This year lots of companies in India introduced smartphones around the Rs 30,000 price segment. Recently, Oppo launched its much-awaited Reno 6 5G smartphone in the country. The device seems to be a value for money device compared to its elder sibling Oppo Reno 6 Pro. Yes, this phone comes with photography-focused features along with a 65W charger, USB Type-C wired earphones and a Type-C cable, which is quite rare to get nowadays.
The handset has been smartly designed. So if you are planning to buy a new smartphone we hope that our review of Oppo Reno 6 5G may help you understand its performance, design and most importantly its camera experience. Here is our Oppo Reno 6 5G Review.
Oppo Reno 6 5G Review: Design and Display
To begin with, let’s talk about the unique design of Oppo Reno 6 5G. Yes, we call it unique because of its slim form factor. The phone comes with a metal frame that looks premium. The in-hand feel is also good; the handset is not too big nor too small but just perfect for single-hand usage. Interestingly, the device is very light and weighs just 180g even when it has a lot of metal on it. It has flat edges and the case fits very well (which is of top quality).
The rear panel comes with a shimmery effect. We got our hands on the Stellar Black. The triple rear camera module is also not protruding so the phone does not wobble when laid flat on a surface. Upfront it comes with an AMOLED display which plays house to a selfie camera hidden inside a punch hole at the top left corner of the screen. There is Gorilla Glass Protection on the front and AG glass on the back. So it is a combination of both metal and glass design.
Talking about the ports, below there is a speaker grill, a Type C port, a microphone and a SIM card slot. On the left, there are two antenna bands on each corner of the metal frame and a volume button. Above there is a noise-cancelling microphone along with 2 antennas and on the right-hand side there is a power button with a green tinge and yes here also you will see the antenna bands.
Ok now that’s done, let’s talk about the display of the device. Let’s find out if it is as impressive as its design. It features a beautiful 6.43-inch full-HD+ hole-punch AMOLED display offering 1,080×2,400 pixels of resolution. You will get a 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate support with 800 nits of peak brightness on this display. The screen comes with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It should be noted that the Pro version comes with a curved display, while this one has a completely flat one. In addition to this, the screen has an HDR 10+ support along with a 91.7 percent screen-to-body ratio. This is why it has thin bezels on the sides with a not so noticeable chin.
The outdoor visibility is good even in direct sunlight. The 90Hz refresh rate is well optimised and yes there is no lag. The touch display is very responsive and the colours along with details are impressive too.
All in all, it gives you an immersive experience. The always-on display is the cherry on the cake. Although AMOLED panels are energy-efficient, you have the option to turn on the Dark Mode, which provides more endurance. The viewing angles are good and the Widevine L1 support makes it perfect for HD streaming.
Oppo Reno 6 5G Review: Performance and Camera
On the specs sheet, the device comes with impressive specifications. So let’s find out how well the phone performs in reality. The Reno 6 5G is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC, which is based on 6nm architecture. The chipset comes with 5G connectivity and is capable of handling high-end gaming and heating issues with ease. Also, the Mali G68 GPU has been incorporated for impressive graphics performance.
While gaming we didn’t come across any drop in performance. All the games like BGMI, COD, Asphalt 9 are playable at medium settings. Surprisingly, there was no heating issue at all during intensive gaming sessions. Apart from a good gaming experience, this handset comes with the ability of RAM expansion. Yes, you get the option to expand the RAM between 2GB to 5GB virtually. This feature is good when it comes to multitasking. Not only this Oppo Reno 6 comes with 13 5G bands, which makes it a future-ready device. Even when it comes to day to day usage the phone is absolutely a great performer.
You can take screenshots with just a three-finger swipe. What’s cooler on this phone is that if you want to take a screenshot of a particular section then in that case just hold the three fingers on the part and simply swipe it down/up slowly the way you select text and it’s done. Over that, if you want that certain part to be translated simply tap on the translate option, which will appear on the screen after the screenshot. You get a lot of options to edit the screenshot which is appreciated.
Also, you get options to customise dark mode as per your liking. You can choose from enhanced, medium and Gentle. Consumers can also choose to select the style of the fingerprint and the overall colours of the UI. All these features give you a more refined flagship-like experience. Though the phone does have some bloatware you can easily uninstall them.
On the imaging front, Oppo Reno 6 5G is highlighted with a triple rear camera set up that includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, 2-megapixel macro camera. Upfront there is a 32-megapixel selfie camera.
The daylight images have good details and are well optimised. The colours are punchy and sharp. In portrait mode, the depth created between the subject and the background does not look unnatural. Talking about the low light shots, the night mode works well even in ultra-wide settings. Also, we noticed a minor change in the colour temperature when we switched from standard to ultrawide mode.
The colours become more saturated and eye-pleasing when AI mode is turned on. In terms of selfies, even during harsh sunlight, you will not see any burnouts or blown-out highlights. That’s how the front camera also controls the dynamic range so perfectly. The edge detection in portrait mode is perfect too. The macro mode is what we loved the most. We got some incredible shots from the macro lens. The images are so detailed, sharp and natural you would not believe it has been shot from a mid-range smartphone camera.
The cameras on the phone are quite good at controlling dynamic range even when there is direct sunlight when shooting videos at 1080p in ultra-wide mode. In terms of exposure as well, the lenses adapt very smoothly. When recording a 1080p video in standard camera mode, the quality is better than the ultra-wide considering the sensor.
Oppo Reno 6 5G also offers you to shoot moving pictures in dual view video mode. This feature makes the device perfect for vlogging. There is no option to shoot 4K videos at 60fps, this is something we were missing. The video stabilisation in [email protected] is not that great, however, the 1080p option will offer you a well-stabilised video recording.
The company has given an ultra steady option on the front camera for stabilised video recording, too. There is a dedicated option for the bokeh effect, which comes on both rear as well as on the front camera with the 720p resolution. The Bokeh flare on the Oppo Reno is the most interesting and unique feature of the phone. We only get to see this feature in cinema cameras, where the lighting behind the subjects gets blurred out and looks flared giving a scintillating effect.
Considering the price, the camera performance is better than its competitors in the segment.
The Reno 6 5G is backed by a 4,300mAh battery that can last for a whole day on not-so-heavy usage. Otherwise, battery drain is not an issue anymore as the device is shipped with a 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charger, which takes about 30 minutes to charge the phone from zero to 100 percent.
So here we come to the conclusion of the Oppo Reno 6 5G review. From its design, build to cameras, and battery life this phone is total value for money. Performance-wise there was no lag while multitasking or switching between apps. The games can be played at medium graphics, which doesn’t throttle the performance of the phone. As for the cameras, the still photography was good but it could have been better in the video department. We personally loved this handset for its boxy design and beautiful cameras. You can buy it, it would be a worthy purchase.
- Fast charging
- 5G connectivity
- Sleek design and display
- Lacks 3.5mm headphones jack
- No memory expansion
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