Oppo Reno 4 Pro in the test: top smartphone for 500 €


Oppo is hardly known in this country, but some models offer real top performance. The Oppo Reno 4 Pro comes with around 12/256 GByte memory, a great OLED screen and a flagship camera.

Oppo, Vivo, Realme – all Chinese brands that have just hit the German market and want to cut a piece of the Huawei cake. Thanks to great technology and chic design, it actually works very well. If the price is right, the manufacturer and customer are happy.

At Oppo, however, things are a little different. For the Oppo Reno 4 Pro, the manufacturer demands a whopping 799 euros in the RRP – even though there is no top chipset, no IP68 certification and no wireless charging included. In the test, we show why the purchase is still worthwhile.

It is chic, the Oppo Reno 4 Pro, there will probably be little counter-argument. With a depth of just 7.6 millimeters, the smartphone is really thin and the remaining dimensions of 160 × 72.5 millimeters are moderate for a device with a 6.5-inch display. In addition, the device weighs just 172 grams – with all the heavyweights with 200+ grams, this is very positive. In addition, there is a high-quality material impression. The frame with its stylish bevels on the front and foot sides is made of aluminum, the front and back are protected against scratches with Gorilla Glass 5. Because of the rounded sides, which are quite gentle for an edge display, the frame on the sides is very narrow and the smartphone looks even more delicate.

There is also a chic back with a matt finish and gradient. Our blue test device therefore changes between medium blue and turquoise depending on the incidence of light. Thanks to the matte surface, fingerprints and other ugly fat deposits are not an issue. The great overall impression is crowned by the very good workmanship. The transitions between the different materials can only be felt minimally, there are no sharp edges. The only exception here is the protective film that sticks to the screen at the factory. It can be easily removed. The keys embedded in the side of the frame sit tight and wobble-free, the pressure point and key travel are exemplary.

Together with the evenly narrow frame around the display, the punchhole notch and the chic design, the Oppo Reno 4G is currently one of the highest quality models on the market. It’s a shame that the manufacturer only chooses IP54 as protection against water and dust. A brief downpour is not a problem, but the device must not fall into water.

The screen has a diagonal of 6.5 inches. At a resolution of 2400 × 1080 pixels, this results in an image sharpness of just over 400 ppi (pixels per inch), which is sharp. In addition, thanks to OLED technology, the display shines with strong contrasts, an excellent black level and, if desired, strong colors. In the default setting, the color rendering is quite natural. The brightness is great: while around 420 cd / m2 in manual mode is still not very impressive, the 750 cd / m2 measured in automatic mode are definitely. In combination with the very good viewing angle stability typical of OLEDs, users have no problems reading content even in direct sunlight.

We liked the display in the Oppo Reno 4 Pro: The screen has a refresh rate of 90 Hertz, so it displays moving content more smoothly than models with 60 Hertz. In addition, there is the smartphone’s always-on display and its general setting options for display as Plus point.

Oppo does without data sheet prettiness with macro or depth sensors and builds an honest triple cam into the Reno 4 Pro. It consists of the main lens with 48 megapixels, optical image stabilizer and f / 1.7 aperture, wide angle with 12.2 megapixels and f / 2.2 and telephoto lens with 13 megapixels and f / 2.4. A lens with 32 megapixels is used in the front.

The main camera is very good, the additional lenses are good

The quality of the main camera is convincing. Image sharpness, level of detail, color reproduction and image noise are all on a very high level, and the image dynamics are very good. This puts the main camera of the Reno 4 Pro at the top level. This also applies to poor lighting conditions, with only slight drawbacks, but some high-priced competitors are a bit better here, for example the Huawei Mate 40 Pro (test report). Unfortunately, there is a slight decrease in quality with telephoto and wide-angle lenses, and the coordination of the individual lenses with one another is not perfect. The result is that the telelens, for example, captures images in the memory with a lighter color and less color – this shouldn’t really happen with a smartphone in the upper price range. Overall, the image quality of the additional lenses is still good, but they do not come close to the quality of the main lens. The main disadvantages are image sharpness and image dynamics.

The same applies to the front camera. Although it delivers very attractive images overall, it looks a bit too fishy and the image sharpness should also be higher. The main camera delivers decent, but not overwhelming results for videos. This is also due to the fact that 4/30 is over and pans are never sharp. The image stabilization, like the other image quality, is otherwise arranged in the upper third of the smartphone range and therefore fits the price.

The quality impression of the Oppo Reno 4 Pro is excellent, the display is great and at least the main camera is top-notch – can the rest of the equipment keep up? Mostly yes, but not in all cases. Users have to make slight compromises with the chipset. Because despite the remaining equipment of 12 GByte RAM (!) And 256 GByte internal memory, the manufacturer does not rely on the top chip Snapdragon 865 (+), but “only” on a Snapdragon 765G. The eight cores of the chip clock with up to 2.4 GHz, an Adreno 620 ensures sufficient everyday performance. For gaming, the chip with a G in its name offers a few advantages that are supposed to provide more power and faster loading times compared to the same chip without a G.

Overall, most games can be played smoothly, but for a few exceptions an 8-series chip would have been desirable – also with a view to the RRP of the Reno 4 Pro. Unsurprisingly, multitasking is not a problem with the amount of memory, but it hardly has a positive effect in benchmarks. In PCmark Work 2.0, for example, the device achieved around 7900 points, which is roughly on par with other smartphones with a Snapdragon 765G. The same applies to Antutu, here the model reaches around 330,000 points.

Apart from that, the Reno 4 Pro offers a comprehensive technology package with WLAN ac, Bluetooth 5.1, location via GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo and QZSS as well as LTE and 5G. Instead, savings are found in the details. The ample internal (non-expandable) storage only has a UFS 2.1 speed, Wifi 6 is missing and the USB-C port only offers 2.0 standard. There is dual SIM capability and stereo speakers for this. They are loud and powerful, but the competition is a bit better here at times. The fingerprint sensor in the display is well implemented. It works quickly and reliably with light pressure.

The Color OS 7.2 user interface is above Android 10, and there has not yet been an update to Android 11. The security patch is quite up-to-date as of December 2020. Compared to before, Oppo has improved its update supply and now regularly brings patches. The Color OS interface offers a number of additional functions, but does not appear overloaded, but modern. There isn’t much bloatware on the Reno 4 Pro.

The 4000 mAh of the built-in battery does not sound particularly impressive and it is therefore not surprising that the Oppo Reno 4 Pro is not a cross-country skier. Nevertheless, the smartphone achieves better endurance values ​​than some competitors with a stronger battery pack. In PCmark’s battery test, the device lasted for almost 9 hours with an active screen and a brightness of 80 to 20 percent at 200 cd / m2 – this is a decent value when the screen’s 90 Hz function is activated. The good benchmark result was confirmed in the test. Transferred to the test routine, the device is definitely good for one, with minimal restrictions even for two days without an external power supply.

A bit of a shame with the price shown: There is no wireless charging. But the Reno 4 Pro offers another highlight: fast charging with a full 65 watts. This means that the device fully charges again in barely more than half an hour and intermediate charging is like a sprint from Usain Bolt in his best days. This is impressive.

It already sounded: the smartphone’s RRP is a proud 799 euros, but the street price is now significantly lower – as long as it doesn’t have to be the newer color variant Green Glitter. Otherwise there is a choice of blue and black, there are no technically different variants.

The Oppo Reno 4 Pro is a really great smartphone that can hardly be criticized. The biggest point of criticism is the price: 799 euros MSRP for a manufacturer that does not yet have a name in this country, plus no wireless charging, no IP68 and no top chipset? It’s just too much. The situation is different with the street price at which the device has now leveled off. That is more or less significantly below 600 euros, even offers just under 500 euros have already been made.

In return, buyers receive an absolutely stylish smartphone, which also impresses with a great display, an extremely large amount of memory, a top-quality main camera with good additional lenses and an extremely fast-charging battery. The device competes with models such as the Oneplus 8T (review) or the Oppo Find X2 Pro (review) from our own company. Models like the Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro (test report) show that models with top chipset can be significantly cheaper.