Jun 05, 2020 Reviews
WIth the smartphone market mostly saturated in the mid-range market, phones are trying to compete with each other to see who provides the most features and specifications for the lowest price. The only two price segments that seem to be talked about these days are mostly the lower mid-range market, with phones like the Realme 6 and Xiaomi's Redmi Note 9 Pro - or it's the flagship price point, with the likes of S20 and OnePlus 8 Pro dominating that spot these days. The other market areas don't even seem to matter nowadays, but that might change in the near future for the better. In the past few months, we have heard news and reports of phones aiming for a new price segment, being the upper mid-range spot. The 500-700 dollar price range is going to see some great phones in the near future, with the likes of LG Velvet, OnePlus Z and now the much awaited Oppo Reno 4. Oppo has been killing it recently with their latest smartphones, especially their Reno lineup has been gaining plenty of success worldwide. The Reno 3 Pro was a great all around device, with good performance and impressive cameras. With the 4th iteration, Oppo is deciding to change things up a bit, and that's going to start with the inclusion of 5G. Officially released as of today, we can't provide an extensive review of the model - but we will be going in depth of what information we already have of the phone.
Oppo has gone for a unique design for the Reno 4 series, and that will be most visible from the back side, as they opt for a new 'Reno Glow" design on the back, which Oppo claims is resistant to scratches. We will have to see tests being made on that specific claim to see if it really holds up to the mark as said by Oppo - waiting on JerryRigEverything! The camera module design has been changed as well, as the Reno now has 3 cameras compared to 4 from its predecessor, and it looks much more sleek with each individual sensor being placed separately rather than in a single module. This was a design move that LG Velvet has also taken, and we love this change of design being seen on these new models. Speaking of LG Velvet, it wouldn't be wrong to say that the Reno 4 is actually pretty similar in looks to the Velvet, apart from the display. The back, just like the Velvet has its cameras placed separately, and the rest of the design is clean and minimal - making the device look premium and sophisticated. You also get an in-display fingerprint scanner, and a punch-hole front camera, which ensures that the phone is up to the mark of 2020 standards.
The Reno 4 is going to feature a Snapdragon 765G as its SoC, which is a top-notch chipset providing both speed and efficiency at the same time. You're going to get amazing performance from the Reno 4, and it will handle any task you throw at it. Daily tasks will be a breeze through the UI, with social media apps not giving the device any hiccups whatsoever. Moreover, if you're an avid gamer then this device is going to be great for you as well, since the 765G chip is going to help the phone run any game at high settings at the highest possible frame rate that is supported by the game. You'll also get the option to max out the Reno 4 at 12 gigs of RAM, just in case you're super sensitive about your gaming experience. Oh, and did we mention 5G capabilities? Yes, the 765G on the Reno 4 allows 5G usage - meaning you'll be able to make use of all the high speed benefits of 5G if it's supported in your area.
The Reno 4 is going to feature a 6.4" AMOLED FHD+ display, which is definitely going to result in a pleasurable viewing experience. Considering that it's going to an AMOLED display, we can assure our readers that the Reno 4 will have a bright and vibrant screen, with deep blacks and punchy colors on the screen. It may not compete with Samsung on this matter, but it'll surely be close to it. We also believe that Reno 4 will have a flat-screen, which is welcomed in 2020 due to edge displays processing accidental touches and being a nuisance in general. The display will also feature a 90Hz refresh rate, which is almost a norm now these days in phones above $500.
The camera setup should be expected to be above-par as well, as we've seen previously with Oppo phones in the past. Even though they've decreased the amount of cameras on the back from 4 to 3, we don't mind because it's probably the exclusion of the macro lens, which isn't really used anyways. The main shooter is 48MP, with an 8MP ultra-wide and a 2MP portrait lens. This is the usual setup we see on most mid-range devices these days - but what really matters is the software processing of images and what type of sensor is used. Oppo has known to have slightly aggressive image processing, but it's nothing too drastic though. All in all, you can expect your back cameras to be decent at worst. The front camera is going to be excellent, however, because of the 32MP that it will consist of. You're going to get detailed and crisp selfies which you'll be satisfied with surely.
Overall, we expect the Reno 4 to be a great all around device, with top-tier specs for the price range, and a device that will be able to hold its own against fierce competition against the upcoming OnePlus Z and LG Velvet. Especially with an insane 60W fast charging capability, the Oppo is going to be the phone to beat in this segment.