Should You Spend Rs 45,000 On This Smartphone?

Oppo launched the new Reno 8 series which includes the Reno 8 and Reno 8 Pro smartphones. The company has a clear picture of how it wants to position its products. One of them sits in the under Rs 30,000 market while the Reno 8 Pro is seen as a premium option.

And we’re looking at the latter in this review, after using it for more than a few weeks. It has a reliable MediaTek chipset built on a premium chassis. But is that enough to convince the buyer to spend Rs 45,000 on this smartphone? We have tried to find the answer here.

Oppo Reno 8 Pro Design

Oppo usually pays a lot of attention to the design of its products, and we also see those features with the Reno 8 Pro. The construction quality of glass, together with the aluminum frame, gives it the ideal feeling in the hands. And the phone weighs lighter than most in its segment. The edges are very thin, so you have more screen printing.

Oppo Reno 8 Pro smartphone design
Oppo Reno 8 Pro has a premium design

The other intriguing part of the Reno 8 Pro’s design is the uniformity of the camera module that blends into the rear panel. The power button is on the right. If you see the price tag and look at the Reno 8 Pro, you might find the phone worth it.

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Oppo Reno 8 Pro screen

The other pleasing aspect of the Reno 8 Pro is the screen. It has a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution at a modest pixel density of 394 PPI. But its 93.5 percent screen-to-body ratio gives it an extra mark.

Oppo Reno 8 Pro screen
Reno 8 Pro AMOLED display supports 120Hz refresh rate

The overall quality of the screen is pretty good, the AMOLED panel shows its true colors and to be honest we like the flat screen over the curved screen we usually get in this range. The black looks really clean and if you combine the 120Hz refresh rate you will enjoy using the Reno 8 Pro for its fluidity and smoothness. That said, we felt that the placement of the in-display fingerprint sensor could be a problem for users who may have fake touches preventing the phone from unlocking.

Oppo Reno 8 Pro Performance

Oppo Reno 8 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 Max chipset, and you get it with 12GB of RAM, further expandable using the virtual support. Reno 8 Pro gets the ColorOS platform built on the Android 12 operating system. The combination of hardware and software gives some impressive results.

Oppo Reno 8 Pro Performance
Reno 8 Pro is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 8100 Max SoC

You will be annoyed by the amount of bloatware loaded on the phone. Most can be removed but those spending Rs 45,000 don’t want a hassle.

You can easily glide through the daily tasks and even enjoy gaming sessions without major hitches. That said, we have noticed a few instances where the back panel of the phone gets warm especially near the camera module. But all in all, we were excited to try this chipset, and safe to say, we were impressed.

Oppo Reno 8 Pro camera

Oppo is heavily advertising the Reno 8 Pro’s camera capabilities and people are no doubt raving about it. The debut of the MariSilicon in the Reno series was another factor to consider. But its integration is especially felt with videos, and for stills, the omission of optical image stabilization (OIS) becomes apparent when shooting in low light.

Oppo Reno 8 Pro camera
Reno 8 Pro has a triple rear camera

The image quality in daylight is razor-sharp, the 50 megapixel main sensor makes a big fist of its capabilities. But the other two sensors don’t justify the hype. The ultra-wide sensor lacks detail, while the macro unit is just there to make up the numbers. Oppo relies too much on the NPU to deliver quality, but the camera is crying out for better software optimization to rise above its weight.

Oppo Reno 8 Pro Battery

Oppo Reno 8 Pro is a battery champion and I never expected to say this when I saw the features of the device. But the Dimensity 8100 Max SoC along with ColorOS have given it the ideal power efficiency that makes the 4500mAh battery perform better than expected. We regularly got a 6 hour SOT, with the 120Hz refresh rate mode, using multiple apps all the time and gaming for an hour.

Oppo Reno 8 Pro Battery
Oppo Reno 8 Pro supports 80W charging

The phone gets 80W charging support which is ready in less than half an hour.

Oppo Reno 8 Pro Verdict

Oppo Reno 8 Pro justifies its price tag with its design, build quality, performance and even battery support. The glass unibody design makes it easy to use, especially the weight. The Dimensity 8100 Max chipset scores high and the design is sure to catch the eye.

However, the camera disappoints us and we hope a software update can improve some of the existing gaps. Oppo Reno 8 Pro for Rs 45,999 may be an attractive option, but it falls short of value for money.

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