, along with an 8MP ultra-wide camera. Larger 5160mAh battery charges faster at 67W (50% in 13 minutes). This model has an MSRP of Rs 25,000, but you can get the HyperCharge model with a 4,500mAh battery and 120W charging (100% in 15 minutes) for Rs 27,000, the same price as the Oppo F21 Pro 5G.
The Realme GT Master is a smaller option with a 6.43-inch 120Hz AMOLED and a speedy Snapdragon 778G. It has a basic 64MP main camera and an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a tiny 4,300mAh battery with 65W charging, and a sleek exterior, all for ₹28,000 (for 8/128GB) if you can find it in stock. .
The Realme 9 Pro+ is slightly cheaper at ₹27,000 (8/128GB) and is actually available. Its 6.4″ AMOLED display drops to 90Hz (still better than the 60Hz on the F21 Pro 5G), but you get the Dimensity 920 and a 50MP camera with a large (1/1.56″) sensor and OIS , plus an 8 MP ultra-wide camera and faster charging for the 4,500 mAh battery (50 W, 100% in 44 minutes). Note that both the F21 Pro models have base IPX4 splash resistance, while the Realmes do not (the 11i pair have IP53).
The Motorola Edge 20 is another Snapdragon 778G option, this one with a stunning 6.7-inch 144Hz OLED display. Like the Xiaomis, it has a 108MP main camera, but adds an 8MP telephoto lens (3x optical magnification) and a 16 MP ultra wide angle. As the main drawback we highlight here the small 4000 mAh battery (with a 30W charge). An 8/128 GB drive will set you back ₹25,000.
Xiaomi 11i • Realme GT Master • Realme 9 Pro+ • Motorola Edge 20
The Indian version of the Redmi Note 11 Pro + 5G (not to be confused with the global version) retails for ₹21,000 on Mi.com, the same price as the 4G-only F21 Pro. However, it is more of a competitor to the 5G model as it has the same Snapdragon 695 chipset. Like the previous 11i, this one has a 6.67-inch AMOLED display (120 Hz), a 108 MP main camera and 8 MP ultrawide cameras. the battery is 5000 mAh with 67 W charging.
If you don’t mind 5G and want something a bit smaller, the Redmi Note 11S (4G) matches the Oppo with a 6.43-inch 90Hz AMOLED display. The old Helio G96 chipset (slower 12nm chip and less efficient), but it has the same 108MP main camera on the back and an 8MP ultra-wide one to boot. The battery is bigger, 5,000 mAh, but it takes the same time to charge at 33 W (100% in 58 minutes). Getting the same memory configuration (8/128GB) will set you back ₹18,500.
The Realme 9 5G Speed steps up to a 6.6-inch IPS LCD display, but offers a 144Hz refresh rate, hard to find for its ₹23,000 price tag. It gets a faster Snapdragon 778G chipset, but a less impressive 48 MP camera (plus two 2 MP helpers) and it lacks water resistance. The 5000mAh battery charges at 30W (50% in 25 minutes).
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G (India) • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S • Realme Speed 9 5G
Do you see an Oppo F21 Pro or F21 Pro 5G in your future or do you think there are better alternatives?
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