Smartphone maker OPPO recently announced their Oppo 3 Pro smartphone in China, and with much fanfare, it was shown off as a 5G enabled device, one of the first in the world. Obviously, when the announcement was made that Oppo Reno 3 Pro was ready to hit the international market, the excitement to finally have a hands-on a 5G ready product was palpable. However, few in the rumors department released statements that the Oppo Reno 3 Pro that would hit most international markets, would not feature 5G compatibility. Were those rumors true? and what else does the Reno 3 Pro bring to the market? Stay tuned, because in this article, we will be doing a complete review of the much-anticipated offering from Oppo, the Oppo Reno 3 Pro.
So, let’s get started –
Oppo has been stepping up their design with every new iteration, and the Oppo Reno 3 Pro takes the legacy forward with a trendy gradient finish, dead flat display, and a dual hole-punch front camera setup. Oppo phones have grown on the crowd over time, and with the Reno 3 Pro, they have taken the in-hand feel a step ahead which is great. The bezels on the display are minimal and the really snappy in-display fingerprint sensor which has now started becoming a norm in these phones. The earpiece finds its home just below the frame of the Reno 3 Pro, but I would say that the materials used here, as well as on the back panel feel very plasticky to the touch, and overall do not inspire that premium tag. This is something you will notice immediately since most smartphones today, despite their pricing, feature premium materials.
We have the power button on the right-hand side, the volume rockers on the left-hand side, both placed well within reach of our fingers. The SIM tray is placed above the volume rockers, and features two nano-SIM slots and a dedicated Micro SD card slot. Nice.
On the bottom, we have the USB Type C charging port, a 3.5mm audio jack, the loudspeaker, and a microphone. Its good to see brands quickly shifting to the USB Type C ports, which, I feel should slowly become the default option on all devices.
The Oppo Reno 3 Pro features a huge 6.7 inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ Resolution. By default, the color output is decent, but you can tweak it by changing the output mode provided in the software. The sheer size on paper may look big, but thanks to advancements in aspect ratio, the device itself is not a tablet-sized commodity. Great Work Oppo.
The Reno 3 Pro comes in three color options – Auroral Blue, Midnight Black, and Sky White. All of them feature the gradient finish adding that little oomph to the overall appearance. You also get a clear case and a 30W VOOC Flash charger bundled with the Reno 3 Pro, which makes it an overall desirable package.
The Oppo Reno 3 Pro is powered by the brand new Mediatek Helio P95 chipset. This is quite possibly the crown jewel of the Helio lineup, and features an octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz. This is paired with 8GB of RAM, which makes normal tasks, medium grade tasks, heavy-duty tasks, gaming and multitasking, a walk in the park. The surprising thing here, however, is that despite having all these specifications, the Oppo Reno 3 Pro finds itself outgunned by many of its competitors. The Realme X2 pro, for example, clocked in 459,562 points on the AnTuTu benchmark scores, compares to the absolutely shocking 225,538 points scored by the Reno 3 Pro. In every other test also, the Reno 3 Pro has found itself lagging behind even the Realme 6, which costs half the money.
Gaming performance is decent and you can play demanding games like PUBG without any lags or stutters. That said, the truth remains that performance is an area that Oppo needs to improve upon.
Coming to the connectivity, the Oppo Reno 3 pro features all common connectivity options with one little point – There is no 5G in the international variant. Yes, the much-hyped feature of the Oppo Reno 3 Pro is not there in the international variant.
The memory department is welk equipped, however, with 8GB of onboard RAM, with 128/256GB of onboard storage. Here again, Oppo has made things a bit confusing by releasing only certain variants in certain countries, but rest assured, the memory department will not disappoint.
Oppo literally has ‘Camera phone’ in its tagline, which is why the new quad-camera setup in the Reno 3 Pro came in with huge expectations, and boy does it deliver. It packs in a quad-camera setup at the back consisting of a 64-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, a 13-megapixel telephoto camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 119-degree field of view, and a 2-megapixel mono camera. The rear camera setup is capable of 5x hybrid zoom and 20x digital zoom. At the front, this phone has a 44-megapixel selfie shooter along with a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
The camera interface and the UI is pretty much a default when you compare it to other smartphones in this price range. You get Night, Portrait, Time-Lapse, Pano and Slo-Mo modes. It has quick toggles for HDR and Dazzle Colour (which bumps up contrast) and shortcuts for different filters that you can apply before taking a shot. AI Scene recognition is on by default and it was quick to detect what we were shooting.
Photos taken on the Reno 3 Pro has a great amount of detail, color accuracy, and sharpness. The wide-angle-camera helps capture a wider field of view but there is a considerable drop in quality when compared to the primary camera.
Photos taken in low light have decent quality, but there is some graininess visible when you slightly zoom in. You can use the inbuilt Night Mode and get better images, so that’s taken care of.
The selfie department is good, but again, not the best. The image quality is sharp, the beautification mode is on by default, so you automatically get those enhanced social media worthy selfies, but Oppo could have done a better job here as well. The cameras are good, but they can be even better, so Oppo, please note.
The Oppo Reno 3 Pro comes with a 4035 mAh battery, which again, is good, but not the best in class. The Realme 6 being cheaper, still features a 4300 mAh battery, so the least Oppo could have done is bundled that into the Reno 3 Pro as well. But coming to the general battery life, 4000 mAh is now the sweet spot and anything that is more than that is considered to be adequate for a smartphone today. The Oppo Reno 3 pro will last you a whole day on heavy use, plus thanks to the 30W VOOC fast charger, you can charge your phone to 65 percent in just 30 minutes.
Oppo has been one of the pioneers of fast charging and that is on beautiful display here as well.
The Oppo Reno 3 Pro is a successor to the Reno 2 device and as such is an upgrade. The improved camera quality, well built designed and to match it with a brilliant display justifies the upgrade, the processor might be a mid-ranger but on most occasions, you will not need the extra computation power. We recommend this phone!