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Oppo Reno 3 Series Official With 5G, 90Hz Display, MediaTek Dimensity 1000L

The first Oppo Reno series was only unveiled to the world back in April this year, but now, the Chinese company just launched the Oppo Reno 3 lineup. The new series is made up of the standard Reno 3 and Reno 3 Pro, and not surprisingly, both smartphones come with 5G support and a number of interesting features for mid-range devices.

Out of the two smartphones, the Reno 3 Pro is obviously the higher-end offering. As mentioned, it has 5G connectivity thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G under the hood. On top of that, the Reno 3 Pro also comes with a fast 90Hz 6.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display. The panel curves on either sides of the phone, giving it a rather premium appearance.

Oddly enough, unlike its predecessors, the Reno 3 Pro does not have a pop-up selfie camera. Instead, the front-facing shooter is placed in a hole-punch cutout on the top left of the screen. It doesn’t look quite as sleek, but hey, you do get a 90Hz display now.

In the camera department, the Reno 3 Pro features a quad camera system on the back. It consists of a 48MP f/1.7 primary shooter, a 13MP f/2.4 telephoto lens, an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle sensor, and a 2MP f/2.4 monochrome shooter. The selfie camera, on the other hand, is a 32MP f/2.4 sensor.

Rounding out the specifications of the Reno 3 Pro are up to 12GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of internal storage, an in-screen fingerprint sensor, and a 4,025mAh battery.

And then there’s the regular Reno 3. Unlike the Pro variant, the standard model doesn’t have a curved 90Hz display. Instead, it comes with a more conventional, flat 6.44-inch 1080p AMOLED screen. Oh, it doesn’t have a hole-punch cutout either: it comes with a waterdrop notch at the top of the screen instead.

But what makes the Reno 3 particularly interesting is the chipset powering this phone: a MediaTek Dimensity 1000L SoC. This is the chipmaker’s new 7nm processor, and not only does it support 5G networks, it also comes with four of ARM’s fast Cortex-A77 cores clocked at 2.6GHz.

While we don’t have performance figures of the Dimensity 1000L ourselves, an early benchmark shows that it is actually more capable than the Snapdragon 765 processor found in the Pro model. Curious, isn’t it?

Camera configuration of the Reno 3 is quite different from the Pro too. While it still has a quad camera system, it’s made up of a 64MP f/1.8 main shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide angle sensor, a monochrome lens, and a depth camera. Basically, not quite as sophisticated as the Reno 3 Pro’s camera system, but still relatively good.

Other specifications of the Reno 3 include 8GB or 12GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, a 4,025mAh battery, and just like the Pro variant, it supports 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0; it can supposedly charge up the device to 50% from empty in only 20 minutes.

The Oppo Reno 3 series is currently available only in China. The standard Reno 3 retails at 3,399 Chinese yuan (about RM2,005) and 3,699 yuan (approximately RM2,180) for the 128GB + 8GB and 128GB + 12GB variants respectively. As for the Reno 3 Pro, it costs 3,999 yuan (around RM2,360) and 4,499 yuan (about RM2,655) for the 128GB + 8GB and 256GB + 12GB versions respectively.

Oh, there is also a special edition of the Pro model dubbed Reno 3 Pro Pantone 2020. It’s similar to the regular Pro model with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, just with some aesthetic changes celebrating Pantone’s 2020 colour, Classic Blue. This variant is priced at 4,199 yuan (about RM2,480).