Oppo has launched its next Reno phone, the Reno5 Pro 5G in India. The Reno5 Pro is a mid-range phone and the first in India to be powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1000+. (OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G review हिंदी में पढ़िए.)
The handset includes an HDR compliant AMOLED display, lays emphasis on videography features, has Android 11-based software, and promising 65W SuperVOOC charging.
In India, the new Reno will be up against the likes of Xiaomi Mi 10T, OnePlus 8, and LG Velvet. In our Oppo Reno5 Pro review, we will detail what we liked about the phone and where it fell short.
Oppo Reno 5 Pro review: Price and Specifications
|Model||Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G|
|Display||6.5“ Super AMOLED 20:9 | FHD+: 2400×1080; PPI: 402; 90Hz|
|Chipset||7nm 2.6GHz MediaTek Dimensity 1000+Octa-core CPU|
|RAM and Storage||8GB RAM + 128GB ROM|
|Software||ColorOS 11.1 based on Android 11|
|Thickness and Weight||7.6mm, 173 grams|
|Rear Camera||64MP Main Camera
8MP Ultra-wide Angle Camera
2MP Macro Camera
2MP Mono Camera
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, USB Type-C|
|Battery||4350mAh; 65W SuperVOOC 2.0|
|Unlock||Face Unlock, In-display Fingerprint sensor|
Oppo Reno 5 Pro review: Unboxing
The Reno5 Pro 5G ships with conventional accessories and Type-C wired earphones. Here’s all you’ll find in the retail box:
- Handset with pre-applied screen protector
- Good quality TPU case
- 65 SuperVooc Charging adapter
- Charging cable (A to C)
- Type-C Earphones
- SIM ejector tool and documentation
Oppo Reno 5 Pro review: Design and Build
Slim and light flagships are becoming increasingly difficult to come by, and it’s good to see that Oppo isn’t compromising on these core tenets even when adding a sizeable battery with 65W fast charging support.
The Reno 5 Pro looks marvelous. We have the Astral Blue variant with a subtle, shimmery texture on the rear glass, an appealing rectangular camera module design, a solid aluminum side frame, and a beautiful curved AMOLED display. There’s also a flat ribbon-like strip running at the top that adds to the aesthetics.
On the front, the display has a punch-hole notch close to the top left corner. the handset comes with a pre-installed plastic screen protector and a transparent case that can even out the slight camera hump. Oppo doesn’t specify the scratch resistance employed for the touch glass.
All buttons and ports are easily accessible and so is the optical in-display fingerprint reader close to the bottom. On the downside, there is no ingress protection rating or expandable storage.
Overall, the Reno5 Pro 5G strikes as a premium phone with a design that works.
Oppo Reno 5 Pro review: Display
Oppo uses a good quality 6.5-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate.
It’s a pleasure to consume multimedia content on the phone. Black saturation contrast and White saturation contrast are above average compared to other mid-range AMOLED panels.
The display can get up to 1100 Nits bright (claims OPPO) and supports HDR10+. HDR and Full HD resolution content streaming is supported on Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime.
The display settings don’t have the option to switch between color presets and the default profile doesn’t support wide gamut which makes colors oversaturated while playing HDR content. There is a color temperature toggle that lets you shift to comparatively warmer tones.
Color OS 11 further adds an elaborate and customizable Always-on Display mode and edge lighting effects to make the most of the side curves.
Oppo Reno 5 Pro review: Performance and Software
This is the first phone in India with MediaTek’s Dimensity 1000+ chip. This is a powerful 7nm process based mid-range chipset and it’s assisted by 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.
The performance wasn’t a problem on the Reno5 Pro. All apps that we tried ran smoothly and gaming wasn’t a problem. We didn’t encounter any random stutters and janks as we often to MediaTek chips.
The omission we noticed is AR support. The phone doesn’t support AR core and Google’s 3D Objects that let you play
We are finally happy with the ColorOS 11 software that’s based on Android 11. There was a time when software used to be a consistent peeve point on Oppo phones but the skin has finally evolved into an interface we enjoyed using.
The interface doesn’t feel overly intrusive, has a good design, and retains several useful elements from stock Android including GBoard and Google Feed. Random Oppo apps don’t hog notification shade and there are several nifty customization options that are also well organized.
Also Read: Color OS 11 Features, Tips, and Tricks
Oppo Reno 5 Pro review: Camera performance
Oppo primarily highlights the video capture capabilities of the Reno5 Pro. The system heavily relies on software algorithms to inspect a scene and to then tune camera settings and image processing accordingly. We were intrigued to test how well the mid-range MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ that’s rated for 4.5TOPS of AI task would handle the load.
Let’s start with the specs. There are four cameras on the rear and a 64MP sensor takes the lead. It’s accompanied by a basic 8MP wide-angle camera, a 2MP mono camera, and a 2MP macro camera.
In proper daylight, the camera can expectedly gather a good amount of detail. The software tries to keep colors as close to neutral and we didn’t see any hint of oversaturation in the winter flowers we shot. In fact, at times bright orange and bright pinks felt a tad undersaturated.
There is a slight warm cast in images. Skin tones are natural and the Reno5 Pro is smart enough to not blow subtle shadows.
With light sources in the frame, metering sometimes went haywire but we could usually fix this in the second attempts. So, no worries.
Indoors and under artificial lighting, the camera performance is at par with what we usually see on phones in this price range. The Reno5 Pro does a good job with sharpening and noise reduction but don’t expect the performance to compare to tier 1 flagships.
The Reno5 Pro does well in dark scenes. In the night mode, the software can balance light sources well and does good when shooting human subjects. When shooting night scenes highlights remain slightly overexposed.
The 32MP camera on the front has fixed focus lens and it does really well. AI beautification is turned on by default and we can notice some skin smoothening even after manually disabling beautification. The end result still looks pleasant for both stills and videos. Portrait selfies are also consistently good.
Portraits from the rear camera appear great too. Once again, AI beautification is enabled by default. Macro camera performance is nothing to write home about.
There is some expected deterioration in quality when switching to the 8MP macro camera. The images are still quite usable.
There is a lot going on with Videos. From a consumer point of view and keeping the complex terminologies aside, you can shoot Ultra-steady videos, AI Highlight videos that can understand dark scenes and shoot HDR footage, and also shoot portrait videos with blurred backdrops.
AI Highlight video does a great job understanding a scene and adjusting the brightness of highlights and shadows. Colors tend to get a little oversaturated, though. The videos we shot had good clarity and looked appealing.
Users can use Ultra Steady for enhanced software stabilization but this can not be clubbed with AI Highlights mode. This again works well for shooting moving subjects.
Portrait videos work for a single subject and that too when it’s not in motion. When the subject is moving, the backdrop blur doesn’t hold consistently. We didn’t find this mode very handy.
The Soloop editor proved to be a useful tool. It can be used to quickly add effects and themes to clicked videos, and the end result is impressive. This should make Reno5 Pro a lot of fun for amateur content creators, especially young consumers who actively post video content on social media.
Also Read: LG Velvet Review
Oppo Reno 5 Pro review: Battery and Audio
The 4350mAh battery on the Reno5 Pro can last for a little more than a day with moderate to heavy usage. The good thing is that 65W fast charging is blazing fast and holds true to the 30 minutes charging claim.
This is an amazing convenience. Even if you forgot to charge your phone, just plug it in while you dress up and you will probably have enough charge to last for the day!
As for audio, the mono loudspeaker at the bottom is fairly loud and clear. We didn’t face any issues with wireless connectivity.
Oppo Reno 5 Pro review: Verdict, Pros, and Cons
Oppo Reno5 Pro surpassed our expectations. It looks stunning, delivers reliable performance, has impressive software, an AMOLED display, and amazing fast charging convenience. There is room for improvement when it comes to camera performance, but the overall experience is decent for the price.
Priced at INR 35,990, the Oppo Reno5 Pro is not a bargain, but it’s also not overpriced. Oppo has paid due attention to nuances that matter and the end result is a premium mid-range phone that we enjoyed using and can appreciate.
- Excellent design
- Reliable performance
- Appealing software
- Decent camera performance for the price
- HDR content colors appear a bit off
- AR Core not supported
- No audio jack
Oppo Reno 5 Pro FAQ
What is the SAR value of Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G
Head SAR is 1.18 W/Kg and Body SAR is 0.99 W/Kg.
Does Reno5 Pro support AR and Google 3D Objects?
No, it does not.
Does Oppo Reno5 Pro support HD and HDR streaming on Netflix and Prime?
Yes, it does.
Does Oppo Reno5 Pro support Wi-Fi calling, LTE-A and Carrier aggregation?
Yes, it does.