Right on schedule, OPPO has launched its first 5G series of phones, the OPPO Reno 3 and the Reno 3 Pro, in China packing a quad-rear camera setup, same size durable batteries, but with different processors.
The smartphones also come in slightly different sizes and differ in the selfie camera placement mechanism. Otherwise, there is not much of a difference between the two smartphones.
The Reno 3 Pro starts at CNY3,999 (Approx. USD571) for the 8GB RAM+128GB model, which goes on sale on December 31 while the top-rung 12GB RAM+256GB model will hit the shelves on January 10 costing CNY4,449 (Approx. USD635).
The vanilla Reno 3, on the other hand, is priced at CNY3,399 (Approx. USD485) for the 8GB RAM+128GB variant and CNY3,699 (Approx. USD528) for the 12GB RAM+128GB variant. Both the variants will be up for grabs beginning December 31.
The global availability of the OPPO Reno 3 series is likely to be announced soon.
OPPO Reno 3 Pro specifications
The OPPO Reno 3 Pro is built around a 6.5-inch full HD+ curved AMOLED screen with 90Hz refresh rate, in-display fingerprint scanner, HDR 10+ support, 93.4% screen-to-body ratio, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection (on the back as well).
Under the hood, powering the device is newly launched Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC mated to Adreno 620 GPU, 8GB/12GB RAM, and 128GB/256GB internal storage. It boots ColorOS 7 based on Android 10.
The quad-rear-camera setup comes with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor with 116-degree field of view, a 13MP telephoto lens with 5x hybrid zoom, and a 2MP monochrome sensor, but the leading the pack here is the 48MP f/1.7 Sony IMX586 primary sensor equipped with both OIS and EIS.
The front has a hole-punch cutout that houses a 32MP selfie camera with f/2.4 aperture.
The OPPO Reno 3 Pro derives fuel from a 4,025mAh battery that comes with VOOC 4.0 Flash Charge support and draws charge via USB Type-C port. Amongst other notable things, the phone supports dual-mode 5G, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, and NFC.
OPPO Reno 3 specifications
The OPPO Reno 3 compared to its Pro version is a tad smaller at 6.4-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with a water-drop notch instead of a punch-hole. The notch, however, encloses the same 32MP selfie shooter found in the Pro version. The display also comes with an embedded in-display fingerprint scanner.
Gorilla Glass 5 protects the phone, including its backside that mounts a quad-rear-camera setup, but unlike the 48MP primary sensor in the Pro version, the back of the Reno 3 is marked for its 64MP f/1.8 primary sensor with OIS support.
The other three sensors include an 8MP wide-angle sensor, 2MP black and white sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor.
The Reno 3, on a performance level, is slightly ratcheted down as it makes use of a 7nm MediaTek Dimensity 1000L octa-core processor alongside 8GB/12GB RAM and standard 128GB built-in storage. Storage expansion remains unspecified.
The software and battery used in Reno 3 are the same as the Reno 3 Pro. The rest of the aspects such as the 5G, 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, GPS, USB Type-C port also make it to the Reno 3 from the Reno 3 Pro. Support for NFC, however, notably misses out.