Oppo Reno3 Pro: A smartphone made for vlogging?

Are you sad that the pivot-hinge is gone?

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Oppo’s Reno series has become a household name in the last few years. With the Reno3 Pro though, the series introduces a big change in design, getting rid of the pivot-hinge. Furthermore, the smartphone brings an upgrade to optics as well as performance.

Packaging and hardware

The Oppo Reno3 comes packaged with standard paperwork, a SIM removal tool as well as a TPU case. You also find an Oppo branded VOOC 4.0 30W charging brick, a Type-A to Type-C USB cable and a pair of 3.5mm headphone jack headphones. It is nice to see Oppo including the headphones, as some smartphones at this price range omit them.

In true Oppo fashion, the Reno3 Pro’s packaging is fairly refreshing

Externally, the phone shares the same Midnight Black shade as the Oppo Find X2 Pro, but made from a plastic material. By doing so, the smartphone is able to stay relatively lightweight at 175g however it does make it more prone to scratching over daily use. On the edges, you find the usual power and volume buttons, microphones, the Type-C charging port, the SIM tray as well as a speaker grill for multimedia. The retention of the 3.5mm jack is also an added bonus combined with the smartphone’s offline FM radio support. If there is one thing missing, it is the lack of even a basic IP water and dust protection rating.

The Oppo Reno3 Pro in the Midnight Black colour finish

On the inside, the phone comes with up to 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage, which can be further expanded via micro-SD. Alongside, you get 8GB of RAM and MediaTek’s Helio P95 octa-core chip clocked at 2.2GHz. So far, this power is plenty both for gaming and general usage navigating a much more lightweight ColorOS 7 on top of Android 10. Speaking of general usage, you also find a 4,025mAh cell on the device, capable of recharging from 0-50 per cent in just 20 minutes.

OSIE Vision Effect enabled AMOLED display

On the front, you find a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display. Its 20:9 aspect ratio makes the phone’s footprint manageable and the nature of the panel makes content look vibrant. Furthermore, Oppo’s OSIE Vision Effect software can enhance colours giving the display a bit of depth. Unfortunately though, the panel on-board still only has a 60Hz refresh rate. Given the smartphone’s Dh1,899 price tag, we would have liked to see this alongside stereo speakers.

OSIE Vision Effect could come in handy when watching something on Netflix

At least one aspect that is not an issue is brightness. Indoor usage is fairy good and during mid-day, you can get by fairly easily. The hole-punch dual selfie camera is not an issue either, and is fairly unobtrusive for the most part. Being an AMOLED panel, the smartphone’s fingerprint scanner is built into the display and too is quick and accurate on most occasions.

Quad-camera with 20x digital zoom

The Reno3 Pro is fairly camera focused, with a 64MP main camera and a 13MP telephoto lens which has some solid 2x optical zoom. Digitally, you can go up to 20x however in those situations, there is a big degradation in quality. To complete the quad-camera setup, you also find an 8MP ultra-wide lens which can also take pretty good macro images alongside a 2MP B/W sensor.

There is also an Ultra Steady Video Pro option on the smartphone allowing you to film stable footage with the ultra-wide lens

With these optics, you can also record up to 4K video at 30fps. But more interestingly, the camera can also take Ultra Steady Video samples, which come out fairly stable when walking although still shaky during runs. Have a look at our video which includes some samples. On the front of the device, you find a dual 44MP and 2MP camera setup for selfies. It is capable of some fairly detailed images although dynamic range could be improved. Of course, with that added sensor, edge detection also sees improvements.

The camera offers up to 20x seamless digital zoom

We have not yet tested the smartphone in-depth during night including night mode from both the front and rear camera. Look out for a full review in the next few days.

Pricing and availability

The Oppo Reno3 Pro will be available on pre-order starting March 19 starting for Dh1,899 through Oppo official retailer stores in the UAE or online via Oppo’s website, Noon and Amazon. Pre-order customers can collect their smartphones on March 26 and will receive exclusive gifts worth Dh499.