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OPPO Reno2 Unboxing and First Impressions

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OPPO has a new phone in town specifically designed for content creators on the go, the Reno2.
OPPO Reno2 Unboxing and First Impressions
Neat look!

OPPO loaded it with a powerful quad-camera system highlighting a 48MP f/1.7 Sony IMX586 w/ PDAF, CAF, OIS, EIS, 13MP 5x Hybrid Optical Zoom (20x digital zoom), 8MP 116-degree ultra wide-angle, and a 2MP mono sensor.

On paper, it is one of the most versatile camera phones for photos and videos. OPPO highlights that it has the AI-assisted Ultra Dark Mode tech that can let you capture images even in close to pitch-black scenarios and the Ultra Steady Video mode that uses the power of IMU, OIS, and EIS to let you shoot close-to-shake-free 1080p 60fps videos. 

But based on its specs and another set of features, it could be more than just that.

The Reno2 is a handset that packs a lot of upgrades in terms of specs coming from the first Reno in June.

It has an improved display, speedier specs, larger battery capacity, and more.

Anyway, let's check it out!

Unboxing/Accessories

The box
The box

Like the first Reno, the handset goes with the premium-looking silver-white box with a minimal print of the "OPPO Reno2" and its back camera layout.
Everything inside
Everything inside

Inside the box, it is a complete package. It comes with the phone itself with a pre-installed screen protector, 20W VOOC 3.0 USB wall charger, VOOC-reader USB-A to micro USB data/charging cable, a nice-looking type of textured and flexible case, earphones with mic and 3.5mm headphone port, SIM ejector tool, and the paper documents.

Nice one OPPO!

Build Quality/Design

The glass back in Luminous Black and Sunset Pink
The glass back in Luminous Black and Sunset Pink

The materials used by OPPO on the Reno2 is similar to the first Reno. It still has a 3D curved glass back with Gorilla Glass 5 protection, a curved metal frame, and a 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 6 protected display.
Even the case feels premium
Even the case feels premium

It feels very premium and I like that it has glass protection in the front and at the back. 

Again, it doesn't have an IP rating. But fortunately, it still has some sort of water-resistance with rubber seals inside.

We still recommend putting the case as its case is one of the best-looking around and it can further protect your phone from unwanted damages.

No doubt, it feels premium and it is a very stylish-looking phone!

Design-wise, it is similar to the first Reno with a lot of gorgeous curves, but it looks slightly better.

OPPO said that it has "Iridescent Finishes" in Luminous Black and Sunset Pink. That means that it shows luminous colors that change when seen from different angles. It has striking lines that shine in the middle portion of its back panel as well.

It has an O-Dot ceramic node below the dual-camera setup as well. It raises the phone slightly when lying flat to protect the rear and cameras from scratches and scrapes.

It is also noticeable that it now has more cameras (obviously) with no camera bump.
Large notchless display
Large notchless display

In front, the display is larger and taller. It is up to 6.55-inch from 6.4-inch. The aspect ratio is now a cinematic 20:9 from 19:5:9. It still has super slim bezels with no notch and 93.1 percent of screen-to-body ratio, thanks to its shark fin-like motorized pop-up camera system that carries the earpiece, selfie cam, and LED flash.

The chin bezel is a bit thicker than the top bezel, but it is generally slimmer than the chin of most similarly priced phones.

It measures 160 x 74.3 x 9.5 mm. Still not that big for a phone with a 6.55-inch screen.
Top
Top

On top, you'll see the microphone and space for the pop-up module. The earpiece still doesn't act as a secondary speaker for stereo audio. There's no LED notification as well. It has an always-on-like notification in the display though.
Bottom
Bottom

Below, the 3.5mm headphone port is present and why not. You will also find another mic, USB-C charging port, and the down-firing single speaker.

At left, you'll find the volume keys. At right, there's the textured power button with a green paint indicator. You will also see the hybrid SIM card tray there. It is an upgrade coming from the Reno with no expandable storage option.

Overall, this is a very well-machined phone and quite comfortable to hold. Though as usual, glass is glass and it is slippery and prone to fingerprint smudges. The previous-gen Reno with matte-like glass finish attracts fewer fingerprints.

The phone is quite hefty at 189 grams.

Initial findings

Respectable speeds
Respectable speeds

1. Obviously, I'm impressed with its bigger and taller display. It is AMOLED and as we all know, AMOLED is a good type of panel with punchy colors, deep blacks, and nice sunlight legibility. Like the first Reno, it has TÜV Rheinland certified eye comfort mode.

We tried its In-Display fingerprint reader and it is now nearly as fast as traditional fingerprint scanners.

2. The chip that it used a modern and proper all-around mid-range chip. It is the speedy Snapdragon 730G, the gaming version of the Snapdragon 730. It is a huge upgrade coming from the Snapdragon 710 and 712.

Speed of an early 2018 high-end device!

I also like that OPPO paired it with 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, and a larger 4,000mAh battery with fast USB-C 20W charging support.

To recall, the first Reno only has 3,765mAh.

3. It still has the same ColorOS 6 based on Android Pie OS that is smooth in performance, gesture optimized, and feature-rich. I just noticed that it has a ton of bloats. Fortunately, you can remove most of them.
Quad-cam at the back, pop-up selfie cam in front
Quad-cam at the back, pop-up selfie cam in front


4. From a dual-cam setup of Reno, Reno2 now has four cameras at the back. And as mentioned, it stars a 48MP Sony sony camera. It is easily one of the most versatile shooters around. I like that it has modes for zooming, night shots, and super steady videos. The selfie cam at 16MP is no slough as well.

Related: OPPO Reno2: First Camera Samples

5. It is still the same. The phone has WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 700MHz 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5, A2DP, LE, OTG, GPS, A-GPS, dual SIM (hybrid). The face unlock is quite fast as well.

OPPO Reno2 Specs

Display: 6.55-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 6 protected Dynamic AMOLED screen w/ FHD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution at 402 ppi
CPU: 2.2GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 730G AIE octa-core processor
GPU: Adreno 618
RAM: 8GB
ROM: 256GB UFS 2.1 expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB
Back Camera: 48MP f/1.7 Sony IMX586 w/ PDAF, CAF, OIS, EIS + 13MP f/2.4 5x Hybrid Optical Zoom + 8MP f/2.2 116-degree ultra wide-angle  + 2MP f/2.4 mono w/ dual-tone LED flash
Selfie Camera: 16MP f/2.0 w/ LED flash
Battery: 4,000mAh 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 (hybrid)
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: In-Display fingerprint sensor, Hi-Res audio, Dolby Atmos, dual mic, Colors: luminous black, sunset pink
Dimensions: 160 x 74.3 x 9.5 mm
Weight: 189 g
Price: PHP 28,990

As of the moment

OPPO Reno 2 is the company's most complete premium mid-range offering yet. While it is still not yet a flagship, it has a lot of flagship worthy features from the design, cameras, battery performance, and more.

So far, we think that could be the OPPO phone that is compelling enough to attract the fashionistas, those who love to consume a lot of content, play games, and loves using the phone for taking photos and videos.

See you in our full review next week!
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