Review: A Look At Oppo Reno3, Is It Worth A Buy?

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As the world continues to fight and try to stop the spread of the deadly Covid-19, the smartphone industry has not been spared the negative effects of the pandemic.

Some manufacturers have canceled the launch of various devices coming off the 2020 line-up, while others have resorted to conducting online launches for their latest smartphones and gadgets.

In Kenya, this is no different, with smartphone vendors having their 2020 calendars distorted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, despite the current modus operandi that has been characterized by working from home, social distancing and self-isolation in the wake of the pandemic in the country, one of these smartphone firms are seeking to offer a new smartphone experience even as we adapt to the new ‘normal’.

OPPO, the global smartphone maker that has disrupted the tech market with amazing camera innovation over the years, has made the new OPPO Reno3 smartphone available in Kenya. This piece is going to “strip naked” this new beauty, giving you a picture of some of the latest technology improvements that could offer you some inspiration to become creative during this partial lockdown.

The OPPO Reno3 was launched globally on March 2, 2020, and is now available in the country via an e-store, priced at Ksh39,999.

Specs of OPPO Reno3

The OPPO Reno3 is one of the headline smartphones on OPPO’s flagship category, the Reno Series. It has the power and specs of the top-range phone, but at an affordable price in the market compared to competitors with almost similar specs.

The phone comes with the dimensions of 158.8 by 73.4 by 8.1 millimeters. Wide enough to fit in your hand and small enough to be comfortable in your pocket. Worried about the weight? Relax. It weighs just 175 grams. There’s a huge 4025mAh battery with 30W fast charging – which is good.

The body of this phone is something to behold. You never want to take your eyes off it. It comes with a glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic back, plastic frame with a dual sim provision. It also comes with a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 16m colors that is 6.4 inches, 101.8 centimeters (squared). The phone comes with a resolution of 1080 by 2400 pixels.

For those wondering the platform that the phone is running on, the phone is on an OS, Android 10.0; colorOS7. The Chipset is Mediatek Helio P95 with an Octa-core CPU, as well as a GPU of PowerVR GM9446.

The beauty of a phone is its storage capacity. For those who are worried about their phones handling huge and heavy files, then OPPO Reno3 is your type of phone. It comes with a micro SD dedicated slot. It has an internal space of 128 GB, a RAM 8 GB. You can also opt for the one with 256 GB and 8 GB RAM.

The camera is the next big thing with the Reno3, carrying the promise of delivering ‘Clarity in Every Shot’. The Rear Camera comes with a 48 MP and f/1.8 aperture main camera, a 13 MP, f/2.4 aperture telephoto lens, an 8 MP, f/2.2 aperture ultrawide lens and a 2 MP black and white, f/2.4 aperture mono lens.

The phone comes with a first of its kind 44MP Front Camera with Ultra Night Selfie Mode. For the first time, OPPO has added Ultra Night Mode algorithm in the front camera, guaranteeing clarity and brightness in dim light.

You are asking if this phone is “a buy”? No. It is not “a buy” but a “must-have.”

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