Oppo is one of the top Chinese smartphone makers. It has come up to make its presence in the Western markets in style with Oppo Reno 10x Zoom. Oppo always experiments and makes new ways in every generation of its smartphones. The new flagship, Oppo Reno 10x Zoom has got some prowess in imaging.
It is purposely an upper mid-range phone, with the high-end chipset, aggressive pricing, appealing pop-up selfie camera, and completely bezel-less display. It is the one to get the most of the best features at an affordable cost.
The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is currently available in Australia, Europe, the Middle East, the UK, and several Asian countries. However, the Chinese giant has no plans, currently, to bring this line to the US. If you desperately want this phone in the US, you may need to import it.
When it comes to pricing, Oppo Reno 10x Zoom costs AU$1,199/£699 (roughly $889). So, it directly competes with OnePlus 7 Pro and Huawei P30 Pro, falling in between true flagship and mid-range pricing.
You can also go with Oppo Reno standard version for just £449 (roughly around $570). Oppo justifies the price difference with a larger display, additional camera, and better processor of 10x Zoom, along with few minor changes.
Size-wise, Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is slightly big as it measures 162 x 77.2 x 9.3mm and is thick enough to hold a big screen. It is also one of the heaviest smartphones as it weighs 215g. But you cannot feel it while using it.
The rear panel is completely smooth, with no camera bump. However, it has a small O-Dot round button to keep it from lying flat to secure the camera lens.
The key selling point here is its shark-fin popup selfie camera and LED flash for both the back and front, making room for completely bezel-less display.
Though it takes a bit to pop up and down than others, it is also very sturdy. There is volume rocker on the edges, the power button on the right edge, and speaker grill and USB-C port on the bottom.
It lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack. The color options are Mist Pink (whitish-pink), Jet Black, and Ocean Green (Bluish Green).
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom has got the massive 6.6-inch display with no notch. The bottom chin is a bit thicker and the top bezel is thin. The best thing is that it has a 1080x2340p AMOLED screen with 387ppi.
So, it offers great quality results when watching movies, playing games, viewing photos, and doing more tasks with bright colors and high-max brightness. The display quality is quite premium in this price range.
The battery life of Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is not that surprising. With medium or heavy use, it lasts only around a day. With a capacity of 4065mAh battery, you could expect it to last a bit longer. But the bright AMOLED display drains the battery faster. Popping the selfie camera up and down also adds up.
But when it comes to watching content, the device seems to be optimized. By playing a long 90-minute movie with Wi-Fi and max brightness, and accounts syncing on the back, it dropped just to 91% from 100%. Especially for the device with such a bright and wide display, it was a great outcome in the real world.
The best thing is that the device comes with 20W VOOC Flash Charger to power up. The charging speed is quite average, considering the size of the battery.
The device features a triple rear camera setup, including 48MP main snapper with f/1.7 aperture, 13MP optical zoom lens and 8MP ultra-wide angle sensor. Irrespective of its name, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom can handle just 5x optical zoom from its periscope lens.
But it does support 60x digital zoom, which is quite highest in the smartphone. Don’t expect truly DSLR quality images with that.
Basically, the 10x zoom refers to a mixed output of digital and optical zoom. Most people don’t know very much about this new technology. On the front, it has a 16MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture, which takes decent selfies.
The ColorOS runs on Android 9 Pie. The swipe-down menu is bigger and icons are a bit large than in stock UI. By default, the app drawer is turned off like with many Chinese devices. You have to go to Settings to activate it.
Gesture controls are quite harder to use while navigating the phone. Another issue is that the device comes with a lot of bloatware pre-installed. Some apps could be useful like Hot Apps (a kind of Play Store) or Game Space (which is used to optimize games). But most of them were useless. But you can remove them later.
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom’s loudspeakers are quite loud. But the sound quality is just decent enough. But if you are expecting it for gaming, it won’t disappoint in any way. We played some graphic-intensive games like Call of Duty Mobile, PUBG Mobile, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. We didn’t find any stutter or lags that can spoil your gaming experience.
Even better, the phone didn’t get hot while playing games for a longer period. The rear camera bumps don’t interrupt your fingers. The full-view display and AMOLED has made the viewing experience even great.
Performance-wise, Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is literally a powerhouse with 2.8 GHz Octa-core Snapdragon 855 and 6GB/8GB RAM and 128GB storage. It scored 10,823 in terms of multi-core performance in a benchmark test, which means you won’t have any problem in-camera processing and gaming.
- Superior performance
- Bright display
- Versatile cameras
- Affordable pricing
- No wireless charging
- No 3.5mm jack
Oppo is one of the leading brands who are well known for making bold moves when it comes to launching innovative smartphones in the market. With premium specs, software improvements and unique shark-fin selfie camera, Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is no exception.