Oppo has introduced a new series in the market, called the Reno. And it has started it off with its flagship device, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom. The device comes with a starting price of Rs. 39,999 which pits it directly against the OnePlus 7, which is one of the most popular budget flagships in the country. Does the Reno 10X zoom have what it takes to go toe to toe against it? Well, it certainly comes with some very interesting features. And seven of the most notable of these are:
A design that will get stared at
With most smartphones coming with similar design elements like reflective glass body, gradient finish on the back, tall edge to edge display, it has become a little difficult for any device to stand out. But the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom does so effortlessly. It has a tall, edge to edge display with faint bezels around it but the real differentiating design element of the smartphone is on the back of the device. The matte finished glass back might look relatively plain as compared to flashy, reflective, gradient finish backs that are trending of late but we think it actually looks very refreshing. The flat camera arrangement and Oppo branding that follows it, especially the tiny black protruding circle accenting with brand’s green colour on the circumference is a neat touch. Like most Oppo phones, the Reno also sports its volume buttons on the left right instead of the right which is more traditional. It also has small green line on the power/lock button which highlights it. Overall,the design and the colour of the Oppo Reno 10x Zoomlooks very premium and is definitely going to get a second look, if not a full fledge stare.
Shark Fin selfie camera
One of the design elements that really sets the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom apart from any other phone that we have seen is its pop up camera. We have seen a bunch different popup cameras now but most of these cameras are little square shaped units that pop up out of the top of the phone. Now, the selfie camera of the Oppo Reno is also placed on the top, but it instead of a square unit, there actually is a small acute angle triangle that slides out, and houses the front camera. It is inspired by a Shark, and hence it carries the name Shark Fin selfie camera. On the tech side, it is a 16 megapixel with f/2.0 aperture, but we are sure most people will be more fascinated by its mechanism. We certainly have seen nothing like this. In addition to the front camera, the popup camera is also a house to the earpiece and the flash for the primary camera which is placed on the back of the popup camera.
Big 6.6 inch AMOLED display
The back of the Oppo Reno may be what stands out in its design but the front is extremely impressive as well. The smartphone comes with a massive 6.6 inch AMOLED display full HD+ display with screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, which also houses an in-display fingerprint scanner. The display seems bright and responsive and creates deep contrasts. It is surrounded by faint bezels, that you might think don’t exist at all, unless you look closely. There is no notch, thanks to the Shark Fin pop up camera and unlike most devices that carry an earpiece on the frame, this one actually carries it on the pop camera setup.
Snappy Qualcomm Snapdragon 855:
The spec sheet of the Oppo Reno is as striking as its design. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor which is one of the most powerful in the market. It is paired with a massive 8 GB RAM and 256 GB internal storage (there is a 6 GB and 128 GB variant too). The smartphone comes with a hybrid SIM slot which allows you to expand storage on the smartphone up to 256 GB. Given those numbers, we do not think, the Oppo Reno should struggle one bit, even while performing the most heavy duty tasks. The phone also comes with support for Dolby Audio and a USB type C port, USB OTG, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and GPS.
Three powerful cameras
The selfie camera of the Oppo Reno might be getting all the attention, thanks to its unique design, but the primary camera setup of the phone also brings in some serious muscle. The Oppo Reno comes with a triple camera setup on the back. It consists of a 48-megapixel main sensor with f/1.7 aperture, is 26 mm wide and comes with PDAF and OIS. The second camera is a periscope 13-megapixel telephoto lens. Thanks to this sensor, the smartphone comes with 5x optical zoom and 10x lossless zoom which is one of the USPs of the device. The third one in the arrangement is an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with f/2.2. Details, zoom, width…the camera set up has you covered.
Big battery that charges fast
This blend of premium beauty and high-end specs runs on a 4,065 mAh battery, which ideally should last for some time, but any hopes in this regard need to be tempered with those high-end specs and that large display. Thankfully, it comes with support for Oppo’s VOOC fast charging, which means you should be able to get a couple hours worth of battery life in 10-15 minutes. And yes, there is a charger that supports this fast charging in the box!
Android Pie with some Color
The Oppo Reno 10X Zoom runs on Android 9.0 (Pie) that comes with Oppo’s in-house ColorOS 6.0. While it is great that the phone runs on the latest version of Android, Oppo’s in house UI, is not the most simple or uncluttered one that exists in the market. That said, Oppo has added a number of tweaks to improve performance in gaming and other departments. So our expectations are definitely on the higher side.