A solid mid-range with NFC and quad-camera
In the hand OPPO Reno5 Lite feels compact and lightweight, although it weighs 172 grams. The smartphone comes in two gradient colours: black and grey and purple. The entire case is made of glossy plastic, which turns out to scratch quickly, collects fingerprints and slips in the hand. The good thing is that the kit includes a transparent silicone case, which will keep the original appearance of the device for a long time, protect the protruding camera module and, thanks to high edges, reduce the risk of damaging the display when you drop it.
The gadget has a full triple tray - a practical solution that eliminates the need to choose between a second SIM and a memory card. On the bottom there is a single multimedia speaker. At maximum volume there is no rattle, however, the sound lacks bass. For fans of wired headphones next to the USB Type-C the manufacturer has placed an audio jack.
The novelty is equipped with a 6.43-inch AMOLED matrix with FHD+ resolution. The screen sweep is only 60Hz, but the touch layer poll rate in gaming mode is 180 times per second. The brightness peaks at 800 nits, so information is easy to read on a sunny day. Users sensitive to PWM will appreciate the DC Dimming feature. The front is designed as a small dot on the left side of the display.
Hidden underneath the screen is a leisurely, but almost always correct, dactyloscope. The Always on Display mode displays notifications and the time. There is a factory protective film, but it lacks an oleophobic coating. It is instantly covered with fingerprints, which are not easy to wipe off. To use the device comfortably, the film had to be removed, because the glass underneath had a grease-repellent coating.
The OPPO Reno5 Lite's camera unit consists of four modules. The main one is represented by a 48-megapixel Samsung GM1ST sensor and an f/1.7 aperture lens. It's complemented by a 119-degree angle-of-view wide angle and 2-megapixel macro and depth sensor. The in-house app boasts a multitude of functions and presets.
Video is recorded at 30 fps in both Full HD and 4K. Electronic stabilization is absent in both cases. The autofocus functions instantly and accurately.
As for additional features, we'd like to mention shooting clips with the main and front cameras at the same time. But the resolution in this case is reduced to HD.
In terms of the stuffing "five" is almost completely copies OPPO Reno4 Lite. The model has retained the eight-core single-crystal system MediaTek Helio P95. PowerVR GM9446 is responsible for the graphics, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of permanent memory is installed. The power of such a bunch is enough to pull off a half-hour session of Genshin Impact at 36 frames per second, albeit on minimal picture settings with occasional lags. In the less demanding Asphalt 9 on high presets the system produces a stable 27 fps. Under prolonged loads the device practically doesn't trot: in the CPU Throttling Test benchmark the performance indicators sagged by only 9% during 30 minutes of work. After all the measurements the smartphone case was slightly warm, and the battery temperature was 43 degrees.
The phone has an NFC module, so contactless payment won't be a problem. The Bluetooth aptX HD and LDAC codecs are sure to be appreciated by audiophiles. Also, the phone supports all modern satellite systems and A-GPS technology, which speeds up the cold boot GPS-receiver. The only thing that spoils the experience is the loudly rattling vibrator, which looks like it was installed from a budget model.
The smartphone runs Android 11. The proprietary ColorOS interface functions quickly, applications are opened quickly, there are no lags during the test. Many third-party utilities are pre-installed in the firmware, but they can all be easily removed. The main advantage of the OPPO shell is a lot of useful functions and settings, which the competitors do not have. For example, the interface can be customized to your liking: choose any colour as the system, change the look of the quick settings panel, an animation when recognizing the fingerprint, the degree of background darkening in night mode and the location of the navigation buttons.
The software supports gestures like waking up with a double tap. The smart bar is also helpful, allowing you to open an application in a small window, translate text on the screen, take a screenshot or start recording what's happening on the display. It also lets you quickly adjust brightness, select notification sources and performance modes, keep track of CPU and GPU usage, and view the current fps value.
The 4310mAh battery is easily enough for a day of active use. Watching FHD videos at medium brightness in airplane mode lasts 19 hours, while YouTube clips last up to 23 hours. When running Asphalt 9, the smartphone lasted 4 hours, while a continuous Genshin Impact session lasted 3.5 hours. To increase battery life, the novelty has two modes: Power Saving and Super Power Saving. With the latter, a fully charged handset can last up to three days.
The device supports VOOC 4.0 fast charging. The manufacturer has been very generous with its 30W power adaptor, a rare occurrence these days. With the adapter, the phone replenishes power from 0 to 100% in 55 minutes.
OPPO's novelty has a lot to offer users. The performance of the MediaTek chip is enough to perform everyday tasks and even run demanding games, albeit at minimum. The only fault is the absence of two features that you would expect to see in a smartphone for such a price: no increased screen hertz and moisture protection. Otherwise, the OPPO Reno5 Lite boasts an ergonomic body, a branded shell with many useful features, a good camera, long battery life and a really fast charge.