Oppo Reno4 Pro 5G: First look and impressions

The Oppo Reno4 Pro 5G was announced yesterday alongside its 4G offerings in the Reno4 and Reno4 Pro

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The Oppo Reno4 Pro 5G is a night-time photography and video focused smartphone with a sleek form factor. It combines premium hardware and a trendy design to offer something that feels a bit unique.

Design and build quality

With its Reno Glow finish, the Reno4 Pro 5G comes in the Galactic Blue colour. This makes for a pleasing look which combines with the texture on the back of the phone. This matte-like texture makes the Reno4 Pro 5G both fingerprint-proof and scratch-resistant, all-encompassed in a body that is just 7.6mm thin and 176g. Otherwise, you find your typical port placements with the left edge housing the volume buttons, the top edge with the secondary microphone and the right edge housing the power button. On the power button, you find the traditional Oppo indent too, for that premium touch. However compared to other smartphones, it is slightly higher up so adjusting to it takes a bit of time.

The textured feel on the back of the Reno4 Pro 5G is refreshing

On the bottom edge of the phone, you find one part of its stereo speaker experience, the Type-C USB port to charge its 4,000mAh battery via 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charging, the dual-SIM slot and the primary microphone. The curves on the sides combined with the sharp top and bottom edges make for a nice look and feel in hand for the Reno4 Pro 5G. One thing that would have elevated the experience further is some form of IP-rating for water and dust resistance, which we think companies in this price segment should start to consider.

Display and performance

Making up most of the front, you find a 6.5-inch 2,400 x 1,080 AMOLED panel on the Reno4 Pro 5G. It is nice that it supports a 90Hz refresh rate whilst delivering good visuals when it comes to multimedia performance. The curved panel also helps with immersion and the stereo speaker experience is much appreciated. It is within the display that you find a decent in-screen optical fingerprint scanner for bio-metrics as well as the 32MP punch-hole selfie camera.

You can get a peak brightness of up to 1,100 nits on the the display

But before we discuss primary cameras, it is worth noting the power on-board the device. You find it equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G processor, which is ideal for daily use with close to no stutter or pause. There is 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage on the phone too, however no micro-SD card support is available. So far, performance has not been an issue aside from underwhelming haptics and slight pauses when in the multitasking pane. We feel the latter may be due to the smartphone’s software on-board, which is ColorOS 7.2 on top of Android 10 and this may need some updates to refine that experience further. We will detail this a bit more in our upcoming full review.

Optics

The bulk of the testing remaining with the Oppo Reno4 Pro 5G comes down to camera. It features a triple-camera setup that protrudes outwards without a full cover of protection which has got us a bit concerned for future durability so using the included case may not be a bad idea. Nonetheless, you find a 48MP primary Sony IMX589 sensor here alongside a 13MP telephoto lens and a 12MP ultra-wide angle camera.

We are excited to put the camera sensors to the test

Interestingly, the ultra-wide angle camera is a Sony IMX708 sensor, which is also optimised for night-time video capture. You find a 120-degree field of view here and in combination with Oppo’s night algorithms, you should in theory see better video performance. Not just the ultra-wide lens, but the main lens also comes with video enhancements for up to 4K 30fps footage such as Oppo’s Ultra Steady Video and OIS. With a core focus on the video and photography segment, no matter the lighting conditions, we are excited to follow up with the smartphone’s results in our full review.

Pricing and availability

The Oppo Reno4 Pro 5G is now available to pre-order starting at Dh2,499, with the new Oppo Enco W51 true wireless headphones bundled as a free gift. The Oppo Reno4 4G starts at Dh1,499 whereas the Oppo Reno4 Pro 4G is priced at Dh1,999 coming with the Oppo Enco W11 and W31 true wireless headphones as pre-order gifts respectively.