OPPO Kenya yesterday officially unveiled the Reno10 series in the country. The series was first launched in China back in May and consists of three smartphones, namely, the OPPO Reno10 5G, OPPO Reno10 Pro 5G and the OPPO Reno Pro+ 5G. However, only the regular Reno10 5G and the Pro models will be available in Kenya.
In this first impressions article, we’ll be unboxing the regular Reno10 5G. This phone is being positioned as a mid-range photography powerhouse. Arriving as the successor to the previous Reno 9 model, the Reno10 5G also effectively takes over from the Reno8 which was the last Reno phone to launch in Kenya.
OPPO Reno10 5G: Specs
|162.4 x 74.2 x 8 mm
|ColorOS 13.1 atop Android 13
|1080 x 2412 pixels
|Mediatek Dimensity 7050
|64MP wide, 32MP telephoto, 8MP ultra-wide
What Do You Get In The Box?
The packaging of the Oppo Reno10 5G is quite similar to that of the Reno8T 5G. You’ll get the following accessories inside the box:
- The OPPO Reno10 5G
- A USB-C cable
- Wall Adapter supporting 67W fast charging
- A Silicone case
- User guide and warranty information
OPPO Reno10 5G: Design & Display
The first thing you’ll note when you first unbox the Reno10 5G is how light and comfortable the device feels in the hand. The OPPO Reno10 5G measures 162.4 x 74.2 x 8 mm and weighs 185g. The latter is helped by the use of a plastic frame, which is pretty common in this area of the market.
These dimensions are quite similar to those of the OPPO Reno8T 5G, with the 8T being a tad bit lighter coming in at 171g. The phone feels good in the hands and its light weight comes in handy when using the device for an extended period of time.
Flipping the phone to the front, you’re greeted by a massive 6.7″ AMOLED display that refreshes at 120Hz. This display is larger and brighter than that of Reno8 5G. Colors from the display are punchy and the viewing angles are also pretty good. The display also curves on the edges, adding to the premium in hand feel while still ensuring the experience is immersive.
Outdoor visibility is also good and I had no issues scrolling through my X/Twitter feed under direct sunlight. This is thanks to the screens 950 nits peak brightness. I should also note that the OPPO Reno10 5G’s display supports HDR10+.
The OPPO Reno10 5G comes in two different color options, Ice Blue and Silvery Grey. My test unit comes in the Ice Blue color and boy, does it gunner attention. The glass back panel changes color when light hits it from every angle. Oppo also wrapped the back in a fingerprint-resistant coating to help keep of smudges and fingerprints.
I can confirm that indeed, this coating does works since my test unit looks as fresh today as it did the moment I first prised it out of its box. If you’d prefer a more muted and less showy look, you should get the Reno10 5G in the Silvery Grey color.
In line with current trends, the phone omits the 3.5mm headphone jack. However, it compensates with a notable addition—an IR blaster located at the top. Interestingly, this is the first time I’m seeing an IR blaster on an OPPO smartphone. Positioned alongside is the microphone, enhancing call quality, and a second speaker. It’s worth highlighting that this phone boasts stereo speakers, delivering exceptionally rich and voluminous sound quality.
Speaking of trade-offs, it’s important to note that this phone comes with a modest IPX4 rating for dust and water resistance. While it may not seem like a crucial consideration in a Ksh 57,000 phone, it’s worth mentioning that the Galaxy A54 5G provide a nearly flagship-level IP67 rating at a similar price point.
OPPO Reno10 5G: Cameras
Oppo is boldly positioning the Reno 10 5G as “The Portrait Expert,” shedding light on what the company believes to be its standout feature.
The Reno 10 5G boasts a rear camera system with three lenses, headlined by a potent 64MP wide-angle lens (f/1.7). This impressive setup also includes a 32MP telephoto lens (f/2.0) and an 8MP ultra-wide lens (f/2.2). It’s the telephoto lens, with its 47mm focal length, that truly earns the phone its “Portrait Expert” moniker, marking a pioneering addition to the Oppo Reno series.
The Reno 10 5G takes its photography prowess a step further by offering a Pro-Portrait mode, promising to preserve the natural skin tones of subjects while granting users access to “Pro aesthetics.” For those who love taking selfies, the phone doesn’t disappoint, featuring a robust 32MP front camera.
According to Oppo, the Reno 10 5G boasts “by far the strongest set of cameras for where this phone sits in the market.” This bold claim certainly piques my curiosity, and I eagerly anticipate putting this camera setup through its paces. For the few shots I’ve taken with phone, the portrait camera does do a nice job with keeping the subject in focus while blurring the background.
I’ll save my comprehensive insights on the camera performance for the full review, so stay tuned for that in-depth analysis.
OPPO Reno10 5G: Performance & Battery
The OPPO Reno 10 5G runs on the MediaTek Dimensity 7050 chipset, a processor that may not be a household name but is poised to offer superior performance compared to the Dimensity 1300 chipset found in the OPPO Reno8.
Given that the Reno 8 already delivered commendable performance for its mid-range price, the Dimensity 7050 promises an even smoother experience for activities like scrolling and gaming. For the few days I’ve been using the phone, I have not experienced any lags or slow downs. However I’ll be putting the phone through its paces to see how it handles intensive tasks.
Beneath its sleek exterior, the OPPO Reno10 5G hides a robust 5,000 mAh battery, ensuring reliable endurance for a full day of moderate to heavy usage.
Moreover, Oppo includes a notable feature in the box – a 67W fast charger, a welcome addition at a time when some manufacturers have opted to exclude chargers. OPPO claims that with this charger, you can fully recharge the Reno10 5G in just 47 minutes.
While the phone doesn’t offer wireless charging, which is often absent in this price range, its fast charging capabilities more than make up for it. In terms of software support, OPPO commits to providing two years of Android updates and an impressive four years of security updates for the Reno10 5G, ensuring its longevity and security for an extended period.
Availability & Pricing
OPPO Reno10 Pro 5G and the Reno10 5G will be available for purchase across all OPPO stores country wide and e-commerce partners such as Jumia, Killimal from 6th August at a recommended retail price of Ksh 56,999 for the Reno10 5G and Ksh 69,999 for the Reno10 Pro 5G. For the month of September, customers who buy any OPPO Reno10 series will get gift box.