Oppo Reno6 review: design that falls in love and screen that dazzles
"If you want a smartphone with a different design, efficient and at the same time with a good autonomy, screen and versatile cameras, the Reno6 is a great option."
A comfortable and different design Very bright and sharp display Versatile camera modes Good autonomy
It has no wireless charging Power is not enough in high demand games
After renewing the Find family, Oppo returns to the fray with another of its most versatile phones, the Reno. The company recently introduced the Oppo Reno6 and Oppo Reno6 Pro, two different upper-mid-range devices inside and out.
On this occasion, I had the opportunity to test the Oppo Reno6, the little brother of the saga that comes with a design very different from what we are used to seeing in the Android market and with exciting camera functions. If you want to know what the experience with this device is like on a day-to-day basis, I recommend that you continue reading this in-depth analysis of the Oppo Reno6.
Design reminiscent of something
The first thing that will catch your attention when you see this device is its design. And the Oppo Reno6 looks more like an iPhone 12 than an Android phone. Oppo calls this design style with straight lines and flat edges Ultra-slim Retro Design. It is a very comfortable design in hand, much more than curved phones since the grip is much more secure and firm.
Another aspect that gives the phone an excellent hand feel is the material with which its back is coated. It is a glass patented by the manufacturer called Oppo Glow that, being made up of several crystals, makes it very resistant while keeping fingerprints at bay. It also highlights that the equipment is certified for resistance to water and dust IP54.
The Oppor Reno6 has a 6.43-inch AMOLED screen with a 90 Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 5 protection and a fingerprint reader under it. The experience with the screen is excellent, not only because of its brightness level and its well-calibrated parameters but because the level of tactile response is very high, something that is appreciated when playing.
Power and autonomy
This phone uses Mediatek’s mid-range Dimensity 900 processor, which gives it 5G connectivity. It is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. In general, the device performs in almost all situations, although it suffers from graphics-intensive games like Genshin Impact (something that happens with many devices that are not high-end). Sometimes when playing this game, the device tends to “jerk” or get a little hot (although it offers a cooling system); we must bear in mind that it is a mid-range processor under its chassis.
However, on a day-to-day basis, the phone performs flawlessly, even with multitasking. The operating system it runs is ColorOs 11 on Android 11, a well-optimized and very intuitive software, so those who have never had an Oppo phone will not have problems adapting to it. Another positive aspect of this layer is its level of customization.
In terms of autonomy, the Oppo Reno6 has a 4,300 mAh battery, which is compatible with the 65 w SuperVOOVC 2.0 fast-charging system. The charger is included with the phone.
The battery life is quite good despite having a lower capacity than other devices on the market. On a typical day, by using the phone a lot to surf the internet, take photos and calls and with the screen at 90 Hz, I managed to reach the end of the day with a 20 percent charge.
As for the refuelling times, I cannot have any objection because, in just 30 minutes, it went from 1 percent to full load. Perhaps one of the weaknesses in this section is that the phone does not have wireless charging and, therefore, does not have reverse charging.
Cameras with curious effects
This phone stands out more for its software than for the hardware it includes. The phone has in its primary camera a reasonably standard configuration on the market consisting of a 64 MP primary sensor with an f / 1.7 aperture lens. This sensor is accompanied by an 8 MP wide-angle and f / 2.2 aperture lens and 119 degrees field of view, and a 2 MP macro sensor with f / 2.4 aperture lens.
The photos taken with the device, in good light, are outstanding: the level of brightness and sharpness has nothing to envy other higher-end phones. The portrait mode also surprised me by its good results, while the night mode, as usual in most equipment, is not perfect, but it solves.
What I like the most about this device is the versatility of its software. It has an AI mode that improves the scene automatically without you having to do anything, as well as two creative modes called Bokeh Flare and AI colour portrait mode with which we can get very original photos. In the first, we can make a relatively realistic artificial bokeh, and in the second, we can highlight a subject within a colour image and leave the rest of the shot in black and white.
The Oppo Reno6 gave outstanding results in general terms during the time that I used it. Although it does not have the power of a high-end phone, its price is 499 euros, so it is a device that gives a lot for relatively little.
Suppose you want a smartphone with a different design, efficient and at the same time with good autonomy, screen and versatile cameras. In that case, the Reno6 is an excellent option that currently only the Realme GT and a few others can overshadow it within its range.