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OPPO Reno 3 Pro Review

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It’s been out in some market for a while, but it’s only now that the OPPO Philippines announced the local price of the new OPPO Reno 3 Pro.

We got our hands on the OPPO Reno 3 for almost a month already. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the local price announcement for this device has been delayed, which prohibited us from creating a comprehensive look at it.

But now that we have the official price, we can finally have a conclusion. So, without further ado, here’s our full review of the OPPO Reno 3 Pro 4G.

OPPO Reno 3 Pro 4G Specs

  • Android 10, ColorOS 7
  • Dual SIM, Dual standby
  • 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display, 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution, ~411ppi
  • 2.2GHz MediaTek Helio P95 octa-core processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB/256GB internal storage
  • 44-megapixel + 2-megapixel punch-hole dual front camera
  • 64-megapixel (f/1.8) + 13-megapixel (f/2.4, 2x optical) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4) rear cameras
  • Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Audio
  • In-display fingerprint scanner, Face unlock
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
  • GPS, A-GPS, BDS, GLONASS, GALILEO
  • Dimensions: 158.8 x 73.4 x 8.1mm
  • Weight: 175g
  • Colors: Sky White, Aurora Blue, Midnight Black
  • 4,025mAh non-removable battery, 30W VOOC fast charging

Design and Build Quality

The OPPO Reno 3 Pro has a sleek and clean design that’s a departure from its predecessor. The quad-camera setup is now on the far left, which is neatly aligned in a vertical orientation.

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Other than the camera, we only have the OPPO logo on the bottom right. It looks really clean with the Aurora Blue color that we have here. It’s a color gradient of Blue and silver, with hints of purple. The device is also available in Sky White and Midnight Black.

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At 8.1mm, it’s not the thinnest smartphone out there. But its curved corners, slim and tall body, and weight of only 175g, the OPPO Reno 3 Pro is one of the sleekest and most comfortable smartphones to hold in the hand.

The clean back panel was made possible by putting the fingerprint scanner right on the screen. OPPO also managed to keep the bezels at the minimum by using a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen, with a punch-hole for the selfie camera for a cleaner look.

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A tiny speaker grill is on the top for the earpiece. The entire front panel is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

On the left side, we have the SIM tray that can house two nano SIM cards and a dedicated microSDXC card slot. We have the the volume controls below it, and the lock/power switch on the other side.

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The buttons are not the most satisfying thing to press, but they are tactile enough and provides an audible click when pressed. You can also notice the OPPO green strip on the power button — a signature for OPPO devices.

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On the top, we only have the noise-cancelling microphone, while on the bottom we have the loudspeakers, the primary microphone, a USB Type-C port, and thankfully, a headphone jack.

Display and Sound Quality

Unlike the Reno 3 Pro 5G, the OPPO Reno 3 Pro 4G model lacks a smooth 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10 support. However, it has a similar 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display, with a 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution, ~411ppi, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

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For the normal eye, the screen looks sharp and vibrant. Already great for reading articles and watching Netflix shows or YouTube videos.

But if you’re paying this much for a phone, you ought to know that it’s not the most color-accurate screen around. On the upside, the display can reach up to 800-nits of max brightness, which is great for using the device at sunny outdoors.

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There’s a single bottom-firing loudspeaker on the OPPO Reno 3 Pro. It has decent volume, although the bass is a bit lacking. Thankfully, there’s a headphone jack so you can easily plug in a pair of earphones for a better listening experience.

Hardware and Performance

The OPPO Reno 3 Pro is powered by a 2.2GHz MediaTek Helio P95 octa-core processor, with a PowerVR GM9446 GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of expandable storage.

Its benchmark scores are not as impressive as some of the competition. The OPPO Reno 3 Pro got a score of only 226,833 in AnTuTu, while some of the devices at this price range managed to get 300,000 and up.

OPPO Reno 3 Pro benchmark scores

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On the upside, the Reno 3 Pro performed well in our real-world tests. Thanks to the generous 8GB of RAM, multitasking is a breeze. Social media browsing, taking pictures, making calls, etc can be done seamlessly on this device.

The gaming performance on the OPPO Reno 3 Pro is also great. Popular titles like Mobile Legends and Call of Duty mobile, as well as demanding games like Asphalt 9 ran at smooth frame rates with the graphics settings set to Medium to High.

Software and User Interface

Much like the flagship Find X2 Pro and other latest OPPO devices, the OPPO Reno 3 Pro runs on the new Android 10-based ColorOS 7.

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It looks similar to the previous version, but this year’s iteration offers a more streamlined look and has tons of optimization. Overall, it complements the sleek hardware that this device has.

The OPPO Reno 3 Pro has a system-wide dark mode that also works in select third-party apps. It uses Google Keyboard that’s easy and familiar to use. The control center and the notifications tab feel cleaner and more organized.

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If you’re sharing a phone or someone wants to borrow it, the ColorOS 7 has a multi-user mode so you can protect your files and system preference to other people holding the device.

The camera app on the OPPO Reno 3 Pro is still intuitive to use. And for those who are curious, there are still bloatwares and pre-installed apps present, but they can be easily removed.

Camera Quality

There’s a quad camera setup on the back of the OPPO Reno 3 Pro. The primary one has a 64-megapixel sensor, with a bright aperture of f/1.8. It outputs 16-megapixel images thanks to pixel-binning. But on the downside, it lacks optical image stabilization.

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It’s no surprise that this camera takes great images in daylight. The colors look vibrant and close to reality, contrast is fine, dynamic range is surprisingly good, and the sharpness is great. I also noticed the impressive depth-of-field as the background is really blurred, but we suspect some software intervention was involved as the edges of the foreground tends to be blurry, too.

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The images that were taken indoors and at night are passable, although noises and grains are more visible. The Night Mode feature needs more work, too. This is one of the disadvantages of not having optical image stabilization.

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64-megapixel | Low-light
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We also have the 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera with a 120-degree field-of-view on the OPPO Reno 3 Pro. Much like the first camera, it takes images with nice colors and contrast. But obviously, it’s not as sharp as the 64-megapixel camera.

Just like most ultra-wide lenses, you can notice some stretching on the corners. However, the software did a great job of minimizing it, resulting in a cleaner image.

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Next stop, we have the 8-megapixel telephoto lens. The OPPO Reno 3 Pro can do 2x of optical zoom, 5x hybrid, and if you don’t mind getting a pixelated image, 20x of digital zoom.

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2x Optical Zoom
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5x Hybrid Zoom
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20x Digital Zoom

Much like the first two, OPPO’s camera software dresses the images with vibrant but realistic colors, albeit sharper than the 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens.

The 2x optical zoom is great for portraits or if you want to eliminate any distractions in the front of the subject. The 5x hybrid zoom looks fairly clean if you really want to get close. Meanwhile, the 20x zoom just outputs a pixelated image.

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We also have the 2-megapixel mono sensor. As the name suggests, it should be used for black and white images. However, we don’t see that option in the camera app. So, we suspect that the OPPO Reno 3 Pro is using it for depth sensing or a special color sensor to achieve those realistically vibrant images that we’ve mentioned.

Lastly, we have the dual selfie cameras on the front. The OPPO Reno 3 Pro, as well as the vanilla Reno 3, are one of the firsts smartphones to come with a 44-megapixel front camera.

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It’s no surprise that it takes sharp and detailed selfies. It also offers natural skin tones, with the aforementioned vibrant colors and great contrast that the software offers. Moreover, thanks to the pixel-packed sensor, selfies will look bright on this camera, even at night.

Security

Thanks to its AMOLED display, the OPPO Reno 3 Pro gets to have an in-display fingerprint scanner. And based on our testing, it worked really fast and accurate. It’s reliable, unlike what other smartphones have.

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You can also enable the face unlock feature simultaneously. Once it’s on, you’d barely have to use the fingerprint scanner as it can instantly recognize your face and unlock the device before you can reach the sensor.

ColorOS 7 also has privacy features like payment protection, file protection, emergency SOS, block and filter unknown numbers, app lock, kid space, and private safe.

Connectivity

As stated earlier, the OPPO Reno 3 Pro we’re getting here in the Philippines is the Helio P95 model. This means that it lacks 5G connectivity and will solely rely on 4G. But despite that, it was able to provide a fast and reliable mobile network connection. Call quality is also decent.

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The OPPO Reno 3 Pro has dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0. Both of which posted no problems in our testing, especially when connecting to our home WiFi and wireless speakers and earphones.

A USB Type-C port is on the bottom for charging and data, with OTG support.

Battery

There’s a 4,025mAh battery inside the OPPO Reno 3 Pro — a standard capacity for smartphones these days. Under Performance Mode, the device was able to get a score of 7 hours and 13 minutes of screen-on time in PCMark. That’s a loop of synthetic workloads with the WiFi and Bluetooth off and the screen brightness and volume set to 50%.

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In the real-world, the OPPO Reno 3 Pro can easily last you for an entire day of light to moderate use. You can even stretch it to the next day if you’re a more casual user.

Probably one of the biggest features of the Reno 3 Pro is its VOOC Flash Charge 4.0, which outputs 30W of power. It can provide a 0% to 100% charge in less than 1 hour and 15 minutes, and around 60% charge in only half an hour.

Verdict

The OPPO Reno 3 Pro is a great device for what it is. The curved edges and shiny back panel makes it look and feel good in the hands,. That’s having a large screen, which is great for productivity and also offers great colors for media consumption, and a bright panel for outdoor usability.

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OPPO also nailed the cameras on this thing. The addition of the telephoto and ultra-wide lens gives you flexibility whatever you want to shoot. Plus, thanks to its intelligent software, it outputs images with good colors and contrast, whatever camera you use.

You can enjoy all those features for long thanks to the Reno 3 Pro’s good battery life. It’s accompanied with a 30W fast charger, so you can easily top it off in no time.

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However, all the good things about the OPPO Reno 3 Pro that we’ve mentioned were dragged down by its underwhelming processor.

The MediaTek Helio P95 chipset did provide reliable performance in both basic tasks and gaming — but there are other similarly-priced smartphones that comes with more powerful processors — some even boast flagship chipsets.

Pricing and Availability of the OPPO Reno 3 Pro in the Philippines

The OPPO Reno 3 Pro has an official price of Php28,990. It will be in tons of OPPO stores nationwide (after the quarantine). And since we’re in the midst of a pandemic, the deivce is also available in tons of online stores such as Lazada and Shopee.

You can also get it at Smart Postpaid plans, along the vanilla OPPO Reno 3.

Pros

  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Bright, vibrant display
  • Capable cameras
  • Long battery life
  • Fast charging

Cons

  • Underwhelming processor choice
  • Competition offers better value for the price

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