OPPO Reno 5 (4G) First Impression | Are you ready for you close up?

The OPPO Reno 5 is here. Does it have what it takes to be a mid-range wonder once again? Here's our initial impression on OPPO's latest smartphone!

Last night OPPO Philippines officially launched the OPPO Reno 5 (4G) and OPPO Reno 5 (5G) variants. Interested parties may pre-order these two new handsets from OPPO from various official retailers and you get nifty pre-order prize worth Php 3,999 as well.

However, if you’re still on the fence with this one, here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve experienced with OPPO’s latest — specifically the OPPO Reno 5 (4G).

While we feel the real leap is with the OPPO Reno 5 (5G), the 4G version packs quite a punch as well. Powered (again) with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, the same processor as that of its predecessor, we already know what to expect with the OPPO Reno 5 (4G) in terms of multi-tasking and gaming. As a mid-range go to from 2020, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G can pretty much balance gaming, entertainment and everyday productivity.

We tried the OPPO Reno 5 on a couple of games and for the most part, the phone handled them pretty well–even to the point of playing the games at high graphical settings such as what we did for Asphalt 9, Mobile Legends: Bang-Bang, and League of Legends: Wild Rift. However, for more resource-hogging mobile games like the ever popular Genshin Impact, the OPPO Reno 5 clocks it at the game’s lowest setting.

Even at low, the game still struggles a in keeping the framerates above 30 fps. It’s a shame because you really want to maximize the OPPO Reno 5’s buttery-smooth display. With a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen, the OPPO Reno 5 produces vibrant colors which would benefit your games and/or your Netflix binge-watching sessions. It also has 90Hz refresh rate support so if you have a medium that would really push animations, this smartphone can handle that.

For content creators, OPPO has been pushing their imaging software ever since the first Reno iteration. In fact, if you date back to OPPO’s Brand DNA, imaging is what made them known to everyone. And it’s great to see that OPPO hasn’t lost touch with this thrust with the OPPO Reno 5.

OPPO Reno 5’s Main Shooter

Equipping it with an Ai-Quad Camera rear setup, the OPPO Reno 5 will take your photography and videography to better heights. With a 64MP Wide + 8MP Ultra-wide + 2MP Macro + 2MP B/W camera, the Reno 5’s main shooter is capable to capture pretty much a lot of things you throw at it. With ample lighting, the Reno 5’s photography sensibilities shine. And even if you lack it, the night mode should be more than enough to get you through capturing those important moments.

And speaking of capturing moments, OPPO packed the Reno 5 with a bunch of Ai software to really push your creativity especially when you’re capturing moments with people in them. According to OPPO, their main focus this time around is capturing various kinds of portrait photography and videos — with video being a main highlight this time as well. Ai Highlight video allows the OPPO Reno 5 to calibrate the correct settings of your lenses to be able to get a good shot of the subject, it’s background and how the subject interacts on the given frame. Think of it as an auto HDR mode — but for video. And this feature isn’t just allotted for OPPO Reno 5’s rear camera. It’s also made available for its 44MP front-facing camera.

This means, your selfies, zoom calls, or even vlogs can look clearer and more polished. Heck, even the Ultra Steady Mode feature (that has become a Reno signature) can be found on both the Rear Camera (and for ALL the cameras) and the front-facing camera as well.

Aside from that OPPO added a few bag of tricks that you can use like the Double View Video where both the rear and front-facing cameras are turned on and recording or the Ai Mixed portrait where you can combine two videos and super-impose them against each other creating a psychedelic treatment. Sure, not a lot of people will probably use this, but hey, it’s there if you want it.

Dual View Mode

There are loads more that OPPO packed in the Reno 5 (4G) and (5G) and we can’t wait to explore them more.

OPPO Reno 5’s bag of (photo/video) tricks

Now, powering everything, aside from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G is 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. This slim and snazzy smartphone also carries a larger than industry-standard 4310mah battery with a whopping 50W Super VOOC Flash Charging-capable charger.

While, we feel that the OPPO Reno 5 (5G) is the true category upgrade among the two, the (4G) can give the OPPO Reno 4 a run for its money especially with the price point of Php 18,999.  How much of a jump between the two, though, well best to stay tuned to our full review. But so far, I’m loving what I’m seeing.

The OPPO Reno 5 is available now for pre-orders at various official retail spaces and their official Lazada and Shopee stores.

OPPO Reno 5 (4G) Specs:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB storage (expandable up to 256GB)
  • 6.4-inch Full HD+ display, 20:9 aspect ratio, 2,400 x 1,080 resolution, single punch-hole display, 90Hz refresh rate + upto 180Hz touch sampling rate
  • Quad rear cameras: 64 MP Wide + 8 MP Ultra-wide + 2MP Macro + 2MP B/W
  • Front camera: 44 MP
  • Dual SIM
  • 4G, LTE, VoLTE
  • 3.5mm combo jack
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • Under the screen fingerprint sensor, Face Unlock, Hyper Boost
  • 4310mAh battery with 50W Super VOOC Flash Charging
  • Android 11 with ColorOS 11.1