Oppo Reno 3 Review: 48MP Quad AI Camera & Premium Bezel-less Display

Oppo Reno 3 is one of the latest mid-range smartphone lineups. The unique selling point of this smartphone is the quadruple-camera as in many expensive phones. With the simpler look on the outside, it features a waterdrop notch on the top center housing the 44MP selfie camera, classic plastic chassis with a gradient, and with a lightweight of 170g, it has a slim case. After the wide recognition of last year’s Oppo Reno 2, it has also been quite famous.

Equipped with 128GB storage combined with 8GB RAM, this smartphone is a masterpiece for this price. The modern Bluetooth 5 and NFC for contactless payment are on board adding to the selling point of this phone.

Oppo Reno 3 has metallic like finish

Display and Design

Oppo Reno 3 has a generous design measuring 6.4 inches with an aspect ratio of 20:9 and screen to body ratio of 84.2%. With the metallic-like finish, you would get confused that the device is quite heavy, but it weighs 170 grams and has a thickness of 7.9 mm, making it easier to carry in comparison to other phones of its range. With the sleek design and considerably thinner bezels, there is nothing short in terms of its build quality.

Oppo ditched glass or metal, instead used a plastic back panel with a glossy finish that undoubtedly looks premium. The metallic gradient finish gives holographic-like reflection under the exposure of enough lighting. But the phone surface is prone to smudges. Replacing its predecessor’s pop-up selfie, it has a waterdrop notch on the top to house its front camera. On the top left in the rear, there is a primary camera with a subtle bump alongside the flash module. It is available in three different colors, including Midnight Black, Aurora Blue, and Sky white.

It has an FHD+ AMOLED screen which is not as bright as its predecessor but has a bit enhanced screen resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. But the brightness is sufficient for the outdoors during the cloudy days if not on the bright sunny days.

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Heading over to the performance, the Oppo Reno 3 is powered by an octa-core processor, MediaTek Helio P90 (as found in many mid-range smartphones) combined with an IMG PowerVR GM9446 GPU. For normal everyday use and simple apps, the performance is quite snappy and responsive. In comparison to Oppo Reno 2’s Snapdragon 730G, its performance is a bit low. It comes with Color OS 7.0 which is based on Android 10 out of the box.

You won’t experience performance lag in moderate games like PUBG and Call of Duty when set to medium by default, however, setting them on high also maintained a steady framerate. As for memory, we get a generous 8GB RAM combined with 128GB, which helps keep running the applications snappy. The phone conveniently has a microSD card slot (shared slim slot) which supports the expandable storage of up to 256GB.Oppo Reno 3 Quad Rear Camera


The quad-camera setup in the rear is the glam in Oppo Reno 3. A 48MP wide-angle camera (primary sensor), a 13MP telephoto lens, a 2MP mono lens and an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, work together to take great shots under different lighting conditions keeping everything look natural at the same time. Under the well-lit conditions, the quadruple-camera gives perfect shots with plenty of details and accurate colors. The 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor is capable of covering a 109-degree field of view. Overall, the camera gives a quite decent performance.

There is a whopping 44MP selfie camera that is automatically set to a smoothing beauty feature by default. If you handle it properly and under ample lighting conditions, then you will surely get the high resolution shots with enough sharpness. However, portrait shots were hit and a miss as it struggles to object from the background, however they work pretty well as times.

When it comes to video, it can record up to 4K at 30fps with an ultra steady stabilization feature, so you don’t have to worry if you have shaky hands. The inbuilt video editing software is the hit here. The front camera can shoot 1080p at 30fps.

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Oppo Reno 3 has a non-removable 4025mAh battery, which is quite decent given its thin sides and lighter weight. For the average user, you can get the whole day of endurance. When you stream high-resolution videos and have long gaming sessions, the battery will last 11-12 hours. The charger is reportedly a bit weaker than the pro model but it has a 30 watts fast charging, that allows you to refuel the battery from 0 to 50% in about half an hour

Oppo Reno 3 Full Specifications:

Dimension: 160.2 x 73.3 x 7.9 mm (6.31 x 2.89 x 0.31 in)
Size: 6.4 inches (84.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio
Weight: 170 g (6.00 oz)

Chipset: Mediatek MT6779 Helio P90 (12 nm)
OS: Android 10, ColorOS 7
CPU: Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPU: PowerVR GM9446

Internal: 128GB with 8GB RAM
microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)

48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
13 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, 2x optical zoom, PDAF
2 MP B/W, f/2.4
Features: LED flash, HDR, panorama

Video: 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 30/60fps; gyro-EIS

44 MP, f/2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm
Features: HDR
Video: 1080p at 30fps

Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
4G bands: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41 – International
1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 38, 40, 41 – APAC
3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A

Loudspeaker and 3.5mm jack (24-bit/192kHz audio)

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
NFC & Radio
USB: Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go

Fingerprint (under display, optical)
Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Li-Po 4025 mAh, non-removable
Charging: Fast charging 30W

Midnight Black
Aurora Blue
Sky White

March 2020

Oppo Reno 3 Price in Nepal:

NPR 46,990 (8GB + 128GB)

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