Monday, 11 July 2022 16:06

Review: Oppo Reno8 Lite 5G is well worth a second look

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The rear camera on the Oppo Reno8 Lite 5G. The rear camera on the Oppo Reno8 Lite 5G. Supplied

The Oppo Reno8 Lite 5G marks the release of a model in this line in Australia after more than a year, with the device coming after three of the company's Find X flagship series were unveiled. The phone was launched in early June.

The Reno8 Lite is not in the same class as the Find X phones, retailing for $599, and aiming for a buyer who is much more price conscious. It has most features sought in a smartphone, while at the same time not being overly costly. Some sacrifices are, thus, needed.

The review model sent to me was the Cosmic Black one, with an additional black protective cover which does not come as standard. One does, however, get a transparent plastic cover as is usual with most Oppo models. The other colour available is described as Rainbow Spectrum.

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The black case, which should cost about $20, gives the Reno8 Lite a more expensive look; the phone itself is thicker than the usual Oppo model. It weighs in at 173 grammes, measuring 159.9 x 73.2 x 7.5 mm.

The 6.43-inch AMOLED display has a 85.3% screen-to-body ratio and is easily viewable even in bright direct sunlight, with a maximum resolution of 1080 x 2400.

The Reno8 lite is built atop a SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G, one of the SoCs released by Qualcomm after it promised to provide hardware that would facilitate the spread of 5G technology at a lower price. The SoC uses a 6nm process. It has been released in some other markets as the Reno 7Z 5G.

There is 128GB of storage and 8GB of memory, good enough for the average user and even those who are a bit finicky. But the scrolling is not as smooth as one expected given these specs. There is a single refresh rate. The phone I use, an Oppo A91, a 4G model, has the same amount of memory but is built on a MediaTek SoC and scrolling is much smoother.

broad horizon

Good detail in this long shot.

The rear cameras on the Reno8 Lite take a up a fairly big area, with a triple 64 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), PDAF, 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro) and 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth) cameras. The selfie camera is a single 16 MP, f/2.4, 27mm (wide), 1.0µm.

The photos are good and offer good detail, depending on the amount of light. Indoor pictures are also of acceptable quality.

Unlike some other manufacturers, Oppo provides a charger with its offerings. Fast-charging 33W tech means one can fully charge a device in 63 minutes; this is Oppo's claim. I charged the test device from 7% to about 94% in about 54 minutes. Some manufacturers, like Samsung and Apple, have stopped providing chargers with their models, on the grounds that this would help decrease the amount of electronic waste.

plants outside

Taken in the afternoon in relatively poor light.

However, neither of these companies offer the perspective that users who are forced to buy a charger — which both vendors sell — provide a nice little revenue stream.

The Reno8 Lite has a 4500 mAh battery and this means one can easily go for a full day and then some before needing a fresh charge. The device is IPX4, dust and water resistant.

The device runs Android 11 and Oppo's ColorOS 11; to some, this may be a turnoff, but I much prefer Android 11 rather than the latest version, 12. With each passing version, Google tends to fence one in more and more, hence my preference.

There are also some gimmicks, such as the Dual Orbit Lights, which are placed behind the two primary cameras. According to Oppo, "The Dual Orbit Lights light up or blink in electric blue, light blue, cyan blue or baby blue depending on different scenarios, for example when the phone is powering on, charging, receiving an incoming call or unread notification, as well as launching a game."

Australian retailers JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, Harvey Norman, Big W, Woolworths, Bing Lee, and Australia Post are selling the device which comes in two colours: Rainbow Spectrum and Cosmic Black.

room light

Good results in an indoor shot as well.

Dimensions 159.9 x 73.2 x 7.5 mm (6.30 x 2.88 x 0.30 in)

Weight 173 g (6.10 oz)

SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

IPX4, dust and water resistant

RGB ring lights around the cameras (notifications, charging progress)

long bottomDISPLAY Type AMOLED, 430 nits (typ), 600 nits (HBM)

Size 6.43 inches, 99.8 cm2 (~85.3% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)

PLATFORM OS Android 11, ColorOS 12

Chipset Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G (6 nm)

CPU Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 660 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 660 Silver)

GPU Adreno 619

MEMORY Card slot microSDXC

Internal 128GB 8GB RAM

UFS 2.2

MAIN CAMERA Triple 64 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), PDAF

2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)

2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)

Features LED flash, HDR, panorama

Video 1080p @ 30fps

SELFIE CAMERA Single 16 MP, f/2.4, 27mm (wide), 1.0µm

Features HDR, panorama

Video 1080p @ 30fps

SOUND Loudspeaker Yes

3.5mm jack Yes

COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, LE, aptX HD

GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS

NFC Yes

Radio No

USB USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go

FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

BATTERY Type Li-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable

Charging Fast charging 33W, 31% in 15 min, 100% in 63 min (advertised)

Reverse charging

USB Power Delivery

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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