From the distinct design and feel of the phone, we knew we were in for a treat with the OPPO Reno2 smartphone. Standing out immediately is the clean, visually striking notch-less display with tiny bezels and under-screen fingerprint scanner. In truth, OPPO is arguably one of the best in creating visually appealing smartphones, and the OPPO Reno2 is a testament to that.
We spent some time using the OPPO Reno2 as a daily driver and we are certainly pleased with what OPPO has to offer here.
Let’s take a deep dive into the world of the OPPO Reno 2
Here are the item found as soon as you open the box:
- 1 Reno2
- 1 Reno2 device case
- 1 Fast charging VOOC flash charge power brick
- 1 type C USB cord
- 2 Phone manuals
- 1 Sim ejector tool
- 1 earpiece
OPPO Reno2: Design and Build
The Reno2 comes in unique gradient colours, it is a stunning beauty of hardware which simply screams class upon sighting.
The device comes with a 93.1% screen to body ratio, 3.35mm in thickness and a Corning Gorilla Glass 6. It weighs about 189 grams.
The phone comes in two gradient frosted finishes – Luminous Black and Ocean Blue; the unit we reviewed was the Ocean Blue.
At the back is a Corning Gorilla Glass 5, with an engraved ‘Designed by OPPO’ branding edges which makes any light that falls on it reflect in the form of a glow.
Another standout design implementation we discovered is how OPPO managed to ensure that there’s no camera bump at the reverse. Although, there’s a semi ball structure designed to prevent the surface protecting the quad cameras from scratching the surface.
At the bottom of the device, you’ll find the USB C port, a 3.5mm audio jack port and the speaker grill. While the top houses the shark-fin selfie camera.
The device also comes with a hybrid sim slot, this gives you the option of using two nano sim cards at the same time or one sim card and one Micro SD at the same time.
OPPO Reno2: Display
The OPPO Reno2 gets an unhindered 6.55-inch Dynamic AMOLED display which offers an expansive and immersive canvas for media consumption.
In terms of the display quality, the colours are vivid and slightly on the warmer side of colour temperature in the default settings.
The brightness levels are optimum and under direct sunlight we had no issues viewing the content on the screen.
OPPO Reno2: Performance, Gaming and Software
The Reno2 makes use of Qualcomm’s fairly new Snapdragon 730G chipset. The device is available in a single 8GB RAM variant with a healthy 256GB of storage on offer which is adequate for both moderate and extensive tasks. The storage is also expandable to 256GB using an external micro SD Card at the cost of one of the nano sim card slots.
All through the period of review, we didn’t encounter any issues such as lag, choppy frames when under heavy load or even as to a smidgen of overheating.
The device is also loaded with game-centric features such as Hyper Boost 2.0, Touch Boost 2.0 and Engine Boost 1.0. All these features allow the device to deliver a lag-free gaming experience.
The phone comes with an Android Pie OS topped with an upgraded Color OS 6.1 interface. There’s support for gesture-based navigation modes for easy one-hand usage and Game Space feature where you can manage the gaming apps collectively. There is also a smart assistant feature which shows the important information on the home screen in the form of a card.
OPPO Reno2: Camera Performance
The OPPO Reno2 device comes loaded with a quad camera setup comprising of a 48MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 13MP telephoto sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor.
The front camera is a 16MP pivot rising Shark-fin camera, which is very eye catching and one of the device’s unique features.
The Reno2 is also equipped with 5X hybrid zoom and 20X digital zoom.
The above pictures show the output of the OPPO Reno2’s rear camera. The first was taken with the 1x view while the second was taken with the 5x view from the same spot.
Here’s a selfie taken with the OPPO Reno2, besides being unique, the camera also captures objects sharply.
Reno2 5X Hybrid Zoom
Above are images showcasing the 1x, 2x and 5x lossless zoom features of the device. As you can see, we were able to clearly zoom into a house at the end of a street from the middle.
The OPPO Reno2 is capable of recording 4K videos as well as 1080p and 720p videos. It also supports ultra steady video recording which stabilizes your image when recording a video in motion.
The Reno 2 supports 4G LTE covering up to 16 LTE bands. The Reno2 also works with the popular Glo 4G band which is usually a concern when buying a device as a Glo subscriber. MTN, 9mobile & Airtel 4G LTE also work fine of the device.
WiFi & hotspot also work fine on the device.
Battery Life and Charging Speeds
The OPPO Reno2 features a 4,000mAh battery which easily gets you through a day with heavy usage. The device comes with VOOC 3.0 fast charging support and a 20W USB C charger.
To determine the length of the battery life, we took a test and here are our results: under heavy usage, the battery took us through almost a full day while with minimal and average usage, it lasted a full day.
The OPPO Reno2 is available for N179,000 8GB/256GB (Recommended Retail Price – RRP) across Nigeria, while its sister device the Reno2F 8GB/128GB is available for N129,000 (RRP) across Nigeria.
- The OPPO Reno2 comes in a very stylish design
- Very good battery life, which can last a day with moderate usage
- Takes beautiful, sharp and clear pictures
- Large storage: loaded with 8GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage
- It comes with 5x lossless zoom
- VOOC flash charge
- Unlike most flagship devices, the OPPO Reno2 doesn’t come with wireless charging
- Not water or dust resistance, this comes as a result of the motorised camera
If you are looking for a flagship device with great specifications such good battery life, great front & rear camera, and a very fancy design, then we recommend the Reno2 device for you. However, if you are on a budget but still want similar value for money, the Reno 2F is also a very good option provided by OPPO.