Oppo Reno Ace Price, Battery Life, Availability – Hey everyone, competition in the flagship killer part of the market is really starting to heat up. Oppo just released a new phone, and it’s a competitor to the Realme X2 Pro, that OnePlus 7T, and the Xiaomi MI 9T Pro. So with that said, does this phone stand out in any way and should you get it?
The Oppo Reno Ace has a gorgeous blue gradient that reminds me of staring up when you’re underwater. It’s my favourite colour on the phone in recent times. And the cameras and text on the back don’t detract from the effect. The phone feels premium and well-made, but it’s a bit heavy at 200 grams. On the screen or brother under it, you’ll find one of the fastest optical fingerprint readers we’ve seen on the phone. And the lighting animation it uses makes it look even speedier.
There’s a notch at the top of the display, and the edge is a little sharper than what I prefer. But that’s all I can really complain about design-wise. There’s even a headphone jack on the bottom for all those who like wired headphones. Or for those of us who have Bluetooth with terrible microphones. Durability wise, there’s no mention of any IP protection. Plus Gorilla Glass 5 on the back and Gorilla Glass 6 on the front. So that’s pretty standard for most phones in this category. Although the OnePlus phones are pretty much waterproof even if the company doesn’t spend money on certification.
As for the display itself, it’s one of those wicked-good 90 Hertz Amoled that we’ve been seeing everything recently. Is butter smooth, and it makes the phone feel way faster. Brightness goes up to seven hundred and seventeen nits in auto mode. And like the Realme X2 pro the panel shifts to blue when it’s displaying whites. So for the most accurate colours, you should choose the warmest setting on the slider. The speaker has excellent loudness, and the sound quality itself is nicely balanced and clean when it’s at max volume.
However, this is good that charging speed is also spectacular. You can get from 0 to 100 per cent in 28 minutes. The battery literally fills up right in front of your eyes. It’s marginally better than the Realme X2 pro by just 2 minutes. But it still wins the title of fastest charging phone, pretty crazy really. The only issue with fast charging at this speed is that the longevity of the battery itself might be at risk. However, since this tech is relatively new, it remains to be seen how fast the batteries degrade.
Actually, the only place where it’s a little slow is the chipset. Well, the Oppo Reno Ace is still on par with a pixel for Excel most other current flagships deliver higher scores on benchmarks. It’s always an excellent everyday performer, but it’s not the Snapdragon 855 plus phone to get if you’re a competitive gamer. One of the biggest differentiators between the Reno Ace and his competition is the software options.
The Oppo phone features colour OS on top of Android PI. while in our book when plus phones take the crown in terms of the best implementation of Android, colour OS is one of the better UI is out there. The icon design looks beautiful. And you can always switch from standard mode to draw mode if you don’t like having all your apps on the main page. It’s also quite easy to sort absent two different folders in bulk. Just pinch on the empty part of the home screen and start arranging them.
In terms of navigation, you can choose between buttons and gestures. Which makes the phone much easier to use with one hand. Generally, I like the software but like I’ve said the king of Android is still the oxygen OS you’ll find on OnePlus. The Reno Ace has a quad-camera setup. There’s the regular trio of the main telephoto an ultra-wide along with a small black-and-white sensor. Of course, more cameras don’t guarantee better photos. Let’s see how they perform.
During the day, the 12-megapixel photos are good but not spectacular. Colours are excellent, but the dynamic range is only decent. There is tons of detail, but at the same time, there’s a lot of noise. Portraits are among the best we’ve seen. The telephoto camera is a pretty good one and generally produce nicely detailed although slightly soft images. Actually, it seems like it has better noise performance than the main cam.
Here I need to interject and say that the performance of the main cam is very much affected by the software. So if Oppo release is an update in the future, it actually might get way better. The ultra-wide gets the job done, but it isn’t the best that we’ve seen. And has autofocus which is a pleasant surprise and excellent distortion correction. But otherwise it has a tendency to overexpose, and colours can seem a little lifeless. In low-light, the Reno Ace does a good job and takes really nice shots in the regular photo mode.
Pictures are still quite noisy, but there are an excellent dynamic range, excellent detail and no loss in saturation. Night Mode makes for even livelier images with brighter shadows and better-preserved highlights. You can’t really use the telephoto at night since the phone automatically switches to a crop at a certain level of darkness. But in any case, the output isn’t bad. The ultra-wide cam does alright in the dark if you compare it to other ultra-wide cameras. Images are noisy, and there’s quite a bit of softness. But it does expose the images reasonably well in comparison to competitors.
With night mode, there’s a bit more detail in highlights and shadows. And light sources are a bit colder. The phone records videos at 4k at up to 60fps. And even offer stabilisation in this mode. The processing does a pretty excellent job. And if you have especially shaky hands, there is an ultra steady mode. The cost with that is an additional crop of the field of view. But it might be worth it in some scenarios.
unlike most phones, however, there is a pretty big difference between 4k and Full HD. 4K videos have colours that are more true to life. while full HD clips are warm and oversaturated. They also have more contrast and highlights, and shadows suffer a little. The ultra-wide camp produces OK videos. There’s an available dynamic range, and there’s still some noise. But we don’t judge ultra whites too harshly.
The Oppo Reno Ace takes pretty good selfies. They capture a ton of detail produce beautiful colours. And have accurate skin tones, especially if you’re in a good light. There’s HDR for more challenging lighting, but you lose out on some details on. Portraits with the front camera are also really convincing although these will come out in 8 megapixels instead of the native 16.
So the only issue with this phone seems to be the fact that it has noisy videos and noisy photos. Other than that it seems to be a pretty fantastic package. That amazing 90 Hertz display, that insane fast charging, the excellent battery life, the excellent performance and even lovely stereo speakers. It’s straightforward to recommend.
The only caveat is is that this phone is currently only available in China. And even if it becomes available in other regions, it has some pretty fierce competition. I think that it should be in the list of phones that you’re considering if you’re looking at this price points. But it’s really up to you to decide what’s most important to you. And how it compares in terms of those priorities with the OnePlus 7T, the Realme X2 Pro and even the Xiaomi MI 9T Pro. Which there you would be sacrificing the 90 Hertz display, but be getting a lot of other things. I do think that if you go with this phone, you’re not gonna regret it.