Oppo Reno 2 – A Shark fin is Camera!

Oppo! having declared sometime in 2019 that they have plans to trade in Nigeria have successfully launched her Reno 2 Series for the Nigerian market.

The Reno 2 Series is here looking very standard as we are used to seeing on most Oppo smartphones in Nigeria. From top to bottom, these devices are breath taking but mind you, it is not by any means cheap.



To start with, the Oppo Reno 2 series comes in two main variant – Reno 2 and Reno 2F. Both look very identical but a little bit separated when you start reading their numbers. I mean specifications.

Because of the disparity in both devices, I am going to be reviewing the Oppo Reno 2 which I call the “ Shark Pro” because of the standard features that is right inside.

Oppo Reno 2 Key features

Launch Date: November, 2019
Display-size: 6.5inch OLED
Resolution: 1080 x 2400p
Pixel Per inch: 401
Dimension: 160 x 74.3 x 9.5mm
Front Camera: 16MP
Rear Camera: 48MP + 8MP + 13MP + 2MP
Battery: 4000mAh
Chipset: Snapdragon 730G
Sim Type: Hybrid SIM
RAM: 8GB
ROM: 256GB
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
Network: 4G LTE
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0
In-display fingerprint scanner 3.0
Weight: 189g

Availability & Price

From the price, one can clearly define the category the Oppo Reno 2 falls into. This smartphone cost #179,000 which makes it automatically sits among high-end flagships in Nigeria.The Oppo Reno 2 is available in two colors: luminous white and ocean blue.

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Design

The design of the Oppo Reno 2 looks very standard in some particular ways. Her front might not really impress you a lot considering the fact that it has tiny bezels which we are used to seeing on most flagships in Nigeria.

However, tehe sweetest upgrade is at the back. There is a luminous light shining at the back, telling everyone this is “Oppo”. But there is no notch to house the selfie camera. What we have now is a new kind of pop up shark fin selfie camera.

The front is more of screen and nothing more. The Oppo Reno 2 has a 93.1% screen to body ratio. Her body which has a dimension of 160 x 74.3 x 9.5mm comes in a glass component and weighs only 189g.

The Oppo Reno 2 comes with dual WiFi speed up that lets you connect two WiFi at the sametime. It is 2x faster than normal. The speaker has Dolby Atmos sound for better sound quality.

Display

In front of the Oppo Reno 2 is the new corning gorilla glass 6 and a 6.5 inch OLED screen underneath it. You are going to enjoy what you see here. At the back is a 3D curved corning gorilla glass 5.

The 6.5 inch OLED screen comes with a standard 1080 x 2400p resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 401ppi and has up to 800 nits auto brightness that brighten up well enough to display outdoor under intense sunlight.

The display on the Oppo Reno 2 gives you a good amount of clarity. It has a 1400000:1 high contrast ratio and DC dimming that helps you to notice different colors at different brightness level.

The Oppo Reno 2 screen has a full care display certification by TUV Rheinland. Your eyes is safe with this colorful screen that even got a harmful blue light reduction of 37.5%.

Camera

The Oppo Reno 2 comes with a quad camera setup. At the rear, you will see the 48MP Ultra-clear Main Camera, 8MP Wide Angle Lens, 13MP Telephoto Lens, and 2MP Mono Lens.

The first which is the 48MP main camera has an ultra clear Sony IMX586 sensor, f/1.7 aperture, Optical Image Stabilization + Electronic Image Stabilization.

The second which is the 8MP wide angle has 116° and f/2.2 aperture. The number 3 is a 13MP telephoto f/2.4 aperture with Auto Focus and 2x Optical Zoom. And finally, we have the 2MP f/2.4 mono + depth sensor.

You will also notice a small circle bump below the quad cameras. This helps to prevent the cameras from scratches.

The Quad Camera comes with a high photography technology that helps you take photos that are either near or far, moving or still with her motion tracking feature available on the camera.

You can also take photos during the day or at night using the quad cameras on the Oppo Reno 2 in Nigeria. The all-new Ultra Dark Mode, AI beauty mode and Portrait mode 2.0 are available on the camera app.

In front is a motor shark fin pop-up selfie camera that houses the 16MP AI Beauty camera. This is the first time we are seeing such kind of front-facing camera technique in Nigeria. I love it.

In my own opinion, the shark fin pop-up technique I likely to have more longevity than a regular pop-up selfie camera.

The Oppo Reno 2 camera was also able to set a record of being the world’s first Pop-up Camera to have Bokeh Effects on Video recording.

Talking about video recording, the Oppo Reno 2 can do 4k video recording in Nigeria at 30fps, 1080p at 30/60fps, 720p at 30/60fps. The camera has 16-83mm Equivalent Focal Length, 5x Hybrid Zoom and 20x Digital Zoom.

Battery

The Oppo Reno 2 comes with a 4000mAh long duration battery with an incredible VOOC Flash Charge 3.0. You get up to 51% with 30 minutes charge in Nigeria. This is awesome.

On usage, You get up to 8 hours of non-stop gaming in Nigeria. The Oppo Reno 2 battery can also keep you active for up to 13 hours of continuous video playback.

Software & Specs

Inside the Oppo Reno 2 is a qualcomm Snapdragon 730G 8nm chip alongside an Adreno 618 GPU. The Oppo Reno 2 runs on a 2.2GHz octa-core processor.

The storage configuration available on this device is an 8GB RAM & 256GB ROM. There is also expandability option via microSD card slot if you need extra space.

On the software scene, you will find Oppo’s latest 2019 User Interface – ColorOS 6.1 based on Android 9.0 Pie Operating System. The ColorOS 6.1 have some new features one of which is the smart video editor.

My Thoughts

The Oppo Reno 2 is no doubt an expensive smartphone, dropping six figures on a smartphone means a lot for many in Nigeria. You definitely will want the best out of it.

Oppo have done a remarkable job with her Reno 2. Every department here received maximum attention. From her hardware to software this device is boom!. There is absolutely no area that was left untouched.

Also not forgetting the Bokeh Effects video recording that is available on the front-facing camera. Yeah! The Oppo Reno 2 is the first to have this feature on a pop-up selfie camera.

Oppo is also offering 2 years warranty when you by the Reno 2 in Nigeria. This is a very strong signal the company is sending to everyone about their smartphones. It is more like saying Hey! I guarantee you, our smartphones are quality.




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