OPPO’s Reno series of smartphones continues to bring the brand’s camera chops to the midrange to upper-midrange smartphone segment. While I reviewed the Reno8 T 5G earlier this year, I haven’t checked out any of the mainline Reno series phones! (What I mean here is the Reno6, Reno7, or Reno8.) The Reno10 Series piqued my interest, especially the base model. I got one for myself to see whether it’s worth saving your money by getting it instead of the Pro or Pro+. Here are my first impressions of the OPPO Reno10 5G.
Disclaimer: I purchased the OPPO Reno10 5G in Ice Blue from OPPO’s official store in Lazada. It arrived on October 19, 2023, with a free power bank (this promo may not apply when you buy one). I’ve been using this phone on and off for the past month thanks to reviewing multiple devices at the same time.
Before getting into the box, I just have to commend OPPO for the more premium packaging they have. It’s also nice to see it in both its Reno Series and A-Series of phones. That being said, I’m not sure if the packaging of other phones has this rainbow effect I’m showing in this photo. Still, it adds to the premium feel of the phone. Now, on to what’s inside the box!
It’s a good thing that we still get a typical smartphone unboxing experience with this phone. It’s been years since flagship phones stopped having chargers with them in the box, and it still doesn’t make sense even from an environmental standpoint. I’m just happy most phones that are on the market still come with chargers.
Starting to Get Bored with Black Phones
I’m really into the idea of phones matching your lifestyle, including your outfits and the like. While the Reno10 5G does come in Silvery Gray, I went for the Ice Blue color. If there’s one thing I’d give OPPO credit for, it would be how the company does colors on phones. The signature OPPO Glow design shines in this colorway.
Another thing I like so far is its thin and light profile. At a thickness of 7.99 mm and weighing 185g, the Reno10 5G has an air of elegance that I appreciate. The curved display and curved back really help in the ergonomics and contribute to how good it feels in the hand.
Feels Good Inside and Out
Moving to the front, we see the Reno10 5G’s 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED display. Like most of the phones that came out in 2023, it has a curved display. While I used to be against curved displays, I don’t mind them as much now. Glare isn’t as obvious on current screens as the ones I tried a few years ago. It’s also nice that it has a 120Hz refresh rate for that smooth user experience.
The OPPO Reno10 5G uses the MediaTek Dimensity 7050 processor and comes with 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB of UFS 2.2 storage. It runs ColorOS 13.1, OPPO’s Android skin that’s based on Android 13. I like what I’m seeing during my month-long on-and-off use of this phone. ColorOS has come a long way since the era of “heavy-feeling” skins because the technology hasn’t caught up yet.
While OPPO didn’t push the Reno10 5G as a gaming phone, it is perfectly capable of playing all but the most demanding mobile games out there. I play Pokémon UNITE most of the time, so it’s not much of a concern.
Experiencing OPPO’s Camera Expertise
The main reason I got the OPPO Reno10 5G is its cameras. People used to know OPPO as the selfie expert thanks to the good front cameras on its phones. With the recent Reno series phones, OPPO focused on their portrait photo capabilities. The Reno10 5G comes with a triple rear camera system: a 64MP main camera, a 32MP telephoto camera, and an 8MP ultrawide camera.
While I won’t share my thoughts on these cameras until the full review, here are some photos I took!
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I said I didn’t wanna share my thoughts just yet, but these portrait photos look so good. The best part? These were shot with the Reno10 5G’s front camera! It’ll be curious to see if we get consistent results when we take portrait photos in different scenarios. Here are the rest of my sample photos:
That’s it for my first impressions of the OPPO Reno10 5G! Is there anything specific that you want me to focus on for the full review? Sound off in the comments below.