OPPO Reno2 review: Visual stunner

OPPO Reno2

The OPPO Reno2 is a visual treat. From its gorgeous shark fin design and vivid display to its excellent photo and video capabilities, what this phone has to offer is truly a feast for the eyes.

The Reno2 sports the same sophisticated design that the Reno line is known for—a solid unibody with nice iridescent back finish. The four cameras, LED light, and the OPPO logo are arranged vertically at the rear’s center. Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and Gorilla 5 protect the front and back, respectively. Of course, the earmark design of the Reno2 is its shark fin module that houses the front camera. Overall, the phone looks and feels premium and comfortable to hold.

The full screen display invites you to enjoy videos and photos with its vivid output. The images are vibrant, colors pop, text appear crisp, and details are clear all throughout. Under the screen sits the fingerprint sensor, which is accurate and unlocks the phone pretty fast.

OPPO Reno2

The ColorOS UI, like on previous OPPO phones, is clean and comes with useful features and tools. However, I noticed that there seems to be more bloatware apps now and most of them, sadly, cannot be uninstalled.

While the processor on the Reno2 isn’t the most powerful out there, it does its job really well as it comes paired with a sizable RAM. The operations are snappy, transitions are smooth, and even loading apps like the camera is fast. You can play games like Call of Duty Mobile and PUBG set to the highest graphics settings without experiencing any frame drops or lags.

The OPPO Reno2 proves to be very efficient in terms of power. The 4000mAh battery lasts for almost two days of mixed use (mobile data/Wi-Fi is on). If you insist on playing games or watching videos continuously, the Reno2 clocks around eight to ten hours before needing to charge. The VOOC 3 charging allows you to juice up a little more than 50% in half an hour.

The 48MP camera at the back captures images in great detail. This is a personal preference, but I particularly like that the photos come out with more contrast and saturation. The quad setup allows for more versatile shooting, too; you can capture more with the ultra wide lens and zoom in on a distant subject with the telephoto sensor with 5x hybrid zoom. Selfies are by default not in Beauty mode, and even with the feature turned off, come out in great quality.

A camera feature I particularly like on the Reno2 is the Ultra Steady mode for videos. On top of the vivid footage, the Reno2 ensures that every clip is smooth even when you’re moving while recording. Functionalities like the 5x hybrid and 20x digital zoom capabilities, wind noise reduction, and sound focus up the ante of the videos even more.

OPPO Reno2 specs

  • OS: ColorOS 6.1 (Android 9 Pie)
  • DISPLAY: 6.5” FHD+ 2400 x 1080 AMOLED, 401ppi
  • CPU: 2.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  • GPU: Adreno 618
  • STORAGE: 256GB built-in, microSD
  • CAMERA: 48MP + 8MP + 13MP + 2MP front, 16MP front
  • CONNECTIVITY: 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0 GPS, NFC, 3.5mm audio port, USB Type-C
  • DIMENSIONS: 160 x 74.3 x 9.5mm, 189g
  • PRICE: P28,990

Speed says

Premium phones need not to be too expensive, and the OPPO Reno2 proves just
that by bringing superb specs and performance along with sophisticated design
for a price that is a few thousand pesos cheaper than that of other brands’.

Words Pat Calica
First published in Speed Magazine December 2019 issue

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