OPPO Reno3 Pro Review — A Brave Entry In The Price Range
Comes with a dual 44MP selfie camera, a quad 64MP camera setup at the back as well as OPPO's VOOC 30W fast charger.
+ Fast 30W charger
+ Decent battery life
+ Has a premium feel to it
+ Satisfying experience in watching videos
- Pricey for what it offers
- Camera bug
- Performance could be better
While the OPPO Reno3 Pro has been out for some time, we’ve yet to test out a device powered by the Mediatek Helio P95 chipset. In this OPPO Reno3 Pro review, let’s see what they’re bring to the table, shall we?
OPPO Reno3 Pro Unboxing
Out of the box, you can expect to see the following items:
- OPPO Reno3 Pro
- Charging brick
- USB Type-C cable
- 3.5mm earphones
- Soft case (not included in our unit)
OPPO Reno3 Appearance
The OPPO Reno3 Pro uses a 6.4-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display and as you can see, it features a dual selfie camera at the top left. It’s just a small notch there, so I doubt many people will have issues with it. The position itself would make it less distracting.
Down below, you’ll find its 3.5mm audio jack, microphone, USB Type-C port and a speaker grille.
On the right side, you have the smartphone’s power button, which sports a nice little green accent.
Moving over to the left side, you have the volume rockers and the SIM card slot / tray.
As for the back, you can tell by now that we received the Midnight Black variant of the OPPO Reno3 Pro, where it comes with a glossy finish. There’s the OPPO logo down at the bottom right and the quad camera setup at the top left.
Overall, the OPPO Reno3 Pro has a premium look and feel to it. Personally, the Auroral Blue variant looks nicer but if you don’t want something that stands out that much, then this Midnight Black will definitely suit you better.
OPPO Reno3 Pro Specifications
|CPU:||Helio P95 Octa-core (2 x 2.2 GHz Cortex-A75 + 6 x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)|
|Display:||6.4″ FHD+ (2400 x 1080)Super AMOLED, 500 nits peak brightness|
|Storage:||256GB UFS 2.1|
13MP f/2.4 telephoto
8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide
2MP B/W f/2.4 depth
PDAF, 2x optical zoom, HDR, panorama, Night mode
44MP f/2.4 wide
2MP f/2.4 depth
|OS:||ColorOS 7 (based on Android 10)|
|Connectivity:||LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/18/19/20/26/28/38/39/40//41|
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
|SIM:||Dual SIM (nano SIM)|
|Battery:||Li-Po 4025 mAh (non-removable)|
30W VOOC 4.0 fast charge
|Dimensions:||158.8 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm|
OPPO Reno3 Pro Performance
Right off the bat, it doesn’t look good for the OPPO Reno3 Pro as it is far off from the rest on Antutu. Yes, we do know that we’ve pitted it with several flagship devices but we’re taking into account of how much the phone is priced too.
We find similar results in Geekbench, with the smartphone not performing on par with the other devices. It’s not too bad but it can definitely be better.
In terms of graphic performance, the OPPO Reno3 Pro follows the trend from the previous two benchmarks in 3DMark. In this particular case, it’s not as bad as it looks as it can still perform decently enough.
Despite finishing last on the list for PCMark’s Work 2.0 performance test, it’s a decent enough score for a mid-range device.
The battery benchmark seems to be the saving grace for the OPPO Reno3 Pro, where it managed to last roughly 11 hours and 30 minutes in our testing, which is an acceptable duration.
As for personal and real-life usage, the battery life is good enough. I was left with 52% battery after 12 hours of use. This includes your normal social media usage such as Facebook, Telegram, WhatsApp and a little bit of YouTube. I did play some games too but not power-intensive games.
If you’re wondering about the charging speed, I managed to gain 65% of juice from 30 minutes of charging. It’s pretty fast and made possible thanks to the phone’s VOOC 3.0 30W fast charger.
OPPO Reno3 Pro User Experience
I had no problems whatsoever with the OPPO Reno3 Pro in my hands. It fits nicely and gives you a premium feel to it. It doesn’t feel too big or wide, and feels stable to hold.
Watching videos on the smartphone was a pleasant experience thanks to its Super AMOLED display and decently loud speakers. I can definitely see myself watching videos on this a lot out of sheer convenience.
The smartphone runs on OPPO’s own ColorOS 7, which is based on Android 10. Overall I had no issues with sluggish performance as it was a smooth experience for me. After all, it does come with a big, and more than sufficient, 8GB RAM to handle the workload.
The layout of the camera UI is almost similar to the OPPO Find X2 Pro that we’ve reviewed and it’s simple to grasp. I did find a weird issue with the interface however. Whenever I tap on the screen to focus, the screen would then be overexposed. Thankfully, shots taken afterwards don’t look like the preview. This is likely to be a software bug and hopefully they’ll fix soon.
Overall, the camera performance of the OPPO Reno3 Pro is decent in most cases, with it excelling in good lighting conditions. The Dazzle mode aggressively tempers with the colors of your shots, which I’m personally not a fan of. However, if you would like your pictures to ‘pop out’ more, then you will enoy it. At the end of the day, the performance is good enough for your social media uploads.
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OPPO Reno3 Pro Verdict
Coming with a price tag of RM2,099, it’s hard to justify the OPPO Reno3 Pro. Don’t get me wrong, the device itself didn’t gave me a bad experience but with that price tag, there are a number of smartphones out there you can consider. If it was priced lower, I would easily recommend this to people.
At the end of the day, if you truly wish to get this smartphone, it would be best to wait for a sale or some kind of promotion to get an even better deal and your money’s worth.
We would like to thank OPPO Malaysia for providing the OPPO Reno3 Pro that was used in this review.