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OPPO Reno3 Pro Hands on and First Impressions

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Before the Enhanced Community Quarantine was placed over Luzon, OPPO Philippines was supposed to release two new smartphones. The company has handed over review units to the bloggers. But since the quarantine is still in place, the launch of these new phone has been put on hold.

One of the new phones from the company is the OPPO Reno3 Pro. The phone is an upper midrange smartphone with very impressive specs such as a 64MP main camera, a 6.5-inch OLED display, an under display fingerprint scanner and running Android 10. We have the unit since the lockdown we would like to share our first week experience with it.

OPPO Reno3 Pro specs

  • Octa Core Mediatek Helio P95 processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128 or 256GB internal storage
  • 6.5-inch Full HD OLED display (1080 x 2400 pixels) 
  • Rear Cameras
    • 64MP f/1.7 PDAF
    • 13MP f/2.4 PDAF, 2x optical zoom, telephoto
    • 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide
    • 2MP f/2.4 monochrome depth sensor
  • Front cameras
    • 44MP f/2.6 
    • 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint scanner (under display, optical)
  • Sensors – accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
  • 4,025 mAh battery with 30W fast charge
  • Android 10 with ColorOS 7

HARDWARE

The OPPO Reno3 Pro has a rather familiar design but holding big phones such as the Samsung Galaxy A71, Galaxy S20 Ultra and even the OnePlus 7T Pro, the Reno3 Pro feels so light and compact. It is easier to hold with one hand and very pocketable. Exploring the phone further, we see the 3.5mm audio jack with the USB Type C and speaker grill at the bottom, volume rocker and sim card tray to the left and power button to the right. The back is very clean with just a simple OPPO logo and four-camera module.

The phone has a 6.4-inch display which is an OLED panel with large dual front camera cut out. We’ve used the Samsung Galaxy S10+ for a long time last year and honestly, we no longer bothered by this large cut out. But we must admit for some people it might be an eye sore for them. The display is bright and colorful although we have to test that more for outdoor use.

SOFTWARE

ColorOS 7 is the latest version of OPPO’s own UI on top of Android and by far our favorite. This new version looks and feels more vanilla Android. The adding of an app drawer and simplified settings brings it closer to stock Android experience. What we like about ColorOS ever since is how butter smooth it is. That has not changed in ColorOS 7.

Under the hood is a Mediatek Helio P95 chipset. It is powerful yet power efficient. This chipset we believe is tuned for mobile gaming. We have to download games to further test its limits for our full review. This is paired with 8GB RAM which is enough for multitasking.

FIRST CAMERA SAMPLES

The star of the show here are the cameras especially the 64MP main camera. The other three cameras are as follows – a 13MP telephoto, 8MP ultrawide and 2MP B/W monochrome sensor. Since we are on quarantine, our area of shooting is only within our home. So here are some of the first camera samples we had. No price has been announced yet so let’s wait for OPPO’s official announcement on this.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The OPPO Reno3 Pro is by far one of our favorite midrange smartphones for this year. It is compact, light, has good cameras, decent battery life,cool ColorOS 7 and nice screen. There are things we need to explore such as the camera, gaming performance and battery. We are excited to test this further on our review! Stay tuned for our full review once the quarantine is over as we like to take it outside and take more photos with it.

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