It is not difficult to find smartphones in the price range that have better configuration than the Reno5, but in nearly every other aspect, it is a completely different story.
Before the year 2020 full of fluctuations because of the end of Covid-19, Oppo still has time to release its “last hit” as the mid-range smartphone Reno5. That is a respectable achievement, as it is already the 5th generation of the Reno smartphone line in less than two years. Saying it because of market fierce is also true, but this shows us how the smartphone market is constantly pushing new limits. Seeing with the eyes of the consumer, it is a good thing and should be encouraged.
Officially launched in Vietnam on December 30, Oppo Reno5 (4G) is expected to be only the first name of the Reno5 series to dock in markets outside of China, while the 5G versions are intended for the beginning of the year. 2021. The price of 8.69 million VND for the 8GB RAM and 128GB version of Oppo Reno5 is not too different from the previous generations, equal to Reno3 and only 200,000 VND more than Reno4 at the time of launch.
New, youthful back design is the highlight
While manufacturers are still stuck in finding the best solution for full-screen displays, the back is a place for them to unleash their creativity with the customization that their devices become unique. , attractive. On Reno5, Oppo brings a new design with Reno Glow coating like thousands of tiny glowing crystals creating an eye-catching gradation effect when changing the viewing angle. Unfortunately, unlike the 5G version, the Reno5 4G only has a back structure and a plastic frame instead of tempered glass.
A bit thicker and heavier than the Reno4 due to its larger battery, the Reno5’s “three-round measurements” are 159.1 x 73.3 x 7.7mm, weighing 171g, still very thin and light compared to other smartphones on the market. Combined with the lightly textured Reno Glow coating to minimize sweat and fingerprints, the two sides are 2.5D curved, Reno5 is one of the smartphones for the best grip at the moment. that the writer has the opportunity to experience.
The Reno4 rear camera cluster design has not changed much, except that they are lightly coated with luminescent layers, which will emit light blue light when in dark spaces. In terms of hardware, except for the main lens upgraded to a 64MP sensor, the rest of the Reno5 cameras – 8MP wide angle, 2MP macro and 2MP font removal – all have the same parameters and layout as Reno4.
There’s not too much to say about the front of the Reno5, as the hole-punch display design has become so popular that manufacturers have yet to find a better way. However, there is a notable detail that the Reno4 pill-shaped selfie camera cluster has been replaced by a single 44MP camera – perhaps the Reno4’s wide-angle selfie feature is not used much. as Oppo expected? Anyway, the one-hole punching design is still less distracting, the screen area used isn’t cut off to make room for a feature you don’t use.
The screen edges of the Reno5 are well completed, there is no plastic edge surrounding the screen protruding, causing hands when clawing like machines in the lower price segment. In general, the front design in this segment has reached its limit, we will have to wait until the firms find the next breakthrough.
Thanks to the use of an AMOLED panel, the Reno5 is integrated with an in-screen fingerprint sensor, a solution once only available in the flagship segment now popular in the mid-range segment. The speed and accuracy of the fingerprint sensor on the Reno5 are good, and you can customize the unlocking effect in the device’s settings.
The position of the connection port, physical buttons have been optimized by Oppo from previous generations, so it is not surprising that Reno5 still inherits the characteristics from its seniors. Although thin and light, the Reno5 still has a 3.5mm jack, dual SIM tray and separate memory card.
Bringing a 90Hz monitor to more fans
After Oppo Reno4 Pro, Reno5 is the next smartphone in the Reno series equipped with a 90Hz screen. High scanning frequency (and touch sampling rate) is a new trend pursued by manufacturers by providing a smoother scrolling experience compared to 60Hz, and Oppo brought this feature to More Reno line fans is a welcome thing.
In terms of hardware, the Reno5 Pro is equipped with a 6.43-inch flat screen with a 90Hz AMOLED panel, 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution, protected by Gorilla Glass 3. With a maximum brightness of 600 nit, outdoor display for Reno5 is a relatively simple job. Reno5’s default Vivid color mode reproduces colors true to the characteristics of an AMOLED panel: vibrant colors, high saturation, wide dynamic range. The viewing experience is very similar to the Reno4 Pro, except that the Reno5 is equipped with a flat screen.
Integrated Dolby Atmos, but because it is only a single speaker, the quality of the Reno5’s speaker is not too outstanding. The volume is quite loud, not at maximum level, but that’s it.
No configuration upgrades, but the software has many new features
While the design has many novelties, the configuration of the Reno5 is still “standing still” when equipped with Snapdragon 720G, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. Snapdragon 720G is probably not a bad chip with everyday basic needs like surfing the web, Facebook or Youtube, but in the same price range, it is not difficult to find other smartphones with better configuration and equipment. Snapdragon 730G, 750G or even 765G.
Lien Quan Mobile, Reno5 achieved an average fps of 59.2 at the highest possible graphics settings
With support for high-refresh rates, Dead Trigger 2 can be played at up to 90 fps. Reno5 achieved an average fps of 85.2, only reducing the frame in the fire scene, many monsters
PUBG set the ‘balanced’ graphics, the Reno5 hit an average of 38.7 fps over up to 40
With a similar configuration, it is not surprising that Reno5 scores similar to Reno4 in benchmarks and gaming tests. AnTuTu Benchmark nearly 290 thousand points helps Reno5 play games like Lien Quan Mobile or Dead Trigger 2 at the highest graphics settings, while with PUBG, the “balanced” mode will give you an average of nearly 40 fps. The Reno5’s 8GB of RAM is, by and large, still too much for the multitasking needs of nearly every user.
Software is another story on Reno5, when this is one of the first Oppo devices with pre-installed Android 11 operating system, ColorOS 11.1 interface right out of the box. Some outstanding new features include the ability to customize the Always-on screen, FlexDrop to increase multitasking capabilities with small application windows, Oppo Relax helps you relax with a variety of white sounds. (white noise), … Bloatware has also been significantly reduced, including Lazada, iQIYI and video creation application Soloop, if there is no need, you can completely remove them.
Batteries “buffalo” more and charge faster
Accepting a slightly thicker and heavier machine, in return, Reno5 has been upgraded to 4,310 Mah battery capacity compared to 4,015 mAh of Reno4. Moreover, the maximum charging speed of Reno5 is also raised to 50W, making this smartphone one of the fastest charging names sold genuinely in Vietnam at the moment (the leading position is being Reno4 Pro. , Find X2 and Realme 7 Pro share).
With the 65W charger that comes with the machine, according to the actual measurement of the writer, it takes 55 minutes to fully charge from 10% of the battery. This figure, although not as high as Oppo announced that fully charged battery in 48 minutes is still very fast. And with the device possessing impressive battery life in VnReview tests, continuous gaming time 7 hours 9 minutes, continuous web surfing 11 hours 36 minutes and continuous movie watching 20 hours 4 minutes, yes It can be said that Oppo has done a good job in balancing the device design, battery capacity and optimizing the application to bring long-term usage time.
Camera: many interesting software features for creative youth
The ability to take pictures has always been one of the strengths of Oppo smartphones, and the Reno5 is no exception. Besides the upgrades in hardware and sensors, the highlight of Reno5 is that Oppo also equips a series of interesting software features for users, especially young people, to be creative. In which, the most notable is that Reno5 is the first smartphone capable of recording double exposure videos.
Short demo on double exposure video on Reno5
A snapshot of the font retaining subject color was also posted to Reno5, but the face recognition algorithm seems to have improved.
If you’re used to photography, double exposure isn’t a strange term, but Reno5 simplifies the process, just choosing a “dark deep” background and the subject “acting” against it. Along with the Reno4 generation of AI subject color capture photography, dual exposure video depends significantly on whether the camera detects the subject’s face, and Oppo seems to have fixed it, or at least. is to minimize the failure to identify or misidentify the previous generation.
As usual, the Reno5’s 64MP main camera will take care of most of the everyday photography scene. In well-lit conditions, photos taken from the main camera create depth by reproducing vivid colors, flattering eyes, and wide dynamic range. It has a 108MP “super sharp” shooting mode, probably by upscale, but you won’t notice the difference, like the high resolution camera smartphones on the market.
Auto mode shots (top) and Night Mode shots (bottom)
With an aperture of F / 1.7, the Reno5 produces good low-light photos even in automatic mode, without too much noise. With Night Mode, the image is brighter, more details are visible, but in return there is a marked blotchy spot in the light sources, possibly a software bug.
Portrait photos erase fonts in most cases for good quality, the background is smooth, although some edges between the subject and the background still need improvement. However, because the camera is not cropped in when shooting to delete the font, when shooting, you will have to hold the camera close to the subject to have the desired portrait angle.
The Reno5’s wide-angle camera tends to push more vibrant colors than the main camera, which is also quite reasonable because we will mainly use this lens to capture landscapes.
Unfortunately, the Reno5’s 2MP macro camera is still just “for fun”, practicality is not high due to the low resolution and no autofocus feature, making it difficult to capture the focus. The color and detail of the photo are not impressive either.
Normal selfie (top) and delete fonts (bottom)
The selfie camera is probably Oppo’s biggest pride, and the Reno5 is no exception. Whether taking normal or removing fonts, Reno5 gives a beautiful image water, the subject skin is white and pink, the writer feels that the beauty feature is sometimes a bit too much, but the photo models of VnReview like it, so it is additional depending on the preferences of each person.
Overall, the Reno5 is still a significant upgrade, even though it was released just five months after its predecessor, Reno4, when Oppo has found a way to improve almost every aspect from the design, the display to the battery and features. supplementary, creative camera. More worth mentioning is, the improvements are delivered at a price that’s almost unchanged from previous Reno generations. If you do not care too much about performance for gaming needs, Reno5 is a mid-range smartphone worth buying.