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Sneak peek into Oppo smartphones 2019 Reno series, attractive features

Jul 15, 2019, 10:38 am

The Chinese smartphone major Oppo after making its mark in the Indian and Chinese markets now doing good business in the European market. Last year, around this time, Oppo started selling smartphones in the Netherlands. Oppo has nearly 10 models of smarphones to offer in India. This overview will enable you to know more about the models and its features available ion the Netherlands in 2019.

In the Netherlands, you can buy Oppo smartphones at MediaMarkt, Belsimpel, CoolBlue, and Mobiel. In addition, the company has recently entered into a partnership with telecom provider T-Mobile. There you can buy the phones as a separate device, but also in combination with a telephone subscription. If you choose a telephone with a subscription, then you usually spend a little less money on the device. The time that you were cheaper with a SIM-only subscription is therefore over.

Oppo pays a lot of attention to the design of its devices. Regardless of whether you choose a budget phone or a high-end model, smartphones have a premium look and feel. All Oppo phones run on the Android operating system, in combination with the ColorOS user interface.

In addition to regular differences, such as the display size, applied cameras, and the chipset, the models also differ on functions such as a 3.5 mm connection, expandable memory or not and the water resistance. If you think this is important, pay attention to whether the model you have chosen actually has this functionality.

Lets take a glance at the background of the brand before discussing salient features of different models. Oppo is a Chinese manufacturer that is a part of BBK Electronics, which also includes Vivo and OnePlus. The company has been manufacturing smartphones since 2004. In the first quarter of 2019, Oppo was among the Top 5 best-selling smartphone brands in the world, with a market share of around 7.5%.

OPPO Reno 10X Zoom top model

The Reno 10x Zoom is a high-end smartphone that is part of the new Reno smartphone series, which was announced in April this year. It is a very modern designed smartphone with a full-screen design – without notch or hole in the display. The device has a pop-up system that slides out of the housing, this accommodates a 16-megapixel selfie camera.

The rear is equipped with a triple camera system, consisting of a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera, and a 13-megapixel zoom camera. The latter makes the 10x Hybrid Zoom functionality possible. Together with the Huawei P30 Pro, it is the world’s only smartphone that has such a large zoom range.

The camera has a range of 16-160 mm, sufficient to easily bring any subject closer and capture it with great clarity. Double optical image stabilization is also built in, to prevent unintended camera shake.

Oppo’s top model also has a 6.6-inch Full HD + display with a screen ratio of 93.1%. The fingerprint scanner is placed behind the screen and works above average quickly and accurately. The smartphone runs on Android 9 Pie in combination with the ColorOS 6 user interface.

The device is powered by a powerful Snapdragon 855 processor with 8GB of memory. Gamers will also appreciate the Game Space 2.0 interface, which contributes to an optimal gaming experience. By the way, there is no 3.5mm connection, if you think this is important then you can divert to the regular Reno.

Furthermore, the high-end phone is equipped with a 4,065mAh battery that supports VOOC fast charging, so you can fully charge the phone in 1.5 hours. Wireless charging is not supported. Keep in mind that the Reno models are not waterproof.

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom has been available since June 2019 in the colors Jet Black and Ocean Green. The premium smartphone has a suggested retail price of € 800 including VAT. This is the price for a single device without a subscription. The phone has 256 GB storage memory as standard.

Benefits

  • Beautiful full-screen display
  • The accurate in-display fingerprint scanner
  • Unique and good camera
  • Latest software
  • Powerful hardware / very good performance

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • No 3.5mm connection
  • No wireless charging

OPPO Reno middle-class telephone

Simultaneously with the Reno 10x Zoom, the standard Reno was also introduced. The specifications of this model are slightly less powerful, nevertheless, this device is very similar to Oppo’s top model. The Reno has a 6.4-inch Full HD + display. This full-screen phone is also equipped with a pop-up selfie camera with 16-megapixel resolution.

At the rear is a double camera with 48 and 5-megapixel resolution. As with the advanced zoom model, the standard Reno is also equipped with a special Night Mode for making evening shots. This smartphone captures videos in 4K resolution.

The Oppo Reno is powered by the slightly less powerful Snapdragon 710 processor with 6GB of RAM. No lack of storage memory, because this phone model is also equipped with 256GB storage space as standard.

With the standard Reno, however, the memory cannot be expanded with a microSD memory card, but this smartphone is again equipped with a 3.5 mm connection. For all Reno models, the fingerprint scanner has been processed behind the screen.

This Oppo smartphone is also equipped with a powerful battery, the 3.765mAh battery also supports fast charging functionality. De Reno went on sale in May 2019 for a price of € 500. The device is available in two colors; Jet Black and Ocean Green. Both variants have a beautiful gradient, which gives the phone an extra luxurious appearance.

Benefits

  • Beautiful full-screen design
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • Latest software
  • Stylish pop-up camera

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Memory not expandable
  • No wireless charging

OPPO Reno Z affordable smartphone

The Reno Z is the newest addition, this Oppo smartphone went on sale early July 2019. With a price of € 350, this is the cheapest Reno model. Characteristic of the entire series is the 3D continuous housing. The camera is completely concealed in the housing, making the device feel completely smooth at the rear. It provides a stylish and unique appearance.

The front has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD + resolution. However, this model is not equipped with a pop-up camera system, instead, a small, drop-shaped notch is provided on the top of the device.

The selfie camera has a resolution of no less than 32 megapixels. In addition, there is 5 depth of field settings available to be able to take beautiful portrait photos.

The Oppo Reno Z has the same dual camera system as the standard Reno. Videos can be recorded in 4K resolution, in addition, there is a 240fps slow-motion function. Shooting a time-lapse video is also possible.

A valuable addition to a smartphone of this price range is the in-display fingerprint scanner. This works great! The device is powered by the MediaTek Helio P90 chipset with 4GB memory. In addition, there is 128 GB of storage memory.

This Oppo smartphone model also runs on ColorOS 6, which is based on the Android 9 Pie OS. For the energy supply, a large 4,035 mAh battery has been built in that supports VOOC Flash Charge 3.0. The Oppo Reno Z is available in the colors Jet Black and Aurora Purple.

Advantages

  • Premium appearance
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • Latest software
  • Great value for money

Disadvantages

  • Not waterproof
  • Memory not expandable

OPPO Find X full-screen smartphone

In June 2018 Oppo knew much attention to himself pulling the introduction of Find X. This was the first full-screen smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer, the device got a beautiful panorama screen. The introduction took place a week after the Vivo Nex, this was the world’s very first full-screen smartphone.

The Oppo Find X has a 6.42-inch AMOLED screen with a screen-to-body ratio of no less than 93.8%. Remarkably, this smartphone does not seem to have a single camera. A retractable camera system has been built in, which accommodates a 25-megapixel selfie camera as well as a double camera at the rear. This camera with optical image stabilization offers a resolution of 16 and 20 megapixels.

The Android Oreo smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor with 8GB RAM memory and 256GB storage memory. The mobile phone does not have an in-display fingerprint scanner, but there is an advanced 3D face recognition function built-in.

The phone is also equipped with a Game Acceleration mode. In other words, the system adapts in such a way that optimum game performance can be guaranteed, and the frame speed is also increased to 60fps. In addition, incoming calls and notifications are displayed discreetly during gaming, so that the user is not disturbed while playing a game on his cell phone. Finally, the device is equipped with a 3,730 mAh non-removable battery, with support for VOOC Flash Charge.

Consumers can buy the Find X in two colors; Bordeaux Red and Glacier Blue, both have a beautiful gradient effect. This high-end Oppo smartphone cost € 1000 at the time of the introduction a year ago. The price has since dropped to € 900 for a single device without a subscription.

Benefits

  • Beautiful full-screen design
  • Good face recognition
  • Unique camera system
  • Very fast charging

Disadvantages

  • Not waterproof
  • The camera performs poorly in low light
  • No wireless charging

OPPO Find X Lamborghini edition

Simultaneously with the Find X, a special Oppo Find X Lamborghini edition was also announced. A very special smartphone where speed is the spearhead. The vast majority of specs are the same as the regular Find X. The Lamborghini model, however, has a unique fiber texture, which can also be found in very expensive cars. The black carbon pattern under the glass housing and the floating 3D Lamborghini logo ensure a unique and dynamic feeling.

To further emphasize the speed, this model is equipped with Super VOOC technology. This extremely fast charging technology has a maximum load capacity of 50W, making it possible to fully charge the phone in just 35 minutes. Insanely fast! The Lamborghini Edition is also equipped with twice as much storage memory, namely 512GB. This exclusive telephone also has an exclusive price tag of no less than € 1700.

OPPO RX17 Pro Android smartphone

The RX17 Pro was launched in November 2018, another striking smartphone with a stylish appearance. The advanced smartphone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system, in combination with the ColorOS 5.2 user interface. This Oppo mobile phone has a 6.4-inch Full HD + AMOLED display with a small drop of the notch.

A 25 megapixel AI selfie camera is built in. In addition, the rear offers space for a triple camera system. This concerns a 20 and 12-megapixel camera as well as a Time-of-Flight (ToF) 3D depth camera. Ideal for AR applications.

Thanks to the variable aperture of f / 1.5 – f / 2.4, the triple camera is also optimized for taking night shots. In addition, an optical image stabilizer is available, making every shot look sharp.

The phone can be unlocked via the fingerprint scanner, which is also incorporated in the display of this model. The RX17 Pro is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 710 processor. There is 6GB of RAM built-in and 128GB of storage memory. The memory of this model is not expandable.

Just like the Find X Lamborghini Edition, this Oppo telephone is also equipped with 50W Super VOOC technology. This allows you to fully charge the 3,700 mAh battery in just 40 minutes. This device is also water resistant.

Consumers can purchase the Oppo RX17 Pro in two colors; Radiant Mist and Emerald Green. The smartphone received a suggested retail price of € 600, but in the meantime, the price has been reduced to around € 450. It is also a dual sim smartphone, just like the aforementioned Oppo smartphone models.

Advantages

  • Good camera
  • Large screen with a small notch
  • In-display fingerprint scanner and face detection
  • Very fast charging

Disadvantages

  • No 3.5mm connection
  • No stereo speakers
  • Memory is not expandable
  • No wireless charging

OPPO RX17 Neo middle-class telephone

The c was also released at the end of 2018, a middle-class smartphone with a premium appearance. The striking red and blue/purple color scheme makes it a sought-after smartphone among young people. The device has a 6.41-inch OLED display with a Full HD + resolution.

Together with the RX17 Pro, the Neo also belonged to the first smartphone with Corning Gorilla Glass 6, this strong glass improves scratch resistance.

There is a small notch present, where the selfie camera, microphone and light sensor are hidden. It is a 25-megapixel selfie camera with AI functionality, to be able to make even better portrait shots. The rear houses a dual camera with 16 and 2-megapixel resolution.

This middle-class smartphone is also equipped with an in-display fingerprint scanner. In addition, you can also unlock the device through face recognition. The Oppo RX17 Neo is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with 4GB memory. In addition, users have access to 128 GB of storage memory, which can also be expanded to a maximum of 256 GB. This device also has a 3.5mm connection.

The RX17 Neo is available in the colors Mocha Red and Astral Blue. At the time of the introduction, this smartphone received a price of € 350. We are now only half a year later, but this Oppo smartphone is no longer available through the regular sales channels, so we do not discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this model separately in this overview. However, Reno Z offers an excellent alternative.

OPPO R15 Pro high-end smartphone

Halfway through last year, the R15 Pro was one of the first Oppo smartphones you can buy in the Netherlands. It is a high-end smartphone with a 6.28-inch OLED screen with Full HD + resolution and a screen-to-body ratio of 89%.

The Android 8.1 smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor with 6GB of RAM. There is 128 GB of storage space as standard, via a microSD memory card you can expand the memory to a maximum of 256 GB. The phone is also equipped with a Game Acceleration mode, similar to the Find X.

The Oppo R15 Pro has a broad notch. This offers space for the 20-megapixel selfie camera, among other things. The device is equipped with a special 3D lighting technology, which benefits the exposure of portrait photos.

At the rear is a dual camera integrated with 20 and 16-megapixel resolution. This camera is of course also provided with AI functionality, whereby recording scenes are recognized and camera settings are automatically adjusted. The fingerprint scanner is also mounted on the back of this model. In addition, this mobile phone is equipped with face detection.

The R15 Pro has a 3,430 mAh battery that supports VOOC Flash Charge. A micro USB connection is used for charging, and not the new USB Type-C connection. A 3.5mm headphone connection is just present with this model. Furthermore, this Oppo telephone is IP67 certified, which means that the housing is dust and waterproof.

In the Netherlands the dual sim phone has been released in two sparkling colors; Cosmic Purple and Ruby Red. In July 2018, the R15 Pro received a suggested retail price of € 650 including VAT. We have now moved on for quite some time, which means that you can score a nice discount. Do you want to buy an Oppo R15 Pro today? Then you lose around € 300.

Advantages

  • Good (selfie) camera
  • Nice clear screen
  • Long battery life

Disadvantages

  • MicroUSB connection
  • No wireless charging

OPPO AX7 budget smartphone

At the start of this year, Oppo launched a new budget smartphone, the Oppo AX7. This mobile phone has a 6.2-inch screen with an HD + resolution. The device is stylishly designed and has a special texture that gives the phone an extra good grip.

The Android 8.1 Oreo smartphone is equipped with the ColorOS 5.2 interface from Oppo. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 450 chipset with 4GB of RAM. For storing files, there is 64GB of storage memory, which can also be expanded with a memory card.

The Oppo AX7 is equipped with Hyper Boost technology, which means the phone delivers faster performance. Handy when playing a mobile game, but also when loading apps. These charge around 30% faster thanks to Hyper Boost. This technology can also be found in the more expensive RX17 Pro.

There is a 16 selfie camera available. In addition, the dual camera on the back offers a resolution of 13 and 2 megapixels. A fingerprint scanner is built in at the back to unlock the phone. The device also has face recognition, which, incidentally, performs very quickly, as can be read in our Oppo AX7 review.

This budget phone from Oppo is equipped with an extremely powerful battery of no less than 4,230 mAh. The battery is also equipped with an AI system, whereby inactive apps are disabled. Charging is via a micro USB connection.

You can buy the Oppo AX7 since February 2019. The smartphone is only available in the color Glaze Blue and has a suggested retail price of € 250. Today you can get an attractive discount on this model, for € 200 this device is yours.

Benefits

  • Stylish design
  • Good (selfie) camera
  • Face detection technology
  • Large battery

Cons

  • HD + display resolution
  • MicroUSB connection
  • No NFC

OPPO A3 entry-level model

Together with the R15 Pro, the A3 was one of the first Oppo smartphones you could buy in the Netherlands halfway through last year. The budget phone is equipped with a 6.2-inch display with a Full HD + resolution. The device is equipped with a wide notch with an 8-megapixel selfie camera.

In addition, a double camera is built in at the rear, both of which have a 16-megapixel resolution. The budget smartphone also has a beautifully polished metal back, which gives the device an extra stylish appearance.

The phone is powered by a MediaTek Helio P60 processor with 4GB of memory. 128 GB of storage memory is available as standard, which can be expanded with a microSD memory card. Although the A3 is a cheap phone, this device also has AI functionality, which optimizes the overall phone performance.

A 3,400 mAh battery is built in which also has artificial intelligence. By learning how the device is used, the system can close inactive apps to save on the battery.

A face recognition function is built in to unlock the phone. Because the device can recognize your face, better selfies can also be made using AI technology. The smartphone learns how to process your selfies and adjusts them automatically to your preferences.

The Oppo A3 is available in two colors; Moonlight Silver and Diamond Black. The Android smartphone received a suggested retail price of € 300 last year. If you decide to buy the device now – mid-2019 – you will still lose around € 270.

Advantages

  • Clear screen
  • Face detection technology
  • Good price/quality ratio

Cons

  • Moderate processor
  • MicroUSB connection
  • No NFC

Future OPPO smartphones +

Apart from the smartphone models that Oppo has already released, there are also very interesting technologies in the making. Consider, for example, the revolutionary under screen camera, or a full-screen Oppo smartphone with a selfie camera that is processed under the screen.

There is then no notch, hole in the screen or pop-up camera needed to achieve a full-screen design. This technology has already been demonstrated by the Chinese manufacturer last month and will be further developed in the coming period.

This advanced technology may be used for the first time in a new Find series smartphone. Earlier this year Oppo submitted two trademark applications for the names Find Y and Find Z, so it is quite possible that these models are still in the pipeline.

Another interesting technological development that Oppo is involved with – just like many other smartphone manufacturers – is the foldable smartphone. At MWC 2019, the company showed a prototype of its first foldable smartphone. This device showed a remarkable number of similarities with the Huawei Mate X, which was unveiled the day before.

Afterward, there have been several reports about an Oppo foldable telephone where the sidebar was replaced by a pop-up camera. This gives the folding telephone a typical Oppo design.

If we look at the new promising Reno line-up, a few more models are expected. There appears to be an Oppo Reno F under development. However, it is still unclear what functions this phone will have and within which price segment this device will fall.

Finally, over the years Oppo has applied for various interesting patents that give us a glimpse into possible future technological highlights. For example, last year the company filed a patent for a full-screen smartphone with a second screen. Oppo telephones with a pop-up display and side-slider screen have also recently been patented. Two very special designs that would fit well within Oppo’s company profile.

Oppo clearly intends to put innovative products on the market and thus to take the forefront. The Oppo Reno 5G, for example, was the very first smartphone in Europe to use the new 5G network. For now, the 5G model is only available in Switzerland, but you can assume that more 5G smartphones will be introduced in the coming period. All in all, there is still plenty to look forward to in the coming period.

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