OPPO released not one, not two, but three variants in their newest Reno10 Series 5G lineup. As most of the people focus on the more premium Reno10 Pro+ 5G and the cheaper Reno10 5G models, the Reno10 Pro 5G has been sitting in the shadows — just like any middle-child (like me 👀).
Fun fact: It’s also the first time that OPPO is making a Pro variant of the Reno line widely available. Exciting times!
The OPPO Reno10 Pro 5G is a downsized version of its ‘Plus’ sibling and a slightly upgraded one from the base model:
- 50MP f/1.8 main/wide with 1/1.56-inch sensor size (versus Reno10’s 1/2-inch 64MP f/1.7)
- 32MP f/2.0 2x telephoto (versus Reno10 Pro+’s 64MP f/2.5 3x periscope telephoto)
- 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide
While it’s not my first time going to Taiwan, it was my first international trip without any work involved — and also a first traveling with my long-time high school friends.
Last time I went here was for COMPUTEX 2019. That work trip made me fall in love with Taiwan.
Now that the world has opened its borders for air travel, it’s also the perfect time to go back to where my wandering soul belongs.
Here’s a look at the streets and sights of Taiwan through the great camera versatility of the new OPPO Reno10 Pro 5G.
Taiwan’s former country name was “Formosa”, a name given by Portuguese sailors when they discovered the “beautiful island” during their voyage. These sights are testament to that.
This is just one among the many mesmerizing waterfalls you’ll find when you visit the Northern part of Taiwan around Yilan County.
Taiwan isn’t just about stacks of buildings and factories. Once you go past Central Taipei, there are these picture-perfect naturesque views of the countryside.
Dreaming of a place like South Korea’s Pohang in the popular Korean series Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha? This hidden gem in a place far from the bustling streets of Taipei might just be your best bet. Even better if you go here during the summer time.
Not sure if this is a temple but it’s one landmark when visiting the tourist-packed Jiufen Old Street.
Shifen Old Street is another must-visit! Although throwing sky lanterns being held at the functioning rail road is the main attraction here, I just found the Jingan Suspension Bridge much more attractive because of how long and sturdy the bridge is despite the old age.
Unlike the countryside, going back to Central Taipei brings back these concrete-filled jungle with plethora of residential, office, and retail spaces.
In other parts of Taipei, nature still finds its way with these luscious parks and clean streets.
Using the ultra-wide lens of the Reno10 Pro 5G, I was able to take even wider shots of these ultra-massive structures and interiors.
Believe it or not, there’s a massive moving wheel located at a mall’s 5th floor. That’s the Miramar Ferris Wheel.
It would be a big miss not to capture the famous Taipei 101 from a worm’s eye perspective.
Taipei on Top
Speaking of, we availed the priciest ticket going above the so called “Skyline460” at the topmost 101st floor with lesser tourists and window distractions.
A better treat since the 91st outdoor deck was closed due to an incoming typhoon (even though it was sunny out).
After an hour limit, we went back to the 89th observation deck and waited for the sun to set. Taipei’s skyline is one of the best to look at all day.
As we’ve already transitioned to night time, it’s also a good time to test out the low-light capabilities of the Reno10 Pro 5G with these symmetrical perspective shots.
It would not be a complete Taiwan experience without exploring a night market. Shilin Night Market caters to cheaper food and goods.
Meanwhile, Ximending Night Market is meant for those who are into branded goods with a slash on price tags. It’s also a place to explore unique restaurants, cafés, milk tea shops, or snack stalls.
I opted not to shoot portraits as we already have a special feature about that using the Reno10 Pro+ 5G, but here’s a stolen shot of me taken by my friend as we enjoy gulping our fruit teas while munching that popular and extra large Hot Star chicken on the other.
Full on Food
Ending this write-up with my favorite part — and it’s none other than food!
I discovered this sweet treat from Northern China called “Tanghulu” through Reels. It’s essentially berries in a bamboo skewer coated in hardened sugar syrup. It’s delicious but the remnants are just ultra-sticky. Glad I was able to try one though.
Of course, trying and lining up for Din Tai Fung is a must in Taiwan because it’s a homegrown brand. While we have it back in the Philippines, what makes it very special is that it was actually my first time trying it — and it did not disappoint at all!
The Xiao Long Bao (whether pork, chicken, choco), dumplings, golden lava and choco buns, braised beef noodles, and even the fried rice are all to die for.
Even in small, underrated stalls, devouring these Taiwanese picks will still make you drool and full.
If you’re not fond of Asian cuisine, there are lots of food choices in Taiwan that cater to your cravings — such as this Bacon Pesto Pasta or the large AF Signature Burger from McDonald’s below.
Heck! Another first time here was eating South Korea’s staple Army Stew (부대찌개 / Budae Jjigae) in one food court near Taoyuan HSR Station.
It’s basically what Koreans ate during the end of the Korean War where food supply is scarce and the only option they have are American Army supplies (Spam, sausages, cheese) as well as what they possess (kimchi, noodles, meat/seafood, vegetables, gochujang, and gochugaru).
Phew! What a fusion and crossover of culture.
Last but definitely not the least, this rich and creamy brown sugar milk tea from the signature milk tea brand Xing Fu Tang to satisfy my sweet tooth.
Great camera versatility
What irks me when using midrange phones are those unnecessary camera sensors (*coughs* macro/depth/portrait) they place at the back just to say the phone has more than two cameras.
Fortunately, OPPO did the right thing by placing all the rear camera essentials on the Reno10 Pro 5G — which also applies to the Reno10 5G and Reno10 Pro+ 5G.
Despite not being the “best in the class” smartphone for mobile photography, using its camera was easy and enjoyable. And as someone who’s very keen to photography, I appreciate how OPPO delivered “pro-level” snaps that don’t look too processed after being taken — something I despise when using other phones, even the flagship ones.
While I haven’t used the additional features, you can also be extra creative by applying filters too and enjoy other modes too such as night, panorama, and most especially, its powerful portrait mode!
SEE ALSO: OPPO Reno10 Pro+ 5G: Portrait Pro
Slim yet full of power
I love how I never needed a powerbank when I used the OPPO Reno10 Pro 5G during this trip as it was able to give me a full-day of charge all thanks to its very sufficient 4600mAh battery — that’s despite having a slim and light chassis with a thickness (or should I say thinness) of just 7.9mm and 185 grams in weight.
That’s also with the consideration that I inserted a Taiwanese SIM and made the phone our portable 5G hotspot so my three other friends can also use the internet while we’re out and about.
In one instance, the phone ran out of juice after we reached our hotel around 10PM and I fell asleep quickly. Good thing there’s a bundled 80W SuperVOOC charger that tops up the phone in as quick as thirty minutes — very helpful when I forgot to charge it overnight and we’re already in a hurry going towards our first itinerary the next morning.
Moreover, I didn’t worry much about snapping a lot of photos as its base storage of 256GB is more than enough for my mobile photography needs. Usual midrange smartphones offer the usual 128GB storage or even a measly 64GB one.
And if you use third-party photo-editing apps, this extra storage space will also be handy especially when saving color-graded and/or post-processed photos that are quite bigger in size. There will be plenty of space for the #TravelGoals Stories you’ve edited and posted on Instagram as well!
A midranger that doesn’t feel like one
Stereotypes about midrange smartphones play around the word “middle” — having a so-so chipset, just enough battery capacity, tiny base storage, and mediocre cameras that may include senseless sensors just to say it has triple or quad camera system.
The snappy shutter, natural-looking image quality, plentiful camera modes, and camera flexibility between switching ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto zoom all deliver good shots that are post-worthy.
Plus the extra-handy features of having a big battery, super fast charging out of the box, and more than sufficient storage all contribute to the greatness of the OPPO Reno10 Pro 5G even if it’s “just a midranger”.
For its price and category, the OPPO Reno10 Pro 5G is and should be the standard of what a midrange smartphone should be like in 2023 and beyond.
The OPPO Reno10 series is available at its concept stores, official online store, Lazada, and Shopee for the following prices:
- Reno10 Pro+ 5G: PhP 39,999
- Reno10 Pro 5G: PhP 29,999
- Reno10 5G: PhP 23,999
This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and OPPO Philippines.
iPhone 15 + 15 Pro Series MEGA UNBOXING!
iPhone 15 domination comin’ thru
Most of you think there’s nothing extraordinary about unboxing videos anymore.
While that relies on one’s interest, there’s still that amount of satisfaction when unpacking Apple products.
The newest iPhone 15 lineup aren’t exemptions to that.
We might get the same ol’ box content in an overall minimalistic packaging design.
Still, there’s the sound of the screen-protecting sticker coming off from the phone.
Do I even need to iterate one’s design language appreciation when getting and flipping the device?
Here’s our MEGA unboxing of the iPhone 15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro, and 15 Pro Max in various colors — that might be your next GadgetMatch!
Apple iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro Series Hands-on
Which iPhone 15 is your GadgetMatch?
It’s the time of the year again!
Wonderlust — it’s the theme for this year’s annual Apple Event held at the ever-popular Apple Park in Cupertino, California.
Excited to see what’s new? How about the latest colorways?
Are you even convincing yourself to upgrade?
More of your questions might just be answered by heading over to our iPhone 15 and 15 Pro Series Hands-on video.
I need a Huawei Mate X3, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 fusion
I am now a foldable enthusiast
I’m suffering from foldable withdrawal. For the better part of the past month or so, I’ve had both the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 and the Huawei Mate X3. As of writing, it’s been a little over a week since I let go of both book-style foldable smartphones. I badly miss using a foldable.
It took five generations of the Galaxy Z Fold and the rest of the pack to come up with a slimmer foldable design for me to realize that I might be the target market of this device after all.
It wasn’t until I really had to start going out and attending physical events that I felt the need for this specific type of gadget. Why? Well, over the years, I’ve gotten used to bringing a laptop wherever I go. But the events I’ve gone to of late, I realized I didn’t really need to bring one.
In order to lighten the load I carry when I step out for an event or two in a day, I figured I’d switch over to an 11-inch tablet instead. It’s lighter while still giving me access to a full-sized keyboard making tasks like copy editing and long email replies easier. I did that for a while. But then, the review units for the foldables arrived.
Living the foldable life
With the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 in hand, I realized I could make my events loadout even lighter. In a pocket I could carry a device that can handle all the tasks I did as an editor. I can preview videos on it and still spot changes because of the larger screen. I can comfortably sit down somewhere to copy edit an article. I can step aside for a little bit to quickly respond to emails or chats. All that and more. It truly is the productivity gadget it’s marketed to be.
But I had one gripe about the Galaxy Z Fold5. The only time I could enjoyably use it folded is when I’m trying to take clips for a Reel or just generally taking videos and photos. I’m not saying the outer screen isn’t usable. It is. However, it just doesn’t feel right. And for all the strides it has made in software, the Galaxy Z Fold5’s hardware design feels dated.
Enter the Huawei Mate X3. As cliche as it sounds, this thing felt like an engineering marvel the first time I held it. The design fulfilled the promise of having the best of both worlds: a regular smartphone and a mini tablet. It would have been perfect, but it’s only truly available in China. And Google Mobile Services or GMS still isn’t present on Huawei smartphones.
Some snaps comparisons
While we’re at it. Here’s what photos look like on both devices. To make things easy, everything on the left was taken with the Galaxy Z Fold5 and everything on the right was taken with the Mate X3.
The difference in the color science is very evident. In night time and lowlight scenarios, the Galaxy Z Fold5 works overtime in processing the images. With people present, the results look nice. But with general scenes, it tends to create a halo effect on some lights and appears to bright.
Meanwhile, the Mate X3 was outstanding in most scenes but struggled somewhat when people were present in the shots. And the selfie had some pretty obvious smoothing and beautification applied.
Overall, these are still pretty darn good shots for foldables. All were taken using the main camera of each smartphone. Foldables still also need time to develop for other lenses like utlra wide and telephoto/zoom.
Frustration sets in
The Huawei Mate X3 is the lightest, thinnest book-style foldable I’ve personally held so far. It would have been my dream foldable had it been running a software that worked like on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5.
Yes, I am aware of the existence of the HONOR Magic V2 and the Xiaomi Mix Fold 3. But the former’s actual global unit hasn’t been released yet and the latter, like Huawei, is only made for China. For now, at least.
Hardware-wise, all three are definitely ahead of Samsung. When folded, the foldable does feel like a regular slab of a smartphone. But unfold it and you get the benefits of a mini tablet. But the software on these devices just hasn’t caught up to Samsung just yet.
On the Galaxy Z Fold5, when folded, my other devices detect it as a smartphone. Unfolded, it registers as a tablet. And many of the apps I use like GMail, Spotify, YouTube, and more automatically and seamlessly switch from smartphone to tablet user interfaces when I fold and unfold the device.
This is what’s really been grinding my gears. As of writing, I have yet to use a book-style foldable that’s an absolute slam dunk. The form-factor, after all, is just around five years old so there’s still plenty of room for growth.
Staying patient and holding out hope
The smartphones we use today weren’t always as good as they are now. It also took years before the updates, especially on flagship smartphones, to merely become iterative additions. They have evolved so much that they’re now borderline boring especially if you’re just a casual follower of tech trends. That’s what makes the foldable segment so exciting.
Just seeing the hardware and software gap means there’s plenty of tweaking left for these manufacturers to do. And Samsung, while still firmly leading the market should feel the pressure from the likes of HONOR, Huawei, and Xiaomi when it comes to hardware design. Software-wise, it appears no one else comes close. Not even Pixel Fold. Not yet, at least. Then there’s also OPPO’s Find N series that has a stouter look which also has its fans, including yours truly.
At the end of 2022, we predicted 2023 to be the year of foldables. It hasn’t quite blown up the way we thought it would. But there’s race brewing in this segment and everyone’s gearing up to overtake Samsung.
My ideal foldable doesn’t exist yet. It may not exist even in 2024. But I’m staying patient and holding out hope that it’s coming sooner rather than later.
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