Oppo Reno 9 All Things Red scaled

Oppo Reno 9 is a boring smartphone

The Reno series is a range of modern smartphones from Oppo. Introduced in the first half of 2019, the series is currently in its ninth generation with the launch of the Oppo Reno 9 series.

Products are known to get better with each iteration. This has been the case with the Reno lineup for a while, too.

However, that has changed recently. The newly launched Oppo Reno 9 brings little to no upgrades over its predecessors.

The Pro and Pro Plus models come with important features. On the other hand, the Pro model is basically the same as the older models.

The only major change to the vanilla model is a 32MP selfie camera with autofocus and a curved screen. Unfortunately, we cannot consider the screen an upgrade as it is a preferential feature. Some users may like it, while others may despise it.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at all the major reasons why we think Reno 9 is the most boring smartphone from the Reno series.

Oppo Reno 9
Oppo Reno 9 (All Things Red) | Source: Oppo

Here’s why the Oppo Reno 9 is a boring smartphone

1. Old chipset

Oppo Reno 9 comes powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G chipset. It’s a downgrade to the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 found inside the Oppo Reno 8 earlier this year.

That’s not all, the Snapdragon 778G was already used by the Reno series of phones last year. The phone we are talking about is none other than the Oppo Reno 7.

Hence, in terms of performance, the Reno 9 is the same as the Reno 7. Whereas the few months old Reno 8 is more powerful.

2. Lowered rear camera system

The Reno series is known for its design and cameras. Although the vanilla Reno models never offered stellar camera performance, they did come with capable cameras.

But unfortunately, the latest Oppo Reno 9 doesn’t even come with an ultra-wide camera. It has become the only base model of the Reno series other than the original Reno that does not have an Ultra Wide Camera.

As a result, users are limited to a single field of view. The secondary camera on the back is just a 2MP monochrome sensor.

The phone uses an unnamed 64MP primary camera without OIS and MariSilicon X NPU. Multiple Reno phones have used 64MP cameras in the past but the sensor suppliers were different.

3. No dual stereo speakers

Almost all smartphones now have dual stereo speakers. Although it’s been over 3 years, vanilla Reno models haven’t got this feature yet.

The Reno 9, just like the previous base Reno models, lacks dual stereo speakers. People are consuming more content on phones than ever before and surround speakers are known to heighten the experience.

Perhaps, the standard variant of the 10th generation Reno 10 may finally bring stereo speakers.

4. slower shipping

For some reason, Oppo lowered the charging speed on the Reno 9. The device only supports 67W wired charging, while the Reno 8 can charge at 80W (wired).

According to Oppo, charging from 1% to 100% on the Reno 9 takes 44 minutes. On the other hand, a few months old Reno 8 can do the same thing in just 28 minutes.