OPPO Reno8 5G powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1300 overview: a loaded smartphone that’s dressed to impress

OPPO has just launched its all-new Reno8 Series in India with two models – OPPO Reno8 5G and Reno8 Pro 5G. These smartphones focus on camera and performance, while offering a premium design as well. Here, we will talk about the Reno8 5G which is the base variant in the range, yet offers the capabilities of a high-end phone. These include features like a 90Hz AMOLED Display, MediaTek Dimensity 1300 chipset, Liquid Cooling, 50MP main camera, and 4500mAh battery with 80W SuperVOOCTM charging support. So, let’s take a detailed look at what makes the OPPO Reno8 5G worth a second look.

Flagship-grade cameras

The biggest USP of the Reno8 series is its camera. OPPO claims that the Reno8 5G will offer you a flagship imaging experience with some amazing portrait videos and photos, especially at night. You can choose from 22 levels of adjustment to change the aperture and bokeh light spots in the background. The camera also gets support from both hardware and software for better portraits.

If we talk about specs, the phone features a 50MP main Sony IMX766 sensor with a 1/1.56″ sensor size, an 8MP IMX355 wide-angle camera with 112-degree FOV, and a 2MP macro camera. The camera system also supports hardware-based DOL-HDR, and All Pixel Omni-Directional PDAF. This DOL-HDR technology increases the video dynamic range with a balance of brightness on the photos, while the latter ensures a fast and accurate focusing mechanism.

For selfies, there’s a 32-megapixel Sony IMX709 front camera with f/2.4 aperture, and 85-degree FoV. This also supports Hardware-based DOL-HDR.

The IMX766 sensor on the main camera can make bigger pixels up to 2μm using OPPO’s Quad Binning algorithm, so it can capture more light. Furthermore, its Ultra Night Video feature automatically detects ambient light and improves the video quality. It also supports 960fps AI Slow-motion video recording. While the IMX709 front camera sensor also features a pixel array design with white pixels that are not found in traditional RGGB sensors. There’s AI Portrait Retouching as well which has 193 recognition points for facial features for capturing stunning selfies.

All in all, the powerful combination of hardware and software (getting a lot of help from the MediaTek chipset too) ensures that you can capture impressive photos and videos in all scenarios.

Lag-free performance

The OPPO Reno8 5G is powered by a new chipset, the MediaTek Dimensity 1300. The 6nm octa-core silicon comes with a 1+3+4 architecture and has a 3GHz Arm Cortex-A78 ‘ultra core’ that starts working when an app or game demands more responsiveness. This is complemented by three Cortex-A78 ‘Super Cores’ running at 2.6GHz, while the remaining four Cortex-A55 Cores kick in to ensure maximum efficiency and are clocked at 2GHz. The SoC is accompanied by 8GB LPDDR4X RAM to enable smooth multi-tasking and 128GB UFS3.1 storage.

Like other chips in the series, Dimensity 1300 is a 5G-integrated SoC that supports Carrier Aggregation and offers peak download speeds of up to 4.7Gbps. Moreover, as per AI benchmarking results, the Dimensity 1300 also promises an improved AI performance over the previous model and it helps the camera’s AI noise reduction (AI-NR) features. It also supports MediaTek MiraVision to offer enhanced HDR10+ video playback on the go.

Super-conductive VC Liquid Cooling System

Just like the OPPO Reno7, its successor also features VC Liquid cooling. This time however, the total cooling area is increased by 16.8 percent, so now the OPPO Reno8 5G can remain cool even when you are playing heavy graphic games or watching HD videos. It has a new Vapour Chamber with a surface area of 2,343 mm2 and this is 1.5x more efficient than the heat pipe used in the Reno7. Moreover, the brand has used a super-conductive aluminum alloy for the phone’s frame, which helps in increasing thermal conductivity.

Attractive looks, lightweight design

OPPO’s Reno series is known for its trendy design, and the Reno8 series is no exception. The OPPO Reno8 5G features a design that is quite attractive, and features a streamlined unibody design.

If we talk about the back, the camera module and the rear cover are well integrated so the rear panel appears seamless. Also, the camera module is Inspired by vintage cinema cameras, it looks distinctive and easily catches one’s attention.

The smartphone is quite slim with just 7.67mm thickness and tips the scale at just 179g. This means that the phone can fit comfortably in your hands. The Reno8 5G is available in Shimmer Gold and Shimmer Black hues, with a gradient effect on the back.

A captivating AMOLED display

The OPPO Reno8 5G offers a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with a 90.8 percent screen-to-body ratio. The display supports up to 90Hz refresh rate and up to 180Hz touch sampling rate, which means you will get a smooth experience while browsing and gaming. It also comes with up to 600 nits’ brightness, which means you can use it easily in harsh sunlight conditions.

Multimedia enthusiasts will appreciate that the display on the Reno8 5G is Netflix and Amazon Prime Video HD certified. Then there’s Ultra Vision Engine that delivers clearer and more vivid images while watching YouTube and Instagram. The panel is also SGS Eye Care Display certified, ensuring that the blue light emissions don’t damage your eyes.

Powerful battery with 80W SuperVOOCTM fast charging

Another highlight of the phone is its 80W SuperVOOCTM charging support. The Reno8 users will be able to charge its 4,500mAh battery to 50 percent in just 11 minutes, and to 100 percent in approximately 28 minutes. So, you can easily use the phone for the entire day and then charge it fully the next morning by the time you’re finished having breakfast. OPPO also claims that a 5-minute charge is enough for 2 hours straight gaming, which is tested by TÜV Rheinland.

OPPO’s Reno8 5G also features Battery Health Engine (BHE) technology that helps in extending battery life by intelligently controlling the charging current and voltage in real-time. The company claims that this technology can extend the battery life to almost 1,600 charge cycles.

ColorOS 12.1 for enhanced personalisation and privacy

In the software department, the Reno8 5G boasts several new and unique features. It ships with ColorOS 12.1 based on Android 12. OPPO has confirmed that the handset will get two years of major Android updates and four years of security updates.

The latest ColorOS version on the Reno8 5G is optimised to offer a smarter, more personalised, and more secure experience. There are updated Air Gestures that work using the front camera and AI intelligent sensing algorithms to offer more accessibility features.

There’s a useful feature called “Multi-Screen Connect” that allows you to multitask seamlessly across different devices. You can create up to 3 cell phone clones on your PC and work on multiple apps simultaneously.

Talking about personalisation, OPPO’s Omoji feature expands with more than 200 trendy elements, and its built-in facial recognition technology can help you to create highly personalized avatars. For data privacy and security, the Reno8 5G is certified by ISO, and TrustArc.

To sum up, the new OPPO Reno8 5G brings forth a perfect combination of beautiful design and wholesome performance. Its premium design aesthetics, powerful MediaTek Dimensity 1300 chipset, amazing camera capabilities, and super-fast charging make for an all-rounder smartphone that shouldn’t be ignored. Carrying a price tag of Rs 29,999, the device will go on sale from July 25th. Consumers can also get a 10 percent cashback offer if they use debit / credit card from SBI, ICICI, Kotak Bank, etc., or avail six-month no-cost EMI. Buyers will also enjoy OPPO Premium Service which has benefits like free pickup and drop service, 24 x 7 hotline support, and more.