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OPPO Reno4 5G – everything you expect from a mid-range 5G
4.5Overall Score
Name: OPPO Reno4 5G
Price (RRP): $799
Manufacturer: OPPO

The OPPO Reno4 5G is part of the Reno mid-range value line that comes with stacks of goodies for the reasonable price of $799.

Reno is an OPPO sub-brand. It’s positioning is just below the flagship Find X-series and above the A-series. Its mission is to offer greater value even if it competes with other OPPO models.

For example, the OPPO Reno4 5G faces off to the Find X2 Neo at $899 and the Find X2 Lite at $649. The other Reno4 Z 5G marks new ground sitting above the A91 and Below the Find X2 Lite 5G.

The OPPO Reno4 5G uses the Qualcomm SD765G. It is a companion to the OPPO Reno4 Z 5G that sells for $599 and uses the new MediaTek Dimensity SoC – a review will be coming soon.

Australian’s love the Reno series. In 2019 Reno was responsible for its largest single smartphone sales segment.

So the OPPO Reno4 5G has a lot to live up to. Let’s see, shall we?

(Spoiler – OPPO you have done it again with a 6.4″ AMOLED screen, 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charging and a great camera).

First impression – EXCEED

Its not just the grippy Galactic (Ice) Blue back with a tri-camera. It is also the aluminium anodised matching frame and superb build quality that makes this an OPPO Reno.

The front screen is vibrant and colourful with a distinctive dual-camera selfie ‘pill’ slot on the top left. But the thing that impresses me most is the galactic speed 65W charging that fills it 0-100% in well under an hour.

Screen – EXCEED

Size6.4″
TypeAMOLED 60Hz with a dual camera slot to left
Resolution2400 x 1080
PPI/Ratio409/20:9
Colour
Brightness
Contrast
Delta E
Vivid
Gentle
White
HDR
16.7m
Claim: 430 normal, 600 max and 800 peak HDR content
Infinite: ∞:1
approx. 2 (below 4 is excellent)
93.28%  DCI-P3 and 135.13%sRGB
73.72% DCI-P3 and 100% sRGB
From warm to cool
GPU will decode and play up to HDR10+
Daylight
AOD
Dark mode
Blue light
Quite good
Clock and notifications – not customisable
Yes
Yes certified
DRMThe GPU will decode HDR10/+ and HLG content to the screen.
DRMInfo finds Widevine L1 and the latest HDCP 2.3, so it should play both SDR and HDR streaming content
GamingIt is a 60Hz screen, and most gamers will look to 90 or 120Hz refresh and higher touch rates. Good for most games at medium quality
ProtectionGorilla Glass 6 and pre-fitted screen protector
Fingerprint
Face ID
Optical under glass – Test: 9/10
Test 8/10

This is a bright and vibrant screen with accurate levels of DCI-P3 and sRGB – more than you could reasonably expect. Colour accuracy is good enough for Creatives and VLoggers.

Our tests confirmed OPPOs conservative brightness figures. It is little unfair to quote 800 nits peak because HBM (high brightness mode) only cuts in a very small portion of the screen when playing HDR content.

Processor – PASS+

SoCQualcomm SD765G 7nm
GPUAdreno 620 Compute Open CL: 1254
Game useThe G stands for gaming functions like a game ‘smoother’; and a fast loader. Add that to OPPOs game boost and an Adreno 620 GPU, and it can handle most games with good frame rates.
RAM8GB LPDDR4X
Storage128GB UFS 2.1 (98GB free)
Androbench Test
Internal 980.67/484.81Mbps sequential read/write – excellent
External USB Flash 2.0 (480Mbps half-duplex) 35/34MBps – typical
External USB-C SSD 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps) – 33/33MBps – this is 2.0 speed
micro-SDNo, but supports OTG to 1TB
Geek
Bench 5
Single: 618
Multi: 1806
It is in between the SD845 and SD855
Throttle
15-minute
Max: 162481GIPS, Average: 159,556 –  0% loss over 15 minutes
CPU temp reached 50°
Terrific thermal management as we have come to expect from OPPO designs

Not only is this our favourite Goldilocks processor (just right) OPPO’s thermal design skills show again. It does not throttle at all.

OPPO has implemented USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 which in theory is 5Gbps/635MBps half-duplex. So we expect a suitable external SSD to achieve around 250-300MBps sequential read. Regrettably, data transfer is still at USB 2.0 speeds, so it is not for videographers. At this time, apart from Samsung S20/Note20, few phones support USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 speeds.

OPPO Reno4 5G

OPPO earns the PASS+ mark here due to the thermal management. Shame about USB-C 3.1 though.

Comms – PASS+

Wi-FiWi-Fi 5 AC (Qualcomm WCN3990) 2 x 2 MU-MIMO
Signal Strength 5Ghz – distance from ASUS AX1100 router
– 2m:  -16dBm/866Mbps
– 5m: -30dBm/866Mbps
– 10m: -50dBm/866
BluetoothBT 5.1
GPSSingle capable of <10m turn-by-turn navigation
NFCYes PayWave
USB-CUSB-C 3.1 but it only supports USB 2.0 speeds
SensorsBosch BMI160 triaxial Accelerometer/Gyroscope and step/motion detector gives a total of 9-axis detection used for Gyro-EIS
Magmetometer eCompass
Ambient Light sensor
Proximity sensor

The OPPO Reno4 has one of the strongest Wi-Fi 5 AC signals we have ever recorded. To get 866Mbps nearly 15 meters from the router is outstanding.

LTE and 5G – PASS+

SIMDual sim (one active at a time) carrier unlocked
Ring toneSingle
SupportVoLTE – carrier dependent – generally yes
Wi-Fi calling – Yes
DL/UL (Mbps)Ping: 41ms, 17.2/21.1Mbps
LTE Band1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26 28, 32, 34, 38, 40, 41, 66 – a world phone
5GSub-6Ghz nN78
Note updates may enable other bands
4G Test-99dBm/125.9Fw in a 3-bar reception area (good)
Found next tower at -102dBm/79.4fW and third tower at -116dBm/3.2fW (unusable) – superb antenna design
5G TestWe are unable to provide reliable results

This is as strong in signal strength as any Telstra Bluetick phone we have tested. It should be a great rural phone.

Battery – PASS+ for battery life and EXCEED for 65W charge

Battery mAh2×2010=4000mAh (4020 reported)
ChargerSuper VOOC 2.0 5V/2A/10W and 10V/6.5A/65W
Also PD and QWC 18W compatible – just slower
Claim: 60% in 15 minutes and 100% in 36 minutes
Test:
75% – 30 minutes
0-100% – 49 minutes
TestsVideo Loop test: 60Hz 1080p/50%/aeroplane mode – 20 hrs
Typical use 4G, Wi-Fi Test –  12 hrs
MP3 music test: 50% volume played from storage – 24+
100% load Battery drain – 8 hrs
T-Rex – 575m (9.58hrs), 3340 frames
Drain screen off: 91mA (about 30 days)
OPPO Reno4 5G
That is one fast charge curve – straight up in under an hour

It is good for a day’s typical use and perhaps two with lighter use. But it EXCEEDs due to the incredibly fast 65W Super VOOC 2.0 charger.

Sound – PASS

SpeakersMono earpiece and down-firing speaker*
AMPTFA98XX stereo class-D 2x 3.4W
BT codecsCodecs are SBC (standard), LDAC (Sony), aptX/HD/TWS (Qualcomm), FLAC, ACC etc.
Dolby AtmosIt can decode Dolby Atmos metadata to its 1.0 mono speaker or the BT and USB-C stream.
Sound stageNil – it is a mono speaker.
Dolby Atmos does not influence the speaker sound.
MicDual NC
3.5mmNo, but the onboard FSA480 DAC allows for unamplified USB-C earphones to plug in
Standard USB-C earphone/mic supplied
Tests dB
Anything over 80dB is excellent
Media – 71
Ring – 74
Alarm – 80
Earpiece – no setting
Handsfree – adequate volume and mic sensitivity

* It is not fair to measure the sound signature on a mono speaker system. The primary use is for clear voice. It is not for music or movies with no bass or mid before 1000Hz and no treble after 10kHz.

BT headphones – EXCEED

The BT 5.0 drove our reference Sony WH-1000xM4 in SBC, AAC, aptX and LDAC modes and provided good clear sound and plenty of volume. Few devices have such a wide selection of BT Codecs. Dolby Atmos presets for smart, movie, gaming and music do alter the sound stage in the headphones.

Sound quality

We do not measure the frequency response as it is a mono speaker. Suffice to say it focuses on clear voice.

Build – PASS

Size/Weight159.3 x 74 x 7.8mm x 183g
ColoursGalactic Blue and Space Black (the effect is the ‘Reno Glow that is fingerprint-resistant)
BuildGlass: Gorilla Glass 6
Frame: Not determined – it looks like colour matched anodised aluminium
Back: Plastic with a metalised painted Reno Glow finish
IPNot rated but splash proof
In the box65W charger
USB-A to USB-C Super VOOC 2.0 cable
3.5mm standard buds
TPU bumper cover

OPPO build quality and finish is superb, and it has a two-year warranty and excellent local service. To earn extra points here, it would have required an IP rating.

Android 10 – PASS+

AndroidGoogle Android 10
UIColorOS 7.2 and new AI app preload
GoogleAll standard apps, Google Lens and Assistant. Dedicated Google Assistant key.
BloatwareMostly Google alternatives and utilities
Update PolicyIt will get Android 11.
Note that security updates handled by Google in Android 11
SecurityFingerprint –  under glass Goodix optical 9/10 tests
FaceID

I like ColorOS and its direction. It is like the oil on the wheels that makes Pure Android more usable.

Missing – PASS

IP RatingNot a deal-breaker – you need to spend at least $100 more
3.5mmDitto – and it has a USB-C DAC inbuilt.
Micro-SDDitto and it can handle OTG devices to 1TB
QiSpend another $100 more

If these are important the LG Velvet for $899 has it all.

Camera – PASS+

OPPO Reno4 5G

OPPO has some of the best camera tech with periscope zoom, gimbal lens mounts, AI etc.

This gets AI but otherwise is a fairly standard rear tri-camera setup. The dual selfie is interesting. Overall its is a great performer, but you can buy better cameraphones from its BBK siblings.

 Camera Primary
48MP
bins to 12MP
Ultra-Wide
8MP
Depth
2MP
Selfie 1
32MP
bins to 8MP
Selfie Depth
2MP
SensorSony IMX586HI-846GC2375Sony IMX616GC02M1B
Lens6P6P3P5P2P
Focus
Laser Detection (LIDAR) AF
AFFF
Aperture f-stop1.72.22.22.42.4
Pixel size um.8 bins to 1.61.12 .8 bins to 1.6 
FOV° and cropped79.5 (68.2°)119 80.4 (69.8°)78.3
Stabilisationgyro-EIS for video  gyro-EIS for video 
FlashLED    
Zoom10X Digital    
Video Max[email protected]
Also 21:9 mode
  [email protected] 
FeaturesLive  and auto HDR
Video filters
Sloop video editing
  Auto HDR 

Daylight, outdoors

OPPO Reno4 5G
1X – this is accurate and detailed – perfect
OPPO Reno4 5G
2X – good detail but as its digital it is cropped from a 48MP image and post-processed hence the colour differences to 1x
OPPO Reno4 5G
5x and details are excellent. Not too much noise in the rear forest either
OPPO Reno4 5G
20X – forget it
OPPO Reno4 5G
8MP U;trawide lens accounts for colour differences

Indoors Office Light (400 lumens)

Great dynamic range, accurate colours and fine detail – you can shoot 48MP if you wish.

Low light (room <40 lumen)

This is acceptable for a dark shot but the night mode below is far brighter
Night mode brings up brightness and details but the colours are off – still an excellent shot

Macro

It does not have a dedicated macro lens and there are no settings for same. This is no issue unless you plan to use macro.

You will note that the 48MP cannot focus below about 5cm (flower and greenery) but if we back off to 10cm it can pick up details (look at the flower leaves and greenery lower down).

Selfie

We don’t publish selfies because of their increasing use for ID Theft. And its not because my face may break the lens.

This has a 32MP binned to 8MP and a 2MP depth sensor. The 2MP adds detail and helps separate the foreground from the background.

Night

We wanted to comment on Night mode as OPPO makes such a big thing of it. It is computational photography (just like Google Pixel) that takes a bracket of shots and bins them taking the best pixels from the bracket. It then post processes the shot according to its AI to give you what it thinks the shot should be.

But all that post-processing can add noise and alter colours. OPPO does a pretty good job brightening but the end result is not as as good as I have seen.

Video

[email protected] with Gyro-EIS is very good – pans are smooth and even. Colours are excellent, and it is quite competent at low light video without too much post-processing noise.

Sound is stereo recorded, but there is no beamforming, so if you are trying to capture sound, then a USB-C mic is best.

GadgetGuy’s take – OPPO Reno4 5G is one of the better ‘daily drives’

The OPPO Reno4 5G is the best SD765G implementation out there at the $799 price. It competes squarely with the Google Pixel 4a 5G, and offers just a little more. Mind you the Pixel 4a is a formidable device too – you can’t go wrong either way.

But due to a recent price drop, the OPPO Find X2 Lite at $649 is the superb deal now.

And for those that want the best SD765G then at $899, you can get the OPPO Find X2 Neo 5G or the LG Velvet 5G with Qi charge, microSD and IP68/MIL-SPEC.

Rating explanation

As you know a PASS on all tests earn 4/5. Then we add points for EXCEED and deduct points for FAIL.

Do we rate it in its narrow $100 price bracket or overall in the $700-999 bracket?
Answer: It ranks highly on hardware specs but not as high as others on value.

Fast facts – OPPO Reno4 5G Model CPH2091 8/128GB Dual Sim

  • Australian website here
  • Price: $799
  • Colours: Galatic Blue (kind of an Ice Blue) or Space Black
  • From: JB Hi-Fi, Bing Lee and Woolworths Mobile
  • Elevator pitch: A terrific camera with a Qualcomm 5G phone thrown in
  • Warranty: 2 years ALC
  • Country of Manufacture: China
  • OPPO (Est 2001) is a privately-owned Chinese consumer electronics and mobile communications company headquartered in Dongguan, Guangdong. It is a subsidiary of BBK Electronics Corporation (Est 1995) along with OnePlus, Vivo, and Realme (and other brands including VSun, XTC, and IMOO). Its executives and long-term staff own many of the shares. BBK is currently the second-largest smartphone maker in the world (Source CounterPoint February 2020). It is most definitely not part of the Huawei/ZTE/China spying debate.
  • Other OPPO news and reviews here

Grey market – no Australian warranty

We issue the standard warning that you must buy the genuine model with Australian firmware as it works on all Australian Telco carrier 4 and 5G bands and can make a 000-emergency call (not 911) without a SIM. As it is 5G capable the IMEI is initially locked to Australian Telcos – international models will not work here. Do not buy models PDP00 or PDPT00.

We have named and shamed the major grey marketers here. If you are going to spend this much money, get a genuine ‘Made for Australia’ model.

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OPPO Reno4 5G – everything you expect from a mid-range 5G
Name: OPPO Reno4 5G Price (RRP): $799 Manufacturer: OPPO
Build quality – It is an OPPO, say no moreStyle – it is still a glass slab but a rather nice Galactic Blue oneBattery life – super speedy, super VOOC 2.0Camera – nice tri-camera for good all-around performanceDisplay – vibrant and brightAndroid 11 coming
Other have 90 or 120Hz screensNo MicroSDYou can get even better cameraphones for the price
Features
Value for money
Performance
Ease of Use
Design
4.5Overall Score