OPPO Reno2 Z Review ; Some time ago we reviewed the Reno Z, the small Reno series equipped with a MediaTek chipset. The device gave us a lot of satisfaction, proving that the decision to focus on the Asian chipmaker turned out to be a winner. With OPPO Reno2 Z, the Chinese company has seen fit to do an encore, re-proposing an already proven processor, but in a different salsa, with a look borrowed from its big brother and a full-screen display. Will OPPO be able to repeat the performances of the first chapter? Are the innovations introduced by the newcomer convincing? Find out in our OPPO Reno2 Z review!
Review OPPO Reno2 Z
Just like its predecessor, the device arrives inside an elongated, pearl-colored sales package with a swanky style. A praise to OPPO for the choice of such an elegant cardboard: it almost seems to have purchased a super top of the range! Inside the package we find the following equipment:
- OPPO Reno2 Z;
- semi-rigid cover in faux leather;
- pre-applied protective film;
- OPPO earphones;
- 5V 4A fast-charging power supply;
- USB data cable – USB Type-C;
- pin for the SIM slot;
Design and construction:
The new OPPO Reno2 Z stands out from the first contact, once the device has been removed from its packaging. The body measures 161.8 x 75.8 x 8.7 mm for a weight of 195 grams and the rear body is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 glass: impossible not to get involved with the Luminous Black coloring, with blue reflections along the edges and around the brand logo . Furthermore – a plus point for all the “obsessed” people like myself – the Quad Camera rear, positioned in the middle of the cover, is flush with the rest of the body. Say goodbye to that annoying step, ubiquitous in most devices on the market!
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In short … the look is promoted in full and the quality of the materials is no less. However, despite the beauty of the shell, the oleophobic treatment leaves a little bitter taste in the mouth. Better to use the supplied cover, refined and made in leatherette.
Frontally we have a nice full-screen panel with a display / surface ratio of 91.1%), a well-optimized chin, the ear capsule along the upper edge and the sensors.
The perimeter frame houses the retractable selfie camera and the secondary microphone; on the other hand we have the mini-jack input, the main microphone, the USB Type-C port and the speaker. Along the right side there is space for the volume rocker, while on the other side is the slot for SIM and microSD.
Display:OPPO Reno2 Z Review
Aboard OPPO Reno2 Z we find a panel AMOLED from 6.5 “ with a resolution Full HD + (2340 x 1080 pixels), density of 391 PPI and a brightness of 430 nit. To protect the screen we find a protective glass Gorilla Glass 5 while below the display we have an integrated third-generation ID sensor . This offers – at least on paper – a 16% brighter unlocking area and a 11.3% higher speed. The promises are kept and the fingerprint reader is able to offer a virtually instantaneous release.
Returning to the display, as it is an AMOLED, there are no typical defects of LCD panels with regard to blacks; moreover – just like its predecessor – we are faced with a well-made unit, with faithful colors (even if slightly too saturated ), satisfactory viewing angles and an excellent yield for the use of multimedia contents, an advantage accentuated also by the absence of the notch.
In the Settings you can adjust the color temperature and activate the Always-on Display and the blue light filter. Finally we also have support for DC Dimming , so as to avoid the flickering of the screen at low levels of brightness and – consequently – eyestrain.
Hardware and Performance:OPPO Reno2 Z Review
The winning team does not change and therefore OPPO has decided to re-implement the MediaTek Helio P90 chipset , an octa-core solution up to 2.2 GHz, composed of 2 Cortex-A75 and 2 Cortex-A55 clusters and built at 12 nm. Everything is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.
If the previous Reno Z had shown that it knew how to do it, albeit with some small drop every so often, the Reno2 Z changed the cards on the table in the round. The navigation is fluid and quick and the opening / closing of applications (even those not in the background) does not show obvious slowdowns. Memories do their job properly and the daily use of the smartphone did not cause any discomfort, on the contrary it turned out to be a pleasure.
The graphic part relies on the IMG PowerVR GM 9446 GPU at 970 MHz, which offered good performances with both casual and heavier titles.
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Software:OPPO Reno2 Z Review
The software with which the device arrives is ColorOS 6.1 based on Android 9 Pie , with security patches updated to September 2019 . If you are a lover of the brand and its proprietary interface, you will certainly be completely at ease. For newbies, no problem: it is a customized version of Android full of features and an attractive design. Good fluidity and certainly not lacking an avalanche of options including banging your head.
We have Full Screen Gestures (in order to take full advantage of the large full screen display), digital Wellbeing (to check how much time we spend with the smartphone), the various gestures like the three-finger screenshot, the Smart Sidebar to customize with favorite apps. The Clone App and the Game Space are inevitable ; the latter, together with the Game Assistant, helps make gaming more fluid by closing all useless apps in the background and optimizing performance.
With a long press of the Power button again to Google Assistant while in the Supplementary Settings contains options for customizing the effects of light and sound of pop-up room. About the selfie camera, there is the Face Unlock , fast and reliable even though it is a solution without dedicated hardware.
Camera & Photographic quality:OPPO Reno2 Z Review
Since the winning team does not change, the Sony IMX586 sensor returns as a protagonist even with Reno2 Z. However the change is all right, since this time the device offers a Quad Camera composed by the aforementioned 48 MP sensor ( f / 1.7) accompanied by a 8 MP wide-angle lens with 119 ° FOV and f / 2.2 aperture , a 2 MP portrait lens and a 2 MP monochrome module . Certainly a nice step forward compared to the previous model, equipped with a “simple” Dual Camera.
The photographic sector offers very interesting shots, with a good level of detail and faithful colors. A praise for the Dazzling Colormode , which can be activated in the Camera app screen, which allows for more brilliant colors, without being too aggressive. The bokeh is also excellent: in Portrait mode the device is able to outline the subject in the foreground almost to perfection. In short, the shots taken with OPPO Reno2 F turned out to be really satisfying, at least for the well-lit scenes.
At night the situation worsens – of course – but fortunately the Ultra Night Mode does its job and is able to return improved images with a greater level of detail and an optimal management of the available light (except for some slight trimming and a Lens Flare here and there). Overall the Quad Camera of the smartphone convinces and contributes to giving an excellent overall impression.
The selfies rely on a 16 MP camera with f / 2.0 aperture , a less powerful solution compared to the 32 MP module on board the Reno Z. The self-portraits lose some detail, even if overall it is possible to create good images for a social sphere; obviously with artificial light and at night the details become more mellow and the background noise increases. Very nice the possibility to shoot videos with bokeh effect using the pop-up selfie camera.
The device is able to record videos in 4K at 30 fps . Moreover, thanks to the Ultra Steady Video feature it is possible to shoot sharper and smoother clips, but only for videos in Full HD at 60 fps.
Battery:OPPO Reno2 Z Review
The OPPO Reno2 Z autonomy relies on a 4000 mAh unit , more than enough to get alive at the end of the day. The autonomy settles between 5 and 6 hours of display turned on , obviously varying according to the intensity of use. For our use – made of web browsing, social media, email, photos, Spotify and Brawl Stars – the smartphone has proved to be valid and reliable.
The complete charging occurs in less than 1 hour and 30 minutes through the support to the charging VOOC 3.0 to 20W , via the supplied charger.
Connectivity and audio:
To the delight of users who do not want to give up anything … Reno2 Z does not miss anything. We have Dual SIM LTE support and a triple slot that can accommodate two SIMs and – at the same time – even a microSD card . No problem regarding the reception and the audio on call. The same applies to satellite navigation via GPS / A-GPS / Beidou / Glonass . Present support for Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac Dual Band and (the most demanding will breathe a sigh of relief) the NFC is not missing either .
A small note for the Wi-Fi Assistant in the Settings : through this function it is possible to activate the intelligent transition between 4G and Wi-Fi connectivity when the latter’s signal is scarce, so as not to lose shots (very useful when play online multiplayer titles).
Also good is the sound on headphones – both with wired and wireless solutions. Along the lower edge we find a single speaker , able to return a pleasant sound (not lacking some imperfections) and with a good volume, further accentuated by the possibility of exploiting the device as a resonance box resting it on a surface.
OPPO Reno2 Z Review – Price and Conclusions:
Arriving at the end of our review of OPPO Reno2 Z we answer the question left open at the beginning. Yes, the Chinese company managed to make an encore and after proposing a convincing Z model, the second chapter of the range is also a winner . The device has all the right credentials: a super attractive look(beautiful the back cover), a full screen display, a Quad Camera able to give satisfactions, a good autonomy. This is a smartphone that does not miss anything – as specified also in the review – but who chooses to bet on a MediaTek chipset, a brand not always seen favorably. And even here he does it to the best of his ability, with a single 8/128 GB configuration , to offer maximum performance.
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If the Helio P90 had convinced us about the predecessor, well , even here it has not proved to be any less. The user experience is more than satisfactory, the interface is fluid and ColorOS is full of features and customizations. And then there’s the NFC. In short, all the details that make the Reno2 Z a complete and pleasant smartphone. Perhaps the only drawback for some could be the price (even if justified), but fortunately the offers never fail.
The new Reno2 Z is available for purchase for $366 USD at the main electronics stores, includingUnieuro. Alternatively it is already possible to find it at a discounted price ($366) on eBay, via the box below.