Oppo Reno review: intriguing design and top performance

Oppo Reno review: intriguing design and top performance

Oppo reno it hit me right away. With its notchless display, the well-kept design and one color - that Ocean Green - truly unique, the latest device of the Chinese giant manages to stand out from the competition. Of course, on paper it doesn't offer the same versatility as the Oppo Reno Zoom 10x camera or the same power, but in reality it is capable of really satisfying any need.

But no more chatter and let's go into this review.

Oppo Reno: the technical sheet

Let's start with some numbers and some technical features.

Dimensions: 156,6 x 74,3 x 9,0 mm
Weight: 185 g
Display: 6,4 ″ OLED - 1080 x 2340 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
GPU: Adreno 616
Memory: 256 GB
Network: 4G LTE – Dual SIM
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, GPS, NFC
Battery: 3765 mAh
Rear camera: 48 + 5 MP
Front Camera: 16 MP
Videos: 4K @ 30 fps
Operating system: Android 9.0 Pie

The video review

Without notch and without holes

Oppo Reno is not exactly a compact and light device, but there is a rather valid reason, indeed two. The 9mm thick allowed Asian engineers to integrate the cameras inside the body, so you don't have to live with the anxiety of scratching the lenses of the two rear sensors. TheO-dot, a small ceramic gem that lifts the device from any shelf and effectively avoids direct contact between the lenses and the surface.

Instead, the choice of materials justifies the 185 grams of weight: no plastics for Oppo Reno, but a solid metal frame and a glass back cover. The latter has a glossy finish that not only blends perfectly with the Ocean Green color but which protects the device from hateful fingerprints.

The buttons are rather classic: we have the on / off button on the right side and the volume rocker on the left. On the same edge also the slot for the two SIMs, while on the lower one we find the always appreciated 3,5 mm jack, the USB-C connector and the mono speaker. The latter boasts an absolutely satisfying volume but covering it with your finger is just too easy.

Finally we come to the front and to the stunning 6,4 inch OLED display with Full HD + resolution. To characterize it we have brilliant colors, a high maximum brightness and an excellent automatic adjustment. There is also a convenient reader integrated right into the screen which is quite fast in recognizing your fingerprints.

What is missing - fortunately - are notches and holes. Don't panic - this doesn't mean there isn't a front-facing camera. The engineers of the Chinese company actually found a rather original solution: a retractable mechanism which in some ways resembles the fin of a shark. Inside we find the just mentioned front camera, the ear capsule and the flash. The structure, which emerges in about 0,8 seconds, should withstand around 200.000 openings and therefore allow you to exploit it for a few years. To accompany it, however, only one flaw: the particular mechanism of this Oppo Reno prevented the device from obtaining the IP68 certification therefore keep it away from water and dust.


Everything you need

Oppo Reno Zoom 10x will arrive on the market with the Snapdragon 855 and 8 GB of RAM but, believe me, you don't need this arsenal to get good results in everyday use. The endowment of the younger brother, who showed up with a Qualcomm Spadragon 710 processor and 6 GB of RAM, will allow you to carry out any operation in the way fast and smooth: navigation, messaging and gaming are undoubtedly within your reach. No slowdowns and no lag.

Excellent connectivity, thanks not only to the inevitable 4G but also to WiFi ac, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC, essential for paying with Google Pay or any other compatible service.

Finally, the battery is not bad. During the most intense days it abandoned me around 20:00 but with an average use you arrive peacefully late in the evening. Available then have he VOOC flash 3.0, Oppo's fast charging technology. It will therefore only take a few minutes to get back into operation.

Finally, we come to what historically is Oppo's Achilles heel: the interface. The ColorOS 6.0, however, managed to convince me. The new version of this UI is accurate, fast and finally provides notifications in the appropriate bar. Of course, he can still improve, but in general I was really happy.

No 10x zoom but that's not a problem

Oppo Reno comes with a dual rear camera with sensors from 48 and 5 megapixel. The first, with aperture F / 1.7, is very reminiscent of that seen in other devices: this camera takes 12 megapixel images by interpolating four pixels into one to collect as much information as possible. The second sensor, on the other hand, is dedicated to depth and devoted to the now beloved bokeh effect.

The result offered by this combination is always convincing: the quality is good, the colors quite balanced (even if there are some nuances a little more charged than in reality) and the HDR gets along really well. The Night mode then allows you to capture discrete images even when the brightness is low.

No 10x zoom and no wide angle for the baby of the Reno family. Honestly a little sorry, but on balance you still have a rear camera that does its job well. Not bad even the front one, from 16 megapixels, which guarantees a good level of detail and selfies ready to be shared on any social network. One caveat: watch out for dust and remember to clean the sensor quite frequently.

Also worth mentioning are the videos, in 4K and 30 fps. In fact, the recorded videos are really very good but perhaps a little penalized by the absence of stabilization.

    Oppo Reno: buy it or not?

    Impossible not to promote Oppo Reno. With 499 € you can take home a practically unique device, with a hardware equipment capable of supporting even the most demanding activities and a convincing photographic behavior. Perhaps it will not be up to the Oppo Reno Zoom 10x but I remind you that the latter will arrive on the market in June at 799 euros.

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    Pro Oppo Reno review: intriguing design and top performance
    • Elegant and original design
    • Display OLED notchless
    • Excellent performance
    • Good photographic sector
    Cons Oppo Reno review: intriguing design and top performance
    • No IP68 certification
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