Oppo recently launched the company’s new phone Reno6 5G series in Kenya, which is in the upper mid-range.
The design is a big departure from the previous generation, even though most of the hardware on the inside has been recycled from the previous model. The Reno6 5G is a well-rounded mid-ranger with the new and rather uncommon MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset and a generous amount of memory – 8GB/128GB or 12GB/256GB.
The most impressive aspect is its ability to repel fingerprint smudges. It’s the best-looking mid-range phone I have seen in 2021 so far.
Also, the flat edge is ergonomically designed for good grip, so the fingers can hang on to the phone with less worry of dropping it. Though there is a camera bump on the back, the case takes care of that.
The screen sits flushed flat in the metal frame with an additional layer of screen guard pre-fitted by the company.
Besides the aforementioned hardware, the Reno6 5G also offers a DualSIM slot. Both slots support VoWLAN and VoLTE, but memory expansion via SD card is not possible.
The USB-C port can transfer data with the USB 2.0 standard. A jack and a notification LED have been omitted.
It runs an Android-11 system with Oppo’s own ColorOS 11.3 interface. It strongly resembles a pure Android and only has a different structure of the settings menu.
Reno6 5G can establish mobile connections in GSM, 3G, LTE and 5G networks. NFC, Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6 are also available. It should be noted that the Oppo Reno6 5G is one of the very phones in the market to offer virtual RAM expansion.
You can increase up to 5GB, which will add with 8GB to offer 12GB physical memory. This significantly improves the speed of launching and switching between multiple apps, thereby enhancing the overall user experience.
It also features two series-connected cells with a total capacity of 4,300mAh and it offers a full day’s battery life under normal usage.
The company offers a 65W charger in-box and it can fully charge up the phone from zero to 100 per cent under 30 minutes. Also, just five minutes of charging to reach 25 battery capacity and is enough to play videos for four hours.
It boasts a triple camera module, main 64MP, backed by an 8MP 119-degree Ultra Wide Lens with 2MP macro camera with LED flash and a dedicated colour temperature sensor on the back.
On the front, it features a 32MP with a 26mm (wide) lens, a 1/2.8-inch sensor. It takes pretty good selfies and offers a lot of filters and editing tools to improve the facial colour tone and make it good for sharing on Instagram.
Also, it has an 85-degree field of view, which comes in handy for taking group selfies.
At Sh60,000, Reno6 5G checks most of the boxes, has impressive design and build quality, reliable processor, a full day’s battery life and the camera is just best in its class.