OPPO Reno2 Review – A Solidly Mid-Range Smartphone
2019 was a pivotal year for OPPO on the global smartphone market. The OPPO Reno 10x Zoom was actually my favorite phone of that year thanks to its impressive haptics and stellar image quality in an all-around great package. With the company’s commitment to becoming more than just a smartphone brand in 2020, I’m excited to see what they’ll come out with next. One of their newest smartphones, the Reno3, was just announced late last month, but given that it hasn’t launched outside of China yet, it’s effectively a 2020 device. Before we check that device out, we wanted to test its immediate predecessor, the Reno2. The mid-range OPPO Reno2 launched in Europe back in October, and we’ve had quite a bit of time to gather our thoughts on it.
Before delving any further into this review, it’s important to note that my thoughts on ColorOS will mirror that of Zachary Wander’s in our OPPO Reno Z review. I am really not a fan of ColorOS, but based on what I’ve seen, OPPO seems to be taking community feedback to heart. ColorOS 7 based on Android 10 looks a lot more acceptable, and I’m itching to try it out myself. But the mid-range OPPO Reno2 is here – now – and it runs ColorOS 6.1. Is it worth consideration before the Reno3 launches internationally? Does OPPO have much to improve upon for the next phone? Here’s what I think of the Reno2.
About this review: I received the OPPO Reno2 from OPPO on the 16th of October 2019. OPPO is a sponsor of XDA, but they did not have any input on the content of this review nor did they read it before it went live.
OPPO Reno2: Device specifications
|Specifications||OPPO Reno 2|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G|
|RAM & Storage||
|Battery||4000mAh with VOOC 3.0 fast charging|
|Front Camera||16MP, shark fin rising design|
|Android Version||ColorOS 6.1 on top of Android 9 Pie|
Hardware and build quality
The OPPO Reno2 features a unique design with an all-glass curved back. It has a blue shimmer on each of the edges and in the center, which becomes more prominent based on how the light hits it. The triple camera setup lays flush with the glass, and an “O-Dot” helps the device level flat on a table, avoiding a common complaint of curved phone backs. While glass is probably the worst material to make a phone back out of from a pragmatic point of view, OPPO made the most of it by making the design as beautiful as can be. Glass also adds weight, though not as much as you would expect in this case of the OPPO Reno2 as it feels pretty lacking in weight.
The OPPO Reno2 is very much a fingerprint magnet, and if you’re using it caseless, you’ll be wiping down the back of it every few minutes. It otherwise looks fantastic, which makes it a shame that the included case covers up all of the wonderful things that the design gets right. The OPPO Reno 10x Zoom’s included case left a cut-out for the middle section of the device, but the OPPO Reno2’s doesn’t. The included faux-leather case covers up pretty much anything that shimmers blue. It’s not a very nice looking case either – I’d have preferred a transparent gel silicone case or a sandstone one like the one that’s included with the Reno 10x Zoom.
The frame of the phone is made of hard plastic, with a USB Type-C port, speaker grille, microphone, and a headphone jack on the bottom. You read that right – a headphone jack. Bonus points to OPPO for that one. There’s another microphone at the top, along with the phone’s pop-up camera. On the right side of the phone is the power button, while on the left is where both of the volume keys lie.
The display itself is a 6.5-inch AMOLED 1080p panel, and thanks to the pop-up camera, it’s a complete no-notch experience. Content is uninterrupted by a notch or cut-out, and the display is completely edge-to-edge. The phone is pretty hard to use one-handed, though the phone is light so you might be able to manage. The phone’s lightness also contributes to the fact that it does feel somewhat cheap, though that’s more of my personal preference than anything else.