The top-end Reno 2 actually isnt as high-end as the previous flagship, the dubiously named but excellent Reno 10x Zoom — that phone remains the fastest Reno in the lineup with its Snapdragon 855 processor. The Reno 2, then, is more of a sequel to the original regular Reno, but it sits right at the top of what you can expect from a midrange phone.
The flagship Reno 2. Image: Oppo The Reno 2 has a Snapdragon 730 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. The screen is a 6.5-inch 20:9 1080p Dynamic AMOLED panel, suggesting it uses the same impressive technology as Samsungs Galaxy S10 and Note 10, though well have to see it in person to confirm whether it compares in terms of quality.
While a quad-camera array doesnt necessarily signify a high-end phone these days — remember last weeks $140 Realme 5 — the Reno 2s looks to be pretty potent. It includes an 8-megapixel 16mm-equivalent wide-angle module, a 26mm-equivalent camera using Sonys dominant 48-megapixel IMX586 sensor, a 13-megapixel camera with an 83mm-equivalent telephoto lens, and a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor. If you do the math on those focal lengths, it all adds up to a little more than 5x optical zoom, with software filling in the gaps between each lens.
And yes, the Reno 2 still has the bizarre but oddly cool shark-fin 16-megapixel pop-up selfie camera, which includes enough room for an LED flash. Or in this case, what Oppo describes as a soft front light.
The shark-fin returns. Image: Oppo The lower-end Reno 2 phones, the Reno 2 Z and Reno 2 F, have to make do with a regular vertically lifting pop-up selfie camera and an atmosphere light. They also compromise on the more conventional specs. The Z has a MediaTek Helio P90 processor, while the F drops down to a Helio P70 and includes an entry-level option with 6GB of RAM. Both phones use 6.5-inch 19.5:9 1080p OLED screens.
The Reno2 comes in three colors, Sunset Pink, Ocean Blue and Luminous Black. It launches in India on Sept. 20 for 36,990 rupees, which converts to $515, AU$760 and £420. The Reno2 Z releases in India on Sept. 6 for 29,990 rupees, which converts to $415, AU$620 and £340, while the Reno2 F will launch in November. No word on international pricing or availability yet.
The Z and F both have quad-camera setups including a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel monochrome lens, and a 2-megapixel portrait lens for depth information in lieu of the flagship Reno 2s proper telephoto camera. The only difference between the Z and F is that the Z uses a Sony IMX586 sensor for the 48-megapixel camera while the F goes for Samsungs cheaper GM1 module. Neither phone has optical image stabilization, unlike the Reno 2.
The standout feature is the rear camera setup. The Reno2, which is the most premium of the three, has four rear cameras. It combines a 48 megapixel main camera with a 13 megapixel telephoto lens, an 8 megapixel wide-angle shooter and a 2 megapixel mono camera.
All three phones have USB-C, VOOC 3.0 flash charging, a headphone jack, a 4,000mAh battery, an optical in-display fingerprint sensor, and run Oppos ColorOS 6.1. The Reno 2 will sell for Rs. 36,990 (~$515) in India, while the 2Z is Rs. 29,990 (~$415), and both phones will be available next month. No word on Reno 2 F pricing just yet.
And one of the wackiest phones in recent memory is the Oppo Reno, whose unique styling has been passed down to the new Reno 2. Instead of having a simple motorized pop-up cam, the Oppo Reno 2 features a pivoting wedge-shaped pop-up that rises from the top of the phones body like a shark-fin (which is actually Oppos official name for the feature) because, why not?
And yet, despite all these wacky design features, thanks to a sleek body with subtle highlights and a glorious 6.5-inch AMOLED screen uninterrupted by any notches, punch holes, or other distractions, the Reno 2 somehow still manages to look quite sophisticated.
On the inside, Oppo has also come up with some camera trickery that allows the Reno 2 to use all of its rear cameras at the same time to create a 5x hybrid zoom that actually looks pretty good. Yet it still allows each lens to be used individually across the phones 16mm, 26mm, and 83mm focal ranges.
Also, like a lot of high-end phones these days, the Reno 2 comes with night modes that optimize settings when shooting things like a nighttime cityscape, or pedestrians. Honestly, the amount of various camera modes in the Reno 2 are somewhat overwhelming thanks a seemingly endless list of options including Dazzle Color (which amps up color saturation), a special Ultra macro mode, an Ultra Steady video mode that combines both optical and electronic image stabilization, audio zoom (like on the new Galaxy Note 10), and more.
Heres a 1x zoom shot from the Reno 2.And now heres a 2x shot.And finally, heres a 5x hybrid zoom shot, which actually looks pretty good. The Reno 2s night mode adjusts settings to help prevent lights on the buildings from getting blown out, which based on this shot, is largely successful. 1 / 4That said, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7150 processor, the Reno 2 doesnt quite have flagship-level power. Though you do get a healthy 8GB of RAM, 256GB of base storage, and a nice-sized 4,000 mAh battery. And yes, the Reno 2 does have a headphone jack.
Oppo even improved its VOOC 3.0 charging tech—which is the same tech OnePlus Dash Charging is based on—to now feature improved trickle charging that Oppo claims doubles the speed at which the phone can go from 90 to 100 percent battery.
However, there is one area where Reno 2 can be somewhat awkward: ColorOS, its Android-based operating system.. Color OS 6.1 is based on Android 9, but for people used to more stripped-down or stock implementations of Android, there can be a bit of a learning curve when adjust to its many features.
Things like icons and quick settings buttons dont look quite how youd expect, and sometimes, you can run into a bit of Engrish in various menus and notifications, a sign that Color OS wasnt really designed with the western market in mind. Yet a lot of this is largely cosmetic, so its not a huge deal.