With premium design, immersive display and flagship chipset, Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is set to challenge the ‘Flagship Killer’. But, does it make a worthy option? Let’s find out.
Oppo has introduced its new sub-brand in India, known as Reno. The company has also introduced its maiden device with the launch of Oppo Reno 10x Zoom. The smartphone comes with a price tag of Rs 49,999 and it will be available for purchase from Flipkart, Amazon and key retail stores.
With this, the company is touting its newest flagship device as the first that comes equipped with a host of new technologies. The first being the new Shark Fin Rising Camera that basically hides the front camera, rear camera flashlight and earpiece with a sliding mechanism. Another key feature of the device is the 10x hybrid zoom and inclusion of some top-of-the-line camera muscle. This coupled with a premium design, immersive display and flagship chipset, Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is set to challenge the ‘Flagship Killer’. But, does it make a worthy option? Let’s find out.
Design and Display
When it comes to design, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom shines bright with its premium design coupled with the gradient design. The company has added a texture layer on the back of the device, which gives a premium look and feels. We got the Ocean Green colour option and it delivers a matte texture, which is pleasing to the eye. Another interesting thing here is that due to the matte finish, the smudges are not that visible as we have seen in other glass-infused smartphones in the price band.
Oppo has done a good job in hiding the cameras under the back cover, which gives a seamless look to the device. The edges are made of metal, which provides the much-needed durability factor. Giving brief about ports placement, you get volume controls on the right, while the left features power on/off button. The base of the device features a hybrid dual-SIM slot along with USB Type-C port and speaker grille. The top houses the new Shark Fin Rising camera. The back features a triple-camera setup and you can see Oppo’s branding just beneath it. That said, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom certainly scores some good points in the design part. You check out the pictures of the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom here.
Coming to the display, the smartphone is equipped with a 6.6-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels along with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. The display looks pretty decent in our opinion and the viewing angles are good as well. The AMOLED screen delivers some deep blacks and colours look quite vibrant on this phone. This is possible due to the DCI-P3 colour gamut. The screen also features Blue light reduction, which means that it emits less blue light as it is certified with TUV Rheinland, an eye-care certification.
Coming to its major highlight, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is equipped with a triple-camera setup. The primary sensor is of 48MP rear camera with LED flash, 1/2.25″ Sony IMX586 sensor, f/1.7 aperture, 0.8um pixel size, OIS, Laser AF, PDAF, CAF, 13MP periscope telephoto lens, f/3.0 aperture and an 8MP 120-degree Ultra Wide lens with f/2.2 aperture, 10x Hybrid Optical Zoom. The company is providing dual OIS, one with a main 48MP camera and second with a 13MP telephoto lens. It is also offering 10x hybrid zoom technology, which basically utilizes all the cameras at various zoom ranges to achieve the 10x hybrid zoom.
The company has added different modes as well including Ultra-Night Mode 2.0, Dazzle Color Mode, Artistic Portrait mode and more. The phone is capable of shooting 4K videos and it uses all the microphones present on the phone to record surround sounds.
This is not it. Oppo has introduced a new pop-up mechanism known as Shark Fin Rising Camera. The wedge-shaped pop-up mechanism rises when you unlock the device, open up selfie camera or use flash with a rear module. This is because it houses an earpiece, selfie sensor and a flash module at the back. The company claims that the mechanism can last over 6 years of usage.
Coming to the camera performance, in our brief testing, we found out that the camera does a really good job in capturing details in broad daylight and the macro shots came out to be good as well. The zooming feature comes with 2x, 6x and 10x options and you get decent details with 10x zoom. We will talk more about this in our upcoming review. Meanwhile, you can check some camera samples of the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom.
Hardware and Software
On the hardware front, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor along with Adreno 640 GPU. The phone is backed by 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage and there is another variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The company is stressing a lot on the gaming front and it has introduced some features to attract gamers as well.
To start with, the company has added three heat dissipation methods including graphite sheets, Copper Pipe Cooling tech, and thermal conductive grease paste. It has also introduced a Game Shock feature, which uses the linear motor to deliver haptic feedback. This means while playing games, the motor will react to different sound effects occurred in-game scenes and give different vibration effects. Then there is Game Assistant to optimises the gaming experience.
Oppo has added in-display fingerprint sensor along with face unlock feature. In our testing, we found out that the fingerprint sensor is quite fast in unlocking the device and the face unlock also unlocks the device really fast.
On the software front, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom runs on ColorOS 6.0, which is based on Android 9.0 Pie. The company has improved its user interface and it has finally included the app drawer support, which is a good thing. The user interface is smooth in operations and we didn’t face any lag during our brief testing.
Battery and Connectivity
On the battery front, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is backed by a 4065mAh battery and the company has added VOOC 3.0 fast charging solution with its latest device. It would be interesting to see how fast is the new charging solution from Oppo and whether the battery last one full day with power usage or not. Connectivity features include Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, USB Type-C, NFC, Game Boost 2.0, and 3.5mm audio jack.
The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom excels in the design department and the display surely looks immersive. It would be the icing on the cake if the company would have introduced a Quad HD screen with this one. The cameras are capable of taking some good shots and the hardware is top notch. As for the competition is concerned, it will be up against the likes of OnePlus 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10e, Google Pixel 3a XL and more.