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Review – OPPO Reno5 5G: The premium mid-ranger

This is the OPPO Reno5 5G – and yes, that’s the official name of this phone but I’m just going to call it OPPO Reno5. And I think, we’re just gonna start and talk about this phone is a total of 6 different points, just like how we review other phones.

The OPPO Reno5. It was released a few weeks in Malaysia, actually.

Starting off, the design of this phone. It’s very thin, and I absolutely love holding this phone. It’s not that wide and the curvature of the back into the frame feels great. So my big hands can hold it comfortably.

OPPO Reno5 5G

But, the back – it’s totally glossy and attracts too many fingerprints, and also, the glass doesn’t really feel like glass.

OPPO Reno5 5G

And then, the camera cutout. It’s a pretty standard camera cutout design these days and it has a total of 4 cameras but only 3 of them are usable. I’m not going to go deep into the camera specs – but I also can’t talk about the cameras much since we can’t go out to take pics and videos with the whole virus situation going on.

OPPO Reno5 5G

Anyway, the main camera can take some fantastic pictures – even during a cloudy day. I absolutely love the colors and the clarity is quite good too. However, for certain shots, the dynamic range certainly needs some work since this shot, the bright sky looks good – but everything else is too dark.

The ultrawide angle camera is very noisy but the colors still look good. So, I think the ultrawide angle camera is… still decent.

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Macro shots are meh.

  1. The software doesn’t help the user to take a macro shot by having critical focus banding or anything similar.
  2. It’s noisy and not really clear.
  3. And its quite dark, honestly.

What about the performance?

It’s equipped with the Snapdragon 765G with 8GB RAM and also 128GB of storage. It’s not anything out of the ordinary, and you can see the benchmark scores here if you want to.

OPPO Reno5 5G

And since benchmarks don’t tell us the full story of how the chipset performs, we did a full video where we just play games using the Reno5. Check it out here.

Everything is shown on this 6.43-inch OLED screen with 90Hz refresh rate and 1080p resolution. Pretty decent display overall, but its 90Hz refresh rate is only usable for scrolling Facebook or something. Games do not run at 90Hz.

Also, the under display fingerprint scanner is placed waaaaaay at the bottom of the display. It just feels very weird ergonomically.

OPPO Reno5 5G

Powering all of this hardware is a relatively okay-sized 4,300mAh battery and it can last around 14 hours in 60Hz which is pretty standard.

OPPO Reno5 5G

As for the charger though, OPPO included a 65W charger inside the box – but it’s using SuperVOOC 2.0 protocol. That means we can’t use this charger to charge a laptop since it’s not using USB PD standard.

But still, it charges the Reno5 quite okay as it goes from 15% to 100% in about 40 minutes. Remember, this is a tinier battery of 4,300mAh.

OPPO Reno5 5G


And finally – the software.

It’s running ColorOS 11.1 now but I think over so many different versions that I’ve used, there are not that many changes honestly. I mean, the software is okay and it still works well, but there’s also nothing that accentuates my user experience of the OPPO Reno5.

OPPO Reno5 5G

Should you buy the OPPO Reno5 5G?

So, all in all, the price – at RM1,899 officially. And I’ll say this – it’s expensive. For what it has to offer, it’s just expensive. I mean, let’s talk about the alternatives – you can get the POCO F2 Pro or the Mi 10T Pro at around this price. Or maybe, fork out a bit more cash and get the Galaxy S20 FE 4G.

The OPPO Reno5 5G is still a good phone nonetheless, but not for the price.

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