Oppo’s New Reno 5 Pro+ Has a Color-Changing Back Panel


INTRO: Teased alongside the Oppo Reno and 5 Pro, the company has launched the Oppo Reno 5 Pro+ in China today. It is the top-end variant of the Reno 5 series with a new 50MP Sony IMX766 primary camera, Snapdragon 865, 65W fast-charging, and more. While the specifications are almost like most 2020 flagships, it’s the Oppo Reno 5 Pro+ Artist edition that has me especially excited for this smartphone.

Oppo Reno 5 Pro+ Artist Limited Edition

Remember the OnePlus 8T Concept and its color-changing back? It may not become a reality on OnePlus phones just yet, but Oppo is already taking charge. The Oppo Reno 5 Pro+ Artist edition launched in China features a color-changing back panel.
opo reno 5 Pro+ color changing back

Oppo Reno 5 Pro With Color Changing Back Panel

The Chinese giant has partnered with visual artist Joshua Vides to design the comic-style back panel of the Reno 5 Pro+. It is a surreal 2D pattern that marks the debut of Oppo’s electrochromic technology. It enables the phone body to freely change colors.

As shown within the official demo video below, you merely got to double-tap the rear panel of the Reno 5 Pro+ to ascertain it change colors. The device here switches between silver and blue – an equivalent because the OnePlus 8T Concept. The basics of the technology remain the same. There’s a thin layer of metal oxide present in the back glass panel. It changes color based on the valence state of the metal ions inside.

Talking about the specifications, Oppo Reno 5 Pro+ features a 6.55-inch Full-HD+ OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch rate . The panel boasts a 2400 x 1080-pixels resolution and up to 1100 nits of peak brightness. The device is powered by the Snapdragon 865, paired with up to 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and Android 11-based ColorOS 11. There’s a 4,500mAh battery with 65W SuperVOOC charging onboard as well.

On the camera front, you’ll find one 32MP selfie camera housed during a punch-hole cutout. The quad-camera island on the rear is helmed by a 50MP primary sensor (Sony IMX766 with OIS support), along side a 16MP ultra-wide lens with a 119-degree FOV, 13MP telephoto lens with 5x hybrid zoom, and a 2MP macro camera.

Price and Availability

The standard edition of the Oppo Reno 5 Pro+ is priced starting at CNY 3,999 (~Rs. 45,000) for the 8GB+128GB base variant. The Artist Limited Edition will retail at CNY 4,499 (~Rs. 50,699) in China. The pre-orders will go survive 18th January, with sales ranging from 22nd January.
The electrochromic technology are going to be popular among phone makers next year. Nubia’s gaming-centric Red Magic 6 is also rumored to arrive with a similar color-shifting back panel. So, you can expect a lot of smartphones to change color or become see-through to give you a peek at the internals in 2021.

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