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

Oppo Reno 8 Pro: key specifications

Chipset: MediaTek Dimension 8100-Max
RAM: 8 GB (12 GB version available)
Storage: 256GB
operating system: Android 12, ColorOS 12.1
Screen: AMOLED, 6.7 inches, 1080 x 2412 pixels
cameras: 50 MP, f/1.8, 23mm (main); 8 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultra-wide); 2MP, 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 7.3mm (6.35 x 2.92 x 0.29 inches)
Weight: 183g (6.46 oz)

Manufacturers continually release new phones, like the Oppo Reno 8 Pro, in the ‘around £600’ price segment with apparent glee. In general, this is fine, as it leads to a lot of options for users, but also a lot of questions and spec comparisons. Everyone wants to get the most for their money, but in a world where you can get a Google Pixel or an iPhone SE for a similar price, what do you do? 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 get its measure. It looks amazing, has a decent chipset in the MediaTek Dimensity 8100-MAX, and is perfectly capable of taking a 50MP image or recording stabilized 4K video. But there’s a risk that, at this price, it’s too expensive to be considered one of the best budget camera phones. (opens in a new tab)and at the same time not ‘premium’ enough to be among the best camera phones (opens in a new tab) general. So which side of the fence does the Oppo Reno 8 Pro fall on?

Oppo Reno 8 Pro review: Design

Look, brilliant. (Image credit: Future/Ian Evenden)

What immediately strikes you about the Oppo Pro 8 is how reflective it is. If you’re in the habit of touching up your makeup on the train, you may no longer need to bring a mirror. The back of the phone is silver and covered in glass, and it’s also an absolute magnet for smudges and fingerprints. However, it’s great for taking selfies or asking for help when you’re stuck on a mountain in the desert.

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