The OPPO Reno 3 Pro has finally reached the Philippines. It’s another alternative for those who want a premium smartphone, but don’t want to pay the full price of a real high-end device.
We just got out hands on this device. While we’re doing our thorough testing for oue full review, we want to share our OPPO Reno 3 Pro first impressions — to give you a sneak peek on what this phone has in store for us.
But before we proceed, let’s clear something. The OPPO Reno 3 Pro that will be sold globally, and the one we’re getting here in the Philippines, is the 4G model.
It lacks the 5G connectivity that the Chinese version has, as it switches to a MediaTek Helio P95 processor from the previous Snapdragon 765G chipset.
On the upside, it comes with a 44-megapixel selfie camera (from 32-megapixels) — making it the first handset to ever have it.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s start. First, we really like how sleek OPPO Reno 3 Pro is. It’s not the slimmest at 8.1mm, but the curved edges and 175g weight makes it very comfortable to hold.
The design looks clean but unimaginative. The quad-camera array on the top left looks identical to a lot of smartphones today. The back panel has a unique paint job, although the overall color gradient look is starting to feel old.
Although, the simplicity can be striking for some people. The Aurora Blue color that we have looks really elegant. But if it’s not your cup of tea, you can check the Sky White and a more subtle Midnight Black option.
As stated earlier, the OPPO Reno 3 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Helio P95 processor. It’s actually the first device to ever come with it. The unit that we have here comes with an 8GB of RAM and 256GB of expandable storage plus a dedicated microSD slot.
For those who are still doubting MediaTek processors, you need to check out the Helio P95. It handled everything with finesse. Taking pictures is fast, multitasking is smooth — pretty much all the tasks you do on a daily basis is seamless on this thing.
Popular games like Mobile Legends and graphics-intensive titles like Call of Duty Mobile and Asphalt 9 ran smoothly.
It also got high scores in benchmark apps, which you can check below. We’ll go on further detail about its performance in our full review.
OPPO Reno 3 Pro benchmark scores
The OPPO Reno 3 Pro has a large 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED screen. It has a 91.5% screen-to-body ratio that was made possible by the ultra-thin bezels.
We also have a punch-hole on the top left that houses two selfie cameras. I really like how there’s an accent light that surrounds it every time you take a selfie or use the face unlock feature, so you know where to look.
It has the OPPO Screen Image Engine (OSIE), which analyzes photos and videos in third-party apps like Instagram and TikTok and make them look better. No more blurry My Day posts.
More than the visuals, OPPO also covered the audio department on the OPPO Reno 3 Pro. It comes with Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res audio on supported audio devices.
The holes on the screen houses a 44-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
On first use, the AI Face Beauty was enabled, which made the overall image look smooth and soft. The good news is it’s relatively sharper than other AI-enabled selfie cameras that we’ve tested.
Turn off the beauty mode and you’re getting a sharper selfie. It also worked well in low-light scenarios.
We want to spend some time with the rear cameras to really test out its capabilities. But based on our initial moments with it, the OPPO Reno 3 Pro looks like a very capable camera phone.
The Reno 3 Pro boasts a 64-megapixel main camera, 13-megapixel telephoto, 8-megapixel ultra-wide, and 2-megapixel mono sensor. The initial photos we took from its wide and ultra-wide camera look clean with decent colors and noticeable dynamic range.
We’ll test it in different shooting scenarios for our full review, so stay tuned for that.
Further testing is also required to gauge the 4,025mAh battery on the OPPO Reno 3 Pro. But what we know for sure is that the bulky 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 adapter can go from 0% to 100% in around an hour.
The OPPO Reno 3 Pro is also one of the firsts to run on the latest Android 10-based ColorOS 7. At first look, it feels similar to the previous version, so we might have to dissect it even further to see the improvements.
Well, that’s it for now. We will be publishing our full review of the OPPO Reno 3 Pro once the official price in the Philippines is announced. It was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so that means it’s at least a month away.