The OPPO Reno 8 5G is one of the latest smartphones from the company to launch in Kenya. This is one of the two devices in the Reno 8 series that the company will be selling in Kenya. The other one will be the Reno 8 4G which should be available at a cheaper price.
I have the OPPO Reno 8 5G to review and will be sharing my full thoughts on it very soon. In this post, I will be sharing my first impressions to give you an idea of what to expect if you are planning to buy this phone.
Before we get to the unboxing, let us first look at its key specifications.
- Display: 6.43-inch display with 90Hz refresh rate.
- Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 1300.
- GPU: Mali-G77 MC9
- RAM: 8GB RAM.
- Storage: 256 GB storage.
- Rear camera: 50 MP + 8MP + 2MP.
- Front camera: 32MP.
- Battery: 4500mAh battery with 80W charging support.
- Software: Android 12 with ColorOS 12.1
Also Read: OPPO Reno 8 5G Specifications and Price in Kenya
Reno 8 5G Unboxing
This is what you should expect to get in the box when you buy the OPPO Reno 8 5G.
- The OPPO Reno 8 5G
- USB Cable
- Wall Adapter supporting 80W fast charging
- Silicone Case
- User guide and warranty information.
OPPO Reno 8 5G First Impressions
Having interacted with the phone for a few days, I have to say I love what OPPO has done with the Reno series so far. The build quality is really good with a flat back and a raised camera bump. It is easy to carry and use this phone with one hand. The edges are not that sharp and I have not had any issues using it so far. This is a premium mid range phone and that is very clear when you get to interact with it for the first time.
The power button is on the right side and it does have the signature Reno green mark just to indicate that it is the power button and can also be used to activate Google assistant. You can activate the assistant by long pressing the power button. To switch off the phone, you will have to press the power button and volume up keys at the same time.
The volume keys are on the left side and they are also within easy reach. At the top there is one microphone while the second one is at the bottom next to the SIM tray, USB-C port and the speaker grille. We do not get stereo speakers with the Reno 8 5G unfortunately and I feel like this is a let down considering that we get that in almost all other phones it is competing with.
The camera module at the back is made up of three sensors, 50MP, 8 MP and 2MP. OPPO says that these should get you very clear photos and videos at night. I have used the cameras a few times and I am impressed. The quality of shots is really good with little noise. The back camera can also shoot 4K videos at 30fps. As for selfies, it does come with a 32MP sensor that is equally as good.
For the display, we do have a 6.43 inch Full HD with 90 hz refresh rate. This is an AMOLED display that is very crisp and sharp with amazing viewing angles. I would have hoped for a 120Hz refresh rate as it would have made the phone much better.
For performance, I am impressed with what the Reno 8 5G offers.It is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 processor that is paired with 8 GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. This processor handles all you throw at it from using daily apps like Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp to demanding ones like Asphalt 9 and PUBG. I have not had any issues with these and the phone does not overheat when using them. I will be testing this phone extensively over the next few days and share my full thoughts on it then.
The phone comes with a 4500 mAh battery that supports 80W fast charging. This should fully charge the phone in under 30 minutes.
I did not get to use the Reno 7 5G but I did use the 4G variant. As for the Reno 8 5G, I love its performance of the Dimensity 1300 processor. I also love the design and build quality of this phone, it does feel sturdy and worth the price. The AMOLED display is always a nice addition and the 80W fast charging is quite impressive.
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