This July, OPPO has introduced its renowned Reno6 series smartphones: the iterations to its successful Reno5 series. The latest ones in the Reno6 series included the Reno6 Pro 5G and the Reno6 5G. While the former is the higher-end model in the lot, the Reno6 5G falls in the mid-range segment. While I reviewed the Reno6 Pro 5G earlier, we received the non-pro variant, which costs significantly less than its sibling, but ensures its most prominent features are still intact on the Reno6 5G as well.
I had this device for a little over a month now and you can consider this as my full-time review of the device. While the experience of using this device has been good — allow me to share my full experience through this review. If you’re wondering the differences between both the Reno6 models, we have a spec comparison article — OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G vs OPPO Reno6 – Spec Comparison
OPPO Reno6 5G Review
The Reno series from OPPO always had a unique character when it comes to design. The Reno6 5G series is no exception. Like the Pro model, the Reno6 also features OPPO’s Reno Glow design on the rear. The unit which I received came in Aurora color variant, and it is appealing to my eyes, like the Pro model. The colors showcase different colors depending on the light falling on it. With most phones in the segment settling to a glossy or single color design, having diverse shiny designs is something I dig in.
The other significant design of the Reno6 5G is its Retro design, which ideally matches with the recent iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 series design. Instead of a curved body design, like on the Pro model, OPPO has opted for a flat edge design here. It makes it a little edgy to use but yes it felt nice to hold. While it is nice to hold — thanks to its lightweight design, it felt slippery at times.
The flat edges can be handy and slippery at the same time. The rear finish appears to be plastic and the edges are made of aluminum. The former however does a great job in not attracting any fingerprints, which is on the plus side.
On the flat edges, OPPO has put some antenna lines all around for better coverage, it is a 5G phone nonetheless, making it future-ready. The power button on the right comes with Neon lighting, and there are volume rockers on the other side, the tactile feedback from the buttons was satisfying. Moving down to the bottom we have a SIM tray slot, aligned next to a microphone, a USB Type-C port, and a speaker grille.
The Reno6 features a punch-hole display upfront. It is a flat display unlike the Pro model, which came with a curved display. I am inclined to flat edge displays any day, and the Reno6 comes with a decent one. It comes with a 6.42-inches AMOLED screen that has a punch hole cut out on the top left corner.
The resolution here is a Full HD+ with a pixel density of 410 PPI; 430 nits of typical brightness and tops at 600 nits of brightness. The display is decent and gets bright enough even in the harsh sunlight. The experience to me has been hassle-free. It comes with Widevine L1 certification, and I’ve enjoyed watching content in full HD on this display from apps like Netflix, and YouTube.
The next significant aspect of the display is the 90Hz refresh rate. The touch sampling rate on this display attains at 180Hz. Setting it to a higher refresh rate meant smoother scrolling amongst apps like Twitter, Instagram, and across the UI. Although it is not an adaptive refresh rate, users get to choose to set it at either 60Hz or 90Hz. The gaming on this display is favorable too.
There is a convenient in-display fingerprint sensor for authentication which has been fast and reliable to me. The only complaint could be its placement as it felt a tad bit far to reach for my thumb. There’s an additional face unlock feature that worked well in ambient lighting conditions.
OPPO Reno6 5G — supports up to 13 bands
The Reno6 is a 5G phone that comes with n1, n3, n5, n8, n20, n28, n7,n38, n40, n41, n66, n77, n78 5G bands support — thanks to the MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC debuted with this device in the country. It works on eight cores with clock speeds of up to 2.4GHz. The SoC accompanies ARM Mali-G68 GPU for graphics.
With always-on 90Hz refresh rates, the device handled well with smoother animations across all apps. Switching between apps was also hitch-free. The device however tends to get warmer quite quickly with frequent scrolling and switching between apps. The gaming experience with titles like Battlegrounds mobile India, Call of Duty, Asphalt was fine, but again, the device felt warmer in hand after a significant amount of time. For context, I played the CoD Mobile in the default settings i.e graphics set to low, and frame rates to Max.
Nonetheless, there’s no lag and hitches during the gameplay the experience on overall gaming has been quite swift.
The review unit, which I received came with 8GB of RAM that further supports up to 3GB of virtual RAM; and 128GB of onboard storage, sadly, which is not further expandable. The virtual RAM makes the device run multiple apps background without constant refreshing, which is convenient.
Since I often use cloud services for everything, honestly it doesn’t make a difference to me. However, if you’re a power user with heavy gaming (which occupies lots of storage and utilizes more RAM) and if you’re a person who uses the phone often for videos, and photos, having the higher storage option is a plus with the Reno6 5G.
In terms of software, the OPPO Reno6 5G runs on ColorOS version 11.3, which is Android 11-based. If you’re an OPPO phone user, you know the customizations it offers, and all can be seen on the Reno6 5G as well. You get the option to customize everything you see on your phone, starting from wallpapers to icons to fonts and whatnot.
There are people and competition out there who love and offer stock/vanilla Android; there are similar sets of people who love to customize everything and ColorOS offers it to them. With the upcoming ColorOS 12 update, we can expect more of it on the Reno6.
There are a set of three cameras on the back accompanied by an LED flash and Color Temperature sensor. There is a 64MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP macro camera. On the front, there’s a 32MP selfie camera in the off-centered punch-hole cutout. The shots clicked on a bright sunny day with a 64MP primary camera and the ultra-wide camera turned out to be decent.
The 64MP clicks images with nicer vibrant colors and with the ultra-wide the dynamic range has been good but lacked in details when zoomed in. The portrait shots came out great with both the rear and front cameras. The details remain significant when clicked in 1x, 2x, 5x and appear washed out in 10x zoom, which is understandable. The 2MP macro camera is passable and strictly for flowers or leaves if you click them often.
The Reno6 5G carries the set of features from the Reno6 Pro device that include: Bokeh Flare Portrait Video, Live HDR, and Ultra Night Video. Speaking of video, the Reno6 supports 4K video recording at 30fps. However, videos shot at 1080p appeared more stabilized; the experience has been similar with front camera video recording too. On the whole, the primary camera, ultra-wide on the rear, and the selfie camera can be considered key takeaways when it comes to optics on the Reno6 5G.
OPPO Reno6 5G — Battery
There is a 4300mAh battery capacity powering the Reno6 5G, which is relatively small, which made me find its charger a little earlier by the end of the day. But after finding the included 65W Super VOOC 2.0 USB Type-A to Type-C charger, the experience takes a flip. Because the charging speeds here are incredible like the Pro model; and the device doesn’t take more than forty minutes to juice up to full, which is joyful.
The other highlights of the device include Wi-Fi 6 support; Bluetooth 5.2; support for SBC, AAC, aptX, LDAC, and LHDC Bluetooth audio codecs; and NFC. The lack of a 3.5 headphone jack is compensated with USB Type-C wired earphones included in the retail packaging. The single bottom-firing speaker playdowns the otherwise feature-packed Reno6.
Contents in the box include the Reno6 5G device, a USB Type-A to Type-C cable, 65W charger, USB Type-C headphones, SIM Ejector Tool, a clear protective case, a quick start guide, and a safety guide.
If you’re an OPPO user from the start and are infested with the ColorOS experience but couldn’t afford to get the Reno6 Pro 5G model; then the non-pro Reno6 model is the one you should consider. Because it is around Rs 10,000 less than the Pro model and the tradeoffs are not quite huge, if you ask me, which include the SoC, and the design. In comparison, you get a better premium design, better battery life, a good display with a 90Hz refresh rate, and a good set of cameras that work well with all features from the Pro. All these at a significantly lower price.
And, if you’re a non-OPPO user who doesn’t fiddle with tons of customizations that Reno6 offers; you can consider other viable options that include a direct competitor from OPPO’s partner company which now share operating systems — the OnePlus Nord 2, as it falls under the same price point with a similar set of features but with a better MediaTek chipset (Dimensity 1200).
The OPPO Reno6 5G retails at Rs 29,990 for the 8GB + 128GB variant, which I have also used during this review.