Oppo launched the new Reno 8 series which includes Reno 8 and Reno 8 Pro smartphones. The company has a clear idea of how it wants to position its products. One of them sits in the Rs 30,000 market, while the Reno 8 Pro is offered as a premium option.
And we’re looking at the latter in this review, after using it for more than a few weeks. It has a reliable MediaTek chipset, built on a premium chassis. But is this enough to convince the buyer to spend Rs 45,000 on this smartphone? We tried to find out the answer here.
Oppo Reno 8 Pro Design
Oppo usually puts a lot of thought into the design of its products, and we see these features with the Reno 8 Pro as well. The glass build quality with the aluminum frame gives it an ideal feel in the hands. And the weight of the phone is the lightest in its segment. The bezels are really thin which gives you more screen footprint.
Another interesting part about the Reno 8 Pro’s design is the uniformity of the camera module in the back panel. The power button is on the right side. If you look at the price tag and look at the Reno 8 Pro, you can actually get the price of the phone.
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Oppo Reno 8 Pro Display
Another pleasing aspect of the Reno 8 Pro is the screen. It sports a 6.7-inch AMOLED display that achieves Full HD+ resolution at a modest pixel density of 394 PPI. But the 93.5 percent screen-to-body ratio gives it an extra notch.
The overall quality of the display is quite good, the AMOLED panel shows its true colors and to be fair, we prefer the flat display over the curved display we usually get in this range. Blacks look really clean, and when you combine the 120Hz refresh rate, you’ll enjoy using the Reno 8 Pro for its fluidity and smoothness. Having said that, we do realize that the placement of the in-display fingerprint sensor can be an issue for users, who may have errant touches preventing them from unlocking the phone.
Oppo Reno 8 Pro Performance
The Oppo Reno 8 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 Max chipset, and you get it with 12GB of RAM, further expandable using virtual support. The Reno 8 Pro gets the ColorOS platform which is built on the Android 12 operating system. The combination of hardware and software yields some impressive results.
You will be annoyed by the amount of bloatware loaded on the phone. Most of them can be deleted, but those who are spending Rs 45,000 don’t want the hassle.
You can easily carry on with daily tasks, and even enjoy gaming sessions without major hiccups. Having said that, we have seen a few instances where the phone’s back panel gets hot, especially near the camera module. But overall, we’ve been eager to try this chipset, and it’s safe to say we were impressed.
Oppo Reno 8 Pro Camera
Oppo Reno 8 Pro’s camera prowess is highly touted and people are undoubtedly excited. Another factor to consider was the debut of Mari Silicone on the Renault series. But its integration is mostly felt with videos, and for still photography, the lack of optical image stabilization (OIS) becomes apparent when you’re shooting in low light.
Image quality is crisp in daylight, with the 50-megapixel main sensor doing well. But the other two sensors don’t justify the hype. The ultra-wide sensor lacks detail, while the macro unit is there to make up the numbers. Oppo is relying heavily on the NPU to deliver quality, but the camera cries out for better software optimization to punch above its weight.
Oppo Reno 8 Pro Battery
The Oppo Reno 8 Pro is a battery champion, and I never expected to say that when I saw the device’s features. But the Dimensity 8100 Max SoC with ColorOS gives it ideal power efficiency due to which the 4500mAh battery performs better than expected. We regularly get 6 hours of SOT, with 120Hz refresh rate mode, using multiple apps all the time, and an hour of gaming.
The phone gets 80W charging support which charges in less than half an hour.
Oppo Reno 8 Pro Verdict
Oppo Reno 8 Pro justifies its price tag with design, quality, performance and even battery support. The glass unibody design makes it easy to use, especially its weight. The Dimensity 8100 Max chipset scores high, and the design is sure to catch everyone’s eye.
However, the camera lets us down and we’re hoping that a software update can improve some of the current issues. Oppo Reno 8 Pro may be a great option at Rs 45,999 but is underpriced for a mini device.
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