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OPPO Reno Unboxing and First Impressions

OPPO's new Reno line is set to go official in the Philippines next week, June 19. It comes in two versions, the standard Reno and the higher-end 10x Zoom.
Meet Reno

Priced at PHP 26,990, the standard Reno is equipped with OPPO's new design, premium materials, bezel-less display with unique pop-up selfie cam, top-end primary camera, and capable overall specs.

Since it is an upper mid-range device, it isn't as beefy as the flagship Reno 10x Zoom. But on paper for the price, it looks quite a winner.

Now let's start with the review and see if it is really that good.



OPPO Reno features a new long box with stylish silver OPPO Reno logo print. Inside, you'll find another slim box with the paper documents and the SIM ejector tool. Digging further, you'll see the phone itself with pre-installed screen protector, translucent clear case, VOOC 3.0 wall charger, USB-C cable, and Apple-like earphones with mic.

Build Quality/Design

Stylish back design and hybrid dual SIM tray

The Reno is one of those phones where you’ll only truly appreciate it when its on your hand. OPPO has definitely upped the design and materials used on the Reno.

At the back, it uses a Gorilla Glass 5 protected curved glass stunning gradient finish in ocean green colorway. It also comes with other colors such as extreme night black, nebula purple, and pink mist.

OPPO's new style is refreshing and stunning at the same time!

The unit I have is the ocean green variant with matte-like glass texture to provide better grip with less fingerprint smudges. Its matte texture makes the smudges less noticeable. I also like that it has a contoured shape with refined edges and clean antenna lines.

It also has a new vertical streak design in the middle where you will find the 48MP + 5MP dual-camera setup and the OPPO logo.

The most impressive thing for me is its lack of camera hump unlike most phones with high-end camera hump. It also has the cleverly placed O-Dot ceramic node below the dual-camera setup that raises the phone slightly when lying flat to protect the rear and cameras from scratches and scrapes.
Full screen with no notch!
Full screen with no notch!

Up front, it uses a Gorilla Glass 6 protected 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 19:5:9 screen aspect ratio and near bezelless design with no notch. It even has an amazing 93.1 percent of screen-to-body ratio.

The overall bezels are slim. But critics will likely notice the slightly thicker chin, but it is still slimmer than most chins found with most similarly priced phones. In fact, it is even slimmer than chin of several flagship phones.
Shark fin like pop-up cam
Shark fin like pop-up cam

To make the full screen design possible, OPPO developed a unique-looking shark fin-like motorized pop-up camera system which houses the 16MP selfie cam and softlight LED flash in front.

At the back of the pop-up cam, you'll find a dual-tone LED flash to aid the dual-cam for super low light shots. I also noticed that there's a microphone hole on top of the pop-up cam.

OPPO claimed that the pop-up system can last for over 5 years even if it open and closes for around 100 times in a day. 

The company also said that it also has some sort of water resistance even if it doesn't have an IP rating.

There is no way for us to test if it is true right now, but it sounds pretty impressive if it is really that durable.

Despite having all those features, the phone is impressively not that big at 156.6 x 74.3 x 9.0 mm. It is a bit hefty at 185 grams which reminds us that this phone is made out of premium materials.
Volume rocker and the hybrid SIM tray hole
Volume rocker and the hybrid SIM tray hole
Power key
Power key

Below, there's the 3.5mm headphone jack slot together with the second mic, USB-C, and down-firing single speaker. Sadly, it doesn't have a stereo setup unlike the flagship Reno 10x Zoom.

The volume rocker together with the hybrid dual-SIM tray are on the left . The power button with green indicator is on the right.

Initial findings

1. OPPO Reno's TÜV Rheinland (eye protection) certified 6.4-inch AMOLED screen is great. It goes with good colors and nice sunlight legibility. Its In-Display fingerprint reader is also speedy for an In-Display fingerprint scanner.
Reno AnTuTu benchmark score
Reno AnTuTu benchmark score

2. Under the hood, it uses the Snapdragon 710 chip. It's the same chip found the OPPO R17 Pro with 38,990 original price last year. It is just fine and speedy enough for most, but it doesn't have a super high 155.8K AnTuTu score.

The great thing about this device is it loads with more than enough 6GB RAM and massive 256GB storage. 

The battery capacity is also quite large at 
3,765mAh. It even has the 20W VOOC 3.0 flash charge solution.

3. Like what we previously said, ColorOS 6 is the best ColorOS skin yet. It is based on Android Pie 9.0 Pie OS with neat looking icons and a lot of features.
Dual-cam behind
Dual-cam behind

4. It boasts 48MP main and a 5MP secondary depth cameras. The 48MP main camera is the flagship-grade f/1.7 Sony IMX586 with PDAF and CAF. It also goes with the Dazzle Color and handheld Night Mode to improve your shots.
Cam UI
Cam UI

For selfies, it has 16MP f/2.0 with auto HDR and portrait mode.

Related: OPPO Reno: First Camera Samples

5. This device comes with Hi-Res audio, Dolby Atmos surround sound, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 700MHz 4G LTE, and Bluetooth 5. Quite impressive so far.

OPPO Reno Specs

Display: 6.4-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 6 protected AMOLED screen w/ FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution at 403 ppi
CPU: 2.2GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 710 AIE octa-core processor
GPU: Adreno 616
ROM: 256GB UFS 2.1
Back Camera: 48MP f/1.7 Sony IMX586 w/ PDAF, CAF + 5MP f/2.4, and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 16MP f/2.0
Battery: 3,765mAh w/ VOOC 3.0 flash charge
OS: Android 9.0 Pie w/ ColorOS 6.0
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 700MHz 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5, A2DP, LE, OTG, GPS, A-GPS, dual SIM (nano)
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: In-Display fingerprint sensor, Hi-Res audio, Dolby Atmos, dual mic, Colors: ocean green, extreme night black, nebula purple, pink mist
Dimensions: 156.6 x 74.3 x 9.0 mm
Weight: 185 g
Price: PHP 26,990

As of the moment

Nearly everything about the standard Reno screams flagship for less. 

It comes with stunning Gorilla Glass 5 back and Gorilla Glass 6 front design, near bezel-less yet notchless AMOLED display, speedy In-Display fingerprint reader, unique/durable looking pop-up camera system, USB-C VOOC 3.0 flash charging, 256GB storage, 48MP main cam, and a 3.5mm headphone jack slot.

Maybe, the only "downside" is its use of the mid-range Snapdragon 710 chip. But since this is a mid-range device, it is understandable that it is not packed with a high-end chip.

I know that there are other handsets with the flagship-grade chip at this price point or maybe even less, but most of them doesn't have the design, cameras, and storage of the Reno.

In my opinion, it is pretty good overall so far.

Stay tuned for our full review!
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