Oppo Reno 8 chipset, performance display review

Introduction

The Reno 8 series has been out in China for almost two months now, but this is the first time the Oppo Reno 8 and the Oppo Reno 8 pro step outside of their home country. The global version of the handset are slightly different from their Chinese version, although the changes are rather negligible.

introduction of Oppo Reno 8
introduction of Oppo Reno 8 Image credit : gsmarena.com

The focus of this review would be the vanilla Reno8, and it swaps out the depth sensor on the Chinese version for a full-fledged camera – an 8MP ultra-wide one, to be exact. The rest of the specs are pretty much identical.

The handset features a bright 6.43inch 90Hz OLED panel, which would most likely attract users looking for something more compact because, let’s face it, 6.43 in 2.22 is in small size range. Being small doesn’t mean being small on features, though. The Reno8 runs on very potent Dimensity 1300 SoC and has two standout cameras.

Specs of Reno8

Body: 160.6×73.4×7.7mm, 179 grams; Gorilla Glass 5 front, plastic back and side frame.

Display : 6.40 AMOLED, 90Hz, 430nits (typ), 600 nits (HBM), 800 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio 411ppi.

Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 1300 (6nm) : octa-core (1×3.0 GHz CortexA-78 & 3×2.6 GHz CortexA-78 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G77 MC9.

Memory: 128GB storage 8GB Ram, 256GB of storage 8GB of Ram; UFS3.1.

OS/Software: Android 12, ColorOS 12.1.

Rear camera: Wide (main) : 50MP, f/1.8,23mm,1/1.56, 1.0mm, multu-directional PDAF; ultra-wide angle: 8MP, f/2.2, 16mm, 112°, 1/4.0, 1.12mm; Macro : 2MP, f/2.4.

Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.4, 23mm (wide), 1/2.74, 0.8mm.

Video recording: Rear camera : [email protected],[email protected]/60/120fps, Gyro-EIS; Front camera:[email protected], gyro-EIS.

Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 80W, 1-50% within 11 minutes, 1-100% in 28 minutes Reverse charging.

Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display optical); NFC.

Oppo is particularly proud of using Sony’s 50MP IMX766 sensor as the main camera, which is fairly large-1/1.56 and offers 1.0mm pixels. On the front, the Reno 8 carries an Oppo-exclusive 32MP IMX709 sensor with an RGBW filter allowing for an improved selfie performance. That’s one of the phones selling points, after all. It’s important to note, though, that the Reno8 pro has the same exact camera setup, so if the camera performance is your main priority, the Reno8 would probably do while being significantly cheaper that the pro.

The vanilla option also doesn’t skip the blazing-fast charging. The same 4,500 mAh battery supports 80W supeVOOC charging protocol from Oppo, although countries with 110v power grids can get only 66W out of the same brick.

It’s probably worth noting that Oppo Reno 8 is almost identical to the ONEPLUS Nord 2T. The main difference between the two is the design and the OS. ONEPLUS OxygenOS is still somewhat cleaner than Oppo’s colorOS, so it strongly depends on one’s personal preference towards android skins.

So in a sense, this review can be used as a reference when looking for ONEPLUS Nord 2T- relevant information. Most, if not all, of the results from our tests, would applicable to some extent.

Unboxing of Reno8

The Oppo Reno 8 ships with a standard box containing all usual user manuals along with the corresponding 80W SuperVOOC charger and a USB-A to USB-C cable.

Unboxing of Oppo Reno 8
Unboxing of Oppo Reno 8. Image credit : gsmarena.com

Oppo has included an extra case for the phone, which is transparent, so it doesn’t conceal the overall design. And it’s a great option until you find a case that fits the best.

Design

As its usually the case, the Reno8 features an unorthodox, slick design. It’s not something crazy or outside of the box, but Reno phones design always stands out. The Reno8, for example, ditches the glass sandwich scheme and replaces the chassis with a unibody design. The front is still protected by Gorilla Glass 5,though.

The back panel and the side frame are one piece. There’s no separate camera module on the back either-its integrated with the back piece with smooth curves. There are also two metal rings for the main and ultra-wide cameras sticking out and two smaller cotouts for the macro camera and the LED flash. The latter two lie flush with back panel.

Design  of Oppo Reno 8.
Design of Oppo Reno 8. Image credit : gsmarena.com

And although the back panel is entirely made with plastic, the frosted finish seems to be getting pretty close to the matte glass feel. We got the shimmer Black option, which looks like there’s a little glitter on it at certain angles. The best part is that the surface is indeed fingerprint resistant. You can barely spot the smudges, and only if you look closely enough. Your experience may vary with the shimmer Gold option keep that in mind.

Design of Oppo Reno 8. Image credit : gsmarena.com

Despite begin unorthodox, the Reno 8 follow a recent design trend and went for a boxer feel and look. The side frame is flat, with sharp edges connecting with the front and back panels. Some may find the sharper edges pressing against the palm, which isn’t optimal, but the overall feel is somewhat grippy. At least when talking about the side-frame – the back surface is still quite slippery.

Side frames
side frames. Image credit : gsmarena.com

Our team likes the diatribution of weight and thin the Reno 8 feels. The device measure just 7.67mm of thickness and the weight is 179 grams. The most of the phones nowadays are pushing way beyond the 8mm mark and easily go to North of 200 grams.

As we go around the sides, we find the power button on the right, and it has two separate buttons of the volume rockers on the left.

While the bottom is home to the USB-C connector, the speaker grills and the SIM card slot and there there is no option of MicroSD card slot in that last one.

The positioning of the bottom is quite comfortable, but the under-display fingerprint scanner is too close to bottom bezel. So depending on how you hold the phone, some finger gymnastics are needed to touch the sensor.

Bezels of the Oppo Reno 8. Image credit : gsmarena.com

The bezels of the Reno 8 has some thick ones. Te side ones are decently thin, but the top one and the bottom bezels is particularly distracting. There are many phones in the same price range with thinner frames. The good news is that the cutout for the front-facing camera is pretty small and doesn’t take away too much UI space.

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All in all the Reno 8s design is mixed bag. It’s thin and lightweight, and fingerprints and smudges aren’t visible. However, the unconventional design approach. The all-plastic build and the thick front bezels might steer away some potential buyer.

Display

The Oppo Reno8 5G runs a pretty standard OLED panel with 1080x2400px resolution at a 6.43-inch diagonal. The screen supports up-to 90Hz refresh rate, which is below the average for the price range. Most competitors are already running speedier 120Hz panels. There’s also no HDR support of any kind.

Display of Oppo Reno 8. Image credit : gsmarena.com

The good news is that the sunlight legibility is excellent. In manual mode, the display reached 439 nits, while in Auto mode, it peaked at 633 nits. That enough for comfortable at outdoor use even on a bright sunny day.

Color accuracy isn’t stellar as white and grays appears straight-up blue, and the so-called Natural color preset doesn’t seem to fix the issue. It gets some other colors in line, but whites and grays will appear with noticable blue-ish tinge.

As usual, there are a couple of additional settings to enhance the viewing experience. There’s the eye comfort mode that limits blue glue light emissions and is particularly useful for nighttime reading. The so called Videos color boost color sa6and other effects for better – looking video. It will consume more power.

HRR supprots

The refresh rate behavior isn’t different from any other oppo’s smartphone running the latest colorOS, except for the handsets having LTPO display where the refresh rate control is much more granular. Anyway, the Reno 8 offers two presets – High and standard. We recommend using the first one as it’s pretty competent in choosing the right refresh rate according to the use case. Video apps tone Don the refresh rate to 60Hz to preserve power. The static screen also bring down the refresh rate to 60Hz. In all other popular apps and system menus, the display runs at 90Hz so nothing to surprises here.

Games, On the other hand, are a mixed bag. Only a couple of them saturated the screens maximum refresh rate, although we don’t have the proper tools verify whether or not the system at around 90fps.

Battery life if Reno 8

Battery life is pretty good and solid, as its usually the case with Dimensity 1200-powered phones we’ve tested in the past. Despite its lower – than average 4,500 mAh battery capacity, the handset got some impressive screen on turbines. However, standby and 3G call times could have been slightly better, hence the overall 105 hours endurance score.

Still, we believe that the screen-on test are the most relevant ones so you can enjoy long battery runtime during a day.

endurance score of Oppo Reno 8. Image credit : gsmarena.com

Charging Speed

The Oppo Reno 8 and Reno 8 pro share the same charging tech as well as battery capacity – 4,500mAh over the SuperVOOC 80W charging protocol. And as one would expect, charging times are identical. They also appear to be in line with Realmes 65W and 80W charging protocols.

In the first 30 minutes, the phone regained about 90% of its battery, while a full charge took just 42 minutes. That’s quite impressive, and it’s one of the fastest solution in the process bracket.

speaker

The Oppo Reno 8 has a single bottom -firing loudspeaker, which isn’t very loud with, an average loudness of 28.7 LUFS. And you can’t expect much in terms of quality either since single loudspeaker have insufficient bass, can’t deliver the general fullness of the sound, and the highs starts to sound distorted at higher levels.

It’s a big omission on Oppo’s part, given that pretty much all of the direct competitors blast stereo loudspeakers, decent -sounding at that.

Software

This isn’t the first time we see Oppo’s ColorOS 12 in action, as the version of the debuted with the Fund serious on top of Android 12. And it looks very familiar. If you are a current or past Realme UI or ColorOS user, you will definitely find your way around.

software of Reno 8. Image credit : gsmarena.com

We mean nearly identical looks to the ColorOS 12 that came with Find N and the recently introduced Realme UI 3.0. We are talking style, iconography, quick toggles – pretty much everything. Most of the features are also translated into ColorOS 12.1. It’s maybe part of BBK Electronics approach to software development in an effort to make support and development much easier to handle for multiple brands of device.

The icon pull-down gesture is still here, and it makes invest easier to operate with one hand on an overcrowded home screen with plenty of app incons. Just swipe down the icons close to your tummy and select an app to lunch. The gesture is consistent and useful.

Android 12s new privacy features are implemented. You get a summary of the apps that use your data, location camera, microphone, etc, all in one place. it’s called privacy Dashboard and is something like Digital well-being but privacy focued. And in case you don’t want certain apps to have your exact location, you might want to give them approximate locations instead.

Most of the UI elements on colorOS can be customized. We are talking about deep customization of the app icons, accent colors, quick toggles and their shape, don’t fingerprint reader animation, Edge lighting for incoming notifications, and of course, the Always-in display.

Oppo offers quite a bite of always-on presets too, all of which are the same ones we saw in Realme UI.

Synthetic Benchmarks

The handset runs on a recent MediaTek Dimensity 1300 chipset, which is almost identical to the Dimensity 1200. In fact, for all intents and purposes, thoes chips are indeed identical. They have some CPU configuration, and clock speeds (1×3.0 GHz CortexA-78 & 3×2.6 GHz CortexA-78 & 4×2.0 GHz CortexA-55), the same Mail-G77 MC9 GPU and the SoC is based on TSMC’s 6nm manufacturing process. So it’s no surprise that the performance difference between the two silicone is negligible.

MediaTek dies sat that the improved HyperEngine 5.0 help optimize sustained load, and gaming and boosts efficiency. And it’s important to note that the Indian market gets the 8GB /128GB memory option while the global variant will be selling with 8GB /256GB memory.

The Dimensity 1300 perform just as expected and to be a fair, there’s nothing inherently wrong with the chipset. In fact, judging by our past experiences with the practically identical Dimensity 1200, the SoC is powerful and efficient. However, since the Reno 8 has to complete against more powerfull alternatives in the price bracket running snapdragon 870 or even snapdragon 888, it makes the Dimensity 1300 look bad.

Sustained performance

Oppo Is really proud of the advance cooling solution it has used for the Reno 8. It has a 16.8% bigger cooling area than the previous generation. It consists of graphene film and a big vapor chamber. Unfortunately, though, the CPU throttle test doesn’t support those claims.

Even though the Dimensity 1200 isn’t the mist demanding chip around, the Reno 8 struggled to maintain remotely decent performance over along periods of time. Even after 5mints, the systems performance dipped to around 60% of the SoCs theoretical performance, and the situation didn’t improve until the one-hour mark. The CPU throttled 60% of its performance, which is quite underwhelming given that phones with flagship chipset that are harder to cool off score better in that test. At least the device itself didn’t fell uncomfortably hit as plastic has poor heat conductivity.

Camera

Oppo didn’t spare any cost when choosing the camera for the Reno 8. It’s a 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor, which is fairly large – 1/1.56″ with big 1.0mm pixels. The sensor also supports Omni-directional PDAF and is paired with an f/1.8 aperture, and the lens has the equivalent of 23mm focal length.

The ultra-wide and the macro cameras ,on the other hand, are quite basic and can be found in pretty much every low-end to upper mid-range phone on the market. The Reno 8 uses the 8MP IMX355, 1/4.0″ , 1.12mm, f/2.4 camera for ultra-wide and a 2MP 1/5.0″, f/2.4 unit for macro photography.

Oppo set a special attention for the selfie camera. It’s again made by Sony, but it’s also an Oppo-exclusive sensor, at least for now. It’s a 32MP Sony IMX709, 1/2.74″, 0.8mm sensor, which is fairly big for a front-facing camera and is paired with an f/2.4 aperture. Unfortunately, it’s still fixed – focus, but the Reno 8 wants to make up for that with some additional features.

It has an RGBW filter instead of just RGB. The RGBW pixel arrangement allegedly Allow for 60%better light gathering capabilities, thus reducing noise and supposedly capturing sharper images.

Camera app menu

The default camera app is almost undistinguishable for the one the latest Realme and ONEPLUS smartphones use. Swiping on the viewfinder or the scroller below switches between mides, while the additional ones can be found under the more sub-menu. There’s an option to rearrange them to your liking. The general settings menu is found under the three-dot menu in the upper-eight corner of the viewfinder.

In video mode, oppo provides all of the essential toggles, including the one that enables portrait video models. Thats the shutter icon next to the three toggles. It seems like the portrait video mode is supported only using the main camera. The 2x zoom mode still uses the main camera.

And although theres a dedicated Night mode, we found it to be working even using the standard photo mode. If the lighting conditions are met the software automatically shoots in Night mode. It doesn’t take more than a second or two at most to take a shot and stack all the frames. There’s also a tripod mode within the Night mode that uses longer exposure for better results. The Night mode is supported on all three cameras.

Oppo has bought promise support to the main camera only. When you have the Main camera active, it will give you two toggles on the viewfinder -1x and 2x zoom.

In any case the pro mode gives you control over the usual stuff like ISO, exposure, white balance manual focus and shutter speed. There are also focus peaking and histogram to help you out.

Daylight photos

main camera

it’s no surprise that the main cameras performance is almost identical to the Realme GT2 pro and Oppo find X5 pro Since they use the same Sony IMX766 sensor. And thus, in turn means that the Reno 8’s main camera ensure solid performance. The daylight photos are clean, sharp, have lively colors and dynamic range is good for the most part. There are those occasional moments in which the shadows could be crushed, but it’s strongly depends on the lighting conditions. Take a look at the outdoor photos for example. You can find some shadows darker than usual.

Still, even in more challenging situations, the Reno 8’s photos lack of noise and remain pretty sharp and detailed.

Perhaps due to the fact that many of the Reno 8’s competitors use 108MP cameras, Oppo dedicated to include the so-called Extra HD mode, which captures 50MP images and upscale them to 108MP. It’s needless to say that results are unimpressive, to say the least. The jagged edges, the increased noise and the dynamic loss of sharpness and dynamic range don’t really markup for the extra details, which isn’t imprived so. Much anyway.

2x zoom

Even though theres no real telephoto camera to take zoom shots, the 2x zoom crop photos from the Main camera look pretty solid and almost indistinguishable from budget. 2x telephoto shooters. As expected, the overall rendition is identical to that if the standard 1x photos, but the loss of sharpness is minimal and there’s no extra noise either. Even the indoor scenes turn out pretty good.

ultra-wide camera

The commonly used 8MP ultra-wide camera performs just as expected for the price range. You get decent sharpness and dynamic range. Contrast and color reproduction is a very good.

Macro camera

The 2MP macro camera with fixed focus is another common find on today’s smartphones and produce sub-par images. They are low-contrast, lack detail require the best possible lighting conditions, colors look undersaturated. It’s hard to recommend it unless you spend some time post-processing to make them looking decent enough for the social media purposes.

Low-light photos

main camera

The Night mode behavior of the software is the same as Oppo Find X5 series. If the algorithm decides it’s dark enough, it will opt for the night mode automatically, and there nothing you can do about it. It takes just a second or two to take all the needed frames and stack them, so you won’t have to wait too long. More importantly, the nighttime performance is amazing.

The photos below are clean, have a wide dynamic range, resolve quite a bit of detail in the shadows, and the dynamic range is impressive. Noise is non-existent, contrast is good, and color accuracy is pretty close to natural. Surely you can find some clipped highlights, but Those are rare case and are usually small parts of the images. Overall, light source are well-processed. You can expect a solid performance after dusk.

In some rate instances the software may decide that the screen is bright enough to use the standard photo mode. Thats why Oppo kept night mode as a separate mode so you can force it when needed. Take a look at the example below. Although the gain is sharpness and detail in the shadows is minimal, the overall clarity of the night mode images is undeniable. That’s why we suggest using the dedicated night mode after dark at all times.

2x zoom

Expectedly, cropping from the main camera in low-light situations isn’t ideal. Overall quality deteriorates significantly as object are softer and the noise becomes more visible in the shadows. Still, though you can get some decent-looking pictures suitable for social media.

Ultra-wide camera

The ultra-wide shots look somewhat decent only because of the automatic Night mode. They have a wide enough dynamic range, food contrast punchy colors and a decent amount of the details.

Portrait mode

The portraits are pretty good with a plenty of details, wide dynamic range and are sharp-looking. However, the software tends to overexposure, and bit more contrast won’t hurt either. The third and fourth samples in particular, are considerably brighter than they should be. Edge detection is pretty good, though, and the overall the faux bokeh effect is convincing enough.

Selfie camera

It seems like all the hype for the selfie camera isn’t for nothing. Even in poorly -lit scenarios or challenging lighting conditions where the sun shines directly behind the subject, the subject’s face is always well-exposed, there’s plenty of details, little to noise, and sharpness is great as well.

As expected, the portrait photos are not ideal as the edge detection can be rough around the edges sometimes, and the HDR is disabled, so you end up with an overexposed subject at times or clipped background.

Video recording

The hardset can do 2160p videos at 30fps using it’s main camera, but the ultra-wide is limited to just 1080p. Video stabilization is also at hand but only in 1080p resolution. The same resolution mode offers advanced stabilization capabilities mimicking action cameras with 60fps framerate.

Verdict

Compact design, long battery life, stellar camera performance, fast charging, bright OLED display and powerful yet efficient SoC. Sounds great on paper, right?

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Sadly ,that’s not nearly enough to stand out from 20MB the competition, which often comes with everything? More high-Tech display, stero speakers, some sort of ingress protection, and even sometimes bigger battery and /or faster chipset.

Oppo’s pricing of its mid-range device is not competitive in the mid-range market segment. Not to mention the Reno 8 faces some fierce in-house competition from brands such as Realme, ONEPLUS and even IQOO. If only the Reno 8 was cheaper, it would have punched above it’s classified with it’s impeccable camera performance

Pros

  • Fresh new design, compact and lightweight.
  • Flagship-grade Main camera performance, especially at night mode.
  • Good Selfie camera.
  • Dependable Battery life, SuperVOOC fast charger.
  • Latest ColorOS 12, customizable and snappy.

Cons

  • Competition Often has brighter and faster displays.
  • No Ingress protection, no stero speakers.
  • Similarly Priced competitors run on faster SoCs.
  • Expensive At lunch.

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