The Reno4 Pro 5G is a new smartphone in the Oppo catalog, but it doesn’t seem foreign to those familiar with the Chinese brand’s catalog. It takes many elements of the Find X2 Neo, a premium smartphone released at the end of the first half of 2020. A proximity as much technological as price which can sometimes be perplexing. Especially since the Reno4 Pro is more expensive by 100 euros. Is this justified? Answer in this test.
Oppo has been offering its smartphones on the French market for several years now. The brand does not yet enjoy a good notoriety with the general public (which is often confused between Chinese phone and Huawei), but relies on a good reputation with an informed tech-savvy public. She begins to know the brand’s catalog well: series Find in premium segments, particularly high-end, series Reno in the mid-range and premium segments, with a strong “young trendy” trend, F series on the mid-range and series A on the entry level.
The boundaries between two ranges are not always very clear. And it is even less so when each country has to adapt its offer based on the catalog of the parent company. We’ve seen it with Honor, Huawei or Xiaomi: phones change names every time they cross a border. The Reno3 Pro 5G, for example, is called in Europe (and therefore in France) the Find X2 Neo, a smartphone that we tested a few months ago. Today, three new smartphones have been announced by Oppo France: the Reno4, Reno4 Z and Reno4 Pro 5G (which we will also call Reno4 Pro in this test for simplicity). And it is under this name that they will be sold in France.
Our video test
Price and availability
The Reno4 Pro 5G will be available in France on 22 October, the same day as the Oppo Watch 44mm eSim. A pre-order period will start in a few days. The smartphone is marketed at a price of 799 euros. Only one version available in France. It is provided with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. The Reno4 Pro 5G is sold more expensive than some direct competitors, such as the Nokia 8.3 (599 euros), the Motorola Edge (599 euros), the OnePlus Nord (499 euros in the 12 + 256 GB version) and… the Find X2 Neo.
Indeed, the European version of the Reno3 Pro 5G, still marketed by Oppo, was launched at a price of 699 euros with this same configuration. Or 100 euros less. One of the questions we will answer in this review concerns the differences between the Reno3 Pro and the Reno4 Pro: do they justify such a price difference?
|Find X2 Neo|
|Dimensions||159.6 x 72.5 x 7.6 mm|
|Screen||6.5 “Full HD + AMOLED (402 ppi)
HDR10 + and DCI-P3
|Chipset||Snapdragon 765G (7nm)|
|BONE||Android 10 + ColorOS 7.2|
|Rear photo sensors||48MP + 12MP + 13MP
2x optical zoom (5x hybrid)
|Front photo sensors||32MP|
SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charge (65 watts
No 3.5mm jack port
|Biometrics||fingerprint sensor under the screen|
Design and handling
The design of the Reno4 Pro is very similar to that of the Find X2 Neo. First, on the material side: the smartphone is clad in mineral glass (Gorilla 5 front and back) on the sides and aluminum on the edges with the separations for the antennas clearly visible. Then on the location of the technical elements: power on on the right, volume control on the left, SIM drawer, USB port, main microphone and speaker on the lower edge, secondary microphone on the upper edge. No 3.5mm jack port here, like the X2 Neo and X2 Pro.
It is at the rear that the Reno4 Pro differs from the Find X2 series. Two details to observe: the pattern of the shell and the main photo block. Let’s start with the shell: the one of our test copy is gray, but there are iridescent reflections (which are not seen in the photos accompanying this test). In addition, there is a marking with a logo (which takes up Oppo’s O and P) which gradually fades. It’s quite pretty.
Let’s move on to the photo block: it is made up of five elements: three photo sensors, a laser autofocus and an LED flash. We will see in the photo section the characteristics of these elements. Unlike the block of the Find X2 Pro family, the Reno4 Pro is rectangular, drawing (heavily) inspiration from the competition (Huawei, Samsung in particular). The block is therefore shorter, but wider. This block is doubly prominent : it is not only thick at the base of the rectangle, but each lens is also higher than this base.
Up front, you’ll find a large touchscreen with an punch in the upper left corner. It houses the selfie sensor. We will come back to this element in the photo section. Gone are the exuberances of the Reno and the Reno, where the selfie sensor was placed in the famous shark fin hidden in the upper edge. Since the Reno 3 (known in France as Find X2 Lite and Find X2 Neo), Oppo has returned to a more sober design that this Reno4 Pro inherits.
Under the screen hides the fingerprint reader. An optical sensor and not ultrasonic, but which still works very well. In the thickness between the edge of the screen and the aluminum frame, you find the telephone receiver. We will see in the audio part the qualities (and the defects of this stereo configuration).
Like the Find X2 Neo, the Reno4 Pro’s shell is curved on the sides, either front or back, giving an impression of finesse. It does not interfere with the grip. The roundness of the shell makes the grip more natural. In contrast, mineral glass has a tendency to slip. Especially if you have wet hands. But that’s not exclusive to the Reno4 Pro: all smartphones with a glass coating are pretty leaky.
Now let’s take a closer look at the screen. The Reno4 Pro benefits from a panel very similar to that of the Find X2 Neo, but not exactly the same. The size is always 6.5 inch. The definition is Full HD + for a resolution of 402 pixels per inch, unchanged. The backlight is AMOLED. The maximum advertised brightness is 1000 nits. And the refresh rate is always 90 Hz (with the possibility of manually lowering to 60 Hz).
There is only one novelty for this screen: compatibility HDR10 +. This makes it possible to display brighter colors. But that doesn’t really revolutionize the visual experience of the Reno4 Pro. It was already very good with the Find X2 Pro: good visibility in bright light, very wide viewing angles and well respected colors, always with this small tendency to accentuate the blue (impression that can be corrected in the settings of the smartphone ).
Note that the refresh rate of the touch layer is 180 Hz. This means that the panel checks 180 times every second if you ask for it. This obviously contributes to the fluidity of the operating system: not only does the smartphone display the information requested faster, but it reacts more when you ask it. This will not be noticeable all the time, however.
The Reno4 Pro 5G comes with ColorOS 11. At least one update is offered when the phone is first launched (we installed one during this test). It allows to go to ColorOS 11.2. This version is not based on Android 11, but on Android 10. We have relayed in our columns the provisional timetable for the deployment of ColorOS 11 on Android 11. And the Reno4 Pro 5G will migrate to this version. during the month of October.
The Reno 4 Pro’s interface is very similar to what you find in other Oppo smartphones, especially the Finds tested in our columns. Two main screens with preinstalled applications. The third screen for the day’s recap and the news feed. The notification area with quick settings. The default app drawer with built-in search engine. You will also find Google applications, Oppo software and some business partners (including WPS Office). All of this has been seen on several occasions. We will not come back to it.
Two new features presented by Oppo regarding the interface should be noted. First, the arrival of a super economy mode energy. It allows you to keep 5 active applications, no more. The others are closed. This can be useful for those who have a specific need (keeping WhatsApp open, but not Twitter, for example), but who no longer have enough energy for a standard eco mode. The second novelty is a handy shortcut to access with one hand to the icons at the top of the screen (see screenshot on the left above). A simple swipe from the bottom up on the border of the screen and the icons placed at the top are suddenly to wear of an inch. The shortcut requires a little practice before mastering it (and it must be activated in the settings menu).
This version of ColorOS is as smooth as the previous one. It is also just as complete, especially in terms of customization (battery, display, data protection, aesthetics, behavior of notifications, etc.). ColorOS has become a good interface, on par with MIUI or EMUI, for example.
Now that we’re talking about interface fluidity, let’s talk about platform performance. We have seen previously that the Reno4 Pro 5G takes over the configuration of the Find X2 Neo: Snapdragon 765G (Qualcomm octo-core 5G compatible), 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage. This platform offers interesting performances, offering a good balance between power and energy consumption: neither too much nor too little in both disciplines.
Find below the results obtained with the usual benchmarks: AnTuTu, GFXBench, Geekbench, PCMark and 3DMark. You will notice, by comparing the results obtained by the Reno4 Pro and those of the Find X2 Pro, that the figures are close. They are even always a little below. It is even slightly below the Find X2 Lite, for example, while the latter is less well off (4 GB less RAM).
One of the possible explanations (and the one we favor) for this slight underperformance is a less good software optimization with ColorOS 7.2 than with ColorOS 7.0. It is therefore possible that a switch to Android 11 brings the Reno4 Pro back to the level of the Find X2 Neo. Another is the quality of the components, but we hardly believe it.
This lack of optimization, we felt with Dead Trigger 2, our standard game. With the latter, we sometimes experienced a noticeable drop in framerate and speaker sizzle, which had not been the case with either the Find X2 Lite or the Find X2 Neo.
This is all the more surprising given that the Snapdragon 765G is more than capable of supporting Dead Trigger 2 (especially with 12 GB of RAM). In addition, the “performance” mode only partially solves the problem. When this happens, we restarted the phone in order to free the RAM. And it was better. We have also launched an emulator. And not just any: Dolphin (which emulates the Gamecube and the Wii). And, unlike Dead Trigger 2, it runs pretty well. This therefore confirms our hypothesis.
Autonomy and recharging
The Snapdragon 765G is a platform therefore offering very decent performance (with some small hiccups, of course). And when we talk about performance, we also very often talk about autonomy. The Reno4 Pro is not very power hungry. In classic use (a little video, a little music streaming, the web, social networks and messaging), the Reno4 Pro offers you autonomy included between a day and a half and two days. Of course, players won’t have that chance.
As with the Find X2 Pro, the Reno4 Pro is compatible SuperVOOC 2.0, i.e. fast charging at 65 watts. This is one of the big differences the Reno4 Pro has from the Find X2 Neo which is limited to 30 watt fast charging. This technology allows you to recharge 60% of the 4000 mAh it contains in a quarter of an hour. And the phone is fully charged in less than 40 minutes (we did the test, it’s surprising).
We had the opportunity to discuss with Oppo France to find out how they achieve such results. The Reno4 Pro does not have one 4000mAh battery, but two 2000mAh ones. They recharge at the same time and they share the power sent by the charger. This is how Oppo achieves such a result without risking damage to the component. It’s very smart.
The Reno4 Pro offers the same audio experience as the Find X2 Neo. Without being breathtaking, it remains qualitative, whether during audio calls or watching video. Like its predecessor, the Reno4 Pro is without 3.5mm jack port to connect headphones. And unfortunately, there is no jack to USB Type-C adapter.
The smartphone comes with a hands-free kit, fairly standard him too. It offers a decent experience, with very present bass and highs that could be a little more pronounced. The ergonomics of the headphones are standard: a plastic shell that sits at the entrance to the ear, no foam or rubber, and a remote control with microphone that deferens the sound control.
We find the dual speaker : the main speaker is located on the bottom edge of the phone, while the secondary output is hidden in the earpiece. As with the Find X2 Neo, two points are important to emphasize here: the main speaker is regularly obstructed by a finger when the Reno4 Pro is held horizontally (for a game or a movie) and the secondary speaker is the least. powerful of both. This sometimes causes a little imbalance in the stereo. It’s not very noticeable, however.
On the photo side, we find a configuration very inspired by the Find X2 Neo. There are of course differences. But they are not that big. First, let’s take a look at the owner. First, two sensors from the Find X2 Neo are included. The main sensor 48 megapixels with optical stabilizer and the sensor 13 megapixels with telephoto lens (2x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, digital zoom up to 20x).
The third sensor for the panoramas of the Find X2 Neo (an 8 megapixel model) is replaced by a sensor 12 megapixels. The viewing angle of its wide-angle lens is 120 ° (against 115 °). Finally, the Find X2 Neo’s fourth sensor (a 2-megapixel monochrome filter) is removed. It is replaced by a laser autofocus. At the front, the 32 megapixel selfie sensor is back.
The results of the photos are relatively close to those of the Find X2 Neo. The photos are balanced and detailed day or night (still with Oppo’s very efficient night mode), especially with the 48-megapixel sensor (which captures photos in 12-megapixels by default, but 48-megapixel mode is available in options). The optical stabilizer is very useful when the light runs out, because the night mode requires keeping the pause for a very long time (between 3 and 5 seconds). Laser autofocus offers clear gain in focusing speed.
You will find in this Reno4 Pro all the strengths and the few shortcomings of Oppo smartphones: vibrant colors (almost too much when the vibrant colors mode is activated), the recovery of the distortions of the wide-angle optics generally very successful, a 20x zoom unusable (except for making abstract art), a slight weakness of brightness in the 13 megapixel sensor and nice self-portraits with the selfie sensor (with adjustable bokeh).
The portrait mode seems to have been improved: the bugdroid that we use to take our pictures seems to us to be more emphasized than with the Find X2 Neo. Also note the arrival of night mode in video : this is an addition that deserves to be pointed out.
Accessories in the box
The smartphone comes with a transparent plastic shell (not very stylish, but it does the job), a 65 watt SuperVOOC mains charger (unlike Samsung, Oppo delivers with an optimized charger with its smartphones), a USB type-A cable to type-C, for recharging and connection to a PC, and a hands-free kit compatible with USB-type-C port (seen previously in the audio section). Note that a screen protector is preinstalled on the smartphone.
The Reno4 Pro 5G is a product which, taken alone, is very nice. Good autonomy. Good performance. Good performance. Without mentioning the competition, we find it a bit expensive, because it does not add anything really new. The Reno 10x Zoom was more expensive than the original Reno, but its 10x optical zoom and more powerful platform were two compelling arguments to justify the price difference.
But now, it’s looking at the competition that we find the Reno4 Pro very expensive. We will take three examples to justify our opinion. The first is the Find X2 Neo, which Oppo will continue to sell. For a similar experience, it costs 100 euros less. You have seen the differences throughout this test: for us, they do not justify this difference. Especially since the brand will “animate” the Find X2 Neo at the end of the year. It will therefore be even cheaper. And it will be even more attractive.
Second example, the OnePlus North. Sold with the same configuration (SD765G, 12 GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage) at 499 euros, it is much cheaper than the Reno4 Pro. True, fast charging and optical zoom are absent. But the rest is present. For 300 euros less.
Third example, the OnePlus 8. With its Snapdragon 855, its 4300 mAh battery, 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, it was offered at 799 euros, the same price as the Reno4 Pro. And as the launch of the OnePlus 8T approaches, its price has very recently dropped drastically to reach 699 euros. Granted, it doesn’t have optical zoom or fast charging, but everything else is there. Given this competition, it’s obvious that while the Reno4 Pro is a good smartphone, it’s not sold at the right price.
Our our: 3.5 / 5
The Reno4 Pro is a smartphone that we have nothing to complain about other than a few imperfections. Its only real flaw is that it does not stand out enough from its predecessor. Sold much more expensive than the latter, it is also heckled by keener competition.
We like :
- its very pretty design and marking
- its well-balanced platform, generous in RAM and storage
- very fast charging, tested, proven and approved
- its beautiful qualities in photo and this impressive night mode
- its ColorOS 7 interface, complete and less and less complex
We love less
- its price, much too high
- this too close proximity to the Find X2 Neo
- small optimization issues (which should be resolved with an update)