Oppo released a follow-up six months after the first Reno telephone. The biggest improvements of the Oppo Reno2 can be found in the cameras.
The first Oppo Reno appeared in April this year, but the Chinese manufacturer is already back with a successor. The Reno2 resembles its predecessor in the design. The device feels sturdy and light. Despite the 6.5 inch OLED screen, the phone is also not overly large. The device owes this mainly to the minimal screen edges and the slightly curved back, which makes it comfortable to hold.
There are some changes on the back. Instead of two camera lenses, four lenses are now placed underneath each other. The Oppo logo is an extension of this, surrounded by an almost sky blue line, depending on which angle and with which light you look at it. It gives the phone a recognizable and striking detail.
Four lenses for a large range
The Oppo Reno2 is all about the four cameras on the back. Where the predecessor had to do with a standard lens and a depth sensor, the Reno2 gets a telephoto lens and a wide-angle lens. The lenses do not protrude from the device, as we now see a lot on top devices, but are incorporated in the glass back. However, there is a small dot on the back that protrudes, to protect the lenses. As a result, the phone wobbles when it is used lying on a table.
With the lenses, the phone has a large range. The wide-angle lens captures the image in 116 degrees, in addition to which you can zoom in up to twice optically without any loss of quality. The phone can then zoom up to five times hybrid (with a combination of hardware and software making the images as good as possible) and up to twenty times digital. In addition, the image becomes clearly grainy and that is therefore not really advisable.
The fourth 2-megapixel lens helps create a depth of field effect, for example for portrait photos, blurring the background of the subject. During testing, we noticed that the results are pretty good, but that the foreground and background are not always properly determined. For example, hairstyles do not always cut edges nicely – something that other phones (in the higher price segment) do not always do well.
In general, different lenses perform quite well. The results are excellent, especially in a good light. The wide-angle lens has little visible distortion or blur in the corners. Zooming up to five times a hybrid also regularly produces sharp results. With movement, the image becomes blurred more quickly and with backlight, the light quickly leaks through the rest of the image.
Extendable shark fin
For selfies, the so-called shark fin lens returns in the Oppo Reno2. The camera slides up from the top-right of the front camera is needed. This is fast enough and the moving part feels solid.
Taking photos with the front camera produces 16-megapixel images. In addition, an HDR function can be switched on and the lens has a depth sensor for portrait photos. Oppo has also added various beauty functions to the software, for example, to eliminate wrinkles or to make your chin slightly narrower. This fuss card is fully optional and can be switched off.
Great screen, performance fast enough
The Oppo Reno2 has a clear OLED screen with a resolution of 2,400 by 1,800. This screen is also easy to read in the sun. Because there is no notch, there is nothing in the way when playing games or watching a video, I had no problems playing Fortnite, Call of Duty and PUBG on the Reno2.
The device does not have the fastest Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm. That’s the 855+ at the moment. This phone has a Snapdragon 730G, intended for the high middle segment designed for gaming. It performs well and, for example, also ensures image stabilization in the cameras during filming.
A fingerprint scanner is placed under the screen that works quickly and accurately. While testing the Reno2 I got about 7 hours of on-screen time that’s a mix of Data and Wifi.
Furthermore, the device is equipped with a headphone connection and a battery with a 4,000 mAh capacity. With that, we kept it effortlessly during the day until normal in the normal use. We do miss having stereo speaker, only at the bottom does the device have a speaker, which by the way sounds good.
The Oppo Reno2 costs £449 from Oppo UK and CPW available in Luminous Black and Ocean Blue colours, with the four camera lenses offer a wide range and mostly good results. In addition, we count the design, the screen and the battery life among the plus points.
Although Oppo has recently improved its Android shell ColorOS, the design of the software layer can, in our opinion, be a bit quieter and more subtle for the Western market. The only negative with the Reno2 is that the vibrating motor (for example for feedback while typing) could be a little stronger.
The phone offers top functions for this price range for people who want to get a lot out of their camera, but do not want to pay the top prize. It shows that you don’t have to spend a fortune on a smartphone to have an amazing one.