The self-certified camera phone specialists are back with their latest offering, the Oppo Reno 8. Since its inception, the Reno series has been branded as a mid-range device with a flagship-level camera. Their main distinguishing feature is the 10X zoom found on their camera. The OPPO Reno 8 5G is no different from the core principles. It brings a mix of unique design, processor, and of course, the camera. The phone was officially released in India on 17th July 2022. Here’s a detailed look at its key specifications and overview.
Key Specifications of Oppo Reno 8 5G
Design and Build Quality
The Reno series has always been about bringing unique design elements. From the Reno to Reno Ace and Reno 2, the company brought design elements that were very much ahead of its time.
This time, however, Oppo seems to have settled. The Reno 8 has the same wave-like camera bump on the back with a gradient finish all around. The device is made of plastic on the frame and back. The front display also has a huge chin which is an eyesore by 2022 standards.
At 160 grams, the device is fairly lightweight and manageable. Much of it is due to the material and a smaller battery.
The overall ports and buttons remain the same. The power button has a horizontal gradient on it which gives it a subtle but noticeable look. There is no expandable storage on the Reno8 nor is there any headphone jack.
Overall, the design is an ode to the Reno 7. The same chamfered edges and polished fade on the back is something uniquely Reno and that alone might be a key selling point.
Moving on, we have a 6.4-inch AMOLED FHD+ display. The display is definitely large by conventional standards. Added 90 Hz refresh rate with 180 Hz touch sampling rate makes for a buttery smooth display experience.
The display has a general brightness of 400 nits. Now that might feel a bit low for outdoor usage. However, the Reno 8 has three more brightness configurations with a 600 nits high brightness mode and 800 nits of peak brightness. So, visibility will not be an issue whatsoever.
Speaking of media consumption, the experience is right on par with far more expensive devices. The colors look decent with a warmer tone. If you’re not into that, the display can be easily calibrated from the settings.
The front has Gorilla Glass 5 Protection. Even though it's not the latest and greatest in the lineup, it still gets the job done fairly well.
The camera is one of the key highlights of every Reno phone since the first generation debuted around 3 years ago. This year, the Reno 8 has a triple camera setup with a 50 MP main sensor, 8 MP ultrawide, and a 2 MP macro shooter.
While the 2 MP macro shooter most likely won't be of much use, the other two sensors are definitely going to rock the boat. The 50 MP sensor has a multidirectional PDAF for improved color accuracy and stabilization.
The pictures from the main camera look sharp and crisp. The camera can capture a great amount of detail while maintaining the dynamic range. There is no periscopic lens on the Reno 8 to support 10X zoom here so any zoom you get will only be digitally cropped images.
The sensor also performs well in artificial lights. It captured a good number of details with a balanced exposure.
The videography of the Reno 8 is rated at 4K at 30 fps or 1080P up to 120 fps. There’s no dedicated OIS here so users will be getting gyro-EIS only.
The front camera features a 32 MP sensor. The sensor does an excellent job of capturing detail and it's definitely one of the best front shooters in its price bracket.
Overall, the camera performance is exceptionally good on the Reno 8 compared to its price. Sure, it won't compete with the likes of the iPhone or Pixels, but it has created a space for itself in its budget range.
Processor and Performance
The Oppo Reno 8 has been powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1300 processor based on the 6 Nm architecture. The octa-core processor has a 1 3.0 GHz Cortex-A78 and 3 2.6 GHz Cortex-A78 and 4 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55. As is evident from the unit structure, the Dimensity 1300 is a performance-oriented solution for upper mid-range devices.
The processor is also complemented well by the Mali G77 GPU. Now let's talk about real-world performance. As an upper mid-range device, this phone definitely ticks all the boxes. Day-to-day tasks feel smooth and there’s no lag whatsoever. 2D games also run well without any hiccups. But there are a few frame-drops here and there with graphics-intensive games like PUBG and COD.
Overall, the performance of the device is satisfactory. ColorOS has also come a long way. Users will be getting the 12.1 version based on Android 12 out of the box.
Battery and Charge Time
The Oppo Reno 8 boasts a 4500 mAh battery. Now, this might seem low by 2022 standards. But the company has also included an 80 W fast charger in the box. You can expect to top up the device in under half an hour which is a total game changer in our opinion.
Price of Oppo Reno 8 5G
Oppo Reno 8 5G hasn’t officially been launched in Bangladesh yet. The price of the 8/128 GB variant in China is 2499 CNY which roughly translates to 34,838 BDT (1 CNY = 13.96 BDT). The official price of Oppo Reno 8 5G may vary in Bangladesh due to tax, and other issues.
The Oppo Reno 8 5G is the perfect mix between flagship and mid-range features. The device brings a unique blend of performance and efficiency which is generally not seen in the mid-range market. While the device certainly has its shortcomings in the build quality and the large chin on the display, the processor, battery, and camera more than makes up for that shortcoming. So if you’re looking for a camera phone on a budget, the Reno 8 can easily be your go-to choice.