In a bid to win in the hyper-competitive India market, OPPO has stepped up its gameplay by ditching the atypical annual product lifecycles, and launching the OPPO Reno2 within a few months of the original Reno. The idea at play is to offer consumers more choice and power. With the Reno2, OPPO makes an ambitious and rightful bid in the premium smartphone segment, that has plenty of headroom for growth.
When it comes to smartphones, OPPO is one brand that has been at the forefront of smartphone innovation, with a clear appetite for risk-taking in smartphone product development, design iteration, product optimization, and continuous product improvement cycles. The innovation zeal is backed by an impressive array of >37000 patent applications filed globally.
Where the OPPO Reno2 excels is its five camera set-up, with a shark-fin 16MP selfie camera on the front, and a rear quad camera system including a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor that supports optical image stabilisation (OIS) and electronic image stabilisation (EIS), 13MP telephoto lens, an 8MP wide-angle camera and 2MP macro lens. The Reno2 comes with 5x hybrid zoom support and 20x digital zoom.
Photography using the Reno2 is a breeze, with sharp, vibrant and almost lifelike colours, and coupled with the 48MP sensor that provides enough details while zooming into a photo.
While it is not an upgrade to the earlier Reno 10X Zoom, the Reno2 still matches up to the best features in the 10X Zoom, retaining the same brand design philosophy as well as aesthetics and features, including the bespoke ‘Shark Fin’ camera.
The Reno2 has a Snapdragon 730G processor based on a 8nm process and comes equipped with an Adreno 618 GPU. It includes 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. The Reno2 comes with a 6.55-inch, 20:9 Dynamic AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 6 on top, that is the same as the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10 spots.
This smartphone is optimized for high gaming performance, and does better compared to smartphones, such as Redmi K20 that sport a Snapdragon 730. In fact, the Reno2 is impressive, when it comes to handling graphics at higher framerates and high resolution.
Yes, the Reno2 lacks some of the ‘sought after’ flagship features, including water-proofing and wireless charging, among others. However, on the plus side, consumers benefit from a headphone jack, USB-C, an optical in-display fingerprint sensor (courtesy, Goodix Technology), and a powerful 4000 mAh battery powering only a 1080 panel, with VOOC 3.0 flash charging. All these make the Reno2, a powerful and reliable daily driver.
When it comes to the festive season, the Reno2 makes a good and interesting gifting option in a price segment that OnePlus has dominated thus far.