Oppo is out with its second iteration of the highly-successful Reno series. While the Oppo Reno 2 borrows a few design cues from the original Reno, this one looks a bit different, too. The phone features a glossy finish that is curved at both sides. At the rear, the Reno 2 smartphone has no bump whatsoever where the cameras are centered, which gives the phone an overall premium look.
Many phones today also come with a dedicated key for invoking Google Assistant. So, if you would like to launch Google Assistant with a hardware key instead of a virtual one on the Reno 2, you can always assign a short press on the Power key to summon it.
The Oppo Reno 2 comes with an aluminium frame, Gorilla Glass 6 on the front and Gorilla Glass 5 on the back. The phone measures 160-by-74.3-by-9.5mm in dimension and weighs around 189-gms. In terms of the color options, you get three – Luminous Black, Ocean Blue, and Sunset Pink.
Inside the box, you get the Oppo Reno 2, a VOOC 3.0 power adapter, a USB-C cable, a very nice and sturdy-looking protective case, a pre-applied screen protector, a pair of earphones, a Quick Start Guide and the SIM Card Tool.
The Reno 2 is an all-screen smartphone without any notches or distractions. On the front, you get a 6.5-inch AMOLED Full HD screen. There are minimal bezels on either side and the phone comes packed with an in-display fingerprint scanner.
The fingerprint scanner was quite quick and accurate in unlocking the phone. On the front on the top edge, you also get a motorised pop-up front camera that offers a resolution of 16 MP, an aperture of f/2.0, and a 26mm wide shooting angle.
On the left edge, you will find the volume rockers, while on the right edge, you will find the power button. On the bottom edge, you will find the USB-C port alongside the 3.5m audio jack.
The Oppo Reno 2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset (8nm) and an Adreno 618 GPU. You also get 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, which is further expandable via microSD by utilizing one of the dual SIM slots.
The Reno 2 is powered by Google’s Android 9.0 Pie operating system with ColorOS 6.1 running on top of it. In terms of battery, the Reno 2 derives its operating power from a 4000mAh Li-Ion battery, which supports VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 fast charging.
Towards the rear, the Reno 2 comes with a quad-camera setup, as mentioned earlier. The primary camera offers a resolution of 48MP with an aperture of f/1.7, and supporting OIS.
The second camera is a telephoto camera that offers a resolution of 13MP, an aperture of f/2.4, and 2x optical zoom. The third camera is an ultra-wide 8 MP camera offering an aperture of f/2.2 and a 0.6x zoom. You also get a 2 MP camera with an aperture of f/2.4, for monochrome portrait shots.
The overall performance of the Reno 2 is quite good, especially considering the Snapdragon 730G married to 8GB of RAM. ColorOS 6.0 also helps along the way, since its built-in machine learning modules can selectively freeze apps in the background instead of closing them entirely when more performance is required. On AnTuTu, the Reno 2 was able to clock 271649 points, which is pretty good for a mid-range device.
Now, let’s talk about the camera of the Oppo Reno 2. Well, one word – outstanding! The quad-camera setup of the Oppo Reno 2 offers some insane photography and videography capabilities. It does not matter if you are shooting under lowe lighting or good lighting conditions – we ended up with brilliant photos each time. The macro mode is excellent, and so is the night mode. The front camera also captures some really good selfies.
Oppo’s new Reno 2 is a brilliant piece of technology. It redefines what a mid-range phone should be because it is as refined as a smartphone can get. The smartphone exudes awesomeness – right from the design, the build quality, and the software, to its impressive quad-camera setup. For a price of AED 1,999, the Oppo Reno 2 is great value for money.