Oppo Reno4 Pro Review: Overpriced Piece of Beauty

Oppo Reno4 Pro Review: Overpriced Piece of Beauty

For a performance enthusiast or a gamer, the Reno4 Pro is easy to write off if you look at the spec sheet. But for the general user, the Reno4 Pro might offer a few more attractive features, enough to make it a smartphone of choice, provided you have the budget for this smartphone. The Reno4 Pro is quite expensive for the core hardware under the hood, but it’s not so much about the specs as it is about the experience that makes a smartphone worth recommending. Is the Reno4 Pro worth buying? We’ll find out –

Performance

The Oppo Reno4 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, the same chipset that powers a number of smartphones under Rs 20,000, and can arguably be called a popular mid-range chipset. However, the price of the smartphone is in the high-end flagship area. It’s hard to justify that choice to power users, but for someone looking for an affordable, good-looking basic smartphone, the Reno4 Pro should work just fine. Options like the OnePlus Nord, Realme X3 SuperZoom, and the iQOO 3 outshine the Reno4 Pro in almost every way except for design. But that’s subjective. The performance gap isn’t something you’d really know about, though, unless they’re constantly switching apps, gaming, or running benchmarks.

The benchmark results clearly show how far the Reno4 Pro really lags behind its competitors in this price range.

However, the performance gap we see on benchmarks is barely noticeable in everyday use. Sure, it’s not the buttery smooth experience you get from a Snapdragon 855 or an 865 processor, but it’s not easy for an average user to measure. I picked up the Reno4 Pro after using the OnePlus Nord for a week, and while the usual operations seemed just as smooth, little things like a slight lag when launching apps or switching cameras or unlocking the screen became apparent. . Things that won’t really bother the vanilla smartphone user, ordinary to mid-range performance.

The Reno4 Pro won’t impress gamers either. The Snapdragon 720G can only run the popular games with medium graphics. We played a few rounds of PUBG Mobile and COD:Mobile and neither of them had the Reno4 Pro running on the highest graphics settings. However, CoD Mobile managed to hit 60 FPS, as we noticed in the Realme 6 Pro and the Redmi Note 9 Pro, both of which also run the game at 60 FPS. Most likely, the Adreno 618 gets the most out of playing games at low graphics, as the CPU usage while gaming is only about 20 percent.

PUBG Mobile also only managed 30 FPS on GameBench, and that too with HD graphics. So the draw distance, textures and other details are much less than those of smartphones that the Reno4 Pro competes with. That said, the gameplay on both PUBG Mobile and COD:Mobile is quite smooth, but no discernible frame drops. The touch response is nothing like the flagships, and the 90Hz screen doesn’t really come in handy here, but you do get a special game mode where you can set individual profiles for each game, and enable what Oppo calls “Tournament Mode”, which apparently increases the performance.

Software

Part of what makes this mid-range smartphone usable enough is the ColorOS 7 software† Oppo smartphones were not known for their smooth, minimalist user interface until recently with the rollout of ColorOS 7 – One that manages to offer both personalization and minimalism in the Reno4 Pro. You can choose what your icons will look like, the background and app layout and more from the Settings, and even apply various pre-made themes available in the theme store. There’s also a capable dark mode and a handy always-on display with cool clock styles.

Annoyingly, the Reno4 Pro still has some of the apps banned by the Indian government. It is still harmless as they do not work and can be removed. What annoyed me was the fact that despite paying Rs 34,999, there is nothing special in the software to write about. Almost all the features are the same as what you would get with any other Oppo smartphone much cheaper.

Camera

The Reno series started with a nicely tuned camera in the Reno 10X Zoom, but over the past few iterations the camera has been quite disappointing. The Reno4 Pro’s quad camera setup also evoked the same feeling. The 48+8+2+2 MP configuration is common for mid-range smartphones priced below Rs 20,000, and it’s normal to expect some degree of differentiation to motivate the buyer to consider more. to pay. The camera is how most OEMs differentiate, but not the Reno4 Pro. The performance is strictly average and a far cry from the images the Reno 10X Zoom took.

Daylight

Oppo Reno4 Pro vs Competition:

Shot with Oppo Reno4 Pro

Shot on iQOO 3 5G

During the day, the Reno4 Pro takes photos with good colors and the right amount of saturation and vibrancy. The dynamic range is on the low end, as are the details compared to images shot with phones like the iQOO 3.

Little light

Oppo Reno4 Pro vs Competition:

Shot with Oppo Reno4 Pro

Shot on iQOO 3 5G

The Reno4 Pro comes with a night mode that takes a few seconds to take a photo in low light. The result is an image that looks brighter, but doesn’t have much detail when you zoom in.

portraits

The portrait mode algorithm does the usual beautifying improvements that smoothen skin and make faces look fairer. The subject separation is accurate, however, and you get a sharp image with plenty of filters to experiment with.

macro

Shot with Oppo Reno4 Pro

Shot on iQOO 3 5G

It is best to leave the 2MP macro unused. Yes, you can get up to 4cm close to a subject, but the color seems completely faded and there are no details. The iQOO 3 beats the Reno4 Pro to its limits using a software-induced macro mode.

Videos

The video capabilities of the Reno4 Pro are limited to 4K at 30 FPS, and while the phone manages to maintain focus, the quality of videos is much sharper in smartphones like the similarly priced iQOO 3. However, the light weight of the phone helps to keep the phone stable, and there is a software-assisted Ultra Steady mode, which is quite handy.

Battery

This is where it gets interesting. While the Reno4 Pro is strictly average in terms of performance and camera, it certainly lasts a long time. And even if it eventually dies, it comes back in less than 15 minutes of charging. It has the same 65W fast charger that the Realme X50 Pro already offers, and that’s a game changer in its own right, although this feature alone doesn’t justify the price you have to pay. Power consumption is fairly controlled thanks to the Snapdragon 720G for the most part, and Oppo’s proprietary resource management algorithms working in the background. The latter can get annoying if you’re switching between apps a lot, because in my case I had the BatteryLog app running to log battery usage, and it kept dying every few hours.

Design and display

What really makes the Reno4 Pro appealing to consider is its design. The smartphone isn’t the most powerful, but it sure looks great. That’s definitely a feature the Reno4 Pro borrowed from the Reno 10X Zoom. The first thing you notice when you pick up the phone is its incredibly light weight and matte matte finish. In the way it fits in the hand, the design of the Reno4 Pro is very similar to the special edition Realme X series, which are called Onion and Garlic for some reason.

What works with the Reno4 Pro is its feather-light weight and slim profile. It’s only 7.7mm thick and has a curved AMOLED screen that blends into the plastic housing along the edges. This makes the Reno4 Pro easy to operate with one hand. It is really ergonomic, does not slip and does not attract unsightly smudges and fingerprints.

As for the screen itself, it’s decent for the usual tasks, but lacks features like HDR support for Netflix and other streaming apps like its rivals. However, the 6.5-inch AMOLED panel still has an HDR rating and supports DCI-P3 colors in the apps and UI. There is also the OSIE Vision effect that is present in almost every Realme and Oppo smartphone. Enabling it will give the screen a warm tint when a video is playing. The brightness levels are ideal for indoor use. If you use it in direct sunlight, colors will fade and make reading text difficult.

bottom line

Overall, the Oppo Reno4 Pro is a strictly average smartphone that looks good and charges in the blink of an eye. The design and battery life are the only two things that somewhat justify the price tag, but without the performance to back it up, the Reno4 Pro feels like half the battle. It feels like Oppo started making a premium smartphone – it finished the outer shell, but then turned to making a mid-range smartphone. As a result, the Reno4 Pro can easily be mistaken for a high-performing smartphone with top-notch camera performance, but in reality it’s just average.

Buy the Reno4 Pro if all you want from a smartphone is ergonomic design and super-fast charging. For everything else, there are better alternatives like the OnePlus Nord, iQOO 3, and the Realme X3 SuperZoom.

Burak Bilginer
Burak Bilginer bir bilgisayar dahisidir. Seyahat etmeyi sever ve birçok farklı ülkeye gitti. Burak, seyahat etmediği veya programlama yapmadığı zamanlarda Oyun ve Teknoloji Ürünlerinin yeni parçalarını incelemeyi sever. Oyunla ilgili herhangi bir sorunuz varsa, Burak cevaplamaktan mutluluk duyacaktır!