OPPO Reno 9 Pro Plus vs Reno 8 Pro Plus: The OPPO Reno 8 Pro+ was and is still one of the best mid-range phones you can buy. It has an incredible display, decent performance, slime bezels, a big battery, etc. But, OPPO has launched its successor the OPPO Reno 9 Pro+ with new features and design. So, what are the upgrades that the Reno 9 Pro+ is bringing? In what areas is the Reno 9 Pro+ better than the Reno 8 Pro+? If you own the Reno 8 Pro+, should you upgrade to the Reno 9 Pro Pro+?
This OPPO Reno 9 Pro Plus vs Reno 8 Pro Plus specs comparison article will answer all the questions above. In this post, I’ll highlight the similarities and differences and then point out areas where the Reno 9 Pro+ is better than the Reno 8 Pro+. By the end of this post, you will be able to know if you should upgrade or stick to using your OPPO Reno 8 Pro+.
OPPO Reno 9 Pro Plus vs Reno 8 Pro Plus
|Specs||OPPO Reno 9 Pro+||OPPO Reno 8 Pro+|
|Display||6.7-inches, 120Hz||6.7-inches, 120Hz|
|Display Features||HDR10+, AMOLED||HDR10+, AMOLED|
|RAM||16GB||up to 12GB|
|Storage||up to 512GB||256GB|
|Back Camera||50MP + 8MP + 2MP||50MP + 8MP + 2MP|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1||Dimensity 8100-Max|
|Software||Android 13||Android 12|
|Battery||4,700mAh (80W)||4,500mAh (80W)|
OPPO Reno 9 Pro+ vs Reno 8 Pro+: Display, Design, and Durability
The OPPO Reno 9 Pro+ and Reno 8 Pro have similar display features with a few modifications. Both phones have the same 6.7-inch AMOLED display that supports HDR10+, a 120Hz refresh rate, and the same 950 nits peak brightness. However, the screen of the Reno 9 Pro+ is more curved that that of the Reno 8 Pro+.
The front screen of both phones has the same punch hole which makes both phones look similar on the front. But on the rear, the design of both phones is slightly different especially when you look at the rear camera modules. The picture above shows the difference in the rear design of both smartphones.
Another difference is the materials used in the front and frame of the phones. The Reno 9 Pro+ is made of a Glass front (Asahi Glass) and aluminum frame while the Reno 8 Pro+ is made of a Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5) and aluminum frame. The display of the Reno 9 Pro+ is protected by the Asahi Glass AGC DT-Star2 while that of the Reno 8 Pro+ is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The location of the power button, volume buttons, speakers, and USB type-C Port are the same.
OPPO Reno 9 Pro Plus vs Reno 8 Pro Plus: Camera
|Camera||OPPO Reno 9 Pro+||OPPO Reno 8 Pro+|
The camera system of the Reno 9 Pro+ is slightly upgraded when compared to that of the Reno 8 Pro+. Although both phones have the same 50MP main camera sensor, the main camera of the Reno 9 Pro+ now has multi-directional PDAF and OIS stabilization features which are not available in the Reno 8 Pro+.
Other camera sensors remain the same. Both phones have the same ultra-wide camera, the same macro lens, and the same front camera sensor. The camera features of both phones such as LED flash, HDR, panorama, 4K video recording, and gyro-EIS are the same on both phones.
However, the Reno 9 Pro+ camera can now support OIS and HDR features in video mode. these two features allow the Reno 9 Pro+ to record steady and sharper photos than the Reno 8 Pro+. Another reason why the Reno 9 Pro+ is a better camera phone is that its chipset features a better ISP.
OPPO Reno 9 Pro+ vs Reno 8 Pro+: Chipset, RAM & Storage
The performance of both phones is different because both phones have different chipsets. The OPPO Reno 9 Pro+ features the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 5G chipset while the OPPO Reno 8 Pro+ features the Dimensity 8100-Max 5G chipset.
|Specs||Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1|
(OPPO Reno 9 Pro+)
(OPPO Reno 8 Pro+)
|Performance||1x Cortex-X2||4x Cortex-A78|
|Prime Cores||3x Cortex-A710||N/A|
|Efficiency Cores||4x Cortex-A510||4x Cortex-A55|
|GPU||Adreno 730||Mali-G610 MC6|
The chipset inside the Reno 9 Pro+ has newer and faster CPU cores than the one inside the Reno 8 Pro+. The GPU, ISP, 5G MODEM, and AI engine in the chipset of the Reno 9 Pro+ are also better than those in the Reno 8 Pro+. So, when it comes to playing games and rendering graphics, the Reno 9 Pro+ is better than the Reno 8 Pro+.
The OPPO Reno 8 Pro+ has 8GB or 12GB of RAM paired with 256GB of storage while the OPPO Reno 9 Pro+ has 16GB of RAM paired with 256GB or 512GB of storage. None of these phones have space for a microSD card slot. The base model of the Reno 8 Pro+ has 8GB + 256GB of storage while that of the Reno 9 Pro+ has 16GB + 256GB of storage.
OPPO Reno 9 Pro Plus vs Reno 8 Pro Plus: Software
The OPPO Reno 9 Pro+ boots ColorOS 13 based on Android 13 out of the box and will get up to three years of software updates while the OPPO Reno 8 Pro+ boots ColorOS 12.1 based on Android 12 out of the box and will get up to three years of software updates. The UI, icons, and navigation settings of both smartphones are the same because they boot the same skin software i.e. ColorOS.
OPPO Reno 9 Pro+ vs Reno 8 Pro+: Battery & Other Features
OPPO Reno 9 Pro+ is powered by a 4,700mAh and has support for the same 80W wired fast charging while the OPPO Reno 8 Pro+ is powered by a 4,500mAh battery and supports 80W wired fast charging. It’ll take less time to fully charge the battery of the Reno 8 Pro+ but the battery of the Reno 9 Pro+ last longer.
Other features available in both smartphones include Fingerprint (under display, optical), NFC, GPS, USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go, color spectrum, etc. Features such as 24-bit/192kHz audio and Infrared port are exclusive to only the OPPO Reno 9 Pro+.
OPPO Reno 9 Pro Plus vs Reno 8 Pro Plus: Price
The starting price of the Reno 9 Pro+ (16 + 256GB) is $699 which is the same price as the 8GB + 256GB model of the Reno 8 Pro+. But because it is been around for a while, there is a discount on the Reno 8 Pro+ that dropped its price to $579 making it now cheaper than the Reno 9 Pro+. Note that the Reno 9 Pro+ still has more RAM even though it’s the more expensive phone here.
|Reno 9 Pro+||Price|
|Buy in Giztop||$699.00|
|Reno 8 Pro+||Price|
|Buy on Giztop||$579.00|
OPPO Reno 9 Pro Plus vs Reno 8 Pro Plus: Conclusion
The OPPO Reno 8 Pro+ is a very good mid-range phone with a decent camera system, nice display, fast charging, and decent performance. But, the OPPO Reno 9 Pro+ is better because it is an upgraded version of the Reno 8 pro+ and YES you should upgrade to the Reno 9 Pro+ or buy the Reno 9 Pro if given the choice.
The reason why you should buy the Reno 9 Pro+ instead of the Reno 8 Pro+ is that the Reno 9 Pro+ has a better chipset, more camera features, a more premium-looking curved display, a bigger battery, more RAM, and is priced very similarly to the Reno 8 Pro+. For the extra new features, the Reno 9 Pro+ is worth the price difference.