OPPO’s been pushing boundaries when it comes to smartphone camera technology. Having focused exclusively on the front-facing, selfie camera over the past few years, the company now turns its focus to the main camera and the overall design aesthetic of the smartphone. OPPO proved with the Find X that they could come up with new, innovative designs. It looks like that was just the first step for the company, with the OPPO Reno, the company proves that their innovation isn’t just meant for their high end flagships, but also their affordable ones.
The OPPO Reno takes the design language of the F11 Pro and the Find X and creates a new, sleek implementation which allows for a near borderless display which covers the whole front of the smartphone. The selfie camera remains hidden behind the screen but pops up when the selfie camera is triggered or when you need the flash. The motorised pop up mechanism has a unique shark fin shape which slopes at an angle; giving the smartphone an edgy look and feel. This motorised module will retract within 0.8 seconds when the gyrosensor senses the phone in free fall. The selfie camera module is a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture with a 26mm focal length. The camera is HDR (high dynamic range) capable.
The OPPO Reno isn’t really a flagship for the front camera, though its design emphasises it. Instead, the smartphone is focused on the main camera module. On this version of the OPPO Reno, the back camera is a dual sensor Sony IMX586 sensor. The sensor consists of a 48-megapixel main sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, a 26mm wide angle lens with a 1/2.0-inch sensor size and a 0.8µm pixel size. The sensor is equipped with phase detection autofocus (PDAF). This sensor is complemented with a 5-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. On the software end, the camera is capable of shooting video in 4K resolution, artistic portrait mode, ultra night mode 2.0 and colour mapping.
The Reno comes with a large 6.4-inch, Full HD AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels. The screen covers 93.1% of the face of the smartphone and is equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection.
All of these features are running atop the high end Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Octacore processor. The processor is configured with two cores clocked at 2.22GHz and the remaining six clocked 1.7GHz. The configuration promises top of the line performance though we’ll have to see if it delivers. This processor is supplemented with 6GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. The non-removable 3,765mAH battery powers the device.
Software wise, the OPPO Reno will be running ColorOS 6 on top of Android 9.0 (Pie). The Reno will be able to take advantage of 4G LTE connectivity on both FDD-LTE and TD-LTE bands. In addition, the smartphone comes with Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and works with WiFi 802.11 a/b/n/ac. It also has GPS connectivity as per the course with smartphones nowadays.
The OPPO Reno comes with USB Type C 1.0 and has USB on the go capabilities with support for VOOC Charging 3.0. It also comes with a under display fingerprints sensor and a dual nano SIM card slot. The Reno is also one of the only devices which ships with a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Pricing & Availability
The OPPO Reno will be going on sale starting 28 May, 2019 for MYR1,999. The smartphone will be available in Ocean Green and Jet Black.
You’ll be able to pre-order the Reno from 17 May, 2019 to 27 May 2019. Pre-orders will come with a battery casing, screen protection warranty and a one year extended warranty worth MYR119 each.