After the critical success of its Find X5 and Find X5 Pro earlier this year, Oppo is back with its Reno 8 Pro. A high-end smartphone that is positioned in the hotly contested segment of mobiles between 700 and 800 euros. Is it enough to overshadow the competition? The answer in our test.
Oppo Reno 8 Pro
- + Original and neat design
- + Good performance
- + Daytime photos with the main module (wide-angle)
- + Solid autonomy
- + Very fast charging
- – No waterproof certification
- – Screen Calibration
- – Passable secondary camera modules
- – No telephoto lens
Fourth seller of smartphones in the world, Oppo has become in a few years a major player in the sector. The Chinese brand is counting on its new high-end smartphone, the Reno 8 Pro, to offer an experience that has little to envy to its big brothers in the “Find” range , but at a softer price.
The Oppo Reno 8 Pro will have to face market sizes in the presence of the Galaxy S22, Xiaomi 12, Asus ZenFone 9 and other Google Pixel 6 Pro . To win, the Reno 8 Pro relies on its original design, solid performance, ultra-fast charging and an image processing chip developed in-house for better photographic rendering.
Perfect unibody design
Right out of the box, the Oppo Reno 8 Pro has a small effect. On the back, its unibody design does not go unnoticed. The camera block is perfectly integrated with the rest of the device and the glass finish is very pleasant, although a little slippery. The green color that we tested did not mark fingerprints too much.
The screen which occupies 93.4% of the total surface is very aesthetic. We just regret that the black borders are not exactly the same size all around the slab. The front camera module is centered and integrated as a punch. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
The aluminum frame is flat, which makes it much easier to grip. Add to that a controlled weight of 183 g for about 7.32 mm thick and you have a relatively light phone considering its large diagonal of 6.7 inches.
The power button is on the right edge and those to adjust the volume on the left. Unlocking can be done with the fingerprint reader located under the screen. It deserves to be positioned a little higher to be able to be reached more easily.
Another point that bothered us is the lack of IP68 certification, which its direct competitors benefit from. The Oppo Reno 8 Pro is satisfied with an IP54 certification which makes it dustproof and splashproof, but not immersive. An important point to consider if you are the clumsy type.
Apart from a few details, the Oppo has won its bet by offering its Reno 8 Pro a design that ultimately has little to envy to much more expensive smartphones.
The Reno 8 Pro is equipped with a 6.7-inch AMOLED panel with a Full HD definition of 1080 x 2412 pixels. Our 01Lab measured a brightness of 822 cd/m2, which is about average for smartphones in its category. On a daily basis, this is more than enough to offer perfect readability, even in direct sunlight.
In terms of colorimetry, the Oppo Reno 8 Pro does not shine particularly with a default Delta E of 4.49 which once corrected drops to 3.89. This is the best score we’ve managed to get using the ‘natural’ screen color mode. Nothing alarming, but nothing spectacular either.
The refresh rate of 120 Hz is obviously very significant insofar as it offers fluidity at all times. In the settings, you can always choose the 60 Hz mode if you want to favor autonomy over fluidity.
Performance & Stability
The phone is equipped with a Dimensity 8100-Max processor from MediaTek engraved in 5 nm, accompanied by 8 GB of RAM. The founder has not always had a good reputation, but we must admit that the performances are there. Admittedly, it remains behind in terms of CPU and GPU performance compared to its competitors equipped with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen1. But we are only talking about benchmarks here.
Indeed, the Reno 8 Pro is very responsive on a daily basis. We never encountered a slowdown. Even in game, the smartphone is able to run very demanding titles like Genshin Impact or Fortnite with a high level of graphics at 30 frames per second.
A positive experience confirmed by the 3DMark Wild Life Stability test by displaying the best stability score in this price range with a score of 99.5% close to perfection.
Oppo insisted in its communication on its ultra-conductive cooling system and the expansion of the cooling chamber. It is clear that the results are there.
However, do not expect miracles, the Reno 8 Pro is not made to run all games thoroughly. On the other hand, if you are a fan of PUBG Mobile, the smartphone has been optimized to work with 90Hz game mode.
We will not dwell on ColorOS which remains one of the most pleasant interfaces on the market to use. Oppo has the good taste not to install too many applications by default, unlike some of its Chinese competitors.
Icons with rounded shapes are both aesthetic and very readable. Two qualities that can also be found in the settings menu and which facilitate navigation by perfectly classifying the sections.
Personalization is another strength of Color OS. From colors and icons, to font sizes and fingerprint animations, Oppo offers extensive customization, without ever overwhelming its interface. Qualities of which few Android manufacturers can still boast.
The Oppo Reno 8 Pro is equipped with a camera unit made up of three modules:
- A 50-megapixel wide-angle with f/1.8 aperture
- An 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture
- A 2-megapixel macro with f/2.4 aperture
We regret not finding a telephoto camera module as is the case on the Galaxy S22 for example . Oppo preferred to save money on this point by replacing it with a much less relevant macro sensor.
This rear trio is completed by a 32-megapixel front camera module with f/2.4 aperture.
In broad daylight and in bright sunshine, the Oppo Reno 8 Pro is capable of taking very good quality shots. On the wide-angle, the dive is excellent, particularly in the center of the image. We logically lose precision with the ultra-wide-angle, less defined, but we welcome the deformation in the angles which remains under control.
Software image processing is largely provided by a dedicated chip, the “MariSilicon X”. The rendering is natural, with a slight tendency to color saturation. However, we are still quite far from the very saturated colors of a Samsung Galaxy.
The colorimetric continuity is not ensured between the wide-angle and the ultra-wide-angle. Indeed, the white balance is not perfectly adjusted on the latter and the contrast less pronounced than on the main module.
No telephoto lens and therefore no miracle for the digital zoom, the quality of which is just fine. The x2 zoom is good, the x5 zoom will help out on rare occasions, but beyond that the quality drops quickly.
The mediocre quality of a 2-megapixel macro module is a constant. We nevertheless tested it for the sake of conscience. The clichés speak for themselves, you can forget it.
Night shots aren’t the Reno 8 Pro’s forte. The wide-angle sensor does honorably by exposing the scene correctly, but at the cost of significant digital smoothing which prevents you from looking at the image too closely. Much less bright, the ultra-wide-angle fails to convince in the dark.
Oppo Reno 8 Pro Battery & Charging
With 15 hours and 36 minutes of versatile autonomy, the Oppo Reno 8 Pro and its 4500 mAh battery are placed in the high average of our ranking. The finding is similar in video autonomy where it manages to go the distance for 12 hours and 47 minutes before turning off. The only smartphones in its class to do better are the OnePlus 10T, Motorola Edge 30 Ultra and the Asus ZenFone 9 .
Its 80W fast charge allows it to go from 0 to 100% battery in just 36 minutes, which places it in third position in this price category, far ahead of smartphones from Samsung and Google. Good news, the fast charging block is present in the box.
|Processor||Mediatek Dimensity 8100-MAX|
|Screen resolution||394 dpi|
Final Verdict of Oppo Reno 8 Pro
Oppo has won its bet by offering a high-end smartphone that offers an experience close to its flagship, the Find X5 Pro , inevitably making some concessions.
In use, its design, its performance, its autonomy, its fast charge or its main camera module do not reveal anything about its price located below the symbolic bar of 800 euros.
But the devil is in the details and Oppo had to give up certain “refinements” such as the quality of the ultra-wide-angle module, the absence of a telephoto lens or even the waterproofing certification. The question is: are you ready to make these concessions?
Abram left his e-business studies to devote himself to his entrepreneurial projects. In 2017, he created the company Inbound Media and wrote articles about high-tech products for his Chromebookeur site. In 2019, Chromebookeur was renamed Macbound and became a general purchasing advice site. Today, Abram manages the development and growth of Macbound, surrounded by a young and talented team.