- Analysis by KJ David
Oppo's 2019 Reno, which hit the market alongside its 10x-zooming sibling, is a flagship contender that puts a lot of its eggs in the photography basket. Before we jump into its pros on the imaging front, though, you might want to take note of its cons hardware-wise.
For starters, the Reno relies on a dual-cluster octa-core Snapdragon 710 processor whose 2.2GHz clock speed does not quite level with those of the fastest smartphones of its generation -- most models in that category clock in at 2.5GHz or higher. That said, its 8GB accompanying RAM safely passes the high-end yardstick as of this technical Phonerated review. Another drawback is the fact that this Oppo flagship does not come with a memory card slot , consequently offering only 256GB or 128GB of storage, depending on the variant.
Sitting alongside those hardware pros and cons is a 3765mAh battery that we consider somewhat unimpressive, given the number of tantamount smartphones packing at least 4000mAh cells.
As for the highlight of its specs, the Reno possibly fares well compared to some of the best photography-first smartphones on the market, touting a whopping 48- plus 5-megapixel 6P-lens dual camera bedecked with 4K-2160p video-recording, AI-aided beautification modes, and Oppo's self-branded Night Mode 2.0.
The Reno is also the first model to feature the brand's swivel-out front camera design , which basically means that its 16-megapixel front-facing camera sits on a hidden panel that pivots out for selfies and groupfies. As a consequence, it features a notch-free 6.4-inch 19.5:9 On-Cell AMOLED display sitting on a 2340 x 1080 Full HD+ resolution and a 93.1 percent screen-to-body ratio .
Also part of its pros and cons are a damage-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 6 display finish and Oppo's ColorOS 6.0, which is based on the Android 9.0 Pie platform.
Summing up, the Oppo Reno is a model for upmarket shoppers eying an Android-based phone that combines some high-class photography capabilities and a wide display.
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