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OPPO Reno8 5G review: Ultimate all-rounder smartphone

In OPPO’s latest Reno series, minimalism meets the ultimate all-round smartphone.

Part of a three-model series, the OPPO Reno8 5G hit the Australian market late last year and has since remained a worthy contender among smartphone families with its industry-leading camera sensors and two-day battery life.

Here’s our take on OPPO’s latest mid-range model.

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Where can you buy it?

OPPO Reno8 5G comes in two colors: glitter gold and glitter black.

The phone retails for $699 and is available from JB Hi-Fi and Vodafone.

What’s in the box?

  • Reno8 5G
  • USB Type-C charger
  • Sim ejector tool
  • Safety and Quick Guide

To review the Reno8 5G, I was invited to spend the night at Taronga Zoo’s Wildlife Retreat.

During the day I was free to look at the animals, and at night there was the long-awaited Björn Again concert at dusk.

Camera

Unlike OPPO’s previous Reno Pro generation, the Reno8 5G continues the legacy of the flagship Sony IMX766 50MP sensor in the main camera and the 32MP IMX709 RGBW flagship sensor in the selfie camera, while a significant improvement over its counterpart, the Reno7 5G . .

Taronga Zoo Wildlife Retreat entrance. credit: Malin Hagglund/7NEWS
Bedroom overlooking the kangaroos and wildlife sanctuary. credit: Malin Hagglund/7NEWS

And so you don’t completely clog up your storage space, the phone has a 50MP mode so you can choose when and which moments to hang on the wall.

Our bedroom overlooked an enclosure with kangaroos. credit: Malin Hagglund/7NEWS
The picture was taken in portrait mode. credit: Malin Hagglund/7NEWS
Enjoying a concert at dusk. credit: Malin Hagglund/7NEWS

Another obvious improvement over its previous generation predecessor is the increased sensor size, which allows the camera to capture more light and improve image quality.

Tortoise and tiger at Taronga Zoo. credit: Malin Hagglund/7NEWS

Digital Overlap High Dynamic Range (DOL-HDR) technology is also built into one of the main camera’s sensors, preventing video or image loss of detail in challenging lighting conditions, such as at night.

The Wildlife Retreat at Taronga Zoo. credit: 7NEWS

…or at a concert.

Photos taken by OPPO Reno8 5G at the concert. credit: 7NEWS

… or on a screenshot of the video.

Screenshot video taken with OPPO Reno8 5G. credit: 7NEWS

Another interesting feature is the dual view video mode, which allows you to record using both the main and selfie cameras at the same time – a perfect feature for vloggers.

Battery

The Reno8 also has a more powerful 80W SUPERVOOC than the previous generation, which charges the phone’s battery to 50% in about 10 minutes and 100% in just 28 minutes instead of 31 minutes. Using our proprietary Battery Health Engine technology designed by myself, the phone’s battery can maintain peak performance twice the industry standard.

For people who are interested in gaming, the Reno8 5G promises a five-minute charge for a two-hour set.

Another admirable feature is its upgraded Super-Conductive VC Liquid Cooling system that allows the phone to stay cool even after hours of use.

Sustainability

Last year, OPPO announced a new partnership with Taronga Zoo Conservation Society to reduce the number of smartphones ending up in landfill. With Greenpeace previously criticized for not addressing its environmental responsibility, it’s great to see the company taking active steps to reduce its carbon footprint.

As part of the new programme, unwanted phones can be donated to Taronga Zoo or an OPPO service center to be recycled.

The company’s proactive steps include long battery life and reduction of plastic in packaging.

What do we think?

My personal highlight of using the phone was the battery life. Unlike my friend’s iPhone, which ran out of battery early the next morning, the Reno8 5G lasted until the next evening despite all the recordings and photos I took.

And as impressed as I was with all the different camera features and filters, what I most appreciated was the level of detail and quality of the images I took.

Having been an avid Samsung user all my life, the Reno8 5G was easy to navigate as the operating system is based on Android.

I would say the OPPO Reno8 5G is perfect for people who like to capture moments on the go and store their phones in their back pockets as it only weighs as much as the average pink lady apple and fits easily in your hand.

However, even though it has a sleek design, without a phone cover, it could slip out of your hands.

Overall, I’d definitely say it’s worth a try if you’re in the market for a new smartphone.

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