Price and Availability
The Oppo Reno series has been launched in China today, with the Standard Edition price starting at 2,999 yuan (around Rs 31,000) for the 6GB+128GB base variant. It comes in four color variants namely fog sea green, extreme night black, mist powder, and nebula purple (names translated from Chinese).
The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition, on the other hand, will start retailing at 3,999 yuan (around Rs 41,000) for the base variant and will only be available in two color variants.
The Oppo Reno series is now available for pre-order and will go on sale from 16th April, only in China at the moment though. These smartphones are expected to go global at a launch event in Zurich on 24th April, where the pricing for Europe, India, and numerous other markets is expected to be announced.
Oppo Reno: Standard Edition
Oppo Reno carries forward the primary goal of providing the users with an “unintrusive experience” but in a feature-packed package. The company asserts that the glass rear panel of the Reno has a matte finish with a single-color 3D gradient pattern.
The display on the Oppo Reno is a 6.4-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED panel with no notch, hole-punch or any other form of intrusion. It’s a truly bezel-less design, which we’ve come to expect from flagship Oppo and Vivo smartphones. The display is TÜV Rheinland certified and boasts a 93.1 percent screen-to-body ratio.
The Oppo Reno is powered by the Snapdragon 710 chipset, which is the same one that we’ve seen on the Oppo R17 Pro. It’s coupled with up to 8GB LPDDR4x RAM and 256GB UFS 2.1 storage.
On the camera front, the standard edition Reno includes a dual rear camera setup with a 48MP (f/1.7) Sony IMX586 sensor, along with a 5MP (f/2.4) depth sensor. The latter sure comes as a disappointment and I would’ve preferred an ultra wide-angle secondary lens.
As for the selfie camera, well, the myriad of leaks were indeed true. Oppo Reno comes with a new wedge-style pop-up camera module (seen above) that takes about 0.8 seconds to open, and hosts the 16MP (f/2.0) selfie camera. There’s no Face ID-like facial recognition tech onboard.
There’s also an under-screen fingerprint sensor included in the Oppo Reno and its unlock speed is said to have been improved by 29%. It includes a 3,765 mAh battery, runs Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS, has all major connectivity options, like Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C port, and more.
Oppo Reno: 10x Zoom Edition
Jumping to the main attraction of the launch today, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition is boasting the same design as the standard edition but comes with a larger 6.6-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED screen.
Since this is a higher-end variant, it is powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset, coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. There’s also an upgraded camera module on the rear in comparison to the standard edition.
The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition includes a triple camera module, with a primary 48MP (f/1.7) Sony IMX586 sensor, an 8MP (f/2.2) ultra wide-angle sensor, and a 13MP (f/3.0) telephoto/ periscope camera system. The latter one sports a prism element and it’s the main component that enables the 10x hybrid optical zoom capability.
The selfie camera onboard here is the same as the standard edition, along with all other specifications like connectivity, biometrics, software, and more. It’s only the battery size that’s been bumped up to 4065mAh on this higher-end variant.
Oppo Reno seems like a pretty decent addition to Oppo’s innovative smartphone lineup, and I would love to see the company launch both the variants in India over the coming days. The 10x Zoom variant, if priced right, could sit in the same price segment as the OnePlus 7 lineup and it would be interesting to see a comparison between phones from companies of the same parent.