Update (12/30/2019 @ 01:00 AM ET): In a new press release, OPPO has mentioned that the Reno3 comes with a Sony IMX686 sensor, while the Reno3 Pro comes with a Sony IMX586 sensor. The article as published on December 26, 2019, is preserved as below.
OPPO wants to be more than a smartphone brand in 2020, but smartphones still form the central point in its vision, alongside 5G. The future is 5G, most definitely, and OPPO is stocking its arsenal with new 5G-ready smartphones in the form of the OPPO Reno3 and OPPO Reno3 Pro. The OPPO Reno3 Pro was teased to be the world’s thinnest dual-mode 5G phone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G inside, while the OPPO Reno3 will be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1000L 5G SoC. Live images of both the phones had surfaced prior to launch, and now, both the phones have been launched at an event in China.
OPPO Reno3 and OPPO Reno3 Pro: Specifications
|Specification||OPPO Reno3||OPPO Reno3 Pro|
|Dimensions and Weight||–||
|SoC||MediaTek Dimensity 1000L:
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G:
|RAM & Storage||
|Battery & Charging||
|Front Camera||32MP||32MP, f/2.4|
|Android Version||ColorOS 7 based on Android 10||ColorOS 7 based on Android 10|
|Network Bands||<information not provided>||
Both the OPPO Reno3 and OPPO Reno3 Pro share several design characteristics, but the biggest difference between the two is the presence of a flat display on the regular Reno3 and a curved display on the Pro. Display diagonal measurements change because of this, but since we could not locate dimension details on the regular variant, we are unable to comment if the devices are any different in size. The second difference is in the front camera — the Pro gets a hole-punch camera, while the regular variant gets a waterdrop notch. On the back, there is no apparent design change, but the camera specifications do change.
The OPPO Reno3 is pitched as the lower sibling to the Pro. Unfortunately, OPPO’s product page for the Reno3 could not be located, and OPPO’s official Weibo is also silent on several details.
What we do know about the OPPO Reno3 is the fact that it comes with the MediaTek Dimensity 1000L SoC, which is a 7nm high-end SoC from MediaTek with integrated 5G. You can read more about the Dimensity 1000 in our dedicated coverage, though we were unable to find the difference between 1000 and 1000L yet. There is 30W VOOC Charging 4.0 on board, which can charge the phone 0-50% in just 20 mins.
The Reno3 also comes with a quad rear camera setup, with the primary shooter being a 64MP sensor. OPPO has not detailed which sensor it has employed, but our guess would be that it is
the Samsung ISOCELL GW1 instead of the Sony IMX686. The second camera is an 8MP ultra-wide-angle shooter, while the third is a monochrome camera, and the fourth camera is a dedicated camera for aiding in portrait photos.
Pricing and Availability
The Oppo Reno3 will be available for CNY 3,399 (~$485) for the 8GB+128GB variant, and CNY 3,699 (~$530) for the 12GB/128GB variant.
The phone will be available in Sunrise Impression, Starry Blue, Moonlight Black, and Misty White colors, and will be available in China from December 31, 2019.
OPPO Reno3 Pro
OPPO Reno3 Pro
As the name implies, the Reno3 Pro is the big brother, and it clearly gets the preferential treatment, as is evident from the curved edge display as well as the 90Hz refresh rate and HDR 10+ support. OPPO also claims that the device is the thinnest dual-mode 5G phone available in the market, and despite its thin profile, it still manages to pack in a 4,025 mAh battery.
The OPPO Reno3 Pro comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, which is Qualcomm’s first SoC with integrated 5G, allowing for lower power consumption as against an SoC with a distinct modem. The Snapdragon X52 modem on the Snapdragon 765 is, however, inferior at 5G connectivity as against the Snapdragon X55 modem on the Snapdragon 865. Nonetheless, you can expect some decent performance on the phone in terms of fluidity as well as connectivity.
The camera setup on the Pro is not very exciting, but it is still unique. You get the tried and tested 48MP Sony IMX586 as your main camera, a 13MP telephoto camera for 2x zoom, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2MP monochrome shooter.
The Reno3 Pro also comes with support for 30W VOOC Charging 4.0.
Pricing and Availability
The Oppo Reno3 Pro will be available for CNY 3,999 (~$570) for the 8GB+128GB variant, and CNY 4,499 (~$640) for the 12GB/256GB variant.
The base storage variant will be available in China on pre-order from December 31, 2019, while the higher storage variant will be available from January 10, 2020 onwards.
Pantone 2020 Special Edition
There is a OPPO Reno3 Pro Pantone 2020 special edition as well, which uses Classic Blue, the color of 2020. The entire packaging and box contents of the Pantone 2020 special edition will be blue and white.
The price for this special edition with 8GB + 128GB will be CNY 4,199 (~$600).
Update: OPPO Reno3 comes with 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor
In a new press release, OPPO has mentioned that the Reno3 comes with the 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor, and not with the Samsung ISOCELL GW1 as we had originally guessed. Coupled with the better specced MediaTek Dimensity 1000L SoC, the Reno3 curiously sports a few key specifications that are better than on the Reno3 Pro.
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