Oppo Reno4 5G: premium features at a decent price
IF you're looking for a well-priced alternative to Samsung or Apple, Oppo offers some premium features without the price tag.
We've checked out a number of Oppo phones in recent months, including the latest Reno series which offers 5G for under $800. The Reno4 Z 5G is even cheaper at $599.
So how good are the Oppo phones?
For most people, you will be hard pressed to spot the differences.
They have great cameras, really good displays, good battery life, an easy to operate user interface, fast charging and quite a few extras you wouldn't expect in a phone of its price.
The Reno4 5G introduces Ultra Night Video, a 48MP tri-cam setup, 32MP + 2MP holepunch front camera and a 6.4"AMOLED FHD+ display.
The phone is super comfortable to hold and slip into your pocket with its 7.8mm slim body.
The Reno4 5G has a 65W charger which means you can power the 4000mAh battery to 60% in just 15 minutes.
The more modest Reno4 Z 5G has a 120Hz LCD display for super-fast scrolling and a 48MP Ultra Wide Angle quad camera, 16MP + 2MP holepunch front camera. It has a 18W fast charge.
Both devices in the Reno4 Series feature 8GB RAM plus 128GB storage, and run ColorOS 7.2 on Android Q.
One of the features I liked is the ability to easily separate secure work apps and private apps for things like my work gmail and private email accounts.
As someone who loves taking photographs, the biggest thing I look for in a phone is the camera specs and capabilities.
As you would expect the mid-priced Oppo is not going to be better than the latest top of the range iPhone or Samsung, but it is certainly better than many budget phones I have seen.
We took a range of photos and video, including in low light conditions, and were pleasantly surprised.
There is ultra-steady video technology in the both the rear and front camera setups.
Electronic image stabilisation in the main camera allows you to shoot smoother and steadier.
You can also crop images taken by the wider angle camera to offset vibrations using ultra steady pro.
The stabilisation in the front camera also allows for better selfie videos.
For those wanting to take it up a level, cinematic mode on the Reno4 5G gives you a range of controls including exposure, white balance, ISO and so on. You shoot in 21:9 landscape mode for a more professional look.
OPPO Australia Managing Director, Michael Tran said Oppo was about 'making industry-leading technologies accessible to all.'
"Packed full of the latest features, state-of-the-art camera technology and processing power, we're continuing to deliver our users with premium devices and experiences for less."
While 5G is not available still in many regional areas, buying a 5G phone makes sense, particularly when you think a movie can be downloaded in as quick as 10 seconds.
The Reno4 5G comes in beautiful Galactic Blue, as well as black while you can find the Reno4 Z 5G in either Ink Black or Dew White.
The Reno4 Series are the first to feature a frosted glass back, making for a distinctive visual that definitely stands out.
Oppo has had great success in Australia with recent research from Telsyte putting the phone maker in the top three smartphone vendors in the country.
"The Telsyte research found that consumers are increasingly drawn to more affordable smartphones that still provide consumers with quality features. That is the cornerstone of OPPO and a key driver of our success,'' Tran said.
"OPPO will continue to embrace new trends and drive innovation in mobile technologies. Our flagship Find X2 Series is a reflection of this innovation, as we look to bring Aussie's 5G capable devices at multiple price points."