There is no denying that Oppo is a brand that does not find it difficult to make attractive and elegant phones, therefore, whenever we are presented with the opportunity to make a review of a telephone of the Chinese brand, we do not let it pass. This time we have the Oppo Reno 2 Z, which we will give a good account below.
The good thing about the Reno family of Oppo is the similarity in design and finishing that all the components of the saga have. Both the Oppo Reno 2 and this Reno 2 Z, despite having disparate prices, share elegance and refinement.
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Very careful design and finishes
In this Oppo Reno 2 Z we have the same sensation that we had in the review of Reno 2. As soon as you have it in hand, the feeling is that we are facing a terminal of more range than what the specifications tell us.
He Crystal is the great protagonist in the design of the Oppo Reno 2 Z, since it is present in both the front and back, along with the Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
The back is slightly curved, which helps to make a phone quite comfortable when we have it in hand. The placement of the four rear cameras is really exquisite since we have them fully integrated in the body of the device.
In this back part we observe the elongated Oppo logo, which ends in a round figure with relief that serves to slightly raise the terminal when we place it face up on a table and thus protect the cameras a bit.
The absolute protagonist of the front of the terminal is its screen, without any type of notch that hinders the vision and with some well achieved frames, although the lower one is somewhat wider than the rest.
The front camera is integrated in a retractable system, in the style of the OnePlus 7 Pro, forgetting the tiburn fin we saw in the Oppo Reno 2.
It is a system that It could be a little faster when raising this front camera, with a detail that we liked a lot, such as having led lights When the camera gets up.
On the right side we have the power button along with the slot for the SIM card and the microSD.
On the left Oppo has decided to put two buttons to control the volume of the terminal.
Above we have the noise canceling microphone and the pop-up camera.
At the bottom we have the multimedia speaker, the USB Type C to charge the terminal, the call microphone and a jack for our headphones.
Oppo Reno 2 Z, technical sheet
The Oppo Reno 2 Z has specifications where the novelty with respect to the Reno 2 is the incorporation of a Mediatek processor.
- Screen: AMOLED 6.53 inches, FullHD + resolution, 395 dpi and aspect ratio 19.5: 9.
- Processor: Mediatek Helio P90.
- GPU: PowerVR GM9446.
- RAM: 8 GB
- Internal storage: 128/256 GB expandable by microSD up to 256GB.
- Rear camera: 48 MP f / 1.7 + 8 MP f / 2.2 wide angle + 2 MP Monochrome f / 2.4 + 2 MP depth sensor f / 2.4.
- Front camera: 16 MP f / 2.0.
- Connectivity: WiFi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, dual band, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, GLONASS and BDS.
- Ports and sensors: Fingerprint sensor, facial sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass, USB Type C and 3.5 mm jack.
- Battery: 4,000 mAh with fast charging VOOC Flash Charge 3.0.
- OS: Android 9 + Color OS 6.1.
- Price: 369 euros.
Purchase: Oppo Reno 2 Z (Amazon)
Good screen level
In this Oppo Reno 2 Z we have a screen 6.53 inch AMOLED, without any type of notch since the front camera is hidden, with a resolution FullHD + and one 19.5: 9 aspect ratio.
The colors on this screen look supersaturated, which gives a touch of spectacularity, but loses the essence of reality.
The viewing angles have seemed right, as have the brightness and contrast.
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The sharpness is one of its strengths, since we are facing a very good screen in this regard.
The Oppo Reno 2 Z has Widevine L1 certification, so on platforms like Netflix or Prime Video you should be able to watch the videos in HD. However, in our tests we have not succeeded and this support is not yet available, at least until the time of writing this review.
He sound is moderately good as long as we do not raise the volume beyond 75-80%, since at that time distortion appears And the experience worsens. Of course, the power of sound is quite well achieved.
With headphones the experience is much better, with a quality more than enough for the vast majority of users.
Performance more than correct
From Oppo they have chosen to mount a Mediatek processor in this Oppo Reno 2 Z, instead of opting for one manufactured by its main competitor, the American brand Qualcomm.
- Helio P90 of processor.
- 8 GB of RAM.
- 128 GB of storage, although there is another version with 256 GB.
- PowerVR GM9446 as a GPU
It is a terminal in which we will not notice no problem, nor slow down or unexpected closure of applications in our day, since with the usual tasks the Reno 2 Z does not have the slightest incidence.
When we demand you with powerful games, type Asphalt 9, we have noticed Some laziness when opening these games, although once you get them to work the experience has been good at all times.
We have not noticed loss of frames, or lag, or anything that prevents us from playing these games with ease, except what we tell you about the loading times.
The system chosen by Oppo for the Reno 2 Z is Android 9 Pie under the brand's own layer OS color.
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Color OS (in version 6.1) is an extremely intrusive layer with Android Stock, with a design that doesn't just convince us too much, since both the icons and the overall structure of the layer seem to us to be excessively colorful and inelegant.
In addition, it has some preinstalled application such as AquaMail, Opera and Soloop. They are not many, but you know that we are not very supportive of this type of apps, since we consider that it is the user who has to decide what applications he wants for his smartphone.
Something that we liked is Oppo's own app Space for games since it improves the performance of the terminal when we are playing. In this game mode we can choose three different modes of operation such as:
- Competitive Mode: performance, touch response and frame rate are improved, but in exchange the terminal consume more battery.
- Balanced Mode: It is where the team seeks the balance between performance and energy consumption.
- Low power mode: It is where you sacrifice performance and visual experience of the games to make the battery last longer.
In this application we can also manage notifications while we play, choosing to block only calls, only notifications, both at the same time or allowing both things to run normally even if we are playing.
He fingerprint reader is integrated under the screen and has behaved satisfactorily at all times. It is not the fastest on the market in this type of sensors, but it is the fastest, in addition to being very reliable.
He facial sensor is not exactly fast since the opening system of the front camera is not. Once the camera has emerged, the face reading is quick, but overall this type of unlocking is slower than other similar market proposals.
In terms of connectivity we have 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11a / ac / b / g / n / n 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 with A2DP, APT-x and LE, A-GPS, Beidou, GLONASS and GPS. As you can see, the only significant absence is that it does not incorporate NFC.
In which sensors are concerned, apart from those named fingerprints and facial, we have accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, gravity and ambient light.
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In the photographic section the Oppo Reno 2 Z has:
- Main sensor: Sony IMX586 Exmor RS 48 megapixel PDAF, focal aperture 1.7, and 0.8 m.
- Wide angle sensor: 8 megapixels, f / 2.2 and 1.12 m.
- Monochrome sensor: 2 megapixels, f / 2.4 and 1.75 m.
- Depth sensor: 2 megapixels, focal aperture 2.4 and 1.75 m.
The rear camera with four sensors works well in general lines, being quite versatile for the range we are in.
The photos of the main sensor, which works by default with 12 megapixels, come out quite well with a good sharpness and a slightly oversaturated color.
When we use the wide angle sensor the color temperature changes, appearing to be cooler, along with a sharpness that goes down a little but not too much.
When we use the 2x zoom the photos are still pretty good, but if we use the 5x zoom quality and color drop quite a few integers and make snapshots worse. Anyway, it can be a perfectly usable zoom for an emergency.
We were surprised what well that behaves in night photos. The snapshots have noise, but less than expected at the beginning, in addition to a color also better than we previously thought.
He night mode has its pros and cons, since it reduces the noise and improves the sharpness, but it makes that color that we liked in the photos lose slightly and appear photos with colder colors.
This rear camera can record on 4K at 30 fps or 1080p at 60 fps, although we did not like the stabilization and worsens the videos, especially if you are a person with a bad pulse. The only way to mitigate it is to record in 1080p at 30 fps, because here the vibration is limited, but it doesn't disappear.
The retractable front camera 16 megapixels and focal aperture 2.0 take some pretty good selfies, with color and sharpness at a good level, although when we put the portrait mode disappoints us a bit because the clipping is not too good and the blur is light and quite artificial.
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Quick Top Load
Oppo Reno 2 Z's battery is 4,000 mAh and has the fast VOOC charge.
We have already tried this fast load on several terminals and we still love it. In this Oppo Reno 2 Z we get a 49% battery from 0 with only charge the terminal half an hour.
If we use the terminal normally for our messenger, social networks, emails and some YouTube video, we will reach the end of the day with a good level of load to be able to leave it without charging all night, although the next day we will be forced to load it.
If the use is intensive with many streaming movies and playing demanding games, the end of the day is assured in the vast majority of situations, even if it is very fair.
There is no doubt that this Oppo Reno 2 Z It is a product for those people who do not want a super-powerful phone, but who give a lot of importance to the design, materials and finishes, as we have corroborated in our review.
It is not a terminal of the most economical of its range since its price slightly exceeds 350 euros, but it is also true that the level of finishes of this model is located above many terminals that compete with it directly.
Purchase: Oppo Reno 2 Z (Amazon)
Strengths of Oppo Reno 2 z in our review
- By design and finishes you can compete with smartphones of a higher range.
- The screen is one of its great assets.
- True fast load.
- The rear camera is not the best, but it is very versatile.
Weak points of Oppo Reno 2 Z in our review
- Color OS has enough room for improvement.
- The stabilization, especially in video, we did not like.
- Facial sensor somewhat slow.
- Design: 9
- Screen: 9
- Hardware: 8
- Autonomous: 8
- Software: 6
- Price: 6
- Overall score: 7.6
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