Oppo Reno 8 Pro Review: Raising The Mid-Range Bar

Right off the bat, the Oppo Reno 8 Pro stands out as different from other smartphones, even among its older siblings. Unless you’ve seen the Oppo Find X5 Pro before, you’d think it’s a brand new design. In some ways, it is, because it isn’t an exact replica of the company’s flagship smartphone. Unfortunately, that’s not always for the best.

The Reno 8 Pro brings that beautiful unibody design to the mid-tier smartphone market, merging the camera bump with the rest of the back in a smooth contour reminiscent of a soft sand dune. That camera bump, however, is huge, taking up more than half the width of the phone. It also slopes down only on the inner edges, leaving the top and left edge with a harder chamfered design. The resulting aesthetic looks like a mix between the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s Contour Cut Camera and the Find X5 Pro’s gentler curves.

The phone’s flat edges are also more pronounced, calling to mind the design of older iPhones. This gives the Reno 8 Pro a distinct look that seems to fluctuate between soft and hard, curved and straight. Those flat edges at least help in getting a more solid grip on the phone, which is helpful because it feels quite big. The phone feels light in hand, though, despite the aluminum frame. The glass-covered back isn’t as slippery, but it is a fingerprint magnet. Oppo includes a TPU case inside the box for your peace of mind.

The large 6.7-inch FHD+ display is bright, vibrant, fast, and responsive. It’s difficult to find any fault with the AMOLED screen other than having only two refresh rate choices of 60Hz and 120Hz. The punch-hole cutout for the 32MP selfie camera isn’t distracting after a while, and the thin bezels leave plenty of room for content that matters. Whether it’s playing fast-paced games or watching HDR10+ videos, the OPPO Reno 8 Pro is definitely up to the task.

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