OPPO Reno 11 Pro 5G review - A mid-range phone? Or a flagship?

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The OPPO Reno 11 series was launched in China in November 2023 with two models: OPPO Reno11 and Reno11 Pro. For the Malaysian market, this series was launched with a retail price of RM1899.

Price-wise, you might expect the phone to be in the mid-range class compared to a flagship. Based on our experience, we feel it's more of a premium mid-range phone. But don't let your initial guess influence you and read this review to the end.


Design - Unique compared to its predecessors

Compared to its predecessors, this model features an exclusive design with a lightweight, comfortable grip with curved glass back hardware. It also sports a shimmering finish that improves the grip of the device. Plus, we like the 3D curved glass on the Reno11 Pro. This feature improves the device's visual appeal and makes it look like a premium phone.

Furthermore, the fine satin finish and three layers of glass on this Pearl White colour give it a sparkling surface. These additions keep the phone free from fingerprints and help it maintain a fresh-out-of-the-box look. For your information, the phone comes in two colours - Pearl White and Rock Gray.

Moreover, the back panel sports a silver-coloured camera island with a serrated design around it like a Malaysian coin. Interestingly, the tri-camera features two round-shaped cameras at the top and a pill-shaped camera at the bottom. Notably, the flash LED sits on the right side of the camera.

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The Pearl White variant looks cool

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That's a unique-looking camera island

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The camera hump is not too thick

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6.7-inch OLED curved screen, 120Hz refresh rate

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32MP front camera looking neat

In addition, the front camera is positioned at the top centre. The audio and power buttons are in the same position as the OPPO Reno10 Pro, while one speaker, USB-C port and SIM card slot are placed at the bottom.

This model also provides an 80W charger, USB-C cable, documents, silicone case and SIM pin. This is sufficient as some recent phones don't provide the features above.

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Audio and Power button on the right side of the phone

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SIM card slot, USB-C port and speaker placed at the bottom panel

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OPPO provides an 80W charger, USB-C cable, documents, silicone case and SIM pin


Tech Specs & Features - The latest technology in the palm of your hands

  • MediaTek Dimensity 8200 chipset
  • 12GB RAM, has RAM expansion up to 12GB and 512GB storage
  • 6.7-inch OLED curved screen, 120Hz refresh rate
  • 950 nits, 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut
  • It weighs 181g and measures 7.59mm
  • Rear tri-camera: 50MP main camera, 32MP telephoto and 8MP ultra-wide
  • 32MP selfie camera
  • 4600mAh battery with 80W SUPERVOOC charging
  • Colour: Pearl White and Rock Grey
  • Other specifications: Under-display fingerprint scanner, face scanner, Bluetooth 5.4, Wi-Fi 6, dual SIM, NFC and ColorOS 14 based on Android 14
  • Price: RM2,499

The OPPO Reno11 Pro offers great visuals with its smooth display and intense colours. It also features an extremely thin bezel at 1.57mm. Its widescreen offers over a billion colours perfect for streaming, gaming or navigating through apps. This model runs a 6.7-inch 3D curved screen with a resolution of 2412 x 1080 and a 120Hz refresh rate. So, you won't have any problems when scrolling feeds on social media and viewing entertainment.

Even though it runs on the old MediaTek Dimensity 8200 chipset, it still offers 80% better performance than its predecessors. The chipset's advanced 4nm architecture handles multi-tasking seamlessly across multiple applications. Whether in intense gaming sessions or editing 4K videos, the Reno11 Pro still provides a fast and responsive experience without lag.

Interestingly, there was a slight gaming issue with Mortal Kombat, where the app deleted itself when we tried to launch it on the phone. Thankfully, this issue doesn't happen when playing games or multi-tasking. So, that could be a one-off case for the phone.

For your information, this variant features up to 24GB RAM and 512GB storage. That should offer you an efficient performance and enough storage space for memories and office tasks. In terms of operating system, ColorOS 14 on OPPO Reno11 Pro offers a combination of security and productivity.

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File Dock, what a neat feature

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Pretty cool

One of the interesting features of the phone is the File Dock. This app helps you facilitate time-saving and quick access to images, text or files across various applications. It also supports the Smart Touch function, allowing you to easily capture images and text that could not be selected before. Simply swipe down with three fingers for a screenshot. Then, you can select images or text and move it to the file dock.

On top of that, the ColorOS 14 on Reno11 Pro introduces Smart Image Matting to analyse images, select foreground objects and convert them to transparent PNG format, offering flexibility in saving and sharing. We highly recommend this phone to creative users or those who need a secondary device for university assignments and office work.



Performance - Works like a flagship

For gaming, we tried Mortal Kombat and Mobile Legend at 60fps. In our opinion, this phone is one of the best for gaming. Although it's only a premium mid-range phone, the games can look good and remain responsive. As mentioned above, the downside of this phone came when we tried to launch this game (Mortal Kombat). Fortunately, it doesn't happen often.

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The OPPO Reno 11 Pro performance score based on GeekBench 6

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Solid scores on 3DMark

We were pleasantly surprised with the phone's battery. Compared to the Reno 10 Pro, it's quite impressive. This phone also doesn't get too hot when playing games or streaming for a long time. According to OPPO, its Battery Health Engine is equipped with an algorithm developed by OPPO to ensure double battery life. This is done by efficiently managing both hardware and software components.

This can be seen during charging, where the Reno11 Pro's battery charge goes up by 24% in just 5 minutes with the SUPERVOOC 80W charging technology. The Reno11 Pro can reach 100% full power in 35 minutes, so its charging speed is almost comparable to flagship phones.

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60fps on Mortal Kombat

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The gameplay and display feels so smooth

For fans of TV dramas, watching Netflix for hours isn't a problem. The battery only dropped 4% after 30 minutes of use, while an hour and 30 minutes of intense use only took 11%. If you're on a long trip and forgot to bring a power bank, this phone will tide you over.

Camera-wise, the phone features a 50MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and a large 1/1.56-inch Sony IMX890 sensor. You can check out some sample photos we took below for an idea of how it performs. Overall, it performed well enough in low-light conditions or during the night. While noise is noticeable in photos taken at 5x zoom, the details of shop walls and leaves on trees can still be clearly seen.

Thanks to the 32MP telephoto camera, your shots can still look good after cropping. After editing, the image quality looks as good as if you've captured the picture without zooming. For your information, its camera system incorporates features such as Face Recognition, Subject/Scene Separation and Skin Tone, ensuring natural optimisation and retention of individual features.

The above features can be seen when you use portrait mode. The portrait mode works well regardless of the front or back camera, but this is not uncommon because OPPO is quite famous for the quality of its portrait cameras. Without the 'Beauty' mode, it still preserves the features of your skin tone and texture. The background is also softly blurred and not too sharp with noise.

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Other camera modes

In addition, the portrait mode is more effective in capturing the subject, almost like a DSLR camera. It doesn't blur the subject, unlike other devices where you can see that at least a small part of the subject is also blurred. Plus, you can use the bokeh effect to produce more interesting photos, especially when taken at night with a lot of lights in the background.

For video streaming and recording, the phone can capture clear 4K videos at 30fps. You can also record 4K video through the front camera with almost the same quality as the rear camera. However, we don't recommend vlogging at night using the front camera because the quality is not very satisfactory.


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Conclusion - A solid choice for photography and videography

Despite being a premium mid-range phone, the lag-free and responsive gaming experience makes it one of the best in its category. The rare issue shouldn't deter you from getting it because it's still an excellent choice for gaming.

With advanced photography capabilities, Reno11 Pro also satisfies photography and videography needs. Especially if you are a content creator. It's also optimised for productivity with applications and features that simplify work tasks.

Alternatively, you can go for the RM2199 OnePlus Nord 3 5G, which is equipped with a MediaTek Dimensity 9000 4nm chipset, 16GB LPDDR5X RAM, a 50MP Sony IMX890 main camera and a 5000mAh battery that supports 80W SUPERVOOC charging. You can also consider the Samsung Galaxy M54 5G with Exynos 1380 5nm chipset, 108MP main camera and 6000mAh battery for RM2099.

For RM2499, it offers pretty good specs and features. Sure, the phone might be a bit pricey. But it's worth the investment.


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