OPPO Reno8 in-depth analysis and opinion

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

Since its launch in early 2019, OPPO has shipped more than 80 million Reno devices worldwide, and since the third quarter of 2021, the OPPO Reno series has ranked No. 1 globally among “smartphone families of the new age”.

OPPO announced a few days ago the arrival of the new OPPO Reno8 series in Europe, made up of the OPPO Reno8 Pro and OPPO Reno8.

The OPPO Reno8 has 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 charge.

The phone is for sale at a price of €549 in Spain. Courtesy of OPPO, I have had the opportunity to thoroughly test the OPPO Reno8 , and then I bring you my in-depth analysis.

Analysis index

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

 

design and construction

The front of the OPPO Reno8 is occupied by a 6.4″ screen , not too big for what is fashionable today.

The screen is surrounded by generous bezels, especially at the bottom, where you can see a fairly prominent chin — even when compared to similarly priced phones (for example, the Honor 70).

Consequently, the OPPO Reno8 settles for a modest screen-to-body ratio of 84% according to GSM Arena , which is rather on the lower end.

OPPO has repeated the formula of the hole for the front camera, which is located in the upper left corner of the screen, and has a fairly small size.

The position chosen by OPPO in the upper left corner is a success since, when holding the phone horizontally to play, it is located in the area where we normally rest our fingers and, therefore, does not cover any useful element of the interface. Other smartphones place the hole-punch camera in the center and can overlap with the content.

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

The back is made of plastic in the colors Shimmer Gold (gold) or Shimmer Black (black). It features the OPPO Glow finish , which elegantly reflects light in the form of multicolored sparkles.

It has a very soft touch that gives me a little something when sliding my fingers, but, in its favor, I must say that fingerprints go completely unnoticed, since they are not marked on its surface.

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

The camera module looks quite large, although I do not dislike its appearance. The wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle cameras protrude slightly and are surrounded by a metal ring, while the macro and flash cameras are flush with the surface.

The chassis is also made of plastic , so it won’t stand up to accidental bumps as well as other phones made of aluminum. The sides are completely flat, without any curvature.

 

If we look at its dimensions, it is a fairly light and compact smartphone weighing only 179 grams and 7.67 mm thick.

Measurements (mm.) Weight (gr.) 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%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
164 × 75 × 8,2 204 6,7″ 90%
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 III 165 × 71 × 8.2 186 6,5″ 84%
POCO M4 Pro
160 × 74 × 8.1 180 6,4″ 85%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
156 × 75 × 7,9 177 6,4″ 85%
⏩ OPPO Reno8 5G
161 x 73 × 7,9 169 6,4″ 84%
Pixel 6 159 × 75 × 8.9 207 6,4″ 83%
Samsung Galaxy S21 152 × 71 × 7,9 169 6,2″ 87%
Samsung Galaxy S22
146 × 71 × 7,6 167 6,1″ 87%
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 feeling to the touch.

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 provided the Reno8 with any kind of resistance to water or dust, so you should be careful not to drop it in the bathtub or pool, as it might not survive the dip.

 

Screen

The OPPO Reno8 has a 6.43″ AMOLED type AMOLED screen, with a 20:9 elongated ratio. The screen resolution is Full HD+ (2,400 × 1,080 pixels), which means a high pixel density of 411 dpi that ensures that text and images look very sharp.

OPPO has incorporated a refresh rate of 90 Hz, which translates into a smooth viewing experience, especially when moving around the interface or scrolling in apps such as Chrome , Twitter , Instagram or the photo gallery. You can also notice a greater fluidity when playing titles that are prepared to offer high FPS rates.

The refresh rate is adaptive, but can only vary between 60 and 90 Hz in high screen refresh rate mode or stay fixed at 60 Hz in normal mode .

Some smartphones can dynamically adapt the refresh rate to the content displayed (for example, 24/30 FPS if you watch a movie, and can even go as low as 10 Hz (or less) when playing static content so as not to consume as much energy.

In my tests, in high refresh rate mode, the screen refreshes at 90Hz in menus and most apps, and adjusts to 60Hz when watching video or static content. Now, in the games I’ve tried, as we’ll see later, it’s stayed at 60Hz the entire time.

According to the company, the OPPO Reno8 screen covers 95% of the DCI-P3 color space. If you’re not familiar with color spaces, the sRGB space (Rec. 709) is the Android standard, while the DCI-P3 space offers a larger color gamut and is used in the film industry.

color spaces. Source: AVSForum

There is an even wider 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 last full color space, instead they typically stick to around 60 percent.

Unfortunately, the OPPO Reno8 screen does not support HDR content of any kind, while other rivals of the same price do offer this feature.

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

Natural mode targets the sRGB color space and therefore offers the highest color fidelity when using apps, which are typically designed with this color space as a target. 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 display, 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 , targeting the DCI P3 color gamut. Notably, this mode covers 100% of the Android standard sRGB color space and 96% of the wider DCI P3 color space based on my measurements.

In this mode, colors are stretched to the DCI P3 color space, so they look oversaturated in almost all apps (except Gallery), since Android apps normally use the sRGB space. This excess of color produces more striking images but less faithful to reality.

In Intense mode, the color fidelity error against the DCI P3 gamut can be improved, since we obtain an average deltaE value of 3.4 dE (a value below 4 dE is considered excellent and above 9 is considered unacceptable), and the maximum deltaE value turns out to be 9.4 dE.

The color temperature is 7,186ºK, above the reference level of 6,500ºK, which implies a bluish tone that is noticeable in applications with a white background, such as the browser. Luckily, OPPO offers three possible manual color temperature settings (cooler, default and warmer) that allow a value closer to the ideal value of 6,500ºK.

 

Characteristics of the screen in Vivid Color mode

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

The color fidelity error compared to the sRGB gamut can also be improved since the average deltaE value turns out to be 4 dE, and the maximum value is 9.7 dE.

The color temperature is 7,194ºK which is still well above the reference level of 6,500ºK, so the color white has a bluish tint.

Screen Characteristics in Natural Color Mode

According to my own measurements, the maximum brightness of OPPO Reno8 is around 414 nits with 100% of the screen illuminated in white color (known as 100% APL, Average Picture Level ), which is how brightness is measured. on a regular basis.

In automatic mode, when we are under intense light such as the sun, the brightness increases to a maximum value of 580 nits with the screen fully illuminated, that is, with an APL 100%. This value is somewhat below the 600 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 740 nits is achieved . OPPO claims that the screen can reach a maximum brightness of 800 nits, but this probably means reducing the illuminated area to a size too small for my colorimeter to measure.

In this comparative graph we reflect the maximum brightness value with the screen at 100% white (APL 100%). As can be seen, the maximum brightness value falls short of many other smartphones.

Being an OLED panel, the black color is very deep , so the colorimeter used has been unable to measure any brightness level. This means that the color black is really dark and that 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 find a feature called video color enhancer , which expands the color range of recordings for a better viewing experience at the cost of increased battery consumption.

Another option 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 makes the contrast and brightness vary less when moving from the center, but on the other hand, the Pentile matrix causes the colors to be distorted.

In the case of the OPPO Reno8, the colors are not distorted when looking at the screen from an angle, except at extreme angles, where color bands are visible.

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

One minor drawback is that it displays app icons instead of the notification icon, which causes 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 or even the silhouette of a portrait — this last functionality we had already seen on OnePlus smartphones and the result is, well, better .

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

 

Performance

The OPPO Reno8 has the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 processor , which was introduced in April this year.

This chip is almost identical to the Dimensity 1200. identical. They have the same CPU configuration and clock speeds, the same Mali-G77 MC9 GPU, and are based on TSMC’s 6nm manufacturing process. According to MediaTek, the improved HyperEngine 5.0 helps optimize sustained load, for example when gaming, and increases efficiency.


ℹ️ Info: This is the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 chip

Mediatek Dimensity 1300 is a high-end chip with an integrated 5G modem. It includes three CPU clusters: a fast ARM Cortex-A78 core up to 3 GHz with 2 L2 caches, three additional ARM Cortex-A78 cores up to 2.6 GHz and for power efficiency, and four ARM Cortex-A55 cores up to 2 GHz.

Additionally, the chip integrates a 9-core ARM Mali-G77 MC9 GPU, WiFi 6 (ax) modem, LPDDR4x memory controller (up to 5266Mbps), AI Processing Unit (APU 3.0 with 6 cores) and encoding/ video decoding (including AV1).

The chip is manufactured on the modern 6nm process and should be very energy efficient.


The OPPO Reno8 arrives with 8 GB of LPDDR4x RAM , which is more than enough to keep a good number of apps in memory.

While the RAM it incorporates is of the LPDDR4x type, there are already many smartphones on the market with LPDDR5 memory, which offers faster access times and lower power consumption. In any case, in this price range, it is common to find this type of memory.

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.

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

The USB-C port is a USB 2.0 type and is OTG compatible, so you can plug in a USB-C key 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 fully understand, this setting automatically turns off every 10 minutes.

The phone doesn’t support DisplayPort over USB-C for viewing the screen 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.

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In the AnTuTu v9 benchmark , it has achieved a result of 578,818 points , a score that is in the middle range.

In the Geekbench 5 benchmark focused on processor performance, it has achieved 410/2,695 points in the mono/multi-core tests, which are mid-range results.

In the PCMark 3.0 general performance test that measures performance when performing everyday tasks, it has obtained a score of 8,964 points , a value that does not particularly stand out.

In the storage section, the phone obtains quite good results in the AndroBench read and write speed tests, since it has 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 good results.

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

In the 3DMark Wild Life Unlimited test , the phone has achieved a result in the middle range.

To check the graphic performance on a daily basis, I have tried several demanding 3D games — Real Racing 3, Asphalt 9, and Call of Duty Mobile — and in all of them, the experience of playing the OPPO Reno8 has been good.

Using GameBench software , I have been able to measure various performance parameters on these games in actual play.


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


The games obtain a stable rate, which is around 60 FPS in the three games, although on occasion small stops are perceived. Obviously, I would have liked to see some game reach 90 FPS, but it has not been like that.

Play FPS (mediana) FPS stability FPS Min.-Max.
%CPU
Asphalt 9 59 94% 44-61 14%
Real Racing
60 100% 59-61 9%
Call of Duty 60 100% 52-61 14%

(*) Game quality settings:

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

In addition to punctual 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 has included a super-conductive VC liquid cooling system. A combination of state-of-the-art superconducting graphite, an intermediate frame, and a large vapor chamber keep the device cool when the load increases — at least in theory because, as we’ll see now, the system doesn’t seem to be very effective.

In the CPU Throttling test that measures the drop in CPU performance after 15 minutes of sustained load, the phone has obtained an improvable result since the performance drops by 51% in said period. This means that performance when running very demanding apps can suffer after long periods of use. At least the phone doesn’t get very hot since the plastic on the surface is a poor conductor.

On the other hand, the 3DMark Wild Life Stress Test measures the variation in graphics performance after 20 minutes of running the test.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to complete the test successfully, since the app always closes before finishing, probably due to excessive heating.

In general, the OPPO Reno8 has achieved good results in the benchmarks, in line with the hardware it incorporates.

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 here is that the OPPO Reno8 competes with more powerful alternatives in the same price range, which incorporate a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 or even Snapdragon 888 chip, which makes the Dimensity 1300 fare poorly in comparison.

When it comes to enjoying games, OPPO includes a functionality called Game Space that aggregates all games on a single 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.

From the game itself, it is possible to display a panel by dragging a tab that, in addition to showing the time, device temperature and remaining battery level, allows you to activate various features:

  • Open WhatsApp, Messenger, Discord, Chrome or Facebook in one window.
  • Choose from three performance modes:
    • Pro gamer mode , which improves performance, frame rate and touch response, but increases battery consumption and phone heating.
    • Balanced mode , which maintains a balance between performance and battery consumption. The temperature of the phone remains stable.
    • Low Power Mode , which reduces the visual quality of games to decrease battery consumption.
  • Activate Distraction-Free Gaming Mode
  • block notifications
  • Start screen recording
  • Apply game filters
  • Optimize touch response by choosing touch and swipe sensitivity and turning on touch prevention.
  • Show system status, which shows FPS, CPU load and GPU load permanently on the screen.
  • lock orientation
  • Automatically adjust resolution based on phone temperature and battery level
  • voice modifier

OPPO allows you to record the screen during games , including the sound of the system and/or the microphone, as well as the image of the front camera and the touches on the screen. However, you cannot pause recordings and resume them later.

 

connectivity

The OPPO Reno8 supports NFC, Bluetooth 5.3 and WiFi 6 (802.11ax), although it does not support WiFi 6E, the new protocol for WiFi networks that uses 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 hardly 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 that impressive.

The mmWave band offers a very high download speed (up to 10 Gbps) but the coverage is much worse, about 200 meters, so it may 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 line of sight.

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 have done some connection speed tests both by mobile network and by WiFi connection, and the results are good.

The OPPO Reno8 has reached 300 Mbps download and 300 Mbps upload Wi-Fi with a fiber optic connection at this speed. In the 5G cellular connectivity test, 20 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload were achieved 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 is not compatible with eSIM.

OPPO Reno8 supports GPS (L1) , but unlike some high-end smartphones, it doesn’t support dual GPS (L1+L5), so the accuracy won’t be as good. 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 on the bottom of the screen.

To unlock the phone, simply place your finger on the fingerprint reader area as long as 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 taste, 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 also has a 2D facial recognition system that allows you to unlock the phone with just your face when you slide 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 for the phone to unlock. It is possible to use the face to unlock the screen, access protected applications and/or access the safe.

It is possible to select if 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.

 

Drums

The battery of the OPPO Reno8 is made up of two cells of about 2,250 mAh that, combined, offer a capacity of 4,500 mAh , a sufficient amount for a smartphone with this screen size.

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 tests the autonomy of the terminal when performing a mixture of daily and demanding tasks, since the test simulates browsing web pages, writing texts and inserting images, applying filters to photographs, editing videos and data manipulation.


ℹ️Info: About autonomy tests

Given the importance of the screen in battery consumption, it is important to calibrate the screens with a colorimeter (or a similar instrument) at the same absolute level of brightness (it is not useful to put it at 50%) if you want to make autonomy comparisons between devices. .

Otherwise, the results may be greatly affected by the brightness level of each smartphone’s screen and are therefore not comparable. We comment on 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 conduct 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 of 90 Hz.

In the test with the screen configured at 60 Hz , I have obtained a result of 12 hours and 1 minute, which is a pretty good value when compared to other high-end smartphones.

If we adjust the refresh rate to an adaptive frequency up to 90 Hz , the autonomy is reduced to 11 hours and 42 minutes , which practically does not imply any change. This is because, despite selecting the high frequency, the test runs almost all the time at 60 Hz by decision of the phone.

On a day-to-day basis, the battery life of the phone has been good and you shouldn’t have any problems getting to the end of the day with normal use. Only in case you make a very intensive use will you have to charge the battery before the end of the day.

In the Battery section, we find a  battery optimization section that proposes optimizations to reduce battery consumption. In my case, it has suggested me to disable some battery consuming apps, disable GPS, disable auto launch of battery consuming apps, enable auto brightness, change screen refresh rate to 60Hz, etc.

It also offers a battery saving mode that reduces screen brightness, changes the automatic screen timeout to 15 seconds, disable background sync, 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 certain battery level is reached.

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

OPPO includes a sleep optimization that activates the energy saving mode when you sleep, although this may cause delays in app notifications.

OPPO has incorporated an optimized overnight 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 the time 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 energy consumption, there is also a high performance mode that puts the system to work at maximum power, although energy 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 as otherwise it’s hard to know how much battery you have left (it doesn’t even show up in the notification panel).

The OPPO Reno8 has a 80W SuperVOOC fast charge , 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 PD fast charging and 18W QuickCharge.

As you can see in the following graph, the loading process is very fast. In just 13 minutes, it reaches 50% charge, and the entire charging process takes just 32 minutes.

OPPO Reno8 charging process

 

Interface and functionalities

The OPPO Reno8 runs Android 12 and, on top of the operating system, OPPO has incorporated its own ColorOS 12.1 customization layer

OPPO has made some changes to the overall look of its mobile operating system with ColorOS 12. The company calls it “borderless design.” This means that ColorOS does not use borders for separation, instead each element is placed on a translucent layer. The software now uses different shades of colors to distinguish between primary and secondary information.

ColorOS 12 arrives with Quantum Animation Engine 3.0, a new animation engine that offers dynamic damping and increased feedback.

The system recognizes the different elements that make up the windows with different mass and inertia so that the sliding experience feels smooth and real.

The appearance of ColorOS is quite a departure from the usual stock Android design. App icons are square with rounded corners by default, but you can choose from several icon styles and even customize the look.

On the desktop, we can choose whether we want a 4×6 icon grid (default) or a more or less dense grid.

It is also possible to customize the animation that is shown when unlocking the phone by fingerprint, select a color scheme for the interface, modify the style and size of the font, and even modify the appearance of the icons for quick settings.

ColorOS shows all installed apps on the desktop, but if you prefer, you can use the app drawer. However, it is not possible to create folders or hide apps in the app drawer.

If we drag the desktop to the right, we access a board called Google Discover where news relevant to you is displayed.

Dragging the screen from the center down while on the desktop opens the search that allows you to locate content in applications, contacts, messages, etc. and even suggests some apps.

The OPPO Reno8 does not have enough space to place a notification LED but it is possible to have the screen wake up when a notification is received.

One possibility is to soften notification sounds and reduce vibration intensity when using an app in full screen, for example when you’re watching videos or playing games.

Dark mode has been on Android for a while now, and OPPO includes customization options to this mode. With ColorOS, it is possible to choose three styles for the dark mode: Enhanced, Medium and Soft.

The Enhanced style is the default, Medium mode has softer tones, and Soft mode adopts gray tones. The system adjusts the appearance of the wallpaper and icons based on the option you choose.

It is also possible to reduce the contrast in low light conditions, which reduces the brightness even more when the brightness setting is low and Dark mode is activated, which is useful for using the phone in the dark. Dark mode can also be scheduled to come on at certain times or from sunset to sunrise.

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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.

Sticking with gestures, it’s also possible to automatically answer a call by holding the phone to your ear, switch from speakerphone to headset by holding the phone to your ear, or mute incoming calls by flipping the phone over. Finally, we can turn on the screen just by picking up the phone and taking screenshots by swiping 3 fingers or by pressing and 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 silence 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 movements.
  • Play or pause videos: Pause or resume playing a video from a distance with hand movements.

OPPO has incorporated a function called Quick Launch that allows you to activate functions or launch applications when the phone is locked just by keeping your finger pressed on the fingerprint reading area.

Simply hold 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 your fingerprint and before the icons appear, you can also quickly slide your finger to the area where the target icon usually appears and release it to launch the function or application.

To the right of the screen there is a tab called smart sidebar that, if we drag it towards the center, displays a panel with several quick accesses 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 such as WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter or others that you use regularly.

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

Below these accesses 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 choose to respond to a notification when you’re using the smartphone horizontally, 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 watching full-screen content, like a video, the notification is displayed in a small, almost transparent bar.

OPPO has included Smart Notification Hiding , 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.

If we drag one of the thumbnails up, we close the app, while if we click on the icons located above the app we can lock an app, activate a floating window or mini window or access the app’s settings.

While Block 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 closed by the system if it needs to free up memory.

ColorOS 12 brings Free Floating Window , the advanced version of FlexDrop introduced in ColorOS 11. Windows can now be resized and moved anywhere on the screen with actions like tapping and dragging.

The OPPO Reno8 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 one-handed mode implementations, you won’t accidentally exit this mode by tapping outside 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 has less utility since Google implemented Nearby Share on all Android smartphones.

OPPO has made the panel scroll horizontally instead of vertically, which can make content sharing 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 :

  • Energy 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 in the hands of 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 notifications if it is blocked, if we want to set them as unimportant notifications, if we want to allow notifications in Do Not Disturb status, 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 total 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 power, or that a game cannot use the mobile data connection at all.

If you’re used to taking a lot of screenshots , you’ll be glad 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, and take a partial screenshot.

Clicking on the mini screenshot preview that appears takes you to an editing interface with 4 options: Send, Crop, Notes or More 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.

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 Spanish text.

OPPO offers another interesting feature called App Cloner that allows you to log in with two different accounts on 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 , which allows you to keep photos, videos, music and any other content away from outside eyes. OPPO allows you to protect access to this content through 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 .

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

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

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

OPPO offers a feature called Clone Phone that allows you to quickly transfer all the 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 Kid’s Space that lets you restrict access to a few apps, limit usage time, and control what kind of settings changes kids can make on the 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 . It is an app that provides music to help you de-stress, ambient sounds, and breathing exercises that can help alleviate some anxiety.

OPPO incorporates 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, filtering is not possible), 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 activated automatically 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 in one of them that will not be accessible from the other.

Of course, ColorOS 12 incorporates the privacy features of Android 12. So, it comes with features like privacy dashboard, approximate location, and notifications about camera, microphone, and clipboard access.

There are also additional features like location-free image sharing and other metadata , so that sending images does not reveal your location, the time/date it was taken, and other sensitive information.

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

In the absence section, ColorOS does not provide a desktop-like interface in the style of Samsung’s DeX or Huawei’s EMUI Desktop.

 

Multimedia

The OPPO Reno8 has a single speaker located on the bottom edge, next to the USB Type-C charging connector.

The speaker doesn’t deliver a particularly powerful sound, and the sound quality isn’t great either, as is typical for single-speaker setups. The sound lacks body and is slightly distorted at high volumes.

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, headphones with a USB-C connector or with a Bluetooth connection.

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

  • Smart ( recognizes the situation and automatically applies the 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 Reno8 uses its own Music app as the default music player. This app organizes music into four tabs: Songs, Artists, Albums, and Playlists .

It is a fairly simple player, without the possibility of downloading covers or song 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.

When viewing photos, the OPPO Reno8 uses its own Photos app that displays all the images stored on the phone and allows you to edit them.

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 photo. In my album you have identified objects such as buildings, flowers, grass, transportation, night, sky, skirts and dresses, cars and vehicles.

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

One functionality that I like is that there is a Recently Deleted folder where all the photos you delete go, 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 videos, both encoded with both H.264 and the newer, more 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 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 has a triple rear camera:

  • 50MP wide-angle main camera (23mm) (Sony IMX766, 1/1.56″) with f/1.8 aperture, AF but without optical stabilization.
  • 8MP ultra wide angle camera (112º) with f/2.2 aperture and fixed focus.
  • 2 MP 5P macro camera with f/2.4 aperture

In view of these features, it is obvious that OPPO has not skimped on the main camera, which has a fairly large sensor, although it has dispensed with optical stabilization. The same cannot be said of the ultra-wide-angle and macro cameras, which do not particularly stand out for their resolution or size.

Main camera (wide angle)

Starting with the main camera, OPPO has incorporated the 1/1.56″-sized 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 is an example of a crop of a couple of photos taken at 50MP and 12.5MP. The resulting image is somewhat sharper, although in my opinion it is not worth taking screenshots with this resolution unless you are very interested in doing a later crop since the file size goes from 5 to 12.4 MB in this example.

Crop comparison of 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 of 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 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 broad daylight

Below, I wanted to put the OPPO Reno8 to the test in low-light conditions , which is where smartphone cameras often struggle the most.

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. Noise is contained, dynamic range is wide, dark areas retain quite a bit of detail, and color reproduction is good.

Pictures taken with the main camera at night

One of the features offered by the OPPO Reno8 camera is long exposure shooting with Night mode , which allows you to take brighter night photos without a tripod.

The 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 viewfinder of the Camera app, you have access to a tripod mode that assumes the phone is resting on a firm place and extends the capture time up to 8-10 seconds to take an even brighter image.

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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.

ultra wide angle camera

The next camera is the ultra wide-angle camera , which, as we have already mentioned, has an 8MP sensor, so you cannot expect sharpness as high as other cameras.

An ultra wide-angle camera provides great versatility when capturing landscape or architectural photos. Personally I find this type of lens very useful as they allow you to take much more spectacular and creative photographs than the normal camera.

In general, it offers excellent results in bright lighting conditions, although the quality degrades when the light is poor. 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-angle camera.

Photographs with the ultra wide angle camera

macro camera

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

As I feared, the image quality clearly could be improved: it presents 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 it to make it look better.

Photographs with the macro camera

Portrait mode

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

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 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.

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

Photos taken in Portrait mode

Unfortunately , OPPO does not save both 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 camera and is paired with an f/2.4 aperture fixed focus lens.

It has an RGBW filter instead of just RGB. The RGBW pixel arrangement supposedly allows for 60% more light gathering ability, thus reducing noise when taking selfies in low light.

It offers a beauty mode that allows you to smooth the skin, increase/reduce the size of the face, retouch 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 example selfies, as well as a good color and a wide dynamic range. Now, due to the wide angle of the lens, the nose tends to look too big, so it is advisable to hold 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 good blur effect.

Selfie with Portrait effect on

Video recording

The OPPO Reno8 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.

OPPO allows videos to be saved 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 movies, stereo sound can be recorded when you shoot movies horizontally, and the sound volume of the recorded object is automatically adjusted when you zoom in on the movie. 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.

The video offers good image quality and good stabilization (but only at 1080p), as can be seen in these videos recorded during the day.

Videos recorded with the main camera by day

Below, we can see some videos taken in low light conditions. The quality suffers quite a bit, but the resulting videos are perfectly usable (although at 60 FPS it looks very dark).

Videos recorded with the main camera at night

A curious aspect is that the two videos, recorded at 30 and 60 FPS, have the same bitrate of 10 Mb/s, although one of them is recorded with double the FPS rate. This means that the image quality of 60fps video is lower than 30fps as more compression is done.

The OPPO Reno8 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 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 quality of the voice during the calls is correct and I have been able to hold conversations perfectly in moderately noisy environments without difficulties.

 

Precio

The OPPO Reno8 is for sale at a price of €549 in Spain.

The most obvious alternative is the OnePlus Nord 2T ( €409 ), which is practically identical except for its design and software. It has a 6.4″ 90 Hz AMOLED screen, MediaTek Dimensity 1300 processor, 8/12 GB of RAM, 128/256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, triple wide-angle rear camera (50MP, f/1.9, OIS) + ultra wide wide angle (8MP, f/2.2) + depth (2MP, f/2.2), front camera (32MP, f/2.4) and 4,500 mAh battery with 80W fast charge.

In this price range, an alternative is the Pixel 6a ( €459 ) with a 6.1″ FullHD+ OLED screen, Google Tensor processor, 6GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage, wide-angle rear camera (12MP, f/1.7 , OIS) + ultra wide angle (12MP, f/2.2), front camera (8MP, f/2.0) and 4,410 mAh battery with 18W charging.

You can consider the Xiaomi 12 Lite ( €499 ) with a 6.55″ 120 Hz AMOLED screen, Snapdragon 778G 5G processor, 6/8GB of RAM, 128/256 GB UFS 2.2, wide-angle rear cameras (108MP, f/1.9) + ultra wide angle (8MP, f/2.2) + macro (32MP, f/2.5), front camera (20MP, f/2.5), 4,300 mAh battery and 67W fast charge.

We also have the recently announced Nothing Phone (1) ( €469 ), which has a 6.55″ FullHD+ 120Hz OLED screen, Snapdragon 778G+ processor, 8/12GB of RAM, 128/256GB UFS 3.1, wide-angle rear cameras (50MP , f/1.9) + ultra wide angle (50MP, f/2.2), front camera (16MP, f/2.59, 4,500 mAh battery with 33W fast charge and wireless charging.

Another option is the Honor 70 ( €549 ), it has a 6.7″ 120 Hz OLED screen, Snapdragon 778G processor, 8 GB of LPDDR4x RAM, 128/256GB of storage, triple wide-angle rear camera (54 MP, f/ 1.9) + ultra wide angle (50MP, f/2.2) + depth (2MP, f/2.4), front camera (32MP, f/2.2) and 4,800 mAh battery with 66W fast charge.

Another alternative is the realme GT NEO 3 ( €599 ), which has a 6.7″ 120 Hz AMOLED screen, MediaTek Dimensiry 8100 processor, 6/8 GB of RAM, 128/256 GB UFS 3.1, wide-angle rear cameras (50MP , f/1.9) + ultra wide angle (8MP, f/2.3 + macro (2MP, f/2.4), front camera (16MP, f/2.5), and 5,000 mAh battery with 80W fast charge.

 

Conclusions

The OPPO Reno8 is not a smartphone that stands out especially for its sophisticated materials, since it is made entirely of plastic in one piece. However, the rear part presents an attractive appearance, with a camera module that progressively emerges from the rear surface.

The model I have tested is the Shimmer Gold with the OPPO Glow finish , which reflects light elegantly with multicolored sparkles and has a matte finish that does not attract fingerprints.

My least favorite aspect of the design is the front, which has fairly thick bezels surrounding the screen, especially at the bottom.

The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 , which although it is a few years old, should guarantee good protection against scratches and bumps.

In general, we are faced with a light and compact smartphone, weighing only 179 grams and 7.67 mm thick.

OPPO has not provided the phone with water resistance, so you should be careful not to accidentally drop it in the bathtub or swimming pool.

The OPPO Reno8 has a 6.43″ AMOLED panel with Full HD+ resolution , which implies a pixel density of 411 dpi, more than enough to guarantee high sharpness.

According to my measurements, the display reaches a maximum brightness of around 580 nits with the screen illuminated at 100% when under strong light such as the sun. It is a rather modest value if we compare it with other smartphones.

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

Of the different color modes it offers, the natural and vivid modes target the sRGB and DCI-P3 gamut respectively. Natural mode has better color fidelity, but it’s not very good, as the screen shows a bluish tint. In any case, most users will prefer the vivid mode , which shows more vivid colors (although still less realistic).

The screen offers a refresh rate of 60 or 90 Hz to enjoy greater smoothness, but you can only switch between these two frequencies. Other smartphones may lower their refresh rate to as low as 30Hz when watching movies or as low as 10Hz when displaying static content to save battery life.

Luckily, OPPO has included Always On Display, so you always have important data such as time/date, battery level and notifications at hand.

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

The OPPO Reno8 has a MediaTek Dimensity 1300 processor, which was presented in April this year and is manufactured in an efficient 6nm process. Accompanying this chip we find 8 GB of LPDDR4x 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 very correct , although without especially standing out compared to other smartphones in a similar price range, which in many cases find more powerful hardware such as the Snapdragon 870 or even the Snapdragon 888.

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

On the connectivity side, the OPPO Reno8 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 is also compatible with eSIM.

The smartphone has a 4,500 mAh battery that offers good autonomy. You will have no problem getting to 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 glad 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 offers mono sound through a single speaker located next to the USB Type-C connector, which does not offer a particularly remarkable sound, neither in power nor in quality. It lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack.

At the software level, it comes with Android 12 and, above the operating system, OPPO has incorporated its own ColorOS 12.1 customization layer.

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

When it comes to enjoying games, OPPO includes a feature called Game Space , which improves game performance by allocating more hardware resources, limiting network access to other apps to improve latency, prevents automatic brightness adjustments , open apps (Messenger, WhatsApp, Discord, Facebook or Chrome) in a window and record the screen with audio and front camera 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 in one of them that will not be accessible from the other.

In the photographic section, the OPPO Reno8 with a triple rear camera for a wide-angle camera (50MP, f / 1.8), ultra-wide angle (8MP, f / 2.2) and macro (2MP, f / 2.4). 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 12.5MP photos, though it does offer a super high-resolution mode that takes advantage of the full 50MP resolution for slightly sharper photos (but take up a lot more space).

In good lighting conditions, images taken by the main camera look sharp and colourful, and when the light is dim, the camera manages to get pretty clean shots, even without optical stabilisation.

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

The ultra wide angle camera is ideal for taking pictures 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 at night it suffers a lot. Luckily, the Night mode is present and manages to rescue some captures.

The macro camera is, in my opinion, expendable, since with a sensor of only 2MP it cannot take sharp images and, in general, the colors are dull and with little contrast.

The OPPO Reno8 can record video up to 4K at 30fps with good image quality. 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 clarity and a wide dynamic range thanks to the use of HDR. This camera also allows you to capture photos in Portrait mode with good result. The main problem is that, being wide angle, the nose looks quite large.

The OPPO Reno8 is for sale at a price of €549 in Spain.

Is it worth buying the OPPO Reno8? If you are looking for a fairly compact smartphone with powerful (but not state-of-the-art) hardware, highly customizable software, a very fast-charging battery, and a competent camera, the OPPO Reno8 is a good option. Now some competitors like the OnePlus Nord 2T are practically identical and cost less.

The best:

  • Compact and lightweight design with a fingerprint-free finish on the back.
  • AMOLED screen with high sharpness, high refresh rate (90 Hz) excellent contrast and wide color gamut sRGB/DCI-P3
  • Fluidity in the use of the phone thanks to its MediaTek Dimensity 1300 chip, 8 GB of LPDDR4x 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 12.1 software with features that extend Android features: app cloning, app encryption, screen gestures, safe, hide apps, driving mode, game space, system clone for a second private space, hide notifications in presence of other people, etc.
  • Fingerprint reader under the screen that unlocks the phone conveniently and quickly. 2D facial recognition.
  • Excellent image quality on the main and ultra-wide-angle cameras in good light conditions, which holds up quite well in low light thanks to night mode.
  • Good Portrait mode performance (although you can’t edit blur afterwards) with both front and rear cameras.
  • Good autonomy and fast SuperVOOC cable charging at 80W.

Worst:

  • Plastic construction and generous frames surrounding the screen, especially at the bottom.
  • Screen with lower refresh rate than other competitors (90 vs. 120 Hz) and with a lower maximum brightness.
  • Sound with a single speaker. No headphone jack.
  • No water resistance.
  • Price more expensive than other similar competitors like the OnePlus Nord 2T .