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Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5g: Was It Necessary?

If you are on the market looking for an upgrade, Oppo may have landed on your shortlist. The number one Oppo phone in Singapore at the moment is the Reno 5 Pro and for valid reasons. It has a reasonable price tag and does everything you would expect a modern smartphone to do. The only debate around the model is if it was necessary or Oppo could have delayed its release.

Reno 4 Pro vs Reno 5 Pro

When the Reno 5 Pro was launched, it became the Oppo phone in Singapore from the manufacturer that could be considered a flagship smartphone. The previous-generation model quickly vanished. Normally this would not be a problem but there are some questionable decisions from Oppo regarding the launch of the Oppo Reno 5 Pro. This does not mean it is a bad device by any means.

The 5th Reno Pro was launched 5 months after the previous generation. Most manufacturers would wait around 12 months in between generations. New generations are expected to come with considerable improvements over the previous one but for Oppo, things were a bit different.

The two smartphones have nearly identical specs. Both share the same display and the same cameras. Most of the differences come from the SoC. The newer Oppo uses the latest Mediatek chipset, the Mediatek MT6889Z Dimensity 1000+, which is an Octa-core CPU along with a Mali-G77 MC9 GPU. Benchmarks show that it performs better than the previous generation device but the difference is not significant. Another change is for the battery capacity. The Reno 5 Pro 5G has a larger 4350 mAh battery even though the device has the same weight as the Reno 4 Pro.

As far as software goes, both devices received the latest Android version as well as ColorOS 11, Oppo’s Android skin.

Is The Reno 5 Pro Worth It?

As the previous generation is rather difficult to find, the best Oppo phone in Singapore that you can get is the Reno 5 Pro. It offers a good combination of decent performance, reliable hardware, super-fast charging, a large battery, 5G, and a low price tag. Despite being a mid-range device in terms of pricing, it is a reliable device. The fingerprint sensor works very well and the software is very well optimized.

To make the Oppo as affordable as possible, some compromises have been made. The cameras are not that great. They get the job done but they pale in comparison to flagship phones even from two years ago.

Another downside is the absence of wireless charging. Wireless charging does add a certain degree of convenience. Not everyone uses it but the ones that do will certainly be unhappy about it.

Overall, it is difficult to find a better-balanced smartphone. The one Oppo device worth having is the Reno 5 Pro. It is the best Oppo phone in Singapore and one of the best in the budget category which is where the company wants to place itself. Most people will not go for a flagship smartphone and those people, Oppo seems like the reasonable choice.
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