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OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G Review: A Designer Phone with a Style of it’s own

OPPO has been really active in the local market for the past couple of months, as the company looks to consolidate it’s pole position by launching a wide selection of products ranging from smartphones to other IoT products like the OPPO Enco Air.

This month, OPPO Singapore is back with the launch of the widely-anticipated OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G, which came just merely six months after the company announced the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G (Review) at the beginning of the year.

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Despite the short release cycle, OPPO still managed to squeeze in some neat upgrades to the new Reno6 Pro 5G, packing in a brand new chipset as well as an enhanced camera system.

At S$949, the OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G is comparatively more affordable than most other high-end models in the market, and will competing directly with some of the prominent models like the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Review) and OnePlus 9 5G within the same price range.

So how does the OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G stands against it’s competitors? Let’s find out in how OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G Review!

Design & Handling

OPPO has a fabulous track record when it comes to launching smartphones with some of the best-looking design in the market, and it’s pretty obvious that the new OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G intends to ride on this trend.

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From the outside, the OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G is an extremely sleek device thanks to it’s ultra-slim chassis that measures just 7.6mm in thickness. It’s perhaps one of the thinnest phone we have in the market, aside from the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G (Review).

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One thing I really appreciate about OPPO’s recent Find X3 Pro (Review) flagship is the tall and skinny design of the phone which makes it feels compact and pleasant to use with one hand. Therefore, it’s a good news that the Reno6 Pro 5G retains a similar form factor.

The Stellar Black OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G I’m holding to for review dons an understated Matte Black finish topped with OPPO’s signature Reno Glow design that sets off a cool sparkling effect which kind of reminds me of the twinkling stars of a night sky.

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In fact, this dazzling outlook is a one-of-a-kind design that’s exclusive only to select models from the forth to sixth generation’s Reno series smartphones. This gives the Reno series phones their own uniqueness and identity that set them apart from other devices in the market.

It’s also worth pointing out that the Reno6 Pro 5G’s anti-glare glass back not only feels premium, but also appears to be totally immune to fingerprints or smudges. It’s surely an impressive feat in this aspect.

Display

Coming to the frontside of the phone, we’ll be greeted by a vibrant 6.55” curved display which comes with a tiny hole-punch cutout on the upper-left corner of the screen to accommodate it’s selfie camera.

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It’s once again an AMOLED display that offers a sharp 2400 x 1080 pixels screen resolution, topped with a fast 90Hz refresh rate that makes scrolling and animations feel buttery smooth on the phone.

On top of that, the OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G also promises an accurate and realistic color rendering thanks to it’s impressive 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio and 100% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage.

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Sporting a peak brightness of up to 800 nits (when auto brightness is on), there’s hardly any issue for the screen to remain visible even directly under the sun. As such, the Reno6 Pro 5G makes a great companion for outdoor photography.

Having an AMOLED display naturally means that the Reno6 Pro 5G also comes with a fingerprint scanner that’s embedded underneath the front display. Unlocking the phone with the in-display scanner is a breeze, especially when it’s highly accurate and responsive.

To round out it’s front package, OPPO has also fitted a layer of Gorilla Glass 5 atop it’s front display to protect the phone against scratches or accidental drops (up to a certain height, of course).

Performance

The OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G (Review) was actually the first smartphone I’d reviewed that comes with Dimensity 1000 series chipset, and it left me a really good impression of it’s superior performance.

The new OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G continues to adopt a Dimensity series chipset, but it’s now powered by an upgraded Dimensity 1200 which boasts better performance than the Dimensity 1000+ chip that was found in it’s predecessor.

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In terms of benchmark scores, the Dimensity 1200 chipset sits pretty close to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870, and is just slightly behind the flagship Snapdragon 888 mobile platform that was found in high-end devices like the OPPO Find X3 Pro.

As such, you can well expect the same silky-smooth gaming experience and lag-free multi-tasking as any other more expensive models (without actually paying more!).

Most of the time, the OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G handles thermals pretty well even when gaming for a couple of hours. However, it does get heated up slightly when pushed to the limit under high graphic settings, but that’s a pretty common issue among ultra-slim smartphone as I’d experienced the same on the Reno5 Pro 5G as well.

In the memory department, the OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G features a copious 12GB RAM and 256GB built-in storage which are way more than sufficient for most users, including power users.

Cameras

Photography on the OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G is handled by a versatile quad-camera system lead by a 64 megapixels (f/1.7 aperture) main camera along with a trio of auxiliary cameras including a 8 megapixels (f/2.2 aperture) ultra-wide lens, 2 megapixels (f/2.4 aperture) macro camera, as well as a 2 megapixels (f/2.4 aperture) depth sensor.

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The main camera on the Reno6 Pro 5G is highly capable of clicking some really impressive shots with excellent dynamic range and details that are actually comparable to flagship phones.

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Daylight Sample: Afternoon
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Daylight Sample: Evening

It’s AI scene enhancement feature works effectively in sharpening photos and reducing noise in low-light scenes. Also, it’s post-processing isn’t too drastic, giving you photos that appear true-to-life.

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Night Mode Sample
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Night Mode Sample

To help with low-light photography, the Reno6 Pro 5G comes with a reliable night mode that works amicably well in improving exposure and details of any particular scene. Most importantly, it has a really pleasing color profile that makes the photos really stand out.

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Coming to the ultra-wide shots, you still get Insta-worthy photos despite the reduced pixel counts (as compared to the main camera). Dynamic range is generally wide enough with ample details.

As for close-up shots, you can either rely on it’s 2MP macro camera or make use of the 2x digital zoom feature via it’s main camera. Personally, I usually prefer using 2x zoom for close-ups as they tend to offer better details and dynamic range.

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Close-up Sample
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Close-up Sample

In fact, the 2x digital zoom on the Reno6 Pro 5G is surprisingly good for such usage. It clicks really detailed photos with a nice and natural background bokeh effect that makes the subject pops. On top of that, focusing is also accurate and stable, making it easier for you to take a flattering shot.

Battery & Charging

To power the phone through the day, the OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G relies on a 4,500mAh dual-cell battery, which is a nice upgrade over the 4,350mAh battery in the Reno5 Pro 5G.

Under normal usage, the battery can easily last more than a day and up to 1.5 days when you turn on the power saving mode. That’s pretty decent especially when you consider how slim the phone is.

Charging-wise, the Reno6 Pro 5G retains the same blazing-fast 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charging solution that’s capable of filling up a flat battery from 0 to 100% in less than 40 minutes.

The Reno6 Pro 5G certainly scores well in the battery and charging department despite the lack of wireless charging, which we can’t really complain since most devices in this segment lacks this feature as well.

Verdict

OPPO once again impressed us with the new Reno6 Pro 5G that isn’t just gorgeous on the outside, but is also stellar in terms of performance and it’s photography capabilities.

As such, the OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G is definitely a phone to reckon with if you’re one of those who do not wish to burn a hole in your pocket for a highly-capable smartphone with an outstanding camera system.

Those who’re interested can pre-order the OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G in Singapore through OPPO Official Store over at Shopee between August 21st to 27th. Otherwise, the phone will be available for purchase island-wide starting August 28th.

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