Monday, January 17, 2022

OPPO Reno 3 First Impressions – What stands out?

The OPPO Reno 3 is the company’s latest device for the Kenyan market. It costs KES. 40,000 – which many have already pointed to me is the price of the new iPhone SE. With the Reno 3, you get 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, Android 10 with ColorOS 7, a 44MP selfie camera, a quad-camera setup at the back including a 48MP main lens, a 13MP zoom lens, an 8MP ultrawide lens, and a 2MP Black and White dedicated lens. You also get a 4025mAh battery with 30W fast charging supported and included in the box.

This is the first OPPO phone I’m using in a while, so I’m pretty excited to see the changes on ColorOS, and to experience the fastest fast charging I’ve ever used. Prior to this 30W fast charger, the fastest charger in my house has been a 25W charging brick.

This is my first day using the OPPO Reno 3, so these are pretty much very early thoughts. I already shared a video on the same – which also shows the unboxing process – which you should watch here:


A review of the cameras, and a more detailed look into the device will come later on as I keep using the device. For now, let me just discuss the things that have stood out for me this first few hours using the phone. Let’s go!


This AMOLED 1080p display is good. I like it. It isn’t overly saturated. It is also not boring. The colors look good. And I love that certification for Netflix HD is here. So no watching Netflix in 480p as with many other Android devices.

I like that it gets pretty bright. There’s a bug though I’ve noticed that makes the brightness sometimes fluctuate for no reason even when it is pretty dark. Hopefully OPPO will fix this. But overall, pretty good display no complains.


The OPPO Reno 3 is now available in Kenya for KES. 40,000 with 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, a Meditek P90 processor, 30W fast charging, a 44MP selfie camera, and quad rear camera setup featuring a 48MP main lens

I’ve not used many optical under-display scanners. The one used here is pretty good. It is fast, and accurate. It gets pretty bright so as for the sensor under the display to see your prints. You have the option to change the animation in settings. Which is a pretty good touch.

The placement is okay. I wish it were a little up though so that reaching it would be easier. I’m imagining with the phone being slippery, it can be a challenge to reach it when holding the phone on one hand. But it’s good.

ColorOS 7:

The OPPO Reno 3 is now available in Kenya for KES. 40,000 with 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, a Meditek P90 processor, 30W fast charging, a 44MP selfie camera, and quad rear camera setup featuring a 48MP main lens

Remember I really complained about ColorOS in the OPPO Find X a couple of years back. I am glad OPPO worked on their skin very well. ColorOS 7 is like a different touch from the ColorOS of the old days. It feels light and easy to navigate, and things are where they’re supposed to be.

You can now add an app drawer in settings. Google Gboard is now the default keyboard. Chrome is the default browser. And the settings app is easier to navigate. There’s much more that’s good.

Fast charging:

The OPPO Reno 3 is now available in Kenya for KES. 40,000 with 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, a Meditek P90 processor, 30W fast charging, a 44MP selfie camera, and quad rear camera setup featuring a 48MP main lens

Like I said, this is the fastest charger I’ve ever used. 30W is crazy. Most phones with fast chargers feature 18W fast charging. In the few hours, I’ve managed to do a small test. From 50% to 100% in less than 30 mins I believe. More comprehensive charge tests will be on the full review in a couple of days.

I like that it is USB type-C, so I keep on using one charger whenever I am out or just have a type-C charger around. The charging brick though is quite big. Check video above.


The cameras are another highlight of this device. The 48MP back camera can take 108MP images but I don’t know how that’s done yet. There’s dedicated night mode, and a lot of other stuff in the camera app.

By default video recording is 1080p but it is very good as there’s stabilisation. You’ll see a sample in the video above.

The thing that I am not comfortable with is the face smoothing and whitening. I haven’t figured out how to turn it off completely. Check samples included in the video above to see how it looks. Some people may like the look, but I want something realistic.

A full camera review will go deeper on to the pics you can expect, and a lot more. Comment down below in case there’s anything else you want me to cover in the full review!

OPPO Reno 3 Specifications:

Buy from Jumia
Display6.4 inches AMOLED 1080 x 2400 pixels (20:9 aspect ratio)
Supports HD Netflix
Rear CameraQuad Setup:
48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
13 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, 2x optical zoom, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
2 MP B/W, f/2.4, 1/5.0″, 1.75µm
Front Camera44 MP, f/2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm
ChipsetMTK MT6779V (MTK P90) (12nm)
GPUPowerVR GM9446
Storage128GB Storage (Expandable to 256GB via dedicated microSD card)
Operating SystemAndroid 10.0; ColorOS 7
Battery4025 mAh
30W Fast Charge
Network2G, 3G, 4G
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
Colour optionsMidnight Black, Aurora Blue
OthersUnder-display Optical Fingerprint Scanner


  1. Ah it just makes me sad! I bought my very first Oppo Reno 10x with shark fin selfie cam and hell I like this quiet peace of mind, not having cam in my face every time I use the phone.

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