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Oppo Reno 2 - Unboxing & Product Review by PK HAM (HamSmartTech)

Golden Guru

Oppo Reno 2 Specs & Features

Introduction

The Oppo Reno 2 is a decent high end mid-range device, offering some of the best features of the Reno range at a competitive price. It’s processing power or camera spec are slightly behind those of the previous flagship Oppo phones. Nevertheless it is a device that has unique gaming performance and an all round multi function camera.

Pro :

Good camera capabilities

6.5-inch AMOLED FHD 20:9 ratio display without a notch

Stylist design with a good feel

Fast charging

Cons :

Battery life is just sufficient for a full day use

Moderate processing power

 

Design
The key feature of the Oppo Reno 2 design-wise is its pop-up camera, housed in a ‘shark-fin’ segment that rises from the top of the phone. It’s certainly a novel solution to the problem of how to incorporate a front-facing camera in an all-screen handset without taking up valuable screen space. It’s pretty sturdy too, with drop detection built in so that the phone retracts the camera when it senses that it’s falling.

The Oppo Reno 2 has the same rear design as the previous Reno phones, so instead of having a camera bump that sticks out, the cameras are nestled in the Gorilla 5 Glass back, and the rear is smooth. It has the O-Dot, a small bump on the back that protects the lenses from being scratched when you lay the phone down flat.

The volume rocker is on the left of the phone and the power button on the right, with a USB-C port and the 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom of the device. The down speaker is on the right side.

 

Display

The Oppo Reno 2 display is a 6.5-inch AMOLED screen, with an aspect ratio of 20:9. The handset has 401 pixels per inch, and has a resolution of 1080 x 2400.

The Oppo Reno 2 has a good-looking screen.

Max brightness is high, colors are bold, and quality is overall pretty good.

Thanks to the pop-up front camera, the screen isn’t broken up at any point by a notch or ‘punch-hole’, so the Oppo Reno 2 is a good device on which to stream media or play games without a tiny lens encroaching on the picture.

 

Battery life

The Oppo Reno 2 battery is a 4,000mAh power pack, which is a healthy capacity that exceed most other Reno handsets, but in practice we found the battery life a touch on the low side. That’s not to say it was bad, it’s just not as impressive as some similar devices.

When we used the Oppo Reno 2 for a full day we always had to power it up overnight, otherwise it wouldn’t last for a second day. And if we were using the device for media-intensive tasks like watching Youtube or movie on our commute or listening to music, the handset only lasted us until the evening.

This is understandable for a device with a large, vibrant screen. When we put the Oppo Reno 2 through the TechRadar battery test, which involves playing a 90-minute video with brightness locked to maximum and accounts syncing over Wi-Fi in the background, the handset dropped from full charge to 90%.

The Oppo Reno 2 comes with Oppo’s VOOC 3.0 charging tech, a 20W fast charger that Oppo says can power up the handset to 50% in just half an hour. 

In practice we found this was pretty much accurate – after half an hour the device was at 48% charge, and it took another two minutes to reach 50%, with the device reaching full charge in an hour and 20 minutes. Those are pretty decent charging speeds for a smartphone.

 

Camera

 The Oppo Reno 2 has four rear cameras. These are four impressive camera lens, compared to some budget devices that cut corners in the camera department.

The main camera is 48MP f/1.7, which is joined by 13MP f/2.4 telephoto and 2MP Mono Portrait (depth sensing) cameras, and an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle shooter (the lens on which doubles as a macro lens, according to Oppo).

The Oppo Reno 2’s camera is impressive. The 2MP Mono Portrait camera – actually brings much to the party. It helps to take better portrait shots by distinguishing between a subject and their background. Oppo hasn’t explained exactly how it works, the camera helps capture more contrast and depth information.

The portrait shots taken with the Oppo Reno 2 appear clear and sharp. They look good, with appropriate ‘bokeh’ background blur, and good separation between subject and background.

The main camera (with a little help from scene optimization, naturally), takes good-looking pictures – colors are bold, and shots are bright and contain sufficient detail.

Night shooting is improved in the Reno 2, and Ultra Dark Mode now makes pictures taken in low-light settings look a little bit clearer.

The 13MP telephoto lens supports preset 2x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom (a combo of optical and digital), and variable 20x digital zoom.

Zoomed pictures looked pretty decent – at 20x zoom images looked rather grainy, but that’s only to be expected with digital zoom. Best result is to use a tripod.

At 5x hybrid zoom, pictures didn’t look grainy, but there were frequent exposure problems in the shot we took.

The ultra-wide angle camera was impressive, as unlike many similar lenses on other devices, there was no distortion around the edges of the frame. Colors seemed a little pale though, so if you want vibrant-looking shots you may want to stick with the main camera.

This lens also supports a macro mode, which lets you take close-up pictures in high quality with appropriate background blur – this mode automatically toggled on, which switches the preview to ultra-wide angle mode. Small details are clear in the resulting images, and the entire subject is generally in focus.

As on previous Reno handsets, video capture goes up to 4K at 30fps, but if you drop down to 1080p or 720p you can shoot at 60fps. The device can handle these lower resolutions well, but at 4K the phone heats up quickly – that’s to be expected for 4K video recording.

Video shooting is enhanced by one of the most reliable OIS (optical image stabilization) modes we’ve seen, which kept video looking smooth no matter how shaky our hands were.

The pop-up selfie camera on the Reno 2 is a 16MP, and it’s quick at recognizing a subject and effective at blurring the background. The Oppo Reno 2’s front-facing camera takes good-looking pictures that will outshine shots taken on many other mid-range devices.

 

Reliability and interface

The Oppo Reno 2 runs Android 9, which isn’t the latest version of Google’s operating system, but Oppo phones, like nearly all devices, haven’t received the Android 10 update yet. Lain over the top of Android 9 is ColorOS, Oppo’s home-made user interface.

ColorOS is a little more tranquil, with colors that aren’t too bold and minimal functional changes to stock Android. Icons are nice and big, so they’re easy to hit, and the stock backgrounds are colourful.

One improvement here is that there’s far less bloatware than on previous Oppo Reno handsets, and the apps that do come pre-loaded, like Game Space (which optimizes your phone for gaming) and Soloop (a built-in video editing app), are very useful, so we didn’t end up deleting them as we normally would do with unfamiliar pre-loaded apps.

Getting into your phone is nice and straightforward – the Oppo Reno 2’s in-screen fingerprint sensor is fast and reliable, and it’s preferable to facial recognition in this case, as you don’t have to wait for the front-facing camera to pop up.

 

Movies, music and gaming

The Oppo Reno 2’s good-looking screen, make viewing movies and TV on the phone,  pleasant with content – especially cartoons – looking vibrant. The strong brightness also lets you view content when out and about in the sun, so you can happily stream a movie when sunbathing.

Gaming is a great with the Reno 2’s Snapdragon 730G processor, a mid-range chipsets, optimized for gaming.

Generally, the handset run games well enough, and we could play high-intensity car racing  games like Asphalt Mobile with great satisfaction.

Music played over the speakers sounds a little tinnier. This isn’t an issue if you’re not a committed audiophile, and if you’re mainly using the speakers to watch content or play games you’ll likely be too wrapped up to notice, but it’s still a shortcoming compared to many other smartphones.

 

Performance and reliability

When it comes to processing power of the Oppo Reno 2, the Geekbench 5 multi-core benchmark test the phones returned scores of 1,739 which is not the lowest Geekbench scores ever.

Inside the Oppo Reno 2 is a Snapdragon 730G chipset and is a mid-range chipset (although optimized for gaming).

As mentioned, the effect of these mediocre chipset is noticeable when you’re playing games, although the various optimizations help to keep issues to a minimum, but the spectre of the chipsets also manifests itself in general use – apps sometimes feel a little slow to open or close, and the camera app can occasionally be sluggish to respond.

 

Verdict

The Oppo Reno 2 is value for money. Good multi purpose camera. High performance gaming device.

However the Oppo Reno 2’s price is an important factor to consider.

 

Who's it for?

The Oppo Reno 2 is for fans of mid-range smartphone photography who don’t mind paying a bit extra for a device that’s stylish in design and competitive in terms of software. 

 

Should I buy it?

Jf smartphone photography is your thing, but you don’t want to break the bank, the Oppo Reno 2 is a decent device with a respectable camera array for capturing a wide range of subjects. If you see yourself needing a lot of processing power, though, you might be better off looking elsewhere. 

 

Alternative

The Oppo Reno 2 is a very similar device to the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, but while the Oppo Reno 2 has an extra camera, and an extra 2MP monochrome camera for enhanced portrait shots, the Reno 10x Zoom has a better processor. While those extra features aren’t likely to swing things in favor of the Reno 2, its lower price might.

 

Here is the link to the StarHub Store to learn more about Oppo Reno2 offer:

https://www.starhub.com/personal/store/mobile/browse/oppo/reno-2.html?bundleCode=BNDL-M19777&ctype=y...

 

Or to my YouTube channel :

https://youtu.be/DVPJOwecYpc

I am one of StarHub's Golden Gurus and I am here to help the community, especially the senior citizens. However, I am not an employee of StarHub and the content of my posts does not represent the positions and opinions of StarHub