Before we begin let me clear one thing about Reno 2, it is not a successor of Oppo Reno 10X Zoom. While considering the company’s ’20x zoom’ marketing claim for the Oppo Reno 2. The phone is successor Oppo Reno, which launched at a price of Rs 32,999.
At the MRP of Rs 39,999, one should expect the smartphone to have at least something new that’s there in the premium handsets with corner cuts in some cases. So has Reno 2 achieved the perfect price to ratio balance and does it live up to the hype?
Here’s our review 🙂
Let’s start with design, Oppo brings the right formula for the design of Reno 2. The Premium glossy look makes it a really good looking smartphone and treats for your eyes. The glossy finish at the back is curved from both sides.
The vertical strip stretching from the bottom to the center with Oppo branding in the mirror finish really gives the premium-ness to the device. Reno 2 has a vertical stripe design that has a subtle glow on the outline, which is something we have never seen before.
Above the strip are Four cameras flushed in the body. For once we are happy to see that there’s no bump at all.
The flip side of that glossy finish and the curved edges make the smartphone slippery at times and since its glass back and an all-screen front, there’s a major chance of getting massive cracks.
The power and volume buttons are easy to reach but considering the display size and minimal bezels on all the four sides, you will end up exercising your thumb a bit.
That said, don’t expect a compact feel from the Reno 2. It is not the lightest smartphone and seems fragile as well. But the looks trump everything else with this piece of hardware.
Having the unique ‘shark-fin’ pop-up front camera design the Reno 2 carries forward the design scheme that was made popular by the 10x Zoom.
Oppo Reno 2 gets a 6.5-inch screen display. Using it single-handedly you can only access the lower half of the screen. Adjusting the smartphone every time is also something that’s not easy considering the slippery back panel.
Packed inside the 6.5-inch screen is FHD+ (2400×1080 pixels) resolution, which surely is sharp and a delight to look at.
A part of the credit also goes to the AMOLED screen type, which shows more saturated colors than usual.
We’ll say that is probably because of the screen with a 93.1% screen-to-body ratio, which when seen in a landscape mode, is large enough to make your eyes travel from one corner to another. This also means more content is shown on a single screen.
However, when you use it in the portrait mode for daily operations, suddenly it’s not good anymore. So you win some and lose some.
There’s hardly a change when you look from different angles. The color tones are spot on but the calibration is not. We found the default color tone slightly on the cooler side than what we see in other smartphones.
You can, of course, change it from the display settings. It is also possible to switch between the Vivid and Gentle color mode. The latter is a more unsaturated version. However, all in all, it is an impressive screen.
Undoubtedly Oppo Reno 2 smartphone is an upgrade over the Oppo Reno. It has a caveat to balance the ‘performance’ equation.
However, it looks like the firm is just not ready to understand that the processor they use in the smartphone, although a capable one, and the kind of smartphone market they are in right now, both of these will make Reno 2 a very hard sell.
Powering the Reno 2 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor, which as Qualcomm itself says, is made for smartphones that are mainly pitched for gaming. Reno 2 has not once been pitched as a gaming smartphone.
But this is not an issue. The real problem is what the rivals are offering in the market. The closest here is the Snapdragon 730-based Xiaomi Redmi K20, which starts at Rs 22,000.
And for those who don’t know it yet, the difference between Snapdragon 730 and 730G is that the latter supports QHD+ screen instead of FHD+. That’s it. And since Reno 2 doesn’t have a QHD+ screen, this practically means nothing for end-users
But that pricing is not purely based on what processor the handset uses. There are a lot more factors in tow including the cameras, display, and battery.
All that said, you do get a powerful processor with 8GB RAM (still overkill) that is enough to let you watch videos, play games and operate Chrome tabs simultaneously without stressing much.
At all times the Reno 2 was great to use with quick-firing up of apps and switching between them. You won’t find any glitches in the UI.