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OPPO Reno 4 Review: Great Display With Interesting Camera Features

The OPPO Reno 4 series is now available for purchase in Malaysia, and if you’re one of those wondering about it, yes, this is just months after the launch of the OPPO Reno 3. To be specific, we had the Reno 3 back in May and now in August we’re getting the Reno 4.

The Reno 4 series consists of the OPPO Reno 4 and Reno 4 Pro. We got our hands on the normal Reno 4, which may not come with the extra perks that the Pro has. For example, the Reno 4 Pro comes with a 65W SuperVOOC 2.0, while the Reno 4 gets a 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0. So in comparison with the Reno 4 Pro, is the Reno 4 still worth getting?

Design and Display

In terms of design alone, the Reno 4 has some significant improvements from the Reno 3. It feels a lot lighter in my hands, and easier to hold on to. Other than that, true, you’re not getting away from anything new with the design.

You’re still getting the plastic frame and curved edges, a standard fare with most smartphones today. At a certain angle, you can even see an Oppo monogram pattern on the back, which is pretty cool in a “hidden Mickey” way.

The Reno 4 features a beautiful 6.4-inch AMOLED display, which is as impressive as you would expect. Colours are bright and vibrant, and the display is bright enough even when you are outdoors. It’s definitely one of my favourite features of the device as it’s a great screen to look at and even watch videos on.

Interesting Camera Features

If there’s one aspect the OPPO Reno series has always impressed us is in its camera, which is definitely one of the best when compared to other mid-rangers. The OPPO Reno 4 is no exception though they did modify things slightly that may or may not work with you.

The Reno 4 comes with a quad camera setup consisting mainly of a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra wide angle camera, 2MP macro camera and 2MP mono camera. This seems like a bit of a downgrade, considering that they swapped the 13MP telephoto camera from the Reno 3 with a 2MP macro camera. So you won’t get the 20x digital zoom from the Reno 3 Pro, but you can still do a 5x zoom. In return, well, hope you like taking macro shots.

Macro shot example

Speaking of macro shots, there’s no outright option to choose the macro camera which means it will auto detect if you’re taking close up shots. This makes it a lot harder to tell if the macro camera is really being utilised or not but for now, the pictures do come out looking great so there’s no complaining in that department.

Overall, the camera has some impressive AI tech in how it filters and captures pictures. OPPO has upped the ante on these features with a special AI colour filter that grays out the colours of your background except for yourself (as featured below). You can even have a filter that grays out everything except these selected colours individually; red, green, and blue (as featured above). Overall I mainly had trouble capturing the blue colours.

This only works with humans and not pets or animals as far as I can tell. Which means all this is great for those who want a more artistic take in their selfie photos without resorting to photoshop. Though interestingly enough this is mainly available in the video option, rather than photos. But you can take screenshots of the video easily so you can take a full video and choose the right moment to take the best photo.

In terms of photo quality, due to its high AI filters, photos can have some level of colour saturation that may not be satisfying to look at, especially in low light settings. All the photos look great but when you zoom in you can see where the filter makes the picture oversaturated and blurry towards the edges.

There’s also plenty of great features for those who like to take videos. There’s the ultra steady feature that’s available on both the front and rear camera. And of course, there’s the slow-mo which is overall pretty impressive to have for those who’d love to have more of these camera features.

Battery

The OPPO Reno 4 has a little more battery compared to its pro counterpart, with 4015mAh (the Pro has 4000mAh) which doesn’t feel like a big enough difference for it to matter much. It’s too bad that the normal version only gets a 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0, so if you’re looking for a super fast charge you’re better off with the Pro version.

Even so the Reno 4 charges up decently enough if you have about 20 minutes as it gives you up to around 15-20% which can last you decently enough on a low use day.  But if you’re the type to always be in a rush and need fast charging, yes, stick with the Pro.

Performance And More

The OPPO Reno 4 comes packed with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, which is a step down compared to Reno 4 Pro’s 765G. As such, performance wise, it’s lacking as heavy games couldn’t keep up well. So I wouldn’t recommend the device for gamers. Stick to the basics of photo and social media with this one.

Being a midranger, you can’t really expect the device to have 5G but this means it isn’t as future proof as, say the Huawei nova 7SE 5G. It may not be a major factor to those still doubtful over needing 5G, but it’s worth noting to those who may want to consider a smartphone that can last a while.

Conclusion

The Reno 4 may pale in comparison to the Reno 4 Pro but it’s still a decent device worth getting if you’re looking for a midrange smartphone with some great camera features. The Reno series remains a great attraction in that aspect, as it continues to deliver in terms of camera (and now fast charging) for those in need of it. But if you’re looking for something future proof in terms of 5G and better performance, then best you look elsewhere.

The OPPO Reno 4 gets a 4 star rating from us! The device is priced at RM1699. You can also check out our review of the OPPO A92 here!

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