Oppo launches Reno 8 series in UK: three models, plus a new tablet and fitness band
Oppo today used the Palais Brongniart in Paris to unveil three new Reno 8 models for the UK; the Reno 8 Lite, Reno 8, and the flagship Reno 8 Pro.
The Reno 8 Pro stands out at the top with the same MariSilicon X custom-NPU chip that is featured in Oppo’s award winning Find X5 Pro – greatly increasing the speed of post-processing of photos and enhancing low-light video.
The company also launched a new tablet, fitness wearable, and a new colour for the existing Enco X2 earbuds.
Oppo Reno 8 Lite
The budget Reno 8 Lite is a 5G device, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 695 platform – and includes a 6.43-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display (with 60Hz refresh rate), stereo sound, 4,500mAh battery with 33W wired charging, 8GB RAM, plus expandable microSDXC storage to boost the internal 128GB of storage by as much as 1TB more. The phone is IP54 rated.
On the camera side, the phone has a 64-megapixel f/1.8 wide-angle camera, enhanced with two additional depth and portrait sensors (2-megapixels each). On the front is a 16-megapixel camera.
The Reno 8 Lite measures 159.85 x 73.17 x 7.49mm, weighs in at 173g, and is available in Cosmic Black or Rainbow Spectrum.
Oppo Reno 8
The mid-level Reno 8 is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1300 SoC, with a 6.43-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, but this time with a 90Hz refresh rate. There’s the same size 4,500mAh battery as the Lite, but with 80W wired charging. The phone is also IP54 rating, but lacks stereo sound, or storage expandability – this time coming with 256GB of fixed storage (and 8GB RAM).
The camera setup is enhanced with a 50-megapixel f/1.8 primary wide-angle camera, 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide, and a 2-megapixel f/2.4 macro. On the front of the phone is a 32-megapixel RGBW camera.
The Reno 8 measures 160 x 73.4 x 7.67mm and weighs 179g, with colour choices including Shimmer Black and Shimmer Gold.
Oppo Reno 8 Pro
The jewel in the crown is the flagship Reno 8 Pro, with MediaTek’s impressive Dimensity 8100-MAX chipset powering the phone, as well as a larger 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 120Hz (variable) refresh rate, and 10 bit colour.
Like all three models, the Reno 8 Pro has a 4,500mAh battery and is charged with the bundled 80W wired charger, along with stereo sound and an IP54 rating.
The camera setup is the same as the Reno 8 (50-megapixel f/1.8 primary wide-angle camera, 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide, and a 2-megapixel f/2.4 macro. 32-megapixel RGBW selfie camera) but with two additional features.
Firstly the use of Oppo’s custom-silicon NPU, the MariSilicon X, to enhance photos and video (especially low-light video recording), and secondly, the addition of autofocus on the 32-megapixel front-facing camera.
Like the Reno 8, there’s 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.
The Reno 8 Pro measures 161.2 x 74.2 x 7.33mm and weighs 186g, with Glazed Green and Glazed Black being the two colour options.
- I will be reviewing the Oppo Reno 8 shortly – and posting photos on here and Instagram.
All three phones ship with Android 12/ColorOS 12.1 – but will receive updates to Android 13 in Q1 2023. Oppo has also committed to a minimum of two OS updates (hopefully at the launch event, or shortly after, the exact number will be confirmed for the UK specifically – and I’ll update this page accordingly).
It is worth adding that with sustainability in mind, Oppo has also decided not to include a protective case in the box of these phones. This does mean you’ll need to purchase a protective case separately, if you don’t want to take the risk of using it ‘au naturel’ (well, I had to try and squeeze some French in to this post didn’t I?)
Oppo Pad Air
The Oppo Pad Air is Oppo’s first tablet launched in Europe, and it will retail for £239 – or come free with the Reno 8 Pro if you order between September 1st and 28th (see pricing and availability below).
The Oppo Pad Air has a 10.36-inch 2K display with quad speakers, and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 680 chipset.
It boasts over 10 hours of video playback, thanks in part to a large 7,100mAh battery.
The latest fitness band in the Oppo range is the Oppo Band2, a low-cost wearable that features a large 1.57-inch AMOLED display, with a 256×402 pixel resolution. It offers up to 500 nits of brightness for good outdoor readability, and is protected by 2.5D glass.
There are over 200 installed watchfaces, as well as 100 sport modes. There’s also NFC, GPS, heart rate monitoring, and an SpO2 blood oxygen sensor.
The 200mAh battery can last up to 14 days, and utilises Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0. It is compatible with Android and iOS devices, running at least Android OS 6 or iOS 10 respectively.
Pricing and Availability
- Oppo Reno 8 Lite (8GB+128GB) – £319
Colours: Cosmic Black or Rainbow Spectrum
Available: Currys, EE, O2, Carphone Warehouse, Amazon, Argos, Very, AO, and Oppo direct
- Oppo Reno 8 (8GB+256GB) – £419
Colours: Shimmer Black or Shimmer Gold
Available: Currys, EE, Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse, Amazon, Argos, Very, AO, and Oppo direct
Special offer: Between September 1-28th, get Enco Free2 wireless earbuds and Oppo Band fitness tracker worth £128
- Oppo Reno 8 Pro (8GB+256GB) – £599
Colours: Glazed Green or Glazed Black
Available: September 1st at Currys, EE, Vodafone, O2, Carphone Warehouse, Sky, Amazon, Argos, Very, AO, and Oppo direct
Special offer: Between September 1-28th, get an Oppo Pad Air (worth £239)
- Oppo Pad Air – £239
Available: September 1st at Amazon and Oppo direct|
- Oppo Band2 – £59.99
Available: November 2022
- Oppo Enco X2, black colour variant – £169
Oppo Pop-Up Shop comes to London!
Oppo is opening a pop-up store in trendy Shoreditch to celebrate its recent UEFA Champions League sponsorship, as well as let you get hands-on with the new Reno 8 series.
You can visit Kachette on Old Street, on Friday September 2nd or Saturday September 3rd, to see the new products launched in Paris, as well as attend football-themed workshops and talks with social media influencers.
There will also be interactive experiences, and a ‘Lucky8’ competition that will see eight football-loving celebs (including TikTok stat Formz) give eight lucky people the chance to win £1,000 of Lastminute.com vouchers, and a pair of tickets to a future UK-based Champions League match.
“We’re really excited to be launching our first ever pop-up shop in the UK, it’s a huge moment for Oppo. Right off the back of the announcement of our partnership with UEFA, this is set to be a great opportunity to be one of the first to get hands on and purchase the new device, take part in challenges, try out immersive experiences and learn from great football personalities.”Charleen Fang, Managing Director, Oppo UK
The pop-up shop is open September 2 to 3rd at Kachette, Old Street, London – with workshops taking place at 12pm-1pm and 3pm-4pm each day. Female footballer, model, designer and influencer Ocean Lewis will delve into the creativity process behind her most successful collaborations, while football freestyle and world-record holder John Farnworth will coach freestyling tricks and creating magical TikTok transitions.
To secure tickets to the workshops, please visit: https://fixr.co/event/test-tickets-87794781