OPPO Reno 10X Review: Excellent All-Rounder Smartphone

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OPPO Reno 10X with its sheer design and specifications, performance, and an amazing zoom camera, is a serious contender against several of its flagship competitors, including Huawei P30, Samsung S10, and iPhones.

About a month ago, we reviewed what was essentially one of OPPO’s most ambitious smartphones for the year 2019. The OPPO Reno Edition was pretty much bang for the buck. Impressive specs and performance but at incredibly affordable prices.

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So when OPPO contacted us to review a more premium variant of one of our favorite affordable smartphones, we were pretty excited indeed.

The OPPO Reno 10X is basically the bigger brother of the ‘Reno Edition’. Pretty much at par with some of the industry flagships like the OnePlus 7 Pro, Samsung S10 and more.  OPPO sure did go all out with this one.

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Specifications

  • 6.6 Inch AMOLED Screen with a resolution of 1080×2340 (387 PPI) with Gorilla Glass 6
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Octa-Core Processor
  • 256GB Built-in Storage and 8GB RAM
  • Dual-Sim Functionality
  • In-Display Fingerprint Reader
  • 48MP + 13MP Periscope Lens and 8MP Ultra-Wide Lens
  • Motorized Pop-up 16MP Front Camera
  • USB-C Compliant

What we liked

  • Solid build quality and design
  • Buttery smooth performance
  • Pop-up camera is rigid and isn’t just a gimmick

What we didn’t like

  • The zoom functionality isn’t all that impressive
  • The overall interface needs further refinement
  • Plenty of bloatware
  • The phone seems a little bulky in the hand

Design

Like its younger brother. The overall design of the Reno series has a very aesthetic appeal to it. The solid glass back exterior may be a fingerprint magnet but definitely holds a lot of bling value. The shark wedge camera pop up module plays a huge role in giving you that full-screen viewing experience. I mean, bezels are garbage and these things are big deal when it comes to watching your favorite show on Netflix or Amazon Prime.

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Now as susceptible to scratches and dents the device can be, OPPO has been kind enough to include a free silicon cover and pre-fitted screen protector. Really does add a lot of value to the overall package.

The Reno 10X also has no camera bump so no more scratching the camera lens. However, there is a tiny little nubbin that lifts the phone from the surface to mitigate any kind of scratches.

The phone comes with stereo speakers so you know if definitely is a media powerhouse.

The phone has no IP rating so that’s a bit of a downer. Don’t dip it in pools no matter how tempting it can be. 

Display

There’s no doubt that the main highlight of this device has to be its plush ‘Full HD’ display. The fact there aren’t any bezels puts it at par with the likes of the OnePlus 7 Pro. Now though the OnePlus has a far superior display with its 120 Hz refresh rate, the Reno’s display is no slouch either. The viewing experience is still very immersive and overall glorious. Just maybe nowhere close to the rest of the flagships within the same price point.

The AMOLED panel makes viewing angles great and the blacks really stand out. No struggles in bright lighting conditions. No kidding. Dubai sunlight virtually makes no difference at all. You’ll still be able to send all those emails and post those Instagram shots.

Performance and Software

No point denying that nothing comes close to a clean stock Android experience. Color OS 6 isn’t all that bad but there’s a ton of unnecessary bloatware – but thankfully doesn’t impact phone performance. As mentioned in our previous review, Color OS 6 has still come a long way from its previous generations but needs fine-tuning.

Sometimes the bloatware can get really annoying continuously pushing unnecessary notifications. It could be ads of games I know I’ll never play from the OPPO store.

With regards to performance, the 855 is a monster. There’s a reason why it has found its way to pretty much every flagship this year. Buttery smooth overall. Gaming is immersive as the graphics look intense enough to play on for hours.

OPPO Reno 10X zoom is top-rated in AnTuTtu, a mobile phone performance benchmarking, higher than its competitors including Samsung Galaxy S10+ and Huawei P30 Pro.

Battery

Let’s get straight to the point. You’re going to last an entire day without a doubt. And even if in the rarest of occasions, you run out of juice, prepare to be mind blown by OPPO’s proprietary charging technology “Super VOOC”. The phone comes bundled with a 25-watt charger which brings the phone from 0% to 60% in about 30-35 minutes which is pretty cool.

With a built-in 4065 mAh battery, it is perfect for binging on your favorite shows and playing PUBG all day and all night long.

Unfortunately, the 10X doesn’t support wireless charging. But that could also be because OPPO didn’t want to add any additional bulk to the device.

Camera

The triple camera setup is great. Color saturation is adequate with the right amount of contrast. You’ve got a 48 Megapixel primary lens coupled to a 13 Megapixel 5x Optical Zoom telephoto lens and finally a wide-angle 8 Megapixel lens. Quite a mouthful. Agreed.

Now the 10x Zoom sounds great. I mean who wouldn’t lossless zoom capabilities. But it’s really not that simple. You need adequate lighting conditions, so the feature works best in broad daylight. In low light, it is definitely a different story. Zoomed in shots seem a little grainy and exhibit a lot of noise.


Dubai’s Burj Khalifa seen in crisp detail, even from afar

You’ve got a plethora of shooting modes to choose from like Portrait, Pro and Panorama. So perfect for any kind of situation.

The selfie camera pop mechanism is great. It genuinely seems well built and rigid. Like you couldn’t mess around with it even if you wanted to. You even have drop protection where the shark wedge mechanism will quickly retract when it detects the phone is falling. Your Snapchats are going to look great thanks to the 16 Megapixel camera module because FYI, it even has front-firing flash.

Video recording is a bit of a mixed bag for us. I mean sure, it shoots 4K at 60 frames per second but you’re only limited to the main camera module. So you can’t really take advantage of the wide-angle lens so a bit of a downer.

Don’t get us wrong though, for the price point, the camera definitely packs more value than what you are paying for. Just don’t compare it to the likes of the Pixel series or the S10.

Verdict

We’re impressed. For sure. Chinese manufacturers have really been stepping up their game and the OPPO Reno 10X is the right step to the future. The OEM has definitely gotten a lot of things right with the device that the Find X couldn’t live up to.

Most flagships are very similar to one another in terms of design. I mean. The clamshell design has actually become quite redundant. But OPPO just decided to think outside the box and come up with something that is seriously visually appealing to the eyes. It’s literally screaming solid craftsmanship.

If you’re looking for a decently specced phone with a killer camera, the Reno 10x is your best bet. You’ve got flagship specs and everything you’d need from a smartphone. And it doesn’t look like an iPhone. So that’s kind of a big deal.

Photos from OPPO Reno 10x Zoom

Here are some of the photos that we took on the phone.

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