Should Oppo’s newly launched Reno8 Pro 5G (€729) be your new phone? It looks great and has some advanced tech under the hood. But can it compete with powerful rivals such as Google and OnePlus?
Its Find X5 and Find X5 Pro (see our previous review on Independent.ie) are Oppo’s flagships, and the new Reno8 and Reno8 Pro are its ‘flagship lite’ models, priced between €300 and €400 cheaper than the top It has many features that are comparable to Shut down your smartphone.
I used the Reno8 Pro 5G last week. All in all, it’s a great phone that looks great and performs in almost everything that matters. Here’s what I’ve found so far.
1. really good
(i) Reno8 Pro is the most beautiful “flagship lite” mobile phone. Its new square design takes some inspiration from Apple’s iPhone, but it’s so distinctive that it can’t be considered an exact copy. It is very nice to hold and hold in your hands.
(ii) 256 GB of storage is excellent at this price point.
(iii) comes with a good fast charger
2. pretty good
(i) The 6.7-inch 120hz display looks great and scrolls very smoothly.
(ii) The phone is wonderfully light, making it more pocket-friendly than some of its direct rivals.
(iii) The battery life is fairly long, lasting at least a day with normal use.
(iv) The Color OS Android skin used by Oppo is one of the better skins.
(v) Facial recognition is better than some of its competitors’ Androids, and it also has an under-screen fingerprint reader.
(i) It looks great, but it is very slippery on your hands and surfaces and can slide off your couch or table or slip out of your hands. Also, the glossy rear casing is like a fingerprint magnet (at least on my black test model). So if you buy one of these, get a case.
(ii) no wireless charging;
(iii) I found the selfie camera to be slower than most rivals, occasionally leading to misframed shots.
(iv) It has only very basic (IP54) water resistance, which is rare for high-end phones these days.
4. bad things
(b) Expensive. We expected this to be around €650, the price of Google’s Pixel 6. The price of 729 euros can be argued to be a fair price given the extra storage, but if you can get OnePlus’ 10T (Oppo’s sister brand) for less with some better tech specs, still It looks pretty expensive, and Oppo still prices the phone a bit higher than you’d expect from a challenging brand.
5. Other things to know
(i) Camera: Like all other phone brands, Oppo sells the computational photographic attributes of the Reno8 Pro in addition to the actual lenses and sensors themselves. Its Marisilicon X chip features a rear-facing 50-megapixel (f1.8) main camera, a secondary rear-facing 8-megapixel (f2.2) ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 32-megapixel (f2.4) selfie Designed to strengthen. camera. (There’s also a 2-megapixel macro camera.) They’re definitely on the right track, and while some shots stand out, I’d say they’re still not good enough to compare to leading cell phone camera systems. I can’t help it. Out of 100 shots of him taken with the main camera, only 10-20 stood out. The rest was frankly average. I was also disappointed in the lack of optical image stabilization for video. It’s not like the shaky videos of user content seen in 2015, as there are some mitigating digital stabilizations. But still there are some mistakes.
No telephoto zoom here either. This is an expected absence from a phone in this price range.
I don’t think anyone will be disappointed with these cameras. It’s definitely on par with what’s traditionally expected from a ‘mid-range’ phone. This means bright, color-accurate, and fairly sharp shots. But those aren’t really the main selling points.
(ii) Engine: Its engine is a little different than what you get on high-end flagship devices, but it’s good. You may be able to “virtually” grow to 12 GB. It’s the processor that can save you a few pounds. I’m using the second chip, MediaTek’s Dimensity 8100 Max. To be fair, we didn’t see any real lag or lag in using the phone, but it’s still a step behind chips used by its competitors (including its own OnePlus sister brand).
The Reno8 Pro is a very solid and satisfying phone in most respects. Aesthetically, it’s the best available in this price range right now. It means a lot. You get slightly better performance on individual features from his 1 or 2 of its comparably priced rivals.