Review: Oppo Reno – Flagship Features at Affordable Price

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Our review of Oppo Reno smartphone. Loaded with features and yet pocket-friendly, this phone could be the one you are looking this year.

Flagship specs at exorbitant prices are a thing of the past now. Chinese companies are launching phones with some of the most innovative features at the most affordable prices. One such company is Oppo, a brand launched in 2004. Last Year, Oppo came out with one of the most innovative phone designs with the ‘Find X’. A phone way ahead of its time. The slider mechanism had people drop their jaws since most flagships were adapting to the notch design, The Find X had nothing of that sort.

This year, however, Oppo decided to take a step back and launch phones that don’t exactly dig a deep hole in your pockets.

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Let’s look at the specs,

  • 6.4 Inches Bezel-Less AMOLED Display with Gorilla Glass 5
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Octa-Core Processor
  • 8GB RAM/ 256GB Storage
  • 3765mAh battery with VOOC Charging 3.0 (20W)
  • Dual-Sim Functionality
  • On-Screen Fingerprint Sensor
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • 48 + 5MP Dual Rear Cameras
  • 16MP Front Camera
  • USB-C Connector

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What we like

  • One of the best phone designs we’ve seen this year
  • Shark Fin Sliding Camera makes you feel like you’re a part of a James Bond Movie
  • Value for Money
  • That fast charging feature is pretty dope

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What we don’t like

  • Lack of IP Rating for Water Resistance
  • No Wireless Charging
  • Lack of Accessories in the market
  • Face Unlock feature doesn’t work in the. Dark

Design

So, if there’s one thing I appreciate about a good smartphone design, it’s having a solid glass back exterior with a symmetrical design. That’s the first thing anyone sees when you pick up the phone for a phone call, so it really does make a big difference what people see from far.

It’s not something as generic as an iPhone so people are bound to stare at it for a few seconds for sure. But like every glass back phone, this design approach makes it quite susceptible to scratches and cracks, hence we’d recommend you invest in a solid case to protect the device especially the edges.

Bezels are kept to a minimum for that full screen viewing experience and boy we aren’t kidding.  The Oppo Reno has one of the best screens in the market today but let’s leave that for later. But what about the front facing camera and the ambient light sensor? What about the earpiece to answer phone calls?

You see, that’s where the ‘Pivot Rising Camera’ comes in. A motorized assembly that pops up in 0.8 seconds from the top with a shape that is surprisingly asymmetrical. The assembly rises up on one side when clicking a selfie or using it’s not-so-great face unlock feature. 

Oppo did manage to include a ‘Fall Detection’ feature which retracts the camera the moment it detects the device is in motion. Oppo claims that mechanism is bound to last for at least 200,000 uses which roughly equates to about five years of use. That’s an average of opening your phone about 100 times a day.

Another minor detail I really liked about the phone has to be the bump-less camera on the back. Feels surprisingly smooth in your hand and adds a very nice touch to the overall aesthetic of the device. But Oppo did add something called an ‘O-dot’ which raises the phone off any flat surface to avoid the risk of any unfortunate scratches. It’s all about mitigating the need for a cover but we still recommend you get one anyways.

Display

Today most smartphones at least on the flagship side, have screens above 6 inches. Seems to be an industry standard among Android OEMs now. The Standard Edition Oppo Reno has a smaller screen than its older sibling but manages to cramp the same number of pixels of 1080×2340. This is then protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 6 for protection.

We tested out the display in the ultra-bright sunlight of Dubai and the screen managed to beat our expectations. Display is incredibly bright, and colors do pop out without a loss in saturation. Everything seems as vivid as you’d expect. The 19:5:9 ‘Panoramic’ display also includes some bonus features like blue light filters and an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Oppo claims the new in-display fingerprint sensor is about 28 percent faster than its previous technology was.

Performance and Software

The Standard Reno uses a Snapdragon 710 processor paired with 6GB of RAM. Performance was buttery smooth and fluid. No sign of any usual lag. Given the phone runs Android 9.0 out of the box, you should have no compatibility issues with apps either.

There is no option of stock android so you get Color OS 6 which is a substantial improvement from any of the previous iterations. Nothing overwhelming. Overall, the interface is simple and minimalistic.

Battery

Through our usual intensive power consuming test, we were able to get through an entire day with about 15% remaining by the time it had to be plugged into the charger. Though the device lacks wireless charging, one thing Oppo seems to nail is Super-Fast Charging. And I really do mean super-fast charging without any exaggeration.

The Super Vooc 3.0 which improves fast charging speeds by 23.8%. We managed to get about 60% charge in less than 30 minutes for a battery with a capacity of 3765 mAh.

Camera

Though the Reno seems to lack the outstanding lossless zoom capabilities that practically define the ‘Reno 10x Zoom’, it still manages to pack the same 48-megapixel primary lens coupled to a single five-megapixel secondary lens for the background bokeh effect while snapping portrait shots.

The IMX586 sensor which also happens to be used in phones like the Xiaomi Mi 9 and Honor View 20, has always been very impressive with a f 1.7 aperture, 0.8µm pixels and 26 mm focal length.

Photos seem decent in low light though we expected a lot more because of its Ultra Night Mode 2.0 feature that combines the power of AI, Multi-frame noise reduction and High Dynamic Range functionality.

Photos clicked during day light are stellar with no loss in quality or over saturation. Camera app offers various modes to choose from depending on your liking.

Verdict

Overall, the Oppo Reno seems like a pretty good deal for AED 1899 now available in all the leading electronic retail stores. Given how mid-tier phones keep offering more value every year getting closer to its flagship counterparts, the Oppo Reno is no exception. You’ve got stellar build quality, an exceptional camera and eye-catching designed all packaged in one.

Oppo has the potential to take on some of the big boys in the market and if you’re looking for a device that is almost as good as a flagship without breaking the bank, this is your phone to buy.

That being said, you could also check out the other options in the market like the Xiaomi Mi9 but between the two, I would still recommend the Oppo Reno because of its overall design.

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