Update, October 16 2019 (4:00PM ET): At today’s Oppo launch event, the company announced the Reno 2 and Reno 2Z will be officially available for purchase across the UK starting October 18. The Reno 2 will cost €499 (~$550), while the Reno 2Z will cost €369 (~$410).
We will update this article with links to buy the Reno 2 and 2Z when they go live.
Original article, August 28 2019 (7:01AM ET): Oppo recently teased that it would launch the second-generation Reno series today, and it’s now done just that. At an event in New Delhi, India, the Chinese brand revealed the Oppo Reno 2, Reno 2F, and Reno 2Z.
The Oppo Reno 2 is undoubtedly the top-end phone of the bunch, but the devices share plenty of features. These phones each offer virtually identical FHD+ AMOLED screens (6.55-inches on the Reno 2 versus 6.53-inches on the rest), in-display fingerprint tech, quad rear cameras, 16MP selfie cameras, 4,000mAh batteries, USB-C with VOOC 3.0 charging, and a 3.5mm port.
Where’s the 20X Zoom Edition?
Unfortunately, the new phone offers 20x digital zoom rather than hybrid zoom like many had hoped, though the phone does support 5x hybrid zoom via the rear 13MP 2x telephoto camera.
Get closer. #OPPOReno2 is equipped with a 5x hybrid zoom. Fusion Imaging Technology allows seamlessly exploring through different perspectives over a 16–83mm equivalent focal length. 🔭0.6x ➡️ 1x ➡️ 2x ➡️ 5x pic.twitter.com/HWrVT76LrP— OPPO (@oppo) August 28, 2019
The Oppo Reno 2 also serves up a 48MP primary shooter (Sony IMX586 with OIS), an 8MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP mono sensor. True to the original Reno phones, you can also expect a “shark fin” pop-up for the 16MP selfie camera.
Oppo’s top-end Reno 2 model offers video zoom, ultra steady video stabilization (via ultra-wide camera), background noise reduction/audio zoom, an ultra macro mode, and an ultra dark mode (using the processor’s NPU to improve low-light snaps). But some of these features, like ultra dark mode and ultra steady video, are also available on the Reno 2F.
In terms of core specs, the Oppo Reno 2 packs a Snapdragon 730G chipset, 256GB of storage, and NFC.
It’s clear the Oppo Reno 2 isn’t a successor to the Reno 10X Zoom Edition then, lacking the periscope camera and Snapdragon 800-series chipset of the original model. But it certainly seems like a notable upgrade over the standard Reno, which offered a Snapdragon 710 chipset, 48MP+5MP rear camera setup, and 3,765mAh battery.
So how do the other two Reno 2 variants fare on paper?
Oppo Reno 2F vs Reno 2Z
The Reno 2F is more capable in theory than the 2Z, packing a Helio P90 chipset and 256GB of storage compared to the 2Z’s older Helio P70 processor and 128GB of storage. This marks the first time we see the Helio P90 in a major smartphone, almost a year after the Mediatek processor was first announced.
The Reno 2F also shares a near-identical quad camera setup as the Reno 2, but eschews the 13MP 2x telephoto lens in favor of a 2MP depth sensor. Meanwhile, the Reno 2Z swaps the telephoto camera and 48MP IMX586 sensor for a 2MP depth sensor and 48MP Samsung GM1 sensor, respectively.
Sure, all three phones share a similar 16MP selfie camera, but don’t expect to see the series’ signature shark fin pop-up on the Reno 2F and Reno 2Z. Instead, Oppo has gone with a more traditional pop-up housing for both devices.
The Reno 2 series will launch in India at first (wider availability details weren’t revealed), so what kind of pricing can you expect? The 6GB/128GB Oppo Reno 2 will be available in Ocean Blue and Luminous Black from September 20 for ₹36,990 (~$515). Oppo’s 6GB/128GB Reno 2Z will retail for ₹29,990 (~$418) from September 6 and is available in Luminous Black, Sky White, and Polar White. The Reno 2F hasn’t received a price just yet, but will launch in November in Sky White and Lake Green.
What do you make of the Oppo Reno 2 series? Let us know in the comments.