The Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G is the brand’s priciest Reno smartphone in India to date. At Rs 45,999, it certainly gives a strong first impression and looks the part, but a short check of its specifications reveals that everything is relatively mid-range.
Is the Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G only about looks, or does it have strong enough hardware, including cameras, to justify its hefty asking price?
Does it share the same drawbacks as the rest of the competitors, despite sharing many similarities with Realme’s GT Neo 3 and the OnePlus 10R (apart from price)? Here is all the information you need to know before purchasing a Reno 8 Pro after trying one for a few weeks.
India’s cost of the Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G
There is only one 12GB RAM/256GB storage model of the Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G, and it costs Rs. 45,999. Glazed Green and Glazed Black are the two available finishes for it.
The Glazed Green unit was provided to me for this review. The Reno 8 Pro 5G will only compete with high-end smartphones due to the absence of variants, unlike its brothers, the Realme GT Neo 3 and the OnePlus 10R 5G, which have lower starting pricing and identical specifications.
Design of the Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G
When compared to other smartphones in this market, the Oppo Reno 8 Pro’s design unquestionably produced a favourable first impression. The thinnest point is 7.34mm, which is just thin enough but not too thin.
Its 183g weight is unusual for a phone this size, which is noteworthy given the frame is composed of an aluminium alloy that not only looks excellent but also feels expensive. A Gorilla Glass 5 glossy glass panel that is well-suited to thwarting fingerprints adheres to the back.
The Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G boasts a sleek and fashionable design comprised of high-quality components including glass and aluminium alloy.
The positioning of the cameras is what distinguishes the Reno 8 Pro’s design. The cutouts are positioned flush with the raised camera module, which is really an extension of the back glass panel.
The camera module’s soft curvature also allowed me to lay my index finger beneath it, adding to my grip and making it simpler to operate the phone with one hand.
The flat display of the Reno 8 Pro 5G has a gentle edge curve that reaches the sharp corners of the frame. One of the narrowest bezels at this price point that I’ve seen on a display.
While the bezel surrounding the top and bottom of the display is already rather narrow, the sides are considerably more so (just 1.48mm), giving the phone a much more chiselled and contemporary appearance than those of its rivals.
Oppo may not be bringing back the elaborate designs of the Reno series from the past, like the shark fin selfie pop-up camera on the Reno 10X Zoom (Review), but it appears to be a mature step ahead because the Reno 8 Pro 5G has an official IP54 grade for dust and water resistance.
Only the Motorola Edge 30 Pro, the only other smartphone in this category, offers protection from water and dust that is comparable to the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G’s IP67 rating, which is less durable (IP52).
Specifications and software for the Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G
The MariSilicon X NPU, which according to Oppo is mostly used to aid in video recording, is paired with the MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max SoC in the Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G. The Oppo Find X5 Pro (First impressions), a high-end smartphone that was not made available in India, introduced the MariSilicon X NPU, which is not a new technology.
My grasp on the Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G improved when I place my index finger behind the elevated camera module.
Although the Reno 8 Pro 5G has dual 5G SIM slots for two nano-SIM cards, it does not have expandable storage. The phone supports multiple standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) 5G bands in addition to dual-5G standby.
Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, and NFC are additional connectivity choices. An 80W charger, a transparent TPU case, and a USB Type-C to Type-A connection are all included in the box from Oppo.
Oppo has saved some of the unique features of ColorOS for its own smartphones in terms of software.
The OnePlus 10R 5G Endurance Edition and the Realme GT Neo 3 (150W), both of which run on separate versions of ColorOS, do not have the ability to customise which colours to choose from a chosen wallpaper for the accent colour and theme, a distinctive font, or Oppo’s O-Haptics (vibration system).
The Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G’s O-Haptics technology, which utilises an X-axis linear motor, is extremely accurate with feedback and also performs well when used with the phone’s 3D ringtones function, another Oppo exclusive. Additionally, Oppo’s floating windows function, which enables you to open numerous apps for sharing in smaller floating windows, performed admirably. Oppo states that it will provide two years of Android OS updates and four years of security updates for the Reno 8 Pro 5G, which is a good thing to have. The Reno 8 Pro 5G runs ColorOS 12.1, which is based on Android 12.
In-display notifications on the Oppo Reno 8 Pro OppoReno8Pro5G Oppo
The daily reminders from the Themes app that kept urging me to download a wallpaper, a theme, or even buy an Oppo Reno 8 Pro smartphone bothered me.
There are many preinstalled third-party apps on a phone that costs more than Rs. 40,000, like PhonePe, Josh, Dailyhunt, and Moj, to mention a few. Thankfully, all of these apps can be deleted.
There are also a tonne of Oppo-branded applications like DocVault, O Relax, Sloop Cut, and others that were helpful but can still be removed if necessary.
Performance of Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G
The phone performed as anticipated in benchmark tests. The Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G scored 7,28,119 in AnTuTu, 901 in the single-core test on Geekbench, and 3,532 in the multi-core test. Benchmarks for graphics were competitively comparable as well.
The Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G had excellent software performance. Apps launched quickly, and the Density 8100-Max SoC, LPDDR5 RAM, and UFS 3.1 storage were fast enough to handle multitasking.
The software experience felt fairly fluid because of the display’s 120Hz refresh rate. Oppo made a wise decision by using a flexible AMOLED panel because it allowed for extremely minimal bezels.
The 6.7-inch full-HD+ display was very bright, had rich colours, and had excellent viewing angles. Comparing it to the displays on the comparably priced Realme GT Neo 3 (150W) and the OnePlus 10R Endurance Edition, there is no doubt that it is superior.
Additionally, the display of the Reno 8 Pro 5G has an HDR10+ certification, and supported material in applications like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video is displayed as expected. Even at maximum volume, the stereo speakers on the phone produced a balanced output and sounded clear.
The Reno 8 Pro 5G’s display has an inbuilt fingerprint sensor, but I didn’t enjoy it because it had difficulties reading my fingerprints for some strange reason.
These occurrences were relatively sporadic. After some examination, I found that all was good after the scanner just needed a little more pressure from my finger to capture my input.
Overall, the Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G had good gaming performance. While playing games and using the camera app, the phone remained rather cool thanks to its graphite-based cooling mechanism.
Even with the highest visual settings, Call of Duty: Mobile ran smoothly. Despite sharing the same basic hardware as the Realme GT Neo 3 (150W) (Review), Asphalt:9 Legends inexplicably did not have the 60 frames per second setting enabled.
While playing frantic first-person shooter games, the Reno 8 Pro 5G’s touch sampling rate of 360Hz seemed snappy, although it could have been better.
The Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G’s 4,500mAh battery has not been given a capacity increase over the Oppo Reno 7 Pro 5G (Review), but the charger’s 80W output was able to quickly charge the phone from zero to 52 per cent in 15 minutes and finish the charge in just 34 minutes.
In our HD video loop battery test, the Reno 8 Pro 5G lasted for 18 hours and 25 minutes. It gave me an easy day and a half of use, which is excellent for a tiny device. As there are smartphones in and below this market that do the same, wireless charging is a miss here.
Cameras Oppo Reno 8 Pro for 5G
There are three back cameras on the Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G. An 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 50-megapixel main camera with a Sony IMX766 sensor are also included.
A 32-megapixel camera for taking selfies now has autofocus. Since most of it now filters down from OnePlus and Realme, Oppo’s camera interface will be comfortable for those customers.
The UI is simple, but by tapping the ellipsis button, advanced options for some modes can be obtained.
The primary camera’s images taken in daylight appeared sharp, and clear and had good colour fidelity to the actual situation. With a limited dynamic range, the ultra-wide-angle camera produced mediocre images with little shadow detail.
Given that the fixed-focus method made it difficult to take usable images, it appears that the macro camera exists only to fill up the spec sheet.
The Reno 8 Pro 5G, in contrast to the majority of OnePlus and Realme smartphones, was able to produce a better dynamic range when the AI scene enhancement feature was enabled, especially in daylight.
Selfies appeared sharp and had excellent detail and dynamic range in natural light. Although selfie shots also appeared excellent, the phone struggled to adequately illuminate backgrounds.
As long as there was a nearby source of light, photographs in low light appeared decent. I anticipated better results from a selfie camera with a 32-megapixel sensor and autofocus.
The primary camera in auto mode performed well when shooting in low light, however, the absence of OIS was noticeable because the camera was unable to capture the fine detail in the textures of the objects and surfaces.
In the darker regions, I also noticed blotchy textures. When necessary, the phone took longer exposures (between one and two seconds) during capture, and when utilising Night mode, up to three seconds.
The camera’s Night mode is particularly good at catching details in poorly light cityscapes that I could not even notice with my own eyes.
However, the too aggressive noise reduction algorithms made it less than beneficial in these circumstances because the longer exposure time and absence of OIS further degraded the image quality. Photos taken in low light conditions with lots of street lighting came out sharp but had slightly flat textures.
Oppo’s MariSilicon X NPU works in conjunction with the company’s hardware-level DOL HDR video recording system in the Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G’s main camera. In all kinds of shooting circumstances, the technology is said to provide a superior dynamic range.
However, in my opinion, 1080p 30fps video recordings had a mediocre to poor level of clarity. Due to improper stabilisation, the 1080p 60fps video seemed to be quite unsteady.
The sweet spot for the shooting was at 4K 30 frames per second since it produced images with good dynamic range, details, and clarity.
When recording video, turning on the AI Highlight feature led to a shaky frame rate and decreased quality. In the darker parts, even while filming in broad daylight, it also led to softer textures and random noise.
The best quality in low light was found in 4K 30fps videos captured in normal mode. Even at 4K, I discovered it was best to leave AI Highlight off because it just serves to degrade the video’s quality.
The Reno 8 Pro 5G from Oppo clearly has the appearance of a high-end Android phone. Even when you take into account the asking price of Rs. 45,999, it is lightweight, stylish, and feels pretty premium.
At this price, it is difficult to find another smartphone with a similar style and build quality.
The cameras aren’t the best, which is unfortunate given how much this phone costs, so you should have reduced expectations in that regard.
A nice alternative is Xiaomi’s 11T Pro 5G (Review), which manages to deliver superior technology, more consistent camera performance, and a genuinely good macro camera at a lesser cost.
Although it’s relatively hefty in form and costs as little as Rs. 37,999, it still delivers amazing value.
Given that it costs significantly more than its predecessor, the Reno 8 Pro 5G now competes directly with Motorola and OnePlus smartphones.
The OnePlus 9RT 5G (Review) is a fashionable device with a superb camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, and a 120Hz OLED panel starting at Rs. 42,999 (8GB RAM+128GB storage).
The Motorola Edge 30 Pro (Review), costs Rs. 44,999 and comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, high-quality back cameras, a 60-megapixel front camera, an IP52 rating, and a software experience that is almost identical to stock Android, comes in second place.
If fast charging is all you’re after, the similarly priced Realme GT Neo 3 (150W) and OnePlus 10R Endurance Edition (Review) both provide identical hardware and 150W charging capacity.
The Redmi K50i 5G (First Impressions), which costs Rs. 25,999 and has a 144Hz display and a 5,080mAh battery targeted more toward gaming, is the last option. It has the same processor as the Reno 8 Pro 5G.
The Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G will primarily appeal to a small group of consumers (or brand devotees) who will likely purchase it due to the device’s design, IP rating, and fast charging capabilities. However, in comparison to the competition, it ends up being a bit pricey and doesn’t provide the best value for money.
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