A mid-range device with 5G capabilities.
Oppo Reno 5 Pro Positives:
- A good design.
- The MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ processor
- Supports 1080p HDR videos on a bright display
- Good battery life
- 65W fast charging
- 5G compatible
Oppo Reno 5 Pro Negatives:
· Occasional lags in games
· No dual (stereo) speakers
Oppo Reno 5 Pro Specs Summary:
|Display||6.5-inch Super AMOLEDFHD+ 2400 x 1080 at 402ppi90Hz refresh rate|
|Camera||Rear:Wide-angle: 64MP – Ultra-wide: 8MP Macro: 2MPDepth: 2MP|
|Operating System||Color OS 11.1Android 11|
|Color||Astral Blue, Starry Black|
Oppo has started the year which a brand new addition in the Reno line. Oppo Reno 5 Pro is a middle-range device from a Chinese-based company. This new addition surpasses its predecessor with flying colors. Not only does it support 5G but has interesting new features, sure to attract consumers.
Design and Display
Oppo Reno 5 Pro sports a glass back with Reno Glow technology which enables nanoparticles to reflect light and giving the device a breathtaking finish. The glass cover itself is quite glossy, which some people might not prefer. Despite the glass back, the phone is lightweight around 173 grams while the width is 7.6mm. The device is given a decadent matte finish, which gives it a striking look and ensures there are no fingerprints on the back. Whereas, there are two color variants of Oppo Reno 5 Pro: Astral Blue and Starry Black
Unlike its predecessor, Oppo Reno 5 Pro’s camera is a bit different. The four lenses are not stacked on top of the other but only three lenses are vertically stacked while the slightly smaller lenses are in vertical alignment with the third lenses. Another change in design is that the 3.5 mm headphone jack is no longer present. Users will have to use USB-C port headphones for audio connectivity, perhaps the reason the headphone jack was removed was to promote usage of Oppo’s wireless headphones, Enco X earbuds.
Oppo Reno 5 Pro has a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with a 1080p resolution and a refresh rate of 90Hz. The display looks vibrant with warm tones. When the display is exposed to sunlight, the brightness automatically increases. You can play games and stream videos easily since the refresh rate is quite impressive.
Furthermore, Oppo claims that the device is HDR10+ certified, which means better contrast levels and dynamic range in videos and photos, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is used on top of the display.
Performance and Battery Life
Oppo’s Reno 5 Pro 5G uses Dimensity 1000+ processor. It is said the Dimensity 1000+ processor is built around the 7nm architecture, which Oppo claims is one of the fastest processors as of yet. However, a downside observed while playing games is that lag can be seen which disturbs the game.
This addition in the Reno universe has a ColorOS 1, which is heavily customized software based on Android 11, and it is quite practical. There are some preinstalled applications on the device but you can disable them from the settings.
Another downgrade is perhaps the decision to have a single speaker but it makes up by being sufficiently loud.
The smartphone uses a 4350mAh battery inside with support for 65W fast charging and the battery lasts for over a day on a single charge with light usage. Even if the battery runs out, a bundled charger can give you a 50 percent battery in around 20 minutes while the top-up takes about 35-36 minutes.
The Reno 5 Pro 5G comes with a 64MP primary camera, an 8MP ultrawide camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP mono camera. With this version of Reno Oppo has something new in-store. One of the new features is the AI Highlight Video, which improves the image quality by either enhancing the brightness in the photos or applying HDR effects. Once activated, the AI algorithm decides what to apply according to shooting conditions. This feature is available for both rear and selfie cameras.
When this feature is turned on, the videos recorded in dim light will get automatically brightened up. Ideally, this only works for 1080p videos but for images other than this there is an Ultra Dark Mode available.
It can be observed that Oppo is heavily reliant on AI hence it is preferable to have it turned on while using the camera.AI still works in the normal photo mode and enhance pictures by making them brighter. It is worth noting that at times the AI brightens photos so much that they look striking but the natural color is depleted. The ultra-wide camera works just fine since the quality of the pictures is subpar. Whereas the portraits are sufficiently good. Another new feature is Oppo’s AI Color Portrait mode which keeps the color on the person’s face and body, but the background turns black and white.
Overall, it is an impressive phone and you do get your money’s worth. However, it faces some tough competition in the market since the phone lacks overall performance and needs a major upgrade. It is possible for users to be attracted to the OnePlus Nord, which is for a much lesser price.
This article submitted by Bianca Patrick.
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