If you love creating videos on your smartphone, the Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G is worth considering. It has cool AI-powered tools to make your normal videos and selfie videos look really good. My favourite is the Bokeh Flare Portrait Video feature, which gives you DLSR quality blur in real time. If you're planning to do TikTok style video content with your phone, you'll want this.
- 64MP (f1.7) main, 8MP (f.2) ultra-wide, 2MP macro, 2MP mono, 32MP (f2.4) front
- Rear video quality: 4K@30fps, 1080p@60fps/30fps, and 720p@60fps/30fps
- Front video quality: 1080p@30fps (default) or 720p@30fps
- Octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 1200, 12GB RAM, 256GB storage
Because the Reno6 Pro's features are designed for video, the camera mode seems to be a little lacking. For instance, portrait mode shots don't let you adjust the degree of bokeh, and it looks lackluster compared to when you are shooting video. However, when you're shooting video, this phone really shows off its strengths. Background blur looks nice without feeling fake. The AI Highlight mode makes HDR exposure a breeze, and the focus lock works. There's also an Ultra Steady feature that offers gimbal-like stability but at the cost of some resolution. It uses the pixels from the sides to buffer motion on the video.
Apart from the great video features, the Reno6 is decidedly average. Despite its “pro” moniker, there's no water resistance or wireless charging. That said, the phone is pretty snappy, apps loaded fast, and the 6.5-inch AMOLED display was bright and vibrant. Battery life on the 4,500mAh battery is decent, at 15hr 40min in our video-loop battery test at 100% screen brightness. Fast charging with the bundled SuperVOOC 2.0 charger is super fast — it took 31 minutes to get up to 93% charge. On the benchmark side of things, the Reno6 scored 804 in Geekbench 5's single-core test and 2,726 for multi-core. This is almost flagship-class performance.
Other features include dual-SIM slots (but no microSD support). The Reno6 Pro runs Oppo's own ColorOS 11.3 over Android 11, and supports NFC payments. There's only one speaker at the bottom, so you'll have to make sure not to cover it while watching video or gaming. The Reno6 Pro also has an in-display fingerprint scanner, and face unlock.
Retailing at S$949, the Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G is a decent smartphone for most users. However, it's an excellent phone for video creators. You can grab it from online e-commerce platforms such as Lazada or Shopee.
Note: Review unit provided by Oppo.
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