Design, Handling, Display, Features, Camera
Note: This review was first published on 12 July 2023.
Tenth time's the charm?
The Oppo Reno10 Pro+ 5G is nothing like the other Reno phones Oppo brought into Singapore before.
Unlike its midrange predecessors that were officially available here, that “plus” addition places the phone into budget flagship or flagship-lite territory. You’re looking at a Reno with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, a highly-coveted, flagship-grade chipset even among high-end and premium-grade smartphones just last year.
This is coupled with the Reno series’ core appeal — great photography and imaging capabilities at the midrange tier. To that end, the phone has a 64MP Portrait Telephoto Camera acting as its headlining shooter, next to a 50MP main and 8MP ultra-wide.
TL;DR:An interesting phone that makes photography feel fresh again, paired with a powerful chipset and battery life.
To round off the phone’s core offerings, Oppo packed 100W wired SuperVOOC charging and a 4,700mAh in the 5G-capable handset. That said, it still lacks an official water resistance rating and wireless charging — stuff its rivals may have at its price point.
So, how does the S$1,149Oppo Reno10 Pro+ 5G fare amongst attractive flagship and midrange options in Singapore? Are the perks enough to justify getting it over the rest? First, let's roll out the complete specs list before we start assessing the phone's qualitative aspects.
|Oppo Reno10 Pro+ 5G
|Up to 5G SA and NSA
|ColorOS 13 based on Android 13
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
|12GB RAM (LPDDR5)Virtual RAM Expansion (4, 6,8GB)
|6.74-inch, LTPS AMOLED 3D Curved Screen, 2,772 x 1,240 pixels resolution, up to 120Hz dynamic refresh rate, HDR10+, 1 billion colour support, 1,100-nits (outdoor), 1,400-nits (HDR)
|Rear:(Main) 50MP, f/1.8 aperture, 1.0μm pixel size, 4-in-1 pixel-binning, All Pixel Omni Direction PDAF, OIS(Ultra-wide) 8MP, f/2.2 aperture, 1.12μm pixel size, 112° FOV(Telephoto Portrait) 64MP, f/2.5 aperture, 0.7μm pixel size, 4-in-1 pixel-binning, 3x optical zoom, 6x in-sensor zoom, 120x digital zoom, CDAF, PDAFFront:32MP, f/2.4 aperture, 0.8μm pixel size, AutoFocus
|(Rear) 4K30FPS, OIS, EIS
|Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, Bluetooth Low Energy, NFC, IR Remote Control, USB Type-C, GPS, A-GPS, BeiDou, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS
|256GB (UFS 3.1)
|4,700mAh100W wired fast-charging (SuperVOOC)No wireless fast-charging
|162.9 x 74 x 8.28mm
No longer an iPhone copycat
Oppo Reno10 Pro+ 5G’s design greatly departs from its old “iPhone-imitation” language. If you look at the Reno7 and Reno8 series, along with the not-officially-in-Singapore Reno9 series phones, they feature straight edges and rounded corners resembling Apple handsets. In case you haven't realized something else, the Reno series progressed several times in just a span of over a year; the Reno 7 series only launched in early 2022.
The Oppo Reno10 Pro+ 5G takes after Huawei’s flagship phone design, which resembles the Huawei P60 Pro in key areas. Reno10 Pro+ 5G gives a display that curves down on its sides, paired with narrow bezels for an immersive view.
The corners are round, complementing the curved plastic back that meets the aluminium rim sides. The oblong-shaped camera housing is also huge, like Huawei’s, but with an added chamfered edge to tie it all together.
If you don’t take its plastic back into account, the Reno10 Pro+ 5G looks like a high-end device. It feels like one, too, with its Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protecting its rear.
My only gripe is the AGC Dragontrail Star 2 cover glass, and built-in screen protector aren’t as scratch-resistant as they should be, since they quickly accumulated minor scuffs after about a week of active daily use. They aren’t visible with the display powered off, but they are there if you look for them. For comparison, I generally don’t use phones (personal ones or review units) with any additional screen protectors, and this is the first time in a decade I’ve felt I needed one.
Weird display, but still great to look at
The 6.74-inch LTPS AMOLED display offers HDR10+ support and different steps for its refresh rate (45Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz, and 120Hz). Unfortunately, the refresh rate customisation is limited to toggling either forced 60Hz or forced 120Hz. If you want the battery-savings of 45Hz or an in-between smoothness of 90Hz, you must allow the phone to pick refresh rates automatically. The display is otherwise vibrant, feels more colour accurate than most Chinese phone brands, and is pleasant to look at.
Another funny choice Oppo made in its Reno10 Pro+ 5G’s display is how it straddles between Full HD and QHD resolution (at 2,772 × 1,240 pixels). By trying out YouTube videos with both 1080p and 1440p options in the same video clip, the phone makes 1080p content look a little lower-res than it really is but makes 1440p look sharp. This isn’t really an issue since they both look fine, but most social media online content is 1080p or lower unless specified so that may impact your viewing experience.
Beyond those weird choices, the display is competent under both indoor and outdoor light, thanks to what Oppo claimed is the Reno 10 Pro+ 5G’s ProXDR Smart Display Control.
Audio, however, isn’t so great despite having upgraded Dual Track Stereo Speakers. One-half of its dual speaker setup is on the top left corner of the phone, and the opposing side is at the bottom right. While it’s moderately clear, the volume’s weight and pressure are imbalanced, with the bottom-right one sounding louder no matter which orientation you watch or listen to content in. Stereo sound does exist, but an audio experience like that definitely isn’t something you’d purposely use — we’ll stick to earbuds instead.
An interface just like its flagship flippable phone
There’s nothing much to write home about for Oppo Reno10 Pro+ 5G’s software, beyond the fact that it’s ColorOS 13 on Android 13. It’s the same operating system on its popular Oppo Find N2 Flip foldable handset. It has the same design language that blends a juvenile-looking theme with a comfortable-looking default font set. Oppo Reno10 Pro+ 5G does come with unnecessary bloatware (we counted almost 10 low-grade game apps, and two triple-A mobile game titles preinstalled), but all that can be easily removed, so it’s just an inconvenience during setup.
What is great, however, is the phone’s fast fingerprint and even-faster facial recognition unlocking. Both were faultless during our entire time with the phone. No recognition fails, no unwanted or insecure entries, and access is always given on my first try. It’s an amazing experience whenever you’re pulling your phone out to take a photo, reply a message, or to check up on emails and social media.
It’s a real pity the Reno10 Pro+ 5G lacks any water resistance rating or wireless charging. Otherwise, the general user experience thus far would’ve given the Google Pixel 7a a run for its money.
Cameras and Imaging
The main selling point of Oppo’s Reno series since its inception is getting decent imaging capabilities without the exorbitant Find X-tier price tags. Oppo Reno10 Pro+ 5G is similar in that regard, with a comprehensive triple rear and single front camera array.
Oppo calls Reno10 Pro+ 5G’s rear camera system the Ultra-Clear Portrait Camera System, which implies excellent portraiture shooting no matter which rear shooter you use.
Side note: It just so happens that we also used a different Oppo phone for our recent portrait photography guide, so check that out too, if you like nice photos.
Some tricks it employs include applying AI denoising, demosaicing, and deep pixel fusion processing in RAW format before saving it as JPG. The brand also claims improvements to ProXDR with eight times higher dynamic range versus SDR, thanks to Oppo’s study on 20 different types of backlighting.
Another interesting bit is Reno10 Pro+ 5G’s headlining camera choice; it’s not the main camera but the telephoto shooter. We'll get to that in a bit, but first, what can the main camera do?
You’re getting a 50MP main camera with a Sony IMX890 sensor (same sensor as Oppo Find N2 Flip’s main camera), f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilisation (OIS), 4-in-1 pixel-binning, and All Pixel Omni-direction PDAF.
In English, that means the main camera of Reno10 Pro+ 5G is functionally equivalent to flagship-grade shooters since it has all the technical features to shoot brighter images reliably. The main camera is also responsible for its 2x in-sensor ‘crop zoom’ shooting, where the 2x zoom samples the middle bunch of pixels for clearer photos with fewer megapixels.
The headlining shooter is the 64MP Telephoto Portrait Camera, which Oppo claimed is the “highest spec periscope telephoto camera available on any smartphone, ever”. It’s a large 1/2-inch sensor (Omnivision OV64B) with f/2.5 aperture that also has 4-in-1 pixel-binning and both CDAF+PDAF. There’s no OIS, but Oppo said it uses larger cylinder lenses to “improve image stabilisation” with wider anti-shake angles.
The zoom itself is 3x optical zoom, with 6x in-sensor ‘crop zoom’ and 120x digital zoom available.
Finally, the brand finishes off the rear with a 8MP ultra-wide using Sony IMX355, offering f/2.2 aperture and 112° field-of-view. It’s also the least equipped of the three rear shooters with no OIS, pixel-binning, or any other enhancements its other two shooters get.
The 32MP front camera is no slouch either, with Sony IMX709 offering an Oppo-customised RGBW pixel array and improved AutoFocus with 15cm focusing distance. This is actually the same front camera first used by the Reno 7 series and it was co-developed with Sony.
Even more imaging samples
Below, we've included even more imaging samples from our time the phone. These samples are not edited; we've only brought down file sizesfor web-friendly reasons. We find that the Oppo Reno10 Pro+ 5G is capable of taking well-detailed, low-noise shots no matter the time of day. What we wished the phone did better at was colour accuracy and less digital processing for a more realistic representation of our photo subjects.
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