Oppo Reno 4 5G review: a rock-solid smartphone

Rounded corners, a borderless show with the digital camera positioned within the higher left nook on the again: The Oppo Reno4 5G may be an iPhone at first look if it weren’t for the punch-hole notch positioned in entrance. At the identical time, the producer flooded a number of iterations of the smartphone available in the market. This overview is about the usual model, which comes with 5G connectivity, a triple digital camera setup on the again, and super-fast charging functionality.

Oppo Reno4 launch date and value

Before we start, right here is a transient overview of the Reno4 5G fashions: Oppo’s newest Reno 4 collection includes of a trio of items, of which the usual mannequin is the least spectacular among the many trio. While the Pro model shines with a refresh price of 90 Hz and OLED display whereas the Reno4 Z delivers an LCD show with a 120 Hz refresh price, the usual mannequin solely manages 60 Hz. You can examine all of the variations in our protection of the three telephones. Now let’s focus on the Reno4 5G.

Who is the Reno4 5G appropriate for?

With a really useful retail value of €599, Oppo positioned the Reno4 5G as a substitute for the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, however presents inferior {hardware} as compared. Oppo’s {hardware} is extra comparable with units just like the Pixel 4a or the OnePlus Nord, that are considerably cheaper. Optically the smartphone reminds one strongly of the iPhone X, alongside its respective successors with out Touch ID. So if the second-generation iPhone SE appears to be like too old school for you, you would possibly discover the Reno4 5G an fascinating iPhone various that runs on Android with a few technical superiorities.

What I like in regards to the Oppo Reno4 5G…

The appear and feel

With its pretty borderless 6.4-inch show, glass again, and rounded edges, the Reno4 5G has a very high-end really feel to it. This is as a result of Oppo’s power lies in the selection of supplies and workmanship for this system.
The complete package deal appears to be like a bit rounder than with the Find X2 Neo, which within the overview appeared a bit unrefined and fewer effectively thought out. The Reno4 5G, then again, appears to be like as if it had been lovingly handcrafted by an outdated grasp with a purpose to present his apprentice his craft.

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The look of the Oppo Reno4 5G is harking back to the iPhone X…if not for the unpleasant lettering on the again. / © NextPit

This optimistic impression is supported by a number of different traits. Oppo didn’t spare any expense with the vibration motor, which labored quietly and reliably. The refined vibrations of the motor point out that the biometric safety features have acknowledged you. More exactly, it’s able to detecting correct face recognition inside seconds and likewise presents a very exact fingerprint sensor that’s positioned beneath the show. The interplay of those features that many people take as a right is a lot enjoyable that I’ve locked and unlocked the cellphone time and again, merely for the sake of doing so. Such small touches and particulars have a actually massive impact!

Triple digital camera with dual-selfie

If you permit the Oppo Reno4 5G locked and draw a round gesture on the show, you’ll be able to launch the digital camera app via this shortcut (it’s required to be activated within the menu beforehand). Once completed, it is possible for you to to take pleasure in crisp colours, sharp pictures, and a surprisingly helpful HDR mode.

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The HDR mode (proper) delivers good outcomes. / © NextPit

But first, a few phrases in regards to the know-how concerned. The Reno4 5G sports activities a triple digital camera setup on the again, which focuses on topics utilizing laser autofocus. Bear that in thoughts as will probably be an essential level later, particularly with regards to night time pictures. The most important digital camera has a decision of 48 megapixels, of which all 48 million pixels can be found to you upon request. The open aperture is top-notch at f/1.7 with a focal size of 26 millimeters being ample. If the sphere of view isn’t sufficient, the Reno4 5G additionally presents an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digital camera with a subject of view of 119 levels, along with an additional two-megapixel lens for depth info.

Recessed within the show are two selfie cameras, which when working collectively, guarantee good outcomes. One digital camera snaps pictures with 32 megapixels whereas the second lens collects depth info. There is not any actual distinction to software-based options for the bokeh end in your selfies. Nevertheless, this quintet of cameras is a cheap setup with none redundant monochrome or macro lenses. The efficiency can also be noticeable within the recordings.

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This smartphone captures mild moods very effectively! / © NextPit

The Reno4 5G captures mild moods particularly effectively with wealthy colours and a good dynamic vary. Shots in HDR mode look surprisingly pure and do not ship an unnatural look, as if it’s a portray, as present in many different smartphones. As you’ll be able to see within the take a look at photos, the north German climate that’s usually gloomy is properly transferred into the ultimate product. At the identical time, the high-resolution 48-megapixel photos will also be utilized in post-processing in accordance with your choice.

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However, such excessive decision additionally leads to annoying noise within the ½ inch sensor discovered within the Reno4 5G. This is particularly noticeable once you activate the night time mode. Even if the snapshots lose a lot of particulars, the Oppo smartphone scores with atmospheric photos. So if you happen to’re not a infamous photograph zoomer, you will additionally just like the night time pictures taken with this smartphone.

Oppo additionally has one other innovation in retailer for you with regards to night time mode. This is as a result of you can even activate it everytime you swap from photograph to video mode.

Night-videos and video stabilization

When it involves video, the Oppo Reno4 5G is shocking, as 4K recordings at 60 frames per second aren’t but accessible in too many smartphones. Video pans are silky and the decision is sweet sufficient for cropping and for output in Full HD decision. Once once more, the smartphone surprises with a stunning lighting temper that was in a position to seize the bluish colours of nightfall, which is well-liked amongst videographers and photographers, as an example.

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Even movies in night time mode (proper) get a good temper because of the night time mode. / © NextPit

If you do not like quiet pictures with good lights, you’ll be able to deliver the Reno4 5G with you in your futuristic mountain bike after which journey previous me far too shut for consolation each time I shoot my lame movies. Just just like the Find X2 Neo, Oppo’s video stabilization system will certainly make gimbal producers nervous. Even quick actions or recurring shocks when strolling downstairs are reliably compensated by the smartphone. However, the mode described within the digital camera app as a “professional image stabilizer” requires extra mild than common video stabilization with a purpose to work effectively. Hence, this mode isn’t very appropriate for capturing at the hours of darkness.


The different {hardware} of the Reno4 5G is partly in charge for the optimistic points! Because with the Snapdragon 765 chipset and eight GB of RAM, the smartphone runs easily and steady. However, the configuration is nothing too particular the place the mid-range smartphone market is anxious. In the OnePlus Nord, the identical processor can also be used, to not point out within the Motorola Moto G 5G Plus, the 5G-SoC labored effectively.

This is particularly so after minimizing the animation by way of the developer settings of Android, with the put in Android 10 operating at full velocity. Menus and apps pop up in a fraction of a second, solely to shut once more simply as rapidly by way of a easy gesture. Mobile video games equivalent to PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty: Mobile, and Battle Prime affirm this impression. Here, the loading occasions are quick even if you happen to crank up the graphics settings within the video games to run at 30 to 60 frames per second. If you lose your self in quite a few rounds of PUBG through the center of the working day and your battery runs low, Oppo nonetheless has a massive trump card up its sleeve!

Super VOOC fast cost with 65 watts

This is as a result of the Oppo Reno4 5G costs rapidly because of its Super VOOC 2.zero know-how by way of a 65-watt energy provide! After unpacking, it appears to be like remarkably cumbersome and has a pluggable and very thick USB-C cable. With the unique energy provide unit, will probably be in a position to go from 10 % battery situation to 50 % inside a matter of 15 minutes. If you wish to totally cost up the smartphone, it takes a complete of simply 40 minutes. These are good occasions, and they’re in actual fact, barely increased than the touted values talked about by Oppo. Surprisingly, neither the smartphone nor the ability provide generated an excessive amount of warmth when in use regardless of the superior charging velocity.

With a full battery cost, the smartphone will final for a very long time because of the massive 4,000 milliampere-hour battery. It is dependent upon how you employ it, however if you happen to make occasional calls, examine your e-mail, and return residence after work utilizing Google Maps, you should have no issues charging it at night time. Especially since Oppo applies very distinctive battery administration. Depending in your wants, you’ll be able to activate one energy mode or select from the completely different vitality saving modes within the settings.

Unfortunately, the Oppo Reno4 5G doesn’t help wi-fi charging and is due to this fact unsuitable for charging your headphones just by inserting them on it. Here is a small comfort: Even probably the most costly model of Reno4 Pro doesn’t help wi-fi charging.

What I do not like in regards to the Oppo Reno4 5G…

The 60 Hz show

Speaking of the opposite variations from the brand new Reno4 5G lineup: relying in your preferences, Oppo makes use of the “worst” display in the usual mannequin. Because whereas the Reno 4 Pro has a 90 Hz refresh price whereas the Reno 4Z comes with a 120 Hz panel, and right here you’re settling down with a 60 Hz refresh price within the Reno4 5G. As my colleague Antoine wrote in his opinion on the iPhone 12, that is an excellent worse selection than together with 5G compatibility on the time of the launch. This is as a result of excessive refresh charges have gotten increasingly more commonplace even amongst mid-range smartphones.

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The OLED show of the Oppo Reno4 5G is proscribed by its 60 Hz refresh price. / © NextPit

The show of the Reno4 5G is on no account a dangerous show. The OLED panel cuts a actually wonderful determine with its decision of 2400 x 1080 pixels, a screen-to-case ratio of over 90 %, and a most brightness of 600 nits. The colours are additionally vibrant and canopy virtually 93 % of the DCI-P3 coloration area. The low refresh price is all of the extra annoying because of this.

With such a technical limitation, it gives the look that Oppo has put in the slower panel with a purpose to differentiate it from the Reno4 Pro and thus creates causes to purchase it, which is in actual fact, an train in futility. This is as a result of the 90 Hz refresh price is taken into account to be a 2020 staple in lots of smartphone fashions, the place cramming in 
a higher digital camera setup and the larger show must be inside the area of the Pro model.

The boring design

With these ideas in the back of my thoughts, one other thought got here to my thoughts: The Oppo Reno4 5G is by some means…boring. The design is distinguished sufficient, the datasheet is respectable, and the digital camera is by far not an impressive performer regardless of its good outcomes. The Find X2 Neo and particularly the Find X2 Pro appeared extra daring in nature, and also you had the sensation that Oppo may exchange Huawei as an underdog place available in the market.

Even the short cost perform, as technically spectacular as it might be, is extra of a gimmick ultimately. Because like many smartphone customers, I often cost my smartphone on the finish of the day and go away it plugged in in a single day. Whether the cellphone is totally charged after I go to sleep or solely after a few hours, I do probably not care – so long as it’s full within the morning. This is completely different with the opposite fashions within the collection. The Reno 7Z surprises its person with a 120 Hz show and holds the fort with regards to together with a 3.5mm headphone jack. A insurgent on the planet of low cost smartphones, the Reno 7 Pro, comes with a 90 Hz refresh price along with high-resolution cameras. The Reno 7Z 5G, then again, does have a place in the complete product vary as effectively with 65-watt charging know-how.

The mono speaker

Another beef that I’ve with the Reno4 5G is the sound high quality. While the decision high quality for cellphone calls is OK, the mono speaker is horrible with regards to cellular video games or movies. Although the utmost quantity is respectable, the sound could be very tiny and lacks bass. In addition, Oppo, like with so many smartphones, is poorly positioned. 

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The mono loudspeaker on the underside is hardly usable. / © NextPit

That’s as a result of the sound comes out of three holes on the backside of the case, and once you maintain it in horizontal mode, you continually cowl the smartphone’s speaker. The sound then turns into very skinny or, within the worst-case situation, can hardly be heard. An further loudspeaker on the high would have been good for the smartphone.

No IP score, no WiFi-6, and no Android 11 to start with

It can also be a pity that Oppo doesn’t supply safety of its smartphone in opposition to water harm. The smartphone lacks IP certification and Oppo doesn’t point out every other type of safety measures throughout its product web page. You additionally search in useless for help for the WiFi 6 commonplace, and Android 11 can also be not within the pipeline.

However, Oppo has already introduced ColorOS 11, which is predicated on Android 11. Since the Reno4 5G is likely one of the latest Oppo smartphones, an replace is probably going incoming. It stays to be seen how lengthy you’ll have to anticipate this.

Final verdict

With the Oppo Reno4 5G, you are shopping for a rock-solid smartphone that is actually quick courtesy of its Snapdragon 765 chipset. Current requirements equivalent to 5G and 128 GB of inside reminiscence make this inexpensive smartphone a long-term choice. The design, the processing muscle, and particularly the pictures taken with the triple digital camera setup, together with movies which might be very interesting to the eyes. However, the Reno4 5G is a bit boring as a result of its few distinctive promoting propositions and much too costly for the {hardware} provided. But if you happen to’re searching for a fairly boring smartphone and all the time preferred Apple’s iPhones with out Touch ID, you will discover the Oppo Reno4 5G to be a high-quality various with a good digital camera – albeit on the Android platform. The 60 Hz show matches Apple’s appeal, however it’s a massive minus level for me on this overview.

Alternatives to the Oppo Reno4 5G

Many of the alternate options to the Reno4 5G have already been talked about on this overview! If you type the smartphone lists on the Internet by value after which look to the far left, you will notice the Pixel 4a with out 5G, the OnePlus Nord with 5G and 120 Hz show, and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro. You will even have the ability to get monetary savings once you accept the iPhone SE that runs on Apple’s iOS. While this overview was being written, OnePlus additionally confirmed off with the OnePlus 8T, which is on par with the Oppo smartphone by way of value. You can discover extra info within the respective opinions!

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