The Oppo Reno 5 series was the company’s last major launch of 2020 in its home country. Just about a month later, the mid-range smartphones are on their way to global markets, including India.
Oppo’s Reno series has one of the shortest refresh cycles of any smartphone series, currently averaging three iterations each year. The latest update includes the Reno 5, the Reno 5 Pro and the Reno 5 Pro Plus. It seems like the latter will not be available outside of China any time soon, leaving the upcoming Oppo Find X3 as the next major flagship.
The Oppo Reno 5 Pro came to India in mid-January as the brand’s next mid-range smartphone, along with the Enco X TWS. It has similar specs to the Chinese variant, but has a lower pricing and a better design.
Just like its predecessors, the Oppo Reno 5 Pro price in India is Rs 35,990, putting it in the premium mid-range segment. It was launched alongside the Oppo Enco X true wireless earphones on January 18. This is one of the few times where a product is cheaper in India as it is priced at CNY 3,399 in China, which converts to about Rs 39,000.
India is also one of the first overseas markets to get the Oppo Reno 5 series, though availability in the U.S. and Europe is unlikely.
The Reno series has always been about the design, experimenting with new materials and finishes each year. The Oppo Reno 5 Pro has a unique back panel that has a blue hue with a matte finish, with tiny specks that glow under light, resembling stars. There are likely to be other subtler colour variants as well.
With a thickness of 7.6mm and a weight of just 173 grams, it should be a pretty ergonomic phone to use, especially with the curved front and back panels. The cameras are housed in a rectangular housing which is slightly raised from the rest of the back. The Chinese variant has a big “Reno Glow” logo on the bottom, but historically, the Indian variants have skipped that branding.
There’s a curved 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. There’s a single hole-punch notch on the top left and an in-display fingerprint scanner underneath. With a peak brightness of 1,100nits, it is also HDR10+ compliant.
The Oppo Reno 5 Pro has a quad-camera array on the rear: a 64MP f/1.7 primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP macro shooter and a 2MP monochrome lens. On the front is a 32MP selfie shooter.
At the unveiling, Oppo talked at length about the various shooting modes that would be available on the phone such as night mode, video portrait mode, AI, timelapse, multi-view and more. It’s unclear if all of them will make it to the global variants.
Under the hood, the Oppo Reno 5 Pro will be amongst the first smartphones in India to be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset, offering a high-performance octa-core architecture along with 5G at 7nm. There could be other configurations available beside the standard 8GB + 128GB variant.
In the past, the Oppo Reno series has had relatively poor performance for the price. If Dimensity chipsets are as good as claimed, that issue might finally be gone.
The battery is rated at 4,350mAh with support for 65W Super VOOC fast charging, which should charge it completely in about half an hour. The global variant is likely to run on Color OS 11 atop Android 11 out-of-the-box.