Earlier this year at MWC 2019, Oppo exhibited the 10x Zoom mechanism. The company revealed that a swift integration in their smartphones was expected this year itself. Keeping its promise, Oppo has launched Oppo Reno 10x Zoom featuring the next level optical zoom. Let us take a closer look to find out what works and what doesn’t.
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom design
The device immediately captured our attention due to its gorgeous looks and glass-sandwich design. It dazzles with a new dynamic look with a notch-less AMOLED at the front and a shark fin pop-up selfie camera. The phone is available in a vibrant Ocean Green, and a serene Jet Black. The body shimmers in different colors each time it is viewed from different angles.
The curved rear panel has a matte finish, smoothened with 3d gorilla glass 5. The surface though felt slippery and catches fingerprints. Oppo does well by packing a good quality leather-feel rubber case with the device, which we immediately applied. The back panel is very smooth, and a tiny O-dot bump is placed on the panel to prevent scratches. The phone feels a little bulky to hold in one hand, and that is expected given its 9.3 mm thickness, 6.6-inch screen and 4065mAh battery. The device weight is 215g.
The much talked about pop up camera is a triangular unit created in a shark-fin design. It rises at an angle of 11 degrees from the top end to create the best angle for selfies. It also houses the front camera, an LED illuminator, the earpiece, a secondary microphone, and also the dual-LED flash for the rear camera. It was quick to deploy when we switched to the selfie camera, and is meant to retract automatically in case of a fall.
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Display
The notch free design gave a very attractive and premium look to the smartphone. Extra slim bezels on all sides make the screen one of the widest available, with a 93.1 percent screen-to-body ratio. It features a 6.6 inch FHD+ AMOLED display screen, with 2340×1080 resolution and Gorilla Glass 6 protection. The wide screen with crisp colors and reasonable sharpness provided us a good experience while playing games and watching videos.
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Camera
The smartphone has a triple rear camera setup. It features a 48 MP f/1.7 Sony IMX586 camera, an 8 MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a 13 MP telephoto camera with periscopic zoom. The name of the phone is derived from the 10x hybrid zoom, with a 60x digital zoom also available.
And then there is the 16 MP f/2.0 front camera, which can also be used for face unlock. The pop-up camera was quick to deploy when we switched to the selfie camera, and is meant to retract automatically in case of a fall. The phone has supporting features like the Google lens, Slow motion video, a Night mode, and an Expert Mode.
The Reno 10x Zoom is expected to be high on its camera capabilities. And the daylight shots did come out as fantastic, and so were the shots taken in various other light conditions. The shots in low-light conditions however do not measure up, but still come out fine too. The 10x hybrid zoom works well, but the longer 60x zoom was not up to the mark. The zoom capability is one of the defining features of this phone, but overall experience suggest that its competitors have a little edge on this aspect.
The selfies from the shark fin 16MP front camera felt quite bright and elaborate. The colors were deep and detailed, and appeared crisper as compared to other phones in the same range.
Also available is a macro mode feature, which helps automatic re-positioning of the focus to handle close-ups. Video recording is an equally satisfying experience.
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom performance and software
The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is a phone superior to the standard Oppo Reno on performance. It comes with the flagship octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor running at 2.8GHz, and integrated with Adreno 640 graphics.
The phone comes in 2 models – an 8 GB RAM and 256 GB internal storage model, and an 6 GB RAM + 128 GB model. For this review, we have taken the 8 GB+256 GB variant.
The phone packs enough power to provide an incredibly fast browsing, making it a wonderful gaming phone. Experience with the heavy-duty games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 was extremely smooth without lags, and without the battery getting warm.
Android Pie-based ColorOS 6, which runs the phone, is a let-down. Many unwanted pre-loaded apps add to the disappointment, but thankfully most of these can be uninstalled. Though it makes up a bit through its aesthetic tones and wallpapers.
The device ships with pair of Type-C earphones with angular buds. These along with the bottom speakers produce loud and good sound quality.
Oppo Reno 10X Zoom Battery
The phone is fuelled by a 4,065mAh battery. During our review, it could easily last for an entire day of video streaming, games and browsing. Even after a pretty busy day, it was good enough to carry some power to the next day.
The VOOC 3.0 fast charging capability felt one of the most endearing qualities of Oppo Reno 10x Zoom. The company packs a 20W charger along with a Type-C cable with the device. It is good enough to fully charge the device in 1.5 hours, and up to 50 per cent in about 30 minutes.
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom stands out as one of the best smartphones by Oppo. It brings a delightful design, powerful performance, and an incredibly fast processor. The device not only introduces the world to a unique shark fin pop-up sensor, but also has very good camera performance. The seemingly dated ColorOS may prove to be the only dampener for some users. But overall, it feels like a good deal at the price of at Rs 49,990.