Oppo N3 review: Motor head


Snapdragon 801 in charge

The Oppo N3 is built around a capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset. It’s got a quad-core 2.3GHz CPU and an Adreno 330 graphics chip. The N3 offers 2GB of RAM. It’s an overlal respectable setup but nothing to ogle at. Smartphones are starting to utilize the more powerful Snapdragon 805 with Adreno 420 and 3GB of RAM is quickly becoming the norm.

Still, the Oppo N3 shares an identical setup with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5, the HTC One (M8), the LG’s G3, the OnePlus One and Oppo’s own Find 7 series, so you can bet the chipset is no slouch either.

The next couple of benchmarks show the CPU-specific and overall performance. GeekBench 3 and AnTuTu 5 focus on the entire platform and give the Oppo N3 an okay result but it’s still way behind the cream of the crop.

Basemark OS II shows a capable overall score regarding the CPU performance but the breakdown of single and multi-core scores isn’t as impressive. Single-core performance on the Oppo N3 is in line with its Snapdragon 801 peers but multi-core one falls behind. Keep in mind that these scores have loads to do with vendor-specific optimization – otherwise all Snapdragon 801-yellding phones will have identical scores.

GeekBench 3

Higher is better

AnTuTu 5

Higher is better

Basemark OS II

Higher is better

Basemark OS II (single-core)

Higher is better

Basemark OS II (multi-core)

Higher is better

Graphics on the Oppo N3 are handled by the Adreno 330 GPU. Its test scores show that it gives way to the superior GPUs found inside the Apple iPhone 6 Plus or the Adreno 420 one in the Motorola Nexus 6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Among its peers with a Snapdragon 801 chipsets and 1080p screens the Oppo N3 clinched the very last spot besting only the PowerVR G6200 Meizu MX4 and Adreno 405 Oppo R5.

Basemark X

Higher is better

Browsing performance is measured in dedicated HTML 5 and JavaScript tests. In this discipline the Oppo N3’s hardware and software make for a middling performer at best. HTML 5 was very poor tying the Oppo N3 to a second to last place.

There was more hope with JavaScript performance where the N3 managed to squeeze out a better score more or less in line with the Oppo Find 7 and 7a and the LG G3.

Kraken 1.1

Lower is better

BrowserMark 2.1

Higher is better

The Oppo N3 didn’t give us a thrilling ride with its hardware rig but didn’t disappoint either. The scores it was able to put out were in line with what a Snapdragon 801 chip can produce.

It seems the Oppo N3 was let down by poor optimization of the hardware and software as it was bested by most devices running the same hardware build. Of course, these results hardly translate ideally into real world performance.

Our impressions are that the Oppo N3 handles beautifully and we didn’t experience any hiccups or slow-downs on Color OS 2.0. The software flies through animations and opens up apps as quick as the next flagship. You’d really have trouble finding something to frown at in real life usage.