Talking about the Reno series, Oppo has always focused more on the looks and the camera. This time, with the Oppo Reno 8 Pro, the company has managed to shine it even more and has come with a hefty price tag. Oppo Reno 8 Pro has debuted in India for Rs 45,999. When it comes to design, the company has taken it forward and has done a good job in the camera department as well by upping the game. The question is, is this enough to stay relevant in the current, ever-changing industry trends? Is this enough to attract the attention of buyers who are spoiled for options?
Here is our detailed review of Oppo Reno 8 Pro.
Design: As premium as it looks
Although the rear camera island is reminiscent of the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G, Oppo has made it feel more premium and stellar by giving it a streamlined unibody glass design. The curved edges of the camera module extend over the back cover, giving it a neat and elegant look. This means no protruding camera module! This handset is a good conversation starter, as many people asked me the name of the handset after seeing the attractive design and ‘Glazed Green’ colour.
The camera module design language is still pretty much the same as it is on the market today: two big owl eyes that look like they’re looking at you, a smaller sensor, and an LED flash. The flat edges of the phone make it look more stylish and expensive. Note that this is a large phone (6.7-inch display), for someone with smaller hands like me can’t stretch their thumbs up to access the notification bar.
It comes with an IP54 rating against splashes, which means it can survive an accidental beer spill from your clumsy friends but not a fall in the swimming pool.
The smartphone isn’t too slippery and factors like 183 grams of weight and 7.34mm thickness make it even easier. The handset does collect some fingerprints, but they weren’t very visible on the green variant. The thin bezels and the punch hole camera on the top of the display also make the smartphone look elegant and premium.
As mentioned earlier, the Oppo Reno 8 Pro comes with a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate. It shows punchy colors and deep blacks. It also provides an ample amount of brightness so that you don’t need to turn it down when using it in outdoor settings. The display comes with Amazon HDR and Netflix HD certification, and the loud dual speakers are pretty loud too. Hence, a treat for all binge watchers.
The fingerprint sensor of the handset is also quite fast and did not lag behind even once in my testing time.
The display does not come with a dynamic refresh rate. You can just switch between 60Hz or 120Hz refresh rate which may be a turn-off for many people at 120Hz it can dissipate a lot of power and at 60Hz, it won’t be that fast .
Good camera, but comes with its pros and cons
The Oppo Reno 8 Pro comes with a triple rear camera setup that consists of a 50MP primary sensor, an 8MP wide angle lens, and a 2MP macro lens. In broad daylight, the camera took great pictures with sharp details and natural colors. In HDR mode, images look a bit over-processed, however, colors remain intact. Additionally, the image loses detail when clicked with a wide-angle lens.
Even in dim settings, images shot were quite detailed, reduced noise as well as quite bright, thanks to the company’s MarisiliconX imaging chip.
Even for selfies, the camera takes great pictures with ample details and colours. However, there is still some room for improvement in Portrait mode, as it has made the image look unnatural in some cases.
Overall, the smartphone has decent camera capabilities but is still a bit heavy.
Performance: On par
The smartphone is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 8100 Max chipset and offers 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, which is pretty standard for a smartphone in India for Rs 45,999. The smartphone manages to handle day-to-day tasks with ease. I didn’t notice any lag while switching between apps or playing games. However, I noticed that the smartphone feels hot when plugged in for charging.
Oppo Reno 8 Pro runs on Android 12-based ColorOS 12.1 which comes with a lot of bloatware. It comes with a lot of unnecessary pre-installed apps like Hey Fun, Josh, Music Party, Moz, Soloop Cut And so on. Although these apps can be removed, but in such a premium smartphone, don’t expect to be packed with this kind of bloatware in the first place.
Oppo Reno 8 Pro packs a 4,500mAh battery that supports 80W SuperVOOC charging technology.
As promised, the smartphone charged a dead battery to 50 percent in just 11 minutes! However, as mentioned earlier, the smartphone does get a bit hot during this time.
A fully charged smartphone lasted about a day for me, where my usage included listening to music on Spotify, scrolling Instagram, a few episodes of a Netflix series. dynasty and some calls.
The Oppo Reno 8 Pro is an attractive handset that packs a lot of power and even supports fast charging and good camera capabilities. However, at the price point of Rs 45,999 these features are a bit heavy on the pocket as compared to the competitors.
Poco F4 5G, and Samsung Galaxy A53 5G are also strong competitors here, but they have their own drawbacks due to the low price tag. Google Pixel 6A launched at Rs 42,999 is a good camera smartphone that you can choose if you are looking for a camera-centric handset under Rs 45,000. It comes with IP67 rating and a powerful in-house Tensor chipset. However, it lacks fast charging support and a high refresh rate display, so you’ll have to pick your preferences accordingly.
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