The Oppo F3 Plus is an interesting take on the ever-popular "upper midranger" formula. A cool one, in fact. A capable Snapdragon 653 chipset is backed by a generous helping of RAM and storage, at 4GB and 64GB respectively. Solid imaging experience is one of the highlights too, courtesy of a 16MP, OIS-enabled, Dual Pixel camera.
There are more than enough standout features for a mid-ranger, but Oppo decided to also spice things up a bit and justify the "Selfie Expert" tagline with a secondary selfie camera. Now the two front snappers lack autofocus, so we aren't quite sure it's as good as the claims from the vivo V5 Plus, but they aim to achieve different things anyway.
Yet, adding so much character has also pushed the price up a bit and the F3 Plus faces some serious competition. Does it do enough to justify a second look?
Value seems to be the questionable piece of this equation. Even in Oppo's own ranks, there is the R9s, which costs about as much as the F3 Plus, while potentially offering a more universally appealing feature set. For one, there is an AMOLED panel adorning the otherwise similar body. You get the same 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, alongside an excellent 16MP main camera.
Gone is the fancy dual selfie setup and the Snapdragon 653 gives way for a slower, yet highly power-efficient 14nm Snapdragon 625. Good news is, despite the downgrade the R9s is still capable of capturing video in 4K@30fps.
And if size is a major priority and the 5.5-inch diagonal of the R9s just doesn't cut it, there is the R9 Plus. With its 6-inch AMOLED panel, equally big 4,000 mAh battery and identical Snapdragon 653 chipset. It lacks a second selfie cam, so you have to decide what is more important to you before picking between those two.
A different take on the dual selfie camera, the vivo V5 Plus brings selective focus (and autofocus in general), but no wide-angle selfies. It comes with a smaller 5.5-inch panel and Snapdragon 625 chipset, though.
If selfies matter, but you don't necessarily want two front cameras, you can also consider the Sony Xperia XA Ultra. Its 16MP, f/2.0, 1/2.6", OIS front camera, complete with autofocus and an LED flash can really take your selfie game to the next level. The newer XA1 Ultra as well. It offers an even better overall hardware package, but that is also reflected in the price tag.
You could also easily source a phablet with a decent selfie from Samsung, if you are willing to stretch your budget a little. The Galaxy A7 (2017) is a prime candidate with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED panel, Exynos 7880 Octa chipset, 16 MP, f/1.9 main camera and even an IP68 rating on the metal unibody.
There's no shortage of alternatives out there, but none of them can beat the Oppo F3 Plus across the board. The imposing Oppo flagship has plenty going for it, and while we'd certainly appreciate if the Selfie expert tag was backed by autofocus, we still think it's a purchase many will be perfectly happy with.