The promotional campaign accompanying the launch of the new OPPO Reno4 Pro 5G featured a TV presenter known probably to all Poles, Marcin Prokop. However, it seems that the phone is worth getting interested in not only because of its ambassador. OPPO Reno4 Pro 5G is a very successful device that convinced us with its quality of workmanship and functionality, as well as its photographic potential.
Design from the top shelf
We will not hide that the new OPPO Reno4 Pro 5G immediately convinced us to itself. A huge part in this was its design and the precision with which it was made. The level of fitting of individual components stands at the highest possible level. The smartphone – available in stores at a price of 2799 PLN – is in this respect not inferior even to the most popular flagships. The phone also lies well and confidently in the hand. The island with the photo module protrudes, admittedly, above the surface of the case, but this does not adversely affect the comfort of use of the device. And although the appearance of the phone is certainly not groundbreaking, it makes a really good impression. It is only a pity that OPPO Reno4 Pro 5G is not waterproof (it has received the IP54 certification, and not IP68, which means that it is resistant only to splashes). Such a solid and elegant design all the more begs for better protection against the ingress of dust and liquids.
A display that pleases the eye
The display used in the device also deserves praise. This is a curved, 6.5-inch AMOLED screen characterized by a resolution of 1080×2400 px, pixel density at 402 ppi, 100% coverage of the color palette sRGB and 90-hertz refresh rate. It is worth noting that just below the screen there is a place for an optical fingerprint reader, which works quickly and with high accuracy, efficiently verifying the identity of the user. The phone therefore proves itself as a player of videos and various types of multimedia. The display, which is HDR 10+ compliant, is also bright, easy to read and offers very accurate color reproduction. It can be used comfortably and efficiently even in bright sunlight.
Interestingly, the refresh rate can be manually lowered to 60 Hz if necessary, thereby reducing power consumption and extending the operating time on a single charge. This parameter is, in fact, the smartphone is able to manage this automatically, if only, of course, you select this option in its settings. In such a situation, the refresh rate will be adjusted in real time to the content that will appear on the display at any given moment. Although to this solution we were at first quite skeptical, we eventually decided not to turn it off. In the vast majority of cases, the smartphone accurately selected the display mode, giving us absolutely no reason to complain.
A characteristic element of the screen remains a single hole located in its upper left corner. This is where we found a place for the lens of a 32-megapixel selfie camera, with aperture f/2.4. These are parameters that in most everyday situations will prove to be more than sufficient. They will allow not only to make video calls in high resolution, but also to take pictures characterized by satisfactory quality.
Master of versatility?
OPPO Reno4 Pro 5G also convinced us with its performance. On board the smartphone runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, consisting of eight computing cores clocked at 2.4GHz. SoC device cooperates with the graphics chip Adreno 620. We will not hide that these components at first did not arouse our enthusiasm (suffice it to say that the processor Snapdragon 765G is a new design; it lived to see its successor in May this year, in the form of model 768G). After all, on “paper” they look quite average. Besides, it is well known that Snapdragon processors of 7 series – as well as Adreno chips of 6 series – are neither the fastest nor the most efficient on the market.
In practice, however, we used the smartphone very pleasantly. Applications loaded quickly, and the phone did not get out of breath even when there were already a dozen of them running in the background. The tested unit did not once give us any reasons to complain in this regard. This is perhaps due to the fast, 12-gigabyte RAM and a special, multi-layer liquid cooling system, which is responsible for maintaining the correct temperature of the processor and graphics system. It seems to us that the performance of OPPO Reno4 Pro 5G should prove to be quite satisfactory for most users looking for a versatile, reliable device that offers high operating culture.
SuperVOOC 2.0 super-fast charging technology deserves a separate mention, thanks to which the phone’s 4000 mAh battery can be charged at 65 watts. This means that from 0 to 60 percent of the phone can be charged in 15 minutes. To charge the battery from “zero” to “full”, meanwhile, you need to spend 36 minutes. Our editorial tests showed that the manufacturer’s declared parameters coincide with reality; in optimal conditions, charging the battery from 0 to 100 percent lasted even shorter than stated in the specification. In view of such good parameters, a certain drawback remains the fact that the new OPPO Reno4 Pro 5G does not support inductive charging. What are the reasons for this state of affairs? We can only imagine that on the obstacle in this case stood savings or significant design limitations.
Artificial intelligence in the service of comfort and convenience
OPPO Reno4 Pro 5G impressed us a lot with the multitude of special settings available in it. Especially successful is the intensive power saving mode, which is a proprietary solution of the OPPO brand. True to its name, it is able to very effectively reduce power consumption, noticeably extending the operating time on a single charge. Running it in our case was able to extend the standby time of the device by 7-10 hours. This is a value that in some situations can really save the skin of many.
However, this is not the only “patent” that proves the uniqueness of the OPPO Reno4 Pro 5G model. It is worth remembering that the smartphone is certified in terms of blue light reduction by TÜV Rheinland (it is proven that the blue light emitted by liquid crystal displays can sometimes drastically reduce the quality of sleep and even contribute to the disruption of the biological clock) and is equipped with the OPPO Relax application, for which there are no equivalents in competitor devices. It can help us perform breathing exercises and meditation exercises. After launching the application and selecting the appropriate option, the phone can e.g. start playing pleasant, relaxing sounds and animations. How effective are these relaxation exercises? We don’t know, because we didn’t use OPPO Relax long enough to give a definite verdict, and we didn’t try to measure our subjective impressions or make an objective evaluation. However, we like the application itself very much and it would not be a surprise to us if it really could improve the mood of its users.
The Soloop app, aimed at videography enthusiasts, is also interesting. It allows for semi-professional editing and editing of video footage recorded with a smartphone. The multitude of options available in it – especially in comparison with the basic video editing application available on Android devices – is very impressive and we think that it can be used to achieve really interesting results.
The phone’s artificial intelligence also works in an interesting way. It first analyzes, over a period of time, which applications we use most often, and then speeds up their loading (boot files of the most frequently used operations are permanently stored in the device memory). OPPO engineers declare that the startup time of the most popular applications can be reduced by almost 24 percent.
In the case of OPPO Reno4 Pro 5G, however, the greatest praise deserves the main camera module, which consists of three lenses. The first of them is an ultra-wide-angle lens. It works with the Sony IMX708 sensor with a resolution of 12 megapixels, is characterized by a brightness of f/2.2 and provides a viewing angle of up to 120 degrees. The second lens, meanwhile, boasts a 48-megapixel resolution and f/1.7 brightness. It cooperates with the Sony IMX586 light-sensitive sensor and has optical and digital image stabilization (these parameters clearly indicate that it is the heart of the entire construction). The third lens, on the other hand, works with a resolution of 13 megapixels, offers a double optical zoom and has an aperture value of f/2.4.
It is really difficult to fault this set. Perhaps we would like only the telephoto lens mounted in OPPO Reno4 Pro 5G to offer four or five times optical zoom – after all, cameras with such a zoom have been mounted in high-end smartphones for several years (suffice it to say that a periscope telephoto lens has already appeared in OPPO Reno 10x Zoom). There is no doubt that this model simply deserves such a lens. However, this lack is compensated, at least to some extent, by the 5x hybrid zoom, which “assembles” photos from frames captured with the telephoto lens and the prime lens. The quality of photographs taken in this mode is very impressive and it’s hard to believe that the zoom is not realized in this mode in a purely optical way. The strong point of the photo module used in the new OPPO Reno4 Pro 5G is also the scene recognition function, which improves the appearance of photographs in a clear but unobtrusive way, effectively recognizing the photographed objects and on this basis selecting the optimal image parameters, such as sharpness, contrast, saturation or exposure time.
Photos taken with OPPO Reno4 Pro 5G are characterized by good dynamic range, faithful color reproduction and good exposure. At the same time they are sharp and full of detail, while free from disfiguring distortion or artifacts (exactly the same can be said about photographs taken at night: they are characterized by a relatively low degree of noise with a large number of retained details). Since during the tests the weather conditions were not the best, and the sun only rarely came out from behind the clouds, we rather did not have great expectations towards the lenses mounted in OPPO Reno4 Pro 5G. However, it turned out that even in unfavorable lighting conditions they coped very well. How does it all look like in practice? Judge for yourself.