With the new OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G, OPPO kickstarts its 2021 market strategy in India, that includes, among others, launching as many as six 5G smartphones! In the year gone by, smartphone brands started debuting their 5G phones as well as expanding their affordable premium phone offerings. The OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G is the latest phone to build on that trend.

Consumers, especially Gen Z, are a key target audience for the new phone. This is a generation whose lives revolved around the Internet and especially social media. They are very savvy, and use different social networks to connect and communicate with the world, their friends and their loved ones.  For this generation, live video has been key to not just communicate, but entertain themselves. It could be simply recording and sharing their life’s precious memories, or just having fun. No wonder that short-form videos is on the rise. These are videos with a running length of a few seconds or minutes. The content is snappy and snackable.

Smartphone brands have recognized this growing trend amongst millennials and GenZ and focused on bringing new innovations to differentiate themselves and enable better experiences for consumers. With its rich legacy and singular focus on camera, OPPO has been a pioneer in pushing such innovations.

As we stand at the verge of a 5G-led era, shooting, uploading, sharing and downloading video will become as seamless as listening to music. It is no wonder then that the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G embraces OPPO’s rich legacy, and brings innovations around video.  While OPPO has always had a sharp focus on camera capabilities, the new Reno5 Pro 5G pushes the boundaries with AI videography.

Design and Display

As a lifestyle statement, the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G dazzles, and catches user attention with its sleek design, complemented with a unique, premium finish. I simply loved the Astral Blue variant of the smartphone. The Reno5 Pro 5G comes with a 6.55-inch FHD+ OLED panel with a resolution of 2400 x 1800 pixels. The smartphone supports upto 90Hz refresh rate and comes with 180Hz touch sampling rate.

The OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G sports a curved super AMOLED screen. It has 90Hz refresh rate with support for HDR10 and HDR10+ high dynamic range formats. The display on the smartphone is very vivid and responsive. I found the new fingerprint unlock animations and colour profiles cool.

Performance

The new OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G is powered by the Mediatek Dimensity 1000+ a flagship grade SoC based on the 7nm fabrication process. MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ excels in terms of overall performance. It was able to handle my always-on work mode, and ensured a smooth performance throughout daily. Even, in terms of gaming, the phone was able to handle all the major games, without any frame drops.

Battery

The OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G benefits from OPPO’s expertise in battery innovations, and specifically, swift charging times. The Reno5 Pro is powered by a 4,350mAh battery. I was able to get almost eight hours of juice on the phone. For an always-on person, what’s incredible is the 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charger which amps-up the battery juice to 100% in as little as 35 minutes!

Camera

All this brings us to the all-important camera, and the video experience.

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The camera system on the Reno5 Pro packs a punch for creative professionals. The phone comes with a quad camera setup on the rear. The camera set-up includes a 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide angle sensor, a 2MP macro sensor and a 2MP mono sensor. There is a 32MP selfie camera on the front.

I personally enjoyed using the camera on the Reno5 Pro 5G. The camera works well across varying light conditions, capturing details nicely, and bereft of any noise or distortion.

Consider the dual-view video: It’s a boon for vloggers interested in recording their life moments. Imagine being able to shoot simultaneously from both front and back cameras, and stitch the video together on the phone, eliminating the need for heavy editing.

Similarly, other video modes, including the AI Colour Portrait, Ultra slow motion, ultra steady video, and monochrome video – offer cool  means to generate creative content.

In Conclusion

The OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G is a great step forward for OPPO. For consumers, this is a phone that comes with a good value proposition. Whether it be the premium design, the industry-leading charging solutions, or the new camera innovations – this is a great device to behold.