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OPPO is releasing another new Reno series once again – and here we have the new OPPO Reno8 Pro. This time, it is not as bland as the previous releases because it comes with the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 Max chipset and also OPPO’s proprietary MariSilicon X imaging chip that was previously only found on their flagship OPPO Find X5 Pro.

It seems like the technology trickled down really quick this time – so let’s take a look at what the OPPO Reno8 Pro can do in our tests.

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Design

Okay, so starting with the design. The OPPO Reno8 Pro is rather interesting. OPPO decided to make this phone with a squared-off frame and also has chamfered edges to ensure comfort while holding the phone. It is also one of the rare phones that can stand on its own, too.

OPPO Reno8 Pro review

The back is also made out of a super high gloss finish that I personally do not like since any little sign of fingerprint or oil will show prominently. And it is so slippery that the slight inclination caused by the camera bump will cause the phone to slide off the phone box when I leave it on top.

OPPO Reno8 Pro review

The camera cutout, though, is highly “inspired” by a certain smartphone that was released last year. Though, the camera design on the OPPO Reno8 Pro is humongous and looks tacky in comparison.

OPPO Reno8 Pro review

Cameras

Within this camera bump, we have a total of 3 different cameras but I’ll only consider two of them to be usable since the 2MP fixed-focus macro camera is pretty pointless.

OPPO Reno8 Pro review

What’s interesting is that this phone comes with the MariSilicon X imaging chip that is found on the OPPO Find X5 Pro earlier this year too. I can’t tell if there are any differences in terms of quality between the two phones since they both have the same image signal processor (or ISP for short), but from what I can see – the pictures look good both indoors and outdoors.

To have a look at all the pictures taken with the OPPO Reno8 Pro, watch our video at the top of this review.

OPPO Reno8 Pro review

However, this phone is missing an OIS system and that is a huge problem for me and many people – especially if you’re thinking of shooting videos with this phone. By the way, this phone can only take up to 1080p at 60fps or 4K at 30fps.

OPPO Reno8 Pro review

Performance

This phone is also powered by the relatively new MediaTek Dimensity 8100 Max chipset and it does offer a very good level of performance. I got about 45-ish fps consistently while playing Genshin Impact at the highest graphical settings – but from what I’ve tested, the performance level isn’t exactly that much different compared to the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G with the Dimensity 1300 chipset. Sure, the Reno8 Pro is better but only by like 2-3fps.

Display

As for the screen, this is fairly simple. It’s a large 6.7-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2412×1080 pixels and goes up to 120Hz refresh rate.

OPPO Reno8 Pro review

It looks good and our colorimeter agrees. This phone covers more than 99% of sRGB and more than 98% of DCI-P3 color gamuts – but the maximum Delta E number is 3 – which is actually quite high but I doubt our eyes can actually tell the difference.

OPPO Reno8 Pro review

Then for the maximum brightness – it’s only at about 530 nits which is definitely not enough if you want to use this phone outdoors on a sunny day.

Battery life

As for the battery life, we used our usual PC Mark battery life test at 100 nits of brightness and this phone lasts for about 12 hours. Pretty decent overall, and can last you throughout a day’s use without much of an issue.

OPPO Reno8 Pro review

Charging time

As for the charging time, this phone also comes with an 80W SuperVOOC charger and it can charge from 15% to 80% in about 18 minutes – but why?

OPPO Reno8 Pro review

Well, for those who charge their phones overnight like I do, there is an option in the settings menu called “optimized night charging” which “learns” when you plug it in at night and when you unplug it in the morning, so it’ll only charge to 100% right before you unplug.

OPPO Reno8 Pro review

This feature is not new and I also doubt its effectiveness since you’re essentially also trickle-charging at 80% of battery anyway. Once we disabled this feature, it charges from 15% to 100% in about 30 minutes.

OPPO Reno8 Pro review

Software

And as for the software – the OPPO Reno8 Pro comes with ColorOS 12.1 with Android 12 and it’s no different from the Reno 7 Pro or the Find X5 Pro in terms of software. All of the bloatware is also here – like Hot Games and hot Apps. We’ll definitely need to take some time to clean up these apps before we actually start using the phone.

OPPO Reno8 Pro review

We’ll definitely have to do some cleanup before we actually start using the phone – and I urge you to do that before installing anything else.

OPPO Reno8 Pro review

Should you buy the OPPO Reno8 Pro?

The question is – should you buy the OPPO Reno8 Pro? For the price of RM3,299, I think this phone is way too expensive and the time gap between the Reno 7 series and this Reno8 Pro is way too close. Remember – the Reno 7 series was released in early March of this year and after only 4 short months, we now have the Reno8 series.

OPPO Reno8 Pro review

For phones of this price range, I don’t think such a short refresh cycle is fair for the customers. Also, OPPO, you need to have proper software support commitment if you’re going to charge so much for what is essentially a mid-range smartphone.

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