OPPO Reno3 Pro Review: A Solid Mid-ranger

Oppo Reno3 Pro review

OPPO Reno3 and Reno3 Pro were announced in Nigeria and both devices pack powerful specifications for mid-rangers. As expected, the Reno3 Pro is the senior variant but the differences it has with the Reno3 isn’t that much.

Oppo Reno3 Pro vs Reno3
Reno3 and the Reno3 Pro

I’ve spent some days with the device and I will be sharing my thoughts about the OPPO Reno3 Pro and will also be making a comparison with the Reno3.

Oppo Reno3 Pro Auroral Blue
Reno3 Pro

OPPO Reno3 Pro Key Specifications

  • 6.4” FHD+ Display, 2340 x 1080 resolution
  • 64MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP
  • 44MP + 2MP selfie camera
  • 4025mAh Battery, 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0
  • Octa-core 2.2GHz, MediaTek Helio P95
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB ROM expandable further with the SD card
  • ColorOS 7.0 based on Android™ 10
  • In-display Fingerprint scanner 3.0, Face Unlock

Design

The Reno3 Pro has a very stylish design. The review unit I got is the Auroral Blue colour but it is also available in Midnight Black. When held against the Reno 3, it is hard to tell the devices apart as they feature the same size and 6.4-inch display.

Oppo Reno3

The Auroral Blue colour of the Reno3 Pro is very pleasing to the eye, when tilted it shows a sky-like colour with changing lights. At the back is also the quad-camera setup featuring a 64MP main shooter, 13MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom, 8MP ultra wide-angle lens and a 2MP Monochrome depth sensor. It comes with a Dual-LED Flashlight.

Reno3 Pro vs Reno3
Reno3 Pro and the Reno3

The Reno3, on the other hand, has a 48MP main shooter, a 13MP telephoto lens, 8MP ultra-wide angle lens and a 2MP Monochrome depth sensor with a single LED Flash. Both devices are capable of shooting 4k videos @ 30fps, 1080P@60fps/30fps; 720P@60fps/30fps.

Display

In terms of display, Reno3 Pro has a 6.4” FHD+ Super AMOLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and a 91.5% screen-to-boy ratio. It is made up of a glass front and is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The display is super-sharp and is capable of brightness up to 800nits. The smartphone has a Dual punch-hole cutout which a 44MP main selfie shooter and a 2MP depth sensor lens for taking portrait shots.

Comparing the display of the Reno3 with the Reno3 Pro, it features a 6.4” OLED display with a 90.8% screen-to-body ratio. There is a waterdrop notch which houses the only 44MP selfie camera.

Hardware and Software

Reno3 Pro ships Android 10 out of the box based on OPPO’s new ColorOS 7 UI. The new UI brings Dark Mode to the device and enhanced graphics to support the OS.

The smartphone is powered by MediaTek’s Helio P95 SoC which is built on a 12nm process with an octa-core CPU featuring 2x Cortex-A75 at 2.2GHz and 6x Cortex-A55 at 2.0GHz. The graphics is empowered with an IMG PowerVR GM 9446 GPU at 970Mhz. The Reno3 on the other hand is powered a Helio P90 chipset but maintains the same cores at the same speed. A Geekbench score however rates the Reno3 Pro faster with a single score of 388 and a multi-score of 1527 against the Reno3 single score of 382 and multi-core score of 1491.

There is Eye Care on the device when activated which reduces the eye strain. OPPO Share enables instant file sharing between OPPO, sub-brand Realme, Xiaomi and Vivo devices.

ColorOS 7 also brings OSIE which OPPO calls Object and Semantic Images and Eye-tracking. This consumes battery when turned on and it doesn’t support all apps. It’s an AI feature which tracks eye movement to give you great experience when using apps.

You can enable OSIE from the Control Centre by swiping down from the top of the screen and locating the menu or by going to Settings>Display & Brightness and toggling on OSIE Vision Effect to enable it.

OPPO’s Pocket Cinema technology enhances brings cinematic video experience to the Reno3 Pro enabling Full HD streaming on Netflix and a great audio delivery with Dolby Atmos ® and Hi-Res audio.

The audio quality of the smartphone was particularly great when I streamed Ozark on Netflix and watched Hobbs vs Shaw which I copied locally to the device.

Gaming Performance

MediaTek’s Helio P95 chipset holds its own when compared against the strongest Snapdragon chipset. Both the Reno3 and Reno3 Pro handle gaming properly and here is a picture with me testing NBA 2K20 on both smartphones.

Oppo Reno3 Pro gaming performance
Both devices ran the game smoothly without lag

OPPO Reno3 Pro Camera Performance and Comparison with Reno3

I took various shots with the dual front camera and the quad rear camera of the Reno3 Pro. These shots will be compared with that of the Reno3.

Comparing shot from both devices, the output comes out great and it is really hard to tell the two cameras apart. Let’s now compare some night mode shots.

Connectivity and Battery

Both the Reno3Pro and the Reno3 comes with in-display fingerprint scanners. The Fingerprint is very sharp and responds in less than a second. When the phone is locked, it displays the fingerprint icon beneath the screen so you know where to put your thumb.

Reno3 Pro
In-display fingerprint scanner beneath the screen

The Face Unlock is equally very fast and unlocks the device in less than a second. The smartphone uses dual Nano-SIM and there is support for 4G LTE. It supports GLO 4G Band 28 as well to whom it may concern. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi, WiFi Direct and hotspot. It also comes with a 3.55mm audio jack and FM Radio.

For the battery, Reno3 Pro comes with a 4,025mAh non-removable battery. It is powered via the reversible USB-C port that supports 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0. Reno3 comes with the same battery but with VOOC Flash Charge 3.0.

Price and Availability

The official price of the Reno3 is N159,000 and the Reno3 Pro is N209,000 respectively. Pre-Order is ongoing and this qualifies you for a FREE Gift and added value worth N15,000.
Visit https://forms.gle/xrre83jbqPXQEQHQ7 to Pre-Order Now. Pre-order ends MAY 19, 2020. Terms and Conditions Apply.

Verdict

OPPO Reno3 Pro is one of the best mid-range devices out there your money can buy. It is also hard to tell apart this device from the Reno3. There is really nothing bad to say about these two devices, though the selfie camera can be improved a little as it tends to make the face too smooth. Apart from this, both devices are a good investment.

Posted by Biodun

Passionate about Technology and everything concerning it. Avid Gamer and Music Lover. Loves Chelsea FC. Overall, a nice guy. Find me on Instagram and Twitter.

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