by Aum Vyas

Oppo’s latest smartphone Reno 5 Pro is here and this time it’s 5G compatible. This year, the company has done wonders on the Reno 5 Pro – bringing a faster, more performance-oriented chipset, a bigger battery, and new camera features. Also, the Reno 5 Pro features the much-awaited MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chip equipped with 5G.  Considering this is the first phone with this chip, it would be important to see how much its performance lines up in the day to day usage or gaming. To know about its performance, and more – here’s our review.

Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G Review: Aesthetics, build, design, and display

The Oppo Reno 5 Pro borrows a number of design aspects from the Reno 4 Pro. The Reno 5 Pro is light and slim and it gives a textured feel to the back panel. The design of the Reno 5 Pro and its predecessor were inspired by last year’s launch of the Find X2.

We got the Astral Blue version, which looked pretty amazing. The frame is a piece of polycarbonate and it is glossy and whereas the back panel is matt. It’s actually more like a textured panel, and the best part is that it’s not a fingerprint magnet.

The top side of the frame has ‘Made for Oppo’ letters, while the bottom side of the frame has a dual-SIM tray, a USB Type-C port, and a single speaker. Get the power button and volume rocker keys on the right and left sides of the frame. There is no 3.5mm headphone port, as we said above. Reno 4 Pro had that.

The screen is the highlight of the Reno 5 Pro – a “borderless sense screen” of 6.5 inches. With the Full-HD+ resolution, the display is AMOLED and gets angled edges, and the screen is easy to see in daylight and under the direct sun at a peak brightness of 1,100 nits. The display also gets a touch sampling rate of 180Hz and a refresh rate of 90Hz – both are positive features when we are watching movies or videos on the phone. The display is also HDR10+ certified.

The panel is a scratch-resistant glass from Panda, but Oppo offers a clear screen protector directly out of the box. A Corning Gorilla Glass 5 panel covers the display. The Reno 5 Pro’s overall style is eye-catchy. Although the concept is now three line-ups old, we hope that Oppo is preparing a new design for Reno 6.

Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G Review: Software and performance

The new MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chip is one of the highlights of the Reno 5 Pro hardware. The chipset was revealed last year in May 2020 and is the first in India to be featured on the Reno 5 Pro. The chipset Dimensity 1000+ rivals the Snapdragon 865 chipset and was built on the 7nm process. The Dimensity 1000+ chipset features four ARM Cortex-A77 cores and four ARM Cortex-A55 cores. It also gets an integrated 5G modem and features the latest WiFi 6 connectivity and Bluetooth 5.1.

The Reno 5 Pro is armed to the teeth in terms of hardware. The Reno 5 Pro also comes with a huge 65W charging brick from the Find X2 series. The Reno 5 Pro is powered by the new ColorOS 11.1, based on Android 11. In our earlier ColorOS analysis, the interface is more or less identical to the Find X2.

The current version of ColorOS carries a range of new features from the beta Android 11 version of ColorOS. This involves strong customization, such as modifying the AOD watch faces, three dark mode intensities, and a new Game Space menu that can be summoned when playing games by swiping from the left.

The Reno 5 Pro gets bloatware that can be installed easily from Oppo and even from third-party developers. Music, Browser, Theme Store, and such are part of the Oppo software. The UI did not have any advertising, however. There was also something called FlexDrop in the Reno 5 Pro’s OS that allows for app minimization through an immersive floating window or smaller view-only panels.

As long as you swipe through software, use social media to the fullest, use the cameras, and so on, the overall output is okay. App switching was smooth and we didn’t notice any problems with the Reno 5 Pro’s efficiency on a regular basis.

A toughie on the Reno 5 Pro is gaming results. A few of the games we tried were Call of Duty: Mobile, Real Racing 3, and PUBG Mobile. As long as it was offline, almost every game performed pretty well. PUBG Mobile’s battle royale stages needed much more than the Dimension 1000+ chip could handle – and we had to use it in Balanced Graphics settings.

Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G Review: Camera

The value of cameras was emphasized by the Reno 4 Pro, while the Reno 5 Pro did not emphasize anything as such. The module – combined with an LED flash – is a modest piece of glossy plastic with three large lenses and one small lens.

Instead of the 48-megapixel one that arrived on the Reno 4 Pro, a 64-megapixel sensor is in control of the camera module. Other than that – the majority of the camera features are the same – an ultra-wide-angle camera with 8 megapixels, a macro with 2 megapixels, and a monochrome sensor with 2 megapixels. For selfies, the Reno 5 Pro gets a 32-megapixel camera upfront.

The Reno 5 Pro has a new camera feature called the ‘AI Highlight Video’ which, in low light conditions, pumps brightness into the footage. An HDR effect – depending on the amount of light available – is also added. A picture-in-picture mode is also provided. A similar host of previously available features are available – Ultra Steady Video, Pro mode, AI Colour Portrait, and many more.

The Reno 5 Pro can capture photographs with a decent amount of light and sharp details when it comes to picture quality. The white balance is sufficiently precise and the colors are bright – but not supersaturated. Close-up shots are fine, but ultra-wide shots are okay and there’s not many details. Photographs feature a warmer color tone with the AI Scene Enhancement. Overall, the cameras are good enough on the Reno 5 Pro.

Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G Review: Battery

The Reno 5 Pro gets a 4350mAh battery with no heavy tasks such as gaming included, which lasted for a full day on minor to moderate use. We were able to push on a maximum charge for about 17 hours with gaming included, and moderate to heavy use of calls, social media, browser use. The Reno 5 Pro gets a 65W power brick in the box – which ensures that in around 30 minutes you can charge the battery from less than 10 percent to a full 100 percent.

Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G Review: Price and verdict

Although it’s repetitive, the Reno 5 Pro gets a decent design, but still, the curved lines along the edges and also the curved display gives it a very outstanding preference in terms of all the phones we’ve tested in the same hardware area. But the truth of the matter is – the price is a choppy Rs 35,990, which is essentially the territory of OnePlus. If you are a consumer with an emphasis on gaming capabilities, it’s just a toughie to recommend. The Reno 5 Pro is the one we would recommend if you are someone who loves a good design and a performance that is excellent every day – combined with the AMOLED 90Hz display and the insane 65W charging brick.

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