Analysis of the OPPO Reno8 Pro in depth and opinion

Don’t have time to read the full review? Go directly to the Conclusions section to find out what I liked the most and the least about the OPPO Reno8 Pro.

At the end of August, OPPO announced the new OPPO Reno8 series, consisting of OPPO Reno8 Pro and OPPO Reno8. A few days ago, we brought you the analysis of the OPPO Reno8 and, now, we do the same with its older brother, OPPO Reno8 Pro.

The OPPO Reno8 Pro has a 6.7″ AMOLED screen at 120Hz, MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max processor, 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, main rear cameras (50MP f/1.8) + ultra-wide angle (8MP f /2.2) + macro (2MP f/2.4), wide-angle front camera (32MP f/2.4) and 4,500 mAh battery with 80W fast charging.

The phone is for sale at a price of  €799 in Spain. Courtesy of OPPO, I have had the opportunity to thoroughly test the OPPO Reno8 Pro and, below, I bring you my in-depth analysis.

Analysis Index

  1. Design
  2. Screen
  3. Performance
  4. connectivity
  5. biometric security
  6. Battery
  7. Software
  8. Multimedia
  9. Camera
  10. calls
  11. Precio
  12. conclusions

 

design and construction

The front of the OPPO Reno8 Pro is occupied by a 6.7″ screen , a very common size among high-end smartphones that guarantees a large viewing area.

The screen is surrounded by narrow frames that, to the naked eye, appear to be quite symmetrical. Other phones, like the OPPO Reno8 (not Pro), have a thicker bottom frame that makes the front look ugly, but that’s not the case with this phone.

Thanks to the reduced bezels, the OPPO Reno8 Pro can boast a screen-to-body ratio of 90% according to GSM Arena , which is in the high range when compared to other devices.

OPPO has repeated the formula of the hole for the front camera, which is located in the center of the upper area and is quite small in size.

The position chosen by OPPO in the center is not ideal, since in my opinion the upper left corner is a more suitable place so that it does not interfere with the screen controls when using the phone in landscape.

The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 which, even though it is a somewhat old version (it was introduced in 2016 ), should keep the screen reasonably safe from scratches and bumps.

The back is made of glass in the colors glazed black and glazed green (cyan). OPPO does not specify any type of protection against bumps and scratches for the back, so it cannot be expected that it will have Gorilla Glass. It’s a shame because it could easily break if the phone falls.

The back cover is completely flat, with no curved sides, and the camera module emerges from the surface continuously, without any material change.

The glossy mirror-like finish of the black color variant that I have tested makes fingerprints very marked on its surface, to the point that the phone looks quite dirty after a few minutes of use, as can be seen in this photograph .

The camera module looks huge , to the point that it looks like a parody of a modern smartphone (it’s true that camera modules are getting bigger, but it didn’t take that much…). Especially surprising is the large size of the wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle cameras, the circumference of which looks really big.

The chassis is made of aluminum, so it will hold up well to accidental bumps compared to other phones made of plastic. The sides are completely flat, without any curvature.

If we look at its dimensions, it is a fairly light and very thin smartphone weighing only 183 grams and 7.3 mm thick. Perhaps OPPO could have increased the thickness a bit in exchange for a slightly larger battery, but I guess it’s difficult to find the balance.

Measurements (mm.) Weight (g) Screen Screen to body ratio (*)
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 163 × 78 × 8,9 228 6,8″ 90%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 165 × 76 × 8,9 227 6,8″ 90%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
164 × 75 × 8,4 234 6,8″ 91%
Xiaomi Mi 11
164 × 75 × 8,1 196 6,8″ 91%
Huawei Mate 40 Pro 163 × 76 × 9,1 212 6,8″ 94%
ASUS ROG Phone 5s
173 × 77 × 9,9 238 6,8″ 82%
HONOR 70
161 × 73 × 7,9 178 6,7″ 91%
OPPO Reno8 Pro
161 × 74 × 7,3 183 6,7″ 90%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
164 × 75 × 8,2 204 6,7″ 90%
Xiaomi 12T Pro
163 × 76 × 8,6 205 6,7″ 87%
Pixel 7 Pro
163 × 77 × 8,9 212 6,7″ 89%
iPhone 14 Pro Max
161 × 78 × 7,9 240 6,7″ 88%
iPhone 14 Plus
161 × 78 × 7,8 203 6,7″ 87%
iPhone 13 Pro Max 161 × 78 × 7,7 240 6,7″ 87%
POCO F4 GT
163 × 77 × 8,5 210 6,7″ 86%
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 162 × 76 × 7,8 200 6,7″ 88%
OPPO Find X5 Pro
164 × 74 × 8.5 218 6,7″ 90%
OPPO Find X3 Pro 164 × 74 × 8,3 193 6,7″ 90%
OnePlus 9T
163 × 74 × 8,7 197 6,7″ 90%
LITTLE F4
163 × 76 × 7,7 195 6,7″ 87%
POCO X4 Pro
164 × 76 × 8,1 205 6,7″ 86%
Pixel 6 Pro
164 × 76 × 8.9 210 6,7″ 89%
OnePlus 10 Pro
163 × 74 × 8.6 201 6,7″ 90%
OnePlus 9
160 × 74 × 8,7 192 6,6″ 88%
Xiaomi 12 Lite
159 × 74 × 7,3 173 6,6″ 88%
Huawei P40 Pro+ 159 × 73 × 9,0 226 6,6″ 92%
Huawei P40 Pro 158 × 73 × 9,0 209 6,6″ 92%
I live X60 Pro
159 × 73 × 7,6 179 6,6″ 90%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
155 × 76 × 7,6 195 6,6″ 88%
OPPO Find X5
160 × 73 × 8.7 196 6,6″ 89%
Nothing Phone (1)
159 × 76 × 8,3 194 6,6″ 86%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
165 × 71 × 8.2 185 6,5″ 84%
Sony Xperia 1 III 165 × 71 × 8.2 186 6,5″ 84%
LITTLE M4 Pro
160 × 74 × 8.1 180 6,4″ 85%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
156 × 75 × 7,9 177 6,4″ 85%
Pixel 6 159 × 75 × 8,9 207 6,4″ 83%
Pixel 7
156 × 73 × 8,7 197 6,3 85%
Samsung Galaxy S21 152 × 71 × 7,9 169 6,2″ 87%
Samsung Galaxy S22
146 × 71 × 7,6 167 6,1″ 87%
iPhone 14 Pro
148 × 72 × 7,9 206 6,1″ 87%
iPhone 14
147 × 72 × 7,8 172 6,1″ 86%
iPhone 13 Pro 147 × 72 × 7,7 204 6,1″ 86%
iPhone 13 147 × 72 × 7,7 174 6,1″ 86%
Sony Xperia 5 III
157 × 68 × 8,2 168 6,1″ 85%
Huawei P40 149 × 71 × 8,5 175 6,1″ 86%
Pixel 6a
152 × 72 × 8.9 178 6,1″ 83%
Pixel 5 145 × 70 × 8,0 151 6,0″ 86%
iPhone 13 mini
132 × 64 × 7,7 141 5,4″ 85%

(*) Screen-to-body ratio data obtained from GSMArena

Next, we are going to review the different elements that we find on the sides of the phone.

On the right side we find the power button with a green detail, which has a good tactile sensation.

On the left side we find two volume buttons.

The upper part of the phone is free of any element.

The bottom of the phone has a USB-C connector, the speaker and the SIM card tray.

OPPO has not endowed the Reno8 Pro with official resistance to water or dust , so you must be careful not to drop it in the bathtub or swimming pool, since it might not survive the dip.

In any case, looking at the SIM card tray, which has a rubber, it seems that OPPO has taken an interest in protecting the phone from water to some extent.

 

Screen

The OPPO Reno8 Pro has a 6.7″ AMOLED screen with an elongated 20:9 ratio. The screen resolution is Full HD+ (2,412 × 1,080 pixels), which implies a high pixel density of 394 dpi that makes text and images look very sharp.

OPPO has incorporated a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, which should translate into a smooth viewing experience. The refresh rate is adaptive, but can only vary between 60, 90 and 120 Hz in high screen refresh rate mode.

Some smartphones with LTPO panels can adapt the refresh rate dynamically to the displayed content — for example, going down to 24/30 FPS if you watch a movie and even going as low as 10 Hz (or less) when playing static content to avoid consuming so much energy.

In my tests, I have not been able to find out what is the criteria that determines the refresh rate, since the system decides what refresh rate to apply to an app and it remains fixed while you use the app, regardless of the activity of the app.

The system interface refreshes at 120 Hz, but in many apps the refresh rate is set to 90 Hz (such as Twitter, Chrome, Gmail or Facebook) or 60 Hz (such as Kindle, YouTube, Netflix, Google Photos or TikTok). Interestingly, the Files app uses 120 Hz (why so much refreshment?). As for the games I’ve tested, for the most part, the rate has been fixed at 60Hz, but there are a few exceptions, such as Dead Trigger 2, which runs at 120Hz.

On the other hand, the screen offers a touch sampling rate of 125 Hz by default, and can go up to 360 Hz in game mode so that the actions better follow the pulsations of your fingers.

According to the company, the OPPO Reno8 Pro screen covers 100% of the DCI-P3 color space. If you’re not familiar with color spaces, the sRGB (Rec. 709) space is the Android standard, while the DCI-P3 space offers a wider color gamut and is used in the film industry.

Color spaces. Source: AVS Forum

There is an even broader color space called Rec. 2020 , which covers 76 percent of the spectrum visible to the human eye.

No current panel is capable of displaying this latter full color space, instead they typically stick to around 60 percent.

The OPPO Reno8 Pro screen is compatible with HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG content, so you can enjoy content recorded in this format. It is not compatible with Dolby Vision, the other format that competes with HDR10 +.

The OPPO Reno8 Pro offers two screen calibration modes : Natural and Vivid .

Natural mode targets the sRGB color space and therefore offers the highest color fidelity when using apps, which are typically designed to target this color space. Vivid mode takes advantage of the full color gamut of the AMOLED panel and therefore displays more saturated colors when using conventional apps.

To analyze the quality of the screen, I have carried out various tests with the professional software CalMAN Ultimate and an X-Rite i1Display Pro colorimeter .

By default, Vivid mode is active , which targets the DCI P3 color gamut. Notably, this mode covers 100% of the Android standard sRGB color space and 98% of the wider DCI P3 color space by my measurements.

In this mode, colors are stretched to fill the full color space of the AMOLED panel. As a result, colors look oversaturated in almost all apps (except Gallery), since Android apps normally use the sRGB space. This excess of color produces images that are more striking but less faithful to reality.

In Vivid mode, the error in color fidelity against the DCI P3 gamut is good as we get an average value of 2.8 dE (a value below 4 dE is considered excellent and above 9 is considered unacceptable), and the maximum value turns out to be 8.7 dE.

The color temperature is 7,330K, above the reference level of 6,500K, which implies a rather marked bluish tone, which is noticeable in applications with a white background, such as the browser. Luckily, OPPO offers three possible manual adjustments of the color temperature (colder, default and warmer) that allow a value closer to the ideal value of 6,500ºK.

Display characteristics in Vivid mode

Natural mode targets the sRGB color space and is therefore best suited if you are looking for the highest fidelity in most applications and when viewing Internet content.

The color fidelity error against the sRGB gamut is also improvable as the average error turns out to be 3.6 dE, and the maximum error is 10.3 dE. Other high-end smartphones get superior color accuracy in the mode that targets the sRGB space.

The color temperature is 7,407ºK which is still well above the reference level of 6,500ºK, so the color white has a clearly visible bluish tint.

 

Display characteristics in Natural color mode

According to my own measurements, the maximum brightness of OPPO Reno8 Pro is around 475 nits with 100% of the screen illuminated in white color (what is known as 100% APL, Average Picture Level ), which is how the brightness is measured. shine normally.

In automatic mode, when we are under intense light such as sunlight, the brightness increases to a maximum value of 775 nits with the screen fully illuminated, that is, with 100% APL. This value is close to the 800 nits indicated by OPPO in the specification sheet for high brightness mode (HBM).

Due to the operation of OLED panels, if we reduce the illuminated area, the maximum brightness that is measured is higher. If we reduce the illuminated area to 18%, a maximum brightness of 874 nits is achieved . OPPO claims that the screen can achieve a maximum brightness of 950 nits, but this probably means reducing the illuminated area too small for a conventional colorimeter to measure.

In this comparative graph we reflect the maximum brightness value with the screen at 100% in white (APL 100%). As you can see, the maximum brightness value is quite good, although it falls below some high-end smartphones.

Being an OLED panel, the black color is very deep , so the colorimeter used has been unable to measure any level of brightness. This means that the color black is really dark and the contrast is theoretically infinite.

OPPO has incorporated a visual comfort mode that filters blue light to alleviate visual consumption, making it possible to configure the color temperature. It can be activated manually or, if we prefer, program the start and end time.

We also found a feature called video color enhancer , which extends the color gamut of videos for a better viewing experience at the cost of increased battery consumption. Another option present is adaptive sleep , which prevents the phone from going to sleep if it detects that you are looking at the phone.

OLED screens have a peculiar behavior when viewed from an angle. On the one hand, the light emitters are closer to the surface, and this causes the contrast and brightness to vary less when moving relative to the center, but, on the other hand, the Pentile matrix causes the colors to be distorted.

In the case of the OPPO Reno8 Pro, the colors are not distorted when viewing the screen from an angle, except at extreme angles, where a bluish cast is appreciated.

OPPO has added an Always-On Display (AoD)-like functionality, which shows the time/date, battery level, and colorful app icons with pending notifications to read.

It is possible to select whether the always-on screen should be permanently active, only at certain times, or deactivated if the phone has been inactive for a while. In any case, the always-on display will be disabled if the phone’s battery level is less than 10% and it is not charging.

One small drawback to this screen is that it shows the app icons instead of the notification icon, causing things like the Google app icon to appear when the notification is actually a weather update.

You can choose the style of the clock, including custom patterns, a text of your choice, a combination of text and image, the silhouette of a portrait or a Bitmoji. OPPO has added a series called Home that shows how our planet is affected by global warming.

New to ColorOS 13, the Always On Screen offers live updates on the status of car rental services with a driver and food delivery (although I have not found any compatible app), and allows you to control music playback from Spotify.

Always On Screen with Bitmoji

 

Performance

The OPPO Reno8 Pro has the MediaTek Dimensity 8100-MAX processor, a variant of MediaTek’s Dimensity 8100 processor. This chip has already appeared in the OnePlus 10R and seeks to compete against the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 / 888+.

The CPU and GPU clocks of the Dimensity 8100-MAX have not changed from the standard version. This means that it still has four 2.85 GHz Cortex-A78 cores and four 2 GHz Cortex-A55 cores. There is also an Arm Mali-G610 MC6 GPU.

So how is it different from the Dimensity 8100? In 2021, MediaTek announced the Dimensity 5G open source architecture, which allows phone manufacturers to customize certain aspects of their Dimensity 5G chipsets.

Customizable features include camera rendering engines, multimedia (display processors and audio hardware), hybrid multiprocessing (CPU, GPU, visual processors), artificial intelligence processing, and connectivity (Bluetooth features and profiles).

The OPPO Reno8 Pro comes with 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM , which is enough to keep a good number of apps in memory, although some high-end smartphones come with higher amounts.

OPPO has added a virtual RAM functionality that allows you to use part of the internal storage to add an additional 2, 3 or 5 GB of RAM. In any case, with 8 GB of RAM, it is probably not something as necessary as in other smartphones with a fairer capacity. Also, the storage is considerably slower than conventional RAM, so this isn’t a panacea either.

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The OPPO Reno8 Pro arrives with 256 GB of storage , which should be enough for most users — which is lucky because it doesn’t support a microSD card to expand capacity. This storage is very fast since it is UFS 3.1 type.

The USB-C port is a USB 2.0 type, so it’s not particularly fast. It supports OTG, so you can plug in a USB-C dongle and access it like external storage. Now, you will have to manually activate the “OTG connection” in Settings > Additional system settings every time you want to transfer files via USB OTG. For some reason that I don’t quite understand, this setting is disabled automatically every 10 minutes.

The phone doesn’t support DisplayPort over USB-C for viewing on a TV or monitor, and it also doesn’t offer a desktop mode like we find on Samsung or Huawei phones.

Next, we are going to see the results of the phone in various benchmarks , which will give us an idea of ​​the power of this terminal compared to other phones.

In the AnTuTu v9 benchmark , it has achieved a result of 713,844 points , a score that is in the medium range.

In the Geekbench 5 benchmark focused on processor performance, it has achieved 906/3,622 points in single/multi-core tests, which are good results.

In the PCMark 3.0 general performance test, which measures performance when performing everyday tasks, it has obtained a score of 10,533 points , a value that does not stand out particularly.

On the storage side, the phone scores quite well in AndroBench ‘s read and write speed tests, as it features UFS 3.1 storage.

Next, we are going to see the results in various graphic tests to check the expected performance in games.

In the GFXBench test with traditional APIs, the phone has achieved results in the midrange.

In GFXBench tests based on modern low-level, high-efficiency APIs (Metal/OpenGL and Vulkan), it achieves results that are also midrange.

In the 3DMark Wild Life Unlimited test , the phone has achieved an average result.

To check the graphics performance on a day-to-day basis, I’ve tried several demanding 3D games — Real Racing 3, Asphalt 9 and Call of Duty Mobile . Using the GameBench software , I have been able to measure various performance parameters in these games in real world play.


Do you know GameBench Pro? GameBench Pro is the industry’s leading tool for measuring gaming performance on Android and iOS smartphones. If you want to know more, you can visit their website .


All three games offer a stable rate, which is around 50-60 FPS. I would have liked to see any game go above 60 FPS, as other phones with high refresh rate screens achieve 90 FPS or even higher in titles like Real Racing 3 .

Match FPS (mediana) FPS stability FPS Min.-Max.
%CPU
Asphalt 9 50 100% 42-51 11%
Real Racing 3
59 100% 53-61 6%
Call of Duty 60 100% 53-61 11%

(*) Game quality settings:

Asphalt 9: Graphics quality set to “default”
Real Racing 3: Graphics quality by default
Call of Duty Mobile: Graphics quality “high” and frames per second at “high” speed

In addition to point performance, it is important to know if the phone is capable of sustaining this performance over time or if it is reduced by the increase in processor temperature.

OPPO claims that it has included a combination of next-generation superconducting graphite, a midframe, and a large vapor chamber to keep the device cool when the load increases.

In the CPU Throttling test that measures the drop in CPU performance after 15 minutes of sustained load, the phone has performed quite well, with performance only dropping by 10% in that period, up to 90%. This means that performance when running very demanding apps will not suffer much after long periods of use.

On the other hand, the 3DMark Wild Life Stress Test measures the variation in graphics performance after 20 minutes of running the test. In this test, the performance has dropped to 73%, which is not a particularly good value.

Overall, the OPPO Reno8 Pro has achieved strong benchmark results, on par with last year’s Snapdragon 888 / 888+ flagships, but below this year’s flagships.

On a day-to-day basis, I haven’t experienced any signs of lag when moving around the interface, opening apps, or switching between tasks. Also the gaming experience has been good.

The problem is that the OPPO Reno8 Pro competes with some more powerful alternatives in the same price range, such as the OnePlus 10T 5G ( €747 ) that incorporates a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 chip. Therefore, if you are mainly looking for power to play, there are other options that may be interesting.

When it comes to playing games, OPPO includes a feature called Game Space that aggregates all games on one screen. From there, we can choose to run the game without distractions, which disables alarms, notifications, incoming calls, quick settings, navigation gestures, and game tools.

Games Space

Desde el propio juego, es posible mostrar un panel al arrastrar una pestaña que, además de mostrar la tasa de FPS, la temperatura del dispositivo y nivel de batería restante, permite activar diversas funcionalidades:

  • Abrir cualquier app instalada en el teléfono en una ventana.
  • Escoger entre tres modos de rendimiento:
    • Modo jugador pro, que mejora el rendimiento, la velocidad de fotogramas y la respuesta táctil, pero aumenta el consumo de batería y el calentamiento del teléfono.
    • Modo equilibrado, que mantiene un equilibrio entre rendimiento y consumo de batería. La temperatura del teléfono permanece estable.
    • Modo de baja energía, que reduce la calidad visual de los juegos para disminuir el consumo de batería.
  • Activate distraction-free gaming mode, which blocks game tools, quick settings, calls, notifications, gesture navigation, and alarms.
  • block notifications
  • Start screen recording
  • Optimize touch feedback by choosing touch and swipe sensitivity and turning on accidental touch prevention.
  • lock orientation
  • Turn on Fast Boot, which launches the games you play the most more quickly.
  • Apply image filters for certain games (currently only PUBG Mobile)
  • change voice
  • Automatically adjust resolution based on phone temperature and battery level
  • Show system status, which shows FPS, CPU load and GPU load permanently on the screen.

OPPO allows you to record the screen during games including the sound of the system and/or the microphone. However, you cannot pause recordings and resume them later.

It is possible to configure that, when Game mode is activated, calls are answered automatically with the loudspeaker. It is also possible to configure the style of the notifications so that they are less intrusive.

 

connectivity

The OPPO Reno8 Pro supports NFC, Bluetooth 5.3 and WiFi 6 (802.11ax), although it does not support WiFi 6E, the new protocol for WiFi networks that makes use of the 6 GHz band for better performance.

As for cellular connectivity, it is compatible with 5G SA/NSA networks in the existing Sub-6 bands today, but not the mmWave band. Although today the mmWave band is barely used in a few countries, this will change in the coming years.


ℹ️Info: Difference between 5G connectivity type Sub-6 vs. mmWave

The spectrum used for 5G is divided into two bands: below 6 GHz (Sub-6) and above 24 GHz (mmWave).

The main difference between the two is speed and coverage. The Sub-6 band provides better coverage but top speeds are only 20 percent faster than 4G LTE, so it’s not nearly as impressive.

The mmWave band offers a very high download speed (up to 10 Gbps) but the coverage is much worse, around 200 meters, so it can happen that your phone spends more time connected to 4G than to 5G, especially when you are inside a building.

This type of technology is designed for open spaces or areas with a high density of users where many antennas are installed. The lower coverage of mmWave is the reason why operators want to fill cities with 5G antennas, so that there is always one with which you have direct vision.

In Spain, the only band that is available for 5G is sub-6GHz, so having a smartphone with 5G mmWave connectivity is useless today — at least until the corresponding frequency band is put out to tender.

In the United States, however, some operators have deployed these networks, and this is the reason why some smartphones offer access to 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) networks.


I’ve done some connection speed tests on both mobile network and WiFi connection, and the results are good.

The OPPO Reno8 Pro has reached 300 Mbps download and 300 Mbps upload on Wi-Fi with a fiber optic connection at this speed. In the 5G cellular connectivity test, 80 Mbps download and 18 Mbps upload were reached with a Movistar 5G connection, which, as is well known, is not the fastest.

OPPO offers a space for a second SIM card, so you can make use of the Dual SIM functionality. It does not support eSIM.

The OPPO Reno8 Pro supports dual GPS (L1 + L5) , which offers greater precision when positioning. If you want to know more about dual GPS, we recommend our article on this technology.

 

Biometrics

OPPO has incorporated a fingerprint reader under the screen, which allows you to unlock the phone by placing your finger on a specific area at the bottom of the screen.

While some flagships have an ultrasonic sensor that creates a 3D image of the finger using sound waves, the OPPO Reno8 Pro includes an optical sensor that generates 2D images , so it’s not as fast, reliable or secure. For example, if your fingers are wet, the scanner may have trouble identifying your print.

To unlock the phone, simply place your finger on the fingerprint reader area whenever the reading area mark appears on the screen. This happens if we pick up the phone (the lock screen lights up) or if it notices a slight movement (only the fingerprint area lights up).

Fingerprint recognition works fast and the recognition area is wide, so you don’t need to place your finger exactly on the fingerprint icon for recognition to work.

The position of the fingerprint reader is too low for my liking, since it is not the natural position in which the finger rests when holding the phone.

The fingerprint reader is integrated into the screen itself

The OPPO Reno8 Pro also has a 2D facial recognition system that allows you to unlock the phone with only your face by sliding the screen up while on the lock screen.

Recognition occurs quickly, although, being 2D, we must bear in mind that it is not as secure as 3D systems and, therefore, it could be fooled with a photograph or video. In addition, it is not able to recognize the face if you are in complete darkness unless you activate an option that illuminates the screen to, in turn, illuminate the face.

Although facial recognition is not completely secure, OPPO has added a control that allows you to force your eyes to be open so that the phone unlocks. It is possible to use the face to unlock the screen, access protected applications and/or access the safe.

It is possible to select whether you want to go directly to the desktop when facial recognition occurs or if you prefer to stay on the lock screen and swipe up when you really need to access the phone.

 

Battery

The OPPO Reno8 Pro battery is made up of two cells of about 2,250 mAh that, combined, offer a capacity of 4,500 mAh , an amount that seems somewhat low considering that its younger brother, OPPO Reno8, has the same capacity with a smaller screen (6.4″).

OPPO claims that the battery offers its maximum performance up to 1,600 charge cycles, offering twice as many charge cycles as most phones.

To check the autonomy, I have carried out the battery test of the well-known PCMark test: Work 3.0.

PCMark Work pone a prueba la autonomía del terminal al realizar una mezcla de tareas cotidianas y exigentes ya que la prueba simula la navegación por páginas web, la escritura de textos e inserción de imágenes, la aplicación de filtros a fotografías, la edición de vídeos y la manipulación de datos.


ℹ️ Info: Sobre las pruebas de autonomía

Dada la importancia que tiene la pantalla en el consumo de la batería, es importante calibrar con un colorímetro (o un instrumento similar) las pantallas al mismo nivel absoluto de brillo (no sirve ponerlo al 50%) si quieres realizar comparaciones de autonomía entre dispositivos.

Otherwise, the results may be greatly affected by the brightness level of each smartphone’s screen and are therefore not comparable. We discuss this here because not all analyzes take this into account and in this test we sometimes see absurd values.

In the case of PCMark: Work, the test itself indicates that the test must be carried out with the screen calibrated at 200 nits so that the results are comparable. This is how we perform all smartphone tests.


Given the impact that the refresh rate has on the autonomy of smartphones, I have carried out this test twice: once with the screen at 60 Hz and once with the frequency up to 120 Hz.

In the test with the screen set to 60 Hz I have obtained a result of 12 hours and 5 minutes, which is quite a good value if we compare it with other high-end smartphones.

If we adjust the refresh rate to an adaptive frequency up to 120 Hz , the autonomy is reduced to 10 hours and 34 minutes , which represents a drop of just over 10 percent.

On a day-to-day basis, the phone’s autonomy is good and you shouldn’t have a problem getting to the end of the day with normal use. Only if you use it very intensively will you have to charge the battery before the end of the day.

In the Battery section, it offers a battery saving mode that reduces screen brightness, changes the automatic screen off time to 15 seconds, disables background synchronization, and reduces the screen refresh rate.

It is possible to indicate that the energy saving mode is deactivated when the battery exceeds 90% charge or when a specific battery level is reached.

There is also a super battery saver mode that reduces system performance, simplifies the user interface, and only allows a limited number of apps to run simultaneously.

OPPO includes a sleep optimization that activates power saving mode when you sleep, although this can cause delays in application notifications.

OPPO has incorporated an optimized nighttime charging option that reduces battery aging by controlling the charging process at night so that it reaches 80% and charges the remaining 20% ​​just before you usually wake up. To do this, the phone learns your habits over time and, if one day you want it to charge quickly, you can easily deactivate this mode from a notification that appears during charging.

Just as there are options to reduce power consumption, there is also a high performance mode that puts the system to work at full power, although power consumption increases and therefore autonomy suffers.

By the way, one thing you’re going to want to do is turn on the battery percentage in the status bar, otherwise it’s hard to tell how much battery you have left (it doesn’t even show up in the notification panel).

The OPPO Reno8 Pro has 80W SuperVOOC fast charging , one of the fastest we can find on the market. OPPO includes a fast charger in the box with this power, which is a major plus point. It also supports 18W PD fast charging and 18W QuickCharge.

OPPO continues to maintain Type-A ports on its chargers. A thick USB Type-A to Type-C cable is included in the box, which you should keep as it’s rated to handle the 7.3A required for fast charging to work.

As you can see in the following graph, the charging process is very fast. In just 13 minutes, it manages to reach a 50% charge, and the entire charging process takes just 36 minutes.

OPPO Reno8 Pro charging process

 

Interface and functionalities

Oppo’s flagships (Find X series) receive three OS updates and four years of patches. Mid-range models (F, K, Reno, and Find Lite/Neo series) receive two updates and four years of patches. Budget models (some A-series) get an update and three years of patches. Some very low budget models do not receive any updates.

During the time that I have been testing the OPPO Reno8 Pro, it has received the update from ColorOS 12 (based on Android 12) to ColorOS 13 (based on Android 13). This means that you have already consumed one of the two promised updates.

It is good news that OPPO has updated the device only a few months after the official release of the new version of Android.

ColorOS 13 brings several changes to the user interface.

It features a new Aquamorphic design that the company says is “inspired by the sea . ” This design features a card-style interface, as well as updated fonts and typography that improve readability.

The new dynamic computing engine developed by OPPO is also part of this latest update, providing a smoother and more stable experience. Improves the user experience and extends battery life by achieving a better balance between performance and power consumption.

This engine also allows you to keep more apps alive in the background when switching between multiple apps, without experiencing lag or losing state within an app.

The home screen features new widgets that can display useful information in a dynamic layout, as well as a Large Folder option to create a folder with apps that can be launched from the desktop.

OPPO has added a dynamic wallpaper called Bloom, which combines Digital Wellbeing data and wallpapers in a clever way to help you keep screen time under control.

This dynamic background shows the growth of a plant on the wallpaper to indicate the time you spend glued to the screen of your phone.

ColorOS 13 comes with a feature called Shelf , which provides useful information in the form of widgets at a quick glance, and incorporates a search function at the top. At the moment, it is a rather limited functionality, since we can only choose a few widgets: step counter, time, clock, photos and Spotify.

OPPO offers gestures on the screen when it is turned off. We can press twice to turn on the screen, draw an “O” to start the camera, draw a “V” to turn on the flashlight, draw “||”, “<” or “>” to change the audio track and even it is possible to create custom actions (unlock, call or launch an app) by performing certain additional gestures.

Continuing with the gestures, it is also possible to automatically answer a call by bringing the phone to your ear, switch from speakerphone to earpiece by bringing the phone to your ear, or mute incoming calls by turning the phone around. Finally, we can turn on the screen just by picking up the phone and take screenshots by sliding 3 fingers or holding the screen with 3 fingers.

OPPO also offers three types of gestures in the air without the need to touch the phone:

  • Answer or mute calls: When you receive a call, you can accept or reject the call with a wave of your hand.
  • Scroll up/down: Scroll through a scroll without touching the screen using hand motions.
  • Play or pause videos: Pause or resume playing a video remotely with hand gestures.

OPPO incorporates a function called Quick Launch that allows you to activate functions or launch applications when the phone is locked by simply holding your finger on the fingerprint reading area.

Just keep your finger on the fingerprint sensor until the icons appear and, without lifting your finger, slide your finger to an icon and release it to launch the corresponding function or application. Immediately after unlocking the screen with fingerprint and before the icons appear, you can also quickly swipe to the area where the target icon usually appears and release it to launch the function or application.

On the right of the screen there is a tab called smart sidebar that, if we drag it to the center, displays a panel with various shortcuts to tools (screen capture, screen recording, screen translation and some apps).

We can customize these accesses to place the apps that we use most frequently, which can be useful for apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter or others that you use regularly.

The notification area shows five shortcuts at the top, which expand to a few more if we drag the screen down.

Below these charms we find the screen brightness control and then the latest notifications.

It is possible to show only important notifications , either because we mark them manually or because the system determines it automatically.

Speaking of notifications, if you decide to respond to a notification when you’re using the smartphone in landscape, the default keyboard (and also Gboard) opens in a floating mode that doesn’t take up the entire screen. And if you get a notification when you’re viewing full-screen content, like a video, the notification is displayed in a small, nearly transparent bar.

OPPO has included Smart Notification Hide , which hides banner notifications when the front camera detects that someone else besides you is looking at your phone.

OPPO has included Smart Notification Hide , which hides banner notifications when the front camera detects that someone else besides you is looking at your phone.

When accessing Tasks through the virtual button or the gesture we can see the recently opened apps in the form of cards arranged horizontally. OPPO offers a functionality to hide sensitive information in certain apps when switching between tasks, and more than 800 apps are currently supported.

If we drag one of the thumbnails up, we close the app, while if we click on the three dots located above the app we can lock an app, activate a floating window or split screen, hide content or access the app settings.

While Lock allows you to keep an app in memory when you click the Delete button in the Task view, it doesn’t really prevent the app from being shut down by the system if it needs to free up memory.

ColorOS comes with Free Floating Window , which lets you use apps in floating windows that can be resized and moved anywhere on the screen with actions like tapping and dragging.

The OPPO Reno8 Pro is a rather large smartphone, so using it with one hand can be challenging.

Luckily, the one-handed mode makes it easier. Once activated, the screen shrinks to the bottom left or right corner, drastically reducing the distance you have to stretch your thumb to touch the screen.

Unlike other implementations of one-handed mode, you won’t accidentally exit this mode by tapping outside of the reduced area. The only drawback is that the way to activate this mode is through one of the shortcuts in the notification bar, which is not very useful because it is a difficult area to access with one hand.

The Share panel integrates OPPO Share, a file sharing solution that supports fast sending and receiving of files to and from OPPO, Realme, Xiaomi, Vivo, OnePlus, Meizu and Black Shark devices. This functionality is less useful since Google rolled out Nearby Sharing to all Android smartphones.

OPPO has made the panel scroll horizontally instead of vertically, which can make sharing content slower if you have a lot of apps installed.

We can also set rules to block calls and messages, as well as block certain numbers from contacting us.

It is possible to individually manage the permissions of each application for different purposes :

  • Power consumption: It is possible to choose for each app if we want to allow or prohibit it from running in the background, as well as leaving the decision up to the phone.
  • Notifications: It is possible to choose for each app if we allow notifications, and, if so, if we want them to be displayed on the lock screen and/or in the status bar, if we want balloons with notifications to be displayed on the icon of the app, if we want to hide the content of the notifications if it is blocked, if we want to set them as non-important notifications, if we want to allow notifications in the Do Not Disturb state, etc.
  • Network access: It is possible to choose for each app if we want it to use WiFi and/or mobile data, as well as if we allow it to use data in the background.

In this way, we can have full control over the applications , and adjust their use to our needs. For example, we can decide that Twitter cannot run in the background to save battery life, or that a game cannot use the mobile data connection in any case.

If you’re used to taking a lot of screenshots , you’ll be happy to know that OPPO comes with quite a few screenshot tools. For example, you can choose to delete the original screenshot after editing and saving it, take scrolling screenshots, use gestures to take screenshots, take a partial screenshot, and crop an area of ​​the screenshot.

Clicking on the mini screenshot preview that appears takes you to an editing interface with various options. The Notes option allows you to quickly draw on the image without opening the full screenshot editor. The Edit option takes you to the Photos app where you can edit the screenshot by cropping, rotating, blurring, and more.

With ColorOS 13, we found two new options: Pixelate can automatically detect sensitive information and gives you the option to blur it before sharing, and Crop to Shape lets you trace the area you want to capture with your finger.

When taking a screenshot, there is also a Translate option that uses Google Translate to translate the text that appears in the image and replace the text in another language with text in Spanish.

OPPO offers another interesting functionality called App Cloner that allows you to log in with two different accounts in the same app at the same time. This is useful for apps that don’t allow you to set up multiple accounts. Unfortunately, this functionality does not allow you to select any app, but only some such as Messenger, Skype, Telegram or WhatsApp.

Another functionality related to privacy is Safe Box , which allows you to keep photographs, videos, music and any other content away from outside eyes. OPPO allows you to protect access to this content using a PIN or fingerprint, and it is possible to quickly open the safe with a long press on the taskbar in the Photos and My Files app .

The Vault function now encrypts the information used in the AES standard for a high level of security.

If we only want to restrict access to one or several apps, we can use the Application Lock , which allows us to protect access to an application by PIN, fingerprint or facial recognition. It is even possible to hide the app icon on the home screen and app drawer. In order for it to appear, it is necessary to enter a numerical code with the pound sign at the beginning and end on the dialer’s numeric keypad (for example, #123456#).

One of the tone options when setting an alarm in the Clock app is “Adapted to the weather.”

This option changes the alarm tone based on the weather conditions when the alarm goes off. It’s a good way to vary the alarm sound so you don’t get too used to it, while preparing you for each day’s weather conditions.

OPPO offers a feature called Phone Clone that allows you to quickly transfer all data saved on the old phone (including photos, contacts, and apps) to the new phone.

If you have kids around, you’ll appreciate a feature called Kids Space that lets you restrict access to a few apps, limit usage time, and control the type of setting changes kids can make on your phone.

In recent years, manufacturers have focused on the digital well-being of their users. In the case of OPPO, there is the OPPO Relax app . This is an app that provides music to help you de-stress, ambient sounds, and breathing exercises that can help alleviate anxiety a bit.

OPPO incorporates the Do Not Disturb functionality , which puts the phone in silent mode (without vibrations) at certain times/days. It is also possible to allow notifications (from any app, it is not possible to filter), messages or calls from certain contacts, mute multimedia content, as well as not mute a second call from the same number within a 3-minute interval. What is not possible is that this mode is automatically activated based on calendar events.

OPPO has added a functionality called System Cloner that allows you to use two different passwords (or fingerprints) to access two different systems, so you can save private data on one of them that will not be accessible from the other.

Of course, ColorOS 13 incorporates the privacy features of Android 13. There are also additional features like location-free image sharing and other metadata , so sending images doesn’t reveal your location, the time/date it was taken, and other information. sensitive.

When entering sensitive information such as passwords, the system automatically switches to the OPPO Secure Keyboard , which does not record inputs or connect to the network. When using privacy features such as the secure keyboard, the system prevents screen capture or recording.

In the absent section, ColorOS does not provide a desktop-like interface in the style of Samsung’s DeX or Huawei’s EMUI Desktop. What it does include is MultiScreen Connect, which allows you to create up to 3 clones of the phone on the desktop of your Windows computer and work with multiple apps at the same time.

 

Multimedia

The OPPO Reno8 Pro has stereo speakers, one located on the bottom edge, next to the USB Type-C charging connector, and another on the earpiece.

The speakers emit sound with acceptable quality, although stronger bass and richer tones are missing.

OPPO has not included a 3.5mm headphone jack, so if you are used to listening to music with headphones you will have to resort to a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter (the phone incorporates DAC, so a simple adapter is enough) , headphones with a USB-C connector or with a Bluetooth connection.

The OPPO Reno8 Pro incorporates Real Sound, which allows you to select four sound profiles depending on the context:

  • Intelligent ( recognizes the situation and automatically applies optimal sound effects)
  • Movie (provides surround sound with clearer voices)
  • Game (realistic sound for an unbeatable experience)
  • Music (more realistic vocal and instrumental sounds).

OPPO uses its own Music app as the default music player. This app organizes music into four tabs: songs, artists, albums, and playlists .

It’s a fairly simple player, with no ability to download covers or lyrics. It is also not possible to play music stored on an external device (such as a NAS drive) or a cloud service. What it does offer is a sleep timer.

In any case, today, most users listen to music using streaming apps like Spotify, Amazon Music or Apple Music.

When viewing photos, the OPPO Reno8 Pro uses its own Photos app that shows all the images stored on the phone and allows editing.

This app is capable of creating memories (videos) from photos taken in the same place/date and can identify people in the photos that you can name to later search by person.

It is also capable of creating albums organized by places or themes by using AI to identify elements in the photograph. In my album he has identified objects such as buildings, flowers, grass, transport, night, sky, skirts and dresses, cars and vehicles.

Both actions occur in the background when the phone is connected to power with the screen off.

One feature that I like is that there is a Recently Deleted folder where all the photos you delete will end up, in case you ever have to recover them. The photos remain there for 30 days before being completely deleted.

Video playback is good and the phone is able to play compatible files smoothly thanks to its processor.

I’ve tried playing some 1080p and 4K video, both encoded with both H.264 and the more modern and efficient HEVC (H.265), and all four played smoothly.

You can also enjoy streaming services like YouTube or Netflix on the smartphone screen. Of course, the OPPO Reno8 Pro has the necessary library to obtain the Widevine L1 certification and I have verified that it is capable of playing YouTube and Netflix content in HDR .

 

Camera

The OPPO Reno8 Pro has a triple rear camera:

  • 50MP (Sony IMX766, 1/1.56″, 1.0μm) wide-angle (23mm) main camera with 7P lens with f/1.8 aperture, AF but no optical stabilization.
  • 8MP (Sony IMX355, 1/4″, 1.12μm) ultra-wide angle camera (112º, 16mm) with 5P lens with f/2.2 aperture and fixed focus.
  • 2 MP macro camera (GalaxyCore GC02M1, 1/5″, 1.75μm) with 3P lens with f/2.4 aperture

It is the same set that we already saw in the OPPO Reno8, which we had the opportunity to analyze a few weeks ago.

OPPO has not skimped on the main camera, which has a fairly large sensor, although it has dispensed with optical stabilization. However, the ultra-wide-angle and macro cameras don’t particularly stand out for their resolution or size. Compared to other flagships, a telephoto camera is missing.

Main camera (wide angle)

Starting with the main camera, OPPO has incorporated the 1/1.56″ size Sony IMX766 sensor, which debuted with the Reno5 Pro+ in early 2021.

By default, photos are taken at 12.5MP using pixel binning technology that combines 4 pixels into 1 to reduce noise and improve low-light performance. However, it is possible to activate a super high resolution mode in which the captures are made at 50MP.

Below we can see an example of a crop of a couple of photos taken at 50MP and 12.5MP. The resulting image is only slightly sharper, although in my opinion it is not worth taking screenshots with this resolution unless you are very interested in performing a subsequent crop since the file size goes from 4.4 to 10.6 MB in this example.

Comparison of cropping photos taken at 50MP and 12.5MP

The camera offers a mode called AI Scene Enhancement that enhances certain image parameters based on the detected scene. In practice, what I have noticed is a greater saturation and contrast in the photographs, although it is quite subtle.

Comparison of photos without / with scene detection

To check the quality of the camera, I have tested the main camera in good lighting conditions . In the following images we can see that the OPPO Reno8 Pro camera offers a good level of detail, vivid colors and a wide dynamic range with HDR mode in auto.

Pictures taken with the main camera in bright light

Next, I wanted to put the OPPO Reno8 Pro to the test in low light conditions , which is where smartphone cameras tend to have the most difficulties.

If the camera decides it’s dark enough, it will automatically activate Night mode, which takes a few seconds to take all the necessary frames and process them to improve performance.

In the following photographs we can see that the images captured in low light have a fairly good quality considering that the phone does not have optical stabilization. The noise is contained, the dynamic range is wide, the dark areas maintain a lot of detail and the color reproduction is faithful to reality.

Photos taken with the main camera in low light

One of the features offered by the OPPO Reno8 Pro camera is long-exposure shooting with Night mode , which allows you to take brighter handheld night photos.

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Your phone automatically selects Night mode when necessary, so you don’t have to worry about doing anything. This mode takes a little longer to capture the photo, depending on the surrounding lighting.

If you choose Night mode in the Camera app’s viewfinder, you have access to a tripod mode that assumes the phone is resting firmly and extends the capture time up to 8-10 seconds to take an even brighter image.

If you are an expert user, you will be happy to know that OPPO includes a Pro mode that allows you to manually adjust parameters such as ISO sensitivity, focus point, white balance, shutter speed and more.

Pro mode of the Camera app

ultra wide angle camera

The ultra-wide-angle camera has an 8MP sensor, so you can’t expect sharpness as high as other cameras.

An ultra-wide-angle camera provides great versatility when it comes to capturing landscape or architectural photos. Personally, I find this type of lens very useful since it allows you to take much more spectacular and creative photographs than a normal camera.

In general, it offers excellent results in bright lighting conditions, although the quality degrades when the light is low. Luckily, Night mode is also available with this camera, and it makes for reasonably good results.

Below are some photos taken with the ultra-wide camera during the day.

Shooting with the ultra-wide-angle camera in bright light

Below, we can see some shots taken with this camera in low light conditions or at night, where the result is much worse.

Low-light ultra-wide-angle camera photography

macro camera

The macro camera has a sensor with a low resolution of 2MP, so, in my opinion, it is a perfectly expendable camera.

As I feared, the image quality can be improved: it has little contrast, lacks detail and the colors are not very vivid. It’s hard to recommend using this camera unless you want to spend time tweaking them to look better.

Macro camera photography

Portrait mode

The OPPO Reno8 Pro is capable of taking pictures in Portrait mode, that is, blurring the background of the image by software.

The ideal lens for taking a portrait is one with a focal length of about 50mm, which is equivalent to 2x zoom, so on other phones, portraits are usually taken with the telephoto camera. The OPPO Reno8 Pro does not have a telephoto camera, so portraits are taken with the wide-angle lens, which tends to distort the face when taking close-ups.

Next, we can see some examples of photography taken in Portrait mode. The OPPO Reno8 Pro does an excellent job of separating the person from the background of the image, with only a few small flaws in the hair area.

Photos taken in Portrait mode

Unfortunately , OPPO does not save the two versions of the photo — with and without the bokeh effect — so if the result is not good, you will not be able to use the original photo. Some manufacturers save both versions of the image and even, in some cases, allow you to alter the degree of blur afterwards.

Frontal camera

OPPO has paid special attention to the front camera, which has a sensor made by Sony exclusively for OPPO. This is the 32MP (1/2.74″, 0.8μm) Sony IMX709, which is quite large for a front-facing camera and is paired with a 5P lens with f/2.4 aperture and fixed focus.

It has an RGBW filter instead of just RGB. The arrangement of RGBW pixels supposedly allows for 60% more light-gathering ability and 35% noise reduction, thus improving quality when taking selfies in low light.

It offers a beauty mode that allows you to smooth skin, increase/decrease the size of the face, touch up the chin, enlarge the eyes, reduce the nose, etc. although I am not in favor of using them.

The captures offer a high sharpness, as we can see in these sample selfies, as well as good colors and a wide dynamic range. However, due to the wide angle of the lens, the nose tends to look too big, so it is advisable to move the phone quite far from the face.

Selfies taken without Portrait effect

The front camera also allows you to take selfies with Portrait mode, with a nice blur effect.

Selfie with Portrait effect on

Video recording

The OPPO Reno8 Pro can record video at a maximum resolution of [email protected] with the main rear camera and up to [email protected] with the ultra-wide angle camera.

When it comes to recording video, the MariSilicon X image NPU that the Reno8 Pro incorporates comes into action. MariSilicon X is a 6nm chip with up to 18 TOPS of AI computing power that promises to offer 8db of noise reduction in videos recorded in [email protected] with up to 20-bit dynamic range.

OPPO allows you to save videos using a “high efficiency” codec (H.265) to reduce video size or a “more compatible” codec (H.264) that ensures video playback on older devices.

When shooting videos, it is possible to record sound in stereo when shooting videos horizontally, and the sound volume of the recorded subject is automatically adjusted when you zoom in on the video. This mode also helps reduce wind noise.

OPPO also includes a multitude of video filters that include highlighting a single color (red, green or blue), recording with a portrait effect or applying color filters.

One of the aspects that OPPO highlights is Ultra HDR Video , which is automatically activated in scenes where the brightest and darkest elements are too polarized. This function preserves the original color and details of the scene.

The video offers a good image quality, as can be seen in these videos recorded during the day.

Videos recorded with the main camera during the day

Below we can see some videos taken in low light conditions. Image quality is quite good, although it loses focus quite often.

Videos recorded with the main camera at night

The OPPO Reno8 Pro offers an Ultra Stabilization mode when recording video in 1080p resolution. This mode is especially useful if we are going to record video with a lot of movement on our part (for example, if we are riding in a car). The drawback it has is that it eliminates the edges of the image, so we have a narrower viewing angle.

 

voice calls

In the tests that I have carried out , the voice quality during calls is correct and I have been able to hold conversations perfectly in moderately noisy environments without difficulties.

 

Precio

The OPPO Reno8 Pro is for sale at a price of €799 in Spain.

The most obvious alternative is the OPPO Reno8 ( €549 ), which offers a 6.4″ 90Hz AMOLED screen, MediaTek Dimensity 1300 processor, 8GB of RAM, 1256GB of storage, main rear cameras (50MP f/1.8) + ultra-wide angle (8MP f/2.2) + macro (2MP f/2.4), wide-angle front camera (32MP f/2.4) and 4,500 mAh battery with 80W fast charging.

In this price range, an alternative is the Pixel 7 ( €649 ) with a 6.3″ FullHD+ 90Hz AMOLED screen, Google Tensor G2 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128/256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, wide-angle rear camera (50MP, f/1.9) + ultra-wide angle (12MP, f/2.2), front camera (10.8MP, f/2.2), and 4,355 mAh battery with 20W fast charging. Or with a somewhat better configuration, the Pixel 7 Pro ( €899 ).

The Samsung Galaxy S22+ ( €899 ) has a 6.6″ Dynamic AMOLED screen up to 120 Hz, Exynos 2200 processor (or Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in certain regions), 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 128/256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage, wide angle rear camera (50MP, f/1.8) + ultra wide angle (12MP, f/2.2) + 3x telephoto lens (10MP, f/2.4), front camera (10MP, f/2.2) and 4,500 mAh battery with fast charging at 45W.

The OnePlus 10 Pro ( €889 ) offers a 6.7″ 120Hz Fluid AMOLED LTPO2 screen, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, 8/12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 128/256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage, 48MP f/ rear camera 1.8 (wide angle) + 50MP f/2.2 (ultra wide angle) + 8MP f/2.4 (telephoto lens), 32MP f/2.2 front camera and 5,000 mAh battery with 80W fast charging and 50W wireless charging.

The Xiaomi 12T Pro ( €799.99 ) has a 6.7″ AMOLED screen up to 120 Hz, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, 8/12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage, wide-angle rear cameras (200MP f/1.7) + ultra wide angle (8MP f/2.2) + macro (2MP f/2.4), front camera (20MP f/2.2) and 5,000 mAh battery with 120W fast charging.

The Huawei P50 Pro ( €802 ) has a 6.6″ OLED screen, Snapdragon 888 4G (without 5G support), 8/12 GB of RAM, 128/256/512 GB of storage, wide-angle rear camera (50MP, f /1.8) + ultra wide angle (13MP, f/2.2) + 3.5x telephoto (64MP, f/3.5) + monochrome (40MP, f/1.6), front camera (13MP, f/2.4), 4,360 mAh battery with fast charge at 66W. It lacks Google services.

 

conclusions

The OPPO Reno8 Pro is built with sophisticated materials, since it has an aluminum chassis and a glass back. The module that houses the cameras emerges from the rear surface progressively and has a size that looks disproportionately large.

The model that I have tried is the black one , although it is also available in cyan . The problem with the black color is that, since it has a glossy, mirror-like finish, it is a magnet for fingerprints, so you will have to get used to cleaning the phone very often.

The front is dominated by the 6.7″ screen, which is surrounded by rather narrow and symmetrical bezels.

The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 5, which, although it is a few years old, should guarantee good protection against scratches and bumps. The back does not seem to have any protection.

In general, we are dealing with a light and thin smartphone weighing only 183 grams and 7.3 mm thick .

OPPO has not endowed the phone with water resistance, so you must be careful that it does not fall into the bathtub or swimming pool accidentally.

The OPPO Reno8 Pro has a 6.7″ AMOLED panel with Full HD+ resolution , which implies a pixel density of 394 dpi, more than enough to guarantee high sharpness.

According to my measurements, the screen reaches a maximum brightness of around 775 nits with the screen lit at 100% when under bright light such as the sun. It is a high value, although far from what the best flagships of the moment achieve.

The color gamut is wide, covering 100% of the wide DCI-P3 space, which only high-end smartphones cover.

Of the different color modes it offers, the natural and vivid modes target the sRGB and DCI-P3 gamuts respectively . Natural mode features higher color fidelity, but the screen shows a marked bluish cast. In any case, most users will prefer the intense mode, which shows more vivid colors (though still less realistic).

The screen offers a 60 or 120 Hz refresh rate for smoothness, but can only switch between a few frequencies (60, 90, or 120 Hz) depending on the app (I haven’t quite seen the logic behind it). refresh rate of each app). Other smartphones may reduce their refresh rate to 24/30 Hz when watching videos or to 10 Hz when displaying static content to save battery life.

OPPO has included Always On Display, so you will always have important data such as time / date, battery level and notifications at hand. In addition, it now offers more customization options, including the ability to display a Bitmoji.

OPPO has integrated an optical fingerprint reader under the screen that unlocks the phone quickly and reliably. In addition, it also incorporates 2D facial recognition, which works quickly, although it is not as secure as fingerprint or 3D facial recognition systems from other manufacturers.

The OPPO Reno8 Pro has a MediaTek Dimensity 8100-MAX processor, a variant of MediaTek’s Dimensity 8100 processor with some improvements. This chip competes in performance with the Snapdragon 888 / 888+. Accompanying this chip we find 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage with no option to expand via micro-SD.

In the benchmark tests that I have carried out, the performance of the smartphone has been good , although without surpassing smartphones of this year that incorporate more powerful hardware, such as the Snapdragon 8 Gen1.

On a day-to-day basis, the OPPO Reno8 Pro moves smoothly and at no time have I suffered stops when moving through the interface or usual apps. 3D games run smoothly and I have measured stable rates of 50-60 FPS in titles like Asphalt 9 , Call Of Duty or Real Racing 3.

On the connectivity side, the OPPO Reno8 Pro supports Wi-Fi 802.11ax (WiFi 6). Bluetooth 5.3 and NFC and GPS (but not dual). It lacks FM radio and infrared emitter.

It is compatible with 5G networks , both NSA and SA, with support for the international sub-6 GHz bands, but does not support mmWave.

OPPO offers a space for a second SIM card , so you can enjoy Dual SIM. It also supports eSIM.

The smartphone has a 4,500 mAh battery that offers good autonomy. You will have no problem reaching the end of the day with normal use of the phone, but if you use it very intensively you will have to charge the phone or activate one of the energy saving modes.

If you run out of battery, you’ll be happy to know that it offers 80W SuperVOOC fast charging .

OPPO incorporates a charger of this power in the box, which manages to fully charge the phone in just over 30 minutes and reaches 50 percent in just 13 minutes. It does not offer wireless charging.

The OPPO Reno8 Pro offers stereo sound through a pair of speakers located next to the USB Type-C connector and in the earpiece of the ear. It lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, although this has now become the norm.

At the software level, it has recently received Android 13 and, above the operating system, OPPO incorporates its own ColorOS 13 customization layer.

This layer adds a large number of features that complement Android such as creating wallpapers from photos, granular app permissions, multi-account app cloning, off-screen gestures, smart sidebar, app lock, keyboard safe, hide apps on the desktop, safe to protect files with AES encryption and more.

When it comes to enjoying games, OPPO includes a functionality called Game Space , which improves gaming performance by allocating more hardware resources, limiting network access to other apps to improve latency, prevents automatic brightness settings , open apps in a window and record the screen with audio during games.

OPPO also includes a functionality called System Cloner that allows you to use two different passwords (or fingerprints) to access two different systems, so you can save private data on one of them that will not be accessible from the other.

In the photographic section, the OPPO Reno8 Pro with a triple rear camera for a wide-angle (50MP, f/1.8), ultra-wide-angle (8MP, f/2.2) and macro (2MP, f/2.4) cameras. It lacks a telephoto camera.

The main camera with a 50MP IMX766 sensor with a fairly large size (1/1.56″). The sensor makes use of pixel binning to capture photos at 12.5MP, though it offers a super high resolution mode that takes advantage of the full 50MP resolution for slightly sharper (but much more space-consuming) photos.

In good light, images taken by the main camera look sharp and colourful, and when the light is dim, the camera manages to take fairly clean shots, even without optical stabilization.

It offers AI scene detection functionalities as well as a Night mode capable of taking pictures in low light, which is automatically activated to improve the quality of the captured images.

The ultra wide angle camera is ideal for taking photos of landscapes or monuments, as it offers a totally different perspective. OPPO has used an 8MP sensor that, during the day, offers good image quality, but suffers a lot at night. Luckily, the Night mode is present and manages to rescue some captures.

The macro camera is, in my opinion, dispensable, since with a sensor of only 2MP it does not manage to take sharp images and, in general, the colors look dull and with little contrast.

The OPPO Reno8 Pro can record video up to 4K at 30 fps with good image quality, even at night. It incorporates an ultra-stabilization mode for those really moving scenes.

The front camera has a resolution of 32MP, so it is capable of capturing selfies with great sharpness and a wide dynamic range thanks to the use of HDR. This camera also allows you to capture photos in Portrait mode with good results. The main problem is that, being wide angle, the nose looks quite large.

The OPPO Reno8 Pro is for sale at a price of €799 in Spain. Is it worth buying the OPPO Reno8 Pro? If you are looking for a smartphone with powerful hardware (without being the most capable), highly customizable software, a very fast charging battery, and a competent main camera, the OPPO Reno8 Pro is a good option.

The best:

  • Compact and lightweight design, with a rear part whose large camera module leaves no one indifferent.
  • AMOLED screen with high sharpness, high refresh rate (up to 120 Hz) excellent contrast and wide sRGB/DCI-P3 color gamut
  • Fluid use of the phone thanks to its MediaTek Dimensity 8100-MAX chip, 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage.
  • 5G connectivity with SA/NSA support in the sub-6GHz band (but not mmWave). Dual SIM capability.
  • ColorOS 13 software with features that extend Android features: app cloning, app encryption, screen gestures, safe, hide apps, driving mode, game space, system cloning for a second private space, hide notifications in presence from other people etc.
  • Fingerprint reader under the screen that unlocks the phone comfortably and quickly. 2D facial recognition.
  • Excellent image quality on the main and ultra-wide-angle cameras in good light conditions, which hold up quite well in low light thanks to night mode.
  • Good Portrait mode performance (though you can’t edit the blur after the fact) with the front and rear cameras.
  • Good autonomy and fast charging SuperVOOC by cable at 80W.

Worst:

  • No optical stabilization on the main camera. Absence of telephoto camera.
  • No microSD slot
  • No wireless charging
  • No water resistance.