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Oppo teases 7.7mm thick Reno 3 Pro, with dual-mode 5G, coming this Christmas

It’s hard to recall many times I’ve written a story around a teaser image posted on Twitter, but when the image comes from the manufacturer itself, it can probably be considered pretty accurate!

Earlier this year, Oppo hinted it would have a new 5G device on the market by the end of the year.

Brian Shen (VP and President of Global Marketing for Oppo) since Tweeted a teaser image, giving some insight into the upcoming Reno 3 Pro 5G.

Oppo is heavily involved in 5G development with the promise of many announcements in the coming months (I am expecting big things at Mobile World Congress next February).

Teaser image of the Reno 3 Pro 5G posted online by Oppo

Forming one of a series of new phones, the Reno 3 Pro 5G is going to be just 7.7mm thick, yet will come with a 4,025mAh battery.

For 5G connectivity, the phone will use one of Qualcomm’s new SoCs with integrated dual-mode 5G support (expected to be a 7-series Snapdragon chipset).

The Reno 3 Pro 5G will support both standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA), making it a major step forward for 5G connectivity.

It has a much higher level of future-proofing than first-gen models restricted to non-standalone 5G (combining 4G data as well), and in most cases access to just one band (3400MHz in the UK).

With 700MHz 5G coming in the future for much of Europe and beyond, giving 5G a wider spread of coverage and better indoor penetration, this will be the first of many 5G handsets to improve the 5G experience.

To date, only Huawei has been offering dual-mode 5G handsets, such as the Mate 20 X 5G and the Mate 30 Pro 5G.

At this stage, Oppo is remaining tight-lipped about the rest of the specs for the phone, such as the screen size and resolution, the camera setup (some rumours online suggest the 48-megapixel Sony camera from the current Reno phones will be bumped up to 60MP), or how much RAM and storage it will come with.

The cropping of the photo in the Tweet is probably also deliberate, as it leaves everyone unsure on whether it will have a cut-out for a selfie camera or somehow fit in a motorised pop-up camera (if so, that’s going to be quite a feat for such a thin phone).

So what we do know is that it is super slim, has a decent battery, will certainly come with ColorOS 7 (Android 10), and will be ready for the next phase of 5G rollouts around the world.

While it isn’t long until the blanks will be filled in, with an announcement expected in early December, I think that the information known so far makes this phone extremely exciting and something to be look forward to.

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