Oppo Reno 8 Pro review: raising the mid-range bar

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From the outset, the Oppo Reno 8 Pro stands out from other smartphones, even among its elders. Unless you’ve seen the Oppo Find X5 Pro before, you’d think it’s a brand new design. In some ways it is, as it’s not an exact replica of the company’s flagship smartphone. Unfortunately, it’s not always for the best.

The Reno 8 Pro brings this gorgeous unibody design to the mid-range smartphone market, merging the camera bump with the rest of the back into a smooth outline reminiscent of a soft sand dune. That camera bump, however, is huge, taking up more than half the width of the phone. It also descends only on the inside edges, leaving the top and left edge with a harder chamfered design. The resulting aesthetic looks like a mix between the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s Contour Cut camera and the Find X5 Pro’s smoother curves.

The phone’s flat edges are also more pronounced, reminiscent of the design of older iPhones. This gives the Reno 8 Pro a distinct look that seems to oscillate between soft and hard, curved and straight. Those flat edges at least help get a firmer grip on the phone, which is helpful since it feels quite large. The phone feels light in the hand, despite the aluminum frame. The glass-covered back isn’t as slippery, but it’s a fingerprint magnet. Oppo includes a TPU case inside the box for your peace of mind.

The large 6.7-inch FHD+ display is bright, vibrant, fast and responsive. It’s hard to find fault with the AMOLED display other than only having two refresh rate choices of 60Hz and 120Hz. The punch-hole cutout for the 32MP selfie camera doesn’t distract after a while, and the Thin bezels leave plenty of room for the content that matters. Whether it’s playing fast-paced games or watching HDR10+ videos, the OPPO Reno 8 Pro is definitely up to the task.

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