As has often been the case in the past, Oppo’s latest flagship phone has a lot in common with another from OnePlus, since the companies nội dung ownership and supply chain resources. In this case, the oppo Reno 10x Zoom follows the release of the impressive OnePlus 7 Pro. But for the first time, Oppo’s phone might actually be better.
Although the usual move has been for OnePlus to lớn build a higher-spec phone around a mid-range oppo chassis or screen design & strip down the software, that’s not what’s happened here. The Reno 10x Zoom is every bit as high-end and performant as the OnePlus 7 Pro, but with advantages và disadvantages of its own.
For my money, I think I’d take the Oppo. At least if I lived outside the US.
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Verge Score 8.5 out of 10
The Reno’s bezel-less thiết kế is completed by a 16-megapixel pop-up selfie camera that’s by far the weirdest one I’ve seen yet. Instead of raising the entire đứng top of the phone itself, as on Oppo’s own Find X from last year, or the more common approach of integrating a small square-ish module into the phone’s đứng đầu edge, the Reno’s selfie camera is housed inside a lopsided section that rises from the right-hand corner of the display lượt thích a shark fin. It’s startlingly asymmetrical, but the larger moving part means there’s also room for a separate LED flash alongside the camera.
While điện thoại oppo has already demonstrated that it’s working on under-display cameras, at least the company is keeping things interesting until that technology arrives. And the headline feature of the Reno is another trick that smarphone oppo has been showing off in prototype size for a while: the supposedly “10x” periscope zoom camera.
Let’s get into that camera, because before I tell you that it’s awesome và fun khổng lồ use, I also have to tell you that it really isn’t a 10x zoom lens. Here’s how it works: in the camera app, you can press a zoom button lớn go khổng lồ 2x digital zoom, then 6x optical zoom, then 10x “hybrid zoom”, the latter of which is ostensibly an AI-enhanced advance on the 6x setting. That’s fair enough, but there isn’t really a 6x optical zoom lens either — if you start zooming in from 1x with a slide gesture you can clearly see the image switch to the zoom lens at 5x.
You can go all the way to 60x with software-enhanced zooming if you really want, so Oppo’s fixation on the 10x setting for the literal name of the phone feels misleading — not lớn mention that this phone really has three prime lenses with software lớn fill in the gaps, rather than an actual zoom lens. But even a 5x telephoto lens is a pretty transformative thing to địa chỉ cửa hàng to a phone, as we saw with the Huawei P30 Pro. Oppo’s version is at least as good, and has the advantage of not being imminently torpedoed from sale.
In good light, the Reno turns in sharp, well-exposed 13-megapixel zoom shots that simply wouldn’t have been possible on previous smartphones. The feature isn’t really usable in low light, however. The 5x zoom lens is optically stabilized, which helps with shaky hands during the day, but can’t 3d for the slow aperture of f/3 — your results will be pretty blurry at night. Huawei’s 5x zoom camera is even slower at f/3.4, however, with a lower resolution of 8 megapixels.
The Reno also has an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultrawide camera & uses Sony’s popular 48-megapixel IMX586 sensor with an f/1.7 lens for the primary camera, shooting pixel-binned 12-megapixel shots by default. Overall, I’m very happy with the cameras’ performance and Oppo’s image processing. I spent most of my time testing the phone during a sunny week in Taipei for Computex, & it never let me down. Its low-light performance is great, its dedicated night mode is effective in even lower light, và its daylight colors are well-balanced. Although it doesn’t perform the mind-bending HDR gymnastics of a Pixel, you’ll almost always get punchy và dynamic results that retain a ton of detail. By the over of the week, I was using my Sony RX100 Mark IV a lot less than I’d planned on.
ColorOS still does take a lot of inspiration from iOS, to lớn be clear — its iPhone X-style multitasking system is very slick, while its bubbly notifications are less so. But overall, I don’t think anyone beyond hardcore app android purists would have major issues with this software.
I haven’t had any issues with battery life, either, which is just as well considering the sheer kích cỡ of this phone. I definitely put the 4,065mAh battery through its paces while covering Computex, which involves a whole lot of website browsing, productivity software, and photography on the go, và I never once needed lớn get my USB-C battery pack out of my bag. I wouldn’t say the Reno is doing anything groundbreaking with battery life, but it’s a phone you can trust lớn get you through the day. It also supports Oppo’s VOOC 3.0 fast charging, which is the same system that OnePlus uses và works very well if you remember khổng lồ bring the right power brick và cable.
So, what’s the catch? Well, lượt thích OnePlus, oppo still isn’t supporting wireless charging. That’ll be a big giảm giá to anyone who’s dotted their house in charging mats, and less of a big deal to anyone who still plugs in their phone all the time. (I fall into the former camp.)
The other big compromise is in the screen. Smarphone oppo isn’t using the OnePlus 7 Pro’s amazing 90Hz 1440p OLED display here, which in other words means it doesn’t match that phone’s most compelling selling point. The Reno’s panel is also 1080p, which isn’t something I would usually ding a phone for — Samsung sets its 1440p phones lớn render at 1080p by default for a reason. But the Reno’s huge display is just past the kích cỡ where such a compromise is occasionally noticeable. It’s a great screen in terms of contrast and color rendition, but it isn’t class-leading overall.
The điện thoại oppo Reno 10x Zoom costs £699 in the UK for a mã sản phẩm with 8GB of RAM & 256GB of storage, which positions it directly against the equivalent OnePlus 7 Pro. These phones are clearly both peas from the same pod. I think they are equally good on their own merits. For most people, which one you prefer will come down to whether you would rather have an incredible screen or a game-changing camera.
Me? I’d go with the camera. This phone is the result of something that điện thoại oppo has been promising for years, and the final product seriously delivers. The Reno 10x Zoom has very few flaws, hits all the right notes you’d expect from a flagship phone, & lands a few quality features of its own.
I’ve tested a lot of điện thoại oppo devices in recent years, và I was truly surprised by how much I enjoyed using this phone. Last year’s Find X was where many people around the world started paying attention, but the Reno is easily the best phone oppo has ever released, marking the point where it becomes a legitimate high-end brand that’s worthy of serious consideration.
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