Oppo Reno 2 – Introduction
When it comes to smartphones, we’ve many options to choose from. There is a phone for everyone in all price ranges. In the sub-40k category, where today’s review unit, Oppo Reno 2. Oppo brought its Reno series to India in May of this year, focusing its attention on smartphone cameras. This sub-brand was recently revised with the launch of the Reno 2 series.
Now we have the Oppo Reno 2 in our hands, which is the highest offer in the series at this time. The Oppo Reno 2 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC, boasts a four-camera configuration and has a shark fin pop-up selfie module.
Oppo Reno 2 – Design
All models released in the Reno 2 series have similar designs when viewed from the front. The Reno 2 stands out with a bit thanks to its shark fin pop-up camera module. On the front, the smartphone has a 6.5-inch AMOLED screen and has thin bezels everywhere. The shark fin module on the Oppo Reno 2 rotates to reveal the front selfie camera. This handset also houses the secondary microphone and headset. The Reno 2 frame has a thin grille on the top to allow the sound of the headset to pass through. Because of this, we found that the sound of the people we were talking to on the calls was empty.
Oppo offers the Reno 2 in two different colours variants: luminous black and the ocean blue. The Blue variant has a subtle gradient finish that looks good. If you do not like the gradient finishes, you may want to opt for the other option that has the luminous black as the primary colour surrounded by the blue highlight around the corners.
Oppo places the power button on the right side while the volume buttons are on the left side. The SIM tray is placed on the right, above the power button. The Reno 2 has a 3.5mm jack on the bottom along with the speaker, primary microphone and USB Type-C port. On the back, the Reno 2 includes a four-camera module that is flush with the back of the smartphone, as in the Reno 2Z. Since Oppo Reno 2 has a glass back, it tends to collect stains quite easily.
Oppo Reno 2 – Display
Inside the 6.5-inch screen, there is an FHD + resolution (2400×1080 pixels), which is undoubtedly crisp and a delight to behold. And the credit goes to AMOLED screen, which shows more saturated colours than usual. It makes no difference, and you still can’t reach every corner of the screen without stretching your thumb a little.
Using it with only one hand will only give you access to the lower half of the screen. Adjusting the smartphone is always something that is not easy, considering the slippery back panel. Video streaming was fun since the bezels are almost nil, and the level of immersion is high.
We will say that it is probably due to the screen with a screen-to-body ratio of 93.1%, which when viewed in horizontal mode, is large enough for your eyes to travel from one corner to another. This also means that more content is displayed on a single screen.
Oppo Reno 2 – Camera
In the camera section, you get a 48MP primary rear camera, which is the case with any other smartphone manufacturer in the given price range along with a 13Mega-pixel telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture, 8-megapixel wide-angle lens with 116-degree FoV with a 2MP mono lens with large 1.75um pixels.
All that sounds bite, but in reality, they work in perfect synchronisation, giving you an entirely pleasant experience while editing, shooting, switching between lenses, different modes and more. With a four-lens camera that has so much power inside, of course, one will inevitably assume that the phone must be delivering fantastic photos. Most of the time, it does.
Oppo Reno 2 – Battery
The Oppo Reno 2 shines in the battery department. The battery performance of the smartphone is impressive and can work for hours at once. In our daily use, we were able to run the Reno 2 for approximately 8-9 hours, including everything from playing a couple of hours, calling for a few hours, taking pictures, videos and streaming videos.
The smartphone makes good use of the 4000 mAh battery, which is comprehensive and durable due mainly to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor and the FHD + screen.
Oppo Reno 2 – Specification
The front of the Oppo Reno 2 is dominated by the 6.5-inch (1080×2400 pixel) full-HD AMOLED screen that gives this phone a 93.1 per cent screen-to-body ratio. We found that the screen is bright enough outdoors. The Oppo Reno 2 offers two colour modes, Vivid and Soft, and you can also change the colour temperature of the panel. There is also a fingerprint scanner on the screen that quickly scans a finger and unlocks the device.
Powering the Reno 2 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, which makes it one of the few smartphones in the market that has this processor. He has been in the news recently since Realme has revealed that he will use it for his Realme XT 730G. The Snapdragon 730G is an eight-core processor based on an 8 nm manufacturing process. It has two Kryo 470 performance cores with 2.2GHz clock speed and six Kryo 470 efficiency cores with 1.8GHz clock speed.
The Snapdragon 730G is game-centric and has Snapdragon Elite game features that claim to give it an edge while playing. An Adreno 618 GPU handles graphics tasks. Oppo Reno 2 has paired with the Snapdragon 730G processor with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The re’s only one configuration of the Reno 2, just like the Reno 2Z. The storage is expandable thanks to a hybrid dual SIM slot.
Oppo Reno 2 – Connectivity
The Reno2 also has a reasonably standard load in this regard. Nothing too sophisticated, however, remains a notable update compared to the original Oppo Reno released here and the re. For example, the Oppo Reno2 has an FM receiver. And the new addition is the microSD card slot. Unfortunately, it is a hybrid issue, so you must choose between additional storage or a second SIM.
If you plan to use a second number, it is also covered with dual standby, but that is no surprise in a modern device. The same goes for LTE connectivity: Cat.15 in this case. In no particular order, the Oppo Reno2 also has Bluetooth 5.0 with A2DP and LE profiles. However, we found no mention of aptX HD, which the original Reno did.
For connectivity, the re’s dual-band Wi-Fi ac. And last but not least, a reasonably versatile positioning configuration, which includes A-GPS support with GLONASS, GALILEO and BDS.
Oppo Reno 2 – Performance
In the performance section, the Oppo Reno 2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor, which, as Qualcomm itself says, is made for smartphones that are primarily designed for games. Reno 2 has not been released once as a gaming smartphone. But this is not a problem. The real question is what rivals offer in the market.
The closest here is the Xiaomi Redmi K20 based on Snapdragon 730, which starts at Rs 22,000. And for those who still don’t know, the difference between Snapdragon 730 and 730G is that the latter supports the QHD + screen instead of FHD +. That’s. And since Reno 2 does not have a QHD + display, this practically means nothing to end-users.
Oppo Reno 2 – Verdict
The Oppo Reno 2 looks a lot like the Reno 2Z that we reviewed recently, but it does everything a little better. It has more power thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC and is capable of performing your daily tasks without slowing down. The camera configuration is versatile, and there are some exciting new features such as Sound Focus, which works as long as the conditions are favourable.
With a price of Rs. 36,990, the Reno 2 faces stiff competition from the OnePlus 7. However, if you’re willing to spend a little more, the previous Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition (Review) is still available for Rs. 39,990 and will give you The Best of both worlds.
The Oppo Reno 2 is a decent mid-range smartphone that takes good pictures, but it's behind Oppo's 10x Zoom Reno and many other competitors.