Saturday , 25 January 2020

OPPO Reno2 F Hands-On Review: It’s Not a Baby Shark

Hands-On with the Reno2 F!

Whenever the brand OPPO was mentioned, people used to think about their F series devices. They have been a staple in their release cycles since I first started working at Unbox but now it looks like it might be the end for that line of devices — kind of.

OPPO just launched their new Reno smartphones earlier today and, while you’ve already gotten a look at the Reno 2 last week, it’s time to show you what is possibly the spiritual successor to the F series line of smartphones — the Reno2 F.

No Shark Fin Here

OPPO seems to have unified the design language with the entire Reno line with than central stripe running down the middle; giving the phone symmetrical look on a vertical axis. Honestly, it’s kinda hard to tell the Reno2 and Reno2 F at first glance with telltale signs only being the placement of that tiny dot that helps protect its camera array and its color selection.

Our device came in the Lake Green color variant (that looks kinda gray in our photos) but I prefer the Sky White for a cleaner look.

Just like the Reno2, you’re also getting a total of four cameras on the back of the Reno2 F but the setup is closer to what you’re getting with the OPPO A9 2020.

You’ve got a 48-megapixel main camera at an aperture of f/1.79, an 8-megapixel wide-angle shooter at f/2.2, a 2-megapixel mono lens, and a 2-megapixel portrait lens. The Reno2 F doesn’t inherit the Ultra Steady Video features of its bigger brother but you are still getting at least EIS if you do like taking videos when you’re out and about.

One big difference though is that they’ve gotten rid of the “shark fin” pop-up camera module that we’ve seen in the past and they’ve gone for a more traditional approach with the selfie camera of this one. The 16-megapixel selfie shooter’s array is something more akin to what we’ve been seeing from Xiaomi devices with the matching LED glow on the sides of it as well.

The Reno2 F sports a 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED panel, which I don’t have to tell you makes for a more enjoyable experience when consuming content and opens up the possibility for in-display fingerprint scanner as well.

Another key difference on this phone is that they’ve gone with the Mediatek Helio P70 that’s paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. I’ve had our fair share of experience with this package and its number-crunching capabilities are certainly up to the task.

You’re also getting the standard 4000mAh battery capacity on this device with VOOC Charge 3.0 to help you top it up faster.

OPPO has revealed the price tag for the Reno2 F in their event earlier today, which stands at Php 19,990. Truth be told, the price tag is a little steep but we’ll reserve final judgment for this phone once we’re able to put it through its paces.

OPPO Reno2 F Specs

  • MediaTek Helio P70 octa-core processor
  • Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
  • 8GB RAM
  • 6.53-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass 6
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 4G, LTE
  • Dual SIM
  • Quad rear cameras: 48-megapixel f/1.79 Samsung GM1 main camera with EIS; 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera; 2-megapixel portrait camera; 2-megapixel mono camera; with PDAF, LED flash, Ultra Night Mode 2.0
  • 16-megapixel f/2.0 pop-up front camera
  • 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

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