The Oppo Reno series was introduced globally just last month, and Oppo Malaysia confirmed recently that the company’s latest flagship-tier smartphone will be coming to our shores. Oppo doesn’t release a lot of high-end smartphones, so the Reno is definitely an interesting device.
Sporting a unique pop-up selfie camera, an all-screen design, and the ability to do 10x hybrid zoom, this is not your run-of-the-mill flagship smartphone. If you’re keen to get this device, here’s what you need to know about the Reno.
Before we get to the good stuff, it’s worth noting that there are two versions of the Oppo Reno. There’s the regular, mid-range Reno, and the higher-end, flagship Reno 10x Zoom Edition. Yes, as its name suggests, only the flagship model can do 10x hybrid zoom. In fact, it’s the very same camera system we tested back in MWC 2019.
Thanks to the periscope-style lens arrangement, the Reno 10x Zoom Edition has the impressive zooming capability without added thickness. On top of that, the 10x hybrid zoom is made possible with the camera’s three sensors: a primary 48MP f/1.7 shooter, a 13MP f/3.0 telephoto camera, and an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle sensor.
As for the standard Oppo Reno, it features a dual camera system instead, consisting of a 48MP f/1.7 shooter and a 5MP f/2.4 sensor.
Despite the different rear camera systems, both variants of the Reno share the same 16MP f/2.0 pop-up camera module. Unlike other smartphones with a similar camera mechanism, the Reno features a wedge-shaped motorised camera that is said to be much quieter and quicker. According to Oppo, the selfie camera can be activated in only 0.8 seconds.
Because there’s no need to make space for a selfie camera on the front of the phone, the Reno has a sleek, almost all-screen design; there’s still a bit of bezel at the bottom of the display. The standard Reno has a 6.4-inch 1080p AMOLED display, while the higher-end Reno 10x Zoom model comes with a slightly bigger 6.6-inch 1080p AMOLED panel.
Regardless of which variant of the Reno you buy, you will get an in-screen fingerprint sensor. Compared to Oppo’s older implementations, the new sensor is said to be up to 28.5% faster. We’ll definitely put this to the test once we got our hands on the Reno smartphones.
Other specifications of the standard Reno and the 10x Zoom model differ quite a bit. The former, for one, is packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with up to 8GB of RAM, either 128GB or 256GB of internal storage, and a reasonably big 3,765mAh battery.
Naturally, the higher-end Reno 10x Zoom Edition is more well-equipped. It comes with a Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with 6GB or 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, and a slightly larger 4,065mAh cell. Both variants of the Reno run on Oppo’s ColorOS 6 software based on Android 9 Pie.
Interestingly, the Reno 10x Zoom also comes with a more robust cooling system. Oppo says that the flagship phone uses three different cooling technologies: cooling gel, triple graphite layering, and copper pipes. Supposedly, these three cooling technologies can bring down the phone’s temperature by 13%. We imagine this will come in handy during heated gaming sessions.
At the time of writing, it’s not known yet if Oppo Malaysia will bring in the standard Reno, or the flagship Reno 10x Zoom Edition. As a matter of fact, it’s entirely possible both models will be made available in Malaysia, though this is only mere speculation on our part.
Nonetheless, both variants of the Oppo Reno are definitely exciting smartphones, and it’ll be interesting to see exactly when Oppo Malaysia will bring either one (or both) of these devices into our market. We were told it will be happening “very soon,” so rest assured, we will keep a close eye on the local availability of the Reno.
Needless to say, the Malaysian pricing of the Reno will be our top priority too.