A few short months ago, we reviewed the OPPO Reno7 Z. Now, we have the new OPPO Reno8 Z. Technically, it’s not that new. It’s just with a fresh new coat of paint. Everything inside is identical to the OPPO Reno7 Z.
So, let’s speedrun through this phone once again, and then we have quite a lot of thoughts to share after that.
So, what’s identical to the OPPO Reno7 Z? Everything except the design, actually. If you put both the Reno7 Z and the Reno 8Z on GSM Arena and click “differences”, you’ll see that most of it are the same. Of course, GSM Arena isn’t 100% accurate.
Let’s quickly run through each aspect of the phone then.
The chipset – it’s going to perform the same as the Snapdragon 695 chipset. The performance is going to be the same and while you can still play Genshin Impact, the performance dips are very frequent. Again, it depends on how tolerant you are of these performance drops.
They also got the same 8GB RAM with 128GB of storage so that everything will be the same. Don’t @ me with the RAM Extension feature – because we already did another video about how RAM does NOT affect your game performance.
The battery life I’m just going to show you on the screen here. It’s still using the exact same 4,500mAh battery so it’ll last the same as the OPPO Reno7 Z.
Then for the charging time, it also comes with the 33W SuperVOOC charger so it’ll charge from about 15% to 100% in about 60 minutes – so nothing has changed there as well.
The camera is also identical – the same triple camera setup but only one of it is usable to take pictures and if you want to see the pictures taken, watch the video at the top of this review.
As for the screen, it’s using a 6.43-inch AMOLED screen with 60Hz refresh rate and the colors are really good. We also took out our colorimeter and tested that it is covering virtually 100% of sRGB and 96% of DCI-P3 with a low Delta E number.
The maximum brightness is only at about 440 nits so that means it’s not bright enough to be used under direct sunlight.
Software is something that I don’t want to talk much about here. It’s using the latest ColorOS 12.1 and it looks and feels the same as before – and there is still a lot of bloatware too.
The only thing that changed is the color of the device. We have something called the Dawnlight Gold here and it looks… very sparkly. It changes colors depending on what angle we’re looking the phone at, and combined with the glitter and matte finish on top, I’m sure many people will call it gaudy. What caught me off-guard is the camera cutout area. It’s using the OPPO Reno 8 Pro’s camera cutout shape, but made into a glossy finish instead.
Oh, it still has the OPPO Breathing Lights. It acts like a notification LED or a charging indicator.
Why did OPPO launch the Reno8 Z?
Okay, with all of that out of the way, why did OPPO launch the same device again? Well, there are two ways to look at it. One, is that OPPO wants to keep the brand name awareness consistent, so they just relaunch the same device with minimal differences with a different name. We’ve seen this relaunching method done in a much more extreme manner by another phone brand.
The other way to look at this is that OPPO had to follow the tradition of launching triple 3 phones with each generation of Reno phones – let’s say the Reno 7 for example, they launched the Reno 7 and the Reno 7 Pro, then the Reno7 Z at a slightly later date. To continue with that tradition, OPPO had to release the Reno8 Z. However, since there is a new generation of Reno phones in less than 6 months and there are either no new hardware in the market or just save on R&D cost, they just rehash an existing device with a new coat of paint.
Hey, at least we have double the storage to 256GB. That justifies the extra RM100 price increment, at least.