It’s hard to believe that it’s barely half a year since the OPPO Reno series made a debut in Malaysia. The premium mid-range device brought with it a dazzling panoramic display, a signature shark-fin pop-up front camera, and impressive overall camera performance including 10x digital zoom.
Building upon the foundation of the original, OPPO on Tuesday launched the new Reno2 series in Malaysia. Targeted at “creative trend setters,” the Reno2 pushes the boundaries of photography and videography even further, now with a quad-camera system; double of the previous generation.
Aesthetically, the Reno2 doesn’t reinvent the wheel and looks similar to its predecessor. It isn’t a bad thing because the original Reno was a good looker with its one piece curved body and a glossy, multi-toned finish. The back is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The phone comes in two colour finishes—Sunset Pink and Luminous Black.
On the front, the device sports a 6.5-inch notchless FHD+ AMOLED display (2400×1080), boasting a mind-boggling 93.1 percent screen-to-body ratio. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 6 and it integrates an in-display fingerprint scanner.
No longer a shocker is the Shark Fin pop-up camera that’s a 16MP front-facing unit with AI Beauty Mode and a soft front light.
With the industry moving towards quad-cam setups or more, OPPO took the step to double cameras for the Reno2. The new setup consists of a 48MP f/1.7 (Sony IMX586) main shooter with OIS and EIS; 13MP telephoto; 8MP wide-angle; and 2MP mono lens cameras. The camera setup is capable of 5x Hybrid Zoom and up to 20x Digital Zoom, double the capability of previous generation.
Thanks to a faster lens and a powerful NPU, the Reno2 now boasts Ultra Dark Mode low-light photography. The camera system can capture images even when light levels measure below 1 lux.
OPPO is also putting more attention on videography. With the new Ultra Steady Video Mode, the Reno2 ensures videos are silky smooth, whether you’re on the move or participating in activities like running, skateboarding, or cycling.
The new stabilisation mode is impressive, having seen it work during the launch at the demo area. It’s possible through an IMU measuring device with a high sampling rate and a hull processor, working in tandem with EIS and OIS.
Under the hood, the Reno2 hosts some strong hardware, too. It uses a Snapdragon 730G processor coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Keeping things juiced is a 4,000mAh battery that supports OPPO’s famed VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 technology. Charging is via the USB-C port.
Complementing Reno2’s expansive display are bottom-firing speakers that support Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res Audio.
The device runs the latest ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9 Pie.
OPPO also announced a cheaper version called the Reno2 F. It’s equipped with a 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
Available in Sky White and Lake Green, the Reno2 F loses the Shark Fin Pop Up camera but opts for a regular vertical pop-up camera.
The device is powered by the MediaTek MTK P70 chip, mated to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
It features a similar 4,000mAh battery that supports VOOC Flash Charge 3.0.
Over on the optics side of things, Reno2 F gets slightly lower spec-ed camera hardware including a 48MP main camera + 8MP wide-angle camera + 2MP mono lens and 2MP portrait lens.
Pricing and availability
The OPPO Reno2 retails for MYR2,299 while the Reno2 F goes for MY1,599. Both devices are available for pre-order now until 25 October at all OPPO Concept Stores, OPPO Official dealer stores or online at the OPPO Official website, e-commerce platforms Lazada and Shopee; OPPO chain store partners like Senheng, senQ, and DirectD.
Pre-order customers review an OPPO one year Screen Protection Warranty and an OPPO Reno exclusive bag, with a total worth MYR318.
The phone series will go on sale starting 26 October at all OPPO Concept Stores, OPPO Official dealer stores or online at the OPPO Official website, e-commerce platforms Lazada and Shopee; telco partners such as Celcom, Digi, Maxis; OPPO chain store partners like Senheng, senQ, and DirectD.
Through a partnership with AEON, customers will be able to purchase the Reno2 with no deposit or credit card, and pay via 0% interest-free instalments.