OPPO Reno8 series features the world's first Snapdragon 7 Gen 1-powered smartphone and much more
Smartphone launches often serve to do not much more besides confirm all the leaks that have sprung in the run-up to these events. For example, the rumor mill was reasonably confident in pinning the Reno8 series as a line of 3 variants that would launch with rear panels already used by their OEM OPPO, its subsidiary OnePlus or both in some cases. However, it seems the company has succeeded in thwarting these expectations after all.
As it turns out, there may be 3 Reno8 versions in truth; however, they have launched with the same fairly novel flat-edged chassis design with a rear camera hump that is only somewhat like that of the OnePlus 10 Pro (perhaps the Ace Racing Edition gets the feature to itself after all).
Furthermore, there is no SE variant as projected earlier, although the Pro+ name has made a return in 2022. Then again, this is indeed the Reno8 series' alleged inaugural Dimensity 8100-MAX/MariSilicon X device, a combination that apparently imbues the new phone's Sony IMX766-headed triple rear camera with 18 TOPS of "AI power" and 20-bit Ultra HDR, with an 11.6 TOPS per watt (W) "energy efficiency ratio" for the 8 Pro+ in general.
On that note, all 3 Reno8 models come with 80W SuperVOOC charging for their 4,500mAh batteries. However, it is the Pro, and not the vanilla 8 as thought, that has been graced with the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 processor for the first time.
The Dimensity 1300-based Reno8 has an FHD+ display of 6.43 inches in diagonal length, whereas that of the Pro has one of 6.62 inches, leaving that of the Pro+ as the largest at 6.7 inches. All of the panels are OLED, although the 8 is stuck with a 90Hz refresh rate while its more premium siblings get to be 120Hz.
Then again, the Reno8 series features NFC, ColorOS 12.1 and OPPO HYPERBOOST for mobile gaming optimization across the board. They start at 2,499 yuan (~US$376) for an 8GB RAM/128GB internal storage 8 unit and top out at 3,999 yuan (~$601) for a 12GB/256GB Pro+. They will be released from June 1, 2022, with no mention of the also-rumored international availability as yet.