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Oppo Reno 8 5G review: A familiar wine in a new bottle?

Oppo has expanded its Reno series with the introduction of the Reno 8 5G and 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 didn’t offer as much value as its competitors when it came to performance. Does it offer a similar experience or is it better than the competition? Let’s find out.

Oppo Reno 8 5G price in India

The Oppo Reno 8 5G is priced at Rs. 29,999 for a single variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Oppo offers the phone in two finishes, Shimmer Gold and Shimmer Black.

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 the Shimmer Gold variant grabbed our attention quite easily. In line with current design trends, Oppo 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 won’t dig into your palm while using the phone. The frame is made of plastic and doesn’t feel very luxurious to the touch.

The Oppo Reno 8 5G has a large 6.4-inch display on the front, with a cutout for the selfie camera in the upper left corner. Except for the bottom chin, it has fairly thin bezels that help provide an immersive experience.Oppo uses Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the display for protection.

At 179g, the Reno 8 5G isn’t heavy and you won’t get tired even after long hours of use. The power and volume buttons are centrally located on either side of the frame for easy reach. These buttons have a reassuring click that helps avoid re-guessing your input. There is only a secondary microphone at the top of the frame. The SIM tray is on the bottom along with the USB Type-C port, speaker and primary microphone.

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The shimmer gold variant can hide fingerprints very well

The Oppo Reno 8 5G has a triple camera on the back and the module is built into the back panel. The camera lens cutout is large, making it easy to focus on the camera module. The design is reminiscent of the OnePlus Nord 2T (review).

Oppo Reno 8 5G specifications

The Oppo Reno 8 5G features an AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate. The OnePlus Nord 2T also has a 90Hz refresh rate, while other competing devices like the Motorola Edge 30 (review) offer higher 144Hz refresh rates.

The Oppo Reno 8 5G is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 SoC, an octa-core SoC running at 3 GHz. There is a RAM extender that allows you to expand your RAM up to 5GB. Fixed storage spaces can be a source of concern for some because they cannot be expanded. Oppo could have offered a variant with higher storage.

It has two nano-SIM slots and a rubber ring around the tray that offers some protection from dust and water intrusion. However, Reno 8 5G is not officially IP certified. It supports 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 and supports 80W fast charging. Oppo also bundles a compatible charger in the box which is a big plus.

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The Oppo Reno 8 5G’s plastic frame doesn’t look classy.

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

Oppo has added Air Gestures that allow users to interact with their smartphones using hand gestures without touching the screen. This feature had a gimmick and didn’t work as expected. Traditional gestures like his three-finger swipe for screenshots, double-tap to wake up the screen, and flip to mute incoming calls are still available.

Oppo Reno 8’s 5G performance

The Oppo Reno 8 5G provided a smooth experience, showing no signs of lag or stuttering during use. His 8GB of RAM onboard combined with his 5GB of storage allocated as RAM enabled seamless multitasking. I didn’t have to wait long for the app to load. In-display fingerprint and facial recognition were consistently fast.

The AMOLED display was crisp and had good viewing angles. The Reno 8 5G only has one bottom-firing speaker, but dual speakers make for a better video viewing experience. Thankfully, the single speaker gives plenty of volume. Scrolling through menus felt smooth on the 90Hz display. The panel is set to 90Hz by default, but there is an option to switch to 60Hz. No dynamic refresh rate option. I used the phone at 90Hz for the duration of this review.

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The Reno 8 5G’s primary camera uses a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor.

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

Gaming performance is good, the Reno 8 5G was able to run Call of Duty: Mobile at ‘high’ graphics and ‘high’ frame rate settings. The game ran on these settings and there were no hints of lag or stutter during gameplay, he played the game for 20 minutes and noticed that his battery level dropped by 4%. After gaming, the phone was barely hot to the touch.

The battery life is very good and I could easily get up to 2 days with my normal usage like surfing Instagram, browsing Reddit, replying to WhatsApp messages and watching YouTube videos. . In our HD video loop test, the phone ran an impressive 22 hours and 48 minutes. The bundled 80W charger helped keep charging times short. It charged to 84% in 30 minutes and fully charged in less than 40 minutes.

Oppo Reno 8 5G Camera

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 his Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G (review). This primary camera does not have OIS and instead relies on EIS. The other cameras are an 8-megapixel ultra-wide 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 think the camera app is easy to use.

Photos from the primary camera were very detailed and had accurate colors. Even in bright environments, the Reno 8 5G was able to capture colors accurately. The ultra-wide camera had a slight drop in image quality compared to the primary shooter. However, there was no barrel distortion and no significant difference in color tone. The Camera app has an AI scene optimization toggle that boosts color saturation to make your photos more vibrant.

(From top): A sample of the main and ultra-wide cameras (tap to view full-size image)

Close-up shots are good and it didn’t take long to lock focus. Portraits also have good edge detection and the background is naturally blurred. Macro photography was good, but I had to constantly move the phone around to make sure the shot was in proper focus.

(Top to bottom): Close-up and macro camera samples (tap to view full-size image)

The low-light camera performed decently, and the phone was able to take good shots in well-lit environments. With night mode enabled, the phone took long-exposure shots, blurring out photos when the subject moved slightly.

Low Light and Night Mode Camera Samples (Tap to view full size image)

Selfies from the 32MP camera worked great in low light as well as in daylight. Even the selfie portraits were very detailed. In low light, the phone automatically enabled screen flash to help capture brighter images.

(Top to bottom): Daytime group selfie and low-light portrait selfie (tap to view resized image)

Video recording was recorded at 4K 30fps on the primary camera and 1080p on the selfie shooter. The phone relies on EIS to stabilize footage and does a decent job while shooting at 1080p resolution. However, when shooting in 4K during the day, the output showed some jitter, more pronounced in low light.

verdict

The Oppo Reno 8 5G is a well-designed smartphone with high performance hardware priced under Rs. 30,000. It offers good performance on par with others in this segment and has a camera worth the price.ColorOS has great features, but for those who prefer a clean Android experience, the A lot of bloatware can be annoying. The lack of OIS also negatively impacts camera performance, especially when taking photos in low light.

Given the amount of smartphones launched in this price range over the past year, the Reno 8 5G just doesn’t have the job. The OnePlus Nord 2T 5G (review) is the closest alternative, and is almost identical to the Reno 8 5G in terms of hardware. The Motorola Edge 30 (review) is similarly priced and focuses on a slim design, but offers a 144Hz refresh rate display and a clean, near-stock Android. The Mi 11X 5G (review) is also worthy of consideration for those looking purely for good performance at this price.


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