“Despite being priced in the same price segment as the Reno 10x Zoom Edition, the OPPO Reno 2 comes with an SD7xx series processor”

If you ask me, OPPO’s Reno 10x Zoom Edition (review) has been one of the most compelling smartphones released this year. Launched in May this year, the smartphone combined powerful, top-of-the-line hardware with some innovative features like shark fin pop-up camera and 10x hybrid zoom. Now, the Chinese giant is expanding the series. The company took the stage to globally unveil as many as three smartphones – the Reno 2, Reno 2Z and Reno 2F. I managed to get my hands on the most loaded offering among the trio – the OPPO Reno 2 – and here’s how I’ll sum up my initial impressions.

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Before I talk about the Reno 2 however, let’s take a look at the retail packaging of the handset. The smartphone comes packed in an elongated box, just like the Reno 10x Zoom. As soon as you open it, you’re greeted by the smartphone. Underneath that, you’ll find the enclosure that holds some documentation, a SIM-ejection tool and a premium-looking protective case. Below that, there’s a VOOC 3.0 charger and a USB Type-C cable.

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It’s worth noting that the Reno 2 isn’t a successor to the Reno 10x Zoom. But that hasn’t stopped OPPO from offering a similar design language with the Reno 2. That means, you get a high screen-to-body ratio up front without any notch or punch-hole, and the selfie camera is hidden inside the shark fin pop-up module. The ports and controls also follow the same arrangement.

The rear however, gets some changes. Firstly, there are four cameras instead of the triple-camera setup on the Reno 10x Zoom, though the alignment remains the same. I also liked the fact that the entire module has been kept flat with the body. You’ll also notice an elongated module around the OPPO branding and the O-Dot (which raises the device from the surface slightly so that the camera lenses aren’t scratched), which gives a shimmery LED-like effect depending upon how the light hits it.

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Available in blue or black colourways, the OPPO Reno 2 is quite attractive. While the glossy finish makes it slippery, the curved edges do help in offering a firm grip.

The screen on the Reno 2 is a 6.5-inch affair. The AMOLED panel bears a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels. During my limited time with the device indoors, the screen seemed to offer good brightness levels with crisp visuals and vibrant colours. Acting as a protective layer against scratches and minor scratches is Corning’s Gorilla Glass 6.

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The OPPO Reno 2 is the latest device to board the quad-camera bandwagon. The array consists of a 48MP f/1.7 Sony IMX 586 sensor, a 13MP telephoto shooter with periscope arrangement for offering optical zoom, an 8MP ultra wide-angle snapper and an 8MP portrait sensor. The combination enables 5x hybrid zoom, 20x digital zoom and bokeh effect in videos too. Speaking of videos, both the main shooter and telephoto camera are optically stabilised, and the phone can capture footage in up to 4k resolution. Selfies are taken care of by a 16MP lens.

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Under the hood, OPPO’s Reno 2 is the second smartphone after the Samsung Galaxy A80 (review) to come fuelled by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset. The 10nm SoC offers a dual-core cluster running at 2.2GHz and an hexa-core cluster at 1.8GHz, respectively. Working in tandem with 8GB RAM, the combo should offer good performance. For storage, the phone gets 256GB memory onboard.

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The OPPO Reno 2 ships with Android 9.0 Pie, which is layered with ColorOS 6.0. The device sips juice from a 4,000mAh battery and can be charged quickly thanks to the support for Super VOOC 3.0.

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Carrying a price tag of Rs 36,990, the OPPO Reno 2 certainly expands the lineup, but also muddles it at the same time. The fact that you could get flagship internals with the Reno 10x Zoom by just adding a couple of thousands notwithstanding, it’s also worth noting that almost all the smartphones priced in the super-premium territory above Rs 30k feature the Snapdragon 855 processor while ticking all the right boxes. The only differentiating factor for the Reno 2 seems to be its camera setup, and we’d certainly be testing that out during our review, so stay tuned for that. 

Photos by Keshav Khera