A good mix of appearance and performance
The premium lineup of smartphones under the Oppo Reno series has recently been updated to include the Oppo Reno 6 and Oppo Reno 6 Pro in India. We have already reviewed the latter and have been quite impressed by the overall performance of the phone and its attractive design. The focus for its younger sibling, the Oppo Reno 6, also seems to be heavily entrenched in design and performance as well. Priced at Rs 29,990, this mid-ranger offers a range of interesting specifications and features, at least on paper. Having said that, it’s time to keep the Oppo Reno6 5G up to date and give us your feedback on the phone’s performance, camera, battery and more.
Oppo Reno 6 5G: Specification
The Oppo Reno 6 5G is the first phone to play the MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset in India, a new 5G SoC for mid-rangers. At the center of the chip, you have two ARM Cortex-A78 cores at 2.4GHz and six ARM Cortex-A55 cores at 2GHz. For graphics, the chipset comes with a Mali-G68 GPU. It comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage. The Oppo Reno6 also boasts Oppo’s RAM expansion technology with support for vRAM or virtual RAM up to 5GB. Unfortunately, the device doesn’t have an SD card slot, so you can’t expand the storage.
Despite its slim body, the phone has a decent 4,300mAh battery. It supports Oppo’s 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charging. For display, the Oppo Reno 6 has a 6.43-inch flat AMOLED panel with full HD + resolution. The display comes with 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate. Gorilla Glass 5 is on top of the display for protection. You also have an under-display optical fingerprint sensor.
For photos and videos, the Oppo Reno 6 packs a triple rear camera stack that includes a 64-megapixel primary lens, an 8-megapixel ultraviolet shooter and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The phone comes with a 32-megapixel selfie camera housed in a punch-hole cutout in the upper left corner of the screen for selfies. This section also has some interesting features like Bokeh Flare Portrait Video, AI Highlight Video and others. Finally, moving on to the software, the Oppo Reno 6 runs Android 11 based on ColorOS 11.3.
Oppo Reno 6 5G: Build and display
Oppo has established its design skills with the Renault 6 which not only looks but also feels premium. It features Oppo’s patented Renault Glow design, the result of the company’s unique etching technology. The back panel has a smooth matte finish and a radioactive tinge that changes color as light falls. The phone is available in Aurora and Stellar Black, we got the previous one for review which is absolutely breathtaking to look at. The panel is fingerprint resistant, which enhances the overall appeal of the phone.
On the back is a camera stack that is slightly extended and has the words “64MP AI camera” engraved on it. Unlike the Pro variant of the device which features rounded edges, the Oppo Reno6 has a flat-edge design reminiscent of the iPhone 12 series design. Now, there may be some polarization in this design choice. The phone didn’t seem so ergonomic to us as it held a more rounded back, however, not everyone would feel the same way. In addition, the Oppo Reno 6 Super Lightweight, weighs just 182g, and sports a 7.59mm thickness, making it extremely smooth and attractive. The back panel, however, was a bit slippery to hold and we were more confident using it with the silicone case provided.
Let’s talk buttons and ports. The Oppo Reno 6 has a USB-C charging port, a single speaker and a SIM tray at the bottom of the device. On the right, you have a single power button and on the left is the volume rocker. The buttons are located in a place that is sensitive and easy to press. The phone also has an under-display optical fingerprint sensor. The sensor is moderately fast and quite accurate, however, Face Unlock works fast enough on this phone. The phone misses the dual stereo speakers, which is quite disappointing at this price point, budget phones like the Poco M3 have included it.
Going forward with the display, the Oppo Reno 6 brings a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with full HD + resolution and 90Hz refresh rate support. Quick refresh rate ensures smooth scrolling and flicking between apps. Users have the option to toggle the refresh rate to 60Hz. Unfortunately, there is no adaptive refresh rate support, which is a bit disappointing at this price because many cheaper phones have included this Nifty feature.
The panel has a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera at the top left of the screen. The display is bright enough to be used indoors or outdoors, even in harsh sunlight, we recorded a maximum of 620 net brightness on the screen. It feels premium as well as has quite decent color accuracy. The screen also provides good viewing angles and vibrant colors. In addition, there is minimal bezel action, except for slightly larger chin bezels.
Oppo Reno 6 5G: Performance
Although the Oppo flagships generally lag behind its most formidable competitors in terms of performance, the Oppo Reno 6 has been able to capture some ground so that it becomes a real competitor in the mid-rangers’ performance race. The phone, as we mentioned above, has the new MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC and it comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The chipset comes with HSR (High-Speed Rail) mode for gaming that will search and connect to the lowest latency cell tower to reduce ping.
We ran a few of our common benchmarks to measure device performance, and the results weren’t very reliable. On AnTuTu, the Oppo Reno 6 scored slightly lower than the Snapdragon 768G-powered iQOO Z3 5G and significantly lower than the Realme X7 Pro. In GeekBench 5, the Oppo Reno 6 scored 712 on the single-core test and 2113 on the multi-core test. It has beaten both the iQOO Z3 5G and the OnePlus Nord CE in these tests, however, the Realme X7 Pro is still able to beat it by a small margin.
At PCMark Work, the phone has the lowest score in the lot with a score of 8474. Going into GPU performance, the phone has scored a respectable 2018 in the 3D Mark Wild Life but it lags behind the Realme Z7 Pro here as well. We tried to test the gaming performance of the phone using Gamebench, but for some reason, Gamebench refused to work on this device.
Synthetic benchmark aside, the Oppo Reno 6 performs admirably well for the most part. You will have no problem performing daily tasks like calling, texting, web browsing and social media. Thanks to the 8GB RAM and expandable vRAM, the phone is also great for multitasking and able to run a number of apps without interruption. 90Hz refresh rate smoothes scrolling and flicking between screens.
In the case of gaming, we played Call of Duty: to test the gaming chops of Mobile and Asphalt 9 Legends. The phone performs well enough when playing games with smooth graphics and frame rate. There were occasional hiccups or frame drops during longer gaming sessions, but the dealbreaker was nothing. In most cases, the Oppo Reno 6 offers a premium performance experience despite being priced below 30K.
Moving on to the software, the phone runs Android 11 on top of ColorOS 11.3. Although ColorOS offers lots of customization options and a decent look, it is loaded with bloatware in the form of third party apps. Some Oppo apps can’t be uninstalled either, so it’s not the cleanest experience.
Oppo Reno 6 5G: Camera performance and camera sampling
Oppo’s phone has a reputation for putting a lot of extra effort into the camera, and the Oppo Reno 6 is a good example. The phone has a 64MP primary lens, an 8MP ultraviolet shooter and a 2MP macro sensor. The 2MP mono lens present in the Pro variant of this device avoids it, but it’s not a huge miss.
Night mode off (left) vs. night mode on (right)
The primary 64MP lens churns detailed and vivid shots in daylight with good color and dynamic range. In low light conditions, these lenses produce decent shots, although they are sometimes plagued by a fair amount of noise and inadequate color. Fortunately, the phone’s night mode does more for this error by churning out good low light images with plenty of light, very little noise and good detail. Although the phone takes a long time to focus on things in low light.
Heading towards the ultraviolet lens, the phone captures quite decent images with good colors in daylight, but this lens lacks some of the dynamic range. Although this 8MP lens has very little lens distortion, which is good. You can also shoot night mode with an ultraviolet lens, but the photos aren’t as detailed as the night mode shots taken with the primary lens. 2MP macro lenses shoot medium shots with decent colors, but details are often lacking and the subject is not always in focus.
The phone also comes with some really interesting video features like Oppo’s Bokeh Flare video mode which adds cinematic effect to the portrait video. You also have something called AI Color Portrait Mode that makes the subjects pop up in portrait videos. These options will be appreciated by those who want an enhanced videography experience on their device. For general videography, the phone allows users to shoot 4K video at 30fps. There is no stability, so the videos will suffer from shaking Electronic stability begins at 1080p recording.
The phone’s 32MP selfie camera provides good detail and color in most situations and even has quite decent low light performance. However, if you like the natural look, be sure to turn off the beauty filters when clicking on the selfie. Beauty filters aggressively alter human facial features and are turned on by default.
Oppo Reno 6 5G: Battery life
The Oppo Reno 6 has a medium-powered 4,300mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging. While the phone’s battery won’t compete with a power champ that uses a large 5,000-6,000mAh battery, it’s enough to get most users through a day’s use. If you’re a power user who uses a lot of content on YouTube and OTT platforms, and plays a lot of intense mobile games, expect to find the charger in the evening or at night after fully charging the device in the morning.
In our battery tests, 5 percent of the phone’s battery life is lost while playing Call of Duty Mobile, and 7 percent of the battery is lost while streaming content for half an hour on Netflix. Despite the phone’s low battery capacity, Oppo’s 65W fast charging ensures that you can fully charge the device in a matter of seconds. In our experiments, the phone’s out-of-the-box 65W charger completely backs up the device in just 36 minutes from an empty battery. It is extremely attractive and convenient, especially for those who do not like to leave their phone charged for a long time.
Oppo Reno 6 5G: Roy
The Oppo Reno 6 is long in the middle of the competition due to its starler, eye-catching design and good overall performance. While there are plenty of interesting options in this mid-range category of smartphones, the Oppo Reno 6 offers a good mix of looks and performance. If you want to own a phone that stands out from the crowd below 30K, the Oppo Reno 6 becomes a very obvious recommendation as it not only looks good, but also has impressive performance, good camera and decent battery with fast 65W fast charging support. There is life. .