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Oppo Reno4 Pro Review: All About That 90Hz & 65W

Oppo Reno4 Pro Review: All About That 90Hz & 65W

Hey there, Alex here. Since the last Reno phone I used was the Reno2,the new Reno4 Pro almost feels like it’s from a completely different series of phones. There is no more pop up camera, no more cleanand unique design, and no more premium metal and glass build.

Instead, it has a more generic looking design,a plastic frame, and plastic back panel. It’s still pretty decent looking with thematte finish and curved screen design, but it just doesn’t feel as premium anymore. The phone feels pretty light for its size,the matte finish is a little rough, and there is a bit of flex in the back panel. But maybe some folks will like this lighterand softer feel in hand.

The display is one of the highlights of thephone, with nice colours, good outdoor visibility, and a 90Hz refresh rate. So it’s a bit of a shame that it only hasa single bottom firing speaker, because multimedia consumption would have been even more enjoyable. But at least it still has a headphone jack. When it comes to hardware and specifications,it’s decent, but not mind-blowing.

The Snapdragon 720G performs well enough forthe most part, and the battery is still able to last me a day of use even with the higherrefresh rate. But it is nice to see that we are still gettinga ton of RAM and storage, we now have a dedicated microSD card slot along with dual SIM support,and the in-display fingerprint sensor works pretty well.

The biggest upgrade for me here is probablythe 65W charging, which is insanely fast. A full charge from an empty battery takesless than 40 mins. I do have to use the proprietary charger,and I’m not sure whether this will affect the durability of the battery, but it is impressivefor sure. In terms of software, Oppo’s ColorOS ispretty decent these days, with tons of customisation options and useful features.

So I don’t really have any major complaintshere. Camera is where things get a little more interesting. Shots in good lighting with the main cameraare generally pretty decent looking, but because it lacks OIS, it seems like the Reno2 stillperforms better in lowlight. The ultra wide angle camera is sort of thesame story with the sensor being a bit smaller than the Reno2, and image processing is quiteaggressive. Instead of a telephoto camera and depth sensorlike on the Reno2, the Reno4 Pro is using a 2MP macro camera which is essentially useless,and a monochrome sensor which enables some new video effects.

They look pretty cool, but I probably won’tbe using them much. Front camera seems a little better, and thefixed focus lens is set at a more comfortable distance compared to the Reno2, which wasa bit too near. But I find the image processing here a bittoo aggressive as well, and auto-HDR doesn’t always activate when it needs to. Overall, It’s a usable camera for sure,but for a phone that is 2 generations newer, this is not what I was expecting.

As you can probably tell from the things thatI’ve mentioned, I’m not a huge fan of this device. I don’t think it’s a bad phone. It still does the basics well enough, andthe screen and charging speeds are both excellent. But I just don’t think it’s worth thesame asking price as the Reno2 at 899 SGD. I don’t even feel like it’s a straightforwardupgrade over the Reno2, especially when it comes to camera hardware and build quality.

Perhaps if it was called something else andthe price was much lower, I might like it a bit more. But as someone who liked what they did withthe first two Reno series, this just doesn’t feel like a Reno anymore. Thanks for watching this video. If you’ve enjoyed it, be sure to leave alike, for more content in the future. Thanks again, and see you guys on the next one.

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