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Oppo Reno Initial Impressions & Hands On

Last Wednesday Oppo invited media and press from around Europe to mark the official release of the Oppo Reno, Reno 10x Zoom and Reno 5G which make up the Reno series of devices.

Full Disclosure: Oppo was kind enough to invite us to the event, including paying for the flight and hotel however they have not seen a copy of this article before release.

The Oppo Reno series was launched with a predominantly art and creativity themed event. It was an interesting approach with the cuisine also reflecting this vision.

The standard Reno was launched with the following specs:

  • ColorOS 6.0 sitting on top of Android 9.0
  • A 6.4” display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 and 93.1% Screen to Body ratio
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Processor
  • 128/256GB storage
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 3300 mAh battery.

Whereas the current flagship, the Reno 10x Zoom is a tad different with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 taking the place of 710 and a larger 4065mAh battery.

TLDR; My initial impressions of the device were that it’s a stunning combination of glass and metal. It feels so futuristic and the motorisation built into such a small device is impressive. It felt premium and the Oppo Reno far exceeded the quality I have so far come to expect from that price tag.

Here are some test shots which demonstrate the capability of the zoom for the Oppo Reno 10x.

 

Here are some other shots captured by the front and rear cameras from the Reno 10x Zoom:

 

Oppo was delighted to announce that their 2018 European expansion locations included France, Italy, Spain and The Netherland’s. Whilst in 2019, they are to include the UK, Poland, Turkey and Switzerland. The latter is home to Swisscomm, who is one of the launch partners for the Oppo Reno 5G. This now totals to Oppo having access to 40+ markets worldwide alongside 250,000,000+ global users. The Oppo 5G Landing project includes network partners including Singtel, Optus, Swisscomm, Zain, Telstra, Etisalat, Orange and EE in the UK with a release date set of later this year.

 

VOOC 3.0 was introduced on stage which aims to reduce the amount of time the phone takes to trickle charge after it reaches 90% charge. Oppo estimates a speed increase of 100% (20 minutes) on VOOC 3.0 compared to the VFC algorithm. The 20W of power output similar to OnePlus Dash Charge allows the Reno’s batteries to go from 0 – 75% in just 30 minutes.

The Reno series features an ‘O-dot’ protective layer across the rear lens which is essense is just curved glass covering the lens. The AMOLED display also helps to reduce power consumption by 8%, it also is certified by TUV Rheinland and supports the DCI-P3 colour gamut space ensuring accuracy.

The shark fin across the top housing the front-facing camera array and the rear flash has been tested for about 200,000 uses which means that even if you raise the shark fin 100 times a day, it should last for 5 years with regular usage. The shark fin also has drop protection built which means if you drop the device then it’ll automatically retract in real time to prevent any damage.

The 3 cameras across the rear are exactly the same across the three models with the first being the 48MP primary lens, the Sony IMX586 with a ½ inch sensor and aperture of f/1.7.The second being a 8MP wide angle lens with the periscope structure and the third being a telephoto lens with a resolution of 13MP. These can be used to provide a focal range of 16 – 160mm.

Oppo has managed to get certification for Hi-Res Audio alongside Dolby Atmos for the Reno series. Allowing for immersive audio from its stereo set of speakers. Oppo also announced its own O-Cloud cloud service which mimics iCloud with its 5GB of free storage which could hold up to 2560 photos.

We were able to get a quick demo of the AR capabilities of the Reno.

5G which was one of the key highlights of the upcoming Reno 5G meant that you can carry out group video calls and use AR and VR over the 5G network with download speeds of up to 1.5 Gbps. A live demo carried out on a recent Swisscomm event testing out the 5G speeds resulted of 1.38 Gbps with a separate screen showing another video of speeds of 1.86Gbps.

 

The pricing for the Oppo Reno sits at starting prices of €499 with a launch date of May 10th. €799 for Oppo Reno 10x Zoom with a launch date of early June. Finally the Oppo Reno 5G which oddly has a release date of May even though its based on the 10X Zoom edition of the Reno series.

Hopefully, we should get a device in soon to test out. So stay tuned for our full review coming soon on MobileTechTalk.

About Siddu Munjal

Reviewer & Partner Outreach for MobileTechTalk - Tech is a key part of my everyday life and I would probably be extremely lost without it.

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