OPPO South Africa launches the Reno5 5G locally

Chinese manufacturer OPPO is trying to gain market share in South Africa as quickly as possible, and has launched the Reno5 5G locally in a hope to gain new customers. It is the first major launch in the country since originally launching in September 2020.

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Laim Faurie, Head of Go-to-Market and Operations for OPPO South Africa, has said that the Reno5 5G is the company’s most important smartphone project in the country to date.

“It incorporates world-class updates into a usable device that upgrades the consumer’s daily digital efficiencies, while using humanable technology that improves everyday connections to each other, especially during these uncertain times,” said Faurie.

Faurie added that the Reno5 5G is very ambitious, offering ultra-fast, ultra-powerful connectivity, and high-end technology. The device comes with super-fast charging, and a brand new “flagship level” camera experience. It has a 1080p display with 90Hz refresh rate – not quite the current flagship norm of 120Hz, but better than the standard 60Hz.

It packs the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor – again, not quite the flagship 865 or 888 – and has either 8GB or 12GB of RAM, paired with either 128GB or 256GB or storage.

The quad-camera setup is headlined by a 64MP wide-angle lens, and is accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth camera. We’ll say it again: we wish manufacturers will drop the 2MP macro lens as it usually adds very little to the experience (and is not great quality) but is added in order to call the phone a quad-camera device. The phone will be able to record dual-view video, meaning users can record on both the rear facing and selfie cameras at the same time.

The device will sell from R14,999 and is now available at both Vodacom and MTN stores.