Oppo has expanded the Reno series with the introduction of the Reno 8 5G and the Reno 8 Pro 5G (Review). These two smartphones are being marketed as “The Portrait Expert” by Oppo. We’ve already reviewed the Reno 8 Pro 5G, which impressed us with its design and build quality, but didn’t offer as much value as the competition when it comes to performance. Will the Oppo Reno 8 5G offer a similar experience or does it have an edge over the competition? Let’s find out.
Oppo Reno 8 5G price in India
The Oppo Reno 8 5G is priced at Rs. 29,999 for the only variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Oppo offers the phone in two finishes, Shimmer Gold and Shimmer Black. The price compares it to OnePlus Nord 2T 5G and Mi 11X 5G.
Oppo Reno 8 5G Design
The Oppo Reno 8 5G has a sleek design and the Shimmer Gold variant caught my eye quite easily. In line with current design trends, Oppo has flattened the sides of the Reno 8 5G. This makes it easy to hold and comfortable to use with one hand. The corners are curved and do not dig into your palms while using the phone. The frame is made of plastic and doesn’t feel very premium to the touch.
You get a large 6.4-inch display on the front of the Oppo Reno 8 5G, with a cutout in the top left corner for the selfie camera. It has pretty slim bezels that help deliver an immersive experience, except for the chin at the bottom. Oppo has used Corning Gorilla Glass 5 over the screen for protection.
At 179g, the Reno 8 5G is not heavy and does not cause fatigue when used for long periods. The power and volume buttons are located towards the center of the frame on both sides, making them easy to reach. These buttons have a reassuring click that helps avoid doubts about an input. The top of the frame only has the secondary microphone. The SIM tray is at the bottom along with the USB Type-C port, speaker, and main microphone.
The Shimmer Gold variant can hide fingerprints quite well
The Oppo Reno 8 5G has a triple camera setup on the back and the module is molded on the back panel. The camera lens cutouts are huge and easily draw attention to the camera module. The design reminds me of the OnePlus Nord 2T (Review).
Oppo Reno 8 5G Specifications
The Oppo Reno 8 5G has an AMOLED screen with Full HD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate. While the OnePlus Nord 2T also has a 90Hz refresh rate, other competing devices like the Motorola Edge 30 (Review) offer a higher refresh rate of 144 Hz.
The Oppo Reno 8 5G is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 SoC, an octa-core SoC clocked at 3GHz. There is a RAM expansion feature that allows you to expand the RAM by up to 5GB. The fixed storage space might be a concern for some people as it is not expandable. Oppo smartphone could have offered a variant with higher storage capacity.
You get two nano-SIM slots and the tray has a rubber ring around it to offer some protection against dust and water ingress. However, the Reno 8 5G does not have official IP certification. It has support for Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, dual-5G standby, and dual-4G VoLTE. It also has six satellite navigation systems. The Reno 8 5G has a 4,500mAh battery with support for 80W fast charging. Oppo also includes a compatible charger in the box, which is a big plus.
The Oppo Reno 8 5G runs ColorOS 12.1 on top of Android 12. It was running the July 2022 Android security patch at the time of writing this review. The phone has a fair amount of pre-installed bloatware such as Byju’s, Dailyhunt, FinShell Pay, HeyFun, Josh, Moj, Netflix, Paytm, Snapchat and a few more. Most of these apps can be uninstalled. Oppo offers multiple customization options through the Theme Store app. You also have the option to change the accent colors to match the color of your wallpaper.
Oppo has added Air Gestures that allow the user to interact with the smartphone using hand gestures without touching the screen. I found this feature to be misleading and did not work as expected. You still get traditional gestures like three-finger swipe for a screenshot, double-tap to wake the screen, and flip to mute incoming calls, among others.
Oppo Reno 8 5G performance
The Oppo Reno 8 5G offered a smooth experience and showed no signs of lag or stutter during my use. The 8GB of onboard RAM, along with the 5GB of storage allocated as RAM, allowed for seamless multitasking. I also didn’t have to wait long for apps to load. On-screen fingerprint, as well as facial recognition, were always quick at authentication.
The AMOLED screen was sharp and had good viewing angles. The Reno 8 5G only has a single speaker at the bottom, but dual speakers would have improved the video-watching experience. Fortunately, the single speaker is loud enough. Scrolling through menus felt fluid on the 90Hz screen. The panel is set to 90Hz by default, but you have the option to change to 60Hz. There is no option for dynamic refresh rate. I used the phone at 90Hz for the duration of this review.
On Geekbench 5, the Reno 8 5G achieved a score of 603 in single-core tests and 2522 in multi-core tests. In AnTuTu, the Reno 8 5G managed to add 592,361 points. On the GFX Bench graphics benchmark, the phone managed to get 60fps on the T-Rex and 41fps on the Car Chase test suites. These scores are very similar to the OnePlus 2T 5G. The Motorola Edge 30 also came close in terms of performance with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ SoC.
Gaming performance was good and the Reno 8 5G was able to run Call of Duty: Mobile at ‘High’ graphics and ‘High’ frame rate settings. The game ran on this setting without any hint of lag or stutter during gameplay. I played the game for 20 minutes and noticed a four percent drop in battery level. The phone was barely warm to the touch after gaming.
Battery life was very good, and I could easily get through up to two days with my usage, which typically consisted of browsing Instagram, browsing Reddit, replying to WhatsApp messages, and watching YouTube videos. In our HD video loop test, the phone managed to run for 22 hours and 48 minutes, which was impressive. The included 80W charger helped keep charge times down. It managed to charge the phone to 84 percent in 30 minutes and it was fully charged in less than 40 minutes.
Oppo Reno 8 5G Cameras
The Oppo Reno 8 5G has a triple camera setup. It has a 50 megapixel main camera with a Sony IMX766 sensor. This camera sensor is widely used in smartphones like the Nothing Phone 1 (Review), Realme GT Neo 3, OnePlus 10T, and even the Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G (Review). This main camera does not have OIS and instead relies on EIS. The other cameras are an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 120-degree field of view and a 2-megapixel macro camera. For selfies, the Oppo Reno 8 5G has a 32-megapixel selfie camera. I found the camera app easy to use.
Photos from the main camera were quite detailed and color accurate. Even in bright conditions, the Reno 8 5G managed to capture colors accurately. The ultra wide camera had a slight drop in quality compared to the main shooter. However, it didn’t have any barrel distortion and I couldn’t find a huge difference in color tones. The camera app has an AI scene optimization switch that increases color saturation to make photos more vibrant.
Close-ups were good, and it didn’t take long for the phone to lock focus. Portraits also had good edge detection and natural blur for the background. Macro photos were good, but I constantly had to move the phone around to make sure the shot was in proper focus.
Low-light camera performance was decent, and the phone managed to capture good shots in well-lit environments. The darker areas of the frame had a watercolor-like effect. With night mode enabled, the phone took long exposure photos that resulted in blurry photos if the subject moved a bit.
Selfies from the 32-megapixel camera were excellent in both daylight and low light. Even the selfie portraits were quite detailed. In low-light conditions, the phone automatically activated the screen flash, which helped capture a brighter image.
Video recording maxed out at 4K 30fps for the main camera and 1080p for the self-portrait. The phone relies on EIS to stabilize footage and it does a decent job while recording at 1080p resolution. However, the jitter was visible in the output while shooting at 4K in daylight and was more prominent in low light.
The Oppo Reno 8 5G is a well-designed smartphone with capable hardware priced below Rs. 30,000. It offers good performance that is on par with others in the segment and has decent cameras for the price. ColorOS has nice features, but the amount of pre-installed bloatware could be annoying for someone who prefers a clean Android experience. The lack of OIS also negatively affects the performance of the camera, especially when taking photos in low light.
Given the number of smartphones that launched in this price range last year, the Reno 8 5G has its work cut out for it. The OnePlus Nord 2T 5G (Review) is the closest alternative and is almost identical to the Reno 8 5G in terms of hardware. The Motorola Edge 30 (Review) is similarly priced and focuses on a slim design while offering a 144Hz refresh rate display and almost clean, clean Android. The Mi 11X 5G (Review) is also worth considering for anyone simply looking for good performance at this price.
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