Published on April 22nd, 2015 | by Haseeb Ahmed1
OPPO Mirror 3 review – The new dimension
OPPO — one of the emerging Chinese smartphone makers — has introduced a new device namely OPPO Mirror 3, in Pakistan. Unlike previous low-end OPPO devices, OPPO Mirror 3 is a decent device with a simplistic design and average hardware. It will set you back by 22,900/- PKR and is available in only two colors: White and Blue.
Before you start planning about when to buy it, let’s have a deeper look into its pros and cons to see what separates it from the tough competition.
OPPO Mirror 3 comes in quite a simple box. On the front you’ll find a picture of the OPPO Mirror 3 while on the back you have brief device specifications and that’s it. Inside you’ll find the standard contents which are:
- OPPO Mirror 3 device itself
- A charging adapter
- A data cable
- A handsfree
- Some reading material
Design & Hardware
OPPO Mirror 3 has a very simple and neat design. Unlike most modern devices, OPPO Mirror 3 isn’t too big, too thick or even too thin. In fact, it is just the right amount of thin and has a perfect size for one-handed operations. Highlight of the OPPO Mirror 3’s design is the back of the device. It has a classic polka dot texture on back, which is protected by a scratch-resistant UV coating.
Putting all the good things aside, Mirror 3 (sadly enough) has mediocre build quality. Since all the device is made out of plastic, you don’t get the solid feel which you find in OPPO or other flagship devices. Not to forget, the volume rocker and power keys are too thin and seem quite fragile. Also, since the loudspeaker is on the back, sound is quite low when your device is placed front side up.
OPPO Mirror 3 comes with a 8MP primary camera and a LED flash. Primary camera of the Mirror 3 has the basic functionalities such as auto-focus and face detection. Unfortunately, you can only take 8MP (4:3) images. For 16:9 images, Mirror 3’s camera will switch to 2MP cam resolution.
Image quality of the Mirror 3 is decent for a device in this range. Under normal circumstances, images are sharp and have true colors but if there is some sort of back-light, than images appear darker than you’ld expect.
Mirror 3 also has a decent 5MP secondary camera for video chats and selfies. You also get the OPPO beautify mode to enhance your selfies though it might not always get you the results that you want.
You can find all the basic connectivity options available on the OPPO Mirror 3. For starter, Mirror 3 is a Dual SIM smartphone which supports a 3G and a 2G SIM. Other options include a Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS with A-GPS and a microUSB v2.0.
You’ll find the 3.5mm headphone jack and an infrared port on the top of the device. You can use the infrared port to remote control your TV or other electronics.
Mirror 3’s microUSB port is located at the bottom of the device with microphone just next to it.
OPPO Mirror 3 has an average 2000 mAh Li-Po battery. Since the device has a removable back cover, the battery is user-replaceable as well. On average, like many other Android devices, the Mirror 3 as well lasts a complete day. Though, there are times when I’ve been able to go through day and a half or almost two without needing a recharge.
OPPO Mirror 3 Technical Specs
- Dimensions: 137.7 x 68.8 x 8.9 mm
- Weight: 130 g
- 4.7″ 720 x 1280 pixels, ~312 ppi pixel density
- Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53, Adreno 306 GPU
- 1GB RAM, 8GB Internal Storage, microSD (upto 128GB) support
- 8MP camera with LED Flash, 5MP Front-Cam
- Bluetooth v4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- GPS with AGPS
- User-replaceable 2000 mAh Li-Po battery
- Android v4.4 (KitKat) with ColorOS