OPPO is back with its popular Reno phones line-up with the launch of the OPPO Reno6 Series. The company has brought in two new phones in the lot comprising: the OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G and the OPPO Reno6. The Reno6 Pro, as the name suggests, is the higher-end model in the lot and is in for review. We have spent a good two weeks with the device, and here I am to share my thoughts on it.
For those unaware, the Reno6 Pro comes as the successor to the Reno5 Pro device from OPPO, which was released early this year, and the primary takeaways to it were its display, chipset, battery, and videography features, which were newly introduced with the device. The Reno6 Pro is no different; in fact, there are a slew of other features, which claim to be first seen on this device, like Cinematic Bokeh Flare portrait for both video and photo. More on it can be seen in the camera section. So, without any further ado, let’s delve right into the full review.
OPPO Reno 6 Pro 5G — Design and Display
The OPPO Reno 6 Pro, right off the bat, has a very slim form factor, precisely measuring 7.6mm in thickness. It weighs around 177 grams and is sleek and lightweight, making it comfortably hold in one hand, and is suitable for scrolling and switching between apps. However, it appears and feels tall. For proper use-case, and, to take advantage of the more prominent display, I eventually ended up using two hands frequently, which is expected considering all the latest devices out there.
What isn’t normal is the build and especially the rear of the OPPO Reno6 Pro: I have used the Aurora colour variant. It is unquestionably superior in looks — thanks to the ‘Reno Glow’ design. The device indeed shines and shows different colours as the lights fall upon it across different angles. This makes the phone stand out amongst the competition. Not sure about how the other colour, Stellar Black, feels in hand, but I loved using the Aurora variant here. Further, this matte finish coupled with AG glass coating makes it fingerprint resistant, which could often feel slippery. To tackle that, OPPO has provided a clear case in the packaging; however, it would be harsh to put it in the case instead of showing off the Reno Glow design.
More on the design front, the Reno6 Pro features a conveniently placed power button on the right, followed by volume rockers on the other side. At the bottom, you can find the dual-SIM tray, paired with a microphone, USB Type-C port, and a single bottom-firing speaker. Up top, for some reason, has provided a different material, which glows in the dark. Not sure of the purpose here, I found it strange, the top portion of the phone glowing in the dark; nonetheless, I could spot the phone easier in a darker environment. Another secondary noise cancellation microphone is also placed on the top of the device. The shiny back with a shimmering effect is paired with what appears to be a steel frame (but it’s plastic) connected to the slightly curved display to the front.
Speaking of the display, the OPPO Reno6 Pro features a 6.5-inches 3D curved display, the same as the previous iteration. It also comes with a 90Hz refresh rate and has a 180Hz touch sampling rate. The screen to body ratio here is 92.1% and an aspect ratio of 20:9. The display additionally comes with HDR10+ certification, coupled with Netflix HD and Amazon Prime Video HD & HDR certifications. The Reno6 Pro display is solid and highly recommended to watch content, thanks to its bright and bigger screen. The viewing experience for me has been great, and so for the gaming.
Despite the screen being slightly curved on the edges, I didn’t notice any accidental touches. There’s a punch hole cut out right around the corner of the display, which naturally is less intrusive. An optical fingerprint sensor at the bottom works fine and fast; however, I found it not so quick to reach in my use case. The placement of it should have been a tad bit higher for a better reach, especially while using a single hand. Overall, the Reno6 Pro design feels solid, convenient and overall makes it a good looking device.
OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G — Performance
The Reno6 Pro 5G packs in a MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200 SoC under the hood. This is the same chipset we have seen earlier on the Realme X7 Max 5G. Compared to the predecessor, the Reno5 Pro, the 6 Pro here is a significant upgrade with this processor. As the former had come with a Dimensity 1000+ SoC. The Dimensity 1200 here is an octa-core processor with clock speeds of up to 3GHz. It not only makes the device 5G capable, but it does also support all prominent 5G bands, making the device future proof whenever the 5G is available in India.
The unit here comes with 12GB of RAM paired with 256GB of onboard storage. Additionally, like the competition out there, the Reno6 Pro also comes with Virtual RAM with options ranging from either additional 3/5/7GB RAM, which seems overkill, considering 12GB is quite significant for any smartphone out there.
Coming to the performance aspect, the chipset coupled with the higher refresh rate display, the Reno6 Pro indeed felt fast when it comes to app opening, across the interface, app loading or even game loading times, for that matter. The higher refresh rate across supported apps and in the UI felt exceptionally fast and offered endless smoother scrolling.
As far as gaming on the device is concerned, I am not much of a gamer, tbh, at least not a high-end gamer; but I play games like COD, and Asphalt, very rarely. The device handled well though that’s a very vague explanation, albeit my lesser interaction and limited gaming, it’s not something Reno6 Pro couldn’t handle. There’s game focus mode, which triggers automatically whenever a game application is opened; and offers more immersive gameplay by sliding off notifications in the background.
The loading times of the games were quicker, but I could see the device heating up a bit during the gameplay and felt warm to the touch. Again, this might sound vague since any phone out there could heat up with playing such high-end games; I meant to say that the Reno6 Pro is no exception. If you’re an average game playing person like me, this is one thing that you shouldn’t be concerned about if you’re interested in purchasing the Reno6 Pro.
OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G — Cameras
Like previous OPPO phones out there, be it the Reno series or the recent F19 series, the company’s emphasis has always been the cameras. The Reno6 Pro is, again, no exception. OPPO has kept all the recently introduced features like AI Highlight Video; AI Color Portrait capture intact this time, too; it additionally added a couple of other features and claimed it to have ‘DSLR like features’. To start with, the Reno6 Pro features a 64MP quad-rear camera setup, like the previous iteration. It comprises a 64MP primary camera, an 8MP wide-angle camera, a 2MP monochrome sensor, and a 2MP macro camera. The punch hole on the front carries a 32MP selfie shooter.
The primary 64MP camera does a decent job clicking photos in well-lit conditions but struggles in the low light and even in the night mode. The details on the images appear fair enough with vibrant colours and are surely not a huge differentiator compared to the predecessor. The colours appear natural in the regular mode and often have more contrast when the AI mode is enabled. The images clicked appear noisy when zoomed in; again, this doesn’t happen often, but it is still there.
The 8MP ultra-wide camera clicks pictures well, but again, not recommendable when zoomed in. The 2MP macro camera, on the other hand, struggled to focus when capturing shots of flowers, and there aren’t many details to look for as some of them appeared slightly washed off in colours. We have a backyard with too much greenery at my home, and I insist you trust me that some of the flower images captured appeared washed off when it comes to colours than what it appeared to my naked eye.
There’s an ultra-clear mode, which tends to capture a 108MP resolution image, and in our testing, the photos turned out to be rich in detail and colours, too, appeared vibrant.
Also read: OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G: The videography expert
The 32MP selfie camera, however, on the other hand, clicks excellent pictures, and even the portrait mode does a pretty decent job when it comes to edge detection. The selfies clicked in low light conditions also turned out well, which surprised me. It managed to capture enough light to brighten up the image. In addition, there is AI Beautification for both cameras, which when turned on would smoothen the skin tones, and surely doesn’t feel natural; which eventually made me turn off the feature.
Apart from the ones introduced earlier here, the newly introduced features include cinematic bokeh flare portrait for video and bokeh flare portrait for photos. Then there’s the conventional AI Highlight Video feature, which we witnessed on the earlier Reno devices.
The cinematic bokeh flare portrait for the video looks impressive right off the bat. There’s a bokeh effect applied to lights in the background to make it appear fancier with the subject in the background. This works great in low lighting conditions, especially with skyscrapers in the back. OPPO suggests this feature is close to or if not better than DSLR imaging capability. In our testing, it looked cool and new, but I feel it’s not sufficient to compare it with a DSLR. This new feature can surely raise eye-balls for your friends, family, or if you’re a frequent social media uploader, you can get appreciation and likes/comments instantly.
The bokeh flare effect for photos also works alike and even works well in bright daylight scenarios. For instance, as mentioned earlier, with so much greenery around the house, I managed to capture the bokeh flair effect with portrait shots. There are some drawbacks, which I witnessed on these shots. Like any other portrait shot, this new feature also often misses edges/corners around the subject’s edges, which here is me. Users should also bear in mind that this feature only works with human subjects and not with any pets or whatsoever.
Again, these featured photos work great on social media or any other image sharing platform and cannot be the sole reason to purchase this device. As suggested, if you often post photos directly on the internet, be it social media or messaging platforms. This new feature can work flawlessly without a need for a DSLR or any other third party apps to create the effect — as it is built right in the camera interface.
The OPPO Reno6 Pro ships with Android 11 out of the box. It runs on ColorOS 11.3 version. The software experience has been significantly smooth, again thanks to the bigger RAM and storage options. The animations throughout are smooth, and there are no lags, or snags, whatsoever. It’s hard to expect a vanilla stock experience on an OPPO device, yet the device running the latest Android with tons of customisation options is pretty convenient.
These customisations range from wallpapers, themes, convenience tools, home screen and lock screen options, and even the Always-On Display preferences, which has tons of options to play around with — the only snag I found throughout the software experience was the recent apps scenario. I noticed the typical ‘close all’ button not responding appropriately despite hitting multiple times; the apps still ran in the background. I am sure this could be a minor glitch, which can be fixed through an OTA update.
One of the prominent features of the OPPO Reno6 Pro device is its battery. The device carries a decent 4500mAh battery, which lasts a day conveniently for my light-moderate usage, involving calls, texts, Microsoft Teams, Google Docs, and so on. The exciting part of the battery aspect of the Reno6 Pro is the bundled charger. OPPO’s 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charger lets the device charge to full in less than 40 minutes. To be exact, my device charged from 1% to full in a mere 35-37 minutes. I am an iPhone user, and this speed to me immediately felt superficial.
The other highlights of the OPPO Reno6 Pro include two ambient light sensors for better viewing capability. The device’s audio has Dolby Atmos certification, but there is no stereo speakers setup. The bottom-firing speaker is reasonably loud and can easily be covered while watching content, or playing a game, for that matter. The lack of stereo can surely be felt, considering the competition, which offers stereo in the budget segment. The other lacking features also include an IP rating.
The OPPO Reno6 Pro comes at Rs 39,990 in India. For which, you get a 6.5-inches OLED 90Hz screen, a well-built phone in gorgeous looking Aurora colour, the MediaTek’s latest Dimensity 1200 SoC, a decent 4500mAh battery with 65W SuperVOOC charge support. It indeed is a hefty price considering the predecessor is already available for a few bucks less, but features are on par with this successor. The OPPO Reno6 Pro can be considered for the features mentioned earlier over the predecessor, but certainly not for the cameras since there isn’t any significant upgrade apart from the added new features, which are cool nonetheless. If these features don’t feel appealing, you have plenty of other options to consider in a slightly lower price segment too. ◾