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In recent years, Oppo has pipped brands like Samsung and Apple to become one of the most innovating brands out there. The company has been setting new benchmarks in smartphone design and has come out with some. Last year’s Find X was an example of how well the company blended a unique, beautiful design with powerful hardware. This year, the company continues that with the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom.
The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is a flagship smartphone that is part of the newly minted Reno series. It has a starting price of Rs 39,990, which makes it one of the more affordable flagship phones out there. The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is a Snapdragon 855-powered phone that also touts a premium glass design, shark-fin pop-up camera, a notchless AMOLED display and of course, a 10x zoom camera. Read our Reno 10x Zoom review to know just why the flagship phones works so well.
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Design
Before we get into the design of the phone, a word about the box. The packaging of the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is probably one of the best I have seen in a long time. The box is slightly longer than usual. Apart from the Reno phone, you get a quality rubber case with a leather-ish feel on the surface. There’s a 20W charging brick with a Type-C cable and a nice pair of Type-C earphones with angular buds and green accents (to match the colour of the phone) that sound pretty good.
The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition is easily one of the best-designed phones this year even if it is wide and bulky. Right out of the box, you are greeted with a large device that offers an incredibly smooth curved back panel that instantly stands out from the crowd. This is due to a combination of a 3D Gorilla Glass 5 with a frosted, matt-like finish that makes it feel silky smooth to the touch. This also makes it quite slippery to hold and the more careful users out there might want to use the case immediately. Our Reno 10x Zoom review unit in Ocean Green looked fantastic
The matt finish on the back makes the glass resistant to smudges and fingerprints, but not scratches and scrapes. The rear panel is almost flat as the camera setup sits underneath the glass. There is no camera hump, but there is a tiny green coloured bump, called the O Dot that helps prevent the cameras from being scratched while keeping it on a flat surface.
Placing the cameras well under the glass panel looks great aesthetically, but it also makes the Reno 10x Zoom thick at 9.3mm. The flagship model does not come with a 3.5mm headphone jack. It does offer stereo speakers and a Type-C port. At 215 grams, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition feels substantially heavy to hold and is not the easiest for one-handed use.
The second half of what makes the Reno 10x Zoom stand out is its motorised pop-up selfie camera. It’s not a typical 90-degree rising camera that we are used to seeing. Oppo has used what it calls a shark-fin design where the camera rises at a 11-degree angle from the top side of the frame. Oppo says this angular design is the best for selfies, which we will find out in the camera section below. Overall, I liked the shark-fin design, but I also found myself cleaning a layer of dust on the surface almost everyday.
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Display
With the shark fin pop-out camera, the display is left notch-free, hole-free and essentially distraction-free. So, you get a completely clean and tall screen that looks quite stunning. The top and side bezels are extremely slim and Oppo has done a commendable job at making the chin thin as well. What you’re left with is pretty much all display on the front, which is as immersive as you would imagine.
You get a tall 6.6-inch AMOLED display that offers a 93.1 per cent screen-to-body ratio and Gorilla Glass 6 protection on top. The FHD+ (2340×1080) display looks vivid with punchy colours and deep blacks, but it isn’t the best display you can get in this segment. The OnePlus 7 Pro offers a more impressive QHD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. I have also been using the Honor 20 phone simultaneously as it reaches its launch in India, and I found it to offer better sharpness compared to the Reno 10X Zoom.
That being said, the Reno 10X Zoom offers a great widescreen experience that will delight you whether it is watching movies and playing games. Brightness levels are adequate indoors, but it could have been better outdoors under harsh sunlight.
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Camera
The pop-up camera rises in 0.8 seconds as per Oppo. The system houses a 16-megapixel f/2.0 front-facing camera that can also be used for face unlock. The triple camera setup on the back, includes a 48-megapixel f/1.7 Sony IMX586 sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera and a 16-megapixel telephoto lens. The camera system supports 10x hybrid zoom, hence the name of the flagship. The phone can digitally zoom all the way up to 60x as well, which is largely unusable.
It’s worth knowing that the phone also supports Night mode, Slo-mo video, Google Lens and an Expert Mode, among other things. It also gets a Dazzle Colour feature, which is similar to Chroma Boost on some Relame devices.
The Reno 10x Zoom can capture some stunning, detailed shots in daylight whether you shoot on the default 12MP pixel binning mode or raw 48MP. The main camera also gets an f/1.7 aperture and OIS, which means you will get stable and bright shots in most lighting conditions. The Night mode is a long exposure mode that can be used in tricky low-light conditions. It doesn’t work as well as the Pixel’s Night Sight, but it gets the job done. In fact, I often found the Reno’s Night mode to brighten photos with just the right amount of exposure to make the image bright but still feel like it’s shot in a low-light settings. The best part is that you can use Night mode for wide-angle photos as well, which helps balance the 8MP camera’s otherwise poor exposure.
Using the default 12MP mode, you can capture some gorgeous pictures with punchy saturated colours and high dynamic range. The camera does well to balance the exposure and AI scene recognition generally kicks in at the right scenes to amp up the picture quality. Sometimes this can also mean oversaturated colours while capture food or plants, but you can always tone it down by disabling the Dazzle Colour option. Portrait shots using the main camera look great with good subject separation and pleasing background blur.
The ultra wide-angle camera is always a great option to have in your setup as it makes the camera system all the more versatile. You can zoom out to capture a larger area in a single frame, which is great for when you’re capturing a large crowd or monument. The 8MP sensor doesn’t offer the best detail, but colours and dynamic range look good.
The telephoto lens is a bit tricky to get used to use. You have the option to quickly switch from 1x to 2x, 6x and 10x focal lengths, which is a bit convoluted considering the camera supports 5x optical zoom. This means you will have to manually pinch to zoom to 5x to get detailed optical zoom photos. Anything above that till 10x is hybrid zoom, which does an admirable job in retaining details. Shots are steady because the telephoto camera also supports OIS. You can zoom all the way to 60x, but the results are largely unfavorable.
The 16MP front camera that is housed in the shark-fin pop-up also captures some detailed and sharp selfies. The mechanism takes less than a second to rise up when switching to selfie mode. Selfie portraits don’t look that great as images often show choppy separation. The Reno 10x Zoom also handles videos expertly with OIS doing a lot to keep videos as steady as possible.
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Performance and Software
Apart from the OnePlus 7 series, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition is the only other phone to be powered by a 2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 855 chipset in India. As expected, the phone is absolutely blazing fast while opening apps and browsing through the UI. There is plenty of raw power to run anything you throw at it smoothly.
A large notchless display and Snapdragon 855 SoC make the Reno 10x Zoom a fantastic gaming smartphone. Games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 will of course run extremely smooth no matter how high you crank up the graphics. In PUBG, you can crank up the graphics to HDR and Ultra HD graphics and still run the game butter smooth without breaking a sweat. The phone never gets warm even after a 30 minute session, which also helps reduce battery drain.
The Reno 10x Zoom runs on Android Pie-based ColorOS 6, which is probably the only thing worth complaining about this phone. The OS is cluttered with a lot of preloaded apps that are often useless or extremely spammy such as the default browser app. Most of these apps can be uninstalled, but it doesn’t change the fact that ColorOS still gives off a dated vibe compared to skins like OxygenOS.
That being said there are some positives to ColorOS 6 as well. The UI looks pleasing with light gradient tones and colorful artsy wallpapers .The custom Oppo software also comes with an app drawer and some extreme battery saving options. But the cluttered feeling of the OS is definitely off putting and makes one wonder how perfect the Reno would be if it had a lightweight skin like OxygenOS.
The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom offers a couple of ways to unlock the phone. The best way is through the optical in-display fingerprint sensor, which is probably one of the fastest I have used so far. It unlocks the device almost instantly without having to press down hard on the sensor area. There is also face unlock, which is slightly slower as you need to wait for the camera system to pop-out.
The stereo speakers with sound coming out from the earpiece and bottom speaker. Sound quality is pretty good and the speakers can get plenty loud. Call quality over the earpiece offers decent clarity.
Oppo Reno 10X Zoom Battery
The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom houses a 4,065mAh battery, which sounds big, but it feels small for a phone this size. But it easily managed to last an entire day after stressing it by constantly browsing social media sites, streaming videos and playing games. Even with heavy usage, I was left with around 30 per cent still in the tank by bedtime on most days.
The best part about the Reno 10X Zoom is that it supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging. You get a 20W charger and Type-C cable with the box that will fill up to 50 per cent in about 30 minutes and 100 per cent in around 85 minutes.
Should you buy the Oppo Reno 10X Zoom?
The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is by far one of the best flagship phones this year. It is is quite simply a beautifully crafted piece of machinery that deserves all the accolades when it comes to design. While its bulky build may put off some people, Oppo makes up for it by offering an absolute premium-feeling device for a phone that starts at Rs 39,990.
Beyond the glass design and unique shark-fin camera, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is a powerhouse performer with a blazing fast Snapdragon 855 chipset at its core and comes with some excellent set of cameras. Had this phone shipped with stock or near stock Android Pie, I would have recommended this without thinking twice. But ColorOS is an acquired taste and may be the only thing that will divide a consumer between the Reno 10x Zoom and the OnePlus 7 Pro.
The NewsYet – Oppo Reno 10x Zoom review9/10
The NewsYet – Pros
- Stunning design
- Blazing fast performance
- Great AMOLED display
- Versatile cameras
The NewsYet – Cons
- ColorOS is spammy and offers bloatware
- Bulky and heavy