The OPPO Reno5 Pro that launched earlier this year reinstated the Reno series to its former glory after a lackluster show by the Reno3 Pro (review) and Reno4 Pro. The smartphone was the first in India to come with a 7nm MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ 5G chipset, signature OPPO camera prowess, and premium aesthetics. The Reno 6 Pro 5G, which arrived more recently, continues in the footsteps of its predecessor.
While it may not be the first, it’s the second Dimensity 1200-powered smartphone in the country after the Realme X7 Max 5G (review). In comparison to the Realme offering, the OPPO Reno 6 Pro 5G misses out on a 120Hz display but offers a better camera setup and faster charging speeds. However, at Rs 39,990, the new launch is also much more expensive than its competitor. Let’s find out the Reno6 Pro 5G is worth the premium.
Design and display
- 160 x 73.1 x 7.6mm, 177g
- 6.55-inch AMOLED, Full HD+, 90Hz refresh rate, 100 percent DCI-P3 coverage, 500nits, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Visually, the Reno 6 Pro is quite similar to the Reno 5 Pro with the same industrial boxy design and rounded corners. The quad rear camera island also retains the rounded-rectangular form with one exception. While three cameras are stacked vertically, the fourth camera and dual-LED flash have been integrated into a single pill-shaped module.
OPPO is offering the Reno 6 Pro in Aurora and Stellar Black colours. I received the former and trust me, the pictures in this review don’t do justice to how gorgeous the finish on it is. OPPO has enhanced the Reno Glow technology that it introduced on the Reno5 Pro and developed the Reno Glow Diamond Spectrum Technology, which is used on the Reno 6 Pro. The Aurora colourway, in particular, has pyramid-shaped crystal structures at a microscopic level. This finish reflects light such that you see a colour-changing aurora effect when you rotate the phone at different angles.
The new launch is just 7.6mm thin just like its predecessor and weighs slightly more at 177g. The thin profile, light-weight, and ergonomic design of the handset give it a premium in-hand feel. OPPO claims that the Diamond Spectrum Technology used on the handset increased the durability of the glass by 200 percent as compared to other smartphones. Moreover, the anti-glare, matte finish glass back doesn’t pick up smudges at all. As a result, I used the Reno 6 Pro without the protective case during my stint, which is something I can’t say for most phones these days.
Other elements of the smartphone are pretty standard with a speaker grille, Type-C port, and SIM tray at the bottom. The power button is on the right, whereas the volume keys are on the right side of the smartphone. There are noise-cancelling mics on the top and bottom. In a very nice touch, OPPO has also put a strip of the same aurora finish on the top as well. While some might find it an unnecessary detail, I personally find it brings a touch of elegance to the whole package. There’s an optical fingerprint scanner on board, which works very fast and accurately.
The OPPO Reno 6 Pro’s window to the world is a 6.55-inch AMOLED panel. The screen features a 90Hz refresh rate and FHD+ screen resolution. Additionally, the screen flaunts 100 percent DCI-P3 coverage and a peak brightness of 500 nits. During my time with the smartphone, I was impressed with the visual quality on offer by the AMOLED panel. The colours were vibrant and bright, and the text was sharp. Thanks to the 360-degree ambient sensor, the auto-brightness has also been enhanced and the screen is quite legible even in daylight.
However, as a chronic binge-watcher, I personally appreciate the fact that the display comes with HDR10+ certification and Widewine L1. Additionally, OPPO claims that the smartphone is Netflix HD and Amazon Prime Video HD & HDR certified. I watched titles like The Tomorrow War and The Empty Man on the Reno6 Pro 5G and was impressed by the amount of details shown in the video, even in dark and gritty scenes.
- Rear: 64-megapixel sensor (main), 8-megapixel sensor (ultra-wide), 2-megapixel sensor (macro), 2-megapixel sensor (mono)
- Front: 32-megapixel sensor
Coming to the cameras on OPPO Reno 6 Pro 5G, the primary setup on the back comprises a 64-megapixel primary camera. The main camera is supported by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens, 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel mono lens. In the front, the punch-hole cutout is home to a 32-megapixel selfie camera. Notably, this is the same camera setup as the Reno5 Pro.
The camera UI is typical ColorOS with a swipe-to-navigate-all-modes interface with options like portrait, night, video and photo modes on the viewfinder. You’ll find various other modes like dual-view video, slo-mo, timelapse, extra HD, movie, pro, macro, and SOLOOP templates under the ‘More’ section. OPPO is highlighting the Cinematic Bokeh Flare Portrait in photos and video, and AI Highlight video as the selling point.
Coming to the real-life scenario, the 64-megapixel primary camera on the back captures some true-to-life images with vibrant colours and sharp details. I was impressed by the details retained in the foliage and the overall dynamic range. But the camera does crush shadows and lose details in the wide-angle mode. The macro camera can go up to 4cm closer to the object and click good closeups with decent details. The black and white camera does its job well and churns out impressive depth in the portrait shots with accurate edge detection.
As for the night shots, the OPPo Reno 6 Pro captures decent shots in the regular mode with good details and colours in parts where there’s a source of light, but there are absolutely no details in the shadows. Toggling on the dedicated night mode gives shots an exposure boost and brings out the details in shadows at the cost of overexposing the portion that’s already well-lit.
The 32-megapixel selfie camera on the front leaves no scope for any complaint. The selfies were closer-to-life and details were on point. The edge detection is quite accurate as well unless you have a bright source of light behind you. In that case, it smears the edges quite a bit.
Performance, software, and battery
- Android 11 with ColorOS 11.3
- MediaTek Dimensity 1200 with ARM G77 MC9
- 12GB + 256GB
- 4,500mAh battery, 65W SuperVOOC2.0 fast charging
As mentioned before, the Reno 6 Pro is the second smartphone in India after the Realme X7 Max 5G to feature the latest Dimensity 1200 processor. The 6nm octa-core processor clocked at 3GHz just flies through everything from multitasking to gaming. And the presence of 12GB RAM means there’s always enough memory to multitask smoothly with multiple apps running in the background. I particularly liked the ability to control the virtual RAM in Reno 6 Pro 5G. What this means is you can toggle on the RAM Expansion from Settings and choose between 3GB, 5GB, and 7GB of expanded memory, which is a game-changer in my opinion.
I played my usual set of favourites on Reno 6 Pro 5G including Genshin Impact, Forza Street, Alto’s Odyssey, and BGMI on the smartphone. Battlegrounds Mobile India opens with HDR Graphics and Ultra frame rates as default and works seamlessly on the smartphone. Genshin Impact however did cause the smartphone to overheat a bit. Lighter games like Badlands 2 and Alto’s Odyssey play really well without any hiccup.
Out of the box, the OPPO Reno 6 Pro 5G boots ColorOS 11.3 based on Android 11. As is always the case with ColorOS, the software features some bloatware like Soloop, FinShell Pay, Netflix, Facebook, Amazon, Snapchat, Daily Hunt, Josh, PhonePe, Booking, Prime Video, Amazon Music, Moj, and more. Most of these can be uninstalled to free up resources on the smartphone. ColorOS 11 has the usual bells and whistles including the Game Space, Always-On Display, and a near-stock interface apart from the pre-installed apps. That said, I did encounter occasional ads from Theme Store during my usage.
The Reno 6 Pro 5G is powered by a 4,500mAh battery and comes with a 65W fast charger, With my moderate usage of social media, YouTube, and occasional gaming, I could see through a day and a half on a full charge. The charger provided with the smartphone juiced up the battery from 20 to 100 percent within 30 minutes.
With the OPPO Reno 6 Pro, the brand seems to be back on track to restoring the Reno series to its former glory. From a stunning design and slim profile to powerful cameras and performance, the smartphone checks all the right boxes. That said, at Rs 39,990, the Reno 6 Pro commands a hefty premium over its closest rival in terms of specifications, the Realme X7 Max 5G.
The Realme X7 Max 5G is priced at Rs 26,999, which is more than Rs 10,000 compared to the Reno 6 Pro. For starters, the 120Hz AMOLED display on the X7 Max 5G is a lot smoother than the Reno 6 Pro’s 90Hz AMOLED panel. Both smartphones are on par when it comes to performance thanks to the Dimensity 1200 SoC and similar software since Realme UI 2.0 is just revamped Color OS 11.
In the rear camera department too, both smartphones are on par with each other. As for selfies, the Realme X7 Max’s 16-megapixel front camera clicks sharp and detailed pictures, but there’s a visible saturation boost. The OPPO Reno 6 Pro 5G’s 32-megapixel selfie shooter retains closer-to-life colours and skin tone, which means the selfies might appear muted to many but they are sharper and comparatively more realistic.
Another commendable option is the iQOO 7 5G (review), which starts at Rs 31,990. The iQOO 7 is better suited for serious gamers with a more powerful Snapdragon 870 SoC, MEMC and HDR support in gaming, and 4D Game Vibration with a linear motor. Moreover, while it has a downgraded 48-megapixel primary camera, it captures great pictures, impressive macro shots, and good low-light images. As for the battery, it’s on par with Reno 6 Pro with its 4,400mAh battery charging fully in just 30 minutes using the 66W fast charging.
To conclude, the OPPO Reno 6 Pro has several aces up its sleeve, but comes at a cost. For a few thousands more, there are several commendable flagships in the market to consider, including the iQOO 7 Legend, OnePlus 9R, and Mi 11X Pro (review), to name a few.
Pricebaba’s rating: 8 / 10
- Gorgeous design
- Good performance
- Stunning display
- Good selfie camera
- 65W fast charging
- Bloatware in ColorOS
- Average macro camera
- No expandable storage