Oppo Reno 10 Pro+ Review: Premium RM3,499 Mid-Ranger With Some Caveats
July 7, 2023 Andrew Cheng

It has come to a point where upper mid-range smartphones could easily pass off as a flagship device. The Oppo Reno 10 Pro+ is a prime example of this: not only does it feel and look properly premium, it also has the processing power of a flagship-tier phone courtesy of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset.

But with that in mind, the Reno 10 Pro+ also comes with a matching price tag; RM3,499, to be specific. At this price point, it has to contend with some very competent devices, which makes it difficult for the phone to stand out. Nonetheless, it’s still a curious upper mid-range phone that is worth considering.

What It Is

Display6.74-inch FHD+ AMOLED 3D Curved (2772 x 1240), 120Hz
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 3.0GHz octa-core
GPUAdreno 730
Storage256GB, non-expandable
Camera (rear)50MP f/1.8, PDAF, OIS
64MP f/2.5 (periscope telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x optical
8MP f/2.2 (ultra-wide)
Camera (front)32MP f/2.4
4,700mAh with 100W fast charging
Dimensions162.9 x 74 x 8.28 mm
OSColorOS 13 based on Android 13
Bluetooth 5.3
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
USB Type-C

Even though the Reno 10 Pro+’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset is last year’s offering, it is still a fast, capable chipset that can deliver flagship-tier performance. This, paired with the phone’s sophisticated (and versatile) camera system, makes for a pretty complete smartphone.

However, while the Reno 10 Pro+ looks good on paper, there’s more to a phone than its spec sheet. Take the software and user experience, which can only really be ascertained by using the phone for an extended period of time.

Unfortunately, the Reno 10 Pro+ doesn’t fare too well in these two regards – I’ll get into detail further down the review.

The Good Stuff

Powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, it’s little surprise that the Reno 10 Pro+ offers a good level of performance. Multitasking is effortless with this phone, even as I juggle between different apps. The chipset only really shows its limits in graphically demanding games like Honkai: Star Rail.

For the most part, the Reno 10 Pro+ can run the game relatively well at 60fps with maxed out graphics settings, though it does start stuttering for a bit when things get more intense. Nonetheless, I still thoroughly enjoy gaming on this phone.

In the display department, the Reno 10 Pro+’s 6.74-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen looks great with punchy colours and deep, true blacks; winning qualities of an AMOLED panel. The 120Hz refresh rate lends to good motion clarity and smooth animations too.

Battery life of the Reno 10 Pro+ is reasonably good as well. On average, the phone’s 4,700mAh battery can return between five to six hours of screen on time throughout the review period. The fast 100W charging can quickly top up the battery too.

And then we have one of the best features of the Reno 10 Pro+: camera performance. Its triple camera system consists of a 50MP primary shooter, a 64MP periscope telephoto lens capable of 3x optical zoom, and an 8MP ultra-wide angle sensor.

All in all, I had a blast photographing with this phone under all kinds of lighting conditions, especially with the versatility of the three focal lengths.

While the periscope telephoto lens isn’t particularly far-reaching at 3x optical zoom, it can still capture some great-looking shots at a distance, as you can see above. For an upper mid-range phone, I’m certainly happy with its camera performance.

Last but not least is the build quality of the Reno 10 Pro+. It feels nice and premium in my hands thanks to the metal frame and glass back with a matte finish for this Silvery Grey colourway. The dual curved screen may not be particularly ergonomic, but it does give the phone a premium aesthetic.

The Bad Stuff

As much as I enjoy photographing with the Reno 10 Pro+, I do have some qualms with the phone. Launching the camera with a double tap of the volume up or down button, for example, is…abnormally slow. Granted, the review unit I tested is not running on finalised, consumer-ready software, which could be the cause of this.

While we’re on this topic, I’m not thrilled by the software experience of ColorOS 13. It’s the same issue I had when I was reviewing the Oppo Find N2 Flip, where the user interface doesn’t feel as responsive as it should be. The fact that I can’t swipe down on multiple notifications from the same app to expand them isn’t intuitive either.

Value proposition of the Reno 10 Pro+ isn’t great either. For RM3,499, it has to compete with excellent flagships like the OnePlus 11 and Xiaomi 13, both of which feature faster Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipsets for less money. Yes, these two phones do have their own pros and cons, but the fact remains that you can get a more powerful phone than the Reno 10 Pro+ at a lower price point.

Is It Worth It?

Although its value proposition and software experience aren’t great, I still thoroughly enjoyed using the Oppo Reno 10 Pro+ as my daily driver. After all, it can still provide a good level of performance with a capable camera system that I can rely on – well, except for the camera quick launch shortcut, which is hopefully addressed in the final software version.

With over 952,000 Oppo Reno devices sold in Malaysia already, there’s no denying that Oppo is doing something right. The Reno 10 Pro+ is a testament to how far the Reno series has come over the years, and it can even take on (some) flagship smartphones now.