All eyes are on the OPPO Reno series, with its 10x Zoom variant offering flagship-level hardware and an interesting hybrid zoom rear camera. Of course, that's on top of the unique fin-style pop-up camera on the front, which removes the need for a screen notch to provide you with an uninterrupted full-screen experience.
However, it's not OPPO's first smartphone with an elevating selfie snapper. Earlier this year, the Chinese phone maker launched the F11 Pro with a 16MP pop-up front camera, a viable display notch alternative that's gaining traction among fresh handset models. Of course, it was Vivo that pioneered this design with the NEX, unveiled last year, and later brought the concept to the V15 Pro a month prior to the F11 Pro's debut.
The F11 Pro is targeted at the mid-tier segment of the market. It's powered by MediaTek's Helio P70 SoC, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage that's expandable to 256GB with a microSD card slot (some markets get only the 6GB/64GB configuration).
With its 6.53-inch IPS LCD display, the F11 Pro feels massive to hold in the hands. On first look, though, the screen is immersive. And while it's only IPS with a FullHD+ resolution, the colors are vibrant and the blacks are deep enough, providing rich media details.
While the top bezel is extremely thin, the phone has got a sizable chin, though that's not anything to interrupt your media consumption. OPPO says the F11 Pro has an impressive 90.9% screen-to-body ratio, which makes the phone appear to be all screen. I've got an immersive experience watching YouTube videos and Netflix movies.
OPPO has also put some symmetry into the handset, with both its 48MP+5MP dual rear camera and elevating camera modules placed at the center. The fingerprint sensor also sits right below the vertically aligned rear camera.
The phone has a massive 4,000mAh battery with support for OPPO's proprietary VOOC 3.0 Flash Charge. The battery can give the phone enough juice to last for more than a day of use, though that depends on your mobile phone habit. We'll discuss more of that in my full review.
For now, suffice it to say that despite being a mid-range phone, the F11 Pro's got a premium look, thanks to the gradient colors on its polycarbonate back consisting of blue, purple, and black for the Thunder Black model that I'm unboxing below.