OPPO Reno2 First Impressions


Not long after OPPO debuted the Reno series of phones, we're seeing a second wave of smartphones: the Reno2 series. The Reno2 consists of the top-end Reno2, the Reno2Z, and the Reno2F. I got a chance to play with the Reno2 for a brief amount of time and here are my first impressions on all that the phone has to offer.

OPPO Reno2: Design

It's a known fact that OPPO makes some of the most aesthetically pleasing phones. And the Reno2 is no different. The Reno2 is a result of skilled craftsmanship and years of refinements. The phone is beautifully wrapped in glass and its rounded sides make it a pleasure to hold the phone.

But what will catch your eye is the discreet camera setup. Unlike most camera setups that we've seen on smartphones, this setup is completely flush with the back and actually sits under a slab of Gorilla Glass 5. Below the camera sits a protective ceramic dot that protects the cameras when the phone is placed flat on a surface.

The phone comes in two colour variants i.e. Ocean Blue and Luminous Back. The Ocean Blue reflects shades from green to purple and is a much more refined gradient that doesn't look gaudy. The Luminous Black features a light-emitting area with an unequal-edge nano-texture, that achieves a luminescent look from certain angles.

OPPO Reno2: Display

Carrying forward the Reno legacy, the Reno2 too sports a panoramic display that stretches from edge to edge. The 6.55-inch “Dynamic AMOLED” display has a resolution of 2400x1080 and is protected with Gorilla Glass 6. The display is HDR-enabled and also has a Widevine L1 certification meaning it’ll be able to play 1080p content on video streaming services like Prime Video and Netflix.

The Reno2 comes with an improved E3 sunlight screen that reduces power consumption while increasing the screen service life by 50%. The display is sufficiently bright and is something that all users will be content with. It offers a good viewing experience is all I’m saying.


OPPO Reno2: Hardware

The Reno2 is powered by the Snapdragon 730G that is specially made keeping gaming in mind. With a powerful Adreno 618, GPU and 8GB of RAM, performance, and gaming on the Reno2 should be a breeze. In the short the time I’ve had with the phone, I can say that PUBG players will be happy with how this phone performs.

The phone comes in a single variant with 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage that should be sufficient for most users. The phone in spite of being impressively thin still retains the 3.5mm headphone jack. It has a USB Type-C port that charges a 4,000mAh battery which has support for VOOC 3.0 Flash Charge.

The Reno2 features an optical in-display fingerprint scanner that is touted to be faster than it was on the predecessor. So far, it seems to work just fine and is miles better than the one on the Mi A3, a recently released phone that I reviewed here. If face unlock is what you’re looking for, the shark-fin selfie camera offers that and it works well too.

OPPO Reno2: Camera

The Reno2 comes with a quad-camera setup (48MP+8MP+13MP+2MP), that is neatly arranged at the center of the phone. The primary sensor is a 48MP Sony IMX586 that supports OIS and EIS. There is a 13MP telephoto sensor that is capable of about 2x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom and up to 20x digital zoom. Additionally, there’s an 8MP wide-angle camera and a 2MP mono lens. Unlike the Reno10x Zoom, there is no periscope lens to be found on this phone.

For better results, OPPO has opted for a lot of software add-ons. There's an all-new Ultra Dark Mode that takes better shots by taking the help of the NPU. The ultra-wide camera on the Reno2 also doubles up as a macro camera and can take close-distance shots.

You can check out full-sized camera samples from the OPPO Reno2 here.

The selfie camera of the phone is hidden in a motorized shark-fin that takes about a second to pop out. OPPO has taken considerable care of durability and the camera is also configured to retract automatically when it detects a fall. A selfie camera is a 16MP unit that features software add-ons like Ambient Light mode and AI Beauty mode.

The Reno2 also places emphasis on video shooting and features an Ultra Steady mode that makes use of EIS and OIS together to deliver excellent stabilization in wide-angle lens mode (with 20% rate of cropping). The phone also offers Boke Effect for videos, video zoom up to 20x and audio zoom amongst other video-centric features.

OPPO has gone all the way in making this a video shooter’s companion by including a smart video editor app called SOLOOP that “uses AI” to make videos from clips shot on the phone.

OPPO Reno2: Software

Like all OPPO phones, the Reno2 is also painted with ColorOS (6.1) on top of Android (Pie). ColorOS is characteristic of borderless gradient colors and is one of the more visually appealing UIs out there. It comes with a bevvy of features that one can use to customize their experience to the hilt.

With a processor that’s dedicated for gaming, there are some dedicated software features too. According to OPPO, Hyper Boost 2.0, along with Touch Boost 2.0 and Frame Boost 2.0, monitor real-time gaming performance and predict lag to adjust frame rates and stability. If that sounds, confusing it basically means it’ll offer a good gaming experience.

OPPO also announced a collaboration with COCOS, an open-source game development platform, to optimize games within the game engine.

OPPO Reno2: Early Verdict

The Reno2 is quite a looker and offers a promising camera experience too. In terms of performance, the Snapdragon 730G and 8GB of RAM should not let down any user. With the inclusion of a 3.5mm jack and a sizeable battery, this phone seems to check all the basics of a good smartphone. But we’ll only pass a verdict once we put the phone through its paces. Wait for our full review of the Reno2 that will follow soon.

The Reno2 is priced at INR 36,999. The other two phones in the series: the Reno2Z is priced at INR 29,999. The Reno2F will launch in November and pricing details are unavailable yet. You can pre-order the former two phones starting from today.

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