OPPO Joy 3 Price in the Philippines is Php 6,490 : Classic White and Matte Grey Variants, Actual Photos, Complete Specs, and Initial Impressions

Oppo Joy 3 joins the slew of new midrange Android smartphones that the premium Chinese handset maker is set to release in the Philippines within this month, July 2015.

Oppo Joy 3, Oppo Joy 3 Philippines

Priced at Php 6,490, Oppo Joy 3 represents the best of what the company currently has to offer in this price category -- especially in terms of design, build, user interface, and overall touch experience.

Oppo Joy 3

The device is available in two colors: White and Grey, which is dark enough to border on Black. The former comes with a sleek high-gloss finish while the latter flaunts a matte texture that does a better job at resisting fingerprint smudges.

Oppo Joy 3

In either color, Joy 3 exudes a stunning look of corporate sophistication -- thanks to its minimalist design identity and lush metallic accents.

Last week, I met our friends from Oppo Philippines and they gave me a chance to give this model a test run. Before I give you my initial impressions of the handset, allow me to share with you photos of both variants' panels just to give you a clear idea of how they look in the flesh.

Oppo Joy 3 White

Oppo Joy 3 White, Oppo Joy 3 Philippines
Oppo Joy 3 sports a 4.5-inch 480 x 854 pixels IPS display panel.

Oppo Joy 3 White
The phone's loud speaker is located at the back, near the rear.

Oppo Joy 3 White
The power button is located on the right panel.

Oppo Joy 3 White
... while the volume rocker is found on the other side.

Oppo Joy 3 White
You'll find the 3.5mm audio jack on the top panel.

Oppo Joy 3 White
Oppo Joy 3's microUSB port supports USB On-The-Go, which lets you connect a microUSB flash drive to the phone to quickly transfer files. This also allows you to use a gaming controller, among other accessories that can connect to an Android smartphone's microUSB port.

Oppo Joy 3 Gray

Oppo Joy 3 Black, Oppo Joy 3 Philippines
The handset comes with a 2 MegaPixel selfie cam in front.

Oppo Joy 3 Black
And at the back, you'll find the 5 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash.

Oppo Joy 3 Black
As I've said, the Gray variant's back plate has matte finish. It feels great to the touch -- even more so than the glossy version.

Oppo Joy 3 Black
Just like the White variant, this one's metallic side frame has a band in the middle that matches the color of the back cover.

Oppo Joy 3 Black
The back cover is removable giving you access to the battery, the Dual microSIM card slots, and the microSD card storage expansion slot.

Oppo Joy 3 Black
'It's a handsome smartphone, don't you think?'

Under the hood, Oppo Joy 3 is equipped with a Quad Core 1.3 GHz ARM Cortex A7 and 500 MHz Mali-400 MP2 GPU based MediaTek MT6582 chipset, has 1 GB of RAM for multitasking, and comes with 4 GB of ROM. Supporting 3G HSPA+ connectivity, this power is powered by a removable 2,000 mAh Li-Po battery pack.

The handset runs Android 4.4 with Color OS 2.0 user experience. According to OPPO, their app-drawer-free UI "was designed to bring that same sense of excitement and warmth to the smartphone world. An OS that combines speed, efficiency and stability to bring pixels to life." Color OS 2.0 also supports Screen-Off gestures to launch applications and customizable Screen-On gestures.

So here's what I have to say about some aspects of the phone (aside from its design, which I already said I like) based on my half-hour experience with the device:

Main Camera: The resulting 5 MegaPixel shots - despite being smaller than what other similarly priced smartphones will give you - look clear, brilliant, and crisp. Oppo Joy also supports multiple shooting modes like HDR, Beautify, and Panorama to help give you the shots that you want and has fast focus and capture capability for hassle-free shooting.

Selfie Cam: I love taking selfies so I have high standards when it comes to front-facing cams. I find the one on Joy 3 to be fairly decent for a lower midrange Android smartphone; It's not the best but it's good enough to give you enhanced selfies (Beautify Mode instantly evens out your skintone) that are ready for sharing on social networking sites.

Color OS: The UI looks uncluttered and straight-forward. I'm all for neatness and efficiency so I like that. Also, I'm not sure how Oppo did it but touch response on Joy 3 is as good as - if not better than - what I get on far expensive models running on Octa Core MediaTek chipsets. It must be the software.

Internal Hardware: Needless to say, there are many smartphones in this price echelon - from local players and international ones - that have better specs compared to the Oppo Joy 3. But as I've said, often, it's not about the specs but the actual experience. And in the short time that I spent with it, this smartphone - I find - delivers a lag-free and smooth touch experience that some devices out there with better specs can only dream of giving users. But don't take my word for it; give the phone a test run in an Oppo store or kiosk near you.

Is this the right handset for you? Frankly, Oppo Joy 3 is not big on specs but it has its own charms. It's a gorgeous smartphone that has an intuitive and neat interface, decent imaging capability, and great touch response. It might not be the best option for power users and heavy gamers (Anyway, Oppo has smartphones that are made for them) but I think casual users who want an attractive, affordable, and - in many ways - capable Android smartphone will appreciate this release.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name OPPO Joy 3
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Entry Level
Dimensions132.8 x 66.6 x 9 mm
Weight 135 grams
Available Colors White, Black (Dark Grey)
Operating System Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Color OS 2.0 interface
Display 4.5 inches (~63.1% screen-to-body ratio), 480 x 854 pixels (~218 ppi pixel density), IPS, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Quad Core 1.3 GHz ARM Cortex A7, 500 MHz Mali-400 MP2 GPU, MediaTek MT6582 chipset
Internal Storage 4 GB ROM, expandable via microSD card slot supporting up to 32GB
Camera Main: 5 MegaPixels, Autofocus, LED flash
Front: 2 MegaPixels, Fixed Focus
Video Capture 720p HD, HD for front camera (TBC)
Audio and Video Playback MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC, MP4, H.264
Ports microUSB v2.0, USB OTG support, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
FM Radio Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyroscope
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 and SIM 2, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
SIM Card Type Dual microSIM
Battery 2,000 mAh Li-Po battery
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features Color OS
Announcement July 2015
Availability July 2015
Price Official: Php 6,490