I like the direction that mobile phone companies are going, and taking us with them. Launch after launch of new gadgets, manufacturers are placing in our palms more power than we ever thought would get on mobile phones. I’m talking about those of us who started our phone lives with feature phones and later used smartphones with 2mp cameras. Dark days those.
If, at that time, someone told me that in a few short years I would be holding a phone with a 64MP camera I would have laughed them out of town. Or that we would once have 128GB storage and 8GB RAM on a phone. And perhaps the biggest strides of all, that 5G was coming not only to our lives, but to handheld gadgets so soon.
And yet these, among other superior features, are exactly what I have with me here in the OPPO Reno6 5G which I have been using for a bit. Premium looking design, easy on the eye, and most importantly, a high-quality powerful phone. I would go further and say that I really love the stellar black that my piece came in. I’ve never been a fan of black gadgets, but the OPPO Reno 6 convinces me that I had just never used a nice premium black. This one has a starry effect on the back, and is slightly textured so that one, it has good grip and two, it is not fingerprint magnet. By starry I don’t mean a garish kind of starry. No. It is a well balanced and well blended high-quality finish that gives it a very premium look. Then phone also comes in an equally beautiful aurora. The technology behind the final look and feel of these phones is patented OPPO Reno Glow.
For every phone I’ve used, there is always that feature that strikes me first and immediately becomes a favourite. For Nokia it is always Zeiss optics. For the Sony Ericsson Xperia which I used ages ago, it was the Bravia visuals. Plus it was so thin I could, and often used it as a bookmark. For the OPPO Reno6 5G, it is the looks of it, and the fact that it is an upgrade of the OPPO Reno 5 which is what I’m currently using. As a tech reviewer, I go through quite a number of gadgets every month and the Reno 5 is easily one of my best. Moving on to the more superior Reno 6 which ushers 5G into our lives is quite a strong point for me.
The Reno 6 5G does not stop at looks though. Let us get into the gist of the phone.
First, what’s in the box?
The phone, a Type C earplugs, a Type C USB cable, a 65W SuperVOOC2 power adaptor for super-fast charge, a custom-made silicone back cover, phone literature, warranty card and a SIM ejector pin. A custom-made screen protector is already pre-fitted.
Always make sure the phone you are purchasing is sealed.
The phone packs a solid 64MP back camera, supported by an 8MP ultrawide shooter and a 2MP macro lens. These features combine to give the user a rich photography experience and near professional shots. Actually, if one can take time to tinker with the camera settings, there are plenty of features to discover there, and the Artificial Intelligence features. These are just a few among many others that can only be discovered and perfected with continuous curiosity. The selfie camera is 32MP.
I’ll be looking at the phone’s video capabilities in a separate article but what I can say for now is that there’s quite a lot to it. Look out for features like AI light adjustment for the most natural looking videos, portrait beautification for when you want to take AI enhanced videos of yourself, and what I find really unique, you can opt to have the video background in black and white, and the subject in colour focus.
Here are some photos I took with the phone:
The OPPO Reno6 5G has a battery capacity of 4300mAh battery, with fast charging to boot. We are looking at a 65W Type-C charger which will easily move a phone from 0-100% in under half an hour! The peace of mind that comes with fast charge is immense. Knowing that even if your phone is dying, you can charge to almost 50% in just a few minutes and go on with your day.
My experience with the battery use is also quite impressive. With full use, I’m able to comfortably have the phone for a full day without needing a recharge. Mind you I’m always up and about so I tend to tether via phone a lot and that drains battery. I also stream movies and series and play a game here and there. Also, my work is in the digital space and so my phones usually have a lot of work apps and communication. In short, I’m a heavy user.
In the end everyone has different phone habits, so the battery time will vary. Bottom line is that it will carry just about anyone through the day.
One of my favourite features of the OPPO Reno6 5Gis storage. With 128GB ROM and 8GB RAM, the phone has quite a lot to work with even for the most ardent multitasker. These stats give the assurance that running out of space is a thing of the past. So are annoying lags, freezing apps and glitchy games.
With a screen size of 6.4” and a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, the phone has crystal clear display and is an absolute pleasure to use. I stream quite a bit of series and movies and the combination of high resolution video quality and good sound are quite the winner.
For gaming fans, good resolution, good sound, and good memory means that they get to enjoy the speed and high quality of graphics that make gaming what it is.
- Display: AMOLED, 6.67 inches, 1080 by 2400 pixels
- Platform: Android 11
- Memory: 128GB ROM/8GB RAM
- Main Camera: Quad 64MP wide, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro
- Selfie Camera: 32MP
- USB: Type-C
- Battery: 4300 mAh, 65W Fast Charging
- Security: In-display fingerprint, face unlock, PIN, Password
- Chip – MediaTek MT6877 Dimensity 900 5G (6 nm)
This right here is a solid phone retailing at around 59,000/-. I think it is worth every cent considering how much of a work horse it is.
I would recommend this brand without hesitation. Go for it.
Some more photos: