They take the appearance of an altered OnePlus 10 Pro
Oppo has released the long-awaited Oppo Reno8 series in China. There are three phones in the series. The Reno8, Reno8 Pro, and Reno8 Pro+. Like the previous Reno series, the phones are vlogger and camera-focused.
The base Oppo Reno8 has a squarish design with a bulged camera hump. It has a glass-like feel and also comes with a Matte Black finish, making it look premium. In retrospect, the phone feels like a “cousin” of the more expensive OnePlus 10 Pro.
It carries a 6.43in. AMOLED display with FHD+ (2400x1080px) resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. This AMOLED display peaks around 800nits and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Inside the phone, you will come to find a customized Mediatek Dimensity 1300 chipset paired with 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB UFS 3.1 internal storage. The Dimensity 1300 is a slightly better Dimensity 1200. The main difference is that this one has a faster clock speed.
There are three cameras, but they are the usual ones you see on budget phones, which is somewhat disappointing. There is a 50MP primary camera with an f/1.8 aperture and two gimmicky auxiliaries (2mp depth and macro). However, what these cameras lack in hardware make up for it by including the MariSilicon NPU that was showcased first on the Find X5 Pro which was also released in the Philippines. This AI chip can significantly improve the cameras’ post-processing capabilities. The lack of diversity limits what the NPU can do, unfortunately. The front camera is a 32MP Sony IMX709 which makes the phone a great candidate for vloggers.
In terms of connectivity and security, the phone has a 3.5mm jack, 5G services, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and face unlocking. a 4500mAh battery is the phone’s main source of power and that can be recharged quickly with 80W fast charging
This is one of the first phones to confirm to use of the newly released Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, which is its primary selling point. To recall, it is supposedly an improvement over the Snapdragon 778G and is manufactured on a 4nm Samsung fabrication, the same method used for the flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
The phone is slightly taller than the base Reno8, coming with a 6.62in. Full HD+ (2400x1080px) resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. The chipset is paired with 8 or 12GB LPDDR4X RAM and either 128 or 256GB UFS 2.2 storage.
The cameras here offer more versatility. The main camera is the trendy 50MP Sony IMX766 which means this offers OIS and flagship-level image quality. The Realme 9 Pro+ uses the same sensor as well. There’s also a fairly low-res 8mp ultrawide that replaces the Reno8’s depth camera, as well as the 2mp macro. It uses the same 32mp Sony IMX709 selfie camera as the base phone and also integrates the MariSilicon X NPU which has more potential here considering the lenses and types of cameras used.
The Oppo Reno8 Pro+ sees a familiar face. That’s because the phone has a similar design as the OnePlus 10R (OnePlus Ace in China) and offers near-identical internals. This is another case of BBK Oppo-fying the OnePlus brand, that’s the third time. A new record! The phone is noticeably more rounded than the other two and has its front camera sitting in the middle. Unintentionally resembling the Galaxy S22 series.
As it is a rebrand, the phone has a 6.7in. FHD+ (2400x1080px) AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate. The camera design is a little different and shares a resemblance to the OnePlus 10 Pro instead. The main camera is 50MP, again, the Sony IMX766 with OIS, the second camera is an 8mp ultrawide snapper, and finally, comes the 2mp macro. Same cameras as the Pro and also integrates the MariSilicon X NPU that improves imagery. The 32MP Sony IMX709 front camera sits at the middle of the display
As the highest-end of the lot, the phone offers the most powerful chipset in the line, the near-flagship Dimensity 8100 MAX. A close rival to the Snapdragon 888 and 870. This is paired with 8 or 12GB LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB internal storage. It has nearly the same connectivity features as the other two. Namely, 5G, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, Bluetooth 5.3, and dual-band Wi-Fi. Like its siblings, it has an in-display fingerprint scanner and face unlocking.
AVAILABILITY AND PRICING
The phones aren’t out yet in the Philippines but we’ll keep you updated. In China, the Reno8 starts at CNY 2,499 (~Php 19.6K) for the 8/128 configuration. Double the storage and you will have to shell out CNY 2,699 (~Php 21.1K). The highest configuration, 12/256 costs CNY 2,999 (~Php 23.5K).
Meanwhile, the Reno8 Pro starts at CNY 2,999 (~Php 23.5K) for the 8/128 configuration. The 8/256 phone costs CNY 3,199 (~Php 25K), and the 12/256 phone costs CNY 3,499 (~Php 27.4K).
Finally, the Reno8 Pro+ starts at CNY 3,699 (~Php 29K) for the 8/256 configuration and CNY 3,999 (~Php 31.3K) for the 12/256 configuration.
All three are available in China for pre-orders. The Reno8 series may launch globally although not all three variants would be available. It’s a strategic marketing tactic that companies do to lessen costs and sell their phones more in their home market.