Oppo Reno 3 Pro Review
March 18, 2020

Let’s take a look at the new Reno.

The Reno series from Oppo offered a different take on smartphone design in its past iterations, but the new Reno 3 Pro goes for a more traditional look by eliminating the pop-up camera shark’s fin camera and using the now common punch hole camera display.

The Reno 3 Pro is lightweight, evident from the first time you hold it in your hands. The glossy back attracts fingerprints, but thankfully it comes with a case in the box that you can use immediately. Buttons are located on both sides for the power and volume controls while the speakers are located at the bottom (which we wish could have sounded louder). There’s still a 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C port.

Slim bezels highlight the Reno 3 Pro’s screen – it’s a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution. Colors are great and while it looks oversaturated at times, that has been a common trait on AMOLED screens. Still, it displays near dark blacks and bright whites that is probably one of the brightest we’ve seen in the market. The screen also includes an in-display fingerprint sensor that was fast and snappy.

Powered by the MediaTek Helio P95, the Reno 3 Pro hits all the right marks in terms of performance. It was fast, responsive and handled multitasking at par with more expensive Android devices. There’s 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage which you can still add using the dedicated microSD card slot.

The Reno 3 Pro runs on ColorOS 7 that is based on Android 10. We initially weren’t fans of Oppo’s own custom skin, but the changes made with ColorOS 7 made it an overall better device in every aspect. It’s more cohesive and consistent, with better-looking icons, redesigned quick settings menu, and of course a great-looking dark mode.

The camera is probably the best part of the Reno 3 Pro. Let’s look at the front camera first: you have a dual-camera setup inside the punch-hole display that consists of the main 44-megapixel camera and the 2-megapixel depth of field lens. This setup allows you to take portrait images with ease, and the increased resolution really brings out more detail.

But the Reno 3 Pro’s rear camera is where it shines – the quad-camera setup includes the 13-megapixel telephoto lens, 64-megapixel main camera, 2-megapixel mono lens, and the 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens. We’re glad to know that the cameras take incredible images – colors are accurate and detail is near perfect. The dynamic range brings out more color, and the white balance nails the scenery just right.

You can also try out the 64-megapixel and 108-megapixel (that uses oversampling) modes to include more detail in your images. While it’s not advisable to always take images in this resolution, it’s fun zooming into the final shot and notice the small details that other smartphones won’t be able to see. Other functions like Ultra Dark Mode, 3cm Macro shooting, and up to 20x zoom are also supported.

The cameras can also shoot up to 4K 30 fps video and while most Android devices lack a great video editing tool, the Reno 3 Pro includes their own app called Soloop. This video editing app can automatically edit the video to match the rhythm of your selected music with the option to add transition effects to make it more unique.

We’re also happy to say that the Reno 3 Pro has one of the best batteries we’ve tested on a smartphone. We got more than 8 hours of screen time and in terms of real-life usage, I still had around 40 percent left after using it for a whole day on a single charge – really impressive. The smartphone also supports fast charging through 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0, letting you charge the Reno 3 Pro from 0 to 100 percent in just an hour.

Overall, the Oppo Reno 3 Pro delivered a good feature set from design, screen and especially the cameras. For 1,899 AED, the performance you will get for that price is already one of the Reno 3 Pro’s strongest points.

We Love: 

+ Good camera performance

+ Great battery life and fast charge support

+ Decent performance

We Hate: 

– Speakers could be better

Final Rating: 4/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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