With smartphones now entering the ‘bezel-free phase, phone companies have been hard-pressed to find ways of giving their customer as much screen as possible, and when you start pushing that all the way to the edges of the display, the question arises of where the sensors and front selfie camera are going to go. In the first phase smartphones came up with the concept of notches, teardrop notches, and Samsung’s camera cutout notch, Oppo eliminated the entire concept of notches, Oppo Reno is their first smartphone to feature a rather unorthodox approach to housing the front camera – Say hello to the ‘Shark Fin’.
Oppo recently revealed two variants of the Reno at their event in Dubai – The Oppo Reno and the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom. The Oppo Reno is available now, but for those of you who are intrigued by the Oppo Reno 10x zoom, you will have to hold on to the hype for just one more month.
Oppo has set the price of the Reno at AED 1,899 in the UAE and SAR 1,899 in KSA. But what does this money buy you? Well, you get a neat 6GB+256 GB configuration, which, in today’s market, is very impressive in that price bracket.
Now, let’s take a closer look at the Oppo Reno Smartphone.
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Design and Display
The design of the Oppo Reno is very synonymous with most flagships phone today. We have a symmetric setup of glass on both sides and a metal frame surrounding them. The glass makes the Reno feel absolutely premium but the trade-off is that it also makes the whole device slippery to hold. The whole device is on the heavier side and feels rather chunky. You should ideally put on the included phone case on it as well to make sure the phone doesn’t slip out of your hands. The bezels have been kept to a very very minimum, which means you get more content and more display in a not so huge frame.
While most phones have control buttons on the right-hand side, the Oppo Reno mixes things up with the power button on the right and the volume rockers on the left. They have also given a pleasing green accent to the power button, which makes the whole appearance look that much more awesome. Another thoughtful approach by Oppo is that they have placed all the buttons near the middle of the device which means getting to them is no problem at all.
Just above the volume rockers, we have the SIM tray, which can hold 2 nano SIMs, we do not have an option to expand the memory in the Oppo Reno, but looking at the configuration we have on hand and the beauty of cloud storage, that should not be an issue.