The OPPO Reno 11 F is OPPO’s latest mid-range smartphone and once again it is an impressively designed device that performs well but does come up against some stiff opposition in that category.

These days their main competitors are the Google Pixel 8 and the Samsung A55.  Luckily, I have a Pixel 8 that I currently use as my daily driver so I can compare two of these closely. 

The Reno 11 F has a RRP of $599 while the Pixel 8 is currently just $549 (down from $699) but that will be temporary with the Pixel 8a expected to arrive next month at Google I/O.  We expect the Pixel 8a to replace the 8 on the market and arrive at about the original Pixel 8 price — but we have been known to be wrong once or twice in the past.

After using the OPPO Reno 11 F for a couple of weeks now I can say I’m very impressed with virtually all facets of the phone.  Not everything was perfect though and although we do nit-pick when performing reviews it is important we pass any issues we have onto you in case they are deal breakers for you.

Read on to hear my thoughts.

In the box

The OPPO Reno 11 F comes complete with a charger and USB-C cable which many phones do not these days.  I reviewed a phone a couple of weeks ago that didn’t even come with a USB cable.  OPPO includes the charger as well because of their proprietary charging system that is second to none on our Australian market and adds a lot of value to their phones.

One thing they don’t include is a case for the phone and it has become something we only see in the cheaper smartphones which I do not understand.  OPPO used to include a cheap case with their smartphones but not anymore.  Those included cases were never great but at least did the job until you found a decent one you liked. 

My advice is to buy an OPPO case when you buy this phone, unless you want a fancy sparkly case that you’ll have to buy from a third-party seller.  They are normally well designed, sturdy and elegant.

Design + hardware

Ever since I started writing about smartphones I have considered OPPO to be one of, if not the best, manufacturers of smartphones.  Their build quality, no matter the cost of the phone, has always been really top notch.

The Reno 11 F is no different with OPPO going back to the design of the Reno 8 with square, sharp edges that make it look premium.  Last year I bemoaned the fact that OPPO went to the rounded edges on the Reno 10 and although it felt good in the hand it didn’t quite have the premium feel the square edges bring.

The front of the display houses a 6.7-inch FHD 120Hz AMOLED display, under which is the fingerprint display.  The in-display fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate, as we have come to expect from OPPO.

The right hand side is where you’ll find the power button and the volume rocker which both continue on this square edges design language.  They are both really solid and nice to click.

The back houses the massive camera island along with OPPO branding and their certifications.  I’m still not entirely sure why this is on here but I assume it’s because in some markets where OPPO sells this phone it is required so they just stick it on all?  Most people cover it with a case anyway right?

The bottom of the device houses the microphone, USB-C charging port and the speaker.

The OPPO Reno 11 F is powered MediaTek Dimensity 7050 chipset paired with 8GB of RAM which can be extended with another 8GB using the RAM extension that arrived with Android 14.  There is 256GB of onboard storage with support for either a second SIM card or a microSD card in the SIM tray.

So what do all these numbers mean?  Well, no longer is MediaTek a junk chipset used in only the cheapest handsets where performance doesn’t really matter.  Now they have some really good processors that can power phones to a premium performance.

The Dimensity 7050 chipset is a mid-range chipset which performs quite well in the Reno 11 F.  If you’ve read my reviews before you’ll know that I really push my phones to their limits and I do have to say there were times where the phone did slow and seem to stutter and lag which it was performing the myriad of simultaneous functions I demanded of it but it worked well for a bulk of the time.

I had no issue at all running hotspot, while also using wireless Android Auto for navigation and media playing, WhatsApp, Chrome browser and making phone calls all at the same time.  Sure it wasn’t perfect but really only an ultra-premium smartphone tends to give me the perfect performance under that load.

Games played smoothly, and by that I mean all games I threw at it – keeping in mind that the game was usually the only thing I had going on with the phone at that time.  Games flowed well although the speaker was just okay for games but that is the same with nearly all smartphones.  If you want decent audio hook up at Bluetooth headset.

The OPPO Reno 11 F does arrive with an IP65 rating which is great for a mid-range smartphone.  You can be sure if you drop this in water it will survive afterwards.

There is also support for Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6 as you’d expect in any half-decent smartphone in 2024.

Camera quality

The camera setup on the Reno 11 F includes a 64MP f/1.7 main camera with PDAF, an 8MP ultrawide camera and a 2MP macro camera.  The selfie camera is a 32MP wide camera.

One thing I do have to mention is that OPPO continue to defy standard Android camera launch functionality with the double tap of the power button still not capable of launching the camera.  The only quick shortcut to launch the camera is the gesture when the screen is off.  

If the display is on and you are in an app you will need to find your camera shortcut either on the home screen or in your quick settings tiles.  I don’t find these quick enough on many occasions. Motorola still has the best way to quickly launch the camera, twisting your hand back and forwards with it in your hand.

So, once you have it open how does it fare?  Images are quite good, not Pixel 8 good but good for a mid-range smartphone.  Night shots show some detail but lack the polish of an ultra-premium smartphone and at about a third of the price that should be no surprise.

Check out the samples I took below.

Battery life and charging

I won’t wax lyrical once again about OPPO’s charging but suffice to say that SUPERVOOC is amazing and although the charging is only 67W on the Reno 11 F, that is still far and away better than most smartphones on the Australian market.

The 5,000mAh battery will easily last all day if you are a standard user.  I tend to test battery life on weekends when my usage is more similar to most other folks.  I was easily able to get over a day of use out of the battery on weekends.

You know what though?  I never ever once worry about battery life with an OPPO because it doesn’t matter because even if it runs low or out you know that the SUPERVOOC can charge it up faster than near anything else (30% in 10min).  I have an 80W SUPERVOOC car charger for this purpose if required.  

Software — ColorOS 14

OPPO has been continually improving their phone software in recent years and this is no different with some nice new Android 14 additions such as the File Dock to save images, text or files for quick drag-and-drop access across all of your apps. 

One new feature I really liked was the ability to use a version of PIP for the ability to see more than one active app at a time – as if you are docking the app for later fast access to.  Screen off gestures are good – not as good as Motorolas but more customisable with the ability to apply a gesture to any app.

Final thoughts

The OPPO Reno 11 F is a great device.  It has a very solid build with premium-feeling hardware and stable software that works well when under normal stress.  Under extreme stress of high workloads it does seem to lag a bit but these would be very rare for most people and even with the extreme loads I placed on it, the lags and slowdowns were rare as well.  

The camera is decent but just as for the performance you get what you pay for.  It won’t have the performance (nor hardware or camera) of an ultra-premium device but you should not expect it to.  The camera performs extremely admirably considering the phone is under $600.

The problem is that the OPPO Reno 11 F is not the only phone under $600.  Guess what else is currently under $600?  The Pixel 8.  The Pixel 8 has a better camera and better performance than the Reno 11 F but I dare say that sub-$600 price of the Pixel 8 is a clearance price before the Pixel 8a arrives.  I highly doubt the Pixel 8a will come in under $600.  I suspect it would be closer to the $650-750 mark (last year the 7a launched at $750).

If the Reno 11 F does end up being $150 less than the Pixel 8a (price unknown at this stage) then it is an extremely competitive price which I think a lot of people will consider significant enough to warrant a purchase.

The OPPO Reno 11 F is a great looking phone with performance that is better than its $599 price.  At $599 it is a phone that I would recommend to those looking to shop in this price range.

Pricing and Availability

  • RRP: $599
  • Colours: Palm Green, Ocean Blue
  • Retailers: OPPO Online Store, JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks and Bing Lee