Impressions of Oppo Reno 4 Pro First

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Oppo Reno 4 Pro is the company's new mid-tier offering, which was launched fairly quickly, keeping in mind that the Reno 3 Pro (revised) was introduced in India in March this year. As with its predecessor, India is the first country to receive the global version of Oppo Reno 4 Pro, which differs slightly compared to the version that was launched in China in June.

In India, Oppo Reno 4 Pro will only be available in one configuration for the price of Rs. 34990, with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. Compared to the Chinese model, which contains Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC and triple rear cameras, the Indian variant uses Snapdragon 720G and has an additional macro camera. I have used Reno 4 Pro for just one day, and while I still have a lot of tests to do, here are my first impressions of the phone.

The packaging is simple, and inside it you will find a smartphone with a case, charger, cable and headphone. The first thing that really surprised me, after taking the phone out of its plastic case, is how incredibly light it feels. Phones nowadays usually hover around 180g to 200g, but Oppo Reno 4 Pro weighs only 161g. Aside from the low weight, it is somewhat slim with only 7.7mm thickness. This easily makes it one of the most comfortable phones, with a large screen, which I used a while ago. Also, there's a headphone jack on the bottom, which is a pleasant surprise in 2020.

Oppo Reno 4 Pro screen and back have curved edges, giving it a very distinct look. The trimmed chrome frame looks durable, and the volume and power buttons correspond very well to my fingers and toes when holding it. The color I carry is called "silky white", and it's a bit inaccurate because the fabric at the back is a bit rough on touch. I think it looks good, and if you are not a fan of white, there is a darker color than "Starry Night" too.

Oppo Reno 4 Pro features a distinctive back design, which looks good

The show is another area where OPPO seems to have made the right choice. It is a 6.5-inch AMOLED panel, with full HD + resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. The brightness, color and viewing angles look very good so far, in the short period I've been using this phone. I also love the fact that the edges around the screen are not very intrusive and uniform, from top to bottom. There is a hole cut for the selfie camera and the fingerprint sensor in width too. I've noticed that the fingerprint sensor is not the fastest to authenticate, and it requires long and steady pressure on the screen for it to work. It felt slower than the on-screen sensor in OnePlus Nord (review) for sure.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC is a powerful and powerful chip. We have already seen that on many phones at the price of Rs. 20,000, such as Realme 6 Pro (revised) and Poco M2 Pro (revised). However, a lot of people will find it a little weak for Oppo Reno 4 Pro considering its price. The competition already offers more powerful chipsets like Snapdragon 765G and Snapdragon 855+.

So far, ColorOS 7.2 is working flawlessly, so I have no major complaints yet. The new version of the Oppo Android phone comes with new gestures and gaming-oriented features, which I will talk more about in the full review, once used properly. Right now, I really like the new collection of stock wallpapers in the new version of ColorOS.

Oppo Renault 4 Pro

The Oppo Reno 4 Pro is really light and slim, and it's refreshing

Oppo Reno 4 Pro has a lot of cameras. For selfies, you'll get a 32MP Sony IMX616 sensor, the same sensor used in OnePlus Nord and Realme X3 SuperZoom (revised). On the back of the phone is the main Sony IMX586 48-megapixel camera, along with a 8-megapixel monochrome, 2-megapixel monochrome camera and 2-megapixel macro cameras. We haven't tested cameras well yet, but given that we've already seen what the main front and back sensors in other phones can do, we should expect good daylight images to say the least. Reno 4 Pro performance in low light will be the real test, so make sure you don't miss the full review soon.

Oppo company gave the Reno 4 Pro phone 4000 mAh battery, but what takes the cake is a quick 65 watt charger in the box. Oppo claims that the battery of this phone can go from zero to full in just 36 minutes. We've seen similar fast charging speeds with the Oppo R17 Pro (revised) and Realme X2 Pro (revised). If we're lucky, we might even see Oppo phones later this year using the new 125W fast charging technology.

Oppo Reno 4 Pro is a good looking smartphone with a good set of features, but I feel that its price is Rs. 34,990 would hurt its attractiveness, especially since almost every good competitor at this level of price offers SOC faster. Can fast charging and premium design compensate for this power shortage? I will be testing Reno 4 Pro for the next few days, and I will be better positioned to answer this question in the full review. In the meantime, let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Would you be willing to sacrifice a little bit of processing power for a lighter, slimmer phone?

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