Oppo Reno2 - the refined successor

Huawei, Honor, OnePlus, Xiaomi: more and more Chinese smartphone makers are finding their way to the Netherlands. That also applies to Oppo, which launched the Reno2 with motorized 'shark fin camera' in October. We started working with it in this Oppo Reno 2 review.

Oppo Reno2

Price 499 euros

Colors blue, black

OS Android 9.0 Pie (ColorOS 6.1)

Screen 6.5 inch amoled (1080x2400)

Processor 2.2GHz octa-core (Snapdragon 730G)

RAM 8GB

Storage 256GB (expandable with memory card)

Battery 4,000mAh

Camera 48, 8, 13 and 2 megapixels (rear), 16 megapixels (front)

Connectivity 4G (LTE), Bluetooth 5.0, Dual Band WiFi, GPS, NFC

Format 16 x 7.4 x 0.95 cm

Weight 189 grams

Other rear screen fingerprint scanner, usb-c, dual-sim, 3.5mm jack

Website www.oppo.com/nl/ 6 Score 60

  • Pros
  • Battery life
  • Screen
  • design
  • Negatives
  • Price
  • ColorOS
  • Not water resistant

Quad camera

The Oppo Reno2 has four lenses on the back. The main camera is a 48 megapixel quad-bayer camera, followed by an 8 megapixel wide-angle lens (which doubles as a macro lens), a 13 megapixel telephoto lens and a 2 megapixel black-and-white lens for better depth-of-field effects and filters. Furthermore, the camera system is equipped with 2x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, night mode, optical and electronic image stabilization, Sound Focus and Ultra Steady Video.

An impressive arsenal, but how does this quartet perform in practice? The camera system has two faces. During the day, the Reno2 shoots beautiful pictures with many details, good contrasts and large dynamic range. Colors look realistic and natural. The macro lens captures the smallest ice crystals razor sharp. Portrait photos come out well, although the software sometimes has trouble processing edges seamlessly.

When the night falls you have significantly more noise. In the theater we were unable to take nice pictures. Capturing facial expressions seems impossible and details disappear like snow in the sun. Even the night mode is no match for such conditions.

Runner

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G is a blazing fast 8nm octa-core processor that doesn't disappoint. Whatever games we subjected the chipset to, they all ran like a charm. The CPU is supported by an Adreno 618 GPU and 8GB of RAM. By default, you get 256GB of storage capacity, which you can expand further with a microSD card.

The Reno2 has a long breath thanks to its 4000 mAh battery. Even the most demanding user will get through the day with this. If you reach for your phone less often, the Reno2 will last a day and a half. With the supplied 20 watt fast charger (renamed VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 by the marketing) you need an hour and a half to charge the battery.

With its 6.5-inch AMOLED display, it is wonderful to binge on the Reno2. The screen edges are wafer-thin, the colors and black levels are perfectly fine, videos are razor-sharp thanks to the Full-HD resolution, and the quirky motorized selfie camera means you don't have black bars or notches in the way.

ColorOS

Oppo's mid-ranger runs on Android 9.0 Pie with ColorOS over it. This skin has an instant Chinese feel. This is due to the design of the apps, the amount of bloatware and the cluttered settings menu. ColorOS is quite aggressive when it comes to truncation of background processes. That's good for battery life, but not if you're waiting for an important email. Android purists won't jump into ColorOS, and neither will we.

Conclusion: Buy Oppo Reno 2?

Like its predecessor, the Reno2 is a fairly complete smartphone, including some upgrades. However, its price tag makes it difficult to recommend it wholeheartedly. 500 euros is a lot of money for a middle class car. For the same amount or less, you can now get a premium flagship, such as the OnePlus 7 or Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro. Smartphones that mainly win from the Oppo Reno2 in terms of computing power.

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