Just about half a year ago, we had the Oppo Reno5 5G in for review and now the Reno6 series is upon us. Once again, the vanilla version is the center of attention and likely to be Oppo's main representative from the series in the European and Indian markets.
This vanilla Reno6 is also the only one in the family with updated looks. 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. It's unrealistic to expect a big generational jump in just six months so that's fine by us.
Oppo Reno6 5G review
The Reno6 5G is a well-rounded midranger with the new and rather uncommon MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset and a generous amount of memory - 8GB/128GB or 12GB/256GB.
Oppo Reno6 5G specs at a glance:
Body: 156.8x72.1x7.6mm, 182g; Gorilla Glass 5 front, plastic back, metal frame .
Display: 6.43" AMOLED, 90Hz, 430 nits (typ), 600 nits (HBM), 750 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 409ppi.
Chipset: MediaTek MT6877 Dimensity 900 5G (6 nm): Octa-core (2x2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G68 MC4.
Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM; UFS 2.1.
OS/Software: Android 11, ColorOS 11.3.
Rear camera: Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, 1/2.0", 0.7µm, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.2, 119˚, 1/4.0", 1.12µm; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.
Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8", 0.8µm.
Video capture: Rear camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps; Front camera: 1080p@30fps.
Battery: 4300mAh; Fast charging 65W, SuperVOOC 2.0.
Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical).
The camera setup, although not proficient, seems to be mostly in line with the current state of the mid-range market segment. In fact, only the most expensive option from the series would give you proper telephoto and ultrawide cameras. The non-Plus Pro model carries the same camera setup as the vanilla configuration.
Oppo Reno6 5G review
Oppo's specialty - fast charging - isn't neglected as well. The device has a bit smaller than your average midranger's battery capacity, but it smokes the competition with a snappy 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charging support.
The device comes in a generous package containing not only the usual user manuals, appropriate charger and USB-A to USB-C cable but also a protective silicone case. Not that the charger is a given these days.
Since the phone doesn't have a 3.5mm audio jack, Oppo has provided a pair of wired USB-C earbuds that would do just fine if you are not a fan of wireless headphones.