Saturday , 4 April 2020

OPPO Reno3 and Reno3 Pro Hands-on, Quick Review: Incremental Improvements

We go hands-on with OPPO’s new Renos!

OPPO’s Reno line has had a crazy ride in the past few years. The line was first positioned as a high-end phone when it was initially revealed, but judging from the specs, build quality and eventual price, the line has been relegated to mid-range duties this 2020.

That’s bad news for fans of the line, but the good news is that we expect the phones to be cheaper when it’s officially released in the Philippines. OPPO is releasing two phones under the Reno3 moniker, adding a Pro version with a better display, slightly better processor and better cameras.

Reno3 Pro

No glass, just plastic

OPPO’s sticking with a new, gradient colorway for the new batch of phones, with the two devices getting three color options: Midnight Black, Auroral Blue, and Sky White, with our review units coming in the first two color options.

Reno3

Obviously the Auroral Blue color variant looks the most stunning of the three, though, for people who don’t like flashy-looking phones, there’s always Midnight Black.

Both phones have very similar designs and have roughly the same physical footprint. There are very small differences in the placement of the flash for the quad-cameras on the Reno3 and the Reno3 Pro, but overall ergonomics and size are identical for both phones.

While the two phones come in stunning color options, both of them utilize plastic shells instead of glass, which is a little disappointing, considering the expected price point these two phones will fall under.

Flip the two phones over and you’ll see the main differentiator for the two devices: their screens. While both phones utilize screens that are 6.4-inches big, the Reno3 Pro has a better Super AMOLED display VS the regular AMOLED on the non-Pro model.

The Reno3 Pro also has a dual-punch hole front camera module, containing a 44-megapixel main camera with a 1/2.8-inch sensor and an f/2.4 aperture, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The regular Reno3 uses a traditional waterdrop notch and gets a single 44-megapixel front camera.

The Reno3’s quad-cameras is a little different from the Chinese version of the device, sporting a 48-megapixel rear shooter paired with a 13-megapixel telephoto lens, 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens and a 2-megapixel mono lens.

The Reno3 Pro gets upgraded with a 64-megapixel 1/1.72-inch sensor with an f/1.8 aperture but retains most of the other sensors that are in the Reno3.

We’re still compiling our impressions for the performance of the phone, so we’re leaving our thoughts for the performance of the main cameras for our full review. However, we did shoot a few photos using the Reno3 Pro, which you can see below:

We also shot a few photos using the Reno3, we’re dropping them below:

While both phones have technically different processors, in the end, they’re near identical save for a few key differences: the Reno3 Pro has a newer MediaTek Helio P95 processor while the Reno3 has a slightly older P90 chipset.

The main difference? The Helio P95 has a slightly faster NPU for AI duties, and support for 64-megapixel sensors.

Aside from that, clock speeds, GPU and other key features are identical to the P90, which makes the performance of both devices the same.

Both phones have identical RAM at 8GB, and really the key difference here is storage – the Reno3 tops out at 128GB, while the Reno3 Pro has a 256GB variant aside from the 128GB model.

What’s nice with the two phones now is that they use ColorOS7 based on Android 10, which has been greatly improved over previous implementations. It’s cleaner looking, less colorful and overall more pleasant to use, which hasn’t always been the case with OPPO’s other devices.

Battery for both devices come in at 4025mAh, and both devices come with fast charging tech courtesy of OPPO’s VOOC Flash Charge 4.0. There’s a 30W fast charger included in every box of the OPPO Reno3 and Reno3 Pro, making charging both phones quick and easy.

We don’t have prices for either device as of yet, as availability and the official launch will come in a few day’s time. But to give you an idea of how much the Reno3 Pro will be, it’s currently listed at Rs 29,990 in India, which works out to around 20.7K Php in our currency. Whether that would be the final price of the phone when it lands here is unclear.

OPPO Reno3 (Global) Specs

  • MediaTek Helio P90 octa-core processor
  • PowerVR GM 9446 GPU
  • 8GB RAM
  • 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, 20:9 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass 6
  • 128GB of expandable internal storage
  • 4G, LTE
  • Dual SIM
  • Quad rear cameras: 48-megapixel f/1.8 main camera; 13-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto camera with OIS and 2x optical zoom; 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera; 2-megapixel mono camera; with PDAF, LED flash, 20x digital zoom, Video Bokeh, AI Beauty, Ultra Steady Video, Ultra Dark Mode
  • 44-megapixel front camera with Ultra Night Selfie
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC
  • In-display fingerprint scanner, Face unlock, Hi-Res Audio, Dolby Atmos
  • Android 10 with ColorOS 7
  • 4025mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 quick charging

 

OPPO Reno3 Pro (Global) Specs

  • MediaTek Helio P95 octa-core processor
  • PowerVR GM 9446 GPU
  • 8GB RAM
  • 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, 20:9 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass 6
  • 128GB/256GB of expandable internal storage
  • 4G, LTE
  • Dual SIM
  • Quad rear cameras: 64-megapixel f/1.8 Sony IMX686 main camera with OIS and EIS; ; 13-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto camera with OIS and 2x optical zoom; 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera; 2-megapixel mono camera; with PDAF, LED flash, 20x digital zoom, Video Bokeh, AI Beauty, Ultra Steady Video, Ultra Dark Mode
  • Dual front cameras: 44-megapixel f/2.4 main camera with Ultra Night Selfie, 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth sensor
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC
  • In-display fingerprint scanner, Face unlock, Hi-Res Audio, Dolby Atmos
  • Android 10 with ColorOS 7
  • 4025mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 quick charging

 

2 comments

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    Oppo Reno 3 has a 6.4 in screen not 4 in, as shown.

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