Oppo Reno Unveiled: 10x Zoom and Wedge-Style Pop-Up Camera

Oppo Reno Unveiled: 10x Zoom and Wedge-Style Pop-Up Camera

Following the debut of its 10x hybrid zoom technology at MWC 2019, Oppo has been building anticipation for its flagship launch. The Oppo Reno, a new series from the Chinese tech giant, has finally been revealed, comprising two editions: the standard Reno and a premium variant featuring 10x zoom and Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.

Price and Availability

The Oppo Reno series debuted in China today, with the Standard Edition priced at 2,999 yuan (approximately Rs 31,000) for the 6GB+128GB base model. It is available in four color options: fog sea green, extreme night black, mist powder, and nebula purple (names translated from Chinese).

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition will retail at 3,999 yuan (around Rs 41,000) for the base variant and will only be available in two color options. Below is the pricing for all configurations of Oppo Reno series:

Oppo Reno Unveiled: 10x Zoom and Wedge-Style Pop-Up Camera
Variant/Price Oppo Reno Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition
6GB+128GB 2,999 yuan 3,999 yuan
6GB+256GB 3,299 yuan 4,499 yuan
8GB+256GB 3,599 yuan 4,799 yuan

The Oppo Reno series is available for pre-order and will go on sale from 16th April, exclusively in China for now. These smartphones are anticipated to launch globally at an event in Zurich on 24th April, where pricing for Europe, India, and other markets will be announced.

Oppo Reno: Standard Edition

Oppo Reno aims to offer users an “unintrusive experience” within a feature-packed package. The company claims the Reno’s glass rear panel has a matte finish with a single-color 3D gradient pattern.

The Oppo Reno features a 6.4-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED panel, boasting a truly bezel-less design typical of flagship Oppo and Vivo smartphones. The display, TÜV Rheinland certified, achieves a 93.1 percent screen-to-body ratio.

Powered by the Snapdragon 710 chipset, identical to the one found in the Oppo R17 Pro, the Reno offers up to 8GB LPDDR4x RAM and 256GB UFS 2.1 storage.

On the camera front, the standard Reno model sports a dual rear camera setup comprising a 48MP (f/1.7) Sony IMX586 sensor alongside a 5MP (f/2.4) depth sensor. However, the absence of an ultra-wide-angle secondary lens may disappoint some users.

Regarding the selfie camera, the leaks were true. Oppo Reno features a wedge-style pop-up camera module (pictured above), taking 0.8 seconds to open, housing the 16MP (f/2.0) selfie camera, without Face ID-like facial recognition.

An under-screen fingerprint sensor is also included in Oppo Reno, with a 29% improved unlock speed. It features a 3,765 mAh battery, and runs on Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS, with standard connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C port, and more.

Oppo Reno: 10x Zoom Edition

The highlight of today’s launch is the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition, sharing the design of the standard edition but with a larger 6.6-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED screen.

As a higher-end variant, this device features the Snapdragon 855 chipset, with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Additionally, it boasts an upgraded rear camera module compared to the standard edition.

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition houses a triple camera setup, comprising a 48MP (f/1.7) Sony IMX586 sensor, an 8MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a 13MP (f/3.0) telephoto/periscope system. The latter, equipped with a prism element, facilitates the 10x hybrid optical zoom.

Notably, the selfie camera remains unchanged from the standard edition, as do other specifications such as connectivity, biometrics, and software. The only enhancement lies in the battery capacity, now at 4065mAh.

Oppo Reno appears to be a promising addition to Oppo’s smartphone lineup. I anticipate the launch of both variants in India soon. The 10x Zoom version, if competitively priced, might compete with the OnePlus 7 lineup. It would be intriguing to compare phones from the same parent company.

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