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Review of Oppo Reno 4 Pro 5G

 It seems that OPPO launches new versions of its "Reno" series of phones in the middle class very quickly, at the rate of a new series every five to six months approximately! The first Renault phone series appeared in April 2019, then later in August the Reno 2 series appeared. Then came the launch of the Renault 3 series in March 2020, and about five months later, OPPO announced the launch of the latest releases in the Renault series worldwide, the Renault 4 series of phones. While the use of chips differs within each version of the series, all the phones came with multiple rear cameras with many image enhancement features, which strengthens the Renault series phones as phones that focus more on imaging performance, along with daily use performance as well, in addition to the design and shape. The distinctive that OPPO tries to preserve in its various phones.



Review of Oppo Reno 4 Pro 5G



The availability of internal phone components, such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 700 series chipset and Sony's IMX586 imaging sensor, has become a double-edged sword for smartphone manufacturers. On the one hand, these components provide the advanced functions and features that you find from flagship phones to phones in the middle class. But on the other hand, the sudden explosion of these phones in the middle class made it difficult to distinguish between them or know which one outperforms the other. It often takes some innovative efforts in design or in the marketing process for the company to distinguish its phones from the rest of the phones in the market.


So let's take a more in-depth look to find out in our review of the Oppo Reno 4 Pro 5G phone that comes at the top of the new Reno 4 series, which we can also call a mid-range phone wearing a leading category suit that makes it glamorous.


Specifications

Review of Oppo Reno 4 Pro 5G


The Renault 4 Pro 5G version comes with the following specifications:


6.5-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2400 * 1080 pixels, with HDR10 + technology, and a refresh rate of 90Hz.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip supports NSA independent and non-independent 5G networks, with an Adreno 620 graphic processor.

12 GB random memory with 256 GB internal memory.

Triple laser autofocus camera: 48MP main camera (with IMX586 sensor). Super Night Mode Video Camera with 12MP Wide Lens (with IMX708 sensor). And a 13-megapixel telephoto camera that supports mixed optical zoom up to 5 times and digital zoom up to 20 times.

4K resolution at 30 frames per second, 1080 and 720 resolution at 30 or 60 frames per second.

Front camera accurately 32 megapixels.

4000 mAh battery with 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charging technology.

Color OS 7.2 (based on Android 10).



The Design

Review of Oppo Reno 4 Pro 5G


What I personally care most about when choosing a new smartphone is the design, certainly the design and shape of the phone remain from personal preferences that differ from one person to another, but in the Renault 4 series, and in the Renault series in general, OPPO tries to target those people who place design as a priority when Choose a new phone.


From the first look at the phone, you will feel that it is of the leading category, with a 3D curved screen design, without any edges and the front camera hole. For me, I am looking for a phone with a small thickness and light weight, which is what the Renault 4 Pro 5G phone offers, which has a thickness of 7.6 mm and weighs 172 grams. In order for OPPO to reduce the thickness of the phone, it has reduced the main panel inside by 15% compared to that of the Renault 3 Pro, thanks to the reduction of the spacing between the internal components, which allowed the battery to increase by 5 mm and reduce its thickness.


The choice of design and light weight makes it easy to use the phone with one hand, and I did not encounter any difficulty at that point, especially for the location of the power key, which is located approximately in the middle of the phone's height, when you first pick up the phone with your hand, you will find that the key is directly under your finger.


As for the upper part, it is a smooth metal frame that contains the 5G antenna and a slot for the microphone, while the lower part contains the speaker grille, a USB-C port and a port for two SIM cards, but unlike the Renault 4 Pro version, the Renault 4 Pro does not have 5G Any other ports for extra SD storage cards, it doesn't have a 3.5mm headphone jack, and its wired headphone plugs into the USB-C port.


The version that we reviewed is in "sky blue", and this particular color comes with "Reno Glow" technology from OPPO, which the company mentions is an innovative method to create millions of microscopic crystal pieces and distribute them on the back glass surface of the phone, to give it unique color gradients and new levels of light reflections This technology is applied to the anti-reflective glass, and it is exclusive to this color of the Renault 4 Pro 5G phone. From a practical point of view and with daily use, the most important thing that distinguishes this feature in my opinion is that it resists scratches and does not leave any fingerprints on the back surface of the phone.


The camera consists of three lenses in a vertical line in the upper left corner, and raises the phone slightly to the top when placed on a flat surface, but with the use of the transparent cover that comes with the phone, you will not notice this height.


The Screen

Review of Oppo Reno 4 Pro 5G


On the front side, the Reno 4 Pro 5G comes with a 6.5-inch "AMOLED" screen, with curved side edges and relatively thin, which is the touch that gives the phone its pioneering appearance, and is equipped with a protection layer "Gorilla Glass 5", with an aspect ratio of 20: 9 accurately 1080 x 2400, which equates to 402 pixels per inch. While the front camera is placed separately as a hole in the upper left of the screen.


Color experience on screen distinctive; It displays deep blacks and vivid colors that are easy to see through several wide viewing angles, and supports HDR10 +. The phone also has a very high brightness, for routine operations the maximum screen brightness is 500 nits, the maximum brightness rate reaches 800 nits, while the peak brightness is 1100 nits, and this last number is for HDR applications, while the other two numbers are dedicated to lighting the entire screen .


The screen here is longer and thinner than what you will find on most phones, which makes it a distinctive screen for games, and gives more space for content when scrolling on it vertically, and it may be useful, especially when using applications that support the split screen. For example, when watching videos on YouTube or content designed to be in 16: 9 aspect ratio, black bars appear on both sides of the screen.


The edges are thin around the curved screen, which gives you a full screen viewing experience, and it comes with a refresh rate of 90 Hz, which is a distinctive addition that makes scrolling and moving through the content on the phone smoother when using in the user interface, but when you play visual content such as videos, the refresh rate will return To 60 Hz. The screen also has a fingerprint scanner that opens the phone quickly and accurately, and I have not encountered any problems with it, or the "face unlock" feature can be chosen based on the front camera, which is also distinctive and fast in recognizing the face, even in relatively low-light conditions. .



Performance and user interface

Review of Oppo Reno 4 Pro 5G


The Renault 4 Pro 5G comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip inside with eight cores, which is the current SoC chip for fifth generation networks in the middle class. It comes with an Adreno 620 graphics processor, a random access memory "RAM" of 12 GB, and an internal space of 256 GB.


In the usual daily use of the phone, from surfing the Internet, watching videos, and perhaps some games like PUBG, these capabilities are very sufficient, with very smooth performance, without any suffering with multiple tasks or stress on the phone, and without feeling any kind of overheating with frequent use. Besides, the 90Hz refresh rate gives a quick response to the overall user experience. And the sound experience is also distinctive in the phone, with dual stereo speakers that support Dolby Atmos technology.


For raw performance, and for fans of numbers, we can take a look at the results of some of the tests for the most popular phone test applications, such as 3DMark and the Unlimited Sling Shot test, which tests the graphics processor and the capacity of the central processor, which came with a total score of 4533, and the phone test result was rated as better than 75 % Of phones tested in the last quarter of this year. As for the performance Work 2.0 test, from the PCMark application, which tests the phone's ability to perform normal daily tasks, such as surfing the Internet, writing, editing photos and videos, and processing data, the overall score was 7800.


I know that these numbers do not mean anything much, especially when you do not compare them with phones from other companies, but the important thing is that these numbers are expected from the Snapdragon 765G chip that we see in the Renault 4 Pro 5G phone, which is one of the most powerful chips in the middle class currently, and offers medium performance numbers Also.


The Color OS 7.2 user interface, based on Android 10, also provides a flexible user experience and a number of features, such as the feature of preloading applications with artificial intelligence, which predicts the applications that the user launches at a specific time and pre-loads them. In addition to the feature to quickly control the applications with one hand on the main screen, for easy selection and operation of applications. The system also comes with some useful shortcuts, including assigning shortcuts when swiping up or down. You can also draw an "O" on the screen when it is closed to open the camera, or draw a letter "V" to open the flash. In addition to some useful applications such as the OPPO Lab application and the OPPO Relax application.


Battery and fast charging

Review of Oppo Reno 4 Pro 5G


The battery of the Oppo Reno 4 Pro 5G comes in a size of 4000 mAh, and in normal days of use, from browsing the Internet, social networking sites and other usual tasks, I only charged the phone once every two days, but with more pressure on the phone, like games, it was The battery lasts about 10 hours, meaning that in any case I did not go to charge until the end of the day.


Speaking of charging, it is one of the most important features of the phone, because simply, even if you forget to charge it at night, for example, you will wake up in the morning and put it on the charge, and as soon as you prepare for the descent, and in a little more than half an hour, you will find that the battery has reached a charge rate 100%. At first I thought these were just teaser words that just appear in ads, but when I tried SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charging technology with 65 watts, I discovered that this is really true.


To test the truth of the matter, I drained the battery of the phone until it was completely switched off, then put it on the charger and in my hands the watch to calculate the actual time of charging, and the surprise was that the battery was fully charged in about 37 or 38 minutes. That's why you can forget about waiting for the battery to charge or sitting next to the charger all day. But for a phone in the upper middle class, it was supposed to support wireless charging technology.




In recent years, the general trend of developing smartphone camera images has been dependent on major companies adding and increasing the number of cameras to achieve the ability to shoot in full focus, along with adding sensors dedicated to this purpose, so that the imaging power begins from within the heart of the device itself.


Many manufacturers have become increasingly interested in the power of an algorithm that delivers image power, making them more interested in the hardware of the camera than with the software. Under this trend, new features, such as super night vision photography, background blurring with "portrait" and real-time video background, give users a new and unprecedented shooting experience. And Oppo was not an exception to those companies, especially in the "Renault" series phones, with which they were trying to focus on the imaging component.


The Reno 4 Pro 5G comes with three rear lenses, and the primary camera comes with a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with an f / 1.7 lens slot, with optical image stabilization, but the default mode is to take 12-megapixel photos. The ultra-wide angle lens has a 12MP Sony IMX708 sensor with a wide field of view of 120 degrees. While the 13MP telephoto lens offers 5x optical hybrid zoom and up to 20x digital zoom.


The main lens can be used to take 48MP photos, which shows more detail, allowing you to set and adjust them in photo editing software. And still photos taken in the default 12-megapixel mode have a good level of detail as well. For selfies, the phone comes with a 32-megapixel front camera with f / 2.4 aperture.


The photos I captured with the phone are generally good, with light and steady hand when shooting, as daylight photos from the main camera on the Renault 4 Pro 5G have an eye-catching appearance, saturated colors, and a wide dynamic range. And when zoomed into 1: 1 images, good levels of detail appear and are rendered naturally without increasing the sharpness, but with some subtle noise in the image that you might not notice very often. With the ultra-wide lens, more scene can be inserted into the image, but the quality will decrease in comparison, as expected. The images look more blurry with a lack of detail and color, but for wide photography it may not be a problem, as activating the HDR feature can enhance color rendition, but for closer things, the images are not that clear.


Portraits are only taken with the main camera, and it is not possible to zoom in on this mode, and the focus effect only appears if you are reasonably close to the person you want to photograph, this may be a bit annoying for some people. But in any case, when you focus on the photographic position, you will find that its separation and focus on it is distinctive most of the time, with no problems around clothes and facial features, background blur appears natural, and there is a fully functional HDR processing, so the backlit shots are distinctive. Perhaps one of the most noticeable developments that you may see in the Renault 4 Pro 5G camera is the auto focus feature, with which it can capture some beautiful and detailed pictures at close range.


There are also zoom capabilities with a telephoto lens, which can reach up to 20 times digital zoom, which is useful when trying to read words on a remote plate, but the image will lose detail of course, while with up to 5 times the matter is slightly different, even with the image noise Details are still somewhat apparent.


For selfies, the front camera takes 32MP photos, and there is no 8MP mode here, so you get pictures that are a little bulky. But you can rely on detailed and clear selfies, especially in balanced and good lighting, but the artificial intelligence tends to improve the appearance of the image a lot, making it look unnatural at times. Also, when shooting in "Portrait" mode with the front camera, you will find the background blur is normal, and there are no problems mentioned in the image.


Videos on the Renault 4 Pro 5G can be shot at up to 4K at 30 frames per second, although by default it is set to 720 at 30 fps. Regular video clips look great with the introduction of electronic image stabilization for the camera, so the image appears smoother. And for a smoother, more steady video clip, the "Ultra Steady" mode can be turned on, which removes vibrations from video clips as much as possible, although it uses a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens to do the job, allowing the software to crop the video to compensate for the increased vibrations. .


The phone's night mode is also great, as it does a good job of keeping noise out of the image, and adding detail to darker areas that you wouldn't normally get with the default shooting mode, which makes a big difference in low-light conditions. This is assuming you can keep your hands steady while shooting for the 5 to 10 seconds that it takes for the phone to take photos in night mode. If you shake your hand, you will get an image with ample light but the details are darker and more overlapping together. The quality of the night shots also varies depending on the environment and the number of light sources in the place.





The price of the new Oppo Reno 4 Pro 5G is about 2,500 AED, and it can be considered a mixture between the flagship category "flagship" and the middle class, or within the middle upper category, which targets those who appreciate style, distinctive design and average performance on the strength of elements and very strong interior specifications.


When compared to phones with the same processor and the same performance, you will find cheaper options, and when you compare it to the leading phones, you will find that its average segment does not offer the same performance, in addition to its lack of wireless charging, for example. But at the same time it supports 65-watt fast charging technology that you do not find in many middle-class phones, along with distinctive camera capabilities, photography, an "AMOLED" screen and support for 5G networks, so this phone deserves the title of the middle class phone that wears a class suit The lead that makes him mesmerizing.


Positives

  1. Stylish and pioneering design
  2. Light weight and little thickness
  3. 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charging technology
  4. 3D curved screen

Negatives

  1. Relatively high price for a mid-range phone
  2. No wireless charging
  3. The lack of a 3.5 mm headphone jack
  4. The lack of an external storage card port

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