Oppo Reno2: A familiar upgrade

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The Oppo Reno2 is now available in the UAE following its official launch. We’ve had the phone for a few days now and while it is familiar feeling in the hand, most of the changes come with its camera.

48MP quad-camera

A big change from last year’s Reno, the Reno2 sports a quad-camera setup. It comes with a 48MP Sony IMX586 main lens, a 13MP telephoto lens, an 8MP wide-angle lens and a 2MP mono lens for portraits. The combination supports 5x hybrid zoom technology as well as Oppo’s Ultra Dark Mode at night. On the video front, it can record up to 4K footage at 30fps however, the more interesting feature is Ultra Steady video. With this, the phone locks at 1080p footage at 60fps to capture smooth video.

The quad-camera setup on the Reno2 is a major upgrade

This being a first look, I wasn’t able to extensively test all the phone’s camera features. Things like bokeh video from the both the front and rear camera as well as sound focus, which enhances audio quality in videos. Portrait mode also needs a more in-depth look but one thing that impressed me was the ultra-wide angle lens for macro shots. We will have more image samples and comparisons with the phone coming shortly.

Display technology

With a 93.1 per cent screen-to-body ratio, the phone’s 6.5-inch Sunlight AMOLED display is great for media consumption. It comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection, while the phone’s body is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. This kind of bezel-less technology is possible thanks to the phone’s swivelling front camera, which remains an Oppo Reno trademark. But with it, there are sacrifices like the lack of official IP-certification.

Would you trade a pop-up mechanism for a completely bezel-less display?

While many phones nowadays opt for curved panels, I don’t think they are a necessity. The Reno2 does fine with its display and more so, with its 2400 x 1080 resolution. One thing lacking are stereo speakers but at least Oppo hasn’t skimped out on the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Under the hood

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz on the Reno2. This is paired with 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. The phone runs on ColorOS 6.1, which is far from stock Android but if you’re familiar with Oppo’s software, you will feel at home.

Gaming on the device should not be a problem

It requires a learning curve but it isn’t too bad. Plus, most of the user interface is relatively snappy with only a few minor hiccups. But notably, there was no problem with gaming when I tried playing Call of Duty: Mobile so that is a good sign for the Adreno 618 GPU on board. To top it off, the phone has a 4,000mAh battery which should be more than enough for a day’s worth of usage. And with Oppo’s 20W VOOC 3.0 Flash Charge, you should be seeing the battery charge from 0 per cent to 50 per cent in just 30 minutes.

Conclusion

The Oppo Reno2 is a refinement more than anything. It aims at improving the camera experience while staying relatively unchanged from the original Reno. With features still left to test, it should be interesting to see how it stacks up with the fiercely competitive smartphone market.