Oppo has expanded the Reno series with the introduction of the Reno 8 5G and the Reno 8 Pro 5G (Exam). These two smartphones are marketed as “The Portrait Expert” by Oppo. 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. Will the Oppo Reno 8 5G deliver a similar 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 is priced at Rs. 29,999 for the sole variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Oppo offers the phone in two finishes, Shimmer Gold and Shimmer Black. The price puts it in competition with the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G and the Mi 11X 5G.
Oppo Reno 8 5G design
The Oppo Reno 8 5G has a sleek design and the Shimmer Gold variant caught my eye quite easily. In keeping 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 won’t dig into your palms when using the phone. The frame is plastic and doesn’t feel very premium to the touch.
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 fairly thin bezels which help deliver an immersive experience, except for the chin down. Oppo used Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the screen for protection.
At 179g, the Reno 8 5G isn’t heavy and doesn’t cause fatigue when used for long periods of time. The power and volume buttons are positioned towards the middle of the frame on either side, making them easy to reach. These buttons have a reassuring click that takes the guesswork out of an input. The top of the frame only has the secondary mic. The SIM tray sits at the bottom along with the USB Type-C port, speaker, and main microphone.
The Shimmer Gold variant can hide fingerprints very well
The Oppo Reno 8 5G has a triple camera setup on the back and the module is molded into the rear panel. The camera lens cutouts are huge, which easily draws attention to the camera module. The design reminds me of the OnePlus Nord 2T (Exam).
Specifications of the Oppo Reno 8 5G
The Oppo Reno 8 5G sports an AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate. While the OnePlus Nord 2T also has a 90Hz refresh rate , other competing devices such as the Motorola Edge 30 (Exam) offer a higher refresh rate of 144Hz.
The Oppo Reno 8 5G is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 SoC, an octa-core SoC clocked at 3 GHz. There is a RAM expansion feature which allows you to expand the RAM up to 5GB. The fixed storage space might be a concern for a few people as it is not expandable. smartphone. Oppo could have offered a variant with higher storage.
You get two nano-SIM slots and the tray is surrounded by a rubber ring to provide some protection against dust and water. However, the Reno 8 5G is not officially IP certified. It supports Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, 5G dual standby and 4G dual 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 big plus.
The Oppo Reno 8 5G runs ColorOS 12.1 in addition to Android 12. It was running the July 2022 Android security patch at the time of writing this review. The phone has a fair amount of pre-installed bloatware such as Byju’s, Dailyhunt, FinShell Pay, HeyFun, Josh, Moj, Netflix, Paytm, Snapchat and a few others. Most of these apps can be uninstalled. Oppo offers several customization options through the Theme Store app. You also have the option to change the accent colors to match your wallpaper color.
Oppo has added Air Gestures which allows the user to interact with the smartphone using hand gestures without touching the screen. I found this feature to be fancy and it didn’t work as expected. You still get traditional gestures like three-finger swipe to screenshot, double tap to wake the screen, and flip to mute incoming calls, among others.
Performance of the Oppo Reno 8 5G
The Oppo Reno 8 5G delivered a smooth experience and showed no signs of lag or stuttering during my use. The built-in 8GB of RAM coupled with the 5GB of storage allocated as RAM enabled seamless multitasking. I didn’t have to wait long for apps to load either. The on-screen fingerprint as well as face recognition has always been fast when authenticating.
The AMOLED screen was crisp and had good viewing angles. The Reno 8 5G only has one bottom-firing speaker, but dual speakers would have improved the video-watching experience. Luckily, the single speaker is loud enough. Scrolling through menus was smooth on the 90Hz display. The panel is set to 90Hz by default, but you have the option to switch to 60Hz. There is no option for dynamic refresh rate . I ran the phone at 90Hz for the duration of this review.
In Geekbench 5, the Reno 8 5G managed to score 603 in single-core tests and 2,522 in multi-core tests. In AnTuTu, the Reno 8 5G managed to score 592,361 points. In the GFX Bench graphics benchmark, the phone managed to score 60fps in the T-Rex and 41fps in the Car Chase test suites. These scores are very similar to the OnePlus 2T 5G. The Motorola Edge 30 was also close in terms of performance with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ SoC.
Gaming performance was good, and the Reno 8 5G could run Call of Duty: Mobile on “high” graphics and “high” frame rate settings. The game ran on these settings without any hint of lag or stutter while playing. I played the game for 20 minutes and noticed a 4% drop in battery level. The phone was barely warm to the touch after gaming.
Battery life was very good, and I could easily go up to two days with my usage, which typically consisted of surfing Instagram, browsing Reddit, replying to WhatsApp messages, and watching YouTube videos. In our HD video loop test, the phone managed to run for an impressive 22 hours and 48 minutes. The included 80W charger helped reduce charging times. It managed to charge the phone to 84% in 30 minutes and was fully charged in less than 40 minutes.
Oppo Reno 8 5G Cameras
The Oppo Reno 8 5G sports a triple camera setup. It has a 50 megapixel main camera with a Sony IMX766 sensor. This camera sensor is widely used in smartphones such as the Nothing Phone 1 (Exam), Realme GT Neo 3, OnePlus 10T and even the Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G (Exam). This primary camera has no OIS and instead relies on EIS. 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 sports a 32-megapixel selfie camera. I found the camera app easy to use.
Photos from the main camera were quite detailed and color accurate. Even in bright conditions, the Reno 8 5G managed to capture colors accurately. The ultra wide-angle camera had a slight drop in quality compared to the main shooter. However, there was no barrel distortion and I didn’t find a big difference in color tones. The camera app has an AI scene optimization toggle that boosts color saturation to make photos look more vibrant.
Close-ups were good and the phone didn’t take long to lock focus. Portraits also had good edge detection and natural blurring for the background. Macro shots were good, but I had to constantly move the phone around to make sure the shot was in focus.
Low-light camera performance was decent and the phone managed to capture good photos in well-lit environments. The darker areas of the frame had a watercolor effect. When Night mode is on, the phone takes long exposure shots which result in blurry photos if the subject moves a bit.
Selfies from the 32-megapixel camera were excellent in daylight as well as in low light. Even the selfie portraits were quite detailed. In low light, the phone automatically activated the screen flash, which helped capture a brighter image.
Video recording reached 4K 30fps for the main camera and 1080p for the selfie shooter. The phone relies on EIS to stabilize images and does a decent 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.
The Oppo Reno 8 5G is a well-designed smartphone with capable hardware at a price 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 might be annoying for someone who prefers a clean Android experience. The lack of OIS also affects camera performance, especially when shooting in low light.
Considering the number of smartphones launched in this price range over the past year, the Reno 8 5G has its work cut out for it. The OnePlus Nord 2T 5G (Exam) is the closest alternative and it’s almost identical to the Reno 8 5G in terms of hardware. The Motorola Edge 30 (Exam) is similarly priced and focuses on a slim design while offering a 144Hz refresh rate display and clean, near-stock Android. The Mi 11X 5G (Exam) is also worth considering for those only looking for good performance at this price point.
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