Oppo’s Reno 10x Zoom was just crazy – crazy good, I mean. The company is now following it up with an even crazier Reno 2. The main USP of the Reno 2 is its 20x zoom camera capabilities. The Reno 2 isn’t a Reno 10x Zoom successor though. That’s not to say that it is any less capable.
While the Reno 10x Zoom used three cameras to achieve the golden 10x zoom figure, the Reno 2 doesn’t have any of that fancy periscope tech. Neither can it optically zoom as much - it can’t zoom as much via a combination of optical and digital either. It does have more cameras though. And, some killer looks.
-- The Reno 2 is a stunner to look at. It has a glass back (and an Aluminum frame) and is available two gradient colours – Luminous Black and Ocean Blue. There’s Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the front paired with an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner and a pop-up selfie camera for an immersive all-screen experience. The pop-up mechanism which looks a lot like a shark fin houses a 16MP camera.
-- The Reno 2 comes with a quad rear camera setup consisting of a 48MP main camera (with Sony IMX586 sensor) with OIS, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 13MP telephoto camera, and a 2MP portrait lens. The phone supports 5x hybrid zoom and 20x digital zoom.
-- The Reno 2 also comes with three mics and the ability to get focused audio while zooming into a subject - similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10. There’s also an ultra-steady video and ultra dark modes in the Reno 2.
-- The Reno 2’s shark-fin pop-up front camera module also supports bokeh videos.
-- Another interesting bit about the Reno 2 is its all-screen bezel that comes sans any notch or display cut-out. The Oppo Reno 2 has a 6.55-inch AMOLED display with a 1080p+ resolution – and an elevating selfie camera mechanism.
-- The Reno 2’s screen can go up to 800 nits in outdoor mode and there’s also support for the DCIP3 standard.
-- In terms of core hardware, the Reno 2 is India’s first smartphone which is powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 730G processor. This is paired with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB storage.
-- The phone packs a 4,000mAh battery and supports Oppo’s VOOC 3.0 flash charge via USB Type-C.
Oppo has launched the Reno 2 in India at a price of Rs 36,990 – which means it falls in OnePlus 7 territory. But even more than that, the Reno 10x Zoom brings better – flagship - hardware at a starting price of Rs 39,990, which should ideally be your first choice if you have a budget close to around Rs 40,000.
(Photos by Saurabh Singh)