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Oppo Reno 11 Pro review: Style and substance

The Reno series of smartphones from Oppo have managed to stake a strong claim in the mid-range segment of the smartphone market. Oppo has focused on two things — design and camera — with the Reno series. The Oppo Reno 11 Pro offers subtle and significant improvements on both the fronts. Starting at Rs 39,999, the Oppo Reno 11 Pro packs in almost everything that a user looks for.
We used the smartphone for a while as our daily driver and here’s what we think of the latest phone from Oppo.

Oppo 11 Reno Pro review: Design, display

The Oppo Reno series has always been about good looks — barring a model here and there — and the 11 Pro is no different. It is certainly an eye-catching design as Oppo has blended polycarbonate and glass quite well. The Pearl White variant has 3D-etched finish which is reminiscent of marble. The 3D curved glass on the back has unique texture, providing a premium feel. The rather distinctive camera island protrudes quite a bit but that’s not likely to bother too many people out there.

What’s good about the rear design is that that it effectively resists dust and fingerprints, maintaining a clean and smudge-free rear panel. It is a rarity to find in today’s phones but the Reno 11 Pro is certainly a smudge-free phone.

The device's slim and lightweight design, weighing just 181 grams with a thickness of 7.66mm (excluding the camera bump), enhances its luxurious hand feel. However, the matte finish may compromise grip, necessitating the use of the included soft TPU case to prevent accidental drops.

While the phone lacks an official IP rating, there are apparent seals around the SIM card tray, offering some protection. This omission is somewhat disappointing, considering its price point compared to competitors offering IP67 or IP68 ratings.

The 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz dynamic refresh rate and full-HD+ resolution provides a really good viewing experience. The colours are on point and we didn’t have any trouble with he viewing angles either. The in-display fingerprint reader is reliable, and connectivity features include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.4, NFC, an IR blaster, among others.

Oppo Reno 11 Pro: Performance, software
Running on Oppo's latest Android 14-based ColorOS 14, the Reno 11 Pro offers a familiar yet refined user experience. By familiar we mean if you have used an Oppo or a OnePlus phone, then you will feel right at home. With every iteration, Oppo has been bringing nifty features to ColorOS. With the Reno 11 Pro, there is a nod to iOS with a global search bar. Furthermore, there are new features like File Dock, which make file sharing better and improves on user productivity. There’s also Smart Touch and Smart Image Matting, which are notable additions. One thing that still remains are the pre-loaded apps which are just par for the course with ColorOS.

Oppo has opted for MediaTek silicon in the Reno 11 Pro, featuring the Dimensity 8200 SoC built on the 4nm fabrication process. With 12GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, the phone delivers impressive performance. The phone's MediaTek Dimensity 8200 SoC ensures smooth gameplay, handling demanding 3D games like Call of Duty: Mobile with ease.

Day to day tasks are handled with relative ease by the smartphone. We didn’t notice any lags or stutters even while gaming or multitasking. The smartphone never showed any signs of heating up even during gaming sessions.

The battery life is more than sufficient for most users. The smartphone can last a day on medium usage, including a few hours on social media, YouTube and routine tasks.

Oppo Reno 11 Pro: Camera
Oppo maintains the camera setup from the previous model, featuring a 50-megapixel primary camera with OIS, a 32-megapixel telephoto camera, and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera. Selfies are handled by a 32-megapixel front camera embedded in the display.

The HyperTone Imaging Engine claims improvements in portrait photos, offering vibrant and detailed primary camera shots. From the images we clicked it was rather impressive on the portrait front.

The primary camera does a fine job of capturing images in broad daylight. There are enough details in images and the colours are accurately captured. Mercifully, the Oppo Reno 11 Pro doesn’t go in overdrive mode and doesn’t oversaturate images — something a few Oppo phones in the past have been accused of.

The 2X telephoto camera lacks detail, especially in low light. There were images that didn’t come out as we expected them to. The 8MP ultra-wide camera is an adequate performer but at times there was a slight distortion in images.

Oppo has also improved video recording capabilities, which now include 4K 30fps for both front and rear cameras. The overall quality of the videos remains respectable but nothing that really stands out. The 32MP selfie camera does a fine job of capturing images with enough details and doesn’t oversaturate at all.

Oppo Reno 11 Pro review: Verdict

The Oppo Reno 11 Pro impresses with its distinctive design, solid performance, and nifty software features. The camera system, while capable, shows incremental improvements over its predecessor. The battery life is sufficient for most users. For users seeking a blend of aesthetics and performance, the Oppo Reno 11 Pro is a very good option to consider. Having said that, it will face stiff competition, particularly from the recently-launched OnePlus 12R.