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Oppo F3 vs BQ Aquaris X: let’s check out two smartphones under $340

Oppo F3 vs BQ Aquaris X photo

One is an expert in selfies, while the other is a relatively unknown hailing out of Spain. Let’s check out what these two are up to with Oppo F3 and BQ Aquaris X.

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Oppo has been championing themselves as the selfie expert even as of last year, with the Oppo F1. It got started this selfie revolutionary which equips a smartphone with all the necessary selfie prowess to make you an expert in taking selfies.

One year later, and now we have the F3 with us. Here’s what it will be all about:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Mediatek MT6750 chipset, Octa-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-T860MP2 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus, OIS and LED flash
  • Dual 16MP + 8MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and 1/3" sensor size
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery with Fast battery charging (VOOC Flash Charge)
  • ColorOS 3.0 based on Android Marshmallow 6.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • May 2017 release date
  • $339 USD price tag

First up, the F3 will be sporting a solid metal 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD screen with the standard fingerprint sensor and the latest Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

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You can be assured of its sturdy build and a piece of mind with the protection that it provides.

Moving on to the performance side of things, a mid-range Mediatek MT6750 chipset paired with a decently fast octa-core processor and good graphics is available. It can easily run most apps and games that are out there in the market without any hiccups.

Camera-wise, the F3 is sporting a 13MP primary camera with lots of powerful features like PDAF, OIS, and a LED flash. But that is nothing compared to what its selfie camera – a dual 16MP + 8MP selfie to be exact. If taking selfies are your fancy, then this is it. Go on ahead to take those incredible looking selfies to the extremes.

One issue that you should be worried about as you snap away at all those shots is in its storage. Thankfully the F3 has 64GB of internal storage that lets you install all your favorite apps and games, while still hold enough capacity to be able to take quite some photos before it gets full. Even then, you can just pop in a microSD card, and it can take all the way up to 256GB of space.

Regarding battery, a 3200 mAh battery should be able to power up the F3 for at least a day in between charging. And when the time comes to plug it in, the fast battery charging feature sure comes in handy.

But not everything is perfect with regards to the F3, and that comes in the form of its rather dated Android Marshmallow 6.0 OS. With the recent confirmation that Android O is already in the pipeline, it is with the deepest regret that Oppo has yet to release a statement on whether it will get an update to Android Nougat 7.0 OS.

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Next, we find ourselves with BQ Aquaris X. Coming out from Spain, they are a relatively unknown name outside of Europe. But they do have a strong presence in Europe with their headquarters being in Madrid, Spain, and offices in Portugal, Germany, Russia, France, Italy and Austria. They even have an office in Shenzhen, China to capitalize on the Asian market.

Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the Aquaris X which has the below specs:

  • 5.2-inch Full HD LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~424 ppi pixel density
  • Dinorex glass protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8953-Pro Snapdragon 626 chipset, Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 506 graphics and 3GB RAM
  • 16MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture, [email protected] and LED flash
  • 32GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot Maximum up to 256GB
  • Android Nougat 7.1 OS
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • Expected May 2017 release date
  • $289 Euro or ~$309 USD price tag

Sporting a 5.2-inch Full HD LTPS IPS screen, the size is slightly smaller in this case. It also comes equipped with a different type of protection in the form of Dinorex.

But when it comes to performance, the Aquaris X will be somewhere in the medium-high range with the Snapdragon 626 chipset paired with a blazingly fast octa-core processor, good graphics and with 3GB RAM.

As for the camera, a 16MP primary camera is available that lets you take high-quality photos with it. Good stuffs can happen with it. An 8MP selfie camera is then yours as a complement. With a LED flash fitted on it, you can take brighter selfies even while in the dark.

Last but not least, the Aquaris X will be powered by the latest Android Nougat 7.1 OS right out of the box. This means that all the latest features and functions will be there to further give support to the smartphone’s performance.

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If you are looking for a selfie smartphone, then Oppo F3 is the one for you to get. There’s just nothing like it in the market, that can offer great looking selfies. The hardware is the mid-range, and it has a good battery to boot.

Oppo F3 is expected to be available in May 2017 for approximately $21,990 Indian Rupee or ~$339 USD. It will be available in Pink and Gold color.

Even though BQ Aquaris X is a relatively unknown outside of Europe, but you certainly should not underestimate it. Great performance, a good primary camera with a LED flash on its selfie camera, and the latest Android Nougat 7.1 OS right out of the box. It is also $30 USD cheaper in this case.

BQ Aquaris X is expected to be released in May 2017 for $289 Euro or ~$309 USD. There are two colors for you to choose from - Mineral Black and Pearl Rose.

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