The Reno 10 Series was launched earlier this month in Malaysia and we had a couple of weeks to take it to it’s paces. To sum it up, the OPPO Reno 10 Pro+ 5G is a decent performer with a relatively premium price tag. At RM3,499, it’s definitely a far cry from cheap if you are purely basing it on the specs. I am one of those people, or rather was. My perception has changed somewhat after using the device. By now, I have gone back to my trusty three year old Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and I have got to admit, I definitely miss daily driving the Reno 10 Pro+. Why?
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1|
|RAM||12GB LPDDR5, 3200Mhz
With Up to 12GB RAM expansion
|Storage||256GB UFS 3.1 – Non Expandable|
|Display||6.74” 2772×1240 curved AMOLED, 120Hz, 450PPI,, HDR10+ Certified, 500nits (Typical), 1100nits (max), 1400nits (HDR)|
32MP F/2.4 , AF
Main – 50MP F/1.8 , AF & OIS
Telephoto – 64MP F/2.5 , AF & OIS, 3x Optical Zoom
Ultrawide – 8MP F/2.2,
|Charging Speed||Up to 100W|
|OS||ColorOS 13.1 (Android 13)|
|Others||MariSilicon X NPU
2 Nano Sim Slots
|Available Colours||Grey, Purple|
Look & Feel
OPPO manages to make this phone look slick, yet serious and professional at the same time. The unit I have been using is a matte gray color that gives off a nice sheen when the light catches the back panel. It’s fingerprint resistant but feels somewhat plasticky in the hand. I wish they had done away with the “Powered by MariSilicon” lettering under the camera bump, but it’s still relatively understated. The camera bump makes up about one-sixth of the phone’s total back area, making it quite stable when laid flat on the table.
A decent rubber case is provided in the box but it feels slippery to use. The same can be said for using the phone without the case so at least with the case, there is some form of protection.
The AMOLED panel is punchy and bright, and definitely more than usable under direct sunlight. In total darkness, the screen is a tad brighter than I would like it to be at the lowest setting, but still miles better than my previous daily driver. That one could burn your retinas out even at it’s lowest setting.
The stereo speakers gets decently loud but don’t expect much bass or clarity. Definitely good enough for your social media sessions or hearing a call coming in from the other room. However if you are one to watch Netflix on your phone, definitely grab your favourite earbuds or a pair of Bluetooth speakers for a much better experience.
The main star of this phone is undoubtedly the camera system. The interface is easy and straightforward to use with a great picture quality overall.
The images captured on the main camera are exceptional to my eyes. Colours are bright, and details are crisp. Some colours feel a bit oversaturated due to the HDR mode but I do have a feeling that this colour science would please the general audience.
The telephoto does an admirable job as well under the right circumstances. I’m not a fan of AI bokeh in general and this phone produces a lot of it even at the lowest setting. There are times that it misses certain spots around the edges or between the hair which is why I’m not a fan in the first place. However, it is very subjective and the 3x telephone can produce really sharp looking images if you are not pixel peeping. The shutter speed is also on the slower side to compensate for a brighter image (especially indoors) so don’t expect miracles if you having a constantly moving subject in front of you (e.g. children).
On the ultrawide side, it’s also crisp and sharp. Colours are quite true to life and overall I’m really pleased with the results. Personally I would have preferred a macro camera instead but I’m not mad at the results I could get with this. I wish it was a little bit wider though but that’s nitpicky.
The selfie camera to me is a bit of a mixed bag. It had the tendency to accentuate the warmer/pinkish hues and is less sharp than how I would like it to be. It might just be a skin softening effect (which I did turn off) but you can have look and judge yourself. If you like having the bokeh affect in selfies, it does look quite good overall when applied in portrait mode.
Overall good quality but do expect more blurrier shots taken in this mode. Lights also tend to be overblown and gives a hazy tinge to the pictures from time to time. One thing I would have to mention is that while testing out the phone with the night shots, the back of the phone became very toasty in a short period of time. Whether it’s a fringe situation, one can only wonder.
Software & Interface
ColorOS 13 is snappy and colourful. The customisable options are plentiful and I didn’t feel the need to revert to my previous custom launcher. There seems to be quite a few bloatware installed in the initial setup but it could just easily be uninstalled. I’m not sure whether it’s just the unit that I received though but it’s something to note.
One piece of software that I do love using is the built-in infrared controller. It’s just so easy to set up and use with a myriad of household items. The ability to control my air conditioner or fan with the phone is a handy feature that I feel a lot more phones should have.
This is my first experience with a 100W SuperVOOC capable phone, and I have to say that it’s a game changer. Overall battery life is more than good enough with constant 6-7 hours of screen-on time but to have a phone charge from 1% to 100% in just over 30 minutes is nuts. I only needed to plug it in while I finished my morning routine to get a fully charged phone every single time and that is convenient to say the least.
Also, a small note is that the provided 100W charger uses a USB-A to USB-C cable. I do wish it used USB-C to USB-C as it’s much more common nowadays.
The OPPO Reno 10 Pro+ 5G is a really fine phone. I have enjoyed my time with it, but it does have its quirks. The processor is still blazing fast, even though it’s no longer the latest Snapdragon flagship. The cameras ranges from good to great to my eyes, and the retail price is on the higher side. I understand now why OPPO has managed to sell over 900,000 units of Reno devices after using this unit. So, if you are a user of previous generations of Reno devices, consider an upgrade. It’s pretty much a no brainer especially if you are used to the OS and using a Reno device that’s three years or older. You’d be more than happy with the purchase. If you have never used an OPPO device before like myself, give it a try. It might surprise you as much as I did. I myself will definitely miss the brighter camera, infrared and SuperVOOC charging capabilities.