OPPO Reno5 Gaming Review: More Than Enough Power For The Price


The Reno line from OPPO has never lacked mid-tier power.

The Reno 5 is the newest phone from the company alongside the 5F, which Ksh 10K cheaper.

Similar to past releases (Reno3 and 4), the Reno5 is equipped with sufficient power to run daily operations just fine, and some more, including gaming.

Here are the numbers in terms of CPU and GPU and other key essentials:

CPU: Snapdragon 720G (8 nm), Octa-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver)

GPU: Adreno 618


Internal memory: 128 GB with a slot for a microSD card

Battery: 4310 mAh

Screen refresh rate: 90 Hz

The 720G is the same chip found in the Reno 4, and we understand why OPPO chose to retain it; the phones were released a couple of months apart, and the Reno4 was and still is an awesome performer. The same power gains have been passed to the Reno5 as well.

So, how does it perform, especially for groups that want to play games over a long period? The short answer is terrific, because power is there, and the cell is big enough to ensure that the Reno5 does not die on you.

However, before we say more about this topic, there are a few things that should be noted.

  1. The phone has a dedicated mode for gaming; it is more of an app called Game Space, which ensures that the system allocates the games more CPU and GPU power for smoother operations.
  2. The games we played here are mostly ordinary, but they do the GPU. One of them is Riptide GP: Renegade, and, well, Candy Crush (before you start judging, King makes some resource-intensive games – all Candy titles considered).

Game Space

The Space is quite powerful in terms of the features it offers.

Upon opening the app, you will see your installed games; if not, just manually add them.

The lower row of the app shows the mode you would be playing in, and there are three of them; Low-power, which cuts raw power to save battery, a Balanced mode, and the most powerful one yet named Competition mode.

It is set to Balanced mode by default.

The same panel also shows the resources that the CPU and GPU has dedicated for the game, signal strength and remaining battery power.

Also, you choose to adjust screen resolution automatically during gameplay.

For maximum concentration, Game Space allows you to block notifications or reject calls.

Oh, you can hide game icons from your app list in case you have a child in the house and don’t want them to bother you too much.

Quite an impressive set of settings, right?

One issue though; make sure you deactivate the Game Assistant setting because it would bother you all the time.

Game Play Assessment

Well, the games run smoothly, and as expected (the ones I have far tested).

I mean, the chipset and graphics-crunching power is more than enough for the majority of games most people play.

Of course, there are more powerful chips and GPUs out there, but they ship in more expensive phones. Besides, modern silicons have gotten so much better that an ordinary person wouldn’t tell the difference between a 40K phone and one that costs twice as much.

So, to answer your question, yes, you can play your games here just fine, and with Game Space, you can tune preferences to what works for you best.