Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) review

GSMArena Team, 10 November 2021.

The 6.55" SuperAMOLED maxes out at 90Hz, is pretty good nonetheless

The Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) is equipped with a 6.55-inch SuperAMOLED display with 1080x2400px resolution. The aspect ratio is 20:9, and the pixel density works out to 402ppi. More importantly, it has a 90Hz maximum refresh rate and does so at a price that more or less mandates 120Hz.

Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) review

When it comes to brightness, we have little to complain about. The phone put out the promised 500nits (give or take) under normal conditions and got a healthy boost to 780nits when bright ambient light called for it. Minimum brightness was also excellent at 1.8nits.

Display test 100% brightness
Black,cd/m2 White,cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) 0 499
Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) (Max Auto) 0 780
Oppo Reno6 5G 0 438
Oppo Reno6 5G (Max Auto) 0 632
Xiaomi Mi 11T Pro 0 516
Xiaomi Mi 11T Pro (Max Auto) 0 837
OnePlus 9 Pro 0 525
OnePlus 9 Pro (Max Auto) 0.038 871 22921:1
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G 0 459
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Max Auto) 0 883
Asus Zenfone 8 Flip 0 518
Asus Zenfone 8 Flip (Max Auto) 0 735
vivo X70 Pro 0 457
vivo X70 Pro (Max Auto) 0 993
Motorola Edge 20 Pro 0 484
Motorola Edge 20 Pro (Max Auto) 0 673

It's not quite as rosy when it comes to color rendition - it's rather bluish, in fact. In the default Vivid mode there was a strong cold cast to the grayscale set of target swatches, and fiddling with the color temperature slider shifted that to a slightly less pronounced red tint, but we couldn't really get an accurate white point. The average color deviation wasn't bad, but it wasn't really 'calibrated'-level either. Interestingly, the Gentle mode wasn't overly accurate for its intended sRGB content reproduction either - these are usually easier to get right. Overall, not a dealbreaking performance here, but not praise-worthy either.

Display settings - Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) review Display settings - Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) review Display settings - Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) review Display settings - Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) review
Display settings

The screen refresh rate menu lets you choose between Standard (60Hz) and High (90Hz) settings. The Standard mode locks everything at 60Hz, as expected. High is a bit more complicated, as it does have some adaptive behavior, and it will switch down to 60Hz based on app and activity.

The phone will maintain 90Hz throughout the UI. Going into any app, it will start looking out for touch input, and the refresh rate will drop to 60Hz a few seconds after the last touch. That behavior applies to browsers and social networking apps as well. Classic 60Hz-only apps like Google Maps and the camera will be at 60Hz, as usual. On a positive note, the high refresh rate is available when gaming.

Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) review

The Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) carries an HDR10+ certification. Unlike how it's often the case, the phone played back HDR content in all three platforms we usually check - YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video.

Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) battery life

This Reno6 is equipped with a 4,500mAh battery, a standard capacity for the class. The Mi 11T Pro has a 5,000mAh cell inside, but the bulk of the potential competition stands at 4,500mAh or thereabout.

In our testing, the Reno6 Pro 5G with a Snapdragon inside posted generally solid numbers. The 20hours of offline video playback (with the display at 60Hz) are particularly impressive. The 13:29h result in Wi-Fi web browsing, meanwhile, can best be categorized as okay, considering it's recorded with the screen at 60Hz as well - we found no way to lock it at 90Hz. Having said that, past experience has taught us that there isn't much difference between 60Hz and 90Hz in terms of power draw for web browsing. The voice call longevity turned out good as well, as did standby.

All things considered, the Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) posted an Endurance rating of 108h.

Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G review

Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSerDevice app. The endurance rating denotes how long the battery charge will last you if you use the device for an hour of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. More details can be found here.

Video test carried out in 60Hz refresh rate mode. Web browsing test done at the display's highest refresh rate whenever possible. Refer to the respective reviews for specifics. To adjust the endurance rating formula to match your own usage - check out our all-time battery test results chart.

We went ahead and repeated the screen-on tests in 1080p resolution mode and got virtually the same results, so there's no point in lowering the resolution from an endurance standpoint.

Charging speed

Oppo was among the fast charging pioneers, and it's no wonder that the Reno6 Pro 5G is properly well equipped in this department. It supports the company's proprietary SuperVOOC 2.0 standard and comes with an adapter that can deliver those watts.

Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) review

Using this unit, we clocked a full charge at 39 minutes, not quite the 35 minutes Oppo advertises, but amazingly fast nonetheless. The first thirty minutes after plugging in got us to 91% - again, a properly good result.

30min charging test (from 0%)

Higher is better

  • Oppo Reno6 5G
    100%
  • Realme GT Master
    100%
  • Xiaomi 11T Pro
    100%
  • Realme GT Explorer Master
    96%
  • Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)
    91%
  • Realme GT 5G (65W)
    87%
  • Xiaomi 11T
    86%
  • Poco X3 GT
    75%
  • ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G
    74%
  • vivo X70 Pro
    64%
  • Asus Zenfone 8
    60%
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G
    54%
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro
    53%
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
    53%

Time to full charge (from 0%)

Lower is better

  • Xiaomi 11T Pro
    0:21h
  • Oppo Reno6 5G
    0:29h
  • Realme GT Master
    0:30h
  • Realme GT Explorer Master
    0:33h
  • Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)
    0:39h
  • Realme GT 5G (65W)
    0:39h
  • Xiaomi 11T
    0:41h
  • ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G
    0:44h
  • Poco X3 GT
    0:48h
  • vivo X70 Pro
    1:00h
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G
    1:12h
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro
    1:17h
  • Asus Zenfone 8
    1:28h
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
    1:28h

Speaker test

The Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) has a fairly standard stereo speaker setup - there's one bottom-firing unit, and the earpiece also acts as another channel. In vertical orientation, the earpiece is in charge of the left channel, while in landscape, the phone will switch the channels to correspond to the way you're holding the phone. There will be some sound coming from the opposite channel, but at a much lower volume - so you get both the channel separation and a guarantee that you won't completely block all sound if you happen to hold the phone the wrong way.

Bottom speaker - Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) review Earpiece/Top speaker - Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) review
Bottom speaker • Earpiece/Top speaker

The Reno6 Pro 5G earned a 'Good' rating for loudness in our test - on par with the Xiaomi 11T Pro and the Motorola Edge 20 Pro, but not as loud as a Galaxy S21+. The Xiaomi is boomier, the Samsung has a bit more sparkle in the treble, but the Reno is still pretty good overall.

Use the Playback controls to listen to the phone sample recordings (best use headphones). We measure the average loudness of the speakers in LUFS. A lower absolute value means a louder sound. A look at the frequency response chart will tell you how far off the ideal "0db" flat line is the reproduction of the bass, treble, and mid frequencies. You can add more phones to compare how they differ. The scores and ratings are not comparable with our older loudspeaker test. Learn more about how we test here.

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