OPPO Reno11 Pro 5G Review: Portrait Expert Meets Premium Powerhouse

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OPPO Reno11 Pro 5G Review

So, I’ve spent a solid two weeks putting the Reno11 Pro 5G through its paces as my main device, and now I’m ready to give you the lowdown on OPPO’s newest top-tier smartphone. A lot of you are wondering if this thing really stands out from the crowd of fancy midrange smartphones in 2024. Let’s get right into the meat of our review!

Dazzling Design

The design of the new Reno11 Pro 5G is nothing short of ordinary. It looks premium but not overly sophisticated. The rear curved glass exhibits OPPO’s signature OPPO Glow effect. It shines brilliantly with a dual-tone glittery finish when hit by light. It’s a design element unique to the Reno series that oozes style.

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oppo reno11 pro 5g review 18

Beyond aesthetics, the glass back cover along with aluminum frame construction simply feels ultra-premium. At just 7.59mm thin and weighing a mere 181g, this surprisingly slender chassis houses a spacious 6.7-inch screen, a trait that did not change from its predecessor.

Another design win is fingerprint and smudge resistance thanks to anti-glare frosted glass. The curves on the rear camouflage edges entirely offering the illusion of a single panel of glass. Tiny details like color matched aluminum and the distinctive OPPO branding further elevate the high-end appeal.

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oppo reno11 pro 5g review 08

Top-tier 120Hz AMOLED Display

The Reno11 Pro’s display immediately impresses starting with thin bezels all-round and just a single camera cutout to disturb the 6.7-inches of uninterrupted OLED goodness. Colors really pop thanks to 10-bit depth, 100% DCI-P3 gamut coverage and perfectly calibrated color accuracy.

Scrolling Facebook feeds or playing graphic-rich games feel satisfyingly fluid too courtesy of the smooth 120Hz refresh rate. You can, by the way, toggle the refresh rate in the following presets: Auto Selet, Standard (60Hz), and High (120Hz). There is no way to lock it to 90Hz. I wish they included the latter as part of the refresh rate options.

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oppo reno11 pro 5g review 06

The 2412 x1080 resolution on a panel this size means ample crispness whether gaming, Netflix binging, or editing photos. And certified eye comfort from reduced blue light exposure lets me use the phone for hours without strain. My only major concern here is they could have at least packed this with a slightly higher resolution. Thankfully, an OLED panel registers a slightly sharper look on texts and images thereby compensating for the lack of resolution.

In terms of display protection, the new OPPO Reno11 Pro 5G is packed with an AGC-DT-Star2 or commonly known as Asahi Dragontrail Star 2. We have personally seen how these devices are

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Photo Courtesy: Asahi/Dragontrail

Flagship Firepower

The Reno11 Pro isn’t merely about captivating looks, it packs impressive flagship-level internals too! MediaTek’s cutting-edge Dimensity 8200 chipset built on 4nm fabrication runs the show, delivering substantially faster all-round performance versus last year’s processors while maintaining efficiency.

Paired with a generous 12GB RAM, the hardware can cope up with demanding tasks with ease. Multi-tasking remained lightning quick thanks to ample 512GB UFS 3.1 storage (at least on my review unit). Everything launches instantly with buttery smoothness all round.

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oppo reno11 pro 5g review 09

Gaming is especially fun on the Reno11 Pro whether enjoying visually stunning single player adventures at max fidelity or conquering in competitive FPS multiplayer maps. The phone remained cool throughout thanks to an advanced vapor chamber liquid cooling system preventing any thermal throttling.

With 5G compatibility, Wi-Fi 6 speeds, stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos support, the Reno11 Pro offers bleeding-edge connectivity and multimedia capabilities fitting of any media power user today. Audio quality shines too for clear voice calls and immersive streaming content.

For you benchmark nerds, here are a few charts for your reference:

All Round Photographic Excellence

Now onto the Reno11 Pro’s most exciting aspect, its triple camera setup headlined by a massive 50MP 1/1.56” Sony IMX890 sensor. It is is complemented with a 32MP telephoto camera using Sony IMX709 sensor, and 8MP Ultra Wide Camera using Sony IMX355 sensor. Unlike most high-megapixel cameras though, OPPO squeezes exceptional quality from all those pixels instead of useless numbers for marketing.

4K video recording (although limited to 30fps), gorgeous full resolution stills revealing finer details, and the ability to digitally zoom without immediately losing quality demonstrate strength in hardware and processing algorithms. Night mode enhancements through RGBW sensors and Multi-frame noise reduction ensure low light shots appear clean too.

in terms of selfie camera, the Reno11 Pro is outfitted with a 32MP camera using Sony IMX709 sensor, similar to the telephoto camera found at the back.

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Fun touches include AI Palette for easily changing color schemes of backgrounds on the fly or dropping in custom backdrops entirely while keeping main subjects intact. There are simply tons of options to get creative with photos and videos on this very capable camera system.

Overall, the camera performance of Reno11 Pro gives a lasting impression of OPPO’s commitment to photo and imagery excellence. As mentioned before, I was very critical to the performance of the cameras of their previous Reno (and even Find) models. Things have truly changed, and OPPO managed to improve the quality of their cameras.

Well Optimized ColorOS and Long Lasting Battery

Wrapping up the software experience, ColorOS 14 offers a clean, smooth interface free of clutter while retaining plenty of customizable options. Transferring data from my older phone was a seamless process during initial setup. Features I appreciate include Air Gestures for quick shortcuts by waving palms over the screen and Multi-Screen Connect to sync wirelessly between the Reno11 Pro and my Windows laptop.

Under the hood, OPPO leverages AI to study usage patterns and optimize resource allocation in real time. After a week of learning, battery life stabilized at a solid day of mixed usage despite the power hungry display and chipset. When I do need to “refuel”, going from flat to 50% charge in under 15 minutes via 80W SUPERVOOC Flash Charging feels futuristic.

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oppo reno11 pro 5g review 10

Portrait Powerhouse Meets Premium Flagship

Summarizing my experience after using the OPPO Reno11 Pro 5G, it shines as a well-rounded premium smartphone brimming with style, substance, and serious photographic skills. The striking design sets itself apart from shiny glass slab competitors while retaining ergonomic comfort in hand and pocket.

Vibrant 120Hz AMOLED display, flagship power from MediaTek’s latest silicon, excellent battery life given the pixel dense screen, and OPPO’s fantastic portrait-focused camera tech cement the Reno11 Pro as today’s photography obsessed social media user’s dream machine. At its PhP31,999 price point, I certainly could not find a reason for it it be labeled as “overpriced”. It ticks all the right features and benefits you get, including official OPPO warranty.

The Reno11 Pro 5G is now available in the Philippines.

8.4Expert Score
OPPO Nailed it!

Vibrant 120Hz AMOLED display, flagship power from MediaTek’s latest silicon, excellent battery life given the pixel dense screen, and OPPO’s fantastic portrait-focused camera tech cement the Reno11 Pro as today’s photography obsessed social media user’s dream machine.

Design
7.8
Build
8
Hardware
7.8
Performance
8.8
Camera (Stills)
10
Camera (Video)
8
Software
8
Battery Performance
8.5

Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of gadgetpilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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