OPPO R11s review: Midrange selfie powerhouse
Last month, I flew to China for the OPPO R11s launch and got to spend time with the near-borderless smartphone. In the last few weeks, I’ve been trying out the international R11s, and this is my verdict.
The R11s is a follow-up to the R11 released last June. In this review, I’ll talk about my experience with the device and answer tough questions like: Is this R11 update worth it? How does the phone perform? Are the cameras better? What’s the point of a “Starry Sky” screen?
I also tackle the R11’s AI beauty mode because I like taking selfies and the world needs more beauty mode reviews.
Painting the town red
Our OPPO R11s unit came in deep red. I like this color option as it perfectly matches this season’s festive theme. In fact, the red all-metal body matches a lot of things: Ruby Woo lipstick, Dorothy’s ruby slippers, my hair, my heart ❤️… the list goes on.
The R11s also comes in black or champagne for those of who like less daring options. However, unique to the red version is what OPPO calls the “Starry Sky” screen — that black to red gradient on the phone’s front which makes for a seamless transition from the bezel to the body.
This “Starry Sky” screen sans actual stars ⭐️ is one of my favorite near-borderless design features. The subtle gradient is a nice identifying detail in the present sea of bezel-less devices that, more or less, all look similar up front.
Speaking of bezel-less devices, their onslaught has made bezelled phones look dated — the R11 included. The R11s fixes that.
This new screen has an 18:9 aspect ratio — which basically means the view is taller or wider, depending on which orientation you use the phone in. Other than that, the screen should be the same as the R11’s with the same color, brightness, and durability. All these things I can attest to, except for the durability, because I’m not dropping these phones on purpose just to check.
What’s on the inside
Of course, with great screens come great responsibility — and certain sacrifices in the form of the loss of capacitive buttons and the fingerprint scanner up front. Said scanner has been demoted and moved to the back.
Admittedly, I initially hated the idea of having the scanner on the phone’s rear. I had to flip my phone over or lift it up from the table (yeah, all that work, shocking!) to unlock, as opposed to just tapping with a finger like I used to do when the scanner was up front. But, I eventually got used to it and it helped that the fingerprint scanner on this thing was pretty quick and accurate.
The R11s also has facial unlock technology which works well when lighting is good, but is a bit unreliable in less than ideal lighting scenarios. The phone doesn’t recognize me half of the time when I’m wearing glasses which is a bit weird since the phone would unlock even when my eyes were closed. (Beware y’all with snoopy partners!)
Unlock times were good at less than a second, though I’ve seen other devices do better.
With a midrange Snapdragon 660 processor, this phone is pretty capable. For the benefit of those who don’t deal well with specs, all this means is that you can pretty much do gaming…
… or more importantly, use Snapchat AR on this device without any trouble.
The R11s runs on OPPO’s ColorOS 3.2 which is basically the Android version of Apple’s iOS — I say that because the interface looks very much like an iPhone’s.
Battery capacity is at 3200mAh which lasts me a whole day and frees me from the burden of lugging around a power bank. The bad news? It still uses a micro-USB port! Back to more good news: It has VOOC charging, OPPO’s version of fast charging, and it only takes around an hour and twenty minutes from zero to a full charge. All this power in my hands! ✨
With dual cameras on the rear, the R11s’ main selling point is that both shooters (16 and 20 megapixels) have wide apertures of f/1.7 which will allow more light to get in and make for even better low-light performance.
Of course, I tested that premise. I busted out the R11 whose dual shooters also feature 16- and 20-megapixel cameras, but with apertures of f/1.7 and f/2.6 (f/2.6 means smaller aperture which equates to less light). There was definite improvement. See for yourself:
The rear cameras are also equipped with a beauty mode built into the portrait mode. Perfect for shots like this…
… or this…
… and even group shots like this where everyone looks all cute and fresh, you don’t even realize someone is doing the cheers with jam. *cough* Chay *cough*
The front-facing shooter is a 20-megapixel camera. This camera’s beauty mode has integrated artificial intelligence. What does that mean? Simply that it uses machine learning to enhance your features and remove blemishes without looking too artificial — a qualm I’ve always had with OPPO’s beauty mode. With AI beauty mode, the phone gives you great selfies without blurring out actual facial features. Think along the lines of getting that fresh #NoMakeUp look (you girls know what I’m talking about! ?) every time, all the time, without actual makeup. See below:
Here are a few more photos (and a sneak peek of my life) from the R11s.
Is the OPPO R11s your GadgetMatch?
Although there’s still space for improvement when it comes to facial unlock technology, OS interface, and the micro-USB port, I still enjoyed this phone. Admittedly, there are faster, snappier, and more responsive phones I’ve tried out, but all my needs — funny games, Snapchat, VSCO and Adobe Lightroom photo editing — were met by the R11s. If you prioritize smartphone photography, selfies, and your Instagram feed, this may be the phone for you. I had way too much fun shooting selfies on this.
With these slight but impactful improvements, the R11s is definitely a better phone over the R11. Especially because it retails for the same price as the R11 when it was released: CNY 2,999 (around US$ 450) for black and champagne versions. The special red handset retails at CNY 3,199 (around US$ 480).
It seems these selfie experts are well on their way to becoming more than just that. In the meantime, I enjoy their efforts, my near flawless selfies, and all the pretty portraits I can shoot.
SEE ALSO: OPPO R11s hands-on and photo comparisons
SEE ALSO: OPPO R11 hands-on and photo comparisons
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Empowering and inspiring the future of women in tech
Let’s get to know Elen Tady of HP Philippines
In the world of technology, where innovation and creativity collide, we often hear stories of remarkable individuals who break barriers and shatter glass ceilings. Maria Elenita Tady, affectionately known as Elen by her friends, stands proudly as a shining example for women in tech.
A strong woman who has not only thrived in the tech industry but has also dedicated herself to empowering others. As a Partner Business Manager for Hewlett Packard (HP) Philippines and the chair of Women’s Impact Network PH, Elen embodies the spirit of resilience, growth, and mentorship.
Elen’s story is one of passion and determination. While studying computer science at her university, she knew which company she wanted to join eventually. She joined HP first as an intern, later becoming a full-time employee. Now a Partner Business Manager, she exudes confidence and takes immense pride in her work.
Her constant smile and happy demeanor reflect the joy she finds in her professional journey. This is particularly true when talking about the vibrant community they have fostered at the company. Elen’s infectious enthusiasm inspires those around her and creates an environment where everyone feels valued and motivated to achieve their best.
A supportive environment for women in tech
While the tech industry has historically been male-dominated, Elen shares a different narrative. At HP, she has found an empowering and inclusive environment that values diversity and fosters growth for all its employees. Her constant happiness and positive outlook are a testament to the supportive culture within the company. She has never felt discriminated against for being a female. On the contrary, she feels empowered by HP’s commitment to providing equal opportunities and a platform for women to thrive. The strong community and camaraderie at the company have been instrumental in shaping her journey, enabling her to reach new heights and inspire others along the way.
Throughout her career, Elen has been fortunate to have female mentors who played a pivotal role in her success. These trailblazers have not only shared their wisdom and expertise. They also instilled in her the confidence to take pride in her work and embrace challenges with a smile.
“Lady managers have really opened the door for me,” Elen shared. “The one-on-one coaching that you usually get, the small talks that you have with them have all been so helpful. It’s good to work with females, right?”
Their guidance, combined with Elen’s indomitable spirit, has strengthened her belief in the power of female camaraderie and mentorship. As the Chairwoman of Women’s Impact Network PH, Elen is passionate about creating a space where women can connect, learn, and empower each other. A space for continuing the legacy of support and mentorship that has shaped her own journey.
“Women’s Impact Network is not just for women – we have male allies in the group as well,” Elen said. “One of the projects we worked on is to have a series of trainings for women to encourage them to take on leadership roles.” It’s an important move that supports the company’s feminist ideals. At HP Philippines, women make up more than half of the local team. In the last year, the list of the company’s new hires was also dominated by women – an impressive 66%.
Celebrating women all-year-round
Writing about women in tech and highlighting their accomplishments should not be limited to a month designated for the fairer sex. Elen’s story serves as a reminder that these narratives deserve recognition and celebration throughout the year. Women like Elen are making significant contributions to the tech industry every day. Their stories deserve to be shared and celebrated. By highlighting their achievements and experiences, we promote diversity, encourage inclusivity, and inspire future generations to pursue their passions without limitations.
Elen’s passion for empowering women in the tech industry extends beyond her role at HP. She firmly believes that fostering diversity and gender equality is crucial for creating a future where women can thrive in any field they choose. She serves as an inspiration to aspiring women in tech, encouraging them to pursue their dreams fearlessly. By shining a spotlight on women like Elen, we ensure that their achievements and stories are not only celebrated but also serve as a catalyst for change and progress. Through her dedication and advocacy, Elen is shaping a future where women in tech can break barriers, seize opportunities, and create their own success stories.
Dyson unveils new lineup of intelligent home cleaning tech
Including wet vacuums!
Technology company Dyson has introduced a new, groundbreaking lineup of intelligent technologies aimed at revolutionizing the way we clean our homes. With a focus on automation, advanced software, and cutting-edge engineering, the new range of products promises to deliver unparalleled cleaning performance and create healthier living environments.
At a recent event in Singapore, Dyson Chief Technology Officer John Churchill unveiled the company’s latest technologies. Providing a glimpse into their vision for the future of clean homes. Drawing on decades of expertise in filtration, airflow, motors, software, and robotics, Dyson aims to simplify home maintenance and alleviate the burden of cleaning. “Our future vision is of a home that can look after itself,” Churchill said. “The new technologies launched today are the embodiment of this–the most powerful robotic vacuum cleaner, intelligent, large-room purification, and, for active cleaning, new cordless vacuums and cleaner head technologies that offer adaptive, multifunctional cleaning when and where you need it.”
The newly unveiled technologies incorporate robotics, sensing capabilities, and intelligent software to enable a more efficient and effective cleaning process. By understanding the surrounding environment and the cleaning task at hand, Dyson’s products can automatically adapt and respond to provide optimal cleaning results. This intelligent approach is made possible through precise sensors, sophisticated software algorithms, and advanced mechanical technologies.
Dyson 360 Vis Nav
One of the highlights of Dyson’s new lineup is the Dyson 360 Vis Nav robotic vacuum. It represents the next generation of intelligent and independent cleaning devices. With six times the suction power of any other robot vacuum, this innovative device incorporates Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) technology.
It can remember areas it has cleaned, create dust maps of the home, and navigate with precision, even cleaning right up to the edges of a room. Equipped with a triple-action brush bar, it effectively cleans different floor types and can maneuver under furniture effortlessly.
Dyson’s commitment to clean air is evident in the Dyson Purifier Big+Quiet Formaldehyde. Designed for large spaces, this purifier delivers powerful air projection with an impressive 10-meter range. Notably, it operates quietly at just 56 decibels, providing a peaceful environment. Equipped with advanced sensors, the purifier automatically detects and purifies pollutants as they arise. Its HEPA H13 particle filter traps ultrafine particles, while the K-Carbon filter removes gas pollutants and effectively eliminates formaldehyde. Real-time air quality data is sent to the user’s smartphone via the MyDysonTM app for continuous monitoring.
Moving away from their usual naving conventions, Dyson’s Gen5detect cordless vacuum sets new standards in suction power and versatility. Powered by the fifth-generation Hyperdymium motor, it offers unparalleled performance, capable of capturing viruses within the home.
Its fully sealed, whole-machine HEPA filtration system ensures that particles as small as 0.1 microns are effectively trapped. The vacuum’s Fluffy OpticTM cleaner head reveals microscopic dust particles, allowing for precise cleaning. With a fade-free, energy-dense battery, users can enjoy extended cleaning sessions of up to 70 minutes.
In a breakthrough for wet cleaning, Dyson introduces the Dyson Submarine wet roller head. This attachment, compatible with select Dyson vacuum models, efficiently removes spills, stains, and small debris from hard floors. Engineered with an innovative hydration system, it ensures an optimal amount of water distribution for thorough cleaning without over-saturation. Its motor-driven microfiber roller effectively tackles dirt and debris. The low-profile design and full-width brush bar allow for effortless maneuvering even in tight spaces.
Dyson’s latest innovations embody the company’s mission to create healthier homes with minimal effort. By integrating automation, advanced software, and intelligent features, Dyson aims to transform the cleaning experience. With the ability to adapt to different cleaning tasks and environments, these technologies offer unmatched performance and convenience. Dyson’s commitment to innovation and its relentless pursuit of cutting-edge technologies continue to redefine the future of home cleaning.
As the demand for efficient and intelligent cleaning solutions grows and the desire for healthier living spaces increases, Dyson remains at the forefront of delivering groundbreaking home cleaning technologies. With their extensive expertise in motor engineering, filtration systems, and robotics, Dyson continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in home cleaning.
By incorporating intelligent sensors, powerful motors, and advanced software, Dyson’s new range of products is designed to streamline the cleaning process and minimize the time and effort required. These technologies are a testament to Dyson’s commitment to providing innovative solutions that enhance the well-being of homeowners.
As of publishing, availibility and pricing for these upcoming launches are yet to be announced.
Last-minute gifts for your mom this Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is a special time to show appreciation for the amazing women in our lives who have given us so much. It’s a day to celebrate the love, care, and sacrifices of mothers everywhere. While there are many ways to express our gratitude, finding the perfect gift can be a challenge. If you’re still looking for something thoughtful, practical, and easily accessible, consider these tech gifts that your mom is sure to love.
Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer
If your mom loves to take care of her hair, the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer is a great gift option. This hairdryer is designed to be a lot more quiet, faster, and more efficient than traditional hairdryers. It uses intelligent heat control to prevent extreme heat damage to the hair, while still drying it quickly. The Supersonic also comes with a range of attachments, including a smoothing nozzle, styling concentrator, and diffuser, so your mom can achieve any hairstyle she desires. It also comes in a pretty blue and pink color combo branded as Vinca Blue and Rosé. It’s easy to pick one up today at a Dyson store or order it via their official Lazada store.
Pilates Membership at OneLife Studio
Give your mom the gift of fitness and me-time by getting her started on Pilates. At OneLife Studio, your mom can improve her core strength, balance, and flexibility in every 55-minute session. You can also book her for a much-needed stretch session to take away stress and muscle pain. The MindBody app allows her to make booking classes on the go. It also lets her track her progress easily, allowing your mom to stay on top of her fitness goals. OneLife Studio offers a range of one-on-one classes, from beginner to advanced, so there’s something for everyone.
LG 39L Smart Inverter NeoChef™ Microwave Oven
The LG NeoChef™ Smart Inverter Microwave Oven is the perfect kitchen companion for busy moms who value convenience and efficiency. With its precise cooking temperature and even heating, this culinary appliance can help anyone cook delicious meals in no time. It’s also designed to save you time with its EasyClean™ feature, which makes cleaning up a breeze. Various cooking functions, like Healthy Roasting, Fry, Steaming, Grilling, and Fermenting, offer versatility to help your mom prepare a wide variety of meals.
But beyond its functionality, this powerful kitchen appliance also adds a touch of sophistication to any home with its sleek design. Give the gift of time and convenience to your mom this Mother’s Day with the LG NeoChef™ Smart Inverter Microwave Oven. Getting one for your mom is easy as pie by ordering it from their official LazMall Store.
Whether your mom loves to take care of her hair, stay fit, or cook up a storm, there’s a gift out there that’s perfect for her – one that you can easily acquire even if you totally forgot that it’s already mother’s day weekend. We’ve all been there but it’s definitely the thought that counts. Show your mom how much you care this Mother’s Day with a thoughtful and practical gift that she’ll love and use for years to come.
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