The Oppo Reno 8 Pro boasts many of the great features found in the Oppo Find X5 Pro, such as top-notch cameras, a stunning display, stellar performance, and a premium finish.
At just 7.34mm thick and 183g in weight, the Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G feels light and comfortable to hold. The Oppo Reno8 Pro comes in a striking glazed black colour and the glazed green option. The rear of the phone features a unique elegant squared-off camera bump in the top left and a mirror-like finish. While this finish does attract fingerprints and smudges, opting for the green version may be a solution for those concerned about this issue.
The side rails of the phone have a textured finish that provides a good grip, which is necessary given the otherwise slippery nature of the phone. The sides are flat, in contrast to the curved sides of the Find X5 Pro, which is consistent with the design language throughout the rest of the device. The power button is located on the left side, while the volume up and down buttons are on the right. The bottom edge of the phone has a USB-C port, a SIM tray, and a bottom-firing speaker, which combines with the top speakerphone to deliver excellent stereo sound.
The display of the Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G is flat, unlike its more expensive sibling, and this is not necessarily a bad thing. The punch-hole cutout for the 32MP front selfie camera is tiny and unobtrusive. A pre-installed screen protector comes with the phone, but no free case is included.
The under-display fingerprint scanner is located too low for some people’s preferences, making it a bit difficult to reach with one hand. However, the scanner is reliable and quick to unlock the screen.
The Oppo Reno8 Pro 5G does not come with an official waterproof rating, but the presence of a rubber seal around the SIM tray suggests some level of protection against water damage.
The mid-range phone boasts an impressive 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, although it lacks the LTPO technology found in more expensive models. You can choose between 60Hz and 120Hz for a seamless scrolling experience. The screen is relatively bright and works well outdoors, while also supporting HDR10 in compatible apps.
The display features slight curves on the corners, which is a welcome change from the bulky curves on other devices. Additionally, the slim and even bezels around the screen are another standout feature.
The Oppo Reno8 Pro is equipped with the MariSilicon X imaging NPU, which was first introduced in Oppo’s flagship phone, the Find X5 Pro. This technology offers a variety of benefits to camera performance and computational photography, such as 4K Ultra Night Video and 4K Ultra HDR video that preserves details in both highlights and shadows.
To keep the cost down, the Reno8 Pro employs mid-range 8MP ultrawide and 2MP macro cameras. While the ultrawide camera is acceptable in good lighting conditions, it lacks sharpness in the corners and doesn’t perform well in low-light settings. Instead of using the macro camera, the Extra HD mode followed by cropping produced better results.
The main camera, on the other hand, is the saving grace, as it has the same 50MP, OIS primary sensor found in the Find X5 Pro. This camera captures incredible detail, natural colours and stunning night photos. The MariSilicon X technology is particularly impressive in low-light settings, as it processes dark nighttime footage in real-time, raising shadow details without making the image appear overly murky.
The front-facing camera is a 32MP sensor with autofocus, and it works well for both daytime and nighttime selfies. It has a wide field of view that’s great for group selfies, and in portrait mode, you can control the level of background blur before taking the shot.
In addition to these features, the Reno8 Pro also offers several camera modes, including Pro, Extra HD, Pano, Macro, Film, Slo-mo up to 960fps (720p), Time-lapse and Dual-view video.
With its 4,500mAh battery capacity, the Reno8 Pro can easily last a whole day on a single charge. But what sets it apart is its 80W SuperVooc charger, which is included in the box. This remarkable charging technology can power up the battery up to 50% in just under 10 minutes, and fully charge it in around 30 minutes. It’s worth noting that wireless charging isn’t an option.
With the MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max SoC, the Reno8 Pro has the impressive processing power and is equipped with the Ultra-Conductive Cooling System to maintain a cool temperature, ensuring decent gaming performance.
The phone provides ample storage with 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage and 8GB of RAM, but additional storage can’t be added via an SD card slot.
With its impressive camera system, ample and fast storage, and sufficient RAM, the Oppo Reno8 Pro performs reliably and stands out among the sea of generic Android phones. Overall, it delivers an excellent user experience and exceeds expectations given its price point. Although it may not be the most affordable option, it certainly provides a premium feel for the price.
TNC Score 4.3/5