Oppo Reno8 review, a photogenic mid-range

It’s back to school and Oppo took the opportunity to announce its new mid-range smartphones. We have spent the last few weeks with it, here is our test of the Oppo Reno8.

When we think of mid-range, we think of balanced smartphones with which the manufacturer has had to work in order to offer a happy medium between performance, technical characteristics and price. But for a few years, Oppo has been trying to offer mid-range smartphones with its Reno range with an interesting price-quality ratio and yet very capable in photography.

So, it’s no surprise that we find with the new Oppo Reno8 a photo block that offers sensors co-designed with Sony. Oppo is committed to offering a smartphone that is both successful in terms of design, with fluid performance and above all with a powerful photo block. We spent ten days with this new Oppo Reno8, here is our test.

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Oppo Reno8 Features

As a reminder of the characteristics, the new Oppo Reno8 offer you :

Oppo Reno8
Screen – 6.43″ AMOLED display
– Gorilla Glass 5
– Full HD+ definition (1080×2400)
– Density 409dpi
– 20:9 aspect ratio
– 90Hz
– Max brightness: 800nits
– HDR 10+
– 97% NTSC, 95% DCI-P3, sRGB
– Punch
SoCs and GPUs – Mediatek Dimensions 1300
-Mali G-77
Memory – 8GB LPDDR4x RAM
– 256GB storage in UFS 3.1
– No memory expansion
Colors – Shimmering Gold
– Shimmering Black
– Contour in aluminum alloy, polymer and fiberglass
– Polymer back with Oppo Glow coating
– IP54
Camera – Three cameras on the back:
– Main camera: Sony IMX766 50 Megapixels, 23mm, F1.8, EIS, PDAF
– Ultra wide-angle camera: Sony IMX355 of 8 Megapixels, 16mm (112°), F2.2
– Macro camera: 2 Megapixels, 22mm, F2.4, Macro distance 4cm

– Laser autofocus
– Optical stabilization (OIS) on the main sensor
– Night Mode (Photo and Video)
– Video recording up to Ultra HD 2160p at 30fps
– Slow motion mode in 1080p at 240fps or in 720p at 480fps
– Ultra Stabilization 2.0 1080p Video Mode

– Front camera with a 32 Megapixel Sony IMX709 sensor
– Wide-angle lens (23mm) with an aperture of F2.4
– Electronic stabilization (EIS)
– Night mode
– Portrait mode
– Front-end video recording in 1080p or 720p at 30fps

Audio – Mono speaker
– No jack plug
Battery – 4500mAh
– 80W SuperVOOC fast charge (100% in 34 mins, 50% in 12 mins)
– Reverse charging
Connectivities – Optical fingerprint reader under the screen
– Bluetooth 5.3 LE
– Wi-Fi 6
– 4G and 5G
– 2x nano-SIM
– A-GPS+GLONASS, DNLA, Miracast (WiFi Direct), Google Cast
– USB 2.0, USB Type-C
– Barometer, Gyroscope, Accelerometer
– Proximity and light sensor
Software -Android 12
– ColorOS 12.1
Height and weight – 160 x 73.4 x 7.67mm
– 179g
Starting price – 599 euro
Availability date – September 15, 2022

For the packaging itself, it’s classic and unsurprisingly, there is an 80W fast wired charger, a USB cable and instructions for a first grip. Nothing very original except the fact that we still find a charger, simply because Oppo’s charging technologies are proprietary.

For its price, officially count €599 for availability from September 15, 2022. For any pre-order from August 31 to September 14, 2022, Oppo offers excellent Enco X2s (in test HERE) worth 199 euros.

Design, Screen and Audio

One of the things that we can recognize in Oppo is to always offer a design specific to the Reno range. So yes, we find some common points but we like this way of seeing the Reno, not as variations of the Find X but with its own identity. If the finish has changed from ceramic to polycarbonate (plastic) on the back. The finish remains very good in itself with this matte finish which does not protect against fingerprints, at least on our black version. We can only recommend the other color, more resistant to fingerprints and so much more original.

As on the Find X, there is a square-shaped photo block and above all, the block is an extension of the back. It’s not a big deal in itself, but it takes away the “hotplate” side of some of its competitors. On the front, we obviously find the screen with its punch for the front camera. The fingerprint sensor and optical type and is therefore located under the screen. If it did not particularly pose a problem, we found it slightly low.

Oppo Reno 8

With a screen with a diagonal of 6.43 inches, theOppo Reno8 is not necessarily an XL smartphone and it feels in hand. Afterwards, to be honest, this diagonal remains pleasant on a daily basis and this allows Oppo to offer a relatively light smartphone since the Reno8 is only 179g for a thickness of only 7.67mm. In any case, the Oppo smartphone remains pleasant in hand. Edges screens remain rather thin for a mid-range smartphone, except once again at the level of the chin. On a daily basis, it remains reasonable but in reality, we have seen better.

We find a punch at the top left and yes, it is an AMOLED panel with a Full HD + definition. On the other hand, mid-range requires, it is only a panel with a refresh rate of 90Hz. So yes, it’s not as good as a 120Hz screen but on a daily basis, it’s pleasant and fluid and you immediately feel the difference with a screen of only 60Hz.

On the sound side, there is only a mono speaker and it’s a shame because some competitors offer stereo speakers in this price range. We are talking about Oppo anyway. In addition, this price range had us accustomed to the presence of a jack port, which we do not have here. Afterwards, it’s not as if it was a defect since all the manufacturers are abandoning it, but it should be noted. Otherwise, the sound volume is rather well contained and it does not saturate. Of course, it remains a smartphone speaker and if it’s enough for short content, we can only recommend an external speaker or headphones.

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ColorOS 12.1, Performance and Autonomy

L’Oppo Reno8 comes with Android 12 as well as an overlay ColorsOS 12.1. No surprise in itself, this overlay has already been available for some time on the most recent smartphones from Oppo. With this version 12.1, we continue to get closer to what Oxygen OS offers at OnePlus. The experience is close toAndroid Stock and Oppo is continuing its work to improve its overlay over and over again so that we haven’t noticed anything bad and it was a daily pleasure. We quickly found our marks and if there are still questionable interface choices, we didn’t have too much to complain about. The experience was smooth and enjoyable.

Oppo Reno 8

On the performance side, theOppo Reno8 offers, not a SoC Qualcommbut a SoC Mediatek Dimensity1300. It is a mid-range SOC and for comparison with what Qualcomm offers, we are at the level of a Snapdragon 778G. If we had been afraid for the games, we noticed that there was nothing to complain about. On Call of Duty Mobile, the level of detail was set to “High”. We also had no problems with other games like Diablo Immortals, Rocket League Side Swipe or even Wild Rifts. Overall, we were pleasantly surprised with the overall performance. It’s clearly not the fastest SoC but it will be enough for 99% of our daily use. We used the Reno8 with a significant number of applications and we did not feel any particular discomfort on a daily basis. The user experience remains fluid and there is clearly nothing to complain about.

And finally, as with every new smartphone, you will need a few days of use before obtaining cruising autonomy. But with a battery of 4500mAh, we had enough to last a busy day very easily or two days of autonomy without forcing too much. In addition to that, Oppo added wired fast charging at 80W, which is really practical.

Photo and Video

As we saw above, the Oppo Reno8 does not come with a simple photo block consisting of two cameras. Indeed, in addition to offering sensors co-designed with Sony, Oppo does not go with the back of the spoon since the main camera offers the same sensor as that which equips the Oppo Find X5 Pro, the 2022 flagship smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer. So we end up with a high-end camera in a mid-range smartphone and it shows from the first shots. It is not as precise in terms of colorimetry since the Reno8 does not offer additional MariSilicon X for photo processing, but it is clear that the Reno8 is doing very well. We just regret the lack of optical stabilization, as with adults.

Oppo Reno 8

In ideal light conditions, the Reno8 offers contrasting and sharp photos. Even without the MariSiliconX, the colors are fairly well respected overall. There is sometimes a lack of consistency between the ultra wide-angle and the main wide-angle but overall, we had no complaints. In low light conditions, we remain impressed by the photos taken with the main camera, it is at the level of a high-end smartphone. Even with the ultra wide-angle, the Reno8 does quite well. It’s a little too smooth but it retains a certain level of detail, which some mid-range competitors don’t.

More than words, here are examples :

On the selfie side, we note the presence of an RGBW sensor, which makes it possible to be more efficient in the processing of colors and especially in the capture of light and the reduction of noise.

On the video side, we find above all the Night Video function, which is always effective, especially on a mid-range smartphone. Like the Night Mode in photos, we have the impression of having an additional light to illuminate the scene. In the same kind of trick, the Reno8 offers to automatically switch to HDR when necessary, there is no longer any need to think about it and switch manually.

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