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OPPO Reno10 5G Review: Ticks all the boxes


OPPO Reno10 5G Review: OPPO launched the Reno10 series in Kenya about four weeks ago. The series comprises the Reno10 5G and the pro variant, the OPPO Reno10 Pro 5G. 

The two devices are available for purchase at a  recommended Retail Price of Ksh 56,999  for the Reno10 5G and Ksh 69,999 for the Reno10 Pro 5G.  We have been using the Reno10 5G and at that price, OPPO is offering a stylish phone with very good cameras. The phone also comes with a telephoto lens which is very rare in a mid-ranger, allowing you to get closer to your subject without the need for digital zoom.

This, plus several other interesting features make the OPPO Reno10 5G a good buy which shouldn’t come as a surprise. OPPO has been doing a great job with its devices lately, especially the Reno series.  The phone is currently giving devices like the Galaxy A54, A34 and even the  Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G a run for their money. 

We already did an unboxing video so in case you missed it, you can check it below.

We have also done a comparison article between the OPPO Reno10 5G and the Samsung Galaxy A54 which you can read here. 

Design and Display 

OPPO Reno10 5G Review

The OPPO Reno10 5G design is the first thing that captures your attention. It’s exquisite and gives the phone a very premium look. We love the curved-edge design with a 93% screen-to-body ratio. OPPO’s implementation of the curved display on this phone somehow screams “flagship” despite the phone being a mid-ranger. OPPO describes the phone as having a “3D dual curved design.  Add the exclusive OPPO Glow Finish on the rear and the phone is quite a looker. 

The OPPO Reno10 5g measures 162.4 x 74.2 x 8 mm and weighs just 185g. It packs a larger 6.7-inch AMOLED screen with an impressive 93% screen-to-body ratio we mentioned earlier. The refresh rate sits at 120Hz, and its display also offers HDR10+ support and 950 nits of peak brightness.  Colour accuracy is decent here, nothing to complain about and the phone also offers a strong viewing experience.

OPPO Reno10 5G Review

The phone comes with an under-display fingerprint scanner and is available in two colours options – Ice Blue and Silvery Grey.  Our OPPO Reno10 5G review unit came in Silver Grey

At the top of the screen, you have a discrete punch-hole selfie camera. On the right side are volume buttons and the power key. At the bottom is where you have a USB Type-C charging port, microphone, spike grille, and SIM slot, all of them neatly placed for easy usage. At the top edge, you have the IR blaster and a dedicated microphone for noise cancellation. 

OPPO Reno10 5G Cameras

OPPO is marketing the Reno10 5G as  “The Portrait Expert,” so the company put in a lot of work to give you the best smartphone photography experience. This is one important area where the Reno10 stands out.  

The phone boasts a triple rear camera setup comprising a 64MP wide-angle lens (f/1/7), a 32MP telephoto lens (f/2.0) and an 8MP ultra-wide lens (f/2.2).  There is a 32MP ultra-clear camera in front for selfies.  I love the addition of the telephoto lens, it’s very rare to see phones at that price range with a dedicated 2x telephoto lens so you have to give it to OPPO for this. 

The main camera is a good performer and captures some nicely balanced shots with good colour accuracy and acceptable dynamic range.  Night mode also performs exceptionally well producing shots with a certain softness and smoothness in them despite the low light. The telephoto lens also does a good job of getting you closer to the subjects as long as you don’t zoom beyond 2x although there is a drop in sharpness and dynamic range compared to 1x shots.

Something else, the portrait mode also gives you an option of shooting using the main 1x camera. The 8MP ultrawide does also not disappoint although I feel it should have been better. The shots are a bit dimmer.

The 32 MP selfie camera on the other hand does an OK job.  

OPPO Reno10 5G Performance and Software

OPPO Reno10 5G ColorOS

When it comes to performance, the Reno10 is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 7050 which offers a fast and efficient experience. This is a superior chipset compared to the Dimensity 1300 chipset used in the OPPO Reno 8.  The phone handles everyday usage i.e. calls, social media usage, and browsing just fine. Games also run smoothly without any lags.  

The 256GB storage also provides ample space to store your photos, videos and other files without worrying about running out of storage.  OPPO Reno10 5G comes with 8GB of RAM and has also received an A rating in the TÜV SÜD 48-Month Fluency Certification. 

OPPO Reno10 5G runs Android 13 with OPPO’s ColorOS 13.1 on top. I am a huge fan of ColorOS as it offers a very user-friendly and very responsive experience. The phone however comes with several pre-installed apps which some people might find bothersome. They include Netflix, Facebook, Spotify, TikTok, Booking.com, and LinkedIn. Well, not that we don’t use these apps but the whole idea of forcing them on users might not sit well with some users. 

Overall, the performance is impressive despite the minor downsides.

OPPO Reno10 5G Battery 

OPPO has added a 500mAh battery to the OPPO Reno10 5G. This is the same battery size we are getting with most devices in this price segment. 

The battery performance is pretty good and gets you through the day even on heavy usage. On a day with 5 hours and around 40 minutes of screen on time, I still had close to 20% of juice left. Moderate usage which should be around 3 hours of screen on time) still left me with around 50%. 

In addition to the impressive battery, OPPO has also included a 67W SUPERVOOC charger in the box. You can fully charge the battery in 47 minutes, and if you are in a hurry, 30 minutes is enough to top you up to 70%, so you will never have to worry about being caught out of the loop. 

Undoubtedly, the Reno10 5G ranks among the fastest-charging smartphones in its price range.

OPPO’s exclusive Battery Health Engine is the driving force behind the Reno10 series exceptional battery lifespan. It ensures the battery remains in good condition for up to 1,600 charge and discharge cycles, far surpassing the industry standard. Since its debut last year, the Battery Health Engine has been integrated into tens of OPPO smartphone products, providing improved user experiences and contributing to sustainability efforts. As a testament to its green innovations, the Battery Health Engine has been awarded the 2023 SEAL Sustainable Product Award. 

Final thoughts

OPPO Reno10 5G

OPPO tried getting everything right with the OPPO Reno10 5G – a stylish design, a very solid display, an impressive battery and some pretty decent cameras.

The phone runs everything smoothly so you won’t need to worry about any lags. Apart from the small downsides we pointed out (the preinstalled apps which you can uninstall), the phone is a very strong contender in the midrange space. 

OPPO is selling the Reno10 5G in Kenya for Ksh 56,999 and you can buy one from all OPPO stores country-wide and e-commerce partners such as Jumia, and Kilimall.

OPPO Reno10 5G Speaks Breakdown

Dimensions: 162.4 x 74.2 x 8 mm
Weight: 185g
OS: ColorOS 13.1 on top of Android 13
Screen size: 6.7 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2412 pixels
Chipset: Mediatek Dimensity 7050
RAM 8GB
Storage: 256GB
Rear Cameras: 64MP wide, 32MP telephoto, 8MP ultra-wide
Front Camera: 32MP
Battery: 5,000 mAh

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I track and report on tech and African startups. Founder and Editor of TechTrends Media. Nixon is also the East African tech editor for Africa Business Communities. Send tips to nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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