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Oppo Reno First Impressions: The new mechanical trick in town

The Oppo Reno features a 6.4-inch AMOLED display without a notch. The highlight of the smartphone is the 48-megapixel rear camera, and a shark-fin type pop-up selfie snapper. Oppo Reno prices in India start at Rs 32,990.

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Highlights

  • Oppo Reno features a 6.4-inch AMOLED full screen display.

  • It is powered by a Snapdragon 710 SoC with an octa-core CPU.

  • The smartphone features a 16-megapixel pop-up selfie snapper.

Today, Oppo launched its Reno series of smartphones in India. The new lineup includes two smartphones, called the Oppo Reno, and the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom. Considering that Oppo has already launched the series in other markets, we already know the specifications of both the devices. The highlight of the device is the unique Shark-fin rising camera on the front, which sets it apart from the rest of the pop-up cameras in the market. Prices for the Oppo Reno in India starts at Rs 32,990, while the Pro is priced at Rs 39,990 and Rs 49,990. Ahead of the launch event today, we got to use the mid-range Oppo Reno and here are my first impressions.

That Shark-fin rising camera on the Oppo Reno

Let’s start with the feature that most people will notice when they look at the Oppo Reo. Yes, we are talking about the front camera, which Oppo calls Shark-fin rising camera. It almost feels like a separate phone unfolded itself from inside the Oppo Reno. To visualize, it feels like you are holding two playing cards in a stack and in a deliberate attempt wanted to see the other card you are holding below the one on the top. The front camera has a resolution of 16-megapixels (f/2.0 aperture).

The sliding action is smooth and quite minimal than the normal pop-up camera setups that we have seen in the past Oppo and Vivo phones along with the Flip-up camera mechanism that Asus showcased in its Asus Zenfone 6. In fact, I can probably get away by saying that this camera unfolding action is far more natural feeling than the rest of the mechanisms. This design will also force accessory makers to redesign the smartphone cases for the Oppo Reno series.

Oppo Reno and its impressive design

The second thing that one may notice once they get over the sliding pop-up selfie camera is the somewhat minimal design that Oppo has opted for. The Oppo Reno sports rounded corners, no bezel in the front, thin bezels which a slight chin at the bottom, and a curved glass back with the matte-like finish. This does not mean that the glass back will not catch any marks, but it sure will be far less noticeable.

To ensure the sophisticated look, the dual camera setup on the back in under the glass. In addition to that, one can also see a vertical strip running on the back of the device just below the rear camera setup in vertical alignment with “Oppo” branding and the “Designed by Oppo” tagline. The setup includes a 48-megapixel primary camera supplemented with a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor for better bokeh effects when using the portrait mode.

The volume buttons are present on the left side and the power button is located on the right side along with the huge impression on the top, the space that is needed for the folding-up camera to work properly. Talking about specifications, the Oppo Reno features a 6.4-inch AMOLED display along with FHD+ resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It has Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection on the front, and there is no notch. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 710 SoC with an octa-core CPU, 8GB RAM, and 128GB internal storage.

Watch: Oppo 10x Lossless Zoom

First impressions

Even though we did not get sufficient time to test the device in any manner that could be termed proper, it was enough for me to draw a rough picture of the Oppo Reno. In a world where smartphone makers are moving towards making pop-up selfie cameras the norm (including new additions like OnePlus and Realme), it is great to see a smartphone maker that is trying to reinvent the wheel. Even though this is all done to ensure that there are no notches of any kind on the display. Overall, the camera worked fine and the overall package is both inspiring as well as neat. However, we will reserve our final judgment about the Oppo Reno for our full review.

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  • Published Date: May 27, 2019 9:58 AM IST