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OPPO Reno3 Review: The new Selfie Midrange King?

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The new OPPO Reno3 series has been launched last week and the more affordable OPPO Reno3 has made a buzz online. Last year, OPPO announced that the Reno series will replace the old OPPO F-series. The Reno3 is the successor of last year’s Reno2 F with new features brought to the table. We have the phone for over a month now during the prevailing Enhanced Community Quarantine and here’s our review

OPPO Reno3 specs

  • Octa Core Mediatek Helio P90 processor
  • PowerVR GM9446 graphics
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB internal memory expandsble via microSD
  • 6.4-inch Full HD AMOLED display (1080 x 2400 pixels)
  • Rear Cameras
    • 48MP f/1.8 PDAF
    • 13MP f/2.4 telephoto, 2x optical zoom
    • 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide
    • 2MP f/2.4 B/W depth
  • 44MP f/2.4 front facing camera
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint Scanner (under display, optical
  • Sensors – accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
  • 4,025 mAh battery with 30W fast charge
  • Android 10 with ColorOS 7
  • Price: Php 18,990

HARDWARE

The Reno3 had a dramatic change in looks as compared to its last year’s predecessor. The phone is surprisingly thin and light despite having a larhe 4,025 mAh battery. We really like what OPPO did here to make the phone thin and light. Also this year, OPPO ditched moving parts for the selfie camera. This time, we have a water drop notch for the massive 44MP camera which we will talk about it later. Oh, the phone has a 3.5mm audio jack.

The Reno3 has a 6.4-inch display which an IPS panel. Overall the display is fine with decent colors. The problem though is it struggles a bit under direct sunlight. It doesn’t go as bright as we wanted either manual or auto brightness.

SOFTWARE

Another upgrade is under the hood. The Reno3 is powered by a Helio P90 from Mediatek. This is an upgrade from Helio P70 of last year’s model. The Helio P90 is tuned for gaming so expect good gaming experience using this phone. On the everyday grind, it works fine. No hiccups. No slowdowns.

On the software side, the phone runs on ColorOS 7 which is on top of Android 10. ColorOS 7 is by far our most favorite ColorOS version yet. It has come a long way from being a heavily skinned version of Android to now closer than vanilla. Navigating through the user interface has been smooth and clean experience. Security updates do come regularly but the bigger question is OPPO’s commitment to Android 11 update.

CAMERA

There are four cameras at the rear – a 48MP main camera, a 13MP ultrawide , an 8MP telephoto and 2MP depth sensor. But the star od=f the show here is the 44MP selfie camera. This means serious selfies. Photos taken from the rear cameras are pretty good. With the limits of the quarantine, we are confined to our home. Pictures we’ve taken a very limited. So you will be judge and take a look at the photos.

My woke up like this look 🙂

BATTERY AND PERFORMANCE

One feature we noticed with OPPO’s new smartphone is improved WiFi and network connectivity. Signal quality from our Smart network has been pretty stable. Calls are very clear with no dropped calls. Internet speeds using both WiFi and Smart’s 4G/LTE has been surprisingly good too. Sadly, we could not test it outside our house due to the quarantine. Smart’s LTE speeds are not that fast in our area.

With the help of OPPO’s battery optimizations, the 4,025 mAh battery is sufficient enough to power the Reno3 throughout the day and a little more to the next day. On our video loop test, we managed to get roughly 7 hours of screen on time here. Not bad!

VERDICT

Perhaps it is safe to say that the OPPO Reno3 is new selfie midrange king of 2020. With its killer 44MP selfie camera, you will get the best detailed selfies ever in a smartphone. Those rear cameras won’t disappoint too. We could only wish to take more photos outside the confinements of our home. Sadly, there’s a community quarantine in place. Overall, the phone is highly recommended due to its thin and light design, great cameras, good battery life, smooth ColorOS 7 and good connectivity.

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