You’re probably wondering why OPPO Reno6 5G is compared to an iPhone. Well, turns out, this OPPO Reno 6 series has a similar design to iPhone 12. Check out these images below:
Uncanny isn’t it?
They both have a flat-edged design that helps with a tighter and more secure grip. However, the iPhone 12 was released first in Malaysia in 2020 while Oppo Reno 6 5G was launched in Malaysia just this year in August. Is the Oppo smartphone a better investment than the iPhone 12? Let’s see the breakdown of their features and specs to see if the similarity stops at their physical attributes or if there’s more than meets the eye.
1. Features and Specifications of Oppo Reno 6 5G and iPhone 12
First, let’s take a look at their obvious similarities. They both have rounded corners with flat edges and side buttons for easy access to volume and security purposes.
However, an Oppo Reno 6 is coated with an anti-fingerprint Oppo Reno Glow paired with an ultra-slim retro design. It comes in only two colours which are Aurora and Stellar Black.
The iPhone 12 is protected with a ceramic shield front and a glass back adorned with an aluminium design. It comes in five colours which are black, white, green, blue, and purple.
The location of their buttons and holes for stereo and microphone are also quite similar, but there are still contrasting differences.
The Oppo Reno 6 5G smartphone boasts an AMOLED 6.4″ screen display with an estimation of ~88.3% screen-to-body ratio and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It has a maximum of 180 Hz touch sampling rate and a 90 Hz refresh rate with a 1, 000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical) at 1080 x 2400 pixels.
The iPhone 12 features a Super Retina XDR display with a 6.1″ screen which is slightly smaller than the Oppo Reno 6. It also supports Haptic Touch with a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical) that renders brighter and crispier image representations.
Memory and Storage
Oppo Reno 6 5G has 8GB RAM (LPDDR4X @ 2133 MHz, 2 x 16 bits) and 128GB ROM. It does not, however, support external memory. As compared to its newer counterpart, Oppo Reno6 Pro 5g, which has 12GB RAM, it is significantly slower but still sufficient for daily use.
iPhone 12, however, contains a smaller memory of 4GB RAM but has three storage options which are 64GB, 128GB and 256GB ROM.
You can capture high-quality images with Oppo Reno6 with its triple camera feature: 64MP main camera, 8 MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, 2 MP f/2.4 macro camera. The front camera boasts a 32 MP, f/2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm 26mm (wide) and a Bokeh flare portrait.
The iPhone only has a Dual 12MP camera system:ultra-wide camera with ƒ/2.4 aperture and wide camera with ƒ/1.6 aperture. Similar to the Oppo Reno6, the camera supports a Bokeh portrait.
Oppo Reno has a battery capacity of 4300 mAh and supports fast charging 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 and reaches full charge in under 30 minutes.
The iPhone 12 is equipped with a 2815 mAh battery that supports fast charging 20W and reaches only 50% charge in 30 minutes.
In terms of battery lifespan, Oppo Reno6 5g is definitely the better option because it lasts longer and charges faster.
The Oppo runs on Android 11 ColorOS 11.3 powered by MediaTek Dimensity 900 5G (6 nm) while the iPhone runs on iOS 14.1 that is upgradable to iOS 14.7.
While both smartphones have face unlock features, Oppo Reno6 5G also has an in-display fingerprint unlock option for extra security.
However, the iPhone 12’s facial recognition feature is enabled by the TrueDepth camera while Oppo is not.
Price in Malaysia
For Oppo Reno6 5g, the price in Malaysia starts from RM2,111 but the iPhone 12 starts from RM3, 399 which brings about a jarring difference of RM1, 288 for both phones.
2. Pros of Oppo Reno 6 5G
After comparing both smartphones, let’s look at what Oppo Reno6 can offer you that is worth paying for.
First of, the camera. Oppo has a 32MP selfie camera that supports Bokeh Flare Portrait which captures beautifully sharp selfies of you and your favourite pet or food. Equipped with LED flash, HDR, and panorama, it enables you to capture the high-quality day and night images.
You don’t have to worry about connections because this smartphone enables you to connect to Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, and hotspot with a data speed of HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (CA), 5G.
It also typically has Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) and supports USB Type-C 3.1, USB On-The-Go and has multiple sensors such as Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, and colour spectrum.
Oppo is reliable in its GPS with a myriad of connections because it supports GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, and A-GPS. On the plus side, it is equipped with Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX.
One specification which I think is better than the iPhone is the MediaTek Dimensity 900 5G that runs ColorOS 11.3 because it enables you to customise your phone according to your creativity and instantly translate a text with the 3-finger translate feature.
The battery power is also two times higher than iPhone’s and charges at a faster and more efficient rate which provides for more convenience.
3. Cons of Oppo Reno 6 5G
Compared to the Reno 6 Pro 5G that has 12GB RAM, this smartphone only has a memory of 8GB which does not enable you to run your apps as efficient as the latter.
However, a 12GB RAM is only a 4GB difference which isn’t that striking and is definitely not worth adding an extra RM788 to purchase the Reno 6 Pro 5G that starts from RM2, 899.
Furthermore, the Oppo Reno6 5G’s camera is considered standard for an android and there are other cheaper options that have similar specs.
Hence, compared to other android smartphones that have either similar or better camera features, this device is slightly more expensive.
4. Concluding thoughts
So, what’s the verdict? Should you buy this iPhone 12 copycat?
For its price in Malaysia, I think that it is worth buying because it has more strengths than weaknesses compared to iPhone 12.
The battery itself is two times more powerful with an impressive fast charging 65W SuperVOOC 2.0. Compared to the newer Pro version (Oppo Reno6 Pro 5g) that has a memory of 12GB RAM, this non-Pro variant only has 8GB RAM but is sufficient for daily usage.
Lastly, it runs on an advance ColorOS 11.3 that provides more benefit and creative freedom than iOS 14.1 or 14.7.
Depending on your usage and priorities, I think that the Oppo Reno6 5G can be an efficient smartphone companion for you in exchange for an iPhone, especially if you are looking for a cheaper alternative without compromising on quality.
Today’s Best Deals