Oppo Reno 8 Pro review: midrange camera beast punches above its weight

Oppo Reno 8 Pro: Key features

Chipset: MediaTek Size 8100-Max
DATA STORAGE: 8GB (12GB version available)
To store: 256GB
OS: Android 12, ColorOS 12.1
Screen: AMOLED, 6.7 inches, 1080 x 2412 pixels
cameras: 50 MP, f/1.8, 23mm (main); 8 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultrawide); 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro); 32 MP, f/2.4, 22mm (front)
Connection: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, USB Type-C
Dimensions: 161.2 x 74.2 x 7.3 mm (6.35 x 2.92 x 0.29 inches)
Weight: 183 g (6.46 ounces)

Manufacturers are constantly launching new phones like the Oppo Reno 8 Pro into the ‘around £600’ price segment with obvious glee. This is generally fine as it leads to too many options for users and also leads to a lot of confusion and feature comparisons. Everyone wants the best bang for their buck, but what do you do in a world where you can get a Google Pixel or iPhone SE for similar money? We call these mid-range phones, but a few years ago they were powerful enough to melt faces.

The Oppo Reno 8 Pro clearly wants to get your custom. It has a stunning appearance, has a good chipset in the MediaTek Dimensity 8100-MAX, and has excellent ability to capture 50MP images or shoot stabilized 4K video. But it risks being too expensive to be considered one of the best budget camera phones at this price point. (opens in new tab)and also not ‘premium’ enough to rank among the best camera phones (opens in new tab) comprehensive. So which side of the fence does the Oppo Reno 8 Pro fall on?

Oppo Reno 8 Pro review: Design

Look, it’s bright. (Image credit: Future/Ian Evenden)

What is immediately striking about the Oppo Pro 8 is how reflective it is. If you have a habit of retouching your makeup on the train, maybe you don’t need to carry a mirror anymore. The back of the phone is silver plated and glass plated as well as an absolute smudge and fingerprint magnet. However, it’s great for taking selfies or asking for help when stranded on top of a mountain in the desert.

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