We spent some time with the device and this is what we think of it.
Oppo has today announced the launch of its latest Reno 2 series in India. The company has introduced Oppo Reno 2, Reno 2Z and Reno 2F smartphones in the country. Although the Reno 2Z and Reno 2F come with some similar set of features, it is Reno 2 that comes with innovations and it is loaded with a host of interesting features.
The phone is priced at Rs 36,990 and it will be available for sale starting from September 20, 2019. The smartphone comes with a premium design language along with some latest hardware and the quad-camera setup at the back panel. So, does it have all the features to make it the next big hit from Oppo? We spent some time with the device and this is what we think of it.
Design and Display
Starting with the design first, the Oppo Reno 2 comes with a similar design language as we have seen in Reno standard edition and Reno 10x Zoom. You get a glass finish at the back panel. However, this time the company has added a new gradient finish at the back panel. We got the Luminous Black colour option for the review and it surely looks quite interesting as you get dark blue accent at the edges and around the Oppo branding, while the rest of the body comes with black colour option.
Talking about ports placement, the front features an immersive screen and there is no notch on the top, all thanks to the new Shark Fin Rising camera. The pop-up mechanism is similar to what we have seen in previous Reno smartphones. The Right side of the device features power on/off button and dual-SIM card slot, while the left features a volume controls. The base pf the device is equipped with a USB Type-C port flanked between 3.5mm audio jack and speaker grille.
The back panel of the device comes with a quad-camera setup, which is hidden under the glass. This adds some brownie points to the device language. That said, the Oppo Reno 2 is probably one of the most refined smartphone from Oppo we have seen in a while.
Coming to the display, the Oppo Reno 2 is equipped with a 6.55-inch Dynamic AMOLED Panoramic display with a screen resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. The display is protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. The display delivers some punchy colours and watching movies is a delight on this phone. The narrows are quite slim and it comes with a 93.1 per cent screen-to-body ratio. We will talk more about this in our upcoming review.
Hardware and Software
On the hardware front, the Oppo Reno 2 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor. The phone is loaded with an 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded via microSD card slot. Although it is too early to comment on the performance of the device, looking at the price tag, it will face a stiff competition with the likes of OnePlus 7, Samsung Galaxy A80 and more, that offers quite interesting specs sheets.
On the software front, the phone runs on ColorOS 6.1, which is based on Android 9.0 Pie. The user interface comes with some refined advancements and it is smoother and faster as compared to predecessors. We will talk more about this in our upcoming review. Moving on, the phone also features an in-display fingerprint sensor and it also supports face recognition. The fingerprint sensor is quite fast to unlock the device and the face unlock feature works quite decently as well.
Coming to the major highlight, the Oppo Reno 2 is a first from Oppo to be equipped with quad cameras. The phone is loaded with a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor, a 13-megapixel telephoto lens with 5X hybrid zoom, an 8-megapixel 116-degree wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel mono lens. For the front, it is loaded with a 16-megapixel shooter for selfies and video calling.
The camera user interface is similar to other Oppo and Realme smartphones. You get different modes including Photo, Portrait, Video, Night, Pano, Expert, Time-lapse and Slo-Mo. In our brief testing, we found out that the camera does a pretty good job in the daylight conditions as the images came out to be crispy and detailing was too the point. The selfie performance seems to be decent as well.
Battery and Connectivity
On the battery front, the Oppo Reno 2 is backed by a 4000mAh battery with VOOC flash charge 3.0 fast charging support. The battery should ideally last one full day of normal usage. On the connectivity front, it supports dual 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, dual-SIM and USB Type-C port.
To conclude, the Reno 2 is a well-designed smartphone from Oppo. The hidden rear cameras at the back give a quite decent look and the display is quite immersive in nature. The hardware seems to be decent as well and the camera looks promising. Overall, the phone seems to be a good attempt from the company, though, with this price tag, it will face a stiff competition with the likes of OnePlus 7 and Redmi K20 Pro, which offers the latest flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor along with other top-notch features.
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