FACT continues its quest to uncover the very best smartphone devices available to the public.

This month, FACT got its collective hands on the new Reno8 Z 5G, the the entry level model of the OPPO Reno8 series.

Exterior Design

The OPPO Reno8 Z 5G features an ultra-slim retro design that we found to be extremely comfortable in hand. The high-quality, immersive OLED display measures 6.4 inches and has a 90.8% screen to body ratio.

This OPPO is the first smartphone to adopt a 0.5mm anti-glare, glass back cover with integrated OPPO Glow. This combination ensures a truly unique visual effect, one that is resistant to fingerprints. The Reno8 Z 5G comes in two stylish colours: Dawnlight Gold and Starlight Black.

Power & Performance

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G Mobile Platform, and built on a 6nm process, the Reno8 Z 5G offers seamless compatibility with app usage, web browsing, video playback and graphics rendering – all with a relatively low power consumption. The base model comes equipped with 8GB RAM plus 128GB ROM. The 8GB RAM can borrow up to 5GB from the unused ROM when the smart RAM Expansion feature is activated.

The AI System Booster when enabled, intelligently reduces memory usage along with background power consumption.


The OPPO Reno8 Z 5G houses a 64MP main camera, a 2MP Macro Camera and a 2MP Depth Camera, along with a 16MP Front Camera, combined with advanced AI technology to provide the user with a range of image and video taking options.

The 64MP rear camera boasts a super-resolution algorithm that can be used to capture up to 108MP images.

The AI Portrait Retouching and AI blemish features are optimised to intelligently retouch the skin tone as well as make-up without any artificial or excessive brightening.

Both the front and back cameras feature Bokeh Flare Portrait. When focussing on the Selfie HDR feature, we were surprised by how clear our selfies came out, even in badly lit or overly bright surroundings.

Thanks to the OPPO Image Clear Engine, Flash Snapshot was able to capture crystal clear images, even when the subject was moving. Additionally, Dual-View Video has been included and is a superb tool for vlogging.


The Reno8 Z 5G houses the 33W SUPERVOOC flash charge, which enables the 4500mAh battery to be fully charged in 63 minutes, with a mere five-minute charge providing enough power for a three-plus-hour phone call or for two hours of YouTube video watching.

Our Verdict

The new OPPO Reno8 Z 5G has plenty to offer with its distinctive design, powerful hardware, efficient software, smooth performance, excellent battery life and impressive camera capabilities. ✤