Spec-wise, this device is very similar to sister company OnePlus excellent new 7T. Theres a Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, a 20:9 6.5-inch 1080p display with a small waterdrop notch and a 90Hz refresh rate, and a camera system built around Sonys ubiquitous 48-megapixel IMX586 sensor.
The Reno Ace gains an extra fourth camera with a monochrome sensor, however, and comes with up to 12GB of RAM. The Reno 10x Zoom, with its notchless display, shark fin pop-up selfie camera, and periscope telephoto lens, could still be considered the top-end Reno if youd value its features over the faster processor and screen in the Ace.
The Aces truly unique feature is its breakthrough fast charging. Oppo was already the leader here with its Lamborghini-edition Find X, but the Reno Aces 65W SuperVOOC steps it up further. The phones 4,000mAh dual-cell battery can be charged from 0 to 100 percent in 30 minutes, according to Oppo, allowing for two hours of usage from just a five-minute charge.
Xiaomi and Vivo have both shown off faster ways to charge a 4,000mAh battery, but neither have actually shipped products that make use of the tech. Oppo also says the Reno Aces 65W charger is the smallest on the market thanks to GaN technology.
Well have to test those claims for ourselves, of course. The Reno Ace does also support both USB-C Power Delivery and Qualcomms Quick Charge at 18W for times when you dont have Oppos proprietary charger and cable, which is good news given that Google now mandates standard fast-charge tech for all Android phones.
The Reno Ace is coming to China first and starts at 2,999 yuan (~$420) for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, or 3,799 yuan (~$530) for 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. In between those options is a wild Mobile Suit Gundam special edition with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for 3,599 yuan ($505), which is obviously the one to go for, because look at it:
I’ve argued for years that we wouldn’t care as much about iPhone or Android battery capacity if we had incredibly fast charging speeds. And fast charging has reached faster and faster speeds over on Android — it’s actually one of the features that I’d like the iPhone to copy next. This brings us to a brand new phone that costs around $420 and needs only half an hour to recharge its 4,000 mAh battery. That’s also a phone you might have a hard time finding in certain parts of the world, a phone that has slightly better specs than the Galaxy Note 10 and Pixel 4.
We’ve heard of it before, the Oppo Reno Ace, but the handset is finally official. As is Oppo’s 65W fast charging technology for smartphones, which isn’t something you see on other devices — that’s the SuperVOOC charging tech that we’ve discussed before, and which received a massive upgrade.
The Reno Ace also ships with a 65W GaN charger that’s probably good for laptops that can take USB-C chargers.
Fast charging speeds, no matter how impressive, can’t be the only reason to get the Reno Ace, and they’re not. We’re looking at a handset that matches the OnePlus 7T in terms of specs. That brand new Snapdragon 855+ chip powers the handset, and it’s paired with either 8GB or 12GB of memory and 128GB or 256GB of fast UFS 3.0 storage.
The phone features a generous 6.5-inch Full HD display with a 90Hz refresh rate, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and a waterdrop notch for the selfie camera. On the back, we have four cameras, including a 48-megapixel primary sensor from Sony.
Available in China first, the Reno Ace starts at 2,999 yuan ($420) for the 8GB/128GB combo, while the 12GB/256GB version costs 3,799 yuan ($530). A special Mobile Suit Gundam edition packing 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage will be priced in between the other two, at 3,599 yuan ($505). It’s unclear in what markets the Reno Ace will launch next.