Reno, renovate and repeat. This is what Oppo has brought to us, a new sub-category of smartphones, targeting the young, restless and energetic youths across the world. The first one in the series is Oppo Reno 10x Zoom and as the name suggest, it’s focused heavily on zooming capabilities. In a time when the majority of OEMs are showcasing new camera-centric smartphones having uber-zooming as their main highlighting feature, Oppo too has tried its hand with Reno 10x Zoom. So, let’s check this new zoom master as what does it hold for the beholder.
The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom has quite an attracting design to it. The all-glass and aluminium frame makes it solid, sturdy and heavy too at the same time, heavier than the OnePlus 7 Pro. We have got the Ocean Green variant for review which looks fantastically cool to flaunt in this excessive heat. The gradient finish makes it even appealing when the light refracts from the surface of Reno 10x Zoom. There’s a gloss as well as matte effect touch to its back. The back looks symmetrical, uniform, simple and sober yet it has all the ingredients to challenge any smartphone at this price point in terms of design. Unlike others, the rear camera module engulfed into the body makes it look smooth and clean and easily sits on any flat surface. The beautifully designed back cover holds the tri-camera setup, flash and the branding of Oppo. The Ocean Green colour adds to the beauty quotient of Reno 10x Zoom. Despite having gloss the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom does not get finger imprints on its back and not slippery either. The curve edges makes it fit easily into hand. The main USP of Oppo Reno 10x Zoom for me is the shark-fin selfie lens situated on the upper panel of the device that rise every time you want to click a selfie, uses face unlock, etc. The rising module also holds the ear piece as well. The bottom part of the smartphone sports USB Type-C port, SIM tray and the speaker grille, much like the design of OnePlus 7 Pro. The right panel holds the volume keys while the left panel has the power button. The front has a huge display of over six inches that houses the in-display fingerprint scanner as well. The bezels are very thin without having any notch, or any such drop display. There are four antenna lines along the frame of the device. Overall, the design of Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is bang on! The back shines over the rest which is the case in most of the smartphones at that price point minus Pixel 3a. The rising shark fin camera is an intriguing feature which in quite uncommon in its design from what we normally see in the form of pop-up cameras. Though the smartphone is on heavier side which sometimes can create uneasiness in single-handed day to day usage.
The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom has a huge display size of 6.6 inches. The AMOLED screen has 1080×2340 pixels with 387 pixels per inch. It comes protected with Corning Gorilla Glass of the sixth generation for minor and accidental falls. The screen has no disturbances to it as it does not have any notch or waterdrop/dewdrop/teardrop to obstruct the viewing experience. The display is bright enough to enjoy even under the sun. The colour reproduction is great giving crisp and vivid outputs. The binge watching too is an awesome experience to have on Reno 10x Zoom. The in-display fingerprint scanner housed inside the display is fast and accurate. The failure rate is very minimal unless you move your fingers too quick. The gaming experience also gets enhanced due the screen size. To sum it up, the display of Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is huge as well bright, punchy and ambient. The makers could have added the curves on the edges to make it look infinite.
Full Specifications: Oppo Reno 10x Zoom
The new offering from the house of Oppo, Reno 10x Zoom, runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor having octa-core setup. And like all the other flagships currently present in Indian smartphone market at this price point prefer the same chipset, the recent being OnePlus 7 Pro, Oppo has also preferred the same. There’s no denying that QS 855 chipset is quite snappy, fast and an efficient processor. Most of the gaming smartphones prefer the same chipset. The QS 855 till now has been managing the tasks; both day to day usage and intense gaming such as PUBG Mobile with ease. It comes with Hyperboost 2.0 that lets the smartphone work much faster when we require it to be such as while playing high and graphic heavy games where it would require higher refresh rate and frame per second. It has a dedicated Game Space pre-installed on the phone to manage the games. The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom comes in two RAM versions 6GB AND 8GB; we have got the 8GB variant with 256GB of internal storage. Oppo has missed on the third variant here if it wanted to target OnePlus 7 Pro, i.e, the 12GB version. The RAM is just good enough for multi-tasking. The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom has got Android Pie 9.0 on top its own UI ColorOS 6. There are lots of pre-installed apps on the phones which you can customize accordingly to save on the storage and computing. The ColorOS could have been more refined in such a flagship smartphone. There’s bit of heaviness or bloatwares in the phone. You won’t face it often but, it’s there. The navigation lacks smoothness to it. Overall, the processing is good and the Snapdragon 855 octa-core chipset along with 8GB RAM is perfectly good for normal usage, multi-tasking as well as gaming too. The images also won’t take much time to get processed.
The one thing which Oppo has always claimed and known for is its camera performances. In a nutshell, Oppo has been successful in creating a niche image for itself of being a selfie-centric smartphone company. Oppo Reno 10x Zoom too has such powerful prowess. The USP of Reno 10x Zoom is its uniquely designed selfie camera that sits in a rising module which gives a feeling of a shark fin emerging out of ocean water. Every time you want to click a selfie it comes out from the upper panel making an angle of around 30 degree like a shark fin. The 16MP front camera comes with flash too for the unfavorable lighting conditions. With f/2.0, the selfie lens is good enough to take good pictures with much detail and clarity. The temperature remains good in all the selfies you take. The low-light is assisted by the flash for nice, enjoyable photos. There is noise during night shoots. It comes with Beauty function as well, good for your insta profiles. I didn’t use much of it as I don’t like it. The selfie lens can also record videos at 30fps. Apart from Google Pixel, none is able to produce a good portrait shot. This too is no exception. The Portrait mode on the selfie lens fails to recognize the backgrounds completely and cuts ears, shoulders, hair strands more often than not. You can also shoot time-lapse and panorama using the selfie lens. The selfie images you get with Reno 10x Zoom is much more on the lines of previously launched Oppo smartphones.
The Reno 10x Zoom rests its case on its triple rear cameras. The three lenses comprise of a 48MP main lens, a 13MP telephoto lens and an 8MP ultra-wide sensor. The OIS-backed rear cameras combine to create wonders, even at 10x Zoom. As the name suggests, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, can deep dive into an image and bring out the details which is not possible through naked eyes. Even at 10x Zoom, the images look clear and hardly pixilate. The main 48MP lens is a Sony IMX 586 sensor with f/1.7, too good for low light photography as well as under normal lighting environments. It comes handy with Ultra Night Mode 2.0 during low lighting conditions. The colours remain intact and accurate too. Images are perfectly exposed due to large pixel sizes allowing more light. The 13MP telephoto lens has 5x optical zooming capacity, well needed during long shots and distant images. The ultra-wide lens is all known for its big heart so it does well too. The Portrait mode in the rear has much more refined show as compared to the selfie one. The corners and edges are well defined so that you can easily differentiate between the subject and the background yet there’s a scope for improvement too. I would have loved it if the majority of the Portrait shots yielded the same results but, not the case. There are various other modes like panorama, slow-mo, time lapse and expert (Pro) as well. There’s also an icon for Google lens on the rear lens which lets you identify the scene. The AI algorithms assists you while photography if you needs it. The noise level during night photography is very minimal in the rear lens setup. Overall, there are lots of features to play with on Reno 10x Zoom. The zooming powers have lots of potentials to it with 60x digital zoom as well.
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom gets its power from a 4,065mAh battery supported by a VOOC 3.0 fast charging. The battery easily lasts for a one and a half day of normal usage. I have been using it for gaming as well where it lasts for 8 to 10 hours of power backup. If you love to watch too much content on the go via online streaming platforms the Reno 10x Zoom lasts upto a day in a single charge. The charging is superfast with the upgraded version of charger which quickly charges the device in quick time. It does not generate heat either while charging but you may encounter it during prolonged usage and gaming. This can be overlooked because of the intense heat waves across Delhi NCR might be a reason too. Oppo Reno 10x Zoom can hold the fort for long due to its less draining and power efficient processor. A huge battery is a must to make a smartphone flagship and Reno 10x Zoom has that.
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is all about cameras. Images are super-hot using it. The rear lens has some brilliant low light features as well. It can easily compete with Huawei’s P30 Pro is zooming department on many parameters. Portraits are okay. The selfie camera is weird and intriguing. You may take time to get used to its designing. The selfies are like any other Oppo smartphone, worth sharing on social media. The chipset is fast, battery lasts long and the Ocean Green colour looks so cool and matte. The device is heavy and the display lacks the oomph factor and the curves. The price of Reno starts at Rs 39,990 for the 6GB variant where it has to compete with OnePlus 7 Pro which offers better display.
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