OPPO Reno, the protagonist of this review, embodies the exaltation of technological beauty at the service of the user and, to a business card characterized by an elegant aesthetic and attention to detail, it combines very interesting performances. Read on because I will reveal everything in detail
Fresh from a year full of satisfactions due to the official arrival in the Italian market in conjunction with the success of the excellent series RX17, OPPO has decided to go big again. The credit is all to be attributed to OPPO Reno, the new smartphone series officially launched in Italy a few days ago in a splendid setting in Piazza Duomo in Milan.
OPPO Reno in its basic variant will be the protagonist of this review. Smartphone that has made all fans of the sector discuss since the day of the presentation thanks to a true top design, thanks to the engineering choice to introduce a unique front chamber defined as “shark fin“. During the OPPO Reno review, however, you will discover that the Chinese company’s smartphone is not only aesthetic but also has a powerful and totally personal soul.
Technical sheet | OPPO Reno Review
- Display: 6.4-inch Full HD + OLED, 19.5: 9 ratio with 430 nits of brightness
- SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
- Operating system: ColorOS with Android 9 Pie
- Memory: 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256 GB (UFS 2.0) of internal memory
- Rear Camera: dual camera with 48 MP main sensor (Sony IMX586) with OIS and f / 1.7 aperture, second 5 MP sensor with f / 2.4 aperture – Front chamber: 16 MP sensor with f / 2.0 aperture
- Connectivity: Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS/GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C
- Battery: 3,765 mAh with fast charging up to 18 W (VOOC 3.0)
- Dimension: 156,6 x 74,3 x 9 mm
- Weight: 185 grams
A first-class aesthetic | OPPO Reno Review
The choice to equip the smartphone with a retractable camera has allowed OPPO engineers to undermine all the competition and offer users what it is in all respects the most beautiful smartphone in its price range. The almost absolute screen-to-body ratio is impressive with a high optimization also of the lower frame that often receives a different treatment in competitors. On the front, in fact, only the beautiful stands out 6.4-inch OLED display protected by a glass Gorilla Glass of the sixth generation.
Turning the smartphone continues that feeling of quality and attention to detail; the back cover made of glass with a matte finish is almost an exercise in style thanks to the coloring Ocean Green iridescent (also available in a beautiful color Jet Black which, however, loses these nuances) but above all to the absence of protrusions, not even the cameras. To protect them and the glassy surface of the back cover, OPPO Reno has been equipped with a small, very elegant green ceramic insert to keep the raised surface in order to avoid involuntary scratches.
The display from the diagonal so demanding did not allow an optimization higher than 156.6 x 74.3 x 9 mm in size. Overall, however, we are faced with one of the devices with the best construction in this price range. Due to these dimensions and the sophisticated materials used in the construction, the overall weight of the smartphone’s 185g it is certainly not to be overlooked, even in the face of a high level of slipperiness due to the opaque finish adopted. Definitely recommended to use with the semi-rigid plastic cover included in the sales package. On the sides of the device there are, in addition to the on / off button and the volume rocker, the Type-C 2.0 connector for charging, the mono system speaker and, fortunately, the 3.5mm jack. Among other things, the headphones included in the package have a good sound performance.
Great OLED display without being the best panel on the market | OPPO Reno Review
The 6.4-inch OLED display in 19.5: 9 with Full HD resolution (1080 × 2340, 403ppi) is a nice unit with very deep blacks even if it is definitely not the best panel out there. The coverage of the RGB color space is excellent but the overall calibration is slightly too saturated. According to my very personal taste, I would like to tell you that this feature contributes to enhancing the impact with the full-screen display but there is no doubt that, in part, the realism of the colors is lost. Excellent instead brightness in any context of light thanks to the almost 500 nits of maximum value, on paper not many but I can assure you that in use under the rays of the sun they did not make me regret higher figures. The oleophobic treatment is also excellent.
The Snapdragon 710 paired with fast memories is a security | OPPO Reno Review
This is not the first time we have dealt with it Snapdragon 710 and even in this case it is confirmed as one of the most successful processors ever at Qualcomm. On paper it is not a top-of-the-range processor but in the field of daily use the performance does not stand out very much, thanks to the OPPO Reno equipment consisting of 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 256GB UFS 2.0 fast memories (not expandable). Applications such as Instagram, Facebook as well as browsing on Google Chrome start up quickly and the speed of execution and processing is only a step below the top of the range. Multitasking, thanks to the amount of RAM, is a pleasure. Thanks to the presence of Level 1 DRM (Widevine L1) it is also possible to enjoy Netflix in HD.
Present both the unlocking with 2D face recognition and the unlocking with optical sensor under the display that needs to illuminate the relative portion of the screen in order to function. The first is really immediate and always efficient while the second unlocks almost 10 times out of 10 but in terms of speed it is a technology that can still be perfected a little. OPPO has also thought about gaming lovers by introducing Game Boost 2.0, the application that optimizes hardware performance (pushes the clock of the processor and video card to the maximum) and software settings (excludes annoyances due to sudden notifications) to push the gaming phases of theAdreno 616 to its fullest potential. The playability is more than good even if on more expensive video games like PUBG it is not possible to reach more than 30 frames per second at maximum details.
Quality cameras for the mid-range but below the top | OPPO Reno Review
OPPO Reno is equipped with a rear photographic module in dual configuration consisting of a 48MP f / 1.7 Sony IMX586 main sensor and a secondary 5MP f / 2.4 sensor intended for depth of field while at the front there is a single 16MP camera. The 48MP main camera interpolates pixels for high quality 12MP photos. Compared to OPPO Reno 10X, there is a lack of the 13MP telephoto lens and the 8MP wide-angle sensor.
During the day and with a lot of light, the shots are almost flawless thanks to the 48 MP main camera and the 5 MP depth sensor that maintain a high amount of captured details. The white balance and color in general is excellent, indeed perhaps only a hair tending to yellowish temperatures. Autofocus and exposure are at the top. Speaking of saturation, OPPO has made available a software setting to enhance the intensity of the colors even in addition to the realistic, giving more character to your shots. The shots in portrait mode, especially in good light because, when it goes down, the depth sensor struggles to detach the subject from the artificial lights. The maximum zoom at 10x is also good, although the shots are fully usable up to 6-7x.
At night theUltra Night Mode 2.0 which, through the superimposition of several shots, improves the most difficult situations even if it cannot always be relied on because it tends to flatten the shadows and lights of the scene a lot. In general, the quality goes to decline but almost always you can bring out excellent shots.
Thanks to the shark fin solution that we haven’t talked about for a while in the review of this OPPO Reno, it was possible to equip the smartphone with an excellent 16 MP front chamber and a small LED flash for even more defined selfies. By the way, no problem regarding any falls because through the various sensors the software, once the fall has been recognized, will block the use of the front chamber and close it. Anterior chamber which has the defect of accumulating a little too much dust inside.
The limits of this hardware equipment, which does not include an optical image stabilizer, come to the surface especially when capturing videos (4K 30fps max) which, albeit with good definition and image quality, suffer greatly from the lack of stabilization. at 60 fps, while at 30fps the situation improves.
Seamless connectivity, NFC included! | OPPO Reno Review
Telephone part promoted with flying colors and complete connectivity on all fronts: present the NFC. The Wi-Fi module guarantees the use of almost the entire band even at significant distances from the modem, despite several walls which, with other devices, do not allow connection. The system speaker is unfortunately only mono (I think a stereo audio driver could have been adapted inside the retractable module) it has a decidedly high volume but lacking in the low tones and also a metallic hair. The connectivity department is completed by: Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS / GLONASS / BeiDou / Galileo and USB Type-C 2.0.
We hope OPPO continues to update | OPPO Reno Review
The ColorOS, OPPO’s proprietary interface, has never made Android users particularly crazy outside the Asian continent, becoming in effect a weak point of the Chinese company’s devices. With this new ColorOS 6.0, thanks to an aesthetic and functional renewal, the steps forward are evident to the point of becoming a strength. Long last no problem with lost or invisible notifications as it happened in the past. The whole system based on Android 9 Pie, updated in this case to the security patches of April, has an aesthetic that I personally like very much with beautiful animations and full of colors, perhaps too much. The small criticism in this regard is to be made to the lack of consistency found between the shapes and colors of the various menus, icons and quick toggles. Present an infinity of customizations including gestures and theAlways-On Display which, however, does not show notifications from applications downloaded from the Play Store. During the two weeks of testing we received an update of the operating system, we hope OPPO continues on this path.
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