After 5 months later since the Oppo Reno 7 series made its debut, the Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G makes its way into the Malaysian market. We sure do have some things to say in this review.

I am in Love with the Design

Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G

Right out of the box, I genuinely loved the Oppo Reno 8 Pro’s design which looks rather different and doesn’t have that generic design which is very unoriginal. But Oppo Reno 8 Pro is beautiful. The flat display on the front, a much flatter rails that does give it an iPhone-esque feel with a glass back that went through the similar process as the Oppo Find X5 Pro. Basically, the glass what morphed into the rather odd design we see on the back with high heat.

We got to play with the black mirror finish that sure does look like one doesn’t have to use the selfie shooter. You can just rely on the glass finish on the back to get a group photo. I love the distinctive design a lot. This is the originality we have missed out from the mid-tier for a while, and I am glad Oppo did it right.

The Display Stands out

The display you see here isn’t anything special per se, as it’s a 6.7” FHD+ 120Hz refresh rate display that hits a good peak brightness at 950 nits. But what I do love about is the implementation of the display into the phone. Gone are those ugly bezels and now the display slips properly from edge-to-edge with borders that aren’t that obtrusive, and the speaker grill is well within the frame as well. Sure, the camera cut out is still on the display, but it’s something we must live with.

Otherwise, it has some nice colours, good viewing experience and people would generally enjoy it for anything entertainment or just using the display in general. It’s covered with a Gorilla Glass 5 instead of Victus. It does come with a screen protector pre applied which is fairly neat.

Performance and the Specification isn’t too Shabby

Here begins the confusion. The Reno 8 Pro you see here isn’t the Reno 8 Pro in China. In fact, it does not run the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, but gets the MediaTek counterpart, the Dimensity 8100-MAX. Paired with that is a 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. Very nimble. Performance wise, it isn’t too shabby and gets the basic right, perhaps a little more than that. Throw some games on it, you can play but don’t expect intensive games to run at max settings for long hours – we are talking about Genshin Impact. Otherwise, check out the benchmark score below.

Single Core Geekbench 5
Single Core Geekbench 5
Multi Core Geekbench 5
Multi Core Geekbench 5
Wild Fire 3DMARK
Wild Fire 3DMARK
PCMARK
PCMARK

The Camera, Now with Marisilicon NPU is okay but needs Work

The biggest highlight of this phone is the camera. So much so, during our recent trip to Gopeng where Oppo Malaysia took us for a quick session and let us put the camera to test in the real-world conditions, we learned a lot more about it. The Oppo Find X5 Pro is officially the first phone to feature Oppo’s MariSilicon NPU and our experience was interesting on that phone – which you can click here to read.

Now, Oppo decided to bring the MariSilicon ISP over to the Reno 8 Pro which is ambitious, and it gets paired with the MediaTek Processor. That said, camera wise it does have some good specification:

  • 50MP Sony IMX 766 Sensor, 13MP Ultrawide and 5MP Depth Sensor

We aren’t going to dive into the daytime experience because for the most part, any camera can take alright images during the day, which the Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G definitely does. It’s the low light or the night photos we are more interested in due to the MariSilicon.

I purposely did a long exposure with the camera to see how consistent the light is and to my surprise the camera produced consistently inconsistent results where out of 7-8 pictures, only one or barely one is usable.

The exposure and white balance tend to run over. But if you do investigate that one and only one picture that does come out well, it looks beautiful. The next day we had a trip to the cave where then we proceeded to put the camera for more tests and again, the performance consistency is out the equation. In one image, we noticed a flare on the lights with over sharpening, second image had a bit of colour contrast issue and finally we got a good picture with no issues.

Thing is, it doesn’t seem like it’s a sensor problem but more towards the Marisilicon ISP working alongside with the MediaTek Processor synergistically to give good output. The Find X5 Pro which we did have at hand for a few minutes, did a better job with the MariSilicon ISP as its paired with Qualcomm’s processor – which was properly engineered to go hand in hand. But that’s not the case with MediaTek. To be frank, it’s up to Oppo to fix it over updates but let’s hope they do it. There’s a good potential but the ball is in their park.

Check out all the other sample shots taken below.

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Other than that,

SuperVOOC

Powering the phone are two 2250mAh battery, totalling at 4500mAh, respectively. Just like Oppo fashioned way, the phone supports SuperVOOC at 80W, so expect a good 0-100 in just a span of an hour or less. During our trip, we collected our phone, and it had zero percent, so after about 40 minutes or so, we had 100% and started our testing.

Two Android Updates and One More Year of Security Updates

I emphasize on this because in today’s world, we are living in a software first world where it helps with our experience. That said, the Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G comes with 2 major android updates and one more year of security updates. Which this isn’t a great update cycle, it isn’t bad either. At least there are android updates coming to this phone unlike a certain specific brand that touts an orange logo which updates the UI but not the OS.

Conclusion

At a whopping RM 3349, this has got to be the most expensive Oppo Reno that has been launched so far. The price increase for newer hardware shows but the experience doesn’t quite tally for the price point. Majority of the consumers at this price point are looking for flagship phones. While the Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G sure does have flagship hardware, it doesn’t translate to a flagship phone. I would recommend it if the experience was worthy, but I’d say wait for Oppo to fix it and when there’s a price drop, get it.

Also, to release a new Reno when the Reno 7 is just 5 months old in the Malaysian market at the time of writing this, the Reno 8 feels like it’s too soon. I do like the phone but I wish Oppo took more time to perfect it and make a great Reno.