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Oppo Reno 4 Pro Hands On Review | Perfect Display Smartphone

Vikrant Gupta
3 years ago

Oppo Reno series smartphones are known to offer premium hardware at an affordable mid-range price, and Oppo Reno4 Pro launched today is no exception. Oppo Reno4 Pro comes in a beautiful chassis, with an astonishing curved AMOLED display, surprisingly light body, and a super-powerful charging tech, all at a never seen before price point. 

It won't be wrong to call International Oppo Reno4 Pro the most stunning device at its price bracket, INR 34,999. The best alternative to Oppo Reno4 Pro that you can get for your money (as far as looks are considered) is Vivo X50 Pro, currently priced around INR 40,000 or OnePlus 8, which is priced around INR 45,000, both having a better chipset, so is the price. 

Oppo Reno 4 Pro International Spec

here is a quick look at the specifications of Oppo Reno 4 Pro before we jump into details.

  • Body: Gorilla Glass 5 front, plastic back, and plastic frame. Colors Available: Starry Night and Silky White.
  • Display: 6.5" Super AMOLED Curved Display, 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 402ppi, 92% screen to body ratio. The screen is curved at 55 deg.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G built on the 8nm process.
  • Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM
  • Software: Android 10, ColorOS 7.2.
  • Rear camera: quad-camera setup composed of an f/1.7 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide lens with 119 deg field of vision, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP monochromatic lens.
  • Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.4 selfie shooter
  • Battery: 4000mAh; Fast charging 65W, SuperVOOC 2.0. 0 to 100% charge in just 35 minutes.

Reno4 Pro Design And Build Quality

Oppo has used plastic for the most of Reno 4 Pro, the Back panel, as well as Frame, is carved out of plastic. The use of plastic has made this phone extremely light, one of the lightest smartphones around with 6.5 inches massive display at just 161 Grams. Light body means it will go easy on your pocket, and you won't have to worry about casual drops. 

Though Plastic has an edge over the glass in practicality, it comes with a trade-off, lack of premium feel. Oppo Reno 4 Pro doesn't feel as premium as recently launched Vivo X50 Pro or OnePlus 8, however, this point only holds value to those who don't like to use a back-cover on their smartphone.

Anyways, the plastic back panel comes with a matte finish, which is slightly grittier than you would expect it to be. The back panel of Reno 4 Pro, in fact, feels like sandpaper. I guess Oppo has opted for this design to minimize the plastic feel, so, no complaints here.

The front of Reno 4 Pro is its biggest highlight. It comes completely dominated with a beautiful 6.5 inches Super AMOLED display. The bezels are minimal, so minimal that you'll rarely find such minimal bezels on any non-flagship smartphone. The punch hole cut out is astonishingly small too, making Reno 4 Pro the best display smartphone under 40,000 INR.

Overall, Reno 4 Pro has a good built quality, if not the best in the range. My only complaint is the frame, though plastic back panel adds more practicality to a smartphone, I don't find any suitable reason to add a plastic frame, since, plastic frame compromises with durability.

Oppo Reno4 Pro Chipset

Oppo Reno4 Pro comes packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G Chipset. Available in two memory configurations, Oppo Reno4 comes with a fixed 8GB of RAM, but you get to choose between 128GB or 256GB of internal storage. 

Snapdragon 720G for 34,999 isn't a perfect choice, that said, it isn't at all a bad chipset either. Especially if you're not a gamer, you probably won't be disappointed with a Snapdragon 720G performance. As nowadays, with chipsets getting more and more powerful, the refresh rate plays a far more prominent role in terms of user interaction than an over-powered chipset.

Oppo Reno4 Pro Display

Upfront, Oppo Reno 4 packs a 6.5 inches Full HD+ Super AMOLED Display with a screen to body ratio of 92%. The display comes with a punch hole located at the top left corner of the screen sporting a 32MP selfie shooter. The beautiful AMOLED screen is built around a modern 20:9 aspect ratio and comes with a 90HZ refresh and 180Hz touch sampling rate. It also features an in-display fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication.

The beautiful Super AMOLED screen of Oppo Reno 4 Pro is curved at 55 degrees, which makes it more cylindrical and compact. Bezels are minimal, and Overall the screen looks fabulous. You won't find a better display than this at this price point for sure.

Oppo Reno 4Pro Camera

Around the back, there is a quad-camera setup to be seen, composed of a 48MP primary shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP monochromatic lens. 

Camera lens comes arranged on a clean vertical camera housing. Camera housing has a four-wide camera hole cutouts, which look cool. Reason for extra girth? I don't know, but as I said before, It looks quite fancy. 

Oppo Reno4 Pro 65W Super VOOC and Battery

Oppo Reno4 Pro packs a 4000mAh battery inside and comes with a 65W fast Super VOOC charger provided out of the box. The charger is capable of pushing the empty battery of Reno 4 Pro from 0 to 100% in just 34 minutes. Just to demonstrate the possibilities with this charging tech, I would like to inform you that a mare 5 minutes of charging with SuperVOOC will get you enough battery to enjoy 4 straight hours of youtube videos.

Oppo charging tech, 65W Super VOOC is a TUV certified unit that comes with a multilayer protection. Oppo said that every component - power brick, phone, cable, and the battery itself monitors the situation. If anything goes wrong, the power shuts-off immediately. So, safety is a guarantee.

OnePlus 8 vs Oppo Reno 4 Pro

Reno 4 Pro, trade-offs?

So what are the trade-offs? after all, you can't expect a basket full of apples at the price of an orange tub. Let's start with Chipset. Oppo Reno 4 Pro comes powered via Qualcomm snapdragon 720G Chipset, paired with an 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. 

while Snapdragon 720G is a capable chipset, it stands nowhere near a flagship Snapdragon 865 Chipset present inside an OnePlus 8. Moreover, Snapdragon 720G isn't even close to Snapdragon 765G, which is now a standard for an upper mid-range smartphone. So, Snapdragon 720G for 34,999 INR, is by no means seems like a sensible choice. 

The other significant tradeOff is the camera. Oppo Reno 4Pro comes with a 48MP 1/2" primary shooter, In comparison, Oppo Reno 3 had a 64MP 1/1.72" primary shooter, a significantly better camera setup. 

Final Verdict

Oppo Reno 4 Pro isn't a perfect smartphone and it doesn't even claim to be. It is a product made for a specific share of the population who wants to own a smartphone with a perfect display. If you aren't a hardcore gamer, who wants to enjoy all games at their highest possible graphics setting, Snapdragon 720 will serve absolutely fine to you. 

As a buyer, I'll prioritize display over any crazy powerful chipset, any day. Since I spend most of the time browsing the internet or watching YouTube videos, rather than playing video games, Oppo Reno 4 Pro with a stunning curved Super AMOLED Display and crazy 65W charging tech makes a lot of sense.


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