Oppo F21 Pro 5G Review with Pros and Cons

Oppo has launched the Oppo F21 Pro Series smartphone which includes the Oppo F21 Pro 4G and Oppo F21 Pro 5G.

The Oppo F21 Pro 5G comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G chipset, Triple Rear Camera Setup, and a selfie camera shooter in the punch-hole design display.

Let’s see the full features, specifications, and price of the Oppo F21 Pro 5G. We have also listed the Pros and Cons of the device along with some frequently asked questions. Read on to check all the details.

Price of Oppo F21 Pro 5G

The device launched in only one variant of 8GB RAM and 128GB Storage. It comes in two color options – Cosmic Black and Rainbow Spectrum.

The sole 8GB+128GB model is priced at Rs 26,999 (~USD 360).

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Oppo F21 Pro 5G Pros and Cons

PROSCONS
FHD+ AMOLED DisplayOnly 60Hz Refresh Rate
Good Looking PhoneNo 4K video recording
3.5 mm Headphone JackOnly 16MP Selfie Camera
Android 12 OS out of the box33W Charging Support (no 60W or 65W)
Decent Rear CamerasOnly 4,500 mAh Battery
Dedicated SD Card SlotNo ultrawide angle sensor
Average Performance with Snapdragon 695
Single Speaker
Plastic Frame
Bloatware in the UI
Bit Expensive

So, these are the Pros and Cons of the Oppo F21 Pro 5G, now let’s see the full features and specifications of the smartphone.

Oppo F21 Pro 5G Review

Yes, the Oppo F21 Pro 5G is worth buying, if you are only looking for an Oppo smartphone, otherwise, we have a lot of other smartphones with better specs at better pricing, in short, the Oppo F21 Pro 5G is a bit expensive.

Also, this could have been the best phone, if it was priced under Rs 18k (~240), but at this price, we do have many smartphones which come with a lot better processors, cameras, and displays.

Overall, if you can pay extra money for the Oppo then it’s a great option but if you don’t want to spend Rs 27k (~USD 360) and still want the same performance then you can consider the Poco X4 Pro 5G.

Now, let’s go deeper and see what Oppo has offered in its Oppo F21 Pro 5G smartphone.

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Display

The Oppo F21 Pro 5G features a 6.43-inches FHD+ AMOLED Display with 2400 x 1080 pixels resolution and 60Hz Refresh Rate. The display further has 180Hz Touch Sampling Rate, 90.8% Screen-to-body ratio, and 600 nits Peak Brightness.

The back panel and frame of the device are made out of plastic while there is PMMA glass protection on the top.

It also has Widevine L1 support which means you can stream FHD+ content on OTT apps like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, etc.

Oppo F21 Pro 5G Display

As the device has an AMOLED Display, hence is has an In-Display fingerprint sensor to unlock the device using fingerprints.

Now, this is a Rs 27k phone and it should have a 120Hz Refresh Rate but Oppo has provided the 60Hz Refresh Rate which is not acceptable.

Overall, the display of the phone is compromised considering the price tag.

Cameras

The Oppo F21 Pro 5G has a triple rear camera setup with an LED flash in the rectangular module that houses a 64MP primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture, and a 2MP mono sensor with f/2.4 aperture, and a 2MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture.

There is a 16MP Selfie Camera Lens with f/2.4 aperture in the waterdrop style notch display. Both the front and rear cameras can record up to 1080p videos at 30fps.

The device does not have OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), so it relies on EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization).

Oppo F21 Pro 5G Cameras

Now, Oppo is known for its camera but this time, Oppo needs to work on the camera. The videos come out well but sometimes there are some issues with dynamic range. The video quality of the device is good, but it tries to boost the colors, and it also losses out on details in low lighting.

The 64MP primary sensor captures some good shots with good detailing and dynamic range but it boosts the color of the images.

Oppo has not included any ultrawide sensor which is not acceptable considering the price of the phone.

Now, forget those 2MP+2MP sensors as they are added just for numbers and have no use in real life.

The 16MP selfie shooter also captures some good shots but it also whitens the images. So, if you love saturated images, you will be happy with the selfies.

Overall, the camera of the device does not justify its pricing and Oppo needs to work on cameras. So, if you are a Oppo fan, then you can consider this phone othewise we suggest you to skip the device.

Performance

The Oppo F21 Pro 5G is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 Processor which is paired with Adreno 619 GPU. The device runs on Android 12-based ColorOS 12 skin out of the box which is a good thing.

It comes with 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.2 Storage. There is also a dedicated SD card slot for storage expansion.

The device also has extended or Virtual RAM availability. However, the Virtual RAM is a gimmick and it’s used only for marketing purposes and has no use in real-life, so forget about that.

Oppo F21 Pro 5G Performance

Now, we have seen the Snapdragon 695 SoC in the Moto G71 5G, Poco X4 Pro 5G and the same has been used in Oppo F21 Pro 5G.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC is a powerful processor and it can handle almost every single mobile game without any problems.

However, considering the price of the device, we can say that the device is also compromised in the performance department. Oppo should have provided a better chipset like Snapdragon 778G but they didn’t, they went with Snapdragon 695 which other brands are providing at half the price of Oppo F21 Pro 5G.

Overall, the performance of the device is good but is not that great considering the price of the phone.

Battery

The device packs a 4,500 mAh Battery with 33W Fast Charging Support. Oppo has also provided a 33W Charger inside the box of the phone.

Here, at this price, most of the smartphones come with 50W or 65W fast charging support, but Oppo has only added 33W Support. So yes, Oppo has done cost-cutting. Also, they provided only a 4,500 mAh Battery.

Overall, we can say that Oppo has also compromised and has done cost-cutting in the battery and charging department.

Audio

The device does not have stereo speakers, and the single bottom speaker does work but it’s not acceptable at this price, Oppo should have included dual speakers, but they didn’t.

However, the phone has a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack which means you can plug your wired earphones or headphones without any issues.

Overall, the audio quality of the device is good and is not that great considering the price.

Oppo F21 Pro 5G Full Specifications

Display6.43-inches FHD+ AMOLED
90.8% Screen-to-body ratio
180Hz Refresh Rate
600 nits Peak Brightness
Resolution2400 x 1080 pixels
Display ProtectionPMMA Glass
Refresh Rate60Hz Refresh Rate
Dimensions & Weight159.9 x 73.2 x 7.5 mm, 173 grams
BuildGlass Front
Plastic Frame
Plastic Back
IPX4 Dust & Splash Proof
Operating SystemColorOS 12 Based on Android 12
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 695 Processor
GPU – Adreno 619 GPU
CPU – Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Cortex A78 & 6×1.7 GHz Cortex A55)
StorageLPDDR4x RAM + UFS 2.2 Storage
8GB+128GB
Card SlotDedicated Slot (2+1 microSD)
Rear Camera64MP primary sensor
2MP mono sensor
2MP macro sensor
Video (Rear)1080p@30fps
Front Camera16MP Selfie Camera
Video (Front)1080p@30fps
Battery4500 mAh Battery
Charging33W Wired Fast Charging
Headphone JackYes (3.5 mm)
SpeakersSingle Speaker
Bluetooth Versionv5.1
NFCNo
5G Bandsn1, n8, n28A, n41, n77, n78
IR BlasterNo
FingerprintIn-Display Fingerprint Scanner
SensorsGeomagnetic sensor
Proximity sensor
Optical sensor
Accelerometer
Gravity sensor
Gyroscope
Pedometer
NavigationGPS, A-GPS, BeiDou, Glonass, Galileo
ColorsCosmic Black, Rainbow Spectrum

Some FAQs

Does the device has a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack?

Yes, the smartphone has a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack which means you can plug your wired earphones without any issues.

Is the phone waterproof?

The device has an IP rating of IPX4 which makes it dust protected and can withstand spraying water and light rain.

Is there a dedicated microSD card slot?

Yes, the device has a dedicated SD card slot which means you can insert two SIM cards and one SD card at the same time.

How many 5G bands does the phone have?

The Oppo F21 Pro 5G has a total of 6 5G bands which include n1, n8, n28A, n41, n77, and n78.

Does the device has Widevine L1?

Yes, the phone has Widevine L1 support which means you can stream FHD+ content on OTT apps like Amazon Prime Videos and Netflix.

Is Snapdragon 695 more powerful than Snapdragon 750G?

Previously Snapdragon 600 Series chipsets use to be affordable but now, Snapdragon has changed everything. Now, Snapdragon 600 Series phones will come under the Rs 20k price range while the Snapdragon 700 series will come under Rs 30k. In short, the Snapdragon 695 Processor is as powerful as Snapdragon 750G. However, Oppo has launched this phone for under Rs 30k which is not a good thing.

Is the device 5G supportive?

Yes, there are two variants of Oppo F21 Pro, one is 4G and the other is 5G supportive. The 5G model of the device features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G Processor.

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