OPPO Reno5 Review — Reasonable Mid-range Expectation
Featuring a Snapdragon 765G chipset, the OPPO Reno5 boasts a 90Hz refresh rate display coupled with a fast 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charger. Is it the 5G smartphone for you?
+ Eye-catching back design
+ Fast 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charger
+ Enjoyable display with 90Hz refresh rate
+ Smooth user experience
+ Decent overall camera results
- Price tag seems high
- Battery efficiency isn't the best
- Night mode could be better
- No microSD card expansion option
We take a look at OPPO’s latest smartphone offering in this OPPO Reno5 review. Offering a Snapdragon 765G chipset and a 64MP quad camera setup, does it have a lot to offer consumers? Let’s find out.
The packaging is pretty standard for OPPO, where you can expect the following items inside the box:
- TPU case
- Charging brick
- USB-C cable
- SIM ejector
- The OPPO Reno5 itself
The OPPO Reno5 comes with a 6.43-inch OLED display that supports up to 90Hz refresh rate. You can see a bit of bezels on both the top and bottom of the device. As you can see, it sports a single camera here, which is fitted on the top left.
As for the sides, you can expect the standard volume rockers on the left side that’s accompanied by the phone’s SIM tray. On the opposite side, there’s only a power button, which sports a nice green line.
We head to the bottom and here’s where you can find the 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone, USB-C port, and the speaker grille.
Moving to the top, there’s only the secondary microphone to be seen here.
The OPPO Reno5 that’s in our hands is the Galactic Silver variant and it looks stunning. You can find the quad camera setup on the top left, where it sports a 64MP main camera. Of course, they’ve got the OPPO branding too on the back, which you can see towards the bottom right.
OPPO Reno5 Specifications
|CPU:||Snapdragon 765G Octa-core (1 x 2.4GHz Kryo 475 Prime + 1 x 2.2GHz Kryo 475 Gold + 6 x 1.8GHz Kryo 475 Silver) 7nm|
|Display:||6.43-inch (2400 x 1080) AMOLED, 90Hz refresh rate, 20:9 ratio display|
|Storage:||128GB UFS 2.1|
64MP f/1.7 PDAF
8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide
2MP f/2.4 macro
2MP f/2.4 depth
LED, HDR, AI, Night mode, Panorama, Extra HD
HDR, Portrait, gyro-EIS, AI
|OS:||ColorOS 11.1 based on Android 11|
|Connectivity:||5G Band n1/n3/n5/n7/n8/n20/n28/n38/n40/n41/n77/n78
LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/26/28/38/39/40/41/66
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz, 5GHz)
|Battery:||Li-Po 4300mAh (non-removable)
65W SuperVOOC 2.0
|Dimensions:||159.1 x 73.4 x 7.9mm|
Before we start with the tests, some of you might wonder why we decided to put some of the high-end devices around. It’s basically because of the price point that the OPPO Reno5 is at. So to start off, we can see that the Reno5 is definitely an upgrade from the previous Reno4 in Antutu.
Again we can see that the OPPO Reno5 scored higher than the previous OPPO Reno4 both in the multi-core and single-core test, although not by much.
The pattern follows here in 3DMark’s trio of tests. It still falls behind the rest by a distance. The OPPO Reno5 is actually the first time that we’ve tested a Snapdragon 765G-powered device and here, we can clearly see how it fares from the top end and its predecessor.
We see a change however in PCMark Work 2.0, where the Reno5 actually does better than the OPPO Reno4 and the Black Shark 2 Pro.
We head to the battery test in PCMark and we found out that the battery efficiency isn’t that good. The Reno5 lasted a total of 13 hours and 33 minutes for the lower 60Hz refresh rate and 12 hours and 17 minutes for its 90Hz mode.
In terms of real-life usage, I found the battery to perform similar to the test. After a full day of use, the OPPO Reno5 would have around 55%-60% at the end of the day. I would consider that my usage was pretty light where it consists of social media browsing plus your usual messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Telegram, and Messenger.
Similar to what we found with the previous OPPO Reno4 series, the 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charger managed to power up 60% of the device with 30-minutes of charging. It’s worth noting that we started the test from 20% and it hit exactly 80% by the end of the period.
In terms of weight, the OPPO Reno5 is slightly heavier when compared with to the previous OPPO Reno4 series, which is understandable as the latter weighs only around 161g.
The display is comfortable on the eyes, even at darker environments thanks to its OLED display. On that end, I had no complaints whatsoever. The 90Hz refresh rate does its job in making the UI more smoother as I scroll through and I feel that it should be the norm for smartphones today.
Its back is made out of a combination of Reno Glow glass and Picasus nano film on OPPO’s Diamond Spectrum body. This in turn allows the back of the device to shine differently depending on angle and lighting (iridescence), which is a nice touch.
While the OPPO Reno5 doesn’t have dual speakers, I feel that they are loud enough with their Dolby Atmos speaker to enjoy your videos. If that’s not enough for you, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack for you to utilize.
The OPPO Reno5 runs on ColorOS 11 and if you’ve used an OPPO device recently, the looks and feel is the same. Thanks to the 8GB RAM that’s packed inside, I have no issues of slow loading or sluggish experience when using the user interface.
While the camera UI is pretty straightforward and simple to use, it would’ve been nicer if you had the ability to adjust what modes are available in the main screen. In case it isn’t there, you’d have to go to the right most section to find it.
In terms of the cameras, the OPPO Reno5 does a decent job in good lighting where they are definitely acceptable for your social media uploads. Its Night mode seems aggressive in softening, especially the sky where you can see from the two moon pictures above and how different the tone between the two modes are.
Despite the phone being a looker and performing well in most segments. I feel that the price is a bit too high. If you don’t mind spending that much, you’ll be getting a 5G-ready smartphone (whenever that arrives here in Malaysia) as well as a good OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate. Not to forget, a 65W fast charger is definitely something that you want if you’re always on the go.
The OPPO Reno5 is definitely an upgrade from the previous Reno4 Series. If it were me, I’d wait for a sale or a promo so that the price would go slightly lower. For that, I give the OPPO Reno5 our Bronze Pokdeward.
Our thanks to OPPO Malaysia for sending over the OPPO Reno5 that was used in this review.