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Oppo Reno & Reno 10x Zoom compared: To zoom or not to?

By Marcus Wong - 26 Sep 2019

Overview and design

Note: This article was first published on 23 August 2019.

Overview 

Side-by-side, the Reno and Reno 10X Zoom are barely distinguishable from each other.

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom and Oppo Reno were released in Shanghai back in April. And like the Find X from last year, these are again bezel-less, notch-less phones whose front faces are almost entirely display. It has a screen-to-body ratio of 93.1%. Oppo calls this Panoramic Screen Design, and the Reno 10x Zoom has a 6.6-inch display, while the smaller Reno has a 6.4-inch one.

The Reno 10x Zoom also boasts top-of-the-line specs, with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB storage as standard. Meanwhile, the slightly smaller Reno is the more modest option, with a mid-range Snapdragon 710 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage standard.    

Only the Reno 10X Zoom gives you the option of additional storage.

it’s worth noting that only the Reno 10x Zoom gives you the option of additional storage by way of a MicroSD card (maximum 256GB capacity) in the SIM slot. And that’s not all. The Reno 10x Zoom packs a periscope-style camera they first previewed at MWC Barcelona 2017 that allows them to work around the size constraints of mobile phones to introduce a camera with better optical zoom.

The Reno 10x Zoom's  has a triple rear camera setup that consists of the following cameras:

  • 48MP F1.7 main lens 
  • 8MP F2.2 wide-angle lens
  • 13MP F3.0 telephoto lens

Together, the lenses cover an equivalent range of a 16-160mm lens, hence the “10x” moniker to the phone. The Reno 10x Zoom also has a 16MP F2.0 front camera for selfies which is housed in a rising structure that slides up when activated. This looks very much like a fish's fin,and also houses a front-facing soft light, receiver, and rear flash.

The Reno on the other hand, has the same 16MP F2.0 front-facing camera for selfies and it has a two-camera rear setup with the following cameras:

  • 48MP F1.7 main lens
  • 5MP F2.4 wide-angle lens

In summary, the Reno 10x Zoom is a full-featured flagship smartphone with a solid triple rear camera setup and a beautiful 6.6-inch AMOLED on-cell display, while the smaller Reno is more of a mid-range offering, with a 6.4-inch one and a dual rear camera setup. 

Here’s the full set of specifications for both phones.

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom and Oppo Reno specs
  Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Oppo Reno
  Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Oppo Reno
Operating system
  • ColorOS 6, based on Android 9 Pie
  • ColorOS 6, based on Android 9 Pie
Processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 485) with Adreno 640 GPU
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 360 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver) with Adreno 610 GPU
Built-in Memory
  • 8GB RAM
  • 8GB RAM
Display
  • 6.6-inch / 2,340 x 1,080 pixels (387 ppi) / 19.5:9 ratio / AMOLED Display
  • 6.4-inch / 2,340 x 1,080 pixels (387 ppi) / 19.5:9 ratio / AMOLED Display
Camera
  • Rear: 48 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, Periscope 13 MP, f/3.0, 160mm (telephoto), 5x optical zoom, 8 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultrawide)
  • Front: 16-megapixel, f/2.0
  • Rear: 48MP f/1.7 26mm (wide)+ 5MP f/2.4 depth sensor
  • Front: 16-megapixel, f/2.0,26mm (wide)
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac , dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE, aptX HD, dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NFC
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac , dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE, aptX HD, dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NFC
Storage Type
  • 256GB internal storage;
  • 256GB internal storage;
Battery
  • 4,065mAh
  • VOOC Flash Charge
  • 3,765mAh
  • VOOC Flash Charge
Dimensions
  • 162.0 x 77.2 x 9.3 mm
  • 156.6 x 74.3 x 9.0 mm
Weight
  • 215g
  • 185g

Design

Both screens have a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels.

Like the Find X, the displays of the Reno 10x Zoom and the Reno are the main things that stand out. That’s a 6.6-inch screen for the Reno 10x Zoom, and a 6.4-inch screen for the Reno. Both phones have an impressive 93.1% screen-to-body ratio and the same 2,340 by 1,080 pixels resolution.

Compared to the Find X, both Reno phones seem to be slightly less rounded, making for more nicely proportioned displays. The same dual-curve display presents itself here too, and this seems to further slim the phones visually. The glass backs have a very nice frosted finish that allow for a subtle interplay between light and dark depending on your viewing angle.

The Reno and Reno 10X Zoom are quite nicely proportioned.

Oppo has built the camera systems on both phones so that they’re completely below the glass surface, resulting in a truly flat surface that’s great to hold. The only exceptions of course, being the little knobs that have been strategically placed so the cameras are never actually in contact with the surface.

On the sides, you'll find only the power button, and the usual volume control buttons. Something that's notably different between the two is where the SIM card holder is found. With the Reno 10x Zoom, this is at the bottom of the phone. With the Reno, this is space has been taken up by the 3.5mm audio jack, so it's been moved to the side, beside the volume buttons. 

The 3.5mm audio jack on the Reno means the SIM card slot has to be moved to the side.

Measuring 77.2 x 162.0 x 9.3mm compared to the 74.3 x 156.6 x 9.0mm of the Reno 10, the Reno 10x Zoom doesn’t feel much larger than the Reno in the hands despite the difference in screen size. You will feel the weight difference though, as the Reno 10x Zoom weighs 215g compared to the 185g of the Reno. Otherwise, from a physical perspective, everything is pretty much the same, right down to the placement of the buttons - volume buttons on the right, power/hold button on the left. Both phones use USB-C for charging and transfer.

Oppo has also added fingerprint scanning as an option for biometric security, using an under-display scanner to preserve the all-display front. If you choose to use face recognition instead, the selfie camera pops very swiftly, then retracts once the screen is unlocked. Fingerprint scanning was generally pretty fast and accurate though, so we didn't find ourselves using the selfie camera much. On that note, the construct of the selfie camera means the phone isn't going to be very water or dust resistant.  

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