Over the years, OPPO’s Reno series has carved a niche in the market for the combination of stunning design and innovative cameras. From the Reno 10x Zoom to the Reno5 series, OPPO has made serious in the field of photography, and the Reno6 5G takes things a few steps ahead.
The OPPO Reno6 5G with its gorgeous looks and state-of-the-art hardware has more to offer than most premium smartphones out there, and it also sets the bar high when it comes to 5G phones. The next-gen connectivity is granted to it by MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC which incidentally has made its debut in India with this device. Moreover, the Reno6 5G excels in videography and photography thanks to the advanced imaging features.
This unique device has not only been priced at just Rs 29,990, but has also been unboxed in the coolest way ever by Ranbir Kapoor. Check out the teaser video here. Stay tuned for the complete unboxing.
I’ve been using the phone for the past few days, and here’s why I think the OPPO Reno6 5G is not only the perfect all-rounder in the sub-Rs 30k price segment, but also one of the most beautiful phones to debut this season.
Next-gen chipset, next-gen 5G networks
OPPO has been a pioneer of 5G technology in India. The brand set up its first overseas 5G innovation lab in Hyderabad, and even conducted the country’s first WhatsApp video call over 5G in 2020. After launching several 5G handsets in India this year, OPPO has made another inroad by becoming the first brand to adopt MediaTek’s new Dimensity 900 SoC in the country on the Reno6 5G.
The Dimensity chipset is based on the TSMC 6nm production process that offers new levels of performance and power efficiency. It does that with the help of the latest ARM Cortex-A78 CPU cores that are clocked at 2.4GHz. And the presence of the ARM Mali-G68 GPU leads to excellent gaming performance, as was evident from the few sessions of Battlegrounds Mobile India that I indulged in while using the device.
The OPPO Reno6 5G gets a hefty 8GB of RAM, and if that wasn’t enough, it even comes with OPPO’s RAM expansion technology which basically converts unused storage into RAM. You can increase the virtual RAM by 2GB, 3GB or 5GB, giving you the option of getting a maximum of 13GB worth of memory for when you really want to push the phone to its limits. Needless to say, the entire experience of using the Reno6 5G was nothing short of flagship-level performance, with apps and games opening in the blink of an eye and multi-tasking an absolute breeze. The phone also comes with 128GB of storage, which is more than enough to store all your apps, photos, videos and more.
DSLR-grade cameras for content creators
Smartphones these days are laying a lot of focus on photography and caring too little for videography. It’s hence refreshing to see OPPO giving equal attention to both with the Reno6 5G’s professional-grade cameras. With its Industry First Bokeh Flare Portrait Video and Industry leading AI Highlight Video feature, the Reno6 5G has established itself as one of the best phones around for capturing cinematic videos. It’s perfect for young content creators like me who love posting vlogs, reels and more on social media. The rear camera setup consists of a 64MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide camera and 2MP macro camera, while at the front you get a powerful 32MP selfie camera.
The OPPO Ren6 5G cameras are packed with features, but the Bokeh Flare Portrait mode is my absolute favorite. As the name suggests, the mode creates a beautiful bokeh effect in portrait videos. This is done using AI, which pinpoints all the real light sources in the background to create bokeh light spots. The results are truly exceptional. In the samples I captured with the phone, the subject stays in sharp focus while the background melts into dreamy light spheres. I couldn’t believe I got these results with a smartphone camera. The best part is that the Bokeh Flare Portrait videos turn out stunning, whether shot in daylight, at sunset or even at night. Don’t believe me? Check out the video samples below and prepare to be blown away.
Bokeh Flare Portrait Video (Front Camera – Day Sample)
Bokeh Flare Portrait Video (Rear Camera – Day Sample)
Also headlining this phone’s videography features is AI Highlight Video, which has impressed me on numerous OPPO handsets. I ended up using this mode often to improve the lighting in my videos. Whether in harsh light or low light, from the rear camera or the selfie camera, activating AI Highlight Video is like magic. Too much sunlight or strong backlighting can wash out footage, but AI Highlight Video uses its stellar HDR capabilities to ensure that the subject and background are perfectly exposed. If there’s low light, it automatically detects ambient light and makes the videos clearer, brighter, and more vivid without adding any grain. Each time I capture videos using this brilliant mode, I am truly amazed by its powerful abilities.
AI Highlight Video Off Vs On
Apart from these, there are several other features on the camera that I loved using. The Portrait Beautification Video is one mode that’s great for vlogs on the go, since I could smoothen my skin and brighten my eyes with the tap of a button. The camera also excels in macros and wide-angle shots, and fun modes like AI Color Portrait, Dual view Video and AI Scene Enhancement, to name a few.
AI Color Portrait
AI Scene Enhancement Off vs On
Extra HD 1x, 2x and 5x zoom
Matte meets shine with the Reno Glow design
Design has always been OPPO’s forte, and the brand has outdone itself with the Reno6 5G. The phone features a cutting-edge industrial design that stands out thanks to the industry first Reno Glow Design technology, which has over 20 global patents. You really have to see this design to believe how gorgeous it is – in fact, the I can confidently say that the Reno6 5G is the most beautiful phone I’ve seen this season. The back panel is made of anti-glare glass that sports a shimmering effect reminiscent of millions of tiny diamonds. This device is offered in two color options – Aurora and Stellar Black – and I received the former which magically transitions between cool blue tones and warm orange hues.
The design isn’t just beautiful, it’s also functional. OPPO has opted for flat edges with rounded corners on the Reno6 5G, which makes it extremely grippy and ideal to hold when gaming or watching videos. Add to that, the matte-finish glass doesn’t pick up fingerprints and is not slippery, which meant I could use this phone without a case to show off its gorgeous design. The phone is just 7.59mm thick and weighs 182g, which makes it extremely comfortable to hold for longer durations.
It’s not just the back panel which is stunning, but the display too. The Reno6 5G sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel with FHD+ resolution. The display outputs punchy colours, and the brightness levels are high enough to be easily visible under sunlight. The display gets a 90Hz refresh rate which makes swiping and scrolling incredibly smooth. The 180Hz touch sampling rate also deserves a mention, which helped with quick touch response times during my gaming sessions. And that’s not all, as the display is also rated for HD streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, which meant I could stream my favorite shows and movies in high definition.
Long-lasting battery, 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 speeds
The OPPO Reno6 5G is packed with a massive 4,300mAh battery. This provided me with enough juice to keep the phone going for an entire day, despite my unusually heavy usage that consists of calls, use of social media apps, the camera and gaming. On days when I used the phone for video shoots and maxed out the battery early, OPPO’s dizzyingly fast 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charging speeds came to the rescue. 30 minutes is all it took to charge the battery from 0 to 100 percent, and I was good to go.
At times when I didn’t have my charger with me, I simply activated the Super Power Saving Mode which kept the phone going for a couple of hours until I could get home. The Super Nighttime Standby is another great feature, draining just 2 percent of the battery overnight, which meant I could wake up to practically the same battery level in the morning.
Thoughtful, personal software experience
The Reno6 5G runs the latest ColorOS 11.3 software based on Android 11. Not only does this version of ColorOS come with a clean, near stock Android interface, it’s also packed with useful extras. These include new features like Freeform Screenshot which allows you to take a screenshot in any shape, the O Relax app that brings soothing sounds and calming games to relieve stress and anxiety, and a fresh set of artistic wallpapers, among plenty of other things.
If you enjoy gaming like me, you’ll make use of the Game Focus Mode which minimizes all the non-essential notifications for an interruption-free gaming session. Quick Startup is another useful feature, keeping games active in the background so I could return to where I left off in just one click.
OPPO has really outdone itself with the Reno6 5G. It is a compelling package that offers the groundbreaking Reno Glow design, a pro-level videography experience, smooth performance courtesy of the MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC and of course the blazing fast 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charging speeds. These, plus the support for 5G networks are more than reason enough to buy the OPPO Reno6 5G. After having used this phone for a few days, I can confidently give it 5 out of 5 stars. This surely is the best all-rounder smartphone under Rs 30K, we love it!
The Reno6 5G is priced at just Rs 29,990 and goes on sale starting July 29th across offline stores and Flipkart. The device will be available with attractive schemes and offers. Cashback up to Rs 3,000 on HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, and Kotak Bank on Credit Cards/ Debit Cards EMI Transactions valid till July 31st, 2021. Customers can also avail 15 percent instant cashback when they make payments through Paytm. Attractive cashback up to Rs 3,000 is also on offer from Bajaj Finserv for the first time ever with OPPO, and 1 EMI Cashback is available from IDFC First Bank. Apart from this, a Zero Down payment scheme and Long Tenure EMI scheme are also available from all leading financers.
Loyal OPPO users can avail an exchange bonus with the purchase of the Reno6 series up to Rs 3,000, valid till July 31st, 2021. They can also get Complete Damage Protection for 180 days and OPPO Premium services including 80 percent assured payback.
In addition, there is a premium Flipkart special Live Commerce offer on the Reno6 5G, for two days, one hour each day. Customers will get Flipkart Supercoins worth Rs 1,000, which can be redeemed during order completion within the live event. For detail information, visit the official website or nearest store.