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Oppo Reno4 Pro review: Made for Gen Z and social media content creators

By PY Ho - 8 Sep 2020
Launch SRP: S$899

Benchmarks, Battery Life, Conclusion

Benchmarks

The Oppo Reno4 Pro features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, a mid-range SoC powered by two core clusters: a cluster consisting 6 Kryo 465 Silver @ 1.8GHz, and another cluster containing two Kryo 465 Gold @ 2.3GHz. It also features an Adreno 618 graphics processor. It is a departure from Reno3 Pro, which used MediaTek chips, and harkens back to the time where Reno2 uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G. This squarely places the S$899 Oppo Reno4 Pro among several sub S$600 mid-range phones that we've recently tested, so let's see how it fares and if the Reno4 Pro has enough to justify its asking price.

  Oppo Reno4 Pro Oppo Reno2 Google Pixel 4a Huawei Nova 7 SE Vivo V19
  Oppo Reno4 Pro Oppo Reno2 Google Pixel 4a Huawei Nova 7 SE Vivo V19
Launch SRP
  • From S$899
  • From S$899
  • From S$499
  • From S$528
  • From S$599
Operating system
  • ColorOS 7.2, based on Android 10
  • ColorOS 6.1, based on Android 9 Pie
  • Android 10
  • Android 10 with EMUI 10.1
  • Android 10 with Funtouch 10
Processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G Octa-core (2x2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver) with Adreno 618 GPU
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver) with Adreno 618 GPU
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver) with Adreno 618 GPU
  • HUAWEI Kirin 820 5G octa-core
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
Built-in Memory
  • 8GB RAM
  • 8GB RAM
  • 6GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 8GB RAM
  • 8GB RAM
Display
  • 6.5-inch / 2,400 x 1,080 pixels (402 ppi) / 20:9 ratio / AMOLED Display
  • 90Hz Refresh rate / 180Hz Touch Sampling Rate
  • TÜV Rheinland Full Care Display Certification
  • 6.5-inch / 2,400 x 1,080 pixels (401 ppi) / 20:9 ratio / AMOLED Display
  • 5.81-inch / 2,340 x 1,080 pixels (443 ppi) / OLED display
  • 6.5-inches 2,400 x 1,080 pixels (~404 ppi), LTPS LCD
  • Lift-to-wake display
  • 6.44-inch / 2,400 x 1,080 pixels (409 ppi) / Super AMOLED Display
Camera
  • Rear: 48MP Main, f/1.7, 26mm / 8MP Ultrawide f/2.2, 13mm, 2MP Macro, f2.4 / 2MP Mono, f/2.4,
  • Front: 32MP, f/2.4
  • Rear: 48MP, f/1.7, 26mm, Telephoto 13MP, f/2.4, 53mm, 8MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 2MP Black and White, f/2.4,
  • Front: 16MP, f/2.0
  • Main camera: 12.2MP, F1.7, AF with dual pixel PDAF, OIS + EIS
  • Front camera: 8MP, F2.0
  • Google Night Sight
  • Rear: Quad: 64MP f/1.8, 8MP Ultra Wide Angle f/2.4, 2MP bokeh f/2.4, 2MP macro f/2.4. AI Image Stablisation
  • Front: 16MP f/2.0
  • Rear: 32MP main camera, f/1.79 / 8MP wide-angle, f/2.2 / 2MP bokeh, f/2.4 / 2MP macro, f/2.4
  • Front: 32MP main, f/2.08 / 8MP wide-angle, f/2.28
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, MU-MIMO, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.1, SBC, AAC, LDAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX TWS+, dual-band A-GPS, Beidou, Glonass, Galileo, QZSS, NFC
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac , dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE, aptX HD, dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NFC
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMO
  • Bluetooth 5.0, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, AAC
  • Glonass, Galileo, QZSS, BeiDou
  • NFC
  • USB 2.0 Type-C
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 5G NR, 4G FDD LTE, dual-band, hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth 5.1, BLE, SBC, AAC, GPS,Glonass, Galileo, QZSS, USB 2.0 Type-C
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz, 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, A GPS, OTG
Storage Type
  • 256GB internal storage
  • microSD support up to 256GB
  • 256GB internal storage
  • microSD support up to 256GB
  • 128GB internal
  • 128GB internal storage
  • Huawei Nano Memory expansion (up to 256GB)
  • 128GB internal storage
  • Dedicated microSD card slot (up to 1TB)
Battery
  • 4,000mAh
  • 65W SuperVOOC 2.0
  • 4,000mAh
  • VOOC Flash Charge 3.0
  • 3,140mAh
  • 18W Fast battery charging
  • 4,000mAh
  • 40W Huawei SuperCharge
  • 4,500mAh
  • 33W fast-charging
Dimensions
  • 160 x 73.2 x 7.7mm
  • 160 x 74.3 x 9.5mm
  • 144 x 69.4 x 8.2mm
  • 162.31 x 75 x 8.58 mm
  • 159.4 x 75.04 x 8.5mm
Weight
  • 161g
  • 189g
  • 143g
  • 189g
  • 186g

Geekbench 5

Geekbench CPU is a cross-platform processor benchmark that tests both single-core and multi-core performance with workloads that simulate real-world usage. Geekbench 5 scores are calibrated against a baseline score of 1000, which is the score of an Intel Core i3-8100.

Oppo Reno4 Pro performs modestly against other mid-range phones, but falls somewhat behind Huawei Nova 7 SE which has a processor that's befitting a flagship phone.

 

Jetstream 2

JetStream 2 is a combination of a variety of JavaScript and Web Assembly benchmarks, including benchmarks that came before like SunSpider and Octane. It primarily tests for a system’s and browser’s ability in delivering a good web experience.

 

Overall, you can see that the Jetstream score of Reno4 Pro is close to that of Reno2, which is pretty much what you can expect given the phone's processor choice (which is actually a tad slower than Reno2 launched a year earlier).

 

3DMark Sling Shot Extreme

3DMark Sling Shot is an advanced 3D graphics benchmark that tests the full range of OpenGL ES 3.1 and ES 3.0 API features including multiple render targets, instanced rendering, uniform buffers and transform feedback. The test also includes impressive volumetric lighting and post-processing effects.

Once again, both the Reno2 and Reno4 Pro are almost equally placed, but both pale in comparison to the Huawei Nova 7 SE and the Samsung Galaxy A80. The latter was launched over a year with the same price point as the Oppo Reno4 Pro and was powered by the Snapdragon 730 processor, yet it somehow ploughed ahead of the other phones in this particular benchmark. Apart from this outlier result, the Reno4 Pro performed as expected.

 

Battery life

Our standard battery test for mobile phones has the following parameters:

  • Looping a 720p video with screen brightness and volume at 100%

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity turned on

  • Constant data streaming through email and Twitter

The Reno4 Pro is packed with a 4000mAh battery - identical in capacity to the Reno2. In spite of that, the Reno4 Pro is able to last a total of 699 minutes in the battery test and gave me over two hours more uptime compared to the Reno2. Using it as a daily driver, the Reno4 Pro can comfortably last me throughout the day. Herein lies the benefits of using the Snapdragon 720G as it kept pace with most of the competing phones where performance is concerned, but power efficiency has improved appreciably over its predecessor. It's not a class leader, but it definitely ranks reasonably well.

As covered earlier, Oppo Reno4 Pro is equipped with the company's speediest charging technology yet with 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 and it clearly works as advertised. A full charge in just over half-an-hour? That's possible with the Oppo Reno4 Pro.

 

Conclusion

Oppo's Reno heritage is a confusing one but behind its past, the new Oppo Reno4 Pro can be characterised as a phone made for the social media era. While the quad-camera array is supposed to yield high-quality photos, they are more optimized to populate your social media channels with photos and videos that would look wow your followers and friends when they browse their feeds. Its snappy AI Colour Portrait photo and video mode further emphasise the phone’s alignment with the social media generation, along with other interesting effects such as the Night Flare Portrait Mode. The phone’s lightweight, nice build, its decent battery life, and a great screen that’s really responsive further pander to the needs of those who spend much time consuming or creating content on social media (and probably even targeted at the Instagram community).

Does it mean it's a great camera phone? Strangely no as we noticed notable grain and noise in several well-lit daylight shots. So while it's great for web-quality shots and sharing, it is not a good choice if you're looking for high-quality photos to process them for printing and post-processing work. It might also not fare well if you scrutinize the shots on a large screen TV.

Having said that, the recommended retail price (RRP) of the Oppo Reno4 Pro is S$899. A Snapdragon 720G powered phone asking for nearly a thousand dollars feels out of place, but let's round up what it has over its sub S$600 counterparts that also carry a similar processing system:-

  • An excellent high brightness 6.5-inch FHD screen with 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate
  • TÜV Rheinland Full Care Display Certification for those concerned about eye health and eye care.
  • Fast and reliable under-display fingerprint sensor
  • A good selfie camera with EIS support
  • 256GB internal storage (double that of other devices) and with microSD expansion option
  • 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charging meaning it is literally the fastest phone in the market when it comes to juicing up the device (when paired with its power adapter)
  • Slim and lightweight which makes it easy to handle and less streneous on your pocket

These above features are what differentiates the Oppo Reno4 Pro over the likes of  Vivo V19 or a Google Pixel 4a. However, are these features really worth 50% more asking price? We might have been agreeable if the phone doubled up as a great all-round camera phone, but it didn't quite hold up in our testing.

However, it would seem that in this pandemic era, there is an increasing trend of phone manufacturers targeting the upper-mid-range phone market - a market that the Reno series is positioned at - and that brings increased competition in this market. Around the same time as the release of Oppo Reno4 Pro, there is the OnePlus Nord, which has similar near-high-end specs and a better processor (Snapdragon 765G, a fairly high-end, near flagship-class processor) - all at a lower price of just  S$649. If users are more concerned about image quality, there is the Google Pixel 4a, which offers superior imaging capability (of course without the AI Colour fun) at almost half the price - at $499. If you’re deeply entrenched in the Apple ecosystem or live with family members using other Apple products, there’s always the highly capable (not counting its imaging capability) iPhone SE to consider (starting at just S$649 and tops out at S$889), which features a flagship processor either way. Should you be wondering how much more to get the bare minimum true flagship-class performance and handling, there’s always the OnePlus 8 that’s just hundred bucks more at S$998 and it’s a 5G-ready smartphone too.

While the Oppo Reno 4 Pro is a strong mid-range phone on its own, given the vast variety of competitors in this field, savvy consumers have plenty of options to choose from, and it would seem that Oppo Reno4 Pro’s high asking price could make it lose out to its competitors without its own niche and strong unique selling point to differentiate itself. Perhaps it’s a great asset to IG and TikTok creators who need a device out of the box to fulfil their immediate needs with a great looking screen, super-fast charging and pleasing images and videos that are ready to be published, but is that really enough when numerous third-party camera apps and shooters exist to complement any other phone device of choice? It’s a tough ask for S$899.

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7.5
  • Design 8.5
  • Features 8.5
  • User-Friendliness 8.5
  • Performance 7
  • Value 7
The Good
Quad-camera setup with fun camera features
Slim and light
Blazingly fast charging
Brilliant and responsive display
Under-display fingerprint sensor
256GB storage and expandable
The Bad
Noisy imaging quality even in daylight
High asking price and competitive landscape
Still using a mid-range processor
Older Reno models could be better than the Reno4 Pro in some ways
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