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OPPO Reno5 4G Hands-on Review: All Sparkle

OPPO Reno5 4G Hands On review

Early verdict: Our OPPO Reno5 4G hands on review has the phone shine both literally and figuratively, with the new phone showing off a brand-new design language for the brand’s mid-range efforts. A beautiful screen, high-resolution cameras, and a capable processor make it an attractive choice for the mid-range but as with anything, the price will determine if the brand’s new hotness will fly with the regular consumer.

Pros

  • Beautiful exterior
  • Bright and responsive AMOLED panel
  • High-resolution cameras
  • 50W fast charging

Cons

  • Plastic rear
  • Sub 5000mAh battery capacity

While other brands are going all-in with 5G, OPPO is hedging its bets in the mid-range market, releasing both 4G and 5G variants of its new Reno5 mid-range phone. Today we’ll be doing a hands-on review of the OPPO Reno5 4G to see what’s new with the brand’s latest phone.

OPPO Reno5 4G Hands On review

Design and Display

OPPO’s been killing it with its new design language for its mid-range phones, and we’re glad to see that that’s still the case with the Reno5. While the phone comes in two colors, the phone really comes into its own with the Starry Silver colorway. If you’re thinking of buying the Starry Black variant, you’re really missing out.

OPPO Reno5 4G Hands On review

While we’ve seen phones that have that color-shifting gradient in other phones before, OPPO’s really taken it to another level here. That effect, made possible via their new Diamond Spectrum process, gives the phone a unique look depending on how the light hits it.

The phone is one of the thinnest we’ve seen lately in the market, with an overall thickness of just 7.8mm, and an overall weight of just 171g.

The phone has a complete set of ports located on the bottom, including the coveted 3.5mm jack.

On the display side, the phone has a beautiful 6.4-inch AMOLED display with 2400 x 1080 resolution. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 5, and like any good modern mid-range phone nowadays, it has a 90Hz refresh rate as well as Widevine L1 certification. The aspect ratio is 20:9 so it’s a little tall but not too tall like phones with a 21:9 ratio.

OPPO Reno5 4G Hands On review

There’s an in-display fingerprint scanner here for biometric unlock, and the requisite selfie camera is located up on the upper left of the display. There’s also a face unlock feature as well.

Camera

The OPPO Reno5 has a quad-camera setup on the rear which isn’t surprising as it’s the standard for most phones in its price range. You should really just pay attention to the main camera and the selfie cam since the other sensors mostly feature stuffers anyway. The main shooter is a 64-megapixel deal with an f/1.7 aperture lens, paired with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 2-megapixel macro and mono camera that has an f/2.4 aperture.

The front camera is a 44-megapixel selfie cam that’s been infused with the same AI smarts as the main camera. We’ll have to see how the phone handles images in our full review though.

Performance, software, battery

As the phone in our possession is the non-5G variant, it’s armed with a Snapdragon 720G processor. The 5G variant will be getting a higher 765G variant with a 5G modem.

The 4GB variant gets 8GB of RAM, along with 128GB of storage.

We’ve seen the Snapdragon 720G processor in action a few times before, and it’s as snappy as they come, and is more than enough for the intended audience of the phone.

The phone comes with Android 11 out of the box, along with OPPO’s own ColorOS 11.1 UI layered on top of it.

The battery stands at 4310mAh which is a bit short of the expected 5000mAh we’ve seen on most mid-range phones nowadays. That’s more than enough for daily use though thanks to the power-efficient processor, but if you ever run out of juice the phone does have a 50W fast charge capability to keep you topped up.

Wrap-up and early conclusions

OPPO’s new Reno5 4G looks stunning in person and delivers all the things that a mid-range phone should, but is that enough? The mid-range market is pretty competitive right now, and OPPO’s offering, as pretty as it is, may get lost in it especially when you consider the pricing of phones in the category with 5G capabilities already baked in.

We’ll have to see in our review if the OPPO Reno5 4G really does deliver, but until then, that’s it for our hands-on.

 

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

2 Comments

  1. Only reviewers care if the back is plastic or glass, 99% of not enthusiasts and 70% of enthusiasts use a case anyway, you should stop putting this on the cons list, it is a con for very few people, especially when it helps drop the price.
    I’m sorry it doesn’t look extremely shiny on your YouTube video…

  2. Agree, who cares what material the back is made of anyway? buyers will be slapping a case on it since its a bit pricey.

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