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Oppo has announced the Reno2 and Reno2 Z smartphones in Singapore today, bringing a quad-camera array, dual wifi. These new devices, however, are still positioned under the flagship Reno 10X Zoom and the Reno 5G

The Oppo Reno2 maintains the characteristic shark’s fin camera pop-up tray. Image: Ian Ling

The Oppo Reno2 starts at SGD 899, and the Oppo Reno2 Z at SGD 599. Both sport an ultrawide-angle lens like the one found on the new iPhone 11 launched weeks ago, bringing creative opportunities to a wider audience. 

The focus on photography does not stop there. The Oppo Reno2 devices also sport a new ultra steady video mode that uses hybrid electronic and optical image stabilisation, allowing users to take cinematic videos without the use of a cumbersome gimbal. 

The Oppo Reno2 in Black, showcasing the trademark stripe down the middle with Oppo branding. Image: Ian Ling

With a main 48-megapixel main shooter that uses the 1/2-inch Sony IMX586 that delivers OIS and EIS, the quad camera array also packs an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens that offers a dramatic 116-degree field of view. This is paired with a 13-megapixel telephoto lens on the Reno2, and with a 2-megapixel portrait lens on the cheaper Reno2 Z. Both will also have a 2-megapixel mono lens.

Impressive camera specs notwithstanding, the Oppo Reno2 devices will deliver a new Ultra Dark Mode for improved low light performance, leveraging on the neural processing unit (NPU) on board. The Reno2 also delivers 5x Hybrid Zoom to ensure detail even when zoomed in.

The Oppo Reno2 Z can be distinguished by a more conventional rectangular selfie camera pop-up tray. Image: Ian Ling

Both devices have 6.5-inch AMOLED displays – at a 20:9 aspect ratio for the Reno2 and 19.5:9 for the Reno2 Z. The phones are clad in 5th generation Corning Gorilla Glass on both front and rear, the Reno2 with 6th generation glass up front.

Apart from the small differences in the quad-camera array, aspect ratio and materials, the Oppo Reno2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G paired with 256GB of storage. On the other hand, the Reno2 Z has the MediaTek Helio P90 processor and 128GB of storage. Both devices have 8GB of RAM. The Reno2 Z notably lacks NFC connectivity which would be an issue for digital payments.

The Oppo Reno2 in Luminous Black (L) and Sunset Pink (R). Image: Ian Ling

Both devices have several other similarities. They both have a 16-megapixel pop-up selfie camera, although the two devices have different pop-up mechanisms –  the Reno2 utilising the series’ trademark sharkfin mechanism while the Reno2 Z utilises a smaller, more standard straight tray. The larger sharkfin-style pop-up allows for the Reno2 to pack a soft front light for selfies.

Containing 4,000 mAh battery units, both Reno2 series phones also sport Oppo’s proprietary VOOC 3.0 quick charging.

Image: Ian Ling

Also implemented on the Reno2 devices is an ingenious networking feature, Dual WiFi, which allows the phones to connect to both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies from a WiFi network, increasing stability and bandwidth. This, in theory, allows for greater download speeds.

The Oppo Reno2 is available in Sunset Pink and Luminous Black, and the Oppo Reno2 Z in Sky White and Luminous Black. Both devices will be available in Singapore from 26 October 2019.

The selfie camera on the Oppo Reno2. Image: Ian Ling

Customers who pre-order the Reno2 phones will receive the new SGD 179 Enco Q1 noise-cancelling wireless neckbuds for free at the NEX Oppo Roadshow held from 21 to 25 October 2019. Preorders can be collected from 26 to 27 October, and the first 100 customers to collect their phones will receive a 10,000mAh power bank worth S$69.

The Enco Q1 noise-cancelling earphones are Oppo’s first foray into noise-cancelling tech. They deliver a USB-C charging port, with 15 hours of playback with noise-cancelling on, and 22 hours with it turned off.

Alongside the hardware launches, Oppo has also announced the launch of the #CreateYourWorld short film competition, with prizes totalling S$6,000, along with Oppo Reno2 smartphones and an all-expenses-paid trip to Dubai.

The competition will be open through December 2019, with details accessible on Oppo’s Singapore Instagram and Facebook pages.

Ian Ling
http://uncommontragedy.com
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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