Oppo’s Reno line of smartphones has been around for a while, and one of their phones was the first to support 5G in the United Kingdom. The newest version is the Reno 8 Pro, and it’s not exactly revolutionary.
As an alternative, the Reno 8 Pro competes with the OnePlus 10T by aiming for a similar blend of affordability, attractiveness, performance, and overall value. Can Oppo (which, remember, is OnePlus’ parent brand at this point) fix the mistakes that OnePlus made with that phone?
Oppo Reno 8 Pro: Design
You may feel good about showing off your Reno 8 Pro wherever you go because to its sleek design. Even though the Reno 8 Pro’s camera module is very large, the phone’s rear is curved in a way that makes it less noticeable thanks to Oppo’s (and now OnePlus’s) expertise with the integrated camera module look. This adds a human touch to the phone.
Aside from those arcs, the Reno 8 Pro would be somewhat flat. The chassis’s sides are flat, as are the screen’s glass and the remainder of the back panel. Comfort while holding it is average (the edges are a little harsh), but the light weight of 186 grammes helps keep your hands from getting tired.
It’s created entirely out of glass, however the front and rear are made out of bulletproof Gorilla Glass 5. The phone boasts a respectable level of everyday protection thanks to its IP54 water resistant rating.
The Reno 8 Pro is fantastic to use because of how light it is and how good it feels in the hand. It fits well in my pocket and draws admiring glances whenever I take it out. The 6.7-inch AMOLED display and thin bezels give the phone a sleek, contemporary appearance up front.
Besides the standard Glazed Black, you can also get it in the Glazed Green colour scheme seen below. It’s difficult to capture the whole beauty of this refreshing mint green in a photograph. If you appreciate flashiness, this is the one to choose.
Oppo Reno 8 Pro: Camera
Like the Oppo Find X5 Pro, the Reno 8 Pro has a Sony IMX766 50MP primary camera. Instead of employing both, it’s adjacent to an 8-megapixel standard camera and a 2-megapixel camera that is woefully inadequate.
This configuration is identical to that of the OnePlus 10T and the OnePlus 2T. A 32-megapixel camera with autofocus sits up front, and because to some clever engineering, it can take better selfies in low light (at night) than any prior Reno phone.
Oppo’s addition of its MariSilicon X image processing chip to the Reno 8 Pro’s back camera sets it apart from the OnePlus devices and supposedly boosts lowlight performance in both stills and video.
In the ideal lighting, images taken with the IMX766 main camera are striking due to its vivid colour reproduction, high level of detail, and beautiful HDR effect.
The wide-angle view is flawed in the same way as the OnePlus 10T’s camera is. Photos show apparent pixelation due to the low resolution, noise is present in virtually all shots, and poor contrast makes details hard to make out.
Not good at all, in fact. Although there is a 2x digital zoom shortcut, you should avoid using it at all costs because it uses excessive smoothness, which makes photographs appear fake.
But what about the front-facing camera, designed for taking selfies? The quality is actually rather good. Accurate portraits can be taken with the use of focusing, skin tones are rendered accurately, and the palm recognition gesture is both convenient and effective.
The phone’s screen doubles as a fill light at night, when the MariSilicon X image signal processor (ISP) is meant to do its magic, allowing for remarkably well-detailed selfies despite the low lighting. Not using the screen’s fill light renders the device ineffective.
Pictures taken in dim light tend to turn out well. Even though the software only needs about a second to take a photo in the dark, I have found that it is easy to create blur. One such illustration is presented up there for your perusal.
In all other respects, the Reno 8 Pro’s camera is identical to that of the OnePlus 10T: the primary camera excels at taking striking images, but the secondary cameras fall short due to subpar resolution and lack of detail.
Oppo Reno 8 Pro: Performance and Software
The phone’s main camera is adequate, its front-facing camera captures respectable selfies, and its design is attractive, but its CPU is what really caught my eye. The Reno 8 Pro, powered by MediaTek’s Dimensity 8100+ processor and with 8GB of RAM, has proven to be a formidable mobile device.
The relatively modest 4,500mAh battery has held up reasonably well in everyday use, and the device appears to be efficient at conserving power when it is not actively being used.
Even during the longest, most chaotic races, playing Asphalt 9: Legends presents no problems. Aside from a slight increase in temperature, the rear of the phone remains comfortably cool throughout these marathon gaming sessions.
It runs Oppo’s ColorOS 12.1, which is based on Android 12, and provides the same experience as the Oppo Find X5 Pro, which we reviewed in detail elsewhere. Comparable to the OnePlus 10 Pro’s OS in most respects.
Although ColorOS is quick and dependable, it can be overly aggressive with its power management, thus features like an always-on screen are disabled by default and must be enabled.
My experience with the Reno 8 Pro has been completely hassle-free, which is what I was hoping for.
Even when without using the colour boost enhancer mode, the 6.7-inch AMOLED screen is striking due to its high contrast and plenty of vivid colours. If the intense colours on the screen are too much for you, there are options to reduce them in the settings.
The superb stereo speakers, which may be lacking in bass but make up for it in wonderful clarity, make movie watching a pleasure.
Using the Reno 8 Pro has been a breeze, which is precisely what I look for in a versatile, go-to device like this. The software continues to bother me for the first few days with its persistent “this app is using power” warnings until I instruct it to stop. ColorOS 13, based on Android 13, is coming to the Reno 8 Pro in September, and maybe it will alleviate some of these issues.
Oppo Reno 8 Pro: Battery and Charging
The Reno 8 Pro’s battery has comfortably lasted for two days after heavy use (including social media, messaging, a few apps, notifications, images, and connection to a smartwatch). You can’t get here by putting in more phone time. After 30 minutes of play, the battery will likely be at 10% capacity.
Utilizing Oppo’s 80-watt SuperVOOC rapid charging technology, the phone’s battery can be recharged to 50% capacity in just 11 minutes. It fills up in within 30 minutes.
The performance, battery life, and rapid charging are considerably more valuable and relevant during regular use than the camera or design (both of which are wonderful, but hardly unique in the world of midrange phones nowadays). It’s fantastic that the outcomes match Oppo’s claims. However, the inability to charge wirelessly is a major drawback.
If you push your phone to its limits, the fast-charging mechanism should ensure that you never have to worry about your phone running out of juice at the end of even the busiest days.
When a phone can be charged in 30 minutes, there’s no need to leave it plugged in overnight. Having a phone that charges this quickly might completely alter your lifestyle if you’ve never experienced it before.
Price and Availability of The Oppo Reno 8 Pro
Beginning September 1st, you can get the Oppo Reno 8 Pro in the United Kingdom for 599 pounds ($702). It is available for purchase at Oppo’s web shop, as well as from numerous other online and brick-and-mortar retailers and service providers.
If you’re interested, you should know that if you buy an Oppo Reno 8 Pro before September 28, you’ll also receive a free Oppo Pad Air tablet (valued at £239).
If you want an Oppo smartphone, like the Reno 8 Pro, you’ll have to import it because the company doesn’t sell its products in the United States.