Just like the past, Oppo’s latest phone has a lot in common with a new launch of OnePlus. This common trait is because the companies share ownership and supply chain resources. The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom in this case follows the release of the impressive OnePlus 7 Pro. But for the first time, Oppo’s phone might actually be better. OnePlus users shocked?
OnePlus has always tried to build a higher-specification phone. The mid-ranged Oppo chassis or screen design and strip down the software, that’s not what’s happened here. The newly launched Reno 10x Zoom is a lot more high-end and better in performance when compared with the OnePlus 7 Pro.
Both the phones, the Reno and OnePlus 7 Pro are roughly the same shape and size. They both have a similar curved back and a front panel dominated by a huge 6.6-inch screen. The screen doesn’t slope on the sides, which is probably what accounts for the slightly smaller measurement. Reno is half a millimetre thicker and is at 9.3mm when compared to OnePlus Pro 7. Reno also weighs slightly more at 210g as compared to the OnePlus 7 Pro. Because of its dimensions, it becomes a big phone for big phone people having big hands.
Now talking about the looks, Oppo just won hearts! It is very attractive having a sleek frosted glass finish that’s broken by a strip for the Oppo logo and another for the cameras. The camera is also well fitted giving no camera bump at all. A small nubbin below the cameras prevents it from coming into contact with any flat surface you might place the phone on, hence preventing all the camera screen damage and scratches. There is no headphone jack in the phone but thankfully Oppo is using USB-C on the Reno phone and giving a pair of reasonably good in-ear buds.
The Reno is a near-as-dammit bezel-less device without a notch, it is what you expect from a Chinese flagship company. The border which surrounds the screen is slightly thicker on the bottom edge than the other three. It is almost the same thickness as an iPhone XR bezel.
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Full Specifications
|Model||Reno 10x Zoom|
|Release date||April 2019|
|Launched in India||No|
|Dimensions (mm)||162.00 x 77.20 x 9.30|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||4065|
|Colours||Fog Sea Green, Extreme Night Black|
|Screen size (inches)||6.60|
|Protection type||Gorilla Glass|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||387|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Rear camera||48-megapixel (f/1.7) + 13-megapixel (f/3.0) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2)|
|Front camera||16-megapixel (f/2.0)|
|Operating system||Android 9.0 Pie|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00|
|Number of SIMs||2|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|
The Reno has an optical fingerprint sensor integrated into the display, which is very fast and reliable, and the earpiece is subtly integrated into the top edge of the phone.
The Reno’s bezel-less design is topped up with a 16-megapixel pop-up selfie camera. The Reno’s selfie camera is placed inside a lopsided section that rises from the right-hand corner of the display like a shark fin. While Oppo has already demonstrated that it’s working on under-display cameras, and is keeping the technologies welcoming. The headline feature of the Reno is another trick that Oppo has been showing off in prototype form for a while: the supposedly “10x” periscope zoom camera.
The Reno phone claims to have a 10x zoom camera. In the camera app, you can press a zoom button to go to 2x digital zoom, then 6x optical zoom, then 10x “hybrid zoom”, the latter of which is ostensibly an AI-enhanced advance on the 6x setting. This phone has three prime lenses with software to fill in the gaps, rather than an actual zoom lens.
In good light, the Reno turns in sharp, well-exposed 13-megapixel zoom shots that simply wouldn’t have been possible on previous smartphones. The 5x zoom lens is optically stabilized, which helps with shaky hands during the day.
The Reno has an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra wide camera and uses Sony’s popular 48-megapixel IMX586 sensor with an f/1.7 lens for the primary camera, shooting pixel-binned 12-megapixel shots by default. Its low-light performance is great, its dedicated night mode is effective in even lower light, and its daylight colors are well-balanced. Although it doesn’t perform the mind-bending HDR gymnastics of a Pixel, you’ll almost always get punchy and dynamic results that retain a ton of detail.
The Reno feels like the fastest Android as it uses a Snapdragon 855 processor. ColorOS still does take a lot of inspiration from iOS, to be clear — its iPhone X-style multitasking system is very slick, while its bubbly notifications are less so.
When it comes to the screen, Oppo isn’t using the OnePlus 7 Pro’s amazing 90Hz 1440p OLED display which in other words means it doesn’t match that phone’s most compelling selling point. The Reno’s panel is also 1080p. It’s a great screen in terms of contrast and colour rendition, but it isn’t class-leading overall.