September 24, 2023

High Options

– Enticing design

– Lengthy-lasting battery

– Good total worth

All these years of Oppo’s existence within the Indian smartphone market has skilled it nicely to contend in opposition to others (and even sister companies) within the sub Rs-20,000 section. It’s not successful the struggle on this area however appears to be slowly consuming the market of others by launching smartphones with an intention to undercut them. One such smartphone is the newly-launched Oppo K3 that went on sale days in the past in India. The smartphone is Oppo’s one more try to eat a bit of the pie however what’s extra essential right here is that’s this simply one other handset within the already crowded section or does it actually carry one thing substantial for patrons at Rs 16,990?

We used the Oppo K3 smartphone’s Rs 16,990 variant that has 6GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage for a couple of weeks as our each day driver and right here’s our overview.


If you happen to haven’t seen the Oppo K3 but, you may not be lacking out on a lot. The smartphone performs on the identical design and construct as a few of its not too long ago launched siblings from totally different sequence. It has a clear, notch-less show on the entrance and a gradient again panel. The Aurora Blue color variant that we obtained for overview, has a shiny bottom, which is as anticipated, a fingerprint and smudge magnet. Nonetheless, the smartphone appears lovely with the flush twin rear cameras and the vertical, reflective branding, giving a contrasting look. The gradient colors should not so loud and a spotlight seekers however relatively delicate and easy.

Nevertheless, scratches and scuffs on the corners are simply seen. Dealing with the system isn’t a problem as its mild and feels balanced when utilizing single-handedly. It’s skinny at sides however the boxy form helps retain the grip to some extent so there’s no worry of it falling or slipping out of your palms. What many Android OEMs should not getting it proper as of late is the location of the facility and quantity buttons. It has these days been an everyday activity for us to take a look at the handset as soon as whereas dealing with the quantity buttons and energy button simply to make certain.

Nevertheless, with Oppo K3 there’s some stage of reliability. That is solely as a result of the facility button and quantity buttons are on the left and proper aspect however are reachable as they aren’t positioned on in direction of the highest however on the centre. On the backside you get USB Kind-C port and a mono speaker, which we’re not a giant fan of. To everybody’s reduction, there’s a 3.5mm headphone slot right here. Additionally, there’s a speaker grille positioned stealthily above the display on the entrance.

All in all, Oppo K3 appears good and one thing that shouldn’t hassle you in the case of catching the eye of the group. The gradient look is delicate however enticing and the system is simple to hold round and appears sturdy to tackle drops from a few ft.


Oppo K3 isn’t a tool that will likely be recognized for its show high quality particularly. Nevertheless, the display specs are at par with others in the same worth vary. You get a 6.5-inch canvas measurement, which could sound large however doesn’t really feel prefer it throughout actual life utilization. Oppo and Vivo have been doing a superb job for the previous couple of years within the smartphone show section normally and the identical streak appears to be carried by Oppo K3. The AMOLED panel is a delight to take a look at. Streaming movies received’t provide you with any complaints as such. From vibrant and punchy colors to spectacular brightness ranges, the show isn’t as lengthy and fewer broad like what’s there in handsets like Huawei P30 Professional, one thing that we discover excellent to play video games on.

Wanting intently will make you see a relatively skinny however distinguished chin on the backside. However that may develop on you ultimately. It may be simply ignored whereas watching movies. And since there’s no punch-hole cutout or a waterdrop notch this time, you get the whole display to your self with none hindrance.

The panel cramps 2340×1080 decision pixels, which is pretty respectable and nothing that you just received’t get in some other smartphone within the given worth vary. On the software program aspect of issues, Oppo K3 has the standard set of options starting from auto brightness to full display mode for apps, font measurement, display measurement, Night time Defend (Blue mild filter) and low brightness flicker-free eye care, which when turned on is meant to cut back the visible fatigue that occurs throughout low display brightness.


In our each day utilization, Oppo K3 hardly gave us an opportunity to complain. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, which isn’t new and could be present in a number of competing smartphones. The processor isn’t unhealthy by any means because it has an eight-core Qualcomm Kyro 360 CPUs with a most clock velocity of two.2Ghz. Made utilizing 10nm processes, the SoC has Adreno 616 GPU, which might deal with the ever-so-popular PUBG nicely sufficient. What’s fascinating right here is that even after hours of video playback and gaming we didn’t face any heating problem.

Nevertheless, the processor and 6GB LPPDR4x should not the one plus factors. Sport Area is without doubt one of the purposes that retains the handset efficiency optimum. We really feel that Oppo’s Sport Area is without doubt one of the most underrated options of ColourOS and quite a bit could be carried out to enhance it, making gadgets much more value it. The app normally triggers mechanically once you launch a recreation. You’ll be able to tweak the brightness, smoothness optimisation, networking and different notification alert choices to cut back distractions whereas aiming at your rival or overtaking somebody in a sports activities automotive.

Whereas that’s one aspect of Oppo K3, the opposite aspect is the ColourOS. Typically, the UI has improved quite a bit with the previous few updates however there nonetheless stays plenty of room to enhance. For probably the most half, you’ll nonetheless have to make use of each your palms to achieve for sure capabilities on high corners of the display. With screens getting greater, Oppo (and different OEMs) ought to work and make the interface simpler to make use of. We wish to give the instance of Samsung’s OneUI, which though wants some extra refinement, is certainly a step in the proper path. Probably the most fundamental capabilities, resembling swiping down from the center of the house display ought to give customers entry to the notification as a substitute of search, one thing that OnePlus has. One other technique might be what Vivo does with its FunTouchOS. You’ll be able to swipe up from the underside to entry fast settings. None of that is in ColorOS. So this needs to be one thing value contemplating.

One other draw back on Oppo smartphones, together with the K3, is the quantity of bloatware you get. Whereas a few of them are Oppo’s personal apps that you could be not be utilizing ever, some are third-party apps resembling Howdy, DailyHunt, Webnovel, WPS Workplace and extra. Oppo itself has a devoted browser app together with others together with App Market, Clone Telephone, Compass, Sizzling Video games, Music Get together, Theme Retailer and others. Most of them could be positioned contained in the Settings app as nicely. The non-reliable monitor file for Android OS updates also needs to be taken into consideration right here.

Whereas the UI appears a little bit of a large number proper now, the general efficiency was flawless. We used the handset for streaming music, taking part in video games and enhancing apps, all collectively utilizing split-screen and didn’t face any points as such. A minor drawback might be whereas utilizing the loudspeaker, which isn’t as loud as we anticipated. The only speaker grille on the backside does give some clear audio however its not the perfect telephone to get good audio output. What’s a plus level right here is the inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Digital camera

Digital camera is without doubt one of the strongest fits of Oppo K3. The system boasts of twin rear cameras and a single selfie pop-up digital camera, one thing Oppo has perfected over time. We fairly favored the picture high quality shot by the smartphone. There’s a 16MP major digital camera with f/1.7 aperture with 6P lens and 1.22um pixel measurement together with a 2MP depth-sensing secondary digital camera. The photographs captured in daylight are good to take a look at however not precisely you see in actual life. Typically, we noticed that the digital camera makes most pictures dramatic by darkening shadows greater than regular. The highlights and the colors captured are nonetheless spectacular. The AI is just about on level in recognising the situation so there’s no points there. The portrait pictures are nice and work nicely for probably the most half. Difficult corners are nonetheless one thing that may be a hit or a miss with Oppo K3.

The first 16MP sensor enables you to transfer between 1x and 2x zooming on a single faucet. The 2x picture was surprisingly sharp and clear. Except clicking portrait in synthetic mild situations, the shutter is fast to seize and the autofocus is fast sufficient. We didn’t like the pictures shot in low mild situations although, particularly these with faces. The K3 tends to make your pores and skin actually clean at occasions, which is sufficient to persuade somebody that it is faux and closely edited. So far as capturing panorama and surroundings pictures in low mild goes, this funds smartphone does a reasonably respectable job.

Night time pictures are actually good although however on your social media solely. The photographs are good when it comes to reproducing colors however the highlights and shadows are tweaked each time. It’s not as natural-looking however for basic customers, this received’t be an issue. The sharpness nonetheless, is true on top of things. Selfie lovers received’t be disillusioned with the K3’s pop-up 16MP digital camera with f/2.0 aperture 5P lens and 1um pixel measurement. The lights captured in low mild conditions are sufficient for a decent-looking shot. The noise ranges should not a lot and the pictures are sharp. Nevertheless, we discovered pictures missing particulars in the case of faces, hair strands and extra. Though many of the settings together with pores and skin texture smoothening are set to ‘AI’, thankfully you get the ‘Pure’ choice to click on precisely the way you look within the given mild situations. We discovered the highlights and shadows balanced in that specific mode.

As for the digital camera UI, Oppo K3 received’t be a problem to deal with. The important thing choices are upfront and simple to entry. You get three fundamental modes alongside the shutter button to seize pictures, movies, selfies and portrait. Different modes that embrace Night time, Pano, Skilled, Time-Lapse, Gradual-Mo and Google Lens could be accessed from the three-line menu close to the shutter button. We aren’t positive why Oppo selected to ‘conceal’ the Google Lens button because it one of many essential options. Most handsets have it both embedded or upfront.


Oppo has been going sturdy within the smartphone battery efficiency division off these days and the funds Oppo K3 appears to be simply one of many examples. The smartphone has a 3765mAh battery, which isn’t unhealthy by any means. In real-life utilization, the system ran for round 8-10 hours on common earlier than switching off. That’s good from in the present day’s smartphone requirements. In fact, the battery drain will likely be extra whereas taking part in video games and enhancing movies however if you’re a lightweight or medium consumer, you may overlook in regards to the charger at the least throughout the workplace hours. Heavy customers should still must cost the K3 after 5-6 hours. However that’s not all, even the VOOC quick charging tech is spectacular.

With VOOC quick charging, you get round 50% cost in about half-hour of cost. For now, Oppo is without doubt one of the handsets that has probably the greatest quick charging tech obtainable for now. And with Oppo K3, it exhibits the corporate is severe about making the battery efficiency of the mid-range choices higher and at par with opponents.

On the software program aspect of issues, the Good Energy Saver stays enabled by default, which works nice. We didn’t face any problem with this. If you would like the very best of your Oppo K3, there’s a Excessive Efficiency Mode as nicely, which stays switched off by default. Nevertheless, it’s extra energy consuming. All in all, the battery efficiency of K3 is strong and till until you will have particular wants, you’ll be simply nice with it.


Oppo K3 is a reasonably good effort by the smartphone maker in a section that’s extremely aggressive. The efficiency of the handset is flawless sans few ColorOS parts that we want Oppo will enhance upon in future. Those that love capturing pictures, they’re more likely to discover the system worthwhile. However greater than that, the battery is what could be referred to as as the most important plus level for the system. Though the K3 is a robust system normally, there nonetheless stays quite a bit to be coated by the corporate normally to make its gadgets actually aggressive within the section, which for now could be dominated by the likes of Xiaomi.

And in a rustic the place nearly all of clients examine the spec-is-to-price ratio, the Rs 16,990 priced K3 has quite a bit using on its shoulders. Oppo is certainly treading the proper path by getting the pricing proper however one can’t ignore the opponents once we discuss this extremely aggressive, sub-Rs 20,000 worth bracket. Whereas Xiaomi is making an attempt to win battles with its newest Redmi K20, Honor and Samsung have their very own military of Honor 20 sequence and Galaxy M sequence respectively.

And with most of them providing the identical set of specs on the similar worth, the brand-name turns into the important thing think about shopping for a smartphone. All-in-all, though the K3 managed to impress us in a number of areas and is a step in the proper path, it sadly stays part of the herd as a substitute of standing aside.


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