Oppo Reno 8 5G Review: Trusted Wine in a New Bottle?

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Oppo has expanded the Reno series with the introduction of the Reno 8 5G and the Reno 8 Pro 5G (Review). These two smartphones are marketed by Oppo as “The Portrait Expert”. We’ve already reviewed the Reno 8 Pro 5G, which impressed us with its design and build quality, but it didn’t offer as much value as the competition when it came to performance. Does the Oppo Reno 8 5G deliver a comparable experience or does it have an edge over the competition? Let’s find out.

Oppo Reno 8 5G price in India

The Oppo Reno 8 5G costs Rs. 29,999 for the only variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Oppo is offering the phone in two variants, Shimmer Gold and Shimmer Black. The pricing pits it against the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G and the Mi 11X 5G.

The Oppo Reno 8 5G has all ports on the bottom

Oppo Reno 8 5G Design

The Oppo Reno 8 5G has a stylish design and I easily attracted attention with the Shimmer Gold variant. In line with current design trends, Oppo has flattened the sides of the Reno 8 5G. This makes it easy to hold and comfortable to use with one hand. The corners are curved and they don’t dig into your palms while using the phone. The frame is made of plastic and doesn’t feel very premium.

You get a large 6.4-inch display on the front of the Oppo Reno 8 5G, with a cutout in the top left corner for the selfie camera. It has quite thin bezels that provide an immersive experience except for the chin at the bottom. Oppo has used Corning Gorilla Glass 5 over the screen for protection.

At 179g, the Reno 8 5G is not heavy and does not cause fatigue during prolonged use. The power and volume buttons are positioned towards the center of the frame on either side, making them easy to reach. These buttons have a reassuring click that helps avoid second guessing of an entry. The top of the frame has only the secondary microphone. The SIM tray is located at the bottom along with the USB Type-C port, speaker, and primary microphone.

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The Shimmer Gold variant can hide fingerprints quite well

The Oppo Reno 8 5G has a triple camera setup on the back and the module is molded into the rear panel. The cutouts for the camera lens are huge, which easily draws attention to the camera module. The design reminds me of the OnePlus Nord 2T (Review).

Oppo Reno 8 5G Specifications

The Oppo Reno 8 5G has an AMOLED screen with a full HD+ resolution, a refresh rate of 90 Hz and a touch frequency of 180 Hz. While the OnePlus Nord 2T also has a 90Hz refresh rate, other competing devices like the Motorola Edge 30 (Review) offer a higher 144Hz refresh rate.

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The Oppo Reno 8 5G is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 SoC, an octa-core SoC clocked at 3GHz. There is a RAM expansion feature that allows you to expand the RAM up to 5 GB. The fixed storage space may be a concern for a few people as it is not expandable. smart phone. Oppo could have offered a variant with higher storage.

You get two nano SIM slots and the tray has a rubber ring around it to provide some protection from dust and water. However, the Reno 8 5G is not officially IP certified. It has support for Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, dual-5G standby and dual-4G VoLTE. It also has six satellite navigation systems. The Reno 8 5G has a 4,500mAh battery with support for 80W fast charging. Oppo also bundles a compatible charger in the box, which is a huge plus.

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The plastic frame of the Oppo Reno 8 5G does not feel premium

The Oppo Reno 8 5G runs ColorOS 12.1 on top of Android 12. At the time of writing this review, it ran the July 2022 Android security patch. The phone has a fair amount of bloatware pre-installed such as Byju’s, Dailyhunt, FinShell Pay, HeyFun, Josh. , Moj, Netflix, Paytm, Snapchat and a few more. Most of these apps can be uninstalled. Oppo offers multiple customization options through the Theme Store app. You also get the option to match accent colors to the color of your wallpaper.

Oppo has added Air Gestures that allow the user to interact with the smartphone through hand gestures without touching the screen. I thought this feature was a gimmick and it didn’t work as expected. You still get traditional gestures like swiping with three fingers to take a screenshot, double-tap to wake up the screen, and flip to mute incoming calls, among other things.

Oppo Reno 8 5G Performance

The Oppo Reno 8 5G provided a smooth experience and showed no signs of lag or stutter during my use. The 8 GB of RAM on board coupled with the 5 GB of storage allocated as RAM ensured seamless multitasking. I also didn’t have to wait long for apps to load. The in-display fingerprint and facial recognition were consistently fast at authentication.

The AMOLED display was bright and had good viewing angles. The Reno 8 5G only has a single speaker on the bottom, but dual speakers would have improved the video viewing experience. Fortunately, the single speaker is loud enough. Scrolling through the menus felt smooth on the 90Hz screen. The panel defaults to 90Hz, but you do have the option to switch to 60Hz. There is no option for dynamic refresh rate. I used the phone at 90Hz during this review.

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The primary camera on the Reno 8 5G uses a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor

In Geekbench 5, the Reno 8 managed to score 5G 603 in single-core and 2,522 in multi-core tests. In AnTuTu, the Reno 8 5G managed to score 592,361 points. In graphics benchmark GFX Bench, the phone managed to score 60 fps in the T-Rex and 41 fps in Car Chase test suites. These scores are very similar to the OnePlus 2T 5G. The Motorola Edge 30 was also close in performance with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ SoC.

Game performance was good and the Reno 8 5G was able to run Call of Duty: Mobile on ‘High’ graphics and ‘High’ framerate settings. The game ran on these settings without any lag or stutter during gameplay. I played the game for 20 minutes and noticed a four percent drop in battery level. The phone barely felt warm after gaming.

The battery life was very good and I could easily get two days with my usage which mostly consisted of browsing Instagram, browsing Reddit, replying to WhatsApp messages and watching YouTube videos. In our HD video loop test, the phone managed to run for 22 hours and 48 minutes, which was impressive. The included 80W charger helped keep charging times low. It managed to charge the phone to 84 percent in 30 minutes and was fully charged in less than 40 minutes.

Oppo Reno 8 5G Cameras

The Oppo Reno 8 5G has a triple camera setup. It has a 50 megapixel primary camera with a Sony IMX766 sensor. This camera sensor is widely used in smartphones such as the Nothing Phone 1 (Review), Realme GT Neo 3, OnePlus 10T and even the Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G (Review). This primary camera has no OIS and instead relies on EIS. The other cameras are an 8 megapixel ultra-wide angle camera with a 120-degree field of view and a 2 megapixel macro camera. For selfies, the Oppo Reno 8 5G has a 32-megapixel selfie camera. I found the camera app easy to use.

Photos from the primary camera were quite detailed and had accurate colors. Even in bright conditions, the Reno 8 5G managed to capture colors accurately. The ultra wide-angle camera had a slight decline in quality compared to the primary camera. However, it had no barrel distortion and I couldn’t find a big difference in color tones. The camera app has an AI scene optimization switch that increases color saturation to make photos more vivid.

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(From top to bottom): examples of primary and ultra wide-angle cameras (tap to view full size image)

Close-up photos were good and the phone didn’t take much time to lock the focus. Portraits also had good edge detection and natural background blur. Macro shots were good, but I had to constantly move the phone to make sure the shot was in focus.

(From top to bottom): close-up and macro camera examples (tap to view full size image)

The camera performance in low light was decent and the phone managed to take good pictures in well lit environments. Dark parts of the frame had a watercolor-like effect. With the night mode turned on, the phone took pictures with a long exposure, resulting in blurry pictures if the subject moved a little.

Examples of low light and night mode cameras (tap to view full size image)

Selfies from the 32MP camera were excellent in both daylight and low light. Even selfie portraits were quite detailed. In low light, the phone automatically turned on the screen flash, capturing a brighter image.

(From top to bottom): Daylight group selfie and portrait selfie in low light (tap to view image size)

Video recording peaked at 4K 30fps for the primary camera and 1080p for the selfie shooter. The phone relies on EIS to stabilize footage and does a good job when shooting at 1080p resolution. However, jitter was visible in the output when shooting at 4K in daylight and was more prominent in low light.

verdict

The Oppo Reno 8 5G is a well-designed smartphone with capable hardware, priced below Rs. 30,000. It offers good performance on par with others in the segment and has decent cameras for the price. ColorOS has good features, but the amount of pre-installed bloatware can get annoying for someone who prefers a clean Android experience. The lack of OIS also negatively affects camera performance, especially when shooting in low light.

Given the number of smartphones launched in this price range over the past year, the Reno 8 5G has its job to do. The OnePlus Nord 2T 5G (Review) is the closest alternative and is almost identical in hardware to the Reno 8 5G. The Motorola Edge 30 (Review) is similarly priced and focuses on a sleek design, while offering a 144Hz refresh rate display and a clean near-stock Android. The Mi 11X 5G (Review) is also worth considering for anyone purely looking for good performance at this price.


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