Chinese smartphone maker Oppo has been doing tremendous business in the Indian smartphone market. The smartphone brand bagged the fourth position in the fourth quarter of 2019, with a huge YoY growth of 88.4 per cent. The top sellers are F17 Pro, F17, Oppo Reno 2, Reno 2F, Reno 10X Zoom, A5, A9, K3 in 2019. After a great year in 2019, the smartphone maker is working more efficiently to bring innovation and technology for its consumer globally as well as the Indian market.
Expanding its one of the popular Reno series smartphones, the Chinese smartphone maker has launched Oppo Reno 3 Pro for the Indian market. The device comes in two different storage variants — 8GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB — and three colour variants — Aurora Blue, Midnight Black, Sky White. The Oppo Reno 3 Pro is priced at Rs 29,990 for the 128GB + 8GB variant and 32,990 for the 8GB + 256GB variant.
In India, Oppo has announced a 4G variant of the Reno 3 Pro because 5G networks aren’t live here yet. Oppo Reno 3 Pro packs quad rear camera setup, dual punch-hole selfie camera setup, big display and a lot of other high-end features.
We used the 8GB+128GB variant in Auroral Blue colour for a few weeks and here’s how it fared.
In the Box, you will find a charger, a SIM eject pin, a charger, an earphone and a user manual.
The smartphone sports a big 6.4-inch display with curved rear panel with a glossy surface and gradient design. The front panel comes with a pre-applied screen protector, a dual punch hole camera setup placed on the left-hand side, an in-display fingerprint at the bottom (which is surely not visible). On the back, you can see a quad rear camera setup with a flash placed on the left-hand side. There is a company logo on the bottom right. The volume keys are placed on the left side whereas the power button is placed on the right side. A 3.5mm jack, charging slot and a speaker grille is placed on the bottom edge. Talking about its base colour, the Aurora Blue is a very soothing colour, however, it also attracts a lot of smudges if you aren’t using the device with a cover on it. As I used it without its cover and found that it attracted fingerprint in no time. I am not sure, but I believe that smudges will be least visible in the Sky White colour variant. Also, in term of looks, the Midnight Black colour variant will look more attractive. The Reno3 Pro’s design comes from the infinite change of the sky’s colour with a light, creating illuminating effect when viewed from a specific angle. Overall, in terms of its appearance, it is a cool looking, light weighted device that weighs 175 grams approximately. However, if you want to protect it from smudges, it is highly advisable to use a back cover.
The smartphone has a 6.4-inch full HD+ super AMOLED display with 20:9 aspect ratio and 91.5 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The super AMOLED display brings maximum brightness of 800 nits and the peak brightness of 1200 nits, with adjusting the voltage according to brightness and fine operations. The colour reproduction on the AMOLED screen is very much satisfactory and the colours reproduced are vivid and bright. The screen was quite bright even while using the device under direct sunlight. The wide viewing angles are perfect for watching movies, playing games etc. It comes with a Full Care Display Certification by TÜV Rheinland and the upgraded low-brightness strobe flash-free and low blue-ray technologies provide delicate eye care even in the darkest environment.
The smartphone sports six cameras in total. It houses a quad-camera setup on the back and a dual hole-punch selfie camera setup on the front. On the back, the quad-camera setup includes a 64MP primary sensor, a 13MP telephoto sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide angle sensor and a 2MP mono lens. On the front, the Reno 3 Pro has a 44MP main camera and a 2MP depth of field lens in punch-hole camera setup. The three cameras — ultra-wide-angle lens, ultra-clear main camera and telephoto lens — work together in perfect harmony to accomplish 2x optical zoom, 5x hybrid optical zoom and up to 20x digital zoom. The 64MP main camera can take stunning shots in daylight. Photos look sharp and colourful on the AMOLED display even without Chroma Boost enabled. When HDR kicks in the dynamic range can get pretty wide, offering good contrast in tricky lighting conditions. In some rare instances, the camera does overexpose the scene, making colours look washed out. The Ultra Dark Mode works well enough for low-light conditions. Thanks to Oppo’s algorithm, Reno3 Pro would determine different algorithms and input selection mode based on brightness. When the illumination is lower than 1 lux, the phone will turn on the Ultra Dark Mode automatically and capture clear photos. The smartphone packs a dual punch-hole camera and is touted as being the world’s first 44MP dual punch-hole camera setup in the world. Like the rear camera, the front camera also comes with ultra night selfie mode. It also offers HDR selfies to ensure that the images are evenly lit. It does this by taking multiple photos with different exposure levels and then combines them to create a single evenly lit photo. The front camera on the phone is also clever enough to use the same technique to reduce noise. The smartphone offers a bokeh effect which can naturally blur the background when recording videos that highlight people, creating a DSLR-like effect. Also, with 5x hybrid zoom and 20x digital zoom, it is easy to get an ideal composition from any distance you like, which can provide you with cinema-like video. The real-time AI Beauty Mode supported by both front and rear cameras will keep you in the best version anytime, anywhere. Oppo has also provided its proprietary Soloop Smart Video Editor on the Reno 3 Pro to let users edit and share their videos on social media channels. Overall, both the rear and front camera setup delivered images that were not only good but mind blowing.
The phone is powered by MediaTek Helio P95 chipset and coupled with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. We did a lot of activity with Reno 3 Pro, we played a lot of online games, made calls, browsed the web, clicked pictures along with 4G services that included online videos and to our surprise there was no sign of stuttering or lagging. It performed quite well and we did not notice any lag while multitasking. The MTK P95 is one of the most powerful artificial intelligence (AI) processing engine available for 4G smartphones. It supports stunning AI-camera actions. Compared with MTK P90, P95 upgrades its GPU, AI ability, and connectivity with high resource savings. For the GPU part, P95 supports gaming HDR/PG and low display latency. And the AI ability achieves improvement in benchmark performance versus the previous generation and adds AR Avatar into its AI feature. The smartphone is equipped with the latest Hyper Boost, which boasts frame rate and touch optimization. It reallocates system resources by detecting and predicting gaming scenarios to realize frame rate optimization, meaning that games run smoothly, even in heavy-loading scenarios. The optimized FPS (Frame per Second) is increased by 38 per cent. Meanwhile, the frequency of touch scans have been increased with unnecessary processes reduced, the average touch sensitivity is increased by 16 per cent. As a result, the touch response remains fast even in low power conditions. The Reno 3 Pro ships with Android 10-based ColorOS 7 that helps in reducing the system colour saturation, making colour simpler and more elegant, which reduces eye fatigue during long periods of use. ColorOS 7 also offers three distinct icon styles — default, rectangle and pebble — which were designed to suit different user preferences. Also, ColorOS 7 allows you to customize your icons. You can adjust the size, shape and dimensions of the icons. The Live wallpapers are responsive to your interactions and can change dynamically as you navigate around your phone. ColosOS7 has simplified the user interface, enabling you to focus more on core functions. In terms of internal storage, 128GB ROM was simply perfect for us, but you can also opt for 256GB depending upon your need. The face unlock and fingerprint sensor worked totally fine.
The smartphone houses 4,025mAh battery with 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0. According to the company, the 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 solution improves charge rate from 1.5C to 3C. As a result of advanced battery technology, it allows continuous charge with high current and accelerates the charge speed (50 per cent charge within 20 minutes). The 5-fold security chips prevent overcharging. In our case, we noticed that the charging time did not take long to charge the phone. And on a single charge, the phone lasted over a day on rigorous use.
OPPO Reno 3 Pro comes with a premium price tag and delivers superb pictures while there is massive storage to store a lot of data and images. The smartphone has all the mandatory features including a strong battery backup, fast charging support and an immersive display too. These make it a perfect option to go for around this price range.