OPPO Reno 2 Review: Always Beautiful but with Something Extra!
OPPO Reno 2
For a while now, smartphone manufacturers have tried to suggest something new in this area. Especially from the point of view of designing the real challenge today is to reduce side frames as much as possible. Many have adopted the aperture technology, which contains the front camera. Others still chose one retractable selfie camera . Of all these, OPPO Reno has surprised everyone since its first release on the market. The reason that with the second edition, this is the OPPO Reno 2 , many have expected another leap in quality. So will this device really be improved in every respect? How will he behave on different tests? Let’s get to know each other, inside us a full review.
Design and material
There is no doubt that this smartphone is one of the most unique on the market. Not much for shapes, totally classic, like coloring and playing the light that the back cover provides . Also in our version, an illuminated black contour , the entire central part, inside which the company logo is located, is decorated with really attractive colors. Unfortunately, it is not easy to make what can be seen directly in the picture. Outside this side, however, the device presents itself with a solid metal structure along all the side edges, with two glass surfaces, both at the front and back.
This is not one of the most comfortable phones. In fact, we’re talking about a product that measures 160 x 74.3 x 9.5 mm , with a total weight of 189 grams . At this point, you may be wondering why it is thick. With a look at the back, everything becomes clearer. If we look in detail, the entire imaging sector is completely full of body, without any step. Therefore it is necessary to give credit to OPPO for its consideration of this compact solution, despite the well of four different cameras .
From the side side, a little satin, it is possible to see the presence on / off button on the right, accompanied by a SIM slot . On the opposite profile, instead, we have the volume bar . In the back, then, the audio jack resides from 3,5 mm, the main microphone, the USB Type-C input and the system head. At the top, finally, the true privacy of this model stands out. In fact, most of this surface is reserved as a selfie pop-up room , with the typical shape of a shark fin already shown in the first series. This ingredient may raise some doubts about its resistance, but harassing it for a few moments immediately feels its toughness.
If it is really necessary to make a note to this mechanism, then there is the fact that this collects a lot of dust over time. Sometimes, you must clean the surface that contains it completely camera personal photos E the LED flash .
If we look at the front panel, we can see the excellent work the company has done in terms of tire reduction. In fact, almost the entire surface occupies a width, showing a screen-to-body ratio of 93.1%. Outside of this aspect, however, this motherboard is a 6.5-inch diagonal AMOLED da unit with FHD + resolution (2400 x 1080 pixels) and a density of 401 dpi . It’s a very bright screen, even in outdoor environments.
OPPO Reno 2
The entire color range is well reproduced, though the colors are still very vivid. If you are not consistent with the initial settings, it is always possible to change the color adjustment within the Display and Brightness menu . But outside of this aspect, this unit can satisfy on any occasion, even when watching a Netflix movie or TV series. Thanks to the accurate and responsive brightness sensor , then even outside it won’t be difficult to visualize all of the content.
The need to give an opinion also to the touch screen panel then I must say that in this case I was expecting more liquidity at the writing stage. This is not a slow device, but almost imperceptibly, it looks like there is a slight delay between our touch and the actual action on the screen. However, this did not affect my excellent experience with this Product.
Hardware and performance
On OPPO Reno, it finds 2 space for devices you can’t expect after trying it out. Here, in fact, Qualcomm SoC resides Snapdragon 730G , then octa-core solution with production process at 8nm , Kyro 470 architecture and maximum clock frequency equal to 2.2GHz.
This package also comes with GPU Adreno 330 , which supports 1.1 Vulcans. So, nothing changes compared to the standard version (Snapdragon 730) if there aren’t some more specific gameplay improvements. Thus this should guarantee a better performance of 15% compared to the standard model. They have completed the section, however, 8GB of LPDDR4X e 256GB of UFS 2.1 memory . The latter is not expandable in any way.
As initially defined, I could have imagined that I was in front of a higher device. In fact, using this smartphone on a daily basis, in fact, I had no problems and was able to perform all the operations that I usually perform with the device in a simple and fast way.
Also on the applications of the heaviest phone expressed performance is noteworthy, and managed to run smoothly. In fact, I tried to play long sessions in Call of Duty Mobile , hoping to put the product under stress. In spite of everything, I was able to enjoy very satisfying games, without delay and without temperatures on the rear chassis reaching alarming levels. Also during various testing in reality, the smartphone did not go to congestion.
Obviously, for less intense use, with Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Netflix and more, the phone answers well. You almost felt you ranked first. This is the aspect that really surprised me. Although the difference in speed is still noticeable compared to Snapdragon 855, we are not talking about the distance between the two segments.
We have never named the software installed on this device yet. So, on OPPO Reno 2 there is room for ColorOS 6.1 , based on Android 9 Pie and with security patches going back to August 5 2019 .
Therefore, customizing the Android stock interface is completely different from any other interface. However, in some respects I don’t consider it completely different from MIUI for Xiaomi, which anyway has been able to satisfy our Europeans’ tastes these years. At ColorOS, in fact, we find a style that is still very loyal to Eastern culture, which I think does not go well with our preferences.
However, I was able to estimate the speed of access to its various menu and all animations that exist between one application and another.
Sometimes, in fact, it appears that inside the Apple device , this is the care shown by the various transitions. We don’t have access to a 90Hz refresh rate display, but that doesn’t matter, because the user experience is already on top.
All icons are very colorful, as well as a quick toggle, and system apps are handled in detail, even at the level of fees. With a swipe to the right, then, you can access a page dedicated to Smart Assistant which provides some different different abbreviations and functions that may be useful in everyday life.
What I liked a little less, just aesthetically, are the notification icons in the top right. I’ve always been accustomed to viewing the app from where I got a message, but on this smartphone, the icons have embarrassing graphics. With the next update, we hope this selection will be modified.
Take a closer look at the technical features, let’s see how there is a quad back room on this smartphone.
On the main unit, therefore, we find the Sony IMX586 da Mega-pixel 48 sensor , with optical f / 1.7 (OIS). Next, we find a telephoto lens of Mega-pixel 13 with f / 2.4 unlock and the possibility of exploiting it 2x optical zoom . If necessary, you can also activate the 5x hybrid zoom, which loses something in quality compared to other solutions. Continue our climb, then we find a wide-angle lens from Mega-pixel 8 and finally the Mega-pixel 2 sensor is used to calculate depth of field.
If you want to take advantage of the 48 mega-pixel lens to its fullest potential, you will have to manually adjust it under Settings. However, I remind you that with this option it will not be possible to take advantage of other rooms, and the ability to shoot practically only with this aim.
During daylight hours however, the distance between 12 mega-pixels before range and 48 mega pixels is not very large. There is a slight difference in detail, but in the end, in daily use, you will have difficulty noticing these details.
Despite this, in all cases of good lighting, the device behaves very well, always managing the surrounding brightness. By maintaining Auto HDR, then, there is no risk of taking overexposed images in the most difficult conditions.
All photographic lenses support the various software applications offered by the phone, which is why they take advantage of them . 2x optical zoom . Noteworthy shots are obtained. Only the wide angle, unfortunately, shows a worse definition to the naked eye, and fails to fully satisfy.
In the darkest evening hours, the quality is not very high, and the noise of photography is more evident. However, with night mode, you can get more specific pictures than usual. In fact, this function saturates the colors and generally returns better quality. I do not recommend, finally, the use of 5x hybrid zoom and wide angle, given that the pictures in these cases are very poor in quality.
With the front sensor from Mega-pixel 16 and opening f / 2.0, instead, we get good quality images. In my humble opinion, however, these are not much different from those taken with the first model.
In fact, a good idea is keeping the light and subject calibration in the foreground that is never exposed. Also regarding the effect of bokeh, and therefore, he behaves very well. I recommend, however, to keep the HDR auto always active, so this tool can better manage picture quality in more sensitive situations.
OPPO Reno 2 managed to show a massive upgrade over the previous version regarding video quality. In this device, in fact, the mode is also available very static , which uses stability OIS e EIS, you will use the main sensor of 48 mega-pixel.
With this active mode it is possible to get extremely stable and flawless videos, especially during daylight hours. However, you can still shoot 1080p to 60fps o 4k to 30fps movies .
By making many passages between different rooms, there is no particular disturbance. All of the transitions are fast-paced and immediate, although sometimes a few small clicks can be observed over the top. However, you won’t have any problems focusing or fixing, even with different optics. Only at night I noticed some other problems in that sense, with the main sensor that the subject didn’t always fit for focus. However, remember that with a wide-angle lens, it cannot be shot in 4K.
Voice and communication
Having one available speaker is less, the sound quality is not great. All low frequencies are completely canceled, therefore, the sound is not full-body. At most the size after that, you can stay close to the smartphone quietly, because the power is not so damaging.
The overall quality obviously improves on headphones, even if the one supplied is not exactly as expected. In fact, they repeat a somewhat flat sound.
During calls, instead, the situation improves dramatically. With an ear capsule, in fact, it can speak well without any inconvenience or problem.
From the connection point of view on the OPPO Reno 2 we find a dual-frequency Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac module , powered by external support for LTE with the inclusion of a band of 20 and al 4G VoLTE . So with both units, I didn’t feel any connection issues.
I was able to browse the entire house using Wi-Fi, even in the less covered areas. Outside, then, I can always use the 4G + network , except in some less-risky places. For the rest, then, we find sensors: fingerprint, acceleration, convergence, compass The NFC, and GPS / A-GPS / Beidou / GLONASS / GALILEO which guarantees me always satellite navigation minutes, without any obstacle.
Under the body of this device there is a battery of 4.000 mAh . With this unit, I was able to access 4 hours from the active screen based on 12 hours of use, with 48% of the battery remaining. Therefore, you will not struggle to reach 6 hours of the lit screen. More than a full day. If you get stressed, in fact OPPO Reno 2 consumes very little, especially in standby mode. It does not reach high temperatures while exercising all activities, as it maintains its own battery more.
In case you don’t have autonomy, this device only uses 1 now and 15 minutes to recharge from 10 to 100% . However, all of this is possible thanks to the power supply in the package, which shows an output of 5V / 4A, and VOOC 3.0 technology that allows you to switch from 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes.
Price and conclusions
This OPPO Reno 2 is sold on all major online stores at the price listed at 499 € . So it is a figure that is proportional to the performance of the product, and I think more of a favor. However, if the economic requirements hit the 450 threshold in the euro in the short term, then that would be ideal. In fact, this device even allows for less experienced people the ability to take remarkable photos, while taking advantage of all the technology that the company provides in this sector. Also in this video field , you can almost leave the camera at home and restore your work only with this tool, although the quality in the evening is still worse.
So I recommend buying this device for anyone interested, and above all, for all those who are looking for a reliable product with an attractive aesthetic appearance. It certainly won’t be a great product but there is not much difference in everyday use.
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