OPPO, earlier today, launched its new mid-range camera-centric smartphone – the OPPO Reno 4 Pro in India. The latest model from the company’s Reno series, the launch of the Reno 4 Pro, comes just four months after OPPO brought the Reno 3 Pro to the Indian market. As the case was with the OPPO Reno 3 Pro, this phone is also targeted at the premium mid-range segment. It is directed at an audience that doesn’t mind spending a little extra and get a smartphone with premium looks, great cameras, polished software, and powerful hardware.
I have been using the OPPO Reno 4 Pro for the past few days, and here are my initial thoughts on this new mid-ranger from OPPO.
What’s in the box?
The OPPO Reno 4’s retail box contains the following items.
- Plastic case
- USB-C Charging cable
- 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charger
- 3.5mm Earphones
- SIM ejector tool
OPPO Reno 4 Pro: Design, Looks
The unit of the Reno 4 Pro I received came in Silky White color — and I have to admit that I immediately fell in love with the color. That being said, my better half didn’t find the white-colored rear panel too appealing. What we both agreed upon, though, was the fact that the polycarbonate rear panel looked good. In a world full of glass-clad rear panels, the polycarbonate, matte rear panel on the Reno 4 Pro Not only makes the phone look premium, but also provides you with an excellent grip when you are using it without a case. That brings me to the plastic case which OPPO provides in the retail box. This is a standard plastic case that will give basic scratch and drop protection for the phone. Do not expect anything more from it, though.
Even with the 6.5-inch AMOLED display (which I come to later), the OPPO Reno 4 Pro feels extremely compact. The in-hand feel is superb, and the weight is ‘just right.’ As a result, the handset doesn’t feel too heavy or too light in your palms. The 6.5-inch sAMOLED curved display dominates the front fascia of the OPPO Reno 4 Pro. The curve on the sides does endow the phone with a premium look. There is a punch hole at the top left corner of the phone for the 32MP front-facing camera. To sum it up, I quite liked the look and feel of the OPPO Reno 4 Pro, and that is pretty much the same thing from my friends in tech journalism who have used the phone for some time have told me.
Display, Hardware, Performance
The large 6.5-inch display of the OPPO Reno 4 Pro is an E3 AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. The panel supports 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate. I have been pretty impressed with the display so far. It offers basic calibration options that include the option to switch from the default ‘Vivid’ mode to ‘Gentle’ mode and a slider to select between warm and cool color temperature settings. As expected of an AMOLED panel, viewing angles are excellent. The in-display fingerprint sensor is easy to use but does suffer from the problem of failed authentication errors. I felt the accuracy could have been better.
Powering the OPPO Reno 4 Pro is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, which is a powerful budget SoC that is used on the likes of the POCO X2 and the Realme 6 Pro. However, both these handsets are priced under the Rs 20K mark in India – unlike the Reno 4 Pro that costs more than Rs 30K. It would have made sense for OPPO to use the SD765G SoC, which the company uses on the Chinese variant of the Reno4 Pro. While the SD720G performs extremely well in normal day to day tasks, you do feel the difference when you play a graphics-intensive game on the phone. What I did like, though, was the fact that the phone did not heat up at all even after long sessions of gameplay.
Camera and Photography
Honestly, I haven’t extensively used the camera on the Reno 4 Pro to test out things. But initial impressions look promising. The phone gets a quad-camera array at the rear with the primary camera getting the 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor. The phone also gets an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and two 2MP sensors for monochrome shots and macro photography. I did not extensively test the camera but did manage to capture excellent daytime images. Check out the image gallery below for some shots. The front-facing camera uses a 32MP IMX616 sensor; it captures good quality selfies. I am yet to check out the front cameras as well as the low light performance of the phone.
Battery Life, Software Experience
The OPPO Reno 4 Pro runs the latest version of Color OS (V7.2), and I ‘ve got to admit that it is a far cry from the ColorOS versions from the yesteryears. It looks mature, well polished, and bug-free. There are several ColorOS-specific features as well that need a separate article of their own. The overall experience has been excellent, to say the least.
The OPPO Reno 4 Pro features a large 4,000mAh battery that is on par with handsets in this price range. While I am yet to comprehensively test the battery life on the OPPO Reno 4 Pro, I have been able to consistently get well over 5 hours of screen on time with the phone. Note that this is with the dark mode enabled and having the brightness settings set to slightly less than 50 percent. In this mode, you can easily manage a day with the OPPO Reno 4 Pro without worrying too much. What was of particular interest to me was the new 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charging technology that the Reno 4 Pro supports. I was consistently able to charge the device from 0 to 100 percent in just over 36 – 41 minutes using the supplied charging brick.
I quite liked the OPPO Reno 4 Pro and could see myself using the phone as my daily driver for a long time. The compact dimensions and the overall sleek looks of the phone make it even more appealing. Additionally, there was nothing major to complain about the performance of the device when it comes to doing routine tasks. However, there is no getting around the reality that the SD720G processor is available on handsets priced well below the Rs 20K mark. The Reno 4 Pro, in comparison, will set you back by Rs 34,990. What you do lose out on with these lower-priced devices, however, is the overall premium feel that the Reno 4 Pro offers. Is it worth spending a sizable premium for a sleeker, more polished smartphone? This is something that the consumer needs to make sure before he decides to spend his money on the OPPO Reno 4 Pro.
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