Oppo Reno 8 Pro review: mid-range camera beast punches above its weight

Oppo Reno 8 Pro: key specifications

chipset: MediaTek Dimension 8100 Max
R.A.M: 8GB (12GB version available)
Storage: 256GB
Operating system: Android 12, ColorOS 12.1
Screen: AMOLED, 6.7 inches, 1080×2412 pixels
cameras: 50 MP, f/1.8, 23mm (main); 8 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultra wide); 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro); 32 MP, f/2.4, 22mm (front)
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, USB Type-C
Dimensions: 161.2 x 74.2 x 7.3 mm (6.35 x 2.92 x 0.29 in)
Weight: 183 g (6.46 ounces)

Manufacturers are constantly tossing new phones, like the Oppo Reno 8 Pro, into the £600-ish price bracket with obvious delight. This is generally fine as it leads to a lot of choice for users, but also too much head-scratching and comparing specs. Everyone wants to get the best bang for their buck, but what do you do in a world where you can get a Google Pixel or an iPhone SE for similar money? We call these things mid-range phones, but a few years ago they would have been incredibly powerful.

The Oppo Reno 8 Pro clearly wants to fulfill your customer wishes. It looks striking, has a decent chipset in the MediaTek Dimensity 8100-MAX and is perfectly capable of capturing a 50MP image or recording a stabilized 4K video. However, there is a risk that it’s too expensive at this price point to be considered one of the best budget camera phones (opens in new tab)and at the same time not quite “premium” enough to be among the best camera phones (opens in new tab) total. So which side of the fence does the Oppo Reno 8 Pro fall on?

Oppo Reno 8 Pro review: Design

Look shiny. (Image credit: Future/Ian Evenden)

What immediately strikes you about the Oppo Pro 8 is how reflective it is. If you’re used to touching up your makeup on the train, you might no longer need to carry a mirror with you. The back of the cell phone is silver-plated and glass-coated and also an absolute swipe and fingerprint magnet. However, it’s great for taking selfies or signaling help when you’re trapped on a mountain in the desert.

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