Oppo Reno started in China a few days ago, and we spent the last days with the phone. The phone is available in two variants: the standard Oppo Reno and the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition. We also expect a 5G version of the 10x Zoom Edition during its global launch on April 24th.
Although it did not have a presence in the United States, Oppo is a company that is hard to ignore. It has produced some of the most unique and attractive smartphones in the industry, such as last year's Oppo Find X and the recent Oppo F11 Pro. Oppo Reno continues with the company's efforts to push the boundaries of smartphones. Together with the powerful specifications, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition offers a periscope camera, while both models have a return-powered camera that will surely turn heads.
Zoom, zoom and more zoom
The standard Oppo Reno and Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition offer many of the same features and functionality that connect them together, but they are separated by some key differentials. One of the most significant differences can be found within the cameras. Both models have the same main 48MP f / 1.7 (Sony IMX586) camera, but it's the only rear sensor they have in common.
The secondary 5MP depth sensor for the effects of bokeh in portrait mode is connected to the basic 48MP of the Oppo Reno standard. Oppo changes it to a 10x Zoom Edition with two additional sensors with different focal lengths. It has a wide-angle 8-megapixel lens that offers a 120-degree viewing angle and a 13-megapixel telephoto lens. The phone is capable of 5x optical zoom and 10x hybrid zoom similar to the Huawei P30 Pro. This is the same sensor that Oppo showed on the prototype phone in the MWC 2019. Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) is available on the 13-megapixel camera and 48MP camera on a 10x Zoom Edition, while the standard model is not completely OIS.
In a short time that we passed with a 10x Zoom Edition, 5x photographs are clear and clear without any signs of loss of quality. Photos zoomed to 10x are still impressively sharp. You will notice some small fall in detail, but in general the results are still large. The minimum focusing distance on the telephoto lens is quite long, so it's not an objective that you should use for subjects that are close to you.
Similar, but different
Not only does the 10x Zoom Edition have more cameras, but it also has more power. If you want the best Oppo to offer, 10x Zoom Edition is the version you need to get. It has a Snapdragon 855, a 6.6-inch Full HD + OLED display and a massive 4,065 mAh battery. The standard Oppo Reno will bring you the Snapdragon 710, a slightly smaller 6.4 inches display and 3.765 mAh battery.
Both devices come with 6 and 8GB of RAM variants, fast charge of VOOC 3.0 and optical fingerprint sensor. In our limited testing, the fingerprint detection sensor was very fast, accurate and reliable. We used a couple of smartphones with sensors for sensor prints and this is by far the fastest we tried. It feels as fast as a traditional sensor and is not frustrating to use. This is a good sign for the technology that has not come up to a strong start yet.
A 3.5mm headphone jack is one of the few insults of the standard Oppo Reno over the 10x Zoom Edition. Unfortunately, this means that you will have to agree on lower specifications without a telephoto zoom lens if you really want that port.
The shark fin is a suicide bomber
Perhaps the most talk about the function of smartphones Oppo Reno is a pop-up camera. With phones like Find X and F11 Pro, Oppo is not unknown for pop-up self-cameras, but this has a very intriguing design. Instead of a small square that appears outside the phone, Oppo Reno uses a wedge or a shark fin. It is much larger and covers most of the upper edge of the phone.
Oppo makes good use of larger popup windows by incorporating the handset and the rear flash. This means that the camera appears when switching to the front camera or enabling flash. If you happen to drop the phone, Oppo has implemented a security solution for automatically shoveling the shark. It will even pull out if you throw the phone in your hand and catch it. Both models have a pop-up shark and the same 16MP f / 2.0 camera.
The main benefit to the pop-up mechanism is that it removes the need for a blow or a hole. This allows Oppo Reno to have a fully-continuous display. The frames around the screen are also very thin. This makes the way for an impressive ratio between the screen and the body of 93.1 percent.
Design of classic design
The two Oppo Reno versions have a prominent Oppo design language that we have seen on previous devices like the F11 Pro and the R17 Pro. Rounded corners and tapered glass creates a fashionable and elegant look. Oppo's signed semi-circular arches that complement the overall comfort of the device can be found on the upper and lower edge of the phone.
One aesthetic design we value most is rear cameras that are completely rinsed with the rear glass. It's almost rare to find a smartphone today – especially a flagship – with flash camera modules. The phone looks sleek and can lie on the table without spinning. The standard Oppo Reno will be available in black, pink, purple and aqua, while a 10x Zoom Edition will be offered in black and aqua.
Prices and availability
Prices for the Oppo Reno and Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition are as follows: the standard model starts at 2999 yuan (~ 447 dollars) for a 6GB + 128GB model, 3,299 yuan (~ $ 491) for a 6GB / 256GB variant and 3,599 yuan (~ $ 536) for the 8GB / 256GB option. The 10x zoom version will be available for 3,999 yuan for the version of 6GB / 128GB, 4,499 yuan (670 USD) for the 6GB / 256GB and 4,799 yuan (714 USD) for the 8GB / 256GB variant. We will update this to include the prices in Europe once the phones are launched globally.
What are your Considerations for Oppo Reno and Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition? So far, we were really impressed and can not wait to use the cameras more widely. Let us know in the comments below!