With a hyper-focus on Portrait Photography, OPPO is taking back their “Photo Expert” moniker with release of 3 new mid-range phones under their Reno line. Back in the day, what propelled OPPO into prominence is their fixture as “The Selfie Expert” when they refocused their efforts in providing smart devices that have amped up front-facing cameras. Will the same strategy prove worthwhile as they establish themselves as “The Portrait Expert” this time around? That’s what the brand hoped for during the launch of the OPPO Reno10 Series 5G.
With three smartphone variants launched simultaneously (a first in a long time from the brand), and each phone fitted with a dedicated Telephoto Portrait Camera, it’s really not hard to picture this reality.
So where does the OPPO Reno10 5G stand among its Pro and Pro+ brothers? Well, read on to find out.
Stunning design with great hand-feel, the OPPO Reno10 5G is coated in Reno Glow giving the unit a soft, delicate gradation thanks to its microscopic crystal structure formation. There’s a nice sheen to the back cover while still rendering everything in a nice matte finish. It’s almost impossible for the phone to attract any fingerprint smudges because of the paint finish.
We got Silvery Grey colorway which is a few notches from plain deep black that gives the Reno10 5G an interesting pop of color, if you will, despite the unit being covered in black and chrome hardware.
The Reno10 5G’s custom camera matrix adds an interesting break with the use of a special CD pattern metal finish that gives one part of the camera a consistent small circle pattern. This is then mixed with a black glass module housing the Telephoto and Ultra-wide camera of the device.
It’s simple, yet sophisticated.
I appreciate the extremely matte finish of the unit.
The OPPO Reno10 5G utilizes a wonderful 6.7” (2412 × 1080) 3D Curved AMOLED Display with 93% screen-to-body ratio for more screen real estate. It’s a huge step-up from the previous generation considering the screen of the OPPO Reno10 5G goes up to 120Hz refresh rate when needed. While the maximum brightness doesn’t go more than 950 nits, the clarity of the screen still produces very deep blacks for excellent color reproduction.
Binge all your favorite shows on Netflix or other streaming services with ease because of its HDR10+ certification as well.
For maximum immersion, the Reno10 5G is also equipped with Dual Stereo Speakers and Ultra Volume Mode that can increase volume by up to 200% without utterly destroying the audio quality.
While the Reno series isn’t really marketed for gaming (or for gamers), the OPPO Reno10 5G is equipped with a sturdy 6nm MediaTek Dimensity 7050 5G chipset along with 8GB of RAM + up to 8GB of VRAM and 256GB of internal memory.
The configuration is more than enough to run today’s most popular apps, and games with little to no issues. While sure you may not be able to crank the graphics up to Ultra on all games, you’ll still be able to enjoy a smooth gaming experience, nonetheless.
For Mobile Legends: Bang-Bang and other less resource-hungry games, feel free to put the graphic settings on high. The OPPO Reno10 5G can run them easily.
The chipset will struggle for other triple-A mobile games, though, like say Genshin Impact where following the suggested default setting (low graphics) is the best route to better gameplay.
Because of the 120Hz refresh rate screen of the Reno10 5G and the better color reproduction thanks to the AMOLED screen, you can enjoy more out of your favorite games.
But perhaps, one of the key elements that we enjoy so much with ColorOS 13 especially when it comes to gaming is its Game Mode dashboard. It’s one of the best on the market – and it’s baked into the system already. Toggling on Championship mode deters you from accidentally closing the app or switching screens as it locks the screen until you toggle it off.
It also shows you important information like a built-in FPS counter, ms count, and internal temperature.
There are various modes as well like Pro Gamer Mode, Balanced Mode, and Low Power so the phone automatically adjusts power consumption and resource management to your playstyle. I always crank mine to max whenever possible.
So far, playing games on the OPPO Reno10 5G is almost at par with playing on any of today’s flagship devices.
Geek Photoshoot Capabilities
Every Reno series, OPPO has continuously built upon improving mobile photography and helping everyday user capture amazing “Pro-like” images. With this series, the focal point is to create the best Portrait Photography-capturing experience with the decision to insert a dedicated telephoto portrait lens on each Reno variant.
For the Reno10 5G, we’re getting a 32MP Sony IMX709 RGBW Sensor Telephoto Portrait Camera with 2x Optical Zoom. This is supported by 64MP main shooter, and an 8MP Sony IMX355 Ultra-wide camera – yes, it’s back!
The combination of these create a versatile kit for a myriad of shooting scenarios and conditions.
For day time shooting, the Reno10 5G produces excellent image quality with a more subdued but natural color reproduction. If you want to amp it up a bit, turn the Ai mode on – or play around with the various filters.
This is something that you’ll have to absolutely do to create amazing portrait shots.
To really make the most out of your portrait photography, we suggest using the Bokeh Flair Portrait filter. The Ai can be quite aggressive at times – especially during poorer lighting conditions.
But overall, if you’re looking to create a bit more drama for your portrait photography, the Telephoto Portrait lens of the Reno10 5G is a godsend.
For vlogging and those who just want to take better selfies, the OPPO Reno10 5G is equipped with a large enough 32MP Front-facing wide camera. While the front-facing camera isn’t equipped with the Sony IMX 709 sensor, the portrait filters that are made available for the rear camera is available here. That means, you can use the selfie-cam and create dramatic portrait photos of you while taking your usual selfies.
If there is one downside to the selfie camera is that it cannot shoot 4K videos unlike the rear camera (clocked at 4K @30fps). It’s 2023, guys, at least give us that option.
When we said OPPO really amped everything for this Reno series we weren’t kidding. Paired with a large 5000mAh battery is a 67W SuperVOOC Flash Charger. Is it the fastest in the series? No, but it’s definitely fast enough versus other smartphones in its category. Once upon a time 67W SuperVOOC is only offered for flagship phones.
That being said, the OPPO Reno10 5G can definitely keep up with you through the entire day on medium to heavy use. While the phone doesn’t have the new SuperVOOC S chip (found on the Reno10 Pro and Reno10 Pro+), it does have OPPO’s proprietary Battery Health Engine purportedly able to extend the battery life of the Reno10 5G up to 1600 charging/dischard cycles or roughly 4 years of good battery condition.
As always, the OPPO Reno10 5G runs on the latest ColorOS, ColorOS 13 based on Android 13.
Final Geek Lifestyle Verdict
The OPPO Reno10 5G currently retails for Php 23,999 – which is a bit higher than what we anticipated. That being said, if you do decide to get it on its pre-order phase OPPO will be throwing in a pair of OPPO Enco Buds2 worth Php 1,999 + potentially getting 4500 Mabuhay Miles if you’re one of the first 200 OPPO Reno10 5G buyers.
It’s a gorgeous phone to consider if you’re looking for an upgrade without the need to shell out so much money. If you do have money to spare, do check out the OPPO Reno10 Pro – for more Pro-features on the Reno10 5G phone, or go all-in with the OPPO Reno10 Pro+ (for more Flagship-like features).
We’ll be releasing the full review of the OPPO Reno10 Pro 5G and the OPPO Reno10 Pro+ 5G very soon.
OPPO Reno10 5G Full Specs
- Mediatek Dimensity 7050 5G (6 nm)
- Arm Mali-G68 MC4 GPU
- 8GB RAM (8GB RAM expanded)
- 7”AMOLED 3D Curved screen HDR10+ (1080 x 2412), 120Hz refresh rate
- 256GB Storage
- 64MP, f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/1.2″OV64B image sensor, CDA/PDAF
- 8MP, f/2.2, 112˚, (ultrawide) Sony IMX355 sensor
- 32MP Sony IMX709 RGBW Telephoto Portrait, f/2.0, 47mm equivalent focal length, 2X Optical
- 32MP Front-facing OV32C image sensor, ƒ/2.4, 22mm (wide)
- 5G, LTE, Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, fingerprint scanner (under display), USB Type-C
- 5000mAh battery with 67W SUPERVOOC charge support
- Android 13, ColorOS 13
- Ice Blue, Silvery Grey
- SRP Php 23,999