“The OPPO Mirror 3 is a compact handset, with the camera as its highlight”
The Chinese juggernaut continues in its quest to rule the Indian market, and the likes of Xiaomi, Lenovo, Honor and Gionee have all been able to make significant inroads into the minds of buyers in the country. OPPO may not have been able to make a big bang yet like some of its rivals, but there’s no doubt that some of its devices like the N1 (review) and the Find 7 (review) have been high on innovation. The Mirror 3 from OPPO is yet one more contender vying for your money, and while it doesn’t really stand out in terms of core specs, it does bring compelling camera capabilities and features like Smart Remote Technology 2.0+ to the equation. The 4.7-inch display on the Mirror 3 bears 720p resolution, and inside ticks a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, working in tandem with a gig of RAM. There’s 8GB of storage, expandable via the microSD card slot. An 8MP primary shooter and an 5MP front cam round up the shooting department. Here’s a look inside the retail box, along with our first impressions.
The Mirror 3 comes packed in a compact, stylish-looking box… and as it turned out, this is something that matches the smartphone itself. The front of the box carries an image of the phone with OPPO branding, while the rear mentions key specs and comes with the usual labels bearing the pricing and other regulatory info.
Removing the outer cover reveals a plain white box inside, with the smartphone lying inside atop a cardboard tray. Beneath, you’ll find a couple of booklets containing the user guide and warranty information. The 2,000mAh battery is packed separately. And right below, there are two compartments, with one holding a 2A wall charger, and the other accommodating a USB cable and a stereo wired headset.’’
Coming to the handset, the OPPO Mirror 3 looks stylish in white. Thanks to its 4.7-inch display, the device is quite compact and fits well in the hand. The curved rear adds to the ergonomics too.
The front bears the usual elements – with the screen dominating the proceedings. There are three capacitive keys below, and the regular array comprising the earpiece, sensors and front camera on the top.
The left spine is barren, and the volume rocker and power key are on the right. The bottom holds the micro-USB port, while the top is where you’ll find the 3.5mm audio socket, a secondary mic and an infrared blaster.
Flip the device over and you’ll be greeted by the glossy white back. In fact, we believe the handset gets its name from that. The rear panel sports a dotted design, which is protected by a scratch-resistant UV coating. The resulting finish looks quite elegant, and makes the device stand out from the crowd. The lens for the primary shooter is on top, and juts out very slightly. However, thanks to the chrome ring that encircles it, it does look quite prominent. There’s an LED flash just below, and a speaker placed closer to the bottom.
The back panel is removable, and can be removed to reveal a cavity for the battery, a pair of micro-SIM slots (since it’s a dual-SIM phone), and a microSD slot to add more storage. OPPO’s ColorOS handles the software side of things, using Android KitKat as base.
Coming to the noteworthy features, the OPPO Mirror 3’s primary 8MP shooter features a Sony IMX179 BSI sensor, with a sensor size of 1/3.2 inches, along with f/2.0 aperture, a 5P lens and a Blue Light Filter. In addition, the Pure Image 2.0+ technology brings in a variety of special features and modes. For example, there’s a Double Exposure mode that lets you shoot two images and the device combines them to enable some cool, artsy shots. There’s a special GIF mode as well, plus tons of others, covering Slow Shutter, Colorful Night, Audio Photo, and a Beautify mode that have eight sub-modes to choose from.
Then there’s the Smart Remote Technology 2.0+, which utilises the built in infrared blaster and the Remote Control app to convert the device into a universal remote. Apart from incorporating infrared control codes for a variety of appliances and brands, it also lets you program codes from your existing remote controllers, so you can pretty much use it to control almost any appliance in your house that comes with a infrared remote.
For its asking price of Rs 16,990, the OPPO Mirror 3 seems like a pricey proposition. However, the camera capabilities do seem interesting, and based on a few test shots, look very good too. The universal remote feature is a useful addition as well. We didn’t face any lags or stutters during our brief usage, and the compact size and stylish looks also get it brownie points… and we’ll wait and see how it fares overall.