We’ve been covering the OPPO Reno series ever since they were rumored to be released last year. After its launch in the Philippines, we reviewed the OPPO Reno 10x and the OPPO Reno 2 – both phones we loved and even considered purchasing. I initially thought they were going to replace the FIND series as the new flagship until they announced the OPPO Find X2. We’re not gonna review that, not yet anyway, but OPPO Philippines sent us a review unit of their new OPPO Reno 3 Pro. I’ve been using the phone for the past few days so let me share you my OPPO Reno 3 Pro First Impressions.
OPPO RENO 3 PRO SPECS:
|OS:||Android 10 with ColorOS 7|
|Processor:||2.2GHz MediaTek Helio P95 Octa-Core processor | PowerVR GM9446|
|Display:||2400 x 1080 6.4" FHD+ Super AMOLED Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Wireless Connections:||LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|Memory:||256 GB Internal Storage expandable with a MicroSD, 8GB RAM|
|Connectors:||USB Type-C, OTG Support|
|Cameras:||64 Megapixels f/1.7 (wide) + 13 Megapixels f/2.4 (telephoto) + 8 Megapixels f/2.2 (ultrawide) + 2 Megapixels f/2.4 depth sensor (Main Cameras), 44 Megapixels f/2.4 wide + 2 Megapixels f/2.4 depth (Front)|
|SIM Card Slots:||2x Nano SIM Cards required|
HARDWARE: OPPO RENO 3 PRO FIRST IMPRESSIONS
“Is it just me or did the OPPO Reno 3 Pro got smaller?” This was my reaction upon unboxing the phone. Checking the dimensions of the phone, my eyesight was indeed correct. The Reno 3 Pro’s dimensions are measured at 158.8 x 73.4 x 8.1mm which is smaller than the Reno 2. Because of its size reduction, the phone is now slimmer and lighter to hold.
The glass back cover is gone and is replaced with polycarbonate. Unlike the Reno 10x Zoom and Reno 2 with glass back covers, the Reno 3 Pro doesn’t slip off my hands and it’s comfortable to hold. However, it doesn’t feel “premium” anymore and made me wonder if the phone’s price point will become cheaper now. While I have mixed reactions on its build, I like the shiny Aurora Blue inspired by the night skies of Northern Europe.
The camera modules are recessed now which can be prone to accidental scratches when placed on top of a table. My guess is they have to leave this out for them to make the phone slimmer.
Display size has been reduced to 6.4″ but still retains Full HD+ resolution and the Super AMOLED display technology of Samsung. Instead of having a hidden front camera that pops-up like a shark’s fin, the dual-cameras are placed on the top left corner of the screen.
I’m kinda disappointed at this because I enjoy the notchless screens of the two Reno phones before, and while having punch-hole cameras are better than notches the shark’s fin design is identified with the Reno series. With this, the Reno’s unique identity is not so unique anymore. My hunch is OPPO ditched the Sharks’s Fin design because the dual cameras wouldn’t fit in it, so they have to resort to the dual punch hole display. Also, there’s a trend that pop-up cameras are slowly fading away and went for the punch-hole design.
Another change OPPO did with the Reno 3 Pro is the processor. Usually, the flagship version of the Reno uses a Qualcomm Snadpragon chipset. They opted for the new MediaTek Helio P95 processor, and the Reno 3 Pro is the first to have it. The Antutu Benchmark Score I got above is slightly higher than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730-powered Reno 2, so I think the processor doesn’t offer anything significant changes in this department. So far, so good with all the apps I’m using. I’m currently doing some tests with a few popular mobile games but I will share those results in my full review.
The Reno 3 Pro’s Quad Camera system gets an upgrade by having a 64 Megapixel main lens as well as 13 Megapixels telephoto, 8 Megapixels ultra-wide and 2 Megapixels depth sensor. Here are some sample photos:
I also tried Night Mode and it made photos brighter in low-light conditions. Here are the photos:
The Reno 3 Pro has a 5x Hybrid Zoom and 20x Digital Zoom. I’ll explain the former in my full review later this week since this is quite new to me. Anyway, here are some sample photos:
I only learned today that the main camera was set to 16 Megapixels by default. I had to go my camera’s settings and select 64 Megapixels to activate it. I’ll be taking some more photos in the next few days for further evaluation.
Full review of the OPPO Reno 3 Pro will be out later this week.