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The Reno8 Lite isn’t in the same class as the Find X phones, selling for $599 and aimed at a much more price-conscious buyer. It has most of the features you want in a smartphone, while not being too expensive. Some sacrifices are therefore necessary.

The review model sent to me was the Cosmic Black, with an additional black protective shell which is not supplied as standard. You do, however, get a clear plastic cover as usual with most Oppo models. The other color available is described as Rainbow Spectrum.

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The black case, which should cost around $20, gives the Reno8 Lite a more expensive look; the phone itself is thicker than the usual Oppo model. It weighs 173 grams and measures 159.9 x 73.2 x 7.5 mm.

{loadposition sam08}The 6.43-inch AMOLED display has an 85.3% screen-to-body ratio and is easily viewable even in direct sunlight, with a maximum resolution of 1080 x 2400.

The Reno8 lite is built on an SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G, one of the SoCs launched by Qualcomm after promising to provide hardware that would facilitate the spread of 5G technology at a lower price. The SoC uses a 6nm process. It was launched in other markets as Reno 7Z 5G.

There’s 128GB of storage and 8GB of memory, good enough for the average user and even those who are a little finicky. But scrolling isn’t as smooth as expected given these specs. There is a single refresh rate. The phone I use, a Oppo A91a 4G model, has the same amount of memory but is built on a MediaTek SoC and scrolling is much smoother.

wide horizon

Good detail in this long shot.

The Reno8 Lite’s rear cameras take up a fairly large area, with a triple 64 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), PDAF, 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro) and 2 MP, f/2.4, cameras (from depth). The selfie camera is a single 16 MP, f/2.4, 27mm (wide), 1.0µm.

Photos are good and offer good detail, depending on the amount of light. Interior photos are also of acceptable quality.

Unlike some other manufacturers, Oppo offers a charger with its offerings. 33W fast charging technology means one can fully charge a device in 63 minutes; this is Oppo’s claim. I charged the test device from 7% to about 94% in about 54 minutes. Some manufacturers, like Samsung and Apple, have stopped providing chargers with their models, on the grounds that it would help reduce the amount of e-waste.

plants outside

Taken in the afternoon in relatively low light.

However, neither company offers the prospect that users who are forced to buy a charger – which both vendors sell – generate a nice little revenue stream.

The Reno8 Lite has a 4500mAh battery, which means one can easily get through a full day and then a few before needing a new charge. The device is IPX4, dust and water resistant.

The device runs Android 11 and Oppo’s ColorOS 11; for some this may be a turnoff, but I much prefer Android 11 over the latest version, 12. With each passing version, Google tends to close one more and more, hence my preference.

There are also gimmicks, such as the dual orbit lights, which sit behind the two main cameras. According to Oppo, “The dual-orbit lights turn on or flash in electric blue, light blue, cyan blue, or baby blue under different scenarios, such as when the phone is turning on, charging, receiving an incoming call or not receiving a notification. read, as well as launching a game.”

Australian retailers JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, Harvey Norman, Big W, Woolworths, Bing Lee and Australia Post are selling the device which is available in two colours: Rainbow Spectrum and Cosmic Black.

bedroom light

Good results also indoors.

Dimensions 159.9 x 73.2 x 7.5 mm (6.30 x 2.88 x 0.30 inches)

lester 173 g (6.10 oz)

SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, Dual Standby)

IPX4, dust and water resistant

RGB light ring around cameras (notifications, charging progress)

long bottomDISPLAY Type AMOLED, 430 nits (typical), 600 nits (HBM)

Cut 6.43 inches, 99.8 cm2 (~85.3% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels, ratio 20:9 (density ~409 ppi)

PLATFORM Operating system Android 11, ColorOS 12

chipset Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G (6nm)

CPU Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 660 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 660 Silver)

GPUs Adrene 619

MEMORY microSDXC card slot

Internal 128 GB 8 GB RAM

UFS 2.2

MAIN CAMERA Triple 64 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), PDAF

2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)

2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)

Features LED flash, HDR, panorama

Video 1080p@30fps

SELFIE CAMERA Single 16 MP, f/2.4, 27mm (wide), 1.0µm

Features HDR, Panorama

Video 1080p@30fps

SOUND Speaker Yes

3.5mm Jack Yes

COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, access point

Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, LE, aptX HD

GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS

NFC Yes

Radio Nope

USB USB Type-C 2.0, USB on the go

FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass

BATTERY 4500 mAh Li-Po type, not removable

loading 33W fast charge, 31% in 15 min, 100% in 63 min (advertised)

Reverse charging

USB power supply

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