Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G Review: Looks great, works great
The Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G is the latest to be launched from Oppo’s stables, which packs the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC. This particular chipset is rather special because it brings MediaTek to 7nm fabrication space. The smartphone comes with Oppo’s latest full-dimension fusion portrait video system, a combination of AI-based algorithm design to bring portrait mode to low light video, daytime video and even video. There’s also the new Reno Glow treatment that gives the back of the Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G a gorgeous look. But the answer we want to find is whether a phone is worth your time and money. You can skip reading the review and watch the video below instead
Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G Performance
MediaTek’s Dimension chipsets mark the company’s entry into the flagship SoC segment. The Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G is powered by a MediaTek Dimension 1000+ chipset that comes with 4 Cortex A77 cores and 4 Cortex A55 which in our experiment, helped the Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G deliver some very impressive numbers. You can see the performance metrics of Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G below.
Dealing with fraud concerns
In our experiments, we tried to verify that the SoC is being clocked at its maximum, ignoring thermal limitations. MediaTek processors have been caught doing this in the past, MediaTek has denied any wrongdoing, and said such behavior was good for configurable use. However, most benchmarking communities consider it a hoax, since such performance has never been seen in real-world use. To verify CPU status, we use Game Bench, our tool for measuring gaming performance. This tool records the status of each CPU core, allowing it to verify whether the Dimension 1000+ maximum has been clocked when it detects a benchmark running. Long story short, the cores do not stay on the clock and, in fact, move according to the load under which they are placed. It also reflects the use of the phone, where we note excellent results, free from stuttering and freezing.
Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G camera performance
The Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G has a quad-camera setup on the back, with a 64MP primary camera in the center. The 8MP Ultra-Wide camera lacks auto-focus, which is a missed opportunity for the Oppo. The macro lens, when it lets you get close to an object, is incredibly difficult to obtain usable results due to the lack of AF or focus picking, which helps to ensure that the subject is in focus. You can see the sample photo below for a better understanding.
Note that all of the samples below have been resized for the web To see the original, go straight to our Flickr gallery, outside of the camera JPG.
The main highlight of the Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G’s camera stack is not static capability, but more important videos. The Full Dimension Fusion Portrait Video System is an AI tool that, once launched, dynamically adjusts algorithms to get better photos. During the day, it will apply an HDR tone-map to videos to include better color and dynamic range than standard video, and at night, it will automatically turn on ultra-low light mode to increase the brightness of shots. Interestingly, while shooting in a brightly lit place at night, we discovered that the AI would switch between live HDR and ultra-low light mode during recording, depending on where the camera was pointed. Although this type of AI works by guessing from good quality video, the results can be hit or miss. When shooting in low light, videos have a lot of noise, regardless of whether it was shot using ultra-low light mode. However, videos shot indoors in a decently lit living room have become subtle. With Live HDR, the results aren’t as dramatic as the HDR effect in the photo, but we did see better color and somewhat better dynamic range in some shots. However, the video looks the same, regardless of whether it was shot using Live HDR mode. We believe that the system still needs to be improved and that while this is a huge advantage, Oppo may need to fine-tune the quality of the algorithm to improve the output.
Display and sound
The Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G has a 6.5-inch AMOLED panel with a maximum brightness of 1100 nits when playing HDR content playback and a regular maximum brightness of 660-nits measured by us. 660 nits Outdoor use is a lot brighter to make a breeze and we didn’t have any problems with the reflection either. The 90Hz refresh rate certainly helps improve the experience by smoothing out all animations and transitions. The Reno5 Pro 5G’s display is HDR10 + certified, with Netflix HDR certification along the way and YouTube HDR support right out of the box.
Oppo is doubling down on the curved screen of its premium smartphone, and on the Reno5 Pro 5G, the curvature doesn’t really lead to many ghost touches. When we used the phone in our time, there was actually no example of this, which led us to believe that Oppo’s rejection algorithms are quite well organized. For all intents and purposes, there is very little room for complaint on this display.
Where we have complaints, but sound. The phone has a single bottom-firing speaker and it doesn’t deliver the healthy sound you would expect from a smartphone that sounds so premium. Watching movies on the Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G is a seemingly rich experience, but the sound leaves much to be desired. The sound coming from the mono speaker is quite small and good, just asking you to use a nice pair of supplied earphones or wireless headphones.
Construction and design
Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G is an absolutely gorgeous smartphone. The color Astral Blue uses a unique healing process called Renault Glow. With this process, Oppo’s R&D team figured out how to add crystals to AG Glass in such a way that the back is no longer the same as before. An added benefit is that it is fingerprint resistant, even if you eat some oily foods. The frame that binds the back and back together is a premium metal frame. At the top of the frame is a “designed for Renault” sign, which adds a more premium touch to the device. The SIM card tray sits next to the USB-C port, at the bottom, while the volume and power buttons are on the left and right side of the frame, respectively. Overall, the design of the Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G is definitely its big standout feature, unless you go for the Astral Blue variant.
The Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G makes it a compelling case for you to spend money on it. It can play a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC, but make no mistake, this chip goes to-to-to with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. The device surpasses most of its competitors, especially those that cost less, and come very close to it. The price of OnePlus 8T is much higher. The display of this phone, in addition to a 90Hz refresh rate panel, is HDR certified to ensure the best entertainment experience. However, the device may not be perfect due to the use of a mono speaker with poor sound output. Priced at Rs 35,990, the Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G offers a fairly healthy package and is understandable for those who place a lot of emphasis on style like performance and imaging.