❤ Oppo Reno 8 5G
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The Reno8 series has been out in China for almost two months now, but this is the first time the Reno8 and the Reno8 Pro step outside of their home country. The global versions of the handsets are slightly different from their Chinese counterparts, although the changes are rather negligible.
The focus of this review would be the vanilla Reno8, and it swaps out the depth sensor on the Chinese version for a full-fledged camera – an 8MP ultrawide one, to be exact. The rest of the specs are pretty much identical.
The handset features a bright 6.43-inch 90Hz OLED panel, which would most likely attract users looking for something more compact because, let’s face it, 6.43″ in 2022 is in the lower size range. Being small doesn’t mean being small on features, though. The Reno8 runs on a very potent Dimenstiy 1300 SoC and has two standout cameras.
Oppo Reno8 specs at a glance:
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G|
|2G bands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|3G bands||HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100|
|4G bands||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41|
|5G bands||1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 77, 78 SA/NSA|
|Speed||HSPA, LTE-A (CA), 5G|
|LAUNCH||Announced||2022, July 18|
|Status||Available. Released 2022, July 25|
|BODY||Dimensions||160.6 x 73.4 x 7.7 mm (6.32 x 2.89 x 0.30 in)|
|Weight||179 g (6.31 oz)|
|Build||Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic back, plastic frame|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|DISPLAY||Type||AMOLED, 90Hz, 430 nits (typ), 600 nits (HBM), 800 nits (peak)|
|Size||6.4 inches, 98.9 cm2 (~83.9% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~411 ppi density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|PLATFORM||OS||Android 12, ColorOS 12.1|
|Chipset||Mediatek Dimensity 1300 (6 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (1×3.0 GHz Cortex-A78 & 3×2.6 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)|
|Internal||128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM|
|MAIN CAMERA||Triple||50 MP, f/1.8, 23mm (wide), 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, multi-directional PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 16mm, 112˚ (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
|Features||Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama|
|Video||4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS|
|SELFIE CAMERA||Single||32 MP, f/2.4, 23mm (wide), 1/2.74″, 0.8µm|
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct|
|Bluetooth||5.3, A2DP, LE, aptX HD|
|Positioning||GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS|
|USB||USB Type-C 2.0, OTG|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|BATTERY||Type||Li-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable|
|Charging||80W wired, 1-50% in 11 min, 1-100% in 28 min (advertised)
|MISC||Colors||Shimmer Gold, Shimmer Black|
|Price||$ 499.00 / € 293.99 / £ 349.00 / ₹ 28,990|
|TESTS||Performance||AnTuTu: 619610a (v9)
GeekBench: 2694 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 42fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
|Display||Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal)|
|Camera||Photo / Video|
|Loudspeaker||-28.7 LUFS (Average)|
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Oppo is particularly proud of using Sony’s 50MP IMX766 sensor as the main shooter, which is fairly large- 1/1.56″ and offers 1.0µm pixels. On the front, the Reno8 carries an Oppo-exclusive 32MP IMX709 sensor with an RGBW filter allowing for an improved selfie performance. That’s one of the phone’s selling points, after all. It’s important to note, though, that the Reno8 Pro has the same exact camera setup, so if the camera performance is your main priority, the Reno8 would probably do while being significantly cheaper than the Pro.
The vanilla option also doesn’t skip the blazing-fast charging. The same 4,500 mAh battery supports 80W SuperVOOC charging protocol from Oppo, although countries with 110V power grids can get only 66W out of the same brick.
It’s probably worth noting that the Oppo Reno8 is almost identical to the OnePlus Nord 2T. The main difference between the two is the design and the OS. OnePlus’ OxygenOS is still somewhat cleaner than Oppo’s ColorOS, so it strongly depends on one’s personal preferences towards Android skins.
So in a sense, this review can be used as a reference when looking for OnePlus Nord 2T-relevant information. Most, if not all, of the results from our tests, would be applicable to some extent.
Unboxing the Oppo Reno8
The Oppo Reno8 ships in a standard box containing all the usual user manuals along with the corresponding 80W SuperVOOC charger and a USB-A to USB-C cable.
Oppo has included an extra case for the phone, which is transparent, so it doesn’t conceal the overall design. And it’s a great option until you find a case that fits you best.
The Reno8 is a solid all-rounder with a good chipset, nice screen, long battery life, blazing-fast charging and excellent camera performance, including the selfie. However, as it’s usually the case with Oppo smartphones, it’s its pricing that keeps us from recommending it straight up.
The Indian pricing of around INR 30,000 makes sense (somewhat), but we have a good reason to believe that once the device goes global, it will be priced in the mid-€400. That’s because the current Oppo Reno7 (for Eastern Europe) / Find X5 Lite (for Western Europe) is priced around there, and so is the OnePlus Nord 2T, which is an identical phone for €439.
This leads us to our first set of alternatives. And surprisingly enough, those alternatives come from the same BBK Electronics corporation. The OnePlus Nord 2T is the first to come to mind as it’s essentially the same exact phone with a different design and software on board. OxygenOS still remains one of the cleaner Android alternatives out there, and the reason why many go to OnePlus. Admittedly, things have changed in the last year or two, but that’s an entirely different topic. Moreover, the Nord 2T can be found for as little as €370 from third-party sellers, rendering the Reno8 completely obsolete. OnePlus’ offering is also around the INR 30,000 mark in India.
Another option for Indian consumers would be the Realme 9 Pro+, which undercuts the Reno8 by about INR 5,000. It offers largely the same user experience and even adds a set of stereo speakers and a bit of battery endurance. However, the Dimensity 920 isn’t on par with the Dimensity 1300, and the selfie game is nowhere near the Reno8‘s.
OnePlus Nord 2T • Realme GT2 • Realme 9 Pro+ • vivo iQOO Neo 6
The iQOO Neo 6 is yet another BBK Electronics-made option for around INR 30,000, and it’s arguably the better choice. It has a more powerful chipset, a faster and brighter 120Hz screen and similar battery endurance and charging speed but lacks the Reno8‘s camera proficiency, at least when it comes to the main shooter.
The Realme catalog has another similarly priced option in the European market. The vanilla Realme GT2 seems to be quite similar in terms of features, but it’s undoubtedly the better of the two since it has stereo speakers, a faster chipset, a bigger battery, a better display and comparable main camera performance. They share the same sensor and software, after all. The Reno8’s only advantage is the stellar selfie performance.
Looking outside the BBK circle, Xiaomi has two rather enticing alternatives. The Xiaomi 12 Lite and the Poco F4. The first one could be particularly interesting to those who come for the compact nature of the Reno8. Like the latter, the Xiaomi 12 Lite boasts a lightweight and compact design, which is better-looking, although this is strongly subjective. However, it’s not as powerful as the Reno8, and it’s not as good at taking photos.
Xiaomi 12 Lite • Xiaomi Poco F4 • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
The Poco F4, on the other hand, succeeds where the 12 Lite fails. It’s a more powerful alternative to Oppo‘s offering, has a better display, a set of stereo speakers and charges just as fast. Don’t expect a camera performance close to the Reno8, though. Then again, the €400 price tag in Europe or the Indian pricing of INR 28,000 may convince you, though.
And last but not least, the European market offers Samsung’s popular Galaxy S21 FE for around €480, which is probably a bit more than the Reno8 in the same region, but there’s a very good reason why. Samsung’s phone is much more versatile in terms of photography (immensely better ultrawide camera and proper 3x telephoto camera), has a vastly better display, good-sounding stereo speakers, ingress protection, and runs on a more powerful chipset. The Reno8 edges out with slightly longer battery life, marginally better selfie performance and faster charging. It’s up to you to decide whether or not the extra cash is worth it, although we believe it is.
Compact design, long battery life, stellar camera performance (including the selfie camera), fast charging, bright OLED display and powerful yet efficient SoC. Sounds great on paper, right?
Sadly, that’s not nearly enough to stand out from the competition, which often comes with even more high-tech displays, stereo speakers, some sort of ingress protection, and even sometimes bigger battery and/or faster chipset.
Oppo‘s pricing of its mid-range devices is not competitive in the mid-range market segment. Not to mention the Reno8 faces some fierce in-house competition from brands such as Realme, OnePlus and even iQOO. If only the Reno8 was cheaper, it would have punched above its class with its impeccable camera performance.
- Fresh new design, compact and lightweight.
- Flagship-grade main camera performance, especially at night.
- Good selfie game.
- Dependable battery life, fast charging.
- Latest ColorOS 12, customizable and snappy.
- Competition often has brighter and faster displays.
- No ingress protection, no stereo speakers.
- Similarly priced competitors run on faster SoCs.
- Expensive at launch.