Oppo’s latest smartphone, the Reno 8 Pro, boasts some impressive specs and an eye-catching design. We got our hands on the new device to see if it’s worth the money.
Oppo Reno 8 Pro review: Wrap-up
The Reno 8 Pro packs impressive technology into a well-designed body. Its Mediatek Dimensity 8100 processor can handle many tough tasks – backed by 8GB of RAM, we didn’t experience any performance issues during testing. During particularly tough tasks, the phone does get a little warm, but that’s true for most races, and we never had an app close due to overheating or anything like that.
We were impressed with the image processing power MariSilicon X technology brings to the phone. Colors are bright, and we were impressed with the Reno 8 Pro’s photos, except for the zoom feature. Zoom photography is a bit lackluster, but the smartphone offers good photo and video capabilities.
Developers and creatives that Oppo has in mind will especially appreciate features like selfie autofocus, automatic portrait retouching, and 4K Ultra Night video. On the downside, however, the phone only offers one storage option — 256GB — which might frustrate those who record and store a lot of video content. There’s also no expandable storage unless you shrink down to the Reno 8 Lite.
What is Oppo Reno 8 Pro?
The Reno 8 Pro is the latest addition to Oppo’s Reno series. According to Oppo, this new product in the series is aimed at creative users, but it also comes with the right specs and equipment to cater to a wider audience such as gamers, content streamers and everyday users.
During our testing, we used the phone with various apps, used its camera in different environments, and loaded some demanding games. Overall, the phone works well, with one or two minor flaws. Read on for our full Reno 8 Pro review.
Oppo Reno 8 Pro features
The Oppo Reno 8 Pro comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. These are the same specs as the standard Reno 8, but the standard model lacks some camera features and has a slightly simpler processor.
In terms of processors, the Pro is equipped with a MediaTek Dimensity 8100 Max chip, which OPPO says will provide “flagship performance.” That’s a bit of a vague statement, but for most of the time we’ve used the phone, it’s worked fine and we haven’t encountered any glitches or issues.
One of the features that the Pro really stands out from is the image processing powered by MariSilicon X, which can do wonders to your photos. We’ll discuss this in more detail later.
Oppo also had gamers in mind when developing the new Reno 8 Pro. It’s the first Reno phone to feature PUBG’s 90Hz refresh rate mode to help you stay competitive online. Plus, games can easily update in the background so you don’t have to see loading screens. We tested the feature and it worked flawlessly, but the phone got very hot while downloading Genshin Impact – a title known for testing phone hardware.
With multi-screen connectivity, you can connect your phone to a laptop or PC and create up to three smartphone clones on this secondary device. This lets you work across multiple apps and speeds up tasks like photo and video editing.
Oppo Reno 8 Pro display
The display is one of the standout features of the Oppo Reno 8 Pro. We switched to this phone after using a phone with a slightly lower refresh rate and resolution. Booting up the Oppo afterwards is a joy, and the display is fantastic.
We’ve tried it with social media, photo editing, and content streaming, and it’s consistently performed well — especially when streaming content. The 6.7-inch LTPS OLED panel offers FHD+ picture quality and a 120Hz refresh rate, which means it not only looks great, but is also smooth to use.
Oppo Reno 8 Pro battery
The Reno 8 Pro packs a 4500mAh battery, the same as the standard Reno 8.
Also in the box is a chunky but impressive 80W SuperVooc charger, which Oppo says can charge to 50 percent in 11 minutes.
When we tested the fast charging feature ourselves, it charged the battery to 10 percent in less than four minutes, which is pretty fast.
During our testing, it took just 15 minutes to charge from 70% to 100%, and we were ultimately impressed. The phone and charger heated up slightly during this process, but that’s to be expected.
Oppo Reno 8 Pro camera
The Reno 8 Pro has a 50 MP main camera, an 8 MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2 MP macro camera. These are backed by a massive 32MP selfie camera, which Oppo has made a priority as the brand says the phone is aimed at creators who want to be in front of and behind the camera at the same time.
Ultimately, the phone’s big selling point is the new MariSilicon X image processing, which can handle both photos and videos.
We compared the Oppo Reno 8 Pro’s camera to that of popular flagship phones, and despite being a cheaper phone, it’s still a solid performer. Colors really pop, reminiscent of Samsung’s famous bright and colorful image processing. Whether you like this effect from the camera is a matter of personal preference, but the MariSilicon X image processing definitely brought our snaps to life. Connoisseurs will notice that the vibrant colors make images look processed rather than presenting a natural image.
Really, the Oppo Reno 8 Pro is a solid choice for those who want solid photography along with the ability to fire up games and charge quickly on the go. With the Samsung S22 and Google Pixel 6 on offer right now, it might not be the best phone in this price range, but it has a lot to recommend it. The combination of attractive design and impressive interior is sure to convince many buyers.