Oppo brought the Reno series to India in May this year, focusing on smartphone cameras. This sub-brand was recently revised with the launch of the Reno 2 series. We have already tested the Oppo Reno 2Z (review), which at case 29,990. We now have Oppo Reno 2 in our hands, which is currently the highest quality range in the series. The Reno 2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC, has a quad camera setup and a Shark Fin popup selfie module. The smartphone seems to offer decent hardware, but how much of it leads to good performance in real life? We tested the Oppo Reno 2 to find out.
Oppo Reno 2 design
All models in the Reno 2 series have a similar design when viewed from the front. The Oppo Reno 2 impresses with its shark fin pop-up camera module. There is a 6.5-inch AMOLED display on the front of the smartphone and thin bezels all around. The Reno 2's shark fin module pivots up to expose the selfie camera. This module also contains the secondary microphone and the handset. The frame of the Reno 2 has a thin grid at the top through which the sound can be passed through the earphones. Because of this arrangement, we found the sounds of people we spoke to on call to be hollow.
Oppo offers the Reno 2 in two colors – Ocean Blue and Luminous Black. The Ocean Blue variant has a subtle gradient finish that looks really good. If you prefer no gradients, you can opt for the other variant, whose primary color is black and which is surrounded by a blue marking at the edges.
Oppo has positioned the on / off switch on the right, while the volume buttons are on the left. All are easy to reach and offer good tactile feedback. The SIM compartment is on the right above the power switch.
This smartphone is not bulky and offers a first-class feeling thanks to the glass back and the metal frame. The Oppo Reno 2 has a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the bottom as well as a speaker, a primary microphone and a USB Type-C port.
On the back of the Reno 2 is housed in a quad camera module, which, like the Reno 2Z, is flush with the back of the smartphone. There is a knob on the back of the smartphone that slightly lifts the phone up on a flat surface. Oppo has placed the dual LED flash next to the cameras.
Since the Oppo Reno 2 has a glass bottom, it can easily soak up stains. Oppo offers a nice case in the box with which you can avoid this. The Reno 2 comes with a 20 W VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 charger and headphones.
Oppo Reno 2 specifications and software
The front of the Reno 2 is dominated by the 6.5-inch full HD AMOLED display (1080 x 2400 pixels), which gives the phone a screen-to-body ratio of 93.1 percent. We found the display to be bright enough outdoors. The Reno 2 offers two color modes: Vivid and Gentle. You can also change the color temperature of the panel. There's also a built-in fingerprint scanner that allows you to quickly scan a finger and unlock the device.
The Oppo Reno 2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G and is therefore one of the few smartphones on the market that are equipped with this processor. It was released in the news recently when Realme announced that it would be used for its Realme XT 730G. The Snapdragon 730G is an octa-core processor based on an 8 nm manufacturing process. It has two Kryo 470 power cores that are clocked at 2.2 GHz and six Kryo 470 efficiency cores that are clocked at 1.8 GHz. The Snapdragon 730G is playful and has Snapdragon Elite game features that claim to give it an edge while playing. The graphics tasks are performed by an Adreno 618 GPU.
Oppo has paired the Snapdragon 730G processor with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage. There is only one configuration of the Oppo Reno 2, just like the Reno 2Z. The memory can be expanded thanks to a hybrid dual SIM slot. After charging the device with a selection of apps and games, almost 213 GB of storage was still available.
The Oppo Reno 2 supports Bluetooth 5, dual-band WiFi 802.11ac, five satellite navigation systems and Dual 4G VoLTE. It also has the usual arrangement of sensors. Oppo has managed to pack a 4,000 mAh battery.
The software is similar to the one we saw recently on the Reno 2Z. ColorOS 6.1 runs on Android 9 Pie on this smartphone. The August security patch was run on our unit, but a software update for the September patch was performed during our testing. We noticed that a similar amount of bloatware is preinstalled on the Reno 2 as on the Reno 2Z, which we tested just before. The bloatware includes UC Browser, Facebook, NewsPoint, Dailyhunt, Paytm and Helo, Webnovel and Amazon, among others. These apps can get very spammy after the first start. Fortunately, they can be uninstalled. Oppo has its own app store, the App Store, and a game center for games.
The overall user experience is similar to that of the Reno 2Z and we covered it extensively in our Reno 2Z review.
Oppo Reno 2 performance, battery life and cameras
The Snapdragon 730G that powers the Oppo Reno 2 is a powerful processor, and we had no problems using the smartphone. It's powerful enough to do everyday tasks without breaking a sweat. Oppo has provided 8 GB of RAM for this device, which makes multitasking child's play. We could start several apps and the phone could go without ending them in the background.
We put the Oppo Reno 2 to the test to see how the Snapdragon 730G performed compared to some other smartphone processors available at this price. The Oppo Reno 2 scored 214,935 points in AnTuTu, similar to the Redmi K20 (review), which is operated with the Snapdragon 730. In terms of CPU performance, however, it is significantly slower than the Snapdragon 855. In PC Mark Work 2.0, the Oppo Reno 2 scored 7,157 points compared to 9,230 points of the Redmi K20 Pro (review).
The Oppo Reno 2 scored 2,398 points in 3DMark Slingshot Extreme OpenGL and 3,408 points in 3DMark Slingshot. These values are higher than those of the Snapdragon 730 in the Redmi K20, which scored 2,124 and 2,962 points in the same tests. In GFXBench Manhattan 3.1, the Reno 2 achieved 25 fps, while the Redmi K20 achieved 23 fps. These tests give us a good overview of the difference between the Snapdragon 730 and the Snapdragon 730G in terms of graphics performance.
We played PUBG Mobile on the Oppo Reno 2, and the default setting was "high" on the phone. The graphics were set to "HD" and the frame rate to "High". We couldn't improve the quality any further, but the device ran the game with these settings without any problems. We played the game for 24 minutes, after which 9 percent battery drain was recorded. It hardly felt warm even after playing.
The Oppo Reno 2 was efficient in terms of battery life and took over a day and a half as we used Google Maps extensively for navigation, an active WhatsApp account and the camera. In our HD video loop test, the smartphone lasted 15 hours and 34 minutes, which is less than the Reno 2Z. The 4,000 mAh battery of the Reno 2 is quickly charged using the 20 W quick charger supplied. In our test, the phone was charged 47 percent in 30 minutes and 85 percent in one hour. It took about an hour and 25 minutes to charge the phone.
We have already found that Oppo's Reno series is camera-centered and the Reno 2 contains good hardware. On the back there is a quad camera configuration, which consists of a 48 megapixel primary sensor with 20x digital zoom and optical and electronic image stabilization. There is also a 13-megapixel telephoto camera and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera. The fourth sensor of the Reno 2 is a 2 megapixel depth sensor.
The camera app is similar to what we saw on the Reno 2Z and also has some of the same problems. One of the new functions that the Reno 2 introduces is called Sound Focus and is similar to the Zoom Mic function from Samsung on the Galaxy Note 10 (review). To try this out, we had to go to the camera settings. The smartphone allows you to choose between standard, 3D recorder and Sound Focus audio effects. Again, we didn't like having to look for the option in the settings.
Photos taken with the Reno 2 in daylight showed good detail and the phone was able to measure the light properly. If you zoom in on an image, you will see that details are well preserved and distant objects are still recognizable. Photos taken with the wide-angle sensor had a lower level of detail, and we noticed that the color tone also fell slightly. The camera app offers quick access for the 2x and 5x zoom, for which the Reno 2 uses its telephoto camera. These images usually had good details, but were not as sharp as those taken with the primary sensor. The Reno 2 has a 20x digital zoom, but we found that the output wasn't detailed enough and we had to lean the phone against a surface to get a clear shot.
With macros, we have seen that the AI can be very aggressive in some scenarios. This is obvious when shooting red tones because the AI raises the level to the point where the shots look artificial. With the Reno 2, you can adjust the degree of blur before taking a picture in portrait mode. We found the edge detection good and the phone blurs the background properly.
In low light conditions we noticed that the Reno 2 keeps the noise under control when using the primary sensor. We noticed a decrease in details when using the wide-angle camera. In addition, the Reno 2Z does not use the telesensor in poor lighting conditions and digitally zooms the primary sensor. Photos that were clicked by the primary sensor showed good details, but a slight grain was visible when enlarged. In night mode we noticed a slight change in hue, but the grain was not as visible.
Selfies taken during the day were decent, but we noticed that the backgrounds were occasionally overexposed. By default, the beautification mode is set to automatic, but you can also switch it off or set the parameters manually. Selfies taken in poor lighting conditions lost detail.
The video recording reaches 4k 30fps for the main camera and 1080p 30fps for the selfie shooter. The footage we shot in daylight was well stabilized when shooting at 1080p. The Ultra Steady mode, which we tried on the Reno 2Z, is also available here and can stabilize the pictures taken while walking. Videos recorded in low light conditions had a visible shimmer effect.
The Sound Focus feature for video recording works, and we found that when you zoom in, the smartphone can increase the audio level of a subject. However, we have found that it works best when there is only one audio source.
The Oppo Reno 2 feels very similar to the Reno 2Z that we tested recently, but it makes everything a little bit better. It offers more power thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC and is able to do your daily tasks without slowing down. The camera setup is versatile and there are some interesting new features like Sound Focus that work in good conditions.
Priced at Rs. 36,990, the Reno 2 faces tough competition from OnePlus 7 (test) (and soon also OnePlus 7T), Asus 6Z (test) and Redmi K20 Pro (test). These are all very strong models and they all have an advantage over the Reno 2 when it comes to performance. The Reno 2 can ward it off to a certain extent thanks to its versatile cameras. However, if you're ready to spend a little more, the older Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition (Review) is still available for $ US. 39,990 and give you the best of both worlds.