OPPO Reno5 F: The Lite version of the Reno5 is heavy on specs and performance

Weeks after OPPO Kenya announced that it would introduce two models in the Reno series in the country, the smart devices brand has made true this promise by first unveiling the OPPO Reno5, which were fortunate to lay our hands on. The Reno5, as expected, didn’t disappoint and lived to OPPO’s promise.

And now, for over 2 weeks to be precise, we’ve had the OPPO Reno5 F with us.

First off, the Reno5 F is what could be considered the Lite version (and truly so) of the Reno5 model. But this should not be misconstrued to mean that it’s an inferior device with less superior features which delivers less-than-optimum performance to the user.

Apart from the Kshs 10,000 price difference between the two models (the Reno5 retails for Kshs 41,999 while the Reno5 F is cheaper at Kshs 31,999), and the processor – Reno is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G while the Reno5 F runs on a MediaTek Helio P95 – the two devices share various key features and specs.

From their frame to screen display, the two models are almost similar. It’s only the design of the main camera at the back that can make distinguish between the Reno5 and Reno5 F, as well as the colour variants for each model.

Below: OPPO Reno5 versus Reno5 F:

Specifications of the OPPO Reno5 F

Attribute Value
Dimensions and Weight Weight: About 172 g

Dimensions: 160.1×73.2×7.8 (mm)

Display 6.43-inches Single Punch-hole Display

2400×1080 pixels; AMOLED

60HZ Refresh Rate; 90.8% Screen to Body Ratio

Platform MediaTek Helio P95
Storage 128GB, can be extended up to 256 GB with external SD card.
Flash Charging 4310mAh

30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0

Fingerprint Sensor In-Display Fingerprint 3.0
Rear Camera 48MP Main

8MP Ultra Wide Angle

2MP Macro

2M Mono

Front Camera 32MP Main Camera
ColorOS ColorOS 11.1
Colors Fluid Black

Fantastic Purple

Price Kshs 31,999 from retail outlets and online platforms – Jumia, Kilimall and Masoko.


Commenting on the Reno5 F, Muthoni Wachira, Head of Communications and Projects at OPPO Kenya said: “Reno5 F is the culmination of both user feedback and the extensive research conducted on the latest technology that’s being deployed on Reno5 F. The 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 ensures that Reno5 F is a great accompaniment to your life.”

“Just as has been tradition with OPPO smartphones, the Reno5 F will definitely bring out the creativity in its users with new video capturing features that put the power of expert video productions in the palm of your hands,” she added.

Let’s now look at some of the key features of the OPPO Reno5 F, as well as the specs and capabilities that are aimed to attract smartphone users and existing as well as potential OPPO fans to the new model in the Reno series.

Slim frame and fashionable design 

Just like the Reno5, the OPPO Reno5 F comes in 7.8mm Ultra Slim Body and weighs just 172g in  a rounded out 3D-curved battery cover. Available in 2 colour variants – Fluid Black and Fantastic Purple (the same colour as our review unit), the Reno5 F is fitted with a 6.43-inch hole-punch Super AMOLED display.

The device has a large 90.8% screen-to-body ratio and In-Display Fingerprint reader located that is located under the display for quickly unlocking the phone.

In the Reno5 F, OPPO has introduced its brand new Flowing Light Design concept, which adds depth to what might deceivingly look like a single color at first glance. The Flowing Light Design on the Reno5 F showcases a gentler and warmer look to the phone in contrast to the colder colours and textures in the Reno series. At night or in a dimly lit environment, the phone’s Moonlight Screen feature lowers the brightness setting to minimum, thereby giving the user a more comfortable viewing experience.

Faster charging and longer battery life

Ideal for people who are on their devices most of the time during the day will be delighted to learn that the Reno5 F has a 4310mAh battery and 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 feature for faster charging. By using the 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 technology, a 5-minute charge of the Reno5 F will enable you to watch YouTube for 2.9 hours. Users are also able to get 16 hours of online video playback on a single charge.

The All-day Smart Power Saving feature provides the user with several power saving options to optimise their phone’s battery life. When the user is asleep, the Super Nighttime Standby functionality will identify and adjust to their bedtime routine to make sure that the phone’s battery life only decreases by 2%. To guard against overcharging and ensure even longer battery life while charging the battery, the 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 technology gets a safety measure that prevents overcharging with using the Battery Guard feature.

Camera and photography capabilities

As a brand known for its focus on photography (and the smartphone photography crowd), OPPO has equipped the Reno5 F with a 48MP main camera that works together with an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera, 2MP macro camera and 2MP mono camera. For Selfie lovers, there’s the 32MP front-facing camera.

The device also comes with AI Color Portrait Video feature for capturing beautiful and quality videos. Like its photography variant (AI Mixed Portrait feature in Reno5), the AI Color Portrait Video recognizes the person in the video shot with Reno5 F and can intelligently distinguish the person from their background. The subject in the shot is then highlighted with enhanced and bright colors, while a monotone black or white filter is applied to the background to ensure that the subject of the portrait stands out. Then there’s the Monochrome Video functionality which highlights and enhances a single RGB color in any shot, while filtering out all other color pallets, adding a splash of drama to the footage by juxtaposing contrasting colors.

Like the Reno5, the Reno5 F also has the Dual-View Video feature which enables users to simultaneously record footage from the front-facing and rear cameras. Still on videos, the phone has the Soloop feature with which one can easily edit videos with filters, subtitles and also add music into the background, ending up with shareable movie-quality clips.


OPPO Reno5 F comes a set of gaming modes to ensure that messages are delivered subtly without completely interrupting the game. There is the Game Focus Mode, a feature exclusive to OPPO that blocks all notifications including calls, gestures and even on-screen volume prompts. Gaming Shortcut Mode reduces the time it takes to cold start previously opened games by muting background resources that would need to be loaded, splash screens that feature studio logos, and even game walk-throughs. The Game Floating Window functionality, ideal for those who like to multi-task, ensures that distractions don’t interfere with your gameplay as a minimized screen won’t exit out of the game entirely. Using this feature, the game continues to run as a floating window on-screen when you’re performing other functions on the screen – like replying to emails or catching up on an urgent task at work. Finally, Bullet Screen Message is a convenient middle ground for mobile gamers that can’t afford to block out notifications entirely. Instead, messages from supported apps – including WhatsApp, Telegram, Messenger and SMS – are scrolled across the screen, but doesn’t force-open pop ups or interfere with your gameplay with notifications that might otherwise ruin your gameplay.

Data privacy and security

With security and privacy becoming a key concern for smartphone users, Reno5 F is equipped with security and privacy features aimed to ensure that user data is safe from unauthorised access. These features include Private Safe via which users can access OPPO’s HeyTap Cloud to retrieve their personal data from their lost phone. For those who give out their devices to others for one reason or another but keen to protect the contents of their favorite apps and personal data from their prying eyes, there’s App Lock which enables the owner of the phone to have full control over which apps can (or can’t) be accessed by other users. Then there’s the Screencast Privacy Shield feature which limits banner notifications and even drawer messages, while at the same filtering out messages that shouldn’t be mirrored on screen when one is using their phone to make (or project) a presentation on an overhead screen.

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