Recently, I had the opportunity to visit OPPO’s factory in Kasna, Noida, India. The visit allowed me to witness the different durability and quality tests that are carried out on the Reno 8 series, as well as the other OPPO phones. Since I was able to see some of the tests on the Reno 8 and Reno 8 Pro in front of my eyes, I can say that these devices are built to last.
OPPO Test Lab visit
At the QE Reliability Lab, I saw the Reno 8 and 8 Pro undergoing numerous tests. OPPO engineers perform the free-fall test for accidental drops with heights of up to 1.5 meters, which is more than 80 percent higher than the industry standard of 0.8 meters. OPPO said that the simulation test is carried out 12 to 24 times with the phone being dropped on all its six surfaces, eight corners, and 12 edges. In the above video, a free-fall test is being conducted on the Reno 8 Pro on a marble surface.
Aside from the free-fall test, a micro-drop (vertical as well as screen-facing the surface) test is done 28,000 times on the device, which is 5,000 to 10,000 times more than the industry standard. The video below shows the heavy rainfall of 10 ± 0.5 L/min being done on the Reno 8 series. As can be seen, the phone is sprayed with water onto its four surfaces at a 75-degree angle. The phone is not just kept in the rain test chamber, but it is tested while the phone is running a video or making a phone call.
OPPO engineers manually check the condition of the phone after each test to see whether its display and other functions are working normally. OPPO phones are also subjected to an extremely low temperature of -50°C and a high of 75°C for a week, which is higher than the industry standard of three days. According to OPPO, these tests ensure that its devices can be used as expected in both regular and extreme environments.
OPPO engineer Mohammed Saud said that since OPPO has users across the globe using their devices in different temperatures, it is mandatory to conduct regular and extreme environment tests on all OPPO phones. While OPPO does not mention an IP rating on its rating, the tests that are conducted at OPPO test labs show that all the OPPO phones offer some level of water and dust resistance though not officially. Saud demonstrated various other tests, such as roller drop tests, steel ball drop tests, soft press test, device’s internal temperature rise test, camera calibration test, static discharge test, dust test, salt spray test, 5G antenna coupling test, GPS test, plug wire bending tests in different angles, headphone swing (up/down/right/left) test, USB cable plug/unplug test, that are carried out at the lab.
OPPO Reno 8 series durability, reliability promises
Here’s what OPPO promises when it comes to the durability of the Reno 8 series.
- 2 years of OS upgrades for the Reno 8 series, which means it will receive the latest Android OS upgrade until Q2 2024. OPPO will release the latest ColorOS based on Android 13 for Reno 8 Pro users this month (September), and the Reno 8 will get the same update in October.
- 4 years of security updates to protect the Reno 8 duo from malware and virus attacks.
Here’s the list of eligible OPPO phones that will receive the ColorOS 13 + Android 13 OS upgrade. Readers can checkout all the new features of the ColorOS 13 upgrade here.
To those who are unaware, the OPPO Reno 8 Pro 5G ColorOS 13 Alpha program began last month, while the ColorOS 13 Alpha program started earlier this week.
- OPPO’s Battery Health Engine (BHE) prolongs the battery lifespan while ensuring peak charging speeds without affecting the battery longevity.
- The company promises 1600 charge cycles on the Reno 8 lineup, which is twice more than the industry standard of 800 charge cycles.
I mentioned in my OPPO Reno 8 review that 80W SuperVOOC charging is one of the many features that I liked on the device. I hope to review the Reno 8 Pro soon so I can not only test the phone but also try out the latest ColorOS 13 update on it.
The Reno 8 series will offer smooth performance even after 3 years. OPPO has made this claim after carrying out nearly 500 tests to achieve the 36-month Fluency Rating A mark from TÜV SÜD.
The company conducts more than 300 rigorous tests on the Reno 8 series at the OPPO Test Labs before releasing it to the market. I have mentioned some of the tests that I could see being carried out on the Reno 8 and 8 Pro.
Platinum after-sales service
Reno 8 series owners get platinum after-sales service, which can include a 24/7 instant helpline (contact no. 9958 80 80 80) and home pickup / drop for repairs.
The OPPO Reno 8 is priced at Rs 29,990 (~$326). It comes in 8GB RAM + 128GB storage configuration only. The Reno 8 Pro, which comes with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, costs Rs 45,990 (~$577).
The Flipkart Big Billions Day 2022 sale offer page reveals that the Reno 8 5G will be for as low as Rs 26,999 with bank offers. There are bank offers available for the Reno 8 Pro to purchase at a lower price during the sale.