OPPO Reno 8 Lite review: style to spare

Oppo devices are increasingly attractive to the general public. It is therefore not surprising to find the Chinese manufacturer in ever more price segments over the years. Its Reno range has already given us the color on the high end: the Reno 8 Lite that we are testing today only has to be a worthy representative on the mid-range.

Reno8 Lite pricing and availability

The Oppo Reno 8 Lite is already available in France. Its configuration with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage is sold at the recommended price of 449.90 euros.

Design

The Oppo Reno 8 Lite continues the momentum of its brothers by offering a modern design, with rounded edges but whose edges are very flat. In hand, the chassis gives the same feeling of solidity as its brothers, although the model that interests us today uses more simplistic materials. Which still gives it an advantage, such as a weight of 173 grams that we barely feel even though we feel that the phone can take a few blows. And even splashes, since it benefits from an IPX4 certification.

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It is especially on the back that everything changes. The range’s signature photo island is not present on this Reno 8 Lite, which is a shame. Here we find a slightly more simplistic rectangle, whose large circles of the sensors are enhanced by a mirror effect in the background. At least the symmetry between the two large sensors, the small one and the flash is well seen to give it a modern touch. Note that these circles also serve as notification LEDs, a very good idea from the manufacturer.

As with its brothers, we find on the left of the device the two volume keys as well as the Dual SIM / microSD hatch, while the right edge accommodates the lock button. While there isn’t much at the top, the bottom is where the headphone jack, USB-C port and single speaker grille are. All in all, the Oppo Reno 8 Lite does not shine with its originality, especially compared to the entire range, but has made the right choices to be pleasant for both the eyes and the hands.

Screen

The Oppo Reno 8 Lite benefits from a 6.43-inch screen in Full HD + definition of 2400 x 1080 pixels. It is an AMOLED screen supporting a refresh rate of 60Hz. It is precisely this last point that is a little disappointing, since many entry-level models today offer at least 90Hz.

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However, let’s not sulk our pleasure. Particularly in its vivid mode, the screen of the Oppo Reno 8 Lite still offers very beautiful colors and covers 93% of the DCI-P3 space. If you prefer the natural mode, know that the latter covers the entire sRGB space.

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The smartphone is also capable of a maximum brightness of up to 430 nits in normal conditions, and therefore remains superbly readable regardless of the conditions of use. It is perhaps a bit too cold for those who appreciate natural colors, however.

Performance

No MediaTek here! For its most honest model, Oppo has chosen to trust the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 which it associates with 8 GB of LPDDR4x RAM at 2133 MHz. Above all, it still uses 128 GB storage in UFS 2.2, an aging standard today.

There is not really a concern for fluidity to be noted on this device, however, which avoids all the usual pitfalls such as blocking the capture of a photo while the rendering is done on the last one. The ColorOS interface still offers tons of customizations, which can be a big plus or minus, since the menus are loaded.

What is disappointing here is above all that the smartphone offers what is needed… nothing more. The Snapdragon 695, for example, is no longer up to date when it comes to playing the latest games. The typical example is Genshin Impact, which struggles to find a stable 30 FPS even when the game is limited to its lowest setting.

At least the phone never gets hot. But we are entitled to expect a little more effective power on this price bracket, where other competitors offer more efficient smartphones with faster storage.

Autonomy

The Oppo Reno 8 Lite is equipped with a 4385 mAh battery, and supports Supervooc fast charging up to 33W. The latter makes it possible to recover 31% of charge in 15 minutes, and its block is supplied with the device.

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In the field of autonomy, the Oppo Reno 8 Lite does not necessarily shine, but does not disappoint either. It lasts a good day of use without worry, or even a day and a half with limited use, but don’t expect more. We are clearly here in the average of smartphones in this category, although some still offer faster charging.

Photo

The photo is an important ground for Oppo this year. Here, the Reno 8 Lite is equipped with a main sensor of 64 megapixels with lens opening in f / 1.7. This main sensor is then supported by a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor with f/2.4 aperture lens, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture lens.

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Let it be said, and this is often the case in this category: these last two sensors are not used for much. If they certainly had their interest for a time, they are now mainly there to display “3 sensors” on the technical sheet, but have little interest in use. Portrait mode is mainly supported by Oppo’s excellent algorithm, while macro mode suffers from a lack of megapixels to be viable.

The main sensor of this Oppo Reno 8 Lite does not, however, lack interest and fishing. If the colors are a bit too contrasting in my eyes, the rendering is still striking. The camera doesn’t have much trouble finding its focus point, and can take great photos in broad daylight. When the light conditions diminish, noise naturally appears, but the device still manages to manage complicated dynamics without losing too much coherence. On the other hand, it will be necessary to be careful to remain stable, otherwise you will recover blurred photos. An acceptable sacrifice.

The 16-megapixel front camera with an f/2.4 opening lens isn’t outdone either, and allows for very nice shots supported by the fact that the front screen turns into a flash. The sharpness is not folichon, but Oppo’s processing does its job.

Audio

The single speaker of the Oppo Reno 8 Lite, which is barely supported by the call speaker, cannot perform miracles. That said, it still develops a substantial volume, and its signature is not so bad for a mid-range smartphone. The highs are rather well transcribed, even if we would have liked to say the same for the mids and the bass.

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Still, the Oppo Reno 8 Lite has an advantage: a jack. This is an element that tends to disappear, which is not to everyone’s taste. You can also rely on Bluetooth 5.1 for your wireless devices.

Oppo Reno 8 Lite review

The Oppo Reno 8 Lite has chosen to make a big sacrifice on its performance, not only by opting for the Snapdragon 695, but also by integrating UFS 2.1 memory or a panel limited to 60 Hz. That being said, its successful design and its pleasant grip are arguments in its favor, when its main photo sensor knows how to offer us beautiful shots. Other competitors do better in this segment, but do not necessarily have the same originality in their approach.


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