OPPO Reno8 Z
Price: RM 1799
Another OPPO smartphone in the Reno series has been released, the OPPO Reno8 Z. I don’t know what the “Z” stands for, but I hope it stands for “Zing”.
No major changes
Weighing 181g, the OPPO Reno8 Z is light and easy to carry. It also has a thickness of 7.7mm, making it quite slim compared to most phones. Despite its slender frame, it is easy to hold.
The phone has a glass front and back with a frame that has a surprisingly smooth surface. It also has an integrated OPPO Glow, giving off a distinct matte-glossy feeling through its 0.5 mm anti-glare glass back cover.
The power button is located on the right side of the phone, while the volume button and SIM card slot are on the left. The audio jack and type-C USB port is located at the bottom of the phone.
Display & Audio
The phone comes with a 6.4-inch Punch-Hole AMOLED FHD+ display with a 2400x1080 resolution. It has a 90.8% screen-to-body ratio, allowing for a much better viewing experience.
For the audio, it has a loudspeaker that has decent sound quality when I watched videos and listened to music.
Coming with a triple camera setup, it features a 64MP, f/1.7 main camera that can capture up to 108MP images. It also has a 2MP f/2.4 mono camera and a 2MP f/2.4 depth camera.
The front of the phone features a 16MP camera for selfies, it offers features such as AI Portrait Retouching, Bokeh Flare Portrait and Selfie HDR.
A selfie image using the 16MP front camera
The 64MP rear camera can capture images up to 108MP, allowing for sharp and detailed images regardless of lighting conditions. Whether you are taking a close-up picture of an object or wide scenery shots, the quality of the pictures are outstanding.
One issue I have with the camera is with its night mode. I feel that when taking pictures in low-light environments, the phone brightens up the images too much.
Normal Mode vs Night Mode
The Reno 8 Z comes with a Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G processor and an Adreno 619 GPU.
It also comes with 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM that can be expanded a further 5GB with the RAM expansion feature. In addition, the phone features an AI System Booster which intelligently reduces memory usage and background power consumption when enabled alongside a 6-Layered Multi-Cooling System that improves overall heat dissipation.
Testing the performance with Genshin Impact, I could run the game relatively well on medium settings at 30FPS.
The Reno8 Z runs on the optimised ColorOS 12.1. Alongside the usual features such as Omoji and Air Gestures, ColorOS 12.1 has a Wi-Fi Nearby Share feature. This allows users to easily share Wi-Fi passwords with family and friends through their phones.
With a 4500 mAh battery, the phone can last most of the day without charging. It also has a 33W SUPERVOCC that can charge up to 31% in just 15 minutes and 100% in 63 minutes.
Buy or no buy
I think that the OPPO Reno8 Z is a decent phone that would satisfy most users. However, I feel like it doesn’t make for a substantial upgrade if you’re already an OPPO Reno user. For the retail price of RM 1799, I would suggest the OPPO Reno8 Pro if you want a phone that has more bang for your buck. Otherwise, the Reno8 Z is an alright enough secondary option.