Portrait Camera in your pocket with OPPO Reno11 Pro

    The OPPO Reno11 Pro and the Watch X were launched in Singapore early this year and NXT took it for a spin, which evokes a sense of familiarity and innovation. The Reno11 Pro sports an iconic camera system but a tweak from the predecessor. With two colour options, the pearl white design shimmers under the glass panel, while the rock grey colour that we review offers a matt frosted feel. The curved sides are reminiscent of the smartphone designs at the turn of the decade but certainly make the phone comfortable to hold.

    OPPO retains its lead in producing quality portrait images with its triple-lens camera system and Portrait Expert Engine. Covering from 16mm to 47mm (35mm equivalent) and aperture between f/1.8 to f/2.2, the images turn out rich, skin tones are natural, and exposure is well-controlled. Shots in portrait mode can achieve natural-looking background blur and even modify the aperture value between f/1.4 to f/16 to adjust the bokeh after the shots are taken.

    When shooting non-human subjects, the Reno11 Pro does not over-process the images, so images might not look vibrant. While the maximum digital zoom range can reach 20x, it should be used sparingly.

    The smartphone’s performance is good for a midrange model. The UI is responsive, although the animation transition reduces the nimbleness. There are only hints of struggle when loading and switching apps.

    The Infrared blaster is a very useful feature that allows me to control my home appliances from my smartphone. The 80W SUPERVOOC flash charging makes overnight charging obsolete thanks to its ability to charge the phone to 100% within 28 minutes.

    The OPPO Watch X runs on WearOS with a 1.43-inch AMOLED display. It can work with any smartphone brand as long as you install the OHealth app, where you can personalise the smartwatch as well as track your health and fitness stats. The watch can capture SpO2 data, sleep and sleep quality, all-day heart rate monitoring and daily activities.

    The watch crown is positioned at 2 o’clock with another function button at 4 o’clock. Both buttons are customisable from the app, but unlike many other smartwatches, turning the crown does not scroll the screen. The large display panel makes it possible to use watch faces with very detailed complications. Even when choosing a digital display, the generous space means designers can fit a lot of information. Reading on-screen notifications and data is also less straining.

    It is capable of tracking over 100 workout modes and is optimised for 11 sports to provide professional tracking stats, like running, badminton, tennis, swimming and skiing. For running, the watch captures Ground Contact Time, GCT Balance and Vertical Oscillation in real time, while also calculating Running Posture and Pacing Details after the run. In the game of badminton, the Watch X analyses 12 attributes, including Shot Distribution and swing Speed and even tells if you are hitting forehand or backhand.

    The battery can last more than 4 days, and it only takes an hour to fully charge the watch. And since Watch X runs on WearOS, you can also download hundreds of apps from the Google Play Store including Whatsapp and access the content directly on the phone.

    The only complaint I have is that the vibration is not strong enough, so I often miss my notifications when on the move. For locals who use the Healthy365 app to track their steps and earn Healthpoints, the OHealth app is not on the list of compatible apps. Finally, the size may not suit people with small wrists.

    OPPO’s latest smartphone is a portable portrait shooter, while its new smartwatch is loaded with activity tracking sensors with a big screen.

    To find out more about these two OPPO products click here.