* Big screen
* Good battery life
* Dual selfie camera
Oppo launched its Reno series of smartphones last year. With the new series, the company tried to focus on two major features — looks and camera. Remember the shark fin design in Oppo Reno 2 that stood out from the league?. In a latest, Oppo has launched a new Reno series phone in India called the Oppo Reno 3 Pro. With the new smartphone, the company has introduced the dual punch hole in-display camera design in
Oppo phones. Oppo Reno 3 Pro is also equipped with the quad-camera setup at the back. The phone comes in two different variants and has a starting price of Rs 29,990. Sky White, Auroral Blue and Midnight Black are the colour options one can choose from. We reviewed the Sky White colour model of
Oppo Reno 3 Pro with 128GB internal storage. Here’s what we think of the device
Oppo Reno 3 Pro: Design and display
At first, the Oppo Reno 3 Pro gives a regular phone first impression, except that it has a dual-camera at the front. A closer look at the device reveals more details in the design that the company has incorporated. Although the handset features a plastic body, it has a glossy premium design at the back. Note that the glossiness is subtle and does not pinch your eyes. The rear of the Sky White colour model features two colours majorly- White tone towards the top and the Blue tone at the bottom side.
Oppo Reno 3 Pro has a silver film running on all four sides of the edges. The camera bump is noticeable but is not that large to make the device wobble every time one keeps it on a table. Although the back of the design is not much slippery, one needs to be cautious against any accidental falls.
The smartphone has curved edges on the sides. Oppo Reno 3 Pro has a tall display measuring 6.4-inch. The screen is an AMOLED display having a 91.5 screen-to-body ratio and 2400×1080 pixel resolution. Despite the large screen size, the phone does not feel bulky in hands. In fact, it is a lightweight device which can be used with a single hand. Streaming videos on the large screen was a good experience. The colours produced were sharp and vivid. Brightness levels of the phone are adequate. We largely kept the brightness settings in automatic mode so it adjusts as per our surroundings. So no issue there.
At the bottom side of Oppo Reno 3 Pro is the USB Type-C charging port along with the 3.5mm headphone jack. One can also see speaker vents along with a microphone placed at the bottom edge. Oppo Reno 3 Pro ships with earphones inside the box. The left side of the device is the power button, while the right side sports volume rockers. Above them is the 2 SIM + 1 microSD card tray. Top edge of the smartphone is almost clean, except for the earpiece. Sound output of the device is loud enough. The device didn’t heat up even after long hours of online video streaming.
Although the phone features good design and looks premium, we would like to add here that there is nothing that makes Oppo Reno 3 Pro stand out from the crowd like the shark fin design in previous
Oppo Reno 2 phone.
Oppo Reno 3 Pro: Performance
Let’s sum up the on paper specs quickly and come to the performance part. Oppo Reno 3 Pro runs ColorOS 7 based on the latest Android 10 operating system and is powered by a MediaTek Helio P95 octa-core processor. You got it right. There is no Qualcomm processor in a phone carrying price tag of Rs 29,990. The absence of a Snapdragon processor becomes a major issue when compared to phones offered by the rivals. For example-
Realme X2 Pro that is priced at Rs 27,999 onwards comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor.
What we mean here is not that MediaTek processors aren’t good, but one expects a certain level of performance from a mid-range phone. Launch time of apps, fast unlocking of the device and long battery life are some examples. While the Oppo Reno 3 Pro has a quick response time, one begins to notice the lag while multitasking. There is a noticeable lag when too many apps are opened. Gaming is fast, but again not smooth.
For security, Oppo Reno 3 Pro offers an in-display fingerprint sensor. Frankly speaking, it is not good enough and at times has to scan twice to unlock the device.
ColorOS is one that has not been liked much. But, with ColorOS 7, the company has tried to make things right. The UI is much cleaner with less third-party apps, big app icons and a well laid out menu. Gesture-based navigation is what we liked. For example, one simply needs to swipe up three fingers in the app interface to enter the split-screen mode. Then there are some smart services offered like smart driving, riding mode and others.
Oppo Reno 3 Pro also comes with Android 10 features like digital wellbeing and parental control. Using the latter, one can restrict content and set other limits to balance screen time. Then there are two different gestures for screenshots. The one is three-finger swipe down to take a full screenshot, while the other is a three-finger touch and hold which takes a partial or long screenshot depending on one’s need.
For those who like the Dark theme, being an Android 10 phone, Oppo Reno 3 Pro offers system-wide dark mode. There is also an eye-case mode that warms the screen colours to help protect your eyes from the strain.
On a general use basis, we did not face any heating issue. Although it did heat up while gaming.
Oppo Reno 3 Pro: Camera
Oppo says that the Reno 3 Pro is the world’s first phone to feature a 44MP dual in-display camera. The main front camera has an aperture of f/2.4 and is accompanied by a 2MP secondary camera. As is the trend, the smartphone too boasts of quad-camera setup at the back. Users will get a 64MP main camera (f/1.8 aperture), 13MP telephoto lens (f/2.4 aperture), an 8MP ultra-wide lens (f/2.2 aperture) and a 2MP Mono lens (f/2.4 aperture). All these sound good on specs, but do they deliver good in real life? Let’s find out.
Beginning with the front camera. Selfies clicked are good, but not as impressive as the company touted the phone to be the world’s first with 44MP dual camera. The secondary camera does a great job in providing depth to the images. Although the edge detection in portrait images was efficient, there is always a scope for improvement.
Having said that, we would like to add here that the beautification in the photos clicked using the front camera are of standard quality and do not give an artificial touch to your selfies. As always, the beauty mode can be altered as per one’s choice. One thing we would like to add here is that while clicking selfies in the portrait mode, it artificially adds a lip colour layer which stays there no matter what beauty mode you choose. Users can also create their stickers and click selfies in panorama mode as well.
Oppo Reno 3 Pro has a 64MP primary camera on the rear side. Photos clicked are sharp, crisp and vibrant. One can see enough details in the images, though they begin to pixelate when zoomed in. The smartphone comes with 10x zoom capabilities with the 13MP telephoto lens. Although the
phone manages to retain colours in normal shots clicked both indoors and outdoors, we did notice noise in the pictures clicked using the zoom features. Also, the colour in the zoomed-in shots looks faded.
Next is the 8MP wide-angle lens which is again not much impressive. The lens can be put to use by simply tapping the zoom icon on the display and scrolling to the extreme left. Images clicked using the sensor mark noise and are grainy. although the sensor does try to capture details, it is just not enough to produce a good photo. The mono lens works satisfactorily.
Users will also get a Night mode with the smartphone. Oppo Reno 3 Pro does a good job with the low-light photography. Images were lit up very well. The reproduction of the natural setup was good too.
Oppo Reno 3 Pro: Battery
Oppo Reno 3 Pro is backed by a 4025mAh battery. This is coupled with a 30watt VOOC Flash Charge technology. Oppo says that the fast charge technology can charge Oppo Reno 3 Pro by up to 50% in 20 minutes. We tested the feature and plugged the device into power with 0% battery. The device managed to reach 50% of battery level in less than an hour. As far as the battery backup is concerned, Oppo Reno 3 Pro can last easily for a day for a regular user. Long hours of gaming may reduce battery life. This should not matter given the fast charging that the phone offers. Overall, Oppo Reno 3 Pro is an efficient device and can be relied upon for battery backup.
Oppo Reno 3 Pro is a mixed bag of the good and the bad. As we said before, the looks are good but do not stand out. A tall display and a good battery life are two key features that we loved about the device. The phone clicks selfies that are worthy of sharing on social media. The secondary lens on the front is the icing on the top. What may be a miss is the absence of a faster processor. This may affect the numbers on tables considering what the rivals offer in the same price segment.