OPPO has finally launched the latest member of its Reno series in India, the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G. For starters, you get a 90Hz 3D Borderless Sense Screen, which is a Super AMOLED display. There’s ColorOS 11.1 based on Android 11. There’s also 65W Super VOOC 2.0 fast charging and you also get a 64-megapixel quad-rear camera setup that comes with; and what OPPO likes to call it, the industry’s first Full Dimension Fusion Portrait Video System for video recording. This phone is also 5G enabled with the segment-first and India’s first to feature the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset, which makes the device and the consumers future-ready. I have been using the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G for a few days now, and these are my initial thoughts.
OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G: Camera
Being an OPPO Reno phone, it’s a granted that the design and build quality are sure to be great. So, I am going to talk about the design part in detail, but after some time. First, let’s focus towards the main highlight of the Reno5 Pro 5G; the standout technology of this smartphone, which is the Full Dimension Fusion Portrait Video System. The FDF System basically combines Quality Enhancement Engine and Portrait Perception Engine to support the industry’s first AI Highlight video feature. Didn’t understand? Okay, I’ll break it down.
The hardware of this phone really helps with imaging quality but what defines the true results is the advanced algorithm. With the FDF system, the phone’s hardware and software align together to offer the best possible results using AI Highlight Video. Apart from this, there are a tonne of other camera features on offer as well such as Ultra Night Mode, Dual-View Video, 108MP mode, Ultra Steady Video 3.0 etc. to name a few.
I have clicked a few photo samples during my initial time with this phone. But before you take a look at them, here are some numbers. On the rear, you get a quad-camera setup which features the OmniVision 64B sensor for the primary camera. For those who don’t know, this is a 0.7 micron 64-megapixel image sensor. The primary camera is coupled with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel mono camera. Coming over to the front, there’s a 32-megapixel f/2.4 camera for selfies situated in the punch hole.
Images taken for the most part in well lit conditions turned out good. On top of everything it is the AI scene enhancement, that automatically adds an optimal effect in photos. Besides one of the most interesting bits about this camera is that it can click photos in 108-megapixel high resolution. So the camera does this through a sub-pixel interpolation process and all you need to know is that you can capture images that can even be used as posters because they are so detailed.
As for Night mode, you can enable it manually on both the front and rear cameras. However, it is the Ultra Dark mode that triggers automatically. So whenever it is an extremely dark scenario and you want to click a photo, the OPPO Reno5 Pro takes it a notch ahead and let’s you capture photos via the Ultra Dark mode.
I’ll be reserving the final judgement on the cameras for my full review, however the cameras does look to be promising.
OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G: Design and Build
They say, the first impression is the last impression and I have to hand it over to OPPO since the phone is quite a looker. The OPPO Reno 5 Pro 5G comes in a couple of colour options — Astral Blue and Starry Black.
In terms of design philosophy, I think OPPO has one-upped themselves. In comparison to its predecessor, the new Reno5 Pro 5G comes with a glass rear panel. Now, I understand that nothing screams premium as much as a glass back phone, and trust me folks, this one is a top-quality rear panel. Visually speaking, It is shimmery and it looks very classy. I mean there’s something really nice about this frosted rear panel. By the way, the Astro Blue colour of the phone comes with a Reno Glow process that makes the phone fingerprint and scratch-resistant.
OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G: Display
The OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G features a gorgeous 6.5-inch Full-HD+ Super AMOLED display, which OPPO calls a 3D Borderless Sense Screen; thanks to the curved panel and the slim bezels. This display can refresh at 90Hz and it offers a 180Hz touch sampling rate to ensure smooth operation. To be honest, this panel is extremely eye-pleasing to look at. It is curved, it has slim bezels, it has a very tiny non-obtrusive hole-punch camera, it has HDR10+ and its peak brightness can reach all the way up to 1100 nits. Now that’s a long list right? But how do these features stack up in real life?
In my first impressions, I have to say that I am very impressed with the panel so far. It is bright, it is vivid, it is punchy; basically it is everything a good OLED display is supposed to be. Besides, there are a tonne of display options at your disposal. There is Dark Mode settings, Eye comfort, Screen Colour Temperature and more. Actually, one small display setting that one should enable on this phone, if it isn’t enabled by default, is the OSIE visual effect. What it does is that it enhances the on-screen content. And not by making the colours over saturated or absolutely over the top. It is done in a good way.
Overall, this is a very fine display; OPPO has done a good job.
OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G: Software
The OPPO Reno 5 Pro 5G comes with the latest Android 11 based ColorOS 11.1. During my initial testing, I have been extremely satisfied with the overall lagfree performance. The UI not only looks neat but is also very very responsive. Besides, you also get a lot of cool features in ColorOS 11.1 like a customisable Always-On display, customisable dark mode, Flex Drop that lets you multitask smoothly and a secure Private System that lets you create a separate profile; where apps and data are kept independent of the original system.
Apart from this, gamers would also be excited to know about gaming specific features such as a gaming shortcut mode, Bullet screen message, Gamer mode and Adjustable gaming touch. All in all, the software is loaded with features and at the same time optimised really well.
OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G: Hardware
The OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G is powered by the 2.6GHz MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC. This is a 7nm octa-core chipset and my expectations are quite high. You also get 8GB of RAM coupled with 128GB of onboard storage. There’s also a 4,350mAh battery under the hood, which is a fairly large cell by today’s standard, however battery life should anyway not be a problem. I say this because even when I did end up running out of juice, I was able to fully charge the battery from 0 to 100 percent in just 30 minutes. This is all thanks to OPPO’s 65W Super VOOC 2.0 fast charging solution.
That said, battery life on this phone has been amazing. During my initial testing, this phone never died on me. I was consistently able to last a full day everyday with around 30 percent battery still left in the tank before I go to sleep. Actually, if you are not a heavy user, you might as well be able to use this phone for a day and a half with ease, not even exaggerating.
OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G: Closing thoughts
So far, I have had a good experience with the Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G and I can’t wait to extensively put this phone through its paces. It is a good looking phone and comes with a promising set of cameras. My full review will be coming out very soon, so stay tuned.