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OPPO Reno 2 Hands-on, Quick Review: Mid-range Vlogging Smartphone

We go hands-on with the new Reno 2!

OPPO announced the immediate follow-up to their smartphone, Reno 2 two months ago and today we finally managed to get our hands on the new device. Aside from getting a spec and battery bump, the OPPO Reno 2 also gets new video capabilities which should make it a good addition to any aspiring vlogger’s toolset.

New colors and new video capabilities

While the Reno 2 has the same overall design language as the first phone, which makes sense. But there are external differences – for one, the Reno 2 has better colorway selections than the first one, with ours being Sunset Pink instead of the plain black color that was available for the first phone.

OPPO also tossed in two additional cameras, which puts the camera count of the Reno 2 to four over two for the first version.

You’re looking at a 48-megapixel f/1.7 aperture main camera with a Sony IMX 586 lens that has OIS and EIS, 13-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens with OIS and 2x optical zoom, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and a 2-megapixel dedicated portrait lens, which is fancy talk for a depth camera.

The shark-fin pop-up camera is still there, housing the 16-megapixel f/2.0 pop-up front camera with bokeh capabilities.

OPPO is touting the enhanced camera capabilities of the new Reno 2 as the main differentiator here, specifically the enhanced electronically stabilized video capabilities of the phone, which reduces shakiness and blur when taking video.

OPPO also introduced a few changes in a few other areas as well: the display is now slightly larger at 6.55-inches, and now uses a Dynamic AMOLED panel over the regular AMOLED one on the first iteration.

The phone also gets a processor bump, sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor VS the 710 on the first one, with RAM and storage options (at least for the Philippines) pegged at 8GB and 256GB respectively.

Battery also gets slightly improved, now clocking in at 4000mAh over the 3750mAh on the old device.

We’ve yet to test the video capabilities of the new phone, but the addition of the ultra-wide camera is a welcome one since you’ll be using that more than the 2x optical zoom lens.

More storage is also welcome, considering that the device does not have expandable storage

OPPO is yet to announce pricing options for the phone, and we’ll be posting a separate camera article with video impressions later in the day.

OPPO Reno 2 Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G octa-core processor
  • Adreno 618 GPU
  • 8GB RAM
  • 6.55-inch Full HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass 6, DCI-P3
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 4G, LTE
  • Dual SIM
  • Quad rear cameras: 48-megapixel f/1.7 Sony IMX 586 main camera with OIS and EIS;13-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto camera with OIS and 2x optical zoom; 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera; 2-megapixel dedicated portrait lens; with PDAF, LED flash, 20x digital zoom, Ultra Dark Mode, Ultra Steady Video, Bokeh Video
  • 16-megapixel f/2.0 pop-up front camera with bokeh video
  • WiFi, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC
  • In-display fingerprint scanner, face unlock, GameBoost 3.0
  • Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6.1
  • 4000mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 quick charging

Watch: OPPO Reno Unboxing and First Impressions

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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