When OPPO Philippines launched the Reno10 series last year, we were thoroughly impressed by its capabilities. Now, its successor, the OPPO Reno11 series is finally here, and we have some high expectations for the phone.
And in this review, we’re taking an in-depth close look at the OPPO Reno11 Pro in particular. If you’re interested in the standard OPPO Reno11, you can check out the review here 55.
Compared to the Reno10 Pro last year, the changes are a bit subtle. You get the same familiar design but with a new chipset along with other upgrades. It seems OPPO went with a more evolutionary update rather than completely changing the design and packaging of the Reno11 Pro altogether.
But is the OPPO Reno11 Pro worth the upgrade, especially if you got the Reno10 Pro last year? Well, let’s find out in this review.
Table of Contents
Design and Construction
When it comes to styling, OPPO didn’t change much on the Reno11 Pro as compared to its predecessor. You still get the beautiful, minimalist back panel, especially in this Rock Gray colorway. Like before, the finish is relatively smudge and fingerprint-resistant. As such, I preferred using this phone without the provided case.
The most obvious difference between its predecessor would be the new camera housing which features a revised lens layout. No more black contrast design, instead it’s all color-matched with the rest of the body. I personally like this design change, but what do you think?
Aside from the new colors and the camera housing, the only other visual change would be the position of the OPPO logo. As for the rest of the phone, you get the same placement of buttons, ports, and the like.
No ports at the top or left side, but at the bottom, you get a USB-C port, the dual-sim card slot, and a single downward-firing loudspeaker. On the right side, you’ll find the volume rocker along with the power button.
While it might not seem like it, OPPO did make the Reno11 Pro slimmer than before. It now measures just 7.59mm thick, making it one thin smartphone. It’s also a bit lighter weighing 181g. Despite the slimmer size, the phone doesn’t feel fragile. The plastic surround seems durable too.
Display and Multimedia
Power up the OPPO Reno11 Pro, and you’re greeted by a large 6.7-inch OLED curved screen. Based on the specs, it appears to be a carry-over from the previous model since the specs are almost identical. You get the same 950nits peak brightness, 120Hz refresh rate, and HDR10+ colors. The screen is even protected by the same Asahi Glass AGC.
But not changing anything does not necessarily mean a bad thing. The display of the Reno10 Pro was one thing we really liked about the smartphone, and on the Reno11 Pro it’s still great to look at. You get vivid, beautiful colors and deep blacks as expected from a 10-bit AMOLED display. Like before, you can even adjust the color saturation and temperature to your preference.
With the 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate, you can even game well. Even when you’re not playing games, going through the menu feels nice and smooth. It also makes watching videos a lot more enjoyable.
The only downside of the OPPO Reno11 Pro are the loudspeakers, or lack thereof. Like before, it only features a single downward-firing loudspeaker, which is something we complained about in the Reno10 Pro. Given the price point of this phone, you’d expect it to have a stereo speaker setup.
Like before, the mono loudspeaker is loud, but it can easily be muffled if you accidentally cover it with your finger. Still, for a better viewing experience, I recommend pairing your favorite Bluetooth headphones or earbuds.
While OPPO did change the rear camera housing, the internals of the Reno11 Pro’s triple rear camera appear to be the same. It features a 50MP main shooter with a large 1/1.56-inch sensor accompanied by a 32MP telephoto, and an 8MP ultrawide. Oppo didn’t say what sensors these are, but it’s possibly the same Sony IMX units as before. As for the front camera, you get a 32MP shooter.
With that being said, the Reno11 Pro takes really great images. The photos come out sharp and vibrant, even when you’re using zoom. However, do note that the sharpness tends to drop at 5X zoom, but that’s to be expected.
For those that are OC with colors, they’re accurate too. Oppo’s AI algorithm does a great job at enhancing the images, and as a result, they don’t look flat or too over-edited. For the average user, the photos are more than enough to upload to social media directly.
Like before, the Reno11 Pro’s camera works well at night too. Even without using night mode, you can take nice images without too much noise. It’s not as great as shooting in well-lit environments, but still an improvement. The same goes when shooting close-up of a subject since you get great bokeh too even without having to use portrait mode.
Check out the album below to see the photos we were able to take using the Reno11 Pro.
As for videos, the Reno11 Pro can now shoot at a maximum of 4K@60FPS. You also get a host of stability features to help shoot better content such as Ultra Steady mode. Like the photos, the video quality is great during the day or when shooting in well-lit places. But even at night, there appears to be some quality improvement.
Performance and Benchmarks
The Philippine market OPPO Reno10 Pro last year only came with a Snapdragon 778 chipset. But on the Reno11 Pro, it’s now powered by a more powerful MediaTek Dimensity 8200 with 12GB of RAM.
Our review unit comes with 512GB of internal storage. It’s quite adequate, but you might find it lacking if you’ll be taking lots of photos and videos. Unfortunately, there’s no microSD slot so you can’t expand storage further.
With the new Dimensity 8200 chipset, you get a lot more performance. This means you can multi-task more, and even leave multiple apps running in the background, and you won’t run into any issues. But perhaps the biggest advantage is when it comes to gaming.
As you would expect, you can run the usual plethora of games like Mobile Legends, Asphalt 9, and CoD: Mobile without any issues. But it shines more with more intensive games like Genshin Impact since you can tweak the graphics and settings, giving you a better and more immersive gaming experience.
To give you an idea of how it performs though, check out the benchmark scores below.
Antutu – 898592
Antutu Storage Test- 82559
Speed: 1972.3 MB/s
Speed: 1906.0 MB/s
R.Speed: 488.0 MB/s
W.Speed: 528.0 MB/s
3d mark wild life- 6,312
Geekbench 6 GPU Vulkan- 4,790
Geekbench 6 GPU OpenCL- 3,974
PC work 3.0 performance- 9,019
OS, Apps, and UI
The OPPO Reno11 Pro runs on ColorOS 14, which is based on Android 14. It’s not too different from ColorOS 13, but you do get more customization features to play around with. Overall, it still maintains simplicity, making it easy to use even for new Android users.
Like before, you still get a host of bloatware pre-installed on the phone. They’re not that bad. However, it’s still a hassle to uninstall all of the apps you won’t be using on a brand-new phone.
With the new ColorOS 14, there are a bunch of new features you can use too. These include Smart Image Matting, Smart Touch, and File Dock. The one I used the most is Smart Image Matting since you can easily select a subject and cut out the background turning it into a PNG file, similar to what you’d find on iOS.
It works the same way too; long pressing the subject. So if you’re an Apple user, you won’t have a hard time doing the same. From there, you can transfer it to File Dock and more. Meanwhile, Smart Touch will make life easier if you have to copy text from an image. With these new features, it makes ColorOS 14 a lot more fun to use, but still maintains what we liked from its previous iteration.
Battery and Connectivity
The battery on the OPPO Reno11 Pro is 4,600mAh unit, which is the same as its predecessor. It is smaller than what you’d expect in most smartphones, but with the new chipset, it does seem to last a bit longer.
When using it for the usual day-to-day tasks, you can expect it to last you an entire day. But when I started playing games or using the camera more often, the battery did drop rather quickly. Using our video loop test, we were able to register around 8 hours and 7 minutes. It’s not the best result, but that’
While it does have a smaller battery as compared to other smartphones in the segment, OPPO does make up for it with an 80W fast charging system when using the provided cable and brick.
Now you’re probably wondering how much the OPPO Reno11 Pro 5G costs. Well, it starts at PHP 31,999, making it PHP 2,000 more expensive than its predecessor. At the price, you get a great looking phone that can capture great content and even play games. The only downside is that you have a short battery life and a mono loudspeaker to contend with.
If you’re someone who’s already bought the Reno10 Pro last year, the upgrade might not be worth it. But if you haven’t and want a relatively well-packaged phone with a really nice camera, you can’t go wrong with the OPPO Reno11 Pro 5G.
But what do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
What we liked:
What we didn’t like:
Mono loudspeaker only
Short battery life
OPPO Reno11 Pro 5G specs:
6.7” curved OLED display
2412 × 1080 pixels, 60-120Hz dynamic refresh rate, 950 nits peak brightness
MediaTek Dimensity 8200
8-cores, 3.1GHz max clock speed
Mali-G610 MC6 GPU
12GB LPDDR5x RAM (+12GB extended memory)
256GB UFS 3.1 storage
Triple rear cameras:
50MP Sony IMX890 f/1.8 main, OIS (Sony IMX 890)
32MP f/2.0 RGBW portrait, 2x optical zoom (Sony IMX709)
8MP f/2.2 ultrawide (Sony IMX355)
32MP f/2.4 (Sony IMX709) selfie shooter
5G, 4G LTE
Beidou, GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, A-GPS
In-screen fingerprint scanner, face unlock
ColorOS 14 (Android 14)
162.4mm × 74.1mm × 7.59mm (dimensions)
Black, Green, White