Hands-on Review of the New OPPO Reno 3 and Reno 3 Pro

OPPO seems to be growing stronger bond with the Nigerian market, launching yet another mid-range device– the latest Reno series-Reno 3, and Reno 3 Pro

The brand is known for its innovative, yet the stylish product is exploring newer innovation in its latest products while anticipating making a huge difference in the Nigeria mobile market.

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The highly competitive mobile market don’t have an idea of what is coming for them as OPPO launches these latest beauties in town; this is mostly going to be a win-win situation for both the brand and the consumers. As for me, I was quick to fall in love with both devices; however, the Reno 3 Pro remains my favorite after a hands-on review.

Having experienced both devices, I would be sharing a highlight of the specs and features of both devices, likewise the differences as well. Just before I go deeper into the review, the major highlights of both devices includes the removal of Pivot rising selfie camera as in the previously launched Reno 2, and 2 F, although with a Super AMOLED screen display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

In the latest development, the Reno 3 features a 44-megapixel (f/2.4) tiny notch front camera just like the front camera in the previous Reno2 F but with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, while the Reno 3 Pro features 44-megapixel (f/2.4) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)dual-punch-hole- selfie camera. What about the output you may like to ask? Trust me, the photography essence of the Reno 3 and 3 Pro are both top-notch… Take a look at the images below.      

Other major highlights of the Reno 3 and 3 Pro include a 6.4” screen dimension; 4025mAh inbuilt battery with support for30W VOOC charging;8GB of RAM with two storage options- 128GB and 256GB both of which are expandable with micro SD card (uses shared SIM slot I both devices. The two devices also co-feature Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerator, gyro, proximity, compass, and of course operate on Android 10 based on ColorOS 7. Also, both device operates on different chipset; the Reno 3, for instance, makes use of Mediatek MT6779 while the Reno 3 Pro, on the other hand, uses HelioMediatekHelioP95 (12nm).

Before going further, the Reno 3 and the Reno 3 Pro are the successors of the previously launched Reno 2 and Reno2 F. The new mid-range devices are expected to outperform their predecessor, considering the fine design, optimized performance, and mind-blowing specs they come with respectively.

Let’s dive in even deeper into what the two devices are made of…

First of all, the pack; looking at the box of the Reno 3 and Reno 3 Pro, it is easy to tell that what’s in the pack is nothing short of amazing. OPPO has mastered the act of boxing its product not just to look good, but also premium. That been said, the premium nature of the boxing also extends to the device itself—The new Reno flagships come with an innovative user-centric design, stunning back colors said to be “inspired by light in the nature” and can be seen from a different perspective in different lighting condition.

L-R: OPPO Reno 3 notch front camera, and Reno 3 Pro dual in-display front camera

Also, just before we go deeper into the specifications of both devices, as earlier mentioned, the Reno 3 series did not retain the pivot rising camera as in the previous Reno 2 series. Apart from the Reno 3 Pro which spotted a dual punch-hole camera which is the first of its kind in the world, the ordinary Reno 3, however, continues the notch screen and single selfie camera like in the previous Reno2 F but with 44MP this time around; even so, the feature is a perfect fit for the device display regardless.

As for what’s in the box; Just like most of the previous flagship devices from OPPO, the new Reno 3 and 3 Pro comes with a Type-C charger, a charging adaptor, an earpiece, a sim jack pin, a pouch, alongside a couple of user manual which was translated in various languages including English, and Mandarin, among others.

Now, the best part of this article; phone review and comparison

Holding both devices in my hand, the first thing I had to compare was the booting speed of both devices; surprisingly, Reno 3 happens to boot faster than the Reno 3 Pro, although not with a major margin (about two seconds difference). Well, aside from the booting speed, the Reno 3 Pro appears to operate much faster and smoother than the Reno 3 which also has a great processor speed. Thanks to the Octa-Core processor on which both devices are operated.

Apart from the storage space which is doubled in the Reno 3 Pro; 128GB, and 256GB respectively (both of which are expandable with an external SD)—both devices shared about the same internal specs- 8GB RAM, Android 10, Color OS Version (V7), among other things. Oh! There is one more difference in the settings of both devices; the Reno 3 Pro has a feature namely ‘Hey Tap Cloud’, and it is apparently missing in the Reno 3. I don’t know if that is supposed to be a big deal for Reno 3 Pro users though, although it sounds fancy.

Screen/Body Dimension & Camera

The Reno 3 and Reno 3 Pro comes with a 6.4” super AMOLED display(with 16M colors) each, which is 0.1” less than that of their predecessor-Reno 2 and 2 Pro. The Reno 3 have a body dimension of 160.2 x 73.3 x 7.9 mm (6.31 x 2.89 x 0.31 in)  and weighs 170g, while the Reno 3 Pro has a body dimension of 158.8 x 73.4 x 8.1 (6.25 x 2.89 x 0.32 in), weighing 175g respectively.

L-R: OPPO Reno 3, and Reno 3 Pro

If you are looking for a near full-view screen experience; you may have to go for the Reno 3, however, talking about a stylish screen with (not necessarily) intrusive screen experience, then you may want to consider the Reno 3 Pro.

The duo comes with a vertical-structured Quad HD Camera; however, there are slight differences to their respective capacity. The ordinary Reno 3features 48MPWide-angle Lens, 8MP Ultra-wide angle lens, 13MP Telephoto Lens, and 2MP depth lens. The Reno 3Pro, on the other hand, features 64 MP wide-angle lens, 13 MP telephoto lens, 8 MP Ultra-wide angle lens, and 2 MP depth lens.  Also, where the Reno 3 device comes with a tiny notch front camera; the Reno 3 Pro, on the other hand, comes with a dual punch-hole front camera.

It is also worthy of note that the two devices are both capable of 5X hybrid zoom, as well as up to 20X digital zoom; according to OPPO, the three cameras work together in perfect harmony to accomplish such awesomeness.

I tried out both device 20X zoom capacity, and there was a noticeable difference between the outputs from both devices. After zooming to the closest as possible, I found out that there was more noise from the output of the Reno 3 than the Reno 3 Pro. I guess there was a need to offer the Pro user more clarity in this case, lol.

Similarly to their predecessor, the Reno 3 series also shoots in 4K mode, which is yet the best you can get in the mobile market.

Hi-tech Security Features

OPPO has mastered the act of phone security, and Yes! The Reno 3 and 3 Pro comes with the A-level security options including Face lock, Password, In-display (hidden) Fingerprint, and the traditional password option.

On both devices, you have to set your privacy password before activating either the Face-lock or fingerprint lock, which has proven to be a better alternative for the phone-lock system.


Here, there isn’t so much difference from what we are familiar as it basically comes with a lot of expected features including, Airplane Mode; Dual SIM & Mobile Network; Home screen & Lock screen Magazine– where you can set and adjust your wallpaper display; Quiet Time— consisting of Do-Not-Disturb option for Notification and calls; Smart Service— where you can engage both smart driving and Smart Assistant simultaneously; Convenience Tool— that allows users to adjust Navigation Keys, Assistive Ball, Smart Sidebar, and Gesture & Motion.

L-R: OPPO Reno 3 and Reno 3 Pro

There is also an Additional setting ; Digital Wellbeing & Parental Control— assuming you are a parent and wants to monitor your kids phone activities; App Management; App Cloner; App Split-Screen– that allows you to switch between apps easily; Game Space— a special Assistant for gaming activities; System Apps, among several others. And, yes! Both device came with a default dark mode theme, check image below.

L-R: Dark mode on the Reno 3, and Reno 3 Pro

That been said, there is, however, a difference here; the Reno 3 Pro comes with an extra feature- “Hey Tap Cloud”, which is supposedly a cloud drive that is synced to the device, hence backing up all files including photos, Recordings, e.t.c,  automatically.

The two devices also come with an AI-Powered Smart Assistance, just like with the predecessors. The feature notifies you of schedules for events as well as helping you with quick functions, monitoring your health, among other things. Yes! You can also modify it to suit your routine.

Sim-card Jacket

Quite unusual, the Reno 3, and 3 Pro comes with a dual sim-card slot and an extra space for SD-Card which allows for storage expandability.

Default Apps

pre-installed on the Reno 2 and Reno 2f includes Music, File Manager, Phone Manager, Theme Store, Videos, Music Party, Facebook, So-loop, Netflix, Google News, Opera Browser, Google Browser, Chrome Browser, Play Store, Gmail, YouTube, Google Music, Google Map, Google Duo, Google Photos, Google Drive, Google Calendar, and Weather, among others.

Game Space

First of let me inform you that the devices come with a dedicated Gaming Processing Unit (GPU)- PowerVR GM9446. You won’t have any fears, not even in terms of battery consumption while playing games on either device. Both the Reno 3 and 3 Pro comes with a default app- Game Space, which allows you to manage your gaming activities including the capacity to track the number of hours (how long) you have left to play mobile games on the devices. Here, you can also manage other settings that would allow you to enjoy your games even for a longer period. Settings such as ‘Brightness Lock’, ‘Automatic adjust resolution’, ‘Signal Strength’, ‘Notifications’ among others will help you to regulate your gaming ethics.

OPPO Service

Both the Reno 3 and 3 Pro comes with a dedicated friendly, convenient, and professional OPPO service which encompass all of the juicy customer services including ‘User Manual’, ‘Get Warranty Status’, ‘Diagnose Fault’, ‘Announcement’, and ‘Get in Touch’. Also users will have access to OPPO’s popular stories


The Reno 3 and Reno 3 Pro comes with awesome Dolby Atmos sound system, thanks to the Hi-Res Audiowhich allows for high-resolution, fine-grained sound; both the device speakers and the earpiece are of great quality and I’m mostly fascinated by that. Just like with the Reno 2 series, the Reno 3 and 3 Pro also supports Dolby Atmos sound which allows for a 360 sound output. I saw a couple of movies on both devices and you can imagine what premium feels like.

Video Shooting and Editing

I’m not going round a phone review without talking about this aspect of the phone features and specs. Not just because it is a procedure, but also because according to OPPO, “Video is always one of the most vivid ways to record significant moments”. Both Reno 3 and 3Pro have the capacity to shoot in 4K, as well as features HDR shooting mode.

Users are entitled to different video modes/settings including ‘Video Bokeh, Video Zoom’, AI Beauty Mode’. Also, Ultra Steady Modes allows for perfect capture during the shakiest moments. Ultra Steady Video option alongside Ultra steady Video Pro option allows for such dynamism in shooting shaky moments without worries.

Additionally, users also get to enjoy a dedicated video editing app, So-loop, allowing creative users to create awesome videos with just ‘One Tap’.


Like the popular saying that “the best wine is served last”, the Reno 3 and 3 Pro battery capacities have improved, although not so much of a big deal in my own opinion. Away from the previous 4000 mAh, the new Reno series both packs an additional 25mAh each to top a max of 4025mAh in both of their slim bodies. Despite having a higher battery capacity, it is interesting to note that the Reno 3 and Reno 3 Pro are lighter in weight compared to the previous Reno2 and Reno2 F.

It may also interest you to know that both devices can be filled easily with the help of VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology- v3, which is advertised to charge 0-50% in 20 minutes.

I wouldn’t like to say it all, while leaving you with no surprise at all. If you want to cling on the new trend , then here is the juiciest news; you wouldn’t have to break your banks to purchase either devices with a starting price of NGN159,000 for the Reno 3 which is quite fear enough for a device with all of its kind of feature. The Reno 3 Pro, on the other hand, starts at NGN209,000.

Also, early pre-order allows you to qualify for free gift and added value worth NGN 15,000. To do thatvisit https://forms.gle/xrre83jbqPXQEQHQ7 to Pre-Order Now. While terms and conditions apply, pre-order is expected to end MAY 19, 2020. 

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