The Oppo Reno4 Pro 5G has all the exact right technical ingredients to make a smartphone that’s desirable and exciting, and in several cases suitably different from the competition. I’ve been using it for a couple of days and have enjoyed doing so too, but then I couldn’t ignore the ingredient that’s not so good for long: The high price.
What’s most striking is the Reno4 Pro 5G’s size and weight. It’s just 7.6mm thick and 176 grams, which feels positively feather-like in today’s world, with phones regularly tipping the scales at more than 200 grams. It’s sleek and slim, slips in your pocket and bag without a fuss, and is supremely comfortable to hold and use.
Sure, we’ve seen thin and light phones before, but this is notable because the Reno4 Pro
The review model seen here is in Space Black, which has a subtle rainbow effect when it catches the light in the right way, but it’s nowhere near as noticeable as the other design flourish — the O and P logo branding. This unusual effect sits under the Gorilla Glass 5 (used on the front and the rear) and is certainly eye-catching. I like it, but the more I look the more I see an awkward blend of Chanel and Gucci branding, and that makes me like it less.
Not to worry — if it’s not for you, there’s a Galactic Blue color as well, which has a special diamond-like structure to it which apparently took six months to develop, and benefits from increased scratch resistance and a strong resistance to fingerprints. This doesn’t seem to apply to the Space Black version, as the glossy finish still gets greasy.
Ignoring the colors and the use of the logo, the takeaway here is just how slim and light a
The triple-lens camera on the back has a main 48-megapixel lens, a second 12MP 120-degree wide-angle lens, and a 13MP telephoto lens. The wide-angle lens is a custom made Sony IMX708 providing 16:9 video with special algorithms for low-light video. In addition to the rear cameras, the front 32MP camera also uses Oppo’s Ultra Steady technology for smooth video performance.
Taking stills for an hour shows the phone performs well in bright and slightly overcast conditions, although some may not like the high saturation levels, but can struggle with its exposure when using the 5x hybrid zoom. Portrait mode has good edge-detection and a natural look, while the
A quick low-light test shows the Reno4 Pro
Screen and performance
The Reno4 Pro
It’s a pretty screen as you’d expect from the latest AMOLED technology, delivering lots of color and some lovely deep blacks. The Reno4 Pro
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G processor delivers the power, and with 12GB of
ColorOS 7.2 introduces an interesting battery-saving feature where you can choose six different apps to run without restriction when the battery is almost depleted, including Google Maps and WhatsApp. These may be battery hogs, but Oppo promises 90 minutes of use with only 5% battery remaining.
The 4,000mAh battery has lasted all day without a problem so far, but with around 30% remaining after being used between 8 a.m. and 1 a.m., it won’t last two days. Oppo’s excellent SuperVOOC 2.0 charging system is a very welcome addition, as it charges the battery from flat to full in just 36 minutes, which is an astonishing performance. The 65W charger needed to do so is included in the box as well, along with a clear case to protect the phone.
Price and availability
Oppo currently does not sell its smartphones in the U.S. It will release the Reno4 Pro
The conclusion, so far
Let’s recap on the right ingredients: The Oppo Reno4 Pro
Pay less and you’ll get the absolutely beautiful $599 LG Velvet, even less for the $499 Google Pixel 4a 5G, and even less again for the OnePlus Nord. All are fairly equal regarding specification and ability, with only the Oppo’s SuperVOOC charging tech making the Reno4 Pro
For the Reno4 Pro
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