We have now established that this 2022, together with the two years that have just passed, are years to be forgotten: the after-effects that we carry as a legacy after more than two years of pandemic and after a war still in progress can be seen practically everywhere and, without pulling in I dance topical news that does not compete with me, I want to limit myself to talking about the technology of this 2022.
OPPO has from poco presented his Reno 8 Lite 5G on the European market, a product that completes an interesting range of smartphones for the Chinese company which in recent years has strongly wanted to consolidate its presence in our territory and has done so between Top and half flops. I'll tell you my about this new OPPO Reno 8 Lite 5G.
OPPO Reno 8 Lite 5G review
Design and Materials
One of the main strengths that unites almost all the products of the OPPO company is undoubtedly the very accurate design. This OPPO Reno 8 Lite 5G this is confirmed by its very limited thickness, equal to only 7.5 mm, and the weight of only 173grams which makes it very practical to handle as well as very attractive from an aesthetic point of view.
For the rest we are faced with a well-assembled smartphone, built with a side frame in aluminum painted in the same color as the back cover which, in turn, has a matte finish that is pleasant to the touch but which tends to stain a little with the fingers during use. In addition, the smartphone is equipped with IPX4 certification against water and dust.
OPPO's ace in the hole on the front of the design is enclosed in the back, corresponding to the two cameras; as already seen in Reno 7 Pro 5G, which I have personally tested, this model also integrates two RGB LEDs in the frame of the cameras that light up when notifications are received or when the smartphone is being charged. Cool or tamarro? I like!
For the rest we are faced with a fairly traditional smartphone, with lines already seen and without any exclusive feauture, as indeed OPPO has spoiled us with different models (ok, high-end!) Launched over the years. On the right side there is the power button, while on the right there is the volume rocker and the trolley for the two SIMs or a MicroSD.
At the top there is only the second microphone for noise cancellation while at the bottom there is room for the USB-C connector, the mono speaker only and a beloved 3.5mm jack for headphones which, despite the years, I always appreciate with great pleasure. There is also a biometric sensor under the display for unlocking the device, both the easily reachable positioning and the precision that does not mention errors is good even in case of repeated unlocks. Also present is the facial release, but only 2D: I suggest the configuration, as always, of both systems for unlocking in order to increase reliability.
A "trick" that many manufacturers in this 2022 have applied to their mid-range devices to try to throw a little smoke in the eyes of consumers, was undoubtedly that of using panels with refresh rates from 90 to 120Hz, a feature which, contrary to what one might believe, contributes to making the smartphone more fluid, at least in appearance.
Here, OPPO Reno 8 Lite 5G perhaps it is among the few in this market segment to have fallen behind on this front, since the display 6.43 ″ AMOLED with FullHD + resolution it is equipped with, unfortunately, it does not go beyond 60Hz.
Leaving aside this great little detail, it's a good panel AMOLED with good color quality and good visibility; good viewing angles, reactive sensor for brightness adjustment but unfortunately not among the best ever on the backlight front, since does not exceed 600 nits peak which, ok, are a good value, but they are not comparable with many other mid-range ones currently on the market.
Hardware and Performance
When I put this device under stress, I immediately thought about the Nord CE 2 Lite 5G from OnePlus which I tried a few weeks ago; with him this OPPO Reno 8 Lite 5G almost totally shares the technical data sheet, because we find one on board Snapdragon 695 Octa-Core at 6nm, an Adreno 619 GPU, 8GB of RAM (2 more than OnePlus) and internal storage equal to 128GB, alas kind UFS 2.2 therefore not among the fastest ever.
As already reiterated several times in other circumstances and in tests of other smartphones with similar hardware, see the Realme 9 5G or POCO X4Pro 5G, this technical equipment, albeit rather limited on several fronts, manages to ensure decent performance in all scenarios of use, including the gaming sector that does not bring to its knees OPPO Reno 8 Lite 5G.
The choice of OPPO that I do not believe, however, is that related to the refresh rate of the display that seems nonsense of poco account, but in practice it is not; consider that we are dealing with a hardware that, no matter how hard it tries, some micro lag in daily use will highlight it and, as seen in the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G, very often a screen with a higher refresh rate can save the smartphone in a corner without making it fall into the trap of the “laggosa” interface.
Another aspect that has created some doubts in me is related to the software: but why, my dear OPPO, in June 2022 and therefore about 7 months after the official release of Android 12, you put a smartphone on the market with Android 11? Okay, I will never understand certain choices. Leaving aside the question of the old version of Android, on the Color OS 12 we have spent hundreds and hundreds of words on it in the most varied contexts.
We know the OPPO ROM, it is stable, reliable and with a good graphic interface, nothing to complain and to report in particular on this model.
The team fielded by OPPO in photographic field is headed by one 64MP f / 1.7 primary lens, followed by a 2MP f / 2.4 macro and one of depth with the same characteristics. As you have surely guessed, the ultra wide-angle lens is absent, a questionable choice but which, alas, has been undertaken by several manufacturers in this same price range.
Given the hardware, overall the photographic shots taken by the primary lens are good quality by day, they have a good level of detail and a good definition, the colors maybe I found them a little too cold in some circumstances and poor in contrast. Very fast focusing that works well in all scenarios, a little less convincing is the shutter speed which when the light decreases increases significantly up to 3-4 seconds to finalize a photo.
Di notte, then, the shots are saved in the corner with the well optimized night mode, but as I told you you need a good steady hand to bring home a good result; I don't recommend shooting at night with night mode off as video noise would be more noticeable on the final shot.
I do not dwell on it never particularly, however, on the two depth and macro cameras, because although all manufacturers undertake to promote and launch them on the market, in practice there remains a solution, in my opinion, only stopgap and purely inserted to "make up" in the technical field .
La selfie camera is 16MP f / 2.4 and take good pictures with a well-lit scene, a little less indoors where the noise is more evident and the definition drops. THE Video, finally, they are made in FullHD to 30fps with both cameras, good quality, excellent audio, only sufficient stabilization.
Battery life is undoubtedly one of the strengths of this smartphone which, thanks to its hardware and a good optimization of the Color OS, manages to arrive safely until the evening with even a good 25-30% residual still available.
The unit mounted on board by OPPO is 4500 mAh and supports fast charging up to 33W, capable of charging from 0 to 100% in real poco more than an hour.
Price, considerations and alternatives
The usual sore point in this 2022 is that linked to the price: this OPPO Reno 8 Lite 5G officially arrives on the European market at 399 euro, a figure probably a bit high, especially if you think about the street price of many products presented last year, even at the highest end, which are able to offer a little more at a similar or even lower price.
This is a smartphone that works well, like many other products, but it is a product that I would recommend to buy probably in a few months, when online thanks to some offer (from the manufacturer or some store) it can be found at a price more advantageous.
Let us remember that, in the price range within 400 euros, there are currently dozens of far more viable alternatives in the likes of Real GT Master Edition (less than 300 euros) or the same OPPO Find X3 Neo (at less than 400 euros it's a best buy).
RENO8 Lite Smartphone, AI Triple camera 64 + 2 + 2MP, Display 6.4 "60HZ AMOLED, 4500mAh, RAM 8GB (Esp 10GB / 11GB / 13GB) + ROM 128GB expand. (1TB), [Extra Warranty 24 + 6Mesi], Rainbow Spectrum
|Model||8 Lite 5G|
|Model name||Reno8 Lite|
|Product Dimensions||0.75 x 7.32 x 15.99 cm; 173 grams|
|Article model number||8 Lite 5G|
|Article number||Reno 8 Lite 5G|
|RAM size||8 GB|
|Memory capacity||1000 GB|
|Size of flash memory installed||128 GB|
|RAM memory size installed||8 GB|
|Digital memory capacity||128 GB|
|Operating System||ColorOS 12, Android 11|
|Processor speed||2.2 GHz|
|Additional features||Dual SIM, Octa core processor, Support for fast charging, Water resistant, Bluetooth enabled|
|Components included||Adapter, USB cable, Protective film, Phone case, SIM eject tool|
|Number of items||1|
|Screen size||6.4 inch|
|Aperture Modes||F1.7 - F2.4|
|Resolution||2400 x 1080 Pixel|
|Optical sensor resolution||64 MP|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Charging times||33 Watts|
|Batteries / batteries required||No|
|Battery Power Rating||4500 Unknown modifier|
|Update frequency||60 Hz|
|Type of connectors||Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB, NFC|
|Radio bands supported||2.4 GHz, 5.8 GHz|
|Human input interface||Touchscreen|
|Weight article||173 g|
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- Cameras: AI 64MP + 2MP + 2MP Triple Camera, 16MP Front Camera, Rear Flash
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