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OPPO Reno4 + OPPO Reno4 Pro Review — Go Pro Or Go Home?
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OPPO Reno4 + OPPO Reno4 Pro Review — Go Pro Or Go Home?

by September 3, 2020
Overview
Highlights

Powered by a Snapdragon 720G chipset, both the Reno4 and Reno4 Pro comes with quad camera setups, Super AMOLED display and 8GB RAM for starters.

Warranty

1-year warranty

Price

OPPO Reno4 - RM1,699 (SRP)
OPPO Reno4 Pro - RM2,399 (SRP)

Positives

OPPO Reno4
+ Decent battery life
+ Smart Sensor available in front
+ Has most of the features that the Pro offers
OPPO Reno4 Pro
+ Faster 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charger
+ Bigger storage
+ 90Hz refresh rate

Negatives

OPPO Reno4
- Feels like your average mid-range smartphone with its lack of 90Hz display
- Price tag could be lower
OPPO Reno4 Pro
- Expect shorter battery life thanks to the high refresh rate
- Price tag could be lower

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Pokde Rating
Appearance
8.0
Efficiency
7.3
Features
7.7
Materials
7.4
Performance
7.8
Portability
7.8
User Experience
7.6
Value
6.5
Bottom Line

Solid performers in the mid-range segment but the price might not be ideal for some.

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While it wasn’t long ago that we took a look at the previous OPPO Reno3 Pro, this time around we’re reviewing the OPPO Reno4 and OPPO Reno4 Pro. Are they worth the upgrade? Let’s find out.

Unboxing

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The box and its content are nearly identical between the two, with the only difference being the Pro’s 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 instead of the standard’s 30W VOOC charger. You can expect them to also come along with:

  • Phone
  • Documentation
  • Earphones (3.5mm)
  • USB-C cable
  • SIM ejector
  • TPU case

Appearance

In terms of appearance, the Reno4 Pro has a slightly bigger display. The Reno4 however has a Smart Sensor on the front, which allows you to use AirControl for your apps and also ‘Spyting’ protection. It’s kinda weird to see that the Pro doesn’t come with the sensor though.

Down below, it’s just the same between the two. Starting from the left, you’ve got the 3.5mm audio jack, a microphone, their USB-C port, as well as the speaker grille.

Over at the right hand side, both devices only feature their power buttons, which comes with a nice green line. A closer look on the Reno4 Pro shows its curved display however, setting it apart.

On the left side, you’ll find the volume rockers. For the Reno4, you’ll find the SIM tray here as well.

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As for the Reno4 Pro however, you’ll find the SIM tray on top here instead.

Moving over to the back, the Reno4 we’ve got on our hands is the Blue variant, while the Reno4 Pro is the White variant. Though the cameras are the same, the placement for both them are different. As you can see, the quad camera setup is placed in a straight line. The Reno4’s fourth camera is positioned beside the first camera on top.

Specifications

ModelOPPO Reno4OPPO Reno4 Pro
CPU:Snapdragon 720G Octa-core (2 x 2.3GHz Kryo 465 Gold + 6 x 1.8GHz Kryo 465 Silver) 8nmSnapdragon 720G Octa-core (2 x 2.3GHz Kryo 465 Gold + 6 x 1.8GHz Kryo 465 Silver) 8nm
GPU:Adreno 618Adreno 618
Display:6.4-inch Super AMOLED (2400×1080)6.5-inch Super AMOLED (2400 x 1080), HDR 10, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Storage:128GB UFS 2.1256GB UFS 2.1
Camera:Main Camera(s)
48MP f/1.7 main camera
8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide
2MP f/2.4 macro
2MP f/2.4 depth sensor
PDAF, HDR, Portrait, Panorama, Night mode
Front Camera
32MP f/2.4
HDR
Main Camera(s)
48MP f/1.7 main camera
8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide
2MP f/2.4 macro
2MP f/2.4 depth sensor
PDAF, HDR, Portrait, Panorama, Night mode
Front Camera
32MP f/2.4
HDR
OS:ColorOS 7.2 based on Android 10ColorOS 7.2 based on Android 10
Connectivity:LTE Band 1/3/5/8/38/40/41
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5GHz)
Bluetooth 5.1
USB-C
LTE Band 1/3/5/8/38/40/41
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5GHz)
Bluetooth 5.1
USB-C
SIM:Dual SIMDual SIM
Battery:Li-Po 4015mAh non-removable
VOOC 30W fast charging
Li-Po 4000mAh non-removable
SuperVOOC 2.0 65W fast charging
Dimensions:160.3 x 73.9 x 7.7mm160.2 x 73.2 x 7.7mm
Weight:165g161g
Ingress Protection:N/AN/A

Performance

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With both the OPPO Reno4 and OPPO Reno4 Pro coming with the same Snapdragon 720G chipset, we expect scores to be similar and it certainly shows here in the Antutu benchmark.

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The OPPO Reno4 series outshines other devices on the list. We see that the standard Reno4 edges it when it comes to the single-core performance test on Geekbench 5 but the Reno4 Pro scores a bit higher when it comes to multi-core.

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The OPPO Reno4 Pro falls slightly behind in the graphics test in 3DMark as well, though not by a lot.

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When it comes to PCMark’s Work 2.0 test, the OPPO Reno4 Pro scores higher than the Reno4. It’s not a big difference but still worth taking note of.

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For the battery benchmark on PCMark, we found that the OPPO Reno4 lasted longer than the Pro version. We even tested the Reno4 Pro with 90Hz turned on, just to show you the expected battery life while on a higher refresh rate.

In real-life usage, I found that the test on PCMark really backs up the stats, with the Reno4 lasting slighly longer than the Reno4 Pro. I’d get nearly a day and a half with the Reno4. As for the Reno4 Pro, it’s slightly shorter than the duration that I’ve mentioned earlier. It’s worth noting that I’ve been on 90Hz refresh rate, so that would explain the additional drainage on the battery.

If you’re wondering about how fast they charge, we’ve tested that out for you too. With 30-minutes of charging, the Reno4 managed to gain 61% while the Reno4 Pro charged 69% with its 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charger.

User Experience

Design

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OPPO Reno4 Pro curved display

Both the Reno4 and Reno4 Pro are pretty light on their own and they’re pretty easy to carry around. One of the benefits that the Pro has is its curved screen design which feels extra nice on the hands. Without it, the Reno4 just feels like your average smartphone.

If you care about how your smartphone feels like on your hands, your best bet is the Reno4 Pro. Some might feel discouraged by the plastic back on both phones but the good thing about them is that you’ll face no ‘fingerprint magnet’ issues.

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We then head to the display where the Reno4 Pro has an advantage of sporting a 90Hz refresh rate display. Needless to say, the Reno4 Pro has the upper hand here and it does the job smoothly over apps and the UI.

User Interface

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Speaking about UIs, both the Reno4 and Reno4 Pro use ColorOS 7.2. To be honest, I used to not like the UI back then but OPPO has since upgraded it and it certainly feels better. Customization is available, which is a good thing. The thing that I didn’t like however is that both phones are pre-installed with apps. In other words; bloatware. Some of them (the apps) are acceptable but who needs Facebook Lite when you already have the standard Facebook app?

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Continuing with the UI, the camera UI is the same for both devices. If you’re an OPPO user before, you can expect a similar layout here. I had no issues with it and it’s pretty much straightforward.

Camera

OPPO Reno4 Camera Samples

Click here to checkout the full-sized images for the OPPO Reno4.

OPPO Reno4 Pro Camera Samples

Click here to checkout the full-sized images for the OPPO Reno4 Pro.

The photos produced by both smartphones show similar result and this is not surprising given that the camera configuration is the same for the OPPO Reno4 and OPPO Reno4 Pro.

Despite features like the AI Color Portrait and Night Flare are fun, it has trouble detecting objects from time to time. I encountered no weird issues for the cameras like I did on the previous OPPO Reno3 Pro, which is a good thing.

Overall, the camera performance is decent enough for your social media uploads. They’re not top-of-the-line results but they’re not bad either.

Verdict

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After using both the Reno4 and Reno4 Pro for quite some time, I feel that both are rather capable smartphones. I feel fine with the hardware that the OPPO Reno4 brings but you are missing out on the nicer finish of the Reno4 Pro and the 90Hz refresh rate.

For the price, which is RM1,699 for the OPPO Reno4 and RM2,399 for the Reno4 Pro, I feel that you’re paying a lot for a small upgrade between the two. Of course, I’d say that the Pro version is better in terms of the overall package, but I’ll leave that for you to decide if it’s worth it.

I award the OPPO Reno4 and OPPO Reno4 Pro with our Bronze Pokdeward.

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A huge thanks to OPPO Malaysia for providing both the OPPO Reno4 and OPPO Reno4 Pro that was used in this review!

About The Author
Raja Idris
The name's King, Kingky King. Likes to keep it simple and straightforward. A person who games regardless of what platform. Need value for money performance? Get AMD.

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