OPPO hasn’t exactly being operating in the shadows – after all, it’s the number five smartphone manufacturer worldwide. However, only in recent months has the brand originating from southern china been noticeable on the european market.
It’s with its presentation at 2019’s Mobile World Congress that Oppo took the spotlight by introducing a then nameless smartphone concept with 5G compatibility accompanied by a camera with 10x zoom. Both specs were unheard of by the time and also put the growing brand into direct competition with Huawei – the other hot brand from China.
And now, on the 24th of April, Oppo has unveiled the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom and its smaller sibling, the Oppo Reno, on a global launch event in Zürich, Switzerland. Also unveiled was the OPPO Reno 5G, which is basically a Reno 10x Zoom with added 5G-connectivity.
«Techgarage» was able to get the devices a bit ahead of their launch. Toying around with them for a few days already gave us a good impression of how the new and hot 5G phones handle. Here’s all you need to know about the Oppo Reno 10x and the Oppo Reno:
The Design: Fresh and classy
Both Reno variants come in a fresh and classy design. We especially liked the green hue on the backside which makes for quite an eye-catcher.
The back panel on both models are made of Corning Gorilla 5.0 glass, which means that it’s going to be robust – but we still wonder why wireless charging hasn’t been included then.
What’s immediately noticeable though is the camera module, which doesn’t protrude from the back but is rather fully built into the body housing. A small but welcome detail is the «Gem» – a little knob around 1mm in diameter which gives your fingers a haptic cue on where the camera module starts. This should prevent you from touching and thus smudging the camera lens. The gem also prevents lens scratching by raising the back of the phone just a little bit when it’s placed on a flat surface.
On the front, things are looking bright and mighty: The Reno 10x comes with a 6,6 inch Full HD+ OLED Screen, while the display on the smaller sibling measures 6,4” in diameter.
We especially like the absence of a notch – the unaesthetic design solution for front cameras found on many of the competitors. OPPO does in fact offer a selfie cam, but uses a rather fun trick to hide it – more about that a bit later.
Hardware: The tech specs
In order for the Phone to deliver enough power when running on the fast 5G network, the 10x gets a fast Snapdragon 855 processor with 8GB of RAM. The smaller model – which doesn’t offer 5G connectivity – will have to make do with a Snapdragon 710 and a choice of 6 or 8 GB of RAM. Differences are also in the batteries of the two devices: While the 10x gets a battery with 4.065 mAh of capacity, the 6,4”-Variant gets 3.765 mAh. Both versions can be bought with either 128 GB or 256 GB on-board storage.
While both devices have proven to run smoothly in our first tests, we have a feeling the battery will only last for one full day under medium to heavy usage. On the other hand, it’s going to be really easy to top the phones up with juice as OPPO is including what it calls «VOOC 3.0» – a fast-charging standard that should enable users to recharge the devices faster than ever before.
For unlocking the phone, you’ll get the choice between traditional methods such as PIN or pattern as well as a fingerprint sensor hidden underneath the display. In our tests, this unlocked the phone quickly and reliably. To round things off, the OPPO Reno offers an astonishingly quick facial recognition. We’ll stick with fingerprint unlock for now, though.
While the smaller Reno still has a traditional earphone jack built in, OPPO omits this feature for the 10x model, thus only offering connectivity via Bluetooth or USB-C.
The 10x model sports a dual SIM tray that holds an external SD card as well, while its smaller sibling can’t be enhanced with external memory.
As previously mentioned: The «OPPO Reno 5G» that’s going to be sold in Switzerland is basically a Reno 10x with the addition of a 5G capable connectivity module. The Reno 5G will also be one of the first 5G capable smartphones on the Swiss market.
Camera: Zooming in day and night
Looking at the camera module, it reminds us a lot of the prototype shown at Mobile World Congress early this year and even in the years before that. Huawei recently launched its P30 Pro phone with a similar setup made for extreme zooming capabilities.
For the Reno 10x model, this means that besides a zoom of 0.6x, 1x and 5x optical zoom, you also get a 10x «Hybrid Zoom» option. You can even digitally zoom further and reach 20x, but that’s when the picture quality really starts suffering.
On the «normal» OPPO Reno, users get to switch between 0.6x, 1x and 2x zoom with a digital zoom of 10x.
One of the big novelties in the Reno series is the «hidden» selfie camera. One you fire up your selfie camera, the lens slides out the top of the phone’s body in a pizza slice shape. The extended selfie cam module offers functionality for selfies, face recognition as well as a flash LED on both the front and back.
In our first photo tests, the OPPO Reno 10x impressed us with clear shots and a good color reproduction. And while backlighting proved to be a challenge, the Reno 10x seems to be doing a slightly better job at automatically stabilizing images in its 10x zoom function when compared to a Huawei P30 Pro.
The OPPO Reno 10x features a 8 Megapixel (MP) wide angle lens with a field of view of 120 degrees as well as a 13MP periscope-telelens and a 48 MP main lens. A optical image stabilization (OIS) is available for both the 13MP and the 48MP lens, while the smaller Reno has to do without OIS.
The Reno runs on OPPO’s own «ColorOS» Version 6, which is just a fancy name for its Android overlay. Underneath it, Android OS ticks reliably. For us, this was the first hands-on experience with this particular overlay. It runs smoothly and gives a snappy impression, but borrows a lot of design elements from iOS, especially when scrolling through the settings.
Pricing and Availability
The OPPO Reno will be available starting May 10 in the colors Ocean Green and Jet Black and will be priced from 499.- Euro.
The OPPO Reno 10x Zoom will follow in early July in the same colors and for a price of 799.- Euro.
And for Switzerland only at the moment, the OPPO Reno 5G will arrive in late May, also in Jet Black and Ocean Green, for 899.- Euro or 999.- Swiss Francs.
Even if the brand itself isn’t very well known in Switzerland yet, the OPPO Reno is definitely not a entry-level phone. We especially like its clean design and the generous, notch-less screen.
The phone feels good in your hand, even though we’re still a bit undecided on how we like the balance. It might be possible that the «sharkfin» camera adds a bit of weight to the top of the device.
If you’re an early adopter in Switzerland and want to benefit from the ultra fast 5G network as quickly as possible, there seems hardly any way around the OPPO Reno 5G. Which, considering its functionality, is a good deal even at 999.- Francs.
The other variants, the OPPO 10x Zoom and the OPPO Reno, both without 5G support, make for a very elegant daily driver.