Oppo has expanded the Reno series by introducing Reno 8 5G and Reno 8 Pro 5G (Review). Both these smartphones are being marketed by Oppo as “The Portrait Expert”. We’ve already reviewed the Reno 8 Pro 5G, which impressed us with its design and build quality, but it doesn’t offer as much value as the competition in terms of performance. Will the Oppo Reno 8 5G deliver the same experience or is it ahead of the competition? let’s find out.
Oppo Reno 8 5G price in India
The price of Oppo Reno 8 5G is Rs. 29,999 for the single variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Oppo offers the phone in two finishes, Shimmer Gold and Shimmer Black. The price competes with the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G and Mi 11X 5G.
Oppo Reno 8 5G Design
The design of the Oppo Reno 8 5G is stylish and the Shimmer Gold variant has grabbed my attention quite easily. In line with the current design trends, Oppo has flattened the edges of the Reno 8 5G. This makes it easy to hold and easy to use alone. The corners are curved and they don’t slide 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, which has a cutout in the top-left corner for the selfie camera. It has slim bezels that help in providing an immersive experience, except for the chin at the bottom. Oppo has used Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top of the display for protection.
At 179g, the Reno 8 5G is not heavy and does not cause fatigue when used for extended periods. The power and volume buttons are located in the middle of the frame on either side, making them easy to reach. These buttons have a reassuring click that helps avoid second guessing the input. There’s only the secondary mic at the top of the frame. The SIM tray with USB Type-C port, speaker and primary microphone is at the bottom.
Shimmer Gold variant can hide fingerprints well
The Oppo Reno 8 5G has a triple camera setup at the back and the module is slotted into the back panel. The camera lens cutouts are huge which easily draws 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 sports an AMOLED display 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) have a higher 144Hz refresh rate.
The Oppo Reno 8 5G is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1300 SoC, an octa-core SoC clocked at 3GHz. There is a RAM expansion feature that allows you to expand the RAM up to 5GB. Fixed storage space may be a cause for concern for some people as it is non-expandable. smart fone. Oppo could have offered a variant with more storage.
You get two nano-SIM slots and a rubber ring around the tray that offers some ingress protection from dust and water. However, the Reno 8 5G is not officially IP certified. It has Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, dual-5G standby and dual-4G VoLTE support. It also has six satellite navigation systems. The Reno 8 5G is backed by a 4,500mAh battery that supports 80W fast charging. Oppo also bundles 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. At the time of writing this review it was running the July 2022 Android security patch. The phone comes pre-installed with bloatware like Byju’s, Dailyhunt, Finshell Pay, Hefun, Josh, Moz, Netflix, Paytm, Snapchat, and a few more. Most of these apps can be uninstalled. Oppo Theme Store offers several customization options through the app. You also get the option to change the accent color 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 fake and it was not working as expected. You still get traditional gestures like three-finger swipe for screenshots, double-tap to wake up the screen, and flip to mute incoming calls, among others.
Oppo Reno 8 5G Performance
The Oppo Reno 8 5G delivered a smooth experience and showed no sign of lag or stutter during my use. 8GB RAM is allocated as RAM along with onboard 5GB storage which allows for seamless multitasking. I didn’t have to wait long for apps to load. The in-display fingerprint as well as facial recognition were consistently fast at authentication.
The AMOLED display was crisp and had good viewing angles. The Reno 8 5G only has a single bottom-firing speaker, but the dual speakers would have made the video viewing experience better. Thankfully the single speaker is quite loud. Scrolling through menus felt comfortable on the 90Hz display. The panel is set to 90Hz by default but you have the option to switch to 60Hz. There is no option for dynamic refresh rate. I used the phone at 90Hz during this review.
In Geekbench 5, the Reno 8 5G managed to score 603 in single-core and 2,522 in multi-core tests. In AnTuTu, the Reno 8 5G managed to score 592,361 points. In the graphics benchmark GFX Bench, the phone managed to score 60 fps in the T-Rex and 41 fps in the Car Chase test suite. These scores are very similar to those of the OnePlus 2T 5G. Motorola Edge 30 was also pretty close in terms of performance with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ SoC.
Gaming performance was decent and the Reno 8 5G could run Call of Duty: Mobile on ‘High’ graphics and ‘High’ frame rate settings. The game ran at these settings without any signs of lag or stuttering during gameplay. I played the game for 20 minutes and saw a four percent drop in the battery level. The phone was barely hot to touch after gaming.
Battery life was great and I could easily go two days with my usage, which usually consisted of surfing Instagram, browsing Reddit, replying to WhatsApp messages, and watching YouTube videos. In our HD video loop test, the phone managed to last for 22 hours and 48 minutes which was impressive. The bundled 80W charger helped keep charging times down. It managed to charge the phone up to 84 percent in 30 minutes and was fully charged in less than 40 minutes.
Oppo Reno 8 5G Cameras
Oppo Reno 8 5G has a triple camera setup. It has a 50-megapixel primary camera with Sony IMX766 sensor. This camera sensor is widely used in smartphones like Nothing Phone 1 (Review), Realme GT Neo 3, OnePlus 10T and even Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G (Review). This primary camera does not have OIS and depends on EIS. 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 taken with the primary camera were very detailed and had accurate colors. Even in bright conditions, the Reno 8 5G managed to capture colors accurately. The quality of the ultra-wide-angle camera declined slightly compared to the primary shooter. However, there was no barrel distortion and I didn’t find a big difference in color tone. The camera app has an AI Scene Optimization toggle that enhances the color saturation to make photos more vibrant.
Closeup shots were good and it didn’t take long for the phone to lock focus. Portraits also had good edge detection and natural blur to the background. Macro photos were good, but I had to constantly move the phone to ensure proper focus on the shot.
Low-light camera performance was good and the phone managed to take decent shots in well-lit environments. The darker areas of the frame had a watercolor effect. With Night Mode enabled, the phone took long-exposure shots that resulted in blurry images if the subject moved slightly.
Selfies taken with the 32-megapixel camera were excellent in daylight as well as in low light. Even the selfie portraits were quite detailed. In low light, the phone automatically enabled the screen flash which helped in capturing a brighter image.
Video recording tops out at 4K 30fps for the primary camera and 1080p for the selfie shooter. The phone relies on EIS to stabilize footage and does a decent job when shooting at 1080p resolution. However, the output showed jitter when shooting at 4K in daylight and was more prominent in low light.
Oppo Reno 8 5G is a well designed smartphone with capable hardware which is priced under Rs. 30,000 it offers decent performance which is at par with others in the segment and good cameras for the price. ColorOS has nice features but the amount of bloatware that comes pre-installed can bother someone who prefers a clean Android experience. The lack of OIS also adversely affects the performance of the camera, especially when shooting photos in low light.
Considering the number of smartphones launched in this price range in the last one year, the Reno 8 5G seems to have finished its job. The OnePlus Nord 2T 5G (Review) is the closest option and is almost identical to the Reno 8 5G in terms of hardware. The Motorola Edge 30 (Review) is priced similarly and focuses on a slim design, offering a 144Hz refresh rate display and clean near-stock Android. The Mi 11X 5G (Review) is also worth considering for anyone looking for decent performance at this price.