Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G smartphone review: can its exterior beauty also be seen on the inside?

A high-end 5G terminal, the Oppo Reno8 Pro presents itself as a quality smartphone that displays, on paper, good value for money. But is that enough to get a place in a very competitive segment? This is the question we will try to answer in this test.

Summary

  • Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G: the technical sheet
  • The Oppo Reno8 Pro, a smartphone as beautiful as a mirror
  • A most convincing AMOLED screen
  • Moderate power, driven by a MediaTek SoC
  • Interface: we still love ColorOS so much, but we still have a criticism
  • A photo part far from perfect
  • Correct autonomy for the Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G

Released in France a few months ago, the Oppo Reno8 Pro presents itself as a high-end smartphone in the catalog of the Chinese manufacturer. It is a more expensive alternative to the Oppo Reno8 Lite 5G which passed through our hands last October, but it is still affordable, with a selling price of around 800 euros when it was released. In its segment, this terminal has competition, but that does not mean that it is unable to stand out. Let’s go for the test!

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Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G: the technical sheet

Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G
screen size 6.7 inches
Screen type AMOLED
Screen Definition 2412 x 1080 pixels
Refresh rate 120Hz
SoCs Dimension 8100-Max
RAM 8 GB
Storage 256 GB
Battery 4500mAh
Quick Charge 80W wired
Connectivity 5G / WiFi 6 / BT 5.3
Main photo sensors 50MP + 8MP + 2MP
Secondary photo sensor 32 MP
Waterproofing No (IP54)
Dimensions 161.2 x 74.2 x 7.34mm
Weight 183 grams
Price From 799€

The Oppo Reno8 Pro, a smartphone as beautiful as a mirror

As soon as you unbox the Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G, the message is clear: it has nothing to do with the Oppo Reno8 Lite 5G. Its shiny back with mirror effect is very original and we almost want to use it to frame selfies with the main camera sensor! A nice surprise from the start.

Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G smartphone review: can its exterior beauty also be seen on the inside?

The terminal has a completely flat screen and its rear cover, in forged glass, displays the same. The only rebounds are those present on the side of the photo block, slightly raised. If the angles of the Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G are rounded, on the edge side, the fact that the smartphone is flat gives a salient effect which can however divide.

Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G smartphone review: can its exterior beauty also be seen on the inside?

Regarding the positioning of the buttons, Oppo displays an assumed proposal on most of its models: the ignition button is on the right and those dedicated to adjusting the volume are on the left. The SIM card door and the USB-C charging port are located on the lower edge.

The unibody design of the Oppo Reno8 Pro succeeds, and the material chosen for its design is also to be commended. However, a small criticism can be made: without a protective cover, the smartphone tends to slide a little too much on certain surfaces, such as a cloth tablecloth or a mouse pad. Beware of the risk of falling! Otherwise, this mirror surface catches fingerprints enormously. The terminal displays an IP54 protection indexwhich means thatit is not waterproofbad point for a high-end smartphone.

A most convincing AMOLED screen

The smartphones released this year have rarely disappointed us with regard to their screen, and inevitably, we expected the Oppo Reno8 Pro to do at least as well as the competition. With its 6.7-inch panel whose refresh rate goes up to 120 Hz, we were satisfied! The definition of the screen is Full HD +, or 2412 x 1080 pixels, for a density of 394 dpi. All good.

Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G smartphone review: can its exterior beauty also be seen on the inside?

Oppo is a manufacturer that does not skimp on the proposed settings, especially on the side of the image. It is possible to improve the sharpness, the colors, or to adjust the temperature of the screen according to your tastes. By default, the settings are already satisfactory. 120 Hz is automatically activated, but blocking at 60 Hz is also available.

With the Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G, we’re going a bit off the beaten track: here, no Qualcomm processor, but a MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max. Equipped with a Mali-G610 MC6 GPUthis SoC is relatively little used in Europe.

The test of benchmarks makes it possible to bring the Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G closer to a Google Pixel 7but it remains far behind the terminals which are equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1for instance. However, the performances remain very balanced and to play without going in search of the best graphics, this is still sufficient.

We enjoyed our Call of Duty Mobile gaming sessionsand Genshin Impact also works very well on this smartphone, even ifit tends to heat up well when it is used over time. It’s probably not the ultimate gaming terminal, but it is suitable for a casual+ experience. If you are looking for high-level performance, another smartphone will suit you better: the Xiaomi 12T Pro is, without a doubt, one of his fiercest adversaries of the moment.

Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G smartphone review: can its exterior beauty also be seen on the inside?

For the rest of everyday use, the Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G is doing perfectly. We’ve used it with mapping services, social media apps, banking, streaming platforms, and browsing the internet without ever experiencing any slowdowns.

Interface: we still love ColorOS so much, but we still have a criticism

The Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G comes with ColorOS 12.1 accompanied by Android 12. The manufacturer has not yet made the switch to Android 13, which will arrive next year. Otherwise, the terminal will be entitled to Android 14, but will not go beyond. Three years of security updates are guaranteed, however.

ColorOS is a very pleasant software overlay. On the one hand, it is not intrusive and, on the other hand, it still gives access to many customization possibilities which are enough to satisfy those who like to bring a personal touch to their device. This is a proposal that can be found on all the manufacturer’s terminals and it rarely disappoints.

Oppo is also a fan of new, somewhat “experimental” functions.», which it is possible to activate or not. One-handed mode, flexible windows or even adjustable tactile feedback are all options that deserve the user’s interest. Some are really useful, others not so much, but it’s nice to see that Oppo is looking to differentiate itself a bit from the competition.

In contrast, one point still surprised us on this smartphone: the quantity of basic applications installed when the device was first started. A dozen applications including games and services, most of them useless, come parasitize the applications that one chooses to transfer from another device . It is, of course, possible to uninstall them, but it remains a little irritant to have the feeling that our hand is being forced with advertising partnerships on a terminal that is quite expensive.

A photo part far from perfect

As for the picture, the Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G has three sensors on the back:

  • A 50 megapixel main sensor,
  • An 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor,
  • A 2 megapixel macro sensor.

We can also highlight the presence of the MariSilicon X chipintended to optimize photos using an artificial intelligence developed by Oppo.

By day, first of all, we generally benefit from a very good quality result with the main sensor , which displays excellent sharpness and accurate, realistic colors. We particularly appreciate the way he manages to detach the subject from the background. The ultra-wide-angle sensor, on the other hand, is a little less convincingin color and sharpness. Using it therefore requires a little more precision and you sometimes have to try several times to obtain a truly satisfactory result.

As for the macro sensor, it’s a bit bare minimum, but it can still come in handy when the need to take shots very close to the subject arises. However, we have already seen much better in this price range.

As for the night photo, we can count on the efficiency of the main sensor. The ultra wide-angle sensor tends to give blurry or too smooth results, while the macro sensor gives very grainy shots.

As for selfies, a 32-megapixel sensor is offered. We appreciate the portrait mode during the day, which offers a controlled bokeh effect. In the dark, difficult to obtain a quality result, unless using the flash mode of the screen. And yet, we have seen better.

In summary, on the photo side, it’s a bit of grimace soup. Only the main sensor really gives us satisfaction and it is difficult to identify the contributions of the MariSilicon X image processor . We clearly expected better from the manufacturer on this point.

Correct autonomy for the Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G

With its battery 4500mAhand its SoC with high but still moderate performance, the Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G can hold a charge for around 36 hours with standard use. If you use it a lot for gaming, it can easily drop below 20 hours. But we must be honest, in the vast majority of cases, this terminal easily lasts the day.

Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G smartphone review: can its exterior beauty also be seen on the inside?

The smartphone comes with a SuperVooc charger that allows you to take advantage of 80W wired fast charging. It takes approximately 35 minutes to fully charge, which is a great performance. On the other hand, big regret: the absence of wireless charging is very disappointing on a terminal of this range.

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Conclusion

Strong points

  • Elegant and original design
  • Very nice OLED screen
  • The ColorOS interface
  • Good autonomy
  • Really fast charging

Weak points

  • A limited power
  • A disappointing photo part
  • No wireless charging
  • No sealing
  • Do you want fingerprints, here they are

The Oppo Reno8 Pro is very beautiful with its unibody design, and very pleasant to use with its ColorOS interface. But is that enough to make it an essential high-end terminal? In fact, it is less powerful than some competitors who display a similar price and its photo part is barely convincing, despite the presence of the yet effective MariSilicon X processor on other manufacturer’s terminals. Even if this smartphone has qualities, it is difficult to consider that they are sufficient to prefer it to other terminals in the same range, especially at the end of this busy year.

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