In the box

  • Handset
  • VOOC 3.0 5V/4A Australian plug wall charger (requires OPPO ‘green cable’)
  • OPPO ‘green’ USB-A to USB-C cable
  • USB-C Premium earbuds and mic
  • Dark grey texture bumper case

First impression – gorgeous green

OPPO Reno 5G features

The OPPO Reno is unlike anything you have ever seen before. Almost 100% screen, no notch, rounded corners – OPPO nailed this design.

Pick it up, and it is a solid phone – 215g over the Huawei P30 Pro (192g) and Samsung Galaxy S10 5G (198g), but it’s not heavy in your pocket.

Turn it over and take in the iridescent Ocean Green (bah humbug – boring matte Jet Black) and see a neat array of three glass covered lenses (yea! Not the usual Apple ‘on the edge’ design) and a small O-Dot to raise the phone off the surface and protect the glass covered lenses. Very glassy, err classy.

Screen

Size: 6.6-inch
Resolution: 2340 x 1080, 60Hz refresh
PPI: 390
Ratio: 19.5:9
Type: AMOLED with Always on display (Samsung made diamond PenTile)
S-T-B-R: 93.1%
Colour depth: 24-bit, 16M colours
Brightness: 430 nits (typical) – tested to 440 nits
Contrast: Infinite
HDR: Yes
Colour gamut: 100% DCI-P3
Settings: Vivid (DCI-P3) or Gentle (sRGB)
Colour temperature: Slider from Cooler (bright blue tint white) to Warmer (Daylight)
Notch: Full screen – no notch with pop up shark fin selfie
Screen protection: Gorilla Glass 6 and factory applied screen protector
Daylight readability: As good as an OLED gets
Eye protection: Low blue light eye protection certification by TÜV

The screen is flat (good) with 2.5D infinity edges. It is a delight to use with simple flowing finger movements.

deltaE (colour accuracy) is very good (depends on settings) and you can get to 2.4 (anything below 4 is good). Colours really pop in Vivid DCI-P3 mode.

Brightness is a maximum of 430 nits – there is no aggressive super boost that you find on some OLED screens. This is one of the few phones where Auto-Brightness does not favour battery life over brightness no can you change the screen resolution to save battery. It has Night Shield and Low-Brightness Flicker-Free Eye care – not that you need it with AMOLED.

Summary: One of the best 1K AMOLED screens we have seen with excellent DCI-P3 (Hollywood movie) coverage and sRGB colour if you want it.

Performance

Processor Qualcomm SD 855 new 7nm die
1×2.84GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.8GHz Kryo 485
New Copper Tube, triple graphite layer, gel liquid cooling system
X50 5G modem sub 6GHz and X24 4G World modem
Wi-FI 6 (AX and AD backwards compatible)
AI Engine
AI DSP Hexagon 690 – 7 trillion AI operations per second
AI ISP Spectra 380
GPU Adreno 640
Video codecs H.265 (HEVC), HDR10+, HLG, HDR10, H.264 (AVC), VP8, VP9
RAM RAM: 8GB LPDDR4-2133Mhz
Storage: 256GB UFS 21. and 220GB free
OTG Support: Yes
Micro-SD card: 256GB

The Qualcomm SD855 is the 2019 flagship processor, and any phone using it will perform similarly. That means GeekBench single/multi-core tests of around 3500/11000. To put that in perspective the Huawei P30 Pro Kirin 980 SoC is approx 3300/10000. Note these speeds are not far off the Apple iPhone XS series.

The Adreno 640 is the fastest GPU and is about 20% faster than the Kirin 980.

Some reviews state the unit gets hot. Yes, under full load it gets warmish – 30° – but nowhere near alarming levels. And, we did not see evidence of throttling (tested at 100% for five minutes) – you get the full value from the SD855 in the OPPO Reno 5G.

OPPO Reno 5G heat pipe

Game use: It has game Boost 2.0. When it predicts lag, frame rate and stability prioritise for a first-class gaming experience. This has lowered PUBG lag by 44.1% and increased frame rate stability by 31.38%. It also has a screen touch boost and an X-axis haptic feedback motor.

OPPO Reno 5G games

CPU/GPU summary: Silky smooth performance even in the most graphically intense apps.

Comms

Wi-FI Wi-Fi AC, dual-band, 2 x 2 MU-MIMO
Peak speed 10Gbps 8×8
Wi-Di, Hotspot, Miracast
BT Bluetooth 5.0
Peak speed 2 Gbps
NFC Yes
USB USB-C 2.0
Display Port over USB-C
OTG
GPS and e-compass Dual-frequency, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS

It gets -49dBm in Wi-Fi AC (Samsung Note 9 gets -48dBm) – excellent. It appears that a future firmware update may enable Wi-Fi AX use.

BT 5.0 is the most recent standard and supports multi-point connections and higher transfer speeds.

Dual Frequency GPS means more accurate GPS, and we found it fine for in-car navigation use (in a cradle).