Oppo Reno 3 Pro was launched in China late last year as a 5G capable smartphone. Right after the launch in China, we saw several rumors that indicated that the smartphone would be coming to India soon, but then it looked like the Reno 3 Pro in India would be a completely different device that would only be paired with its Chinese counterpart. Shares a name. , Oppo finally took the wraps off the Reno 3 Pro earlier this month, and of course, a lot of these rumours have been confirmed.
The Indian version of Oppo’s Reno 3 Pro lacks 5G, but it is the first smartphone to use the Mediatek Helio P95 SoC. Actually, this SoC was launched just before the smartphone. Not only this, the Reno 3 Pro also includes a 44-megapixel selfie camera and a front depth sensor in the display. With prices starting from Rs. 29,990, this phone goes up against the likes of the Realme X2 Pro (Review). Should you buy Reno 3 Pro? We review it to find out.
Oppo Reno 3 Pro Design
The Oppo Reno 3 Pro that was launched in China sports a curved-edge display and a single centered hole-punch camera similar to Samsung’s design. However, the Oppo Reno 3 Pro that was launched in India sports a flat panel with a dual hole-punch for the selfie cameras in the top left corner. The Reno 3 Pro has thin bezels on three sides of the screen while the chin is thick. It also has an in-display fingerprint scanner, which we would expect from a smartphone at this price point.
Oppo has placed the earpiece just below the frame of the smartphone. The frame feels plastic to touch and does not get cold in an air-conditioned room. The back had a similar feel and doesn’t inspire much confidence, as other devices in this price range use premium materials. All the buttons on the Reno 3 Pro are well positioned and are easy to reach while holding the device in one hand. The SIM tray is on the left side of the device and can house two nano-SIMs along with a microSD card.
At the bottom, the Reno 3 Pro houses a USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack, loudspeaker and primary microphone, while the top one houses the secondary microphone. At the back, the Reno 3 Pro houses a compact quad-camera module. While the bump is not very wide, it does give the device a slight shake when placed on a flat surface. Oppo offers the Reno 3 Pro in three colours, Auroral Blue, Midnight Black and Sky White. We had the Auroral Blue review unit and we liked the gradient finish on it.
We found that the end of our unit is a fingerprint magnet. We would recommend that you use the clear case that Oppo bundles in the box. The company also ships the Oppo Reno 3 Pro with a 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 charger for fast charging.
Oppo Reno 3 Pro Specification and Software
Oppo Reno 3 Pro has a large 6.4-inch AMOLED display with full-HD + resolution. The color output is good and you can tweak the color temperature. We found it bright enough to use outside as well. The display is tall, and the top edge isn’t very easy to reach when using the phone single-handed. Oppo has also added an in-display fingerprint scanner at the bottom of the panel.
Powering the smartphone is the all-new Mediatek Helio P95 SoC, an octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz, paired with 8GB of RAM. The smartphone is available in two storage variants 128GB and 256GB. You have the option to expand the storage using a microSD card. The base variant is priced at Rs. 29,990 while the higher variant is priced at Rs. 32,990. Oppo currently only has the base variant on sale in India and is expected to bring the 256GB variant here later.
Connectivity options on the Oppo Reno 3 Pro include Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi and five navigation systems. Oppo Reno 3 Pro has two nano-SIM slots with 4G and VoLTE support. The phone also packs a 4025mAh battery and supports VOOC Flash Charge 4.0.
The Oppo Reno 3 Pro runs ColorOS 10 on top of Android 7 and our review unit was running the March security patch. The UI is clean and easy to use with many useful features. Swiping right from the homescreen takes you to the Smart Assistant tab. The Smart Sidebar has shortcuts to let you take a screenshot and start screen recording, among other things, and it’s quite handy. You can use the on-screen buttons for navigation or switch to swipe gestures.
Smart driving and riding modes can help reduce distractions by blocking notifications and incoming calls. You can change the driving mode so that calls from specific people are automatically answered and routed to the loudspeaker. Digital Wellbeing helps you monitor the time you spend on the device, and includes wind-down and focus modes. To protect personal information, Oppo may show dummy information to apps that ask for access to your contacts and messages.
Like other Oppo and Realme smartphones, the Reno 3 Pro recommended that we download more apps while setting up the device. We didn’t install any of these and yet the Reno 3 Pro still had a fair amount of bloatware. Some apps push spammy notifications when launched, and we’d recommend disabling the ones you don’t find useful.
Oppo also preinstalls its Soloop video editor on the Reno 3 Pro, which makes it convenient to edit videos for the social media platform. Game Space lets you block notifications while gaming and uses both mobile data as well as Wi-Fi to improve online gaming.
Oppo Reno 3 Pro Performance and Battery Life
Since the Oppo Reno 3 Pro is the first smartphone with the MediaTek Helio P95 SoC, we were curious to see how it performs. It managed to deliver decent performance without any hiccups or lag. Since our unit had 8GB of RAM, we didn’t face any problem while multitasking. However, the phone didn’t feel as sharp as some of the other phones we’ve used in this price bracket, such as the Realme X2 Pro.
We put the Reno 3 Pro through benchmarks to see how this new phone stacks up. First, we ran the AnTuTu benchmark, in which it scored 225,538 points, which is significantly lower than the 459,562 points that the Realme X2 Pro managed. In Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core tests, the Reno 3 Pro scored 401 and 1,519 points respectively. The smartphone managed 47fps and 7.9fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex and Car Chase tests respectively. This score is lower than that of the Realme 6 that we reviewed recently and which costs half as much as the Reno 3 Pro. Obviously, performance isn’t the Reno 3 Pro’s strongest feature.
We played PUBG Mobile on the device and it defaulted to high settings with graphics set to HD and frame rate set to high. The game was playable without any lag or stuttering. We played the game for 20 minutes and the device barely got hot to the touch. You should be able to play on this device for a long time without feeling uncomfortable.
The Reno 3 Pro packs a 4025mAh battery that is capable of about one and a half days of usage on a single charge. In our HD video loop test, the smartphone managed to last for 18 hours 12 minutes, which is a decent score. Using the supplied 30W charger, we were able to charge the device up to 68 percent in 30 minutes and fully in about an hour.
Oppo Reno 3 Pro Camera
Premium Oppo smartphones are known for their camera performance, and we were expecting the Oppo Reno 3 Pro to deliver on this front. It packs in a quad-camera setup at the back that includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a 13-megapixel telephoto camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 119-degree field of view . scene, and a 2-megapixel mono camera. The rear camera setup is capable of 5x hybrid zoom and 20x digital zoom. On the front, the phone packs a 44-megapixel selfie shooter with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Oppo is heavily advertising this as a “44-megapixel dual camera setup” on the Reno 3 Pro.
The camera app of Oppo Reno 3 Pro has Night, Portrait, Time-lapse, Pano and Slo-mo modes. It has quick toggles for HDR and Dazzle Color (which bumps up the contrast) and shortcuts for various filters you can apply before taking a shot. AI scene recognition is on by default and it was quick to figure out what we were shooting. You can also take macros using the ultra-wide-angle camera as it has autofocus.
Photos taken in daylight had a decent amount of detail, and text at a distance was legible when zoomed in. We also liked the dynamic range of shots captured in daylight. The wide-angle-camera helps with a wider field of view but the quality drops significantly compared to the primary camera. Shots taken with the telephoto camera were sharpened which was visible when the image was zoomed in. 5x hybrid zoom also gives good detail.
Close-up shots with the Oppo Reno 3 Pro turned out to be very good and the smartphone locks focus very quickly. Portraits also looked good and the phone managed edge detection well. It lets you set the level of blur before taking a shot.
Photos taken in low light were of good quality but you would see graininess when you zoom in. The wide-angle camera offers a wider view but at the cost of detail. The Night Mode on the Oppo Reno 3 Pro produces brighter pictures with finer details.
The Oppo Reno 3 Pro takes decent selfies but these weren’t as detailed as we’ve seen from some of the other phones we’ve tested. Beautification is enabled by default, but you have the option to turn it off completely. Thanks to the secondary front camera, you can also shoot selfie portraits. The Reno 3 Pro managed well with good edge detection and blurred out backgrounds. We noticed some lag in the viewfinder before taking the shot.
Video recording maxes out at 4K for the primary camera while the selfie shooter is limited to 1080p. You have the option to shoot using different cameras and can also switch while the video is being recorded. Video taken in daylight was stable well at 1080p, though 4K footage wasn’t stable. In low light, we noticed a slight shimmer effect in the output. There’s also a super-steady mode that stabilizes videos better, but we did notice focusing problems in low light.
The under Rs 30,000 segment has been in the news for quite some time now, not only because of new launches but also from high-end devices that have seen price cuts. The segment is slowly getting competitive again, with value-for-money options like the Realme X2 Pro (Review) which not only packs a powerful Snapdragon 855+ but also packs a 90Hz panel. Asus 6Z (Review) is another device with Snapdragon 855 SoC and is now available for less than Rs. 30,000
In comparison, the Oppo Reno 3 Pro doesn’t offer the same kind of performance. Its relatively weak processor is evident in our benchmarks. However, it’s not terrible for everyday use, and you won’t really notice the difference if you’re not a power user. Camera performance is good for the price, but this phone can make some changes to improve the video quality in low light. You can consider the Reno 3 Pro for its camera capabilities, but if you are looking for maximum value for your money, then the Realme X2 Pro should be your choice.
Edit, 24/03/2020: An earlier version of this review stated the screen size of the Oppo Reno 3 Pro as 6.7 inches. It has been reduced to 6.4 inches. Error sorry.
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