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What if this mid-range smartphone was the bargain of the moment?

“Very Balanced” (01 Net); “good old” (Les Numériques); “An investment you will never regret making” (Frandroid)… The specialized tech press was excited about the release of the Oppo Reno8, considering this mid-range smartphone to be one of the best on the market. Officially selling for €599 (256GB) since its fall launch, does this 5G model justify its good reputation? 20 minutes Grab it and take the time to test it out.

Design tempts

Like its competitors, Oppo wants to invest in the mid-range smartphone segment. It’s where we find customers who can’t afford it or don’t want to invest in a smartphone priced at €1,000 or more. But it is also where you find demanding buyers, ready to set aside a serious budget for their new smartphone, close to 600 euros, as long as the desired terminal is of good quality. With a price tag close to that of Google Pixel 6 Pro or Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Oppo Reno8 seduces first with its design.

Intrusive applications

By following the principle of the unity of the rear image as if fused into the shell, Reno8 is reminiscent of the manufacturer’s Find X Pro. But here, the chassis is plastic (in “shiny” black or gold!), and it shows. Admittedly, the weight of the device, at just 179 grams (160.6 x 73.4 x 7.7 mm), is pleasantly impressive. There is still a sense of somewhat degraded quality. The three image sensors * are still protected by Gorilla Glass 5, and the smartphone is IP54 standard, therefore it is protected from dust and splashes of water.

Oppo Reno8 5G has been launched at €599.
Oppo Reno8 5G has been launched at €599. -opposition

Up front, the 6.4-inch screen is AMOLED (160.6 x 73.4 x 7.7 mm). And this can also be noted: the image quality, with its very deep blacks, intense and vibrant colors, is pleasing to the eye. Too bad for experienced gamers that only 90Hz is not adaptive, at a time when 120Hz seems to want to go viral.

We regret that a bunch of potentially unwanted applications load themselves after the first configuration: Reservation, O Relax, Auto Doc, Joom ; or games like Dice dreams, the Rowling twins… Come to stack our first contact with a mobile phone and give the feeling of being a little deprived. Once we’re done cleaning up, we quickly realize that the Reno8 is very fast.

Fast, even for gaming

Running on Android 12, with an impressive Color OS 12.1 software overlay from the manufacturer, the device is powered by a MediaTek (Dimension 1,300) processor coupled with 8GB of RAM. Which provides a very good balance of the Reno8’s feature set, even for most video games. The presence of fairly good quality stereo speakers, although a bit loud, added to the good experience during testing, particularly for watching some episodes of our current series, such as Exciter Life on aarti. TV, or amazing documentary The disappearance of the Vaticanon Netflix. On the other hand, the smartphone does not have a mini-jack for wired headphones.

Painful self-portraits

The Reno8’s picture element is well thought out. The smartphone’s trio of rear sensors adapt to any situation, even if the ultra-wide-angle sensor’s low-light prowess doesn’t necessarily live up to expectations. Often on a smartphone, the macro mode knows how to be practical with fairly good results. The smartphone shoots up to 4K at 30 fps (and in Full HF up to 120 fps), and in video it defends itself well.

We were also surprised by the quality of the front sensor, a 32MP which throughout our tests kept showing wrinkles, and which delivers particularly well-defined images. This sensor, unfortunately without autofocus, allows shooting up to Full HD with very convincing image quality. Video should not be overlooked: the Reno8 offers an “ultra stable” mode to be activated manually. Even if this (digital) function appears a little “cropped” in the photo, its contribution can be invaluable if you shoot while walking or moving your smartphone.

Super fast charging

If the Reno 8’s 4,500mAh battery life sounds a little conventional (it delivers plenty for a day’s use), its 80W fast charger (included) is a powerhouse. 30 minutes is enough to refuel your smartphone before leaving for the evening, which is far from negligible.

Oppo Reno8 5G confirms photos and videos.
Oppo Reno8 5G confirms photos and videos. -opposition

Is the promised good deal real? Yes, indisputably, because the Reno8’s shortcomings (screen refresh rate, lack of wireless charging, lack of autofocus for selfies, etc.) are compensated for by the overall quality of service, even expectations, even requirements. If the € 599 that Oppo claims for his game constitutes a lot, we can nevertheless find it cheaper: € 499 in SFR or Sosh, for example.

In addition, the best month to buy a new smartphone is February, which is about to begin, with potential savings expected on the selling prices of many terminals. This is due to the close proximity of the Mobile World Congress Mobile Show in Barcelona (this year, from February 27 to March 2), where many manufacturers announce their new products. This automatically lowers the prices of the products already on sale. In the meantime, we can already present the Reno8 in refurbished form since we have shipped it at the price of … 399 euros!

* Rear: 50MP main sensor (23mm; f/1.8 equiv.) + 8MP wide-angle sensor (16mm; f/2.2) + 2MP macro sensor (22mm; f/2.4)). Front: 32MP wide-angle sensor (23mm; f/2.4).

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