OPPO Reno2 review: sees what you don't see

A new smartphone manufacturer from the top 5 – is entering the Ukrainian market. OPPO brand. Manufacturers are already on the website

There is information about the availability of models. And at the disposal of the editorsggThe Reno2 – model was there for about 10 days. one of the top ones in the manufacturer’s portfolio in terms of photography. In this review, I will share my impressions of the smartphone’s camera and the device as a whole.

What is it?

OPPO Reno2 – this is a smartphone in pricecategories at the level of last year's flagships with one of the best cameras on the market, long-lasting battery and performance at the top of the mid-segment. The OPPO Reno2 camera is interesting because it consists of four modules, the main – 48 megapixel. There is also a super wide-angle module designed for landscapes and super macro photography. But the main feature of this device – five-fold hybrid zoom and night mode, which shoots even in complete darkness.

What kind of brand is this – OPPO?

I have already talked a little about the brand withinreport from the London presentation of OPPO Reno2 and an interview with the company's management. It is part of the portfolio of the Chinese corporation BBK Electronics, its top brand (it also owns the brands Vivo, Realme, OnePlus, but these are all separate companies that do not overlap in marketing, although they use each other’s technological developments). The first smartphones with an under-screen fingerprint scanner and a pop-up camera appeared under the OPPO brand. All this, by the way, is also in Reno2.

Now the manufacturer ranks fifth in the world,according to IDC. Above – Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi and Apple. Main market – China, but the company has begun active expansion into European countries and is expanding it with four new countries this year (including Ukraine). It also has a fairly strong position in India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and other Southeast Asia.

What is included with the OPPO Reno2?

Smartphone, charger, paper clip for installationSIM cards, a nice headset and a leather case. Complete with a blue device, it is a muted aqua color. The case has cutouts for cameras – retractable front and four-module main rear. The case protrudes above the body, in theory, this additionally protects the screen in case of a fall.

What about the design?

OPPO Reno2 – a typical representative of histime and device class. With a huge infinite screen, but without a cutout (the front camera is hidden in a retractable block), in a glass case with complex colors. Ocean Blue – all shades of blue/ the body shines and shimmers, reflects the world around it and collects fingerprints. The body really resembles the thickness of water.

There is a small protrusion on the body under the camera.It has both a design (a sort of “cherry on the cake”) and a functional task. When the smartphone is in your hand, you can navigate by it, which is higher – It’s better not to put the camera and fingers there, otherwise you’ll have to scrub the lenses to remove fingerprints. In addition, when the smartphone is lying on a table, thanks to the protrusion, the camera is less likely to come into contact with the surface.

The case's shortcomings are also classic – collects fingerprints so intensely that you don’t even have to try to erase them. For those with a case, this is not a problem.

The characteristics of the model on gsmarena indicate that6th generation protected Gorilla glass is used on the front side, and on the back – 5th. I used the smartphone without a case, but out of the box there was a protective film or thin glass stuck on the screen, I still didn’t understand. Rear – not a scratch. In front, on the protective layer, they are there, but they are shallow. Ends – aluminum. In color they almost merge with the body. Durable. Either they are not susceptible to small scratches, or the material is so well painted that they are not noticeable.

The smartphone is weighty, you can feel it in your hand.gram, but the weight is well balanced, and the device does not skew in one direction or the other. You can easily use it with one hand (adjusted for size, of course) and transfer it in it, if necessary.

Screen lock and volume keysThey are located at different ends, but they are not high, so there is no need to reach for them. In communication, OPPO focuses on the premium quality of its top and mid-series devices (Reno – medium), and in Reno2 it is readable at the design level. There is audio output! There is also a USB Type-C connector. There is only one speaker, there is not enough stereo. By itself it sounds cool, but not very loud.






Design feature of the model – in smoothlines. There are no corners or protruding parts. Even the camera – flush But if you put on a cover, it towers over it. This saves the lenses from fingerprints and contact with surfaces.

The front camera extends diagonally.By the way, it has its own speaker. Purely visually, this design looks more reliable. But I’m still skeptical about the appearance of any mechanical elements in such delicate creatures as smartphones.

The screen is solid?

OPPO Reno2 received a 6.5-inch AMOLED display,due to the absence of a cutout for the camera, its area is 93% of the front panel of the smartphone (though gsmarena has other data, 87.5%), the frames are really minimal on all sides.

Measurements of screen brightness with a colorimeter showedthe maximum value is 475 cd/m2. The indicator is decent, but not the highest. There were no problems with legibility on the street. But on the plane, under the almost horizontal rays of the dawn sun, the screen glared, so I had to close the window shade.

There are several color modes in the settings. For example, colors can be made less vivid (then, I believe, it will be closer to the IPS matrix), more or less cold. I took measurements at an average temperature. In the dark area, the screen was as close to the standard as possible, in the bright area the revelry began (see screenshots below). But life is normal, nice color rendering.

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You can also increase/decrease in the settingsfont, turn off flickering, turn on the blue filter, select applications for full screen mode, turn on the schedule for night mode and to display the clock when the display is turned off. Standard set.











What about autonomy and charging?

The battery capacity of OPPO Reno2 is 4000 mAh. Screen &#8211; AMOLED. And the processor is made using an 8 nm process technology. This means it is one of the most energy efficient solutions on the market.

I already wrote in the material with first impressionsthat during the press tour in London the charge was enough for a whole day with a camera, navigation, Internet roaming, etc. Later, wireless headphones were added to this package, but in Kyiv I used the smartphone less actively. I worked for a day and a half or two. In standby mode, battery consumption &#8211; minimal, I didn’t track how much was consumed overnight, but even if I went to bed and by that time the charge was approaching 20%, in the morning I could still use the smartphone for some time. In the PC Mark test, the smartphone worked for 10 hours.





OPPO claims that the smartphone charges 51% in30 minutes. It uses proprietary VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 technology and comes with a 20W charger). When the company was asked at an interview how long a full charge lasts, the answer was strange &#8211; they say, everyone has their own sockets, chargers can be compared here and give a single figure (probably the same as 51% for half an hour). They assumed it was one o'clock. I timed the charging time with it turned off. 51% is true for the stated time. A full charge (99% to be exact) lasted 1:20.

How does biometrics work?

Reno2 &#8211; in-display fingerprint sensorfingers and there is facial recognition on the popup camera. There are no questions about both; the camera quickly recognizes a face and is not at a right angle. In the photo below &#8211; fingerprint scanner. When I tried to take a photo, even from this angle the camera managed to recognize me, and the smartphone unlocked.

The sensor also works well and quickly, not inexample of the Samsung A-series (I don’t know what the situation is with flagships). At one time, it was OPPO that introduced this technology, and it works well on smartphones from BBK brands. At least in this price segment. In general, there is also a feeling of “seamlessness” here; the speed and accuracy of biometric protection are sufficient for comfortable use.

What about performance?

OPPO Reno2 is equipped with Qualcomm processorSnapdragon 730G and 8 GB of RAM. In my opinion, this is the weakest point of the model. And it’s weak not because there’s something wrong with performance. It was enough for my tasks, I used my smartphone for several days as my main working tool, I have dozens of applications installed.






I don’t particularly play games, just racing sometimes, and Asphalt 9 ran perfectly (by the way, OPPO smartphones have special optimization for games).





In general, my personal needs forThe performance in this price category is completely closed. The interface works smoothly, large video files play normally, and the flagships of our time have excessive performance. But there is a market and competitors, and an audience. She will surely notice that there are models with Snapdragon 855 in about the same category. And although OPPO does not consider Xiaomi or OnePlus to be its competitors, they still exist on the market and are well known to geeks even to a fairly large audience, so comparisons cannot be avoided.

What is interesting about the camera?

Main camera

I've already talked briefly about the camera's capabilities.in the previous article about the smartphone. Let me remind you that the camera consists of four modules: a main 48 MP (Sony IMX586, 1/2.0&#8243;, F/1.7 aperture), 13 MP telephoto lens (1/3.4&#8243;, F/2.4 aperture, autofocus), wide-angle 8 MP lens (116 ° / 1/3.2&#8243;), 2 MP mono lens for portrait mode (1/5 &#8220;/1.75 um).

In portraiture, I like that the camera, firstly, is very fast and manages to take decent pictures, even if a person is actively moving. Secondly, it separates a person from the background well.







The same is present in macro photography. Many smartphone cameras, even in the high-end segment, sin in that when they try to shoot something like that, they blur anything. Here the depth is really visible and the blur / non-blur corresponds to the plans on which the object is located.








OPPO positions macro photography in Reno2 as an opportunity to capture what the human eye cannot see. But here, for example.





But magic only works if the object is absolutelymotionless. In my case, I managed to catch the moment a few seconds before the start of a light wind, and already all the following frames at this approximation were blurred.

The night mode is also cool. At the presentation, everyone was taken to a completely dark room and showed how the smartphone removes the inscription in the dark. Objects were barely visible to the eye. It seemed to me that there should be some kind of trick, because this does not happen. But I don’t know what could be twisted here. Unfortunately, I did not use the latest flagship smartphones Samsung and Huawei and can not compare how good night modes are in them. Therefore, I will cite only Reno2 as an example.



















Here, for example, is a crop of one of the pictures. Shot at night, the phone is inside a phone booth, but it is not blurred, even the volume is clearly visible.

The darker and the more small objects, thethe position should be more stable. For ultra-night mode (that is, shooting in maximum darkness) without a tripod &#8211; no way. But if it’s just the lights of the big city &#8211; then you can get away with it.

This miracle in feathers also turned out to be distinguishable, although it is black against a black background, it drives black.

And here &#8211; example and good nightshooting, and good detail. Despite the low lighting and the frame actually moving, the inscription on the sign remained legible, as did the ethnic design on the gate and even what was happening in the windows!





In these pictures, notice that evenfrom a distance and in not very good light the inscriptions remain legible. Paintings, a movie poster across the metro station, and even a sign on a barely visible souvenir stall.






And where would we be without gloomy London? In cloudy weather, the camera also takes decent pictures. Except that it loses sharpness.








All sample photos are collected in a separate gallery on Torba.

Video shooting

Reno2 has several interesting featureswhen shooting video. Firstly, this is a sound recording. At the presentation they talked about how it takes place with three microphones. This allows you to work with different tracks during processing. Well, the result is appropriate. Secondly, stabilization.


Front camera &#8211; 16 MP (aperture f/2.0, wide angle, 26 mm). There are things that I really liked about it, and there are &#8211; which is absolutely not the case. From cool &#8211; shooting in the dark and background blur quality. The front camera, like the main one, is very good at this. By default, the Reno2 selfie camera takes pictures without any embellishments; they need to be turned on in the settings and you can adjust the skin, chin width, nose thickness, etc. separately. Compared to Vivo settings &#8211; The cat cried, but the main thing is there. In this interface, the difference between the two brands of the corporation is very clearly visible; OPPO is targeting a more mature audience that does not need so much decoration. Vivo&#8211; a more “youthful” product and with more Asian DNA.

In the material with first impressions, I wrote thatI didn’t really like the selfies taken with the Reno2 camera, and now I figured out why. I compared Reno2 with Samsung Galaxy A50 and Apple iPhone 8 when shooting in artificial light and outdoors in the evening only with Samsung. “iPhone”, of course, ended up in last place. Shows skin defects too well, too aggressive shadows on the face. Compared to the Galaxy A50, the Reno2 also has a lot of shadows, which makes the face look more tired. But at the same time, Samsung makes the skin tone warmer, and OPPO better detects the background and the blur looks more natural.






Is the interface convenient?

Unlike its corporate comrade, the OPPO brandI didn't play too hard with the interface. The proprietary ColorOS 6.1 add-on is logically very similar to Android, except that the design is different. I like the neat sliders in the settings, but the desktops, notification panel and other places where icons are present look a little heavy in my opinion.

OPPO has its own OPPO ID, at the presentationthe company presented it as its contribution to user safety. Like, don’t store backups anywhere. There is also blocking from fraudulent base stations. It turns out that there is such a thing. Fraudsters can send messages with false information, etc., when connecting a smartphone to their BS. “Children's mode” protects the parent's smartphone from loss of money, system changes, and children &#8211; from addiction and excessive use of the gadget.

There is also a secure keyboard that doesn'ttransmits data to the Internet, and prohibits recording photos and videos in the background. Apparently, in case the user installs dubious applications or some of the old familiar applications show their worst side, as has already happened with Expedia and some other programs on iOS. If during the presentation the large block about security seemed to me like a tribute to fashion and bragging, then in the process of getting acquainted with the interface I realized that OPPO really does a lot in this direction.













There are also many signature dishes on the menu.What was surprising to me (but apparently not surprising for our reality) &#8211; protection from harassment. These are ordinary black and white lists of numbers, by the way.


















Who are the competitors?

Any new brand on the market has one big problem &#8211; he competes with everyone, even if in other markets where he is already known, someone is no match for him.

Ukraine now has the strongest smartphone brand&#8211; Xiaomi. In China, OPPO is head and shoulders above in perception, and half a head &#8211; by sales. In other Asian markets, there are many places where brands compete and Xiaomi is ahead, but the difference is not so great.

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In Ukraine, direct comparison with more affordableOPPO brands cannot be avoided. Unfortunately, it was not possible to compare cameras and devices in general live, but Xiaomi and OnePlus have models in the same price category with the Snapdragon 855. For example, OnePlus 7T, it also has a higher screen resolution and OS version. True, there is no such a large zoom and the design, in my opinion, is lame.

At the same price category is the Samsung Galaxy A80. It is weaker in performance (the battery is smaller, 128 GB of internal memory, the camera is simpler), but surpasses it in terms of brand strength and recognition.

Xaiomi has a slightly higher price categorythere is a more sophisticated Black Shark 2 &#8211; plus a couple thousand hryvnia, but a flagship processor, 12 GB of RAM, for the same money &#8211; the same model with 8 GB of RAM. In a more affordable &#8211; Mi 9T Pro. Less memory, smaller screen, but Snapdragon 855. In fact, all the models described above are more powerful, but most likely they are inferior in the camera, at least in zoom.

Honor has the 20 Pro model.A little cheaper, but comparable in performance and features, except that the screen is IPS and has a cutout, which is a matter of taste. Some may like the selfie mode in Huawei/Honor more, and for such people this model may be more interesting.

Also in the same category &#8211; former flagships of Samsung and Huawei. They may be inferior in terms of camera and screen specs, but again, they have the power of the brand.

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In the dry residue

From the point of view of my personal liking, OPPO Reno2&#8211; an interesting smartphone with a cool camera and a good alternative to the market leaders, and to everyone. But it’s unlikely that this model will see big sales; most likely, it will help sell younger ones by the very fact of its presence on the market. Who should choose it? Probably for those who want to try something new, but are not chasing maximum performance for their money, but are willing to pay extra for the camera and design.

3 reasons to buy OPPO Reno2:

  • interesting, “expensive” design;
  • decent autonomy;
  • A wonderful camera that is powerful in different shooting modes.

2 reasons not to buy OPPO Reno2:

  • You are not ready to trust a new brand;
  • Maximum productivity for your money is important to you.

SpecificationsOPPO Reno2

AMOLED, 1080x2400 pixels, 20:9 (~401 ppi)

dimensions 160x74x10 mm, weight: 189 g, tempered Gorilla glass + aluminum

8nm Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730G (eight cores, 2&#215;2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold and 6&#215;1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver), Adreno 618

8 GB

Flash memory
256 GB, microSD up to 256 GB

main 48-megapixel (Sony IMX586,1/2.0&#8243;, F/1.7 aperture), 13 MP telephoto lens (1/3.4&#8243;, F/2.4 aperture, autofocus), 8 MP wide-angle lens (116 ° | 1/3.2&# 8243;), 2 MP mono lens for portrait mode (1/5 &#8220;| 1.75 um), front &#8211; 16 MP

Wireless technology
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4+5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP; LE, aptX HD, NFC, IR port

4000 mAh, non-removable, fast charging 22.5 W (51% in 30 min)

operating system
Android 9 Pie + Color OS 6.1

Sim card
2x nanoSIM

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OPPO Reno2

Smartphone with quality camera, powerful battery and cool design

OPPO Reno2 &#8211; smartphone with 48 megapixela camera with 5x hybrid zoom and a mode for shooting in complete darkness, in a stylish glass case, an under-screen fingerprint scanner and a front-facing popup camera.

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