OPPO Reno Hands-on

OPPO Reno Hands-on

OPPO’s latest flagship smartphone, the Reno, has finally made its way to our shores! It comes in two versions, the standard Reno and the Reno 10x Zoom. We were able to get our hands on the standard Reno; check out what OPPO’s new mid-range phone has to offer.

The OPPO Reno sports a sizeable AMOLED display, measuring at 6.4 inches. The display comes equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. Very slim bezels surround the entire screen, all due to the Reno dealing away with the notch.

The reason for that is its shark-fin design front camera that emerges up top the smartphone. It’s rather unique-looking, compared to the square shape pop-up mechanisms that other phones use. A 16MP front camera resides in the shark-fin design pop-up mechanism, and the sides of the display light up whenever the front camera is initially activated.

Although of mid-range caliber, the Reno feels like a flagship with its glass body construction and premium feel. It’s solid and easy to grip, although it’s a little thicker compared to other smartphones. The glass back is treated with a matte blasting finish, decreasing not just the slippery feeling but also the abundance of fingerprints and smudges. It’s not entirely smudge-proof, but it works in lessening them. OPPO did include a case in the box, for those who’d rather keep their smartphone pristine and clean.

On the rear, the device has a dual camera setup, consisting of the primary 48MP Sony IMX586 shooter and the 5MP depth of field shooter. Upon closer inspection, the smartphone’s cameras lay flat on the smartphone’s surface. Right below, one can find a small, dome-shaped node that OPPO calls the “O-Dot.”


The O-Dot is described as a node that raises the device when it’s laid down on a surface to prevent the cameras from getting scratched. It’s a pretty smart design, and I like this better than having protruding rear cameras that make phones wobble on tables and other surfaces.

On the left, we have the volume rocker and the hybrid dual SIM and microSD card slot, while the power button sits on the opposite side. The power button is emphasized by a green-colored accent, with the shade pretty similar to OPPO’s logo. All buttons are clicky and are easily reachable. You might need to use both hands though if you’re someone who’s not used to the volume rocker and power button situated on opposite sides.

At the bottom, one can find the 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB-C port, a microphone, and the single downward-firing speaker.

Powering the OPPO Reno is a Snapdragon 710 chipset, paired up with Adreno 616 GPU. It’s offered in three variants, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, 6GB RAM + 256GB storage, and a bigger 8GB RAM + 256GB storage. A 3,765mAh battery capacity keeps the Reno running, with support for VOOC Flash Charge 3.0. Other features include an in-display fingerprint scanner, face recognition, has color options of Ocean Green and Jet Black, and it has Android 9 Pie as its operating system, with OPPO’s ColorOS 6 skinned on top. Stay tuned for our full review of this smartphone!

OPPO Reno specs:

6.4-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) AMOLED display, 402ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 2.2GHz octa-core CPU
Adreno 616 GPU
6GB LPDDR4x 1866mhz RAM + 128GB / 256GB UFS 2.1
8GB LPDDR4x 1866mhz RAM + 256GB UFS 2.1
48MP Sony IMX586 F1.7 main + 5MP F2.4 DoF camera
16MP F2.0 front camera
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C
3.5mm audio jack
In-display fingerprint scanner
Face Recognition
ColorOS 6 (Android 9.0 Pie)
3,765mAh battery w/ VOOC Flash Charge 3.0
156.6 x 74.3 x 9.0 mm
185 g

The OPPO Reno has a price tag of PHP 26,990 (6GB + 256GB) and will be up for pre-order from June 15 to 20. As for the configuration, OPPO will announce the models on June 19. Customers can reserve and pre-order their units at any OPPO store. It will be available for purchase beginning June 21, in OPPO stores nationwide.

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