Over 5 months since the launch of OPPO’s previous model in the Reno series, OPPO Reno3, the smartphone brand has followed it up with the latest version in the series with the introduction of the OPPO Reno4.
The OPPO Reno 4 has now been in the market for over a month now. And having been among the first group of people who’d been given the review units, the model is an advanced version of the Reno3 in most aspects, apart from the display screen size and storage capacity which are similar for the two models in the Reno series.
The overall size of the previous and current models in OPPO’s Reno series maybe the same but other design features are markedly different.
Design and display
As already noted earlier, OPPO designers decided to give both the Reno 3 and Reno 4 the same screen size, a 6.4-inch display. However, while the OPPO Reno3 has a notch at the centre of the screen, the OPPO Reno4 comes with a dual punch-hole display design. On the palm, the OPPO Reno4 fits well when held firmly due to its 7.7mm thickness with a weight of just 165g.
The OPPO brand has been synonymous with excellent photography and videography capabilities. And in this respect, the OPPO Reno4 does not disappoint. It comes fitted with a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP mono camera. For selfie lovers, the OPPO Reno4 has a 32MP front camera to capture clear photos and remarkable videos.
The AI Colour Portrait feature ensures that only the subject (or focus) is highlighted in natural colour, while the background colours and objects are muted and blurred. The feature is enabled in both the front and rear cameras of the OPPO Reno4 and can also be used while shooting videos.
The AI Colour Portrait feature gives photos taken in Portrait mode to come clearer compared to the ones shot in normal mode, even without zooming in on the object(s) being shot.
In video mode, the OPPO Reno4’s rear camera supports digital video zoom and can also be used to shoot slow-motion videos. However, the front camera doesn’t have this capability.
OPPO Reno 4 – Specifications
|Size and Weight
|Size: 16.34cm/6.4” (diagonal)
Screen Ratio: 90.7%
|Memory and Storage
External memory slot
Quadcam 48 MP wide angle camera
Sony IMX586 sensor with 6P lens that supports auto focus, ultra night mode, ultra steady video capability
8MP ultra wide angle camera with 5P lens
2MP macro camera with 3P lens
2MP mono camera with 3P lens
32MP Selfie Camera with 5P lens, with AI beautification feature.
It can shooting photos and videos in various modes including Night, Expert, Panorama, Portrait, Time lapse, and Slow motion.
|Android version 10
ColorOS version 7.2
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
|Biometrics and sensors
|Support for hidden fingerprint unlock and face unlock
Supports geomagnetic sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, g-sensor, acceleration sensor, gyroscope, step counting
|Bluetooth Version: Bluetooth v5.1
Bluetooth Audio Codec
USB Interface: Type-C
Earphone Jack: 3.5mm jack
|In the box
SIM eject tool
Quick start guide
Security and Privacy
When comes to security and user privacy, this is another area where the OPPO R&D team put extra focus apart from photography and videography features while designing the OPPO Reno4. The Reno4 has Smart Lock feature which can be activated by setting up a password; Face Unlock; and on-screen Finger Print scanner (just like in the Reno3).
Then there’s the OPPO Secure Keyboard which when activated automatically switches on when the user of the device is keying in sensitive information. The Secure Keyboard doesn’t record the information (or combination) being keyed in, connect to the internet, or autocomplete words.
When one uses the Secure Keyboard, Private Safe, or other privacy-related features, the phone deactivates screen captures. Screenshot attempts will also be disabled, while screen recording will only capture a blank screen.
Because of the insecurity situation in most urban centres, there’s the Emergency SOS feature which helps you to make emergency calls and send out SOS messages to one’s contacts. Once this feature is activated, one can call their emergency contacts by pressing the power button 5 times consecutively. Should the person in an emergency situation move beyond 200 meters from their previous location within 1 minute, the updated location is sent to your contacts automatically.
Unlike the Reno3 which came with a Mediatek Helio P90 processor, the OPPO Reno4 runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor, ensuring faster response to commands. The faster response speed is not only crucial when playing games on the phone but also while viewing photos and watching video clips.
In terms of battery capacity however, the OPPO Reno4 has a slightly smaller in-built 4015mAh battery compared to the Reno3’s 4025mAh version. However, the 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 means that the device can be charged to full capacity in under one hour.
That the previous and current models in the Reno series – the OPPO Reno3 and OPPO Ren4 – have the same launch price of Kshs 40,000 is therefore surprising because the latter is definitely a superior device. However, it’s the market which will eventually decide the model which carries the day in terms of the sold units.