Oppo this week announced the launch of two phones in India – the F21 Pro is available starting this Friday, with the F21 Pro 5G coming on Thursday (April 21). The early reception for the duo appears to be positive, but let’s dig deeper.
First, this isn’t new hardware – the F21 Pro is the Reno7 (4G), the F21 Pro 5G is the Reno7 Z 5G. While a few Reno7 phones are available in India, these two weren’t, so they’re a welcome addition to the offering in the country.
Anyway, the Oppo F21 Pro 5G will launch for £27,000 (15% off the £32,000 RRP). It offers a 6.43-inch AMOLED (60Hz) display, a Snapdragon 695, 128GB of expandable storage, a 64MP camera (no telephoto or ultra wide) and a 4,500mAh 33W battery -Fast charge (100% in 63 minutes).
Oppo F21 Pro 5G highlights
The Oppo F21 Pro drops to £23,000 by slashing the 5G-capable chipset and replacing it with a Snapdragon 680. However, its 6.43-inch AMOLED display has a 90Hz refresh rate, and you have an in-display fingerprint reader (instead of a side-mounted one). While the rear camera is the same, the selfie camera gets a higher resolution 32MP IMX709 sensor (up from 16MP). The battery is also the same, 4,500 mAh with 33W charging. Note that neither phone can capture 4K video, not even 1080p at 60fps.
Oppo F21 Pro highlights
Is the 4G model the better deal, or would you rather pay extra for the higher 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, 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 beat the Snapdragon. There’s also a 108MP main camera on the back, along with an 8MP ultra-wide shooter. The larger 5,160mAh battery charges faster at 67W (50% in 13 minutes). This model has an MSRP of ₹25,000, but you can get the HyperCharge model with a 4,500mAh battery and 120W charge (100% in 15 minutes) for ₹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 fast Snapdragon 778G. It’s got a basic 64MP main camera and 8MP ultra-wide camera, a small 4,300mAh battery with 65W charging and a sleek exterior, all for ₹28,000 (for 8/128GB) if you put it on find camp.
The Realme 9 Pro+ is slightly cheaper at £27,000 (8/128GB) and even in stock. Its 6.4-inch AMOLED display drops to 90Hz (still better than the F21 Pro 5G’s 60Hz), but you get the Dimensity 920 and a 50MP camera with a large sensor (1/1 .56-inch) and OIS, plus an 8 MP ultra-wide camera and faster charging of the 4,500 mAh battery (50 W, 100% in 44 minutes). Note that both F21 Pro models have a basic IPX4 splash resistance, while the Realmes don’t (the 11i pair has IP53).
The Motorola Edge 20 is another Snapdragon 778G option, this time with an impressive 6.7-inch 144Hz OLED display. Like the Xiaomis, it has a 108MP main camera but adds an 8MP telephoto ( 3x optical magnification) and a 16 MP ultra wide-angle camera. As a major downside, we’ll note the small 4,000mAh battery (with 30W charging) here. An 8/128GB unit will cost you ₹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) is selling for £21,000 on Mi.com, the same price as the 4G-only F21 Pro. However, it’s more of a competitor to the 5G model as it shares the same Snapdragon 695 chipset. Like the 11i above, this one sports a 6.67-inch AMOLED (120Hz) display, 108MP main and 8MP ultra-wide cameras, and the battery is 5,000mAh with 67W charging .
If you don’t care about 5G and want something smaller, the Redmi Note 11S (4G) matches the Oppo with a 6.43-inch 90Hz AMOLED display. It runs the older Helio G96 chipset (slower, less efficient 12nm chip) but has the same 108MP main camera on the rear and an 8MP ultra-wide camera. The battery is larger at 5,000mAh but takes the same time to charge at 33W (100% in 58 minutes). The same memory configuration (8/128GB) will cost you ₹18,500.
The Realme 9 5G Speed switches to a 6.6-inch IPS LCD, but offers a 144Hz refresh rate – hard to find for its ₹23,000 price point. You get a faster Snapdragon 778G chipset, but a less impressive 48MP camera (plus two 2MP helpers) and you miss out on water resistance. The 5,000 mAh battery charges at 30W (50% in 25 minutes).
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G (India) • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S • Realme 9 5G speed
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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