Available since the end of 2019, the Oppo Reno 2Z is the little brother of the Reno 2. It shares part of its technical sheet but corresponds to a slightly lighter version which remains an attractive model on paper, especially for 349 €. After trying it for several weeks, here’s what I thought about it in a nutshell.
I warn you right away, the box of the Oppo Reno 2Z is impressive. It already is by its size. The light gray box all in length does not contain any visual. You will have to lift the cover to uncover the device. Oppo logos are present on the large edges and the design of the photo modules appears on the top. Do not forget the name of the model. All its elements are shiny, which brings some light effects when you move the box.
Inside, Oppo slipped a cardboard sleeve containing a bit of reading then, at the bottom of the box, a USB-C cable, a power adapter, the sim extractor, and headphones.
The contents of the box of the Oppo Reno 2Z
As you can see in the picture, and the Oppo case comes in addition to the content described above. It is not the only brand to integrate such an accessory but it is an example that many others should follow. With a smartphone with a glass back, we are happy to have protection. In addition, it is successful. There is one last accessory to mention even if you do not see anything more in the photos: the screen of the Reno 2Z comes with a protective film already applied.
I find the Reno 2Z box to be a real success. You have the impression of holding the box of a high-end device in your hands. It really makes you want to discover the rest.
The Oppo Reno2Z has a Mediatek Helio P90 processor coupled with 8GB of Ram (LPDDR4X) and 128GB of storage capacity (UFS 2.1). The display is done on a 6.5 ″ Amoled screen offering a resolution of 2340 x 1080px. Before we introduce you to the design, be aware that the display represents approximately 91% of the front surface of the device.
For the photo, the terminal has 4 photo modules: 48Mpx, 8Mpx, and 2 sensors of 2Mpx. For selfies, Oppo opted for a 16Mpx pop-up camera. In summary, the smartphone has a 48Mpx main sensor offering a 10x digital zoom, a wide-angle sensor, a 2Mox lens, and a last which has the function of improving rendering in portrait mode (depth of field).
In addition to this retractable 16Mpx photo module that acts as a “face unlock” and camera for selfies, the Reno 2z also offers a fingerprint reader under the screen.
The Reno 2Z has a slot for two sim cards and a memory card, many sensors as well as everything you need to ensure good connectivity (GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi, NFC, and 4G LTE).
It is powered by a 4000mAh battery compatible with fast charging (VOOC 3.0).
Finally, the Reno2Z has dimensions of 161.8 x 75.8 x 8.7mm for a weight of approximately 195g.
In addition to delivering the device in a box worthy of a high-end device, the smartphone is successful from a design point of view. It does not particularly stand out from the competition but the whole is well designed and the finishes are very good. We can congratulate Oppo for the careful design.
On top of that, we can add to all this a borderless screen without notch or punch, all-glass design, and a curved body that contributes to a good grip.
On the front, what about this large display area? It is really appreciable. Only the border present under the screen remains a bit too large in comparison with the others.
Do not look for the selfie photosensor, it is centered on the upper edge. That’s right, Oppo has equipped its Reno 2Z with a pop-up or retractable camera.
Unlike most devices picked up and tested recently, the Reno 2Z has physical buttons on both edges, buttons perfectly arranged in relation to the hand. On the right side, we find the power button as well as the slot for the sim card (s) (and the memory card) while the volume keys have been placed on the opposite side.
On the back of the device completely covered with glass, the brand has positioned 4 photosensors located one below the other on the same line. A large Oppo Designed for Reno line runs down to the bottom of the device.
As much, I appreciate the color reflections and the sensors located under the hull – nothing protrudes from the hull – as much as I like less the pattern located under them. The lighting effects are nice but I don’t catch more than that. On the other hand, just like most smartphones made of glass, it holds fingerprints well.
The beautiful curved and glass back of the Oppo Reno 2Z
The lower edge presents the usual elements namely, the USB-C socket, a speaker output, a microphone, and… a headphone socket. Yes, you read that correctly, the Reno 2Z is well equipped with a 3.5mm mini-jack to connect your headphones.
The Oppo Reno 2Z runs on Android 9 with the house overlay called ColorOS, in version 6.1. For the moment, no Android 10 on the horizon. Since I had never taken an Oppo smartphone in hand, I discovered its interface at the same time as the device. When you have already seen some specific interfaces, you end up not being too confused by a new system.
By browsing the different menus, you will realize that it is similar to the interface of other brands but it is not the most aesthetic. The icons are square and there is little or no relief. As you can see, there is nothing really revolutionary but everything is rather simple and effective.
I’m not a fan of the shortcut screen with these square-shaped keys, but I did appreciate the level of customization offered. It doesn’t change the face of the world, but I like being able to configure the terminal to my liking and I don’t think I’m the only one.
As an example, the retractable camera can take your favorite color. From the device menu, one click is enough to define the lighting effect associated with the appearance of the module. The same option is available for the fingerprint reader. Each time you press the bottom of the screen, an animation appears..
Reno 2Z fingerprint reader animations
You can also set the navigation mode and activate gestures to be performed on the off-screen. Then the device comes with several themes and the animation when navigating between pages is part of the other customization elements. Finally, if you like shortcuts, the Reno 2Z offers you to display a multitasking sidebar, a customizable window, and a smart assistant accessible on the left page from the Homepage.
I take this opportunity to tell you about this fingerprint reader. Even with a device marketed for less than 350 €, Oppo offers us a fast and (almost) flawless unlock mode. By using it, you will realize that the presence of such a sensor under the screen is not reserved for high-end terminals. He won’t get to know you if you have wet fingers, but other than that, there’s nothing to say. It is a gesture that becomes natural and which remains faster than going through the “face unlock” function.
At the end of the chapter, I found it interesting to bring together all the functions related to privacy in a Security chapter. There are some existing topics with other brands such as Children’s Space and Safe but also a whole set of other features such as Secure the keyboard or Prevention against recordings and screenshots.
By reading the few lines of the technical sheet, you may have discovered that the front sensor is hidden in the device. So you have in your hands a terminal with a 6.5 ″ Amoled borderless screen.
To complete this picture, it is covered with a Gorilla Glass 5 coating for better durability and the borders around the screen are thin (especially on the sides). How comfortable it is to use such a diagonal without a notch or a pierced screen.
As usual, I invite you to quickly go to the Settings menu to adjust the screen settings. I will say the “warmer” temperature level is the one that offers the most balanced option.
The screen remains readable even in direct sunlight. You can, therefore, use your device in all circumstances without having to manually intervene on the brightness level.
The last point very useful on a large screen, the Reno offers a function to split it into two. What can it be used for? Let’s see, to show two apps at the same time.
As indicated on the technical sheet presented above, the Reno 2z has no less than 4 photosensors: a 48Mpx Sony IMX module opening at f / 1.7, an 8Mpx wide-angle module, and two 2Mpx sensors to optimize the shot of portraits. One of the two is a monochrome lens and the second takes care of the bokeh effect.
Before giving you my impressions, know that the photo modes offered by the Reno2 Z are standard: panorama, night, portrait, expert, slow motion, and photos by interval (timelapse). As for the interface, it is clear and intuitive.
By day, the main module is doing well and the result is quite fair. Now, when the light is lacking, the smoothing is important, the colors lose their naturalness and the noise enters.
Here are some sample photos were taken with the Reno 2Z.
Offering a wide-angle sensor even on mid-range devices is becoming more and more common and Oppo has answered the call. However, the result is not great: it lacks quality. The colors are not always faithful and we sometimes observe some areas of a blur. Too bad.
From the interface, the Reno 2Z offers a small thumbnail to switch to 2x zoom and 5x zoom. It’s fast and convenient, but remember that it doesn’t have a telephoto lens. These are therefore digital zooms. With the 5x zoom, the noise is present. Here are two series of photos where I tested this zoom function.
For selfie photos, I remind you that the Reno 2Z has a pop-up camera that appears as soon as you want to unlock the device (facial recognition) or take a photo. If you are asking yourself the question, yes the device incorporates a fall recognition system.
In portrait mode, the result is correct: the cropping is quite well done, the applied blur remains natural and the smoothing is, by default, not too pronounced. On the other hand, by comparing, we see all the same that the luminosity is not managed in the same way.
With the Oppo Reno 2Z, filming in 4K is possible but only at 30fps. If you want 60fps, you have to reduce the resolution to 1080p. Still, on the video, there is an option to activate stabilization: it is effective except that during capture, the quality seems less good. In the end, there is little difference so I strongly invite you to activate this option as soon as you shoot.
Reno 2Z photo options
Inside this beautiful device, the brand has installed an Helio P90 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage capacity. On paper, the Reno 2Z is equipped to tackle anything without a hitch. In fact, it is more nuanced.
For standard use, there’s not much to say: the device is responsive and navigation is smooth. In short, it is well balanced for all everyday tasks. Unfortunately, it is not exactly the same conclusion if you decide to enjoy your video games.
Reno 2Z benchmark results
You shouldn’t have any difficulty with 2D games, but for more demanding games, the configuration is not sufficient to enjoy good fluidity with maximum detail. Moreover, by default, the titles will be launched with an average graphic level. The best solution is then to reduce certain options to take advantage of better fluidity.
As for the audio part, you can opt for the headphone output which is rather good quality or for the speaker. Be careful not to increase the volume too much, otherwise you will obtain a less pleasant sound.
The terminal signed Oppo is very well designed, it benefits from a beautiful display surface but it also hides another strong point: its battery offers a capacity of 4000mAh. Yes, you read that right.
In this device with controlled dimensions – despite a weight close to 200g – Oppo has installed a high capacity battery which shows good results. On paper, the manufacturer announces an autonomy of up to 8 hours in-game and up to 13 hours in the video.
Now, in real conditions and in normal use, you can go for almost 2 days of autonomy. If you are a fan of video games, this figure will have to be revised down a little, but it is still very good.
Via the brand’s charger, it takes around 2 hours to fully charge the smartphone. It is not as good as some competing devices but with such autonomy, we can accept this a little disappointing duration. In addition, the price of the device must be taken into consideration.
I told you about its price, you will not be disappointed. The Reno 2Z is available for € 349. The Oppo Buy Online page has a list of merchant sites where you can buy the Reno 2Z.
On the manufacturer’s website, it is indicated that there are two colors – Luminous Black (model tested) or Pearl White – but some sites also offer it in Lagoon Green.
As indicated in the introduction, this is the first time that I took in hand a smartphone from the Oppo brand. I admit I was pleasantly seduced by this first experience. The smartphone is successful from a design point of view, it has a beautiful borderless screen and has an enduring battery. It still has some progress to make in terms of photos but for this price, the device is really attractive and interesting.